2016: The Year of the Monkey

The Chinese Zodiac is made up twelve animals; rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, rooster, dog, pig and monkey. Every year, Chinese New Year is symbolized by one of these animals. 2016 is the year of the Monkey. This has special significance for people born in 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

People born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. They are smart and clever – and often enjoy successful careers and wealthy lifestyles. They are lively, flexible and versatile – with skills people envy and a level of gentleness and honesty that often brings them everlasting love. (They sound like the perfect Obelisk consultant …) But, just when it was starting to sound too good, they’re superhuman. People born in the year of the Monkey do ‘have their moments’ and their downside. They have a temper, tend to look down on others and can be suspicious, selfish and jealous. And if that isn’t bad enough, the year of the Monkey is also known as one of the unluckiest years in the entire Chinese calendar. So, to compensate for the ‘lack of luck’ that Monkeys can endure, Obelisk has pulled together some lucky superstitions for those people born in the 1968, or 1980, or 1992.

  • Your lucky numbers: 1, 7 and 8 bring good luck to Monkeys
  • Your lucky colours: white, gold and blue. Do these colours match with your wardrobe?
  • Your lucky flowers: chrysanthemum and alliums
  • Your lucky directions: north, northwest and west. Follow these lucky directions and you’ll get straight to our offices in Farringdon in no time.

What animal are you?

Match the year you were born in to the animal in the Chinese Zodiac.

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Personality is key to standing out, both at work and in the family. But this doesn’t mean being ‘loud’ or the life and soul of the party. It means being both human and productive – helping you and your family to prosper, at home and at work.

So, according to Chinese New Year, what personality do you have? And do you recognise yourself in the profiles below?

Rat: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.
Ox: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.
Tiger: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic.
Rabbit: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.
Dragon: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic.
Snake: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong.
Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.
Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.