2016 is going wonderfully for you, that’s fantastic, ride this wonderful wave because it is going to get better. If its not going as smooth for you, you can start over again on February 8th because its the Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Years.
This is my favorite auspicious holiday and I love sharing it with others. There are so many traditions and foods for the whole month and it revolves around celebration and luck. It is said whatever happens on the first day of the year determines how your year will go. My mom would sometimes make me go east or west when I left my house so I wouldn’t have bad luck. She also said if I was open for business I better make sure it was busy or I better just close for the day and not risk it.
Now that I’ve learned about the laws of attraction, I see this holiday as a great reset point in directing energy. I make sure to share it with good energy people to borrow their luck. =)
Skim through the email for your sign and see what 2016 has in store for you according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac is represented by an animal for each year. It’s the year of the FIRE Monkey.
 
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The year of the Monkey is ideal for a quantum leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Join Monkey’s enthusiast energy when risks are rewarded and anything can happen. Even the most ambitious plans can succeed. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy. In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along. Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you only shells.
Those born in Monkey years (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, mercurial, and entertaining. They are wonderful to be around because they are fun, creative, and bring the sparkling energy that only Monkey can provide. Monkeys embodies strong leadership potential and, like their best friend the Dragon, won’t allow anyone to tell her them to do. Uninhibited Monkeys rarely are embarrassed by anything, and are free to fearlessly express their creativity in all walks of life.
In addition to acute mental alertness, Monkey also possesses physical stamina. Monkey is good with her hands, has skills and dexterity with machines, naturally has technological talents, and can easily master new concepts. A superb generalist, Monkey can do anything! In relationships, a Monkey loves romance, and is very sensitive and generous. But she can be fickle, run hot or cold, and treat relationships like a game. But everyone loves the Monkey, and the birth rate skyrockets in Asia during a Monkey year.
Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, 2016 is the year of the red Fire Monkey. Red means go! Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware to not jump ahead of yourself this year, especially during the heat of summer.
And try to calm what is called Monkey mind in Buddhism: jump to a branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it. Then jump to the next branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, and drop it in a useless tail-chasing cycle. As soon as you realize that a path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck and trying to analyze the past.
YOUR FORTUNE IN FIRE MONKEY YEAR
From astrologist Susan Levitt
RAT – You and Monkey are best friends along with Dragon. Now life can be fun and exciting, full of Monkey-inspired treats and surprises. Monkey 2016 is excellent for you to get married or engaged, to launch new endeavors, or have a child. Periodically, take time to stop and regroup or rethink when needed, especially during the 2016 Mercury retrograde cycles April 28 – May 22, Aug 30 – Sept 21, and Dec 19 – Jan 8 2017. Looking for love in Monkey year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, a Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible.
OX – Wily Monkey energy adds some liveliness to Ox’s routine, and Monkey year is a great time for you to experience a big change of scenery. But Monkey’s fast ways aren’t your style. Ox prefers slow, steady, and natural. But Ox respects Monkey, who takes risks, is a good leader, and knows how to succeed. Next year Phoenix (Rooster) 2017 is your lucky year. Looking for love in Monkey year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, a Serpent, or Phoenix. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.
TIGER – Monkey is your opposite. But you still benefit from the action and liveliness of Monkey year. Monkey can stretch the truth, so think before you pounce. Not all ideas are worth pursuing. Looking for love in Monkey year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.
RABBIT – Monkey brings many opportunities that you will enjoy: travel, social events, fine dining, fairs, and festivals. Enjoy the Monkey fun, and express your creative side. Rest if you feel overwhelmed by too much activity. Feng shui of your home and office is a must for sensitive Rabbit to maintain balance during Monkey year. Looking for love in Monkey year? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, a Sheep, or a Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix (Rooster) is least compatible.
DRAGON – Your lucky year! Say yes to everything! Monkey is your best friend (along with Rat) so you’ll like the vibrant and exciting energy of this Fire Monkey year. There are opportunities for success in business. Just avoid lawsuits or any type of legal entanglement. Looking for love in Monkey year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or a Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.
SNAKE – You and Monkey are on the same wavelength. Luck is with you this year, especially during summer. And your good luck continues in Phoenix (Rooster) year 2017. But lay low when in doubt because 2016 yang Fire energy can, at times, be too stimulating for yin Snake, even the 1977 Fire Snake. Looking for love in Monkey year? Snake is most compatible with another Snake, an Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.
HORSE – Fire Monkey brings lots of active, yang energy that Horse thrives on and finds inspiring. A year for adventure, new journeys, and excitement. Just don’t let affairs get out of hand in summer. Looking for love in Monkey year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, a Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. The Rat is least compatible.
SHEEP – Success can continue from the previous Sheep year. But Monkey’s fast pace is not always to your liking. Extravagance is popular in a Monkey year, and people want luxuries. So be sure to avoid debt because “Sheep eat paper” meaning that Sheep can really spend. Travel is highlighted, especially in summer, but do it on your own terms. Looking for love in Monkey year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, a Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.
MONKEY – Now is your year for action! All seasons are fortunate but luck is strongest in autumn. You benefit from the strong, fiery, yang energy of your own year. An excellent time to start new endeavors, succeed in business, and make big change happen. Seek new horizons through travel and adventure this year when risks are rewarded, and reticence loses out. Fire Monkey year is not a yin cycle when things come to you, but a yang cycle to go out and get! Looking for love in Monkey year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, a Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.
PHOENIX (Rooster) – Roster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering a lifetime of opportunities to be reborn and transformed. Monkey year is a time of excitement, adventure, and new experiences for you. It’s fine to take risks and discover new outcomes. Take a chance because you’ll discover very quickly what does work, or what’s not worth pursuing. You start a new life cycle in Fire Phoenix year 2017. Looking for love in Monkey year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), an Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible. In Phoenix year 2017 you’ll start a new life cycle.
DOG – Monkey year brings yang energy to get things done, and Dog likes accomplishments. There’s much activity and personal involvement in this passionate Fire Monkey year. This new energy is inspiring to Dog, but it might encourage you to be overly enthusiastic or unrealistic. So stay vigilant and responsible, natural Dog traits, because projects might not develop as planned. A year to stay balanced and avoid extremes of temperament. You’ll start a new life cycle in Earth Dog year 2018. Looking for love in Monkey year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, a Tiger, or a Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.
PIG – Monkey  year can inspire you to be the life of the party! So join the whirlwind activities in this exciting Fire Monkey year. Accept all social invitations, and travel is highlighted. Just keep a clear perspective and not get carried away. Don’t let people take advantage of your generosity, or mistake kindness for weakness. Looking for love in Monkey year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, a Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.
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Be sure you abide the following for a fruitful, successful, and happy year-you don’t want to risk it!

1. Dirty Doings
Put your feet up and relax. Certainly the most enjoyable of the Lunar New Year superstitions, sweeping and cleaning is strictly forbidden. Asians believe cleaning means you’ll sweep all of your good luck out the front door.

2. Time to Come Clean
Before you can enjoy number two, you need to give the house a full spring clean, before putting cleaning tools in the cupboard on New Year’s Eve.

3. Read Between the Lines
Be sure to stock up on reading materials before Lunar New Year, as bookshops will be padlocked tight. In Cantonese, book is a homonym for ‘lose’.

4. Choppy Waters
Make sure you avoid rough seas in the new year by NOT buying shoes over the holiday period. In Cantonese, shoes are a homonym for ‘rough’.

5. Balance the Books
If you’re in debt, it’s time to dip into your pockets and pay people off. The Chinese believe that if you start the new year in the red, you’ll finish it the same way.

6. Ghostly Conversations
Caught round a campfire over the holiday period? No ghost stories. Tales of death, dying and ghosts is considered supremely inauspicious, especially during Lunar New Year.

7. Lady in Red
Lunar New Year is packed with colors, and while all the colors of the rainbow bring good luck, it’s the color red that is considered the ultimate luck bringer.

8. Sweet Year
Hong Kongers have a sweet touch at the best of times, but Lunar New Year offers the perfect chance to raid the sweet shop, as eating sweets is said to deliver a sweeter year.