In Tibetan astrology, there is a twelve year cycle. Each of these years is characterized by a different animal and associated with one of the five elements. Therefore, a full cycle of the twelve animals being associated with each of the five elements takes sixty years. The twelve animals according to the Yungdrung Bön texts are the Rat, Elephant, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Horse, Snake, Sheep, Garuda, Monkey, Dog and Pig. Each animal is associated with a specific element for its life-force as well as a specific direction which is determined by the life-force element. Not only are these twelve animals associated with a particular year, they are also associated with particular months, days and hours.
2016 will be the year of the Monkey. Therefore, people born during this year will be a Monkey and will have an emphasis of the specific qualities associated with Monkey. (This year corresponds with the Tibetan lunar calendar and begins February 08, 2016.) The element which governs the life-force of the Monkey is Metal (space) and its direction is West. So, if a Monkey person wanted to strengthen their life-force, they would focus upon strengthening the element of Metal internally and externally. The positive direction West. Therefore, facing this direction while meditating, doing healing rituals or just relaxing and taking deep breaths is beneficial.
In general, the Monkey is friendly, adaptable, playful and thinks outside of the box. The Monkey does not like to be trapped in any way and can use its ingenuity and keen sense of strategy to keep itself free. Although the Monkey has a good sense of humor and a sharp mind, too often it is tempted to use these qualities to elevate itself while lowering others. The Monkey is skilled at finding ways to benefit from an opportunity. Even when faced with difficulty, the Monkey most often lands on its feet. The Monkey has an insatiable desire for knowledge and study, but can grow bored once it has reached a level of mastery.
The Monkey‘s soul day is Friday and its life-force day is Thursday. These are the best days for beginning new projects and activities that are meant to increase or develop something. The obstacle day is Tuesday. This day is best for cleansing and letting things go. It is not a favorable day for beginning new things.
Monkey years include: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016