For those of us turning 60 this Chinese year, then the year of the Fire Monkey is a very special year indeed as you will be coming back to your yearly birth pillar, which is the Fire part AND the Monkey part (Feb 12th, 1956 through Jan 30th, 1957–Lunar Calendar). You see, there are five monkeys total that we must contend with, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water of the traditional Chinese five elements. For the rest of us who are simply born under the year of the Monkey, then what we’re looking at is a return to home base so to speak. “What makes me happy?,” “How is my health?” These are common questions during the return of the 12 year cycle that closely corresponds to the Year Star or rather Jupiter’s return for those practicing Western methods. You also get your 1st house profected year as well, which will happen sometime around your 12 year cycle. But now I’m getting off on a tangent…The point is, is that the cycle of 12 can be a place where you can easily take stock of what you’ve got in life…how far you’ve come so far. 60 is where the Jupiter return and Saturn return roughly coincide, thus highlighting its’ significance even further.
Fire Monkey–this is an intelligent and bright animal, beginning the Metal years corresponding to the West and the Metal element. But the Fire in the stem is unrooted in the Monkey making this pillar even more dynamic. Rooted means that the Fire from Heaven in the stem would find either the same element or resource element as the primary element in the animal (a.k.a. branch). This would then support the Fire from heaven. However, since the Monkey contains Yang Metal, Earth and Water, the Fire is unsupported. What you have is a contrast of elements and a more complicated system. The Fire from Heaven makes the Metal in the Monkey useful as Metal is the wealth element to Fire–this can sharpen the Monkeys talents and put them to work. As the seasons progress throughout the year, the Earth and Water components of the Monkey will vary in strength. Overall, though, the Monkey is primarily a Metal animal. In this pillar, four of the five elements are represented, all in the Yang polarity. The Wood element is left out.