Year of the Monkey: 2020 Horoscope (Zodiac Monkey Fortune & Personality)

The Monkey is ninth in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party. The Monkey was in another country along with the Rooster and the Dog to help a god defeat evil spirits. The three of them arrived at the party at the same time. The Jade Emperor decided that they went by the order they met the god in the other country. As a result, the Monkey became ninth.

a monkey with a thin bamboo stick in its mouth

The Monkey is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) shēn (申), and the hours of 03:00-05:00 in the afternoon. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Monkey is yang. Monkeys are also associated with peaches, symbols of longevity. This is why monkeys are also used to represent a long life.

Monkeys are jolly pranksters who are capable of achieving all their dreams

Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Earthly Branch of the Monkey is associated with fire, but its years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years of the Monkey include: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028.


Personality and traits

Monkeys are known for their intelligence. During the early stages of their lives, they win or earn praise from their teachers and win many awards. As adults, they make spectacular leaders and get professional recognition.

However, they can get arrogant sometimes. When making decisions, they only value their own opinion. They also become jealous easily, especially when others do better than them. In other words, they are very competitive.

Earth1968, 2028These Monkeys are joyful and positive. Although they don’t get much support, they face adversities without fear.
They can become successful entrepreneurs independently because of their efforts early on in their lives.
Metal1980, 2040Theses Monkeys are intelligent and excellent at public speaking. They love carrying out pranks which may annoy
others. Although they are generally successful, their antics can adversely impact their careers. They are advised to marry later in life or else their marriage is bound to fail.
Water1932, 1992These Monkeys are smart and like being the center of attention. They are capable of being leaders but their arrogance can negatively impact their careers. They are also likely to chance upon a fortune throughout their lives and must always be mindful to capitalize on it.
Wood1944, 2004Theses Monkeys are lively but sometimes lack confidence. They love to help those in need and are motivated by the encouragement of others. Their careers paths are often stressful but they are up to the task. They are often wealthy but it comes to at the expense of their wellness.
Fire1956, 2016These Monkeys are ambitious and are natural entrepreneurs.
They have loving and supportive families but they often are not satisfied with reality and long for adventure. Although they are temperamental, their lives should be smooth sailing.

Men born in the year of the Monkey are enthusiastic and have a strong sense of responsibility along with a good sense of humor. They are very forgiving and forget the fault of others easily. They always get what they want but are stubborn and a bit immature. Oftentimes, they have difficulty persevering because of their constantly changing interests. They also are incapable of maintaining long-term relationships.

Women born in the year of the Monkey love to socialize and can connect with others easily. They are very attractive and people often get drawn to their beauty and warm personality unconsciously.

These women are highly competitive and never run out of ideas. They are fearless when facing obstacles and they don’t need the sympathy and comfort of others. Their confidence can lead them to being too optimistic but they are capable of adapting to any environment.

Monkey compatibility

Most compatible with Monkey: Snake, Rat, and Dragon

  • Monkeys and Snakes can either be very compatible or outright incompatible. There is no in between. Although they have similar personalities, one is yin and the other is yang.
  • Monkeys can rely on Rats to provide support in times of trouble. Both of them are also very humorous.
  • Dragons are attracted to Monkeys and can bring them happiness.

Least compatible with Monkey: Tiger and Pig

  • Monkeys and Tigers have strong suspicions for each other and fight constantly.
  • Monkeys and Pigs have conflicting goals and interests and they often find it difficult to communicate with each other.

Lucky things for Monkeys

  • Colors: blue, gold, and white
  • Numbers: 1, 7 and 8
  • Accessories/Ornaments: white or blue stone pendant
  • Auspicious directions: west, northwest, north

Unlucky things

  • Colors: red, black, grey, and dark coffee
  • Unlucky Numbers: 2, 5 and 9
  • Unlucky direction: east

Careers fit for Monkeys

When it comes to careers, monkeys are very adventurous and want to try out everything. They are very hard to satisfy which makes them suitable for tough and high-risk careers in fields such as sports and stock trading. Monkeys can also keep their temper and perform well in work that requires logical thinking such as those done by detectives, editors, and lawyers.

However, Monkeys are often perceived as irresponsible by their superiors since they are not capable of sticking to one thing. Nevertheless, they can still take advantage of this trait and become good freelancers.

Health and lifestyle

Monkeys are often energetic and have active lifestyles. This makes them prone to accidents. Their bodies also take time to adapt to changing seasons which is why it is common for them to catch a cold or sore throat.

Monkeys are also very sensitive to what others think of them. This makes them susceptible to anxiety and depression. To avoid these mental health issues, they connect with family often and exercise regularly.

Monkeys in the Year of the Rat (2020)

The year of the Rat will not be too bad for Monkeys but neither will it go very well for them. They must even take extra caution as there are three bad stars on the horizon. They are advised to keep a low profile and avert from making any big decisions.

Nonetheless, there will be plenty of luck and exciting action awaiting for Monkeys. The real worry for them will be the upcoming year of the Ox. They must deposit some of their earnings during the year of the Rat to prepare for a dry and static couple of years.

Monkeys must learn to rely on themselves more than anyone else and work harder than usual. Their stubbornness may also get in the way of success throughout the year. They must learn to be a team player and start communicating with others.

Monkeys will face a multitude of challenges, but there will always be someone to lend them a helping hand may they be colleagues, friends, or superiors. They must also keep a constant eye on their backs as someone may be plotting against them and wanting to stab their backs.


The Peach Blossom luck is not particularly strong for Monkeys in the year of the Rat. However, those single may see a rise in popularity and meet many potential partners throughout the year.

Single male Monkeys will be in multiple relationships across the year while single female Monkeys will be dealing with many suitors. They are also likely to have a close friend who is secretly an admirer.

For Monkeys who are married or in a committed relationship, the year of the Rat should be of no threat to your unions. The lucky months in romance are June and November, while the unlucky months are February, April, August, October, and December.


Monkeys who are working for commission such as those in the fields of insurance and real estate should prepare for a year of highs and lows. They are advised to avoid making big decisions or making investments. They should also be mindful not to take every tip from their friends as someone may also be plotting to trick them into financial losses.

On the other hand, traveling may bear unexpected surprises that could result in financial gains so Monkeys should not hesitate to plan their next vacation in the year of the Rat.

The lucky months in finance are March, June, and November, while the unlucky months are January, April, May, September, and December. Monkeys should watch out for theft in July and fraud in December.


Monkeys are going to face challenges along their career paths in the year of the Rat. They are advised to keep a low profile and avoid any confrontation throughout the year. They should also start relying on themselves more than others.

Monkeys should also stay out of office politics and keep a watchful eye as someone may be lurking to stab them in the back. They should also avoid making promises unless they are certain they can keep their word.

Monkeys who were born in spring and summer will have better luck with their careers than those who were born in fall and winter. The lucky months in career are March, June, and November while the unlucky months are January, February, May, August, September, and December.


Monkeys should not worry about experiencing serious health issues in the year of the Rat. They may catch common illnesses such as colds, flu, or stomach ache but nothing to be really concerned about. Nevertheless, they are advised to see a doctor when feeling unwell.

Monkeys also have a tendency to get very agitated when lacking sleep so they must remember to take a break every once in a while. Setbacks in career or finance could also stress them out so they should also exercise regularly and maybe do some volunteer work to feel better about themselves.

The months to be mindful of health are February, July, and September. Monkeys should take care of the elder members of their families in January. They should watch out for skin conditions in March and be extra careful when they are in the water or on the road in May and with fire in October.

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