It’s 2016 and in Chinese astrology, that means that it’s the Year of the Red Monkey.
Monkeys are smart, creative and nimble individuals. Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs corresponds to the five elements—wood, fire, earth, water and metal—and the monkey specifically corresponds to metal and water. Metal is related to gold, which means that this year will mostly be about finances—organizing your bank account, getting a raise, sticking to a budget, etc. Water is related to wisdom and danger, which indicates that the year will bring about challenges for all, but if you play your cards right (and outsmart the intelligent monkey), you’re bound to come out smarter and stronger.
If you’re confused about your Chinese zodiac sign, you can find out what it is here. Check out what your 2016 Chinese horoscope says about your love life, career and more below. Go, monkey, go!
Rat: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996Getty Images
2016 is your year for love, taking your relationship to the next level and/or forming new friends and partnerships, Rat. You’ll have many opportunities to socialize and make new friends this year, and you might just find yourself in a new job or learning a new skill set, too. But as you spread those social butterfly wings, make sure to keep your health and your bank account in check. Get lots of rest and save those coins! This year will be tough financially.
Ox: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997Getty Images
Now is the time to be choosy about who you spend your time with, Ox. Pursue loving and positive relationships and keep an eye out for the Snake. He/she could be your best partner this year, as the Snake’s shy personality compliments your incredible drive. 2016 is your year to stand out and share your shine—exercise and a pleasant attitude are very important for this. You will have to work hard to earn your pay in 2016. You might feel as though you’ve been putting off personal or professional goals, but you will need to confront them this year in order to succeed.
Tiger: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998Getty Images
This year will present you with many challenges, dear Tiger, but you will come out stronger and wiser for it. You will need to broaden your skill set in order to succeed career-wise, and as money won’t come easily, investments are a good idea. One of your best personality traits is your outspoken nature, but be mindful of voicing your opinion loudly—you might just find yourself in an awkward situation if you do. Your love life will be low-key this year; try to be patient with your loved one so as to avoid arguments. Accidents are bound to happen, specifically to arms and legs, so be as careful as you can.
Rabbit: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999Getty Images
This is a lucky year for you, Rabbit! You will find that you have plenty of new partners to pursue, as well as new job opportunities. Positive career changes lie ahead for you. Who knows? Fame just might come knocking! You will be one of the favorites in your friend group, which will grow tremendously, but while you’re out living it up, be careful of accidents. You’re prone to scarring on your head or face this year.
Dragon: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000Getty Images
Love will be difficult for you this year, dear Dragon, but you can expand your chances of meeting that special someone by being as outgoing as social as possible. Your impulsive nature will get you into trouble this year; take time to really think things through. If work becomes overwhelming, simply ask for help. Just be careful you’re not being taken advantage of. Financial success is on the horizon, Dragon. Expect the unexpected! Now is your chance to follow your dreams. Eating healthy and cutting back on drinking will give you more energy with which to welcome all of the positive things in store for you in 2016, and will help you avoid cardiovascular issues down the road.
Snake: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001Getty Images
A deep love awaits you this year, Snake! But first, you need to change some negative perceptions about you. Give back to the community by helping out where you can, and have patience with your career during these first few months. You will have to work hard to be truly satisfied with the end result. Your bank account will prosper this year and luxury is in your future. Get as much rest as you can so as to avoid injury and exhaustion.
Horse: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002Getty Images
This is a great year for your relationships with family and friends, Horse. You just might find that you grow closer to that one family member you weren’t so close with before. Make sure you feel 100% appreciated; if not, just know that there are others who can better show you they care. Your career will prosper, but you will have to stay at the top of your game in order to get that raise or promotion. If you work hard, the compensation will follow. Be mindful of traveling and overworking your body.
Sheep: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003Getty Images
You are bound for financial success in 2016, dear Sheep, but you will have to work hard for it first! Being flexible and open to new tasks will increase your career options this year. Avoid making decisions on the fly. Waiting just a little longer will give you the clarity you need to make drastic decisions. Be open-minded when it comes to your romantic partnerships. You like feeling as though you’re in control, but just know that it will make your partner happy if you submit to his/her wishes every now and then. Stay healthy this year by eating plenty of veggies and avoiding processed foods.
Monkey: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004Getty Images
You will be happiest with your friends this year, dear Monkey. Embrace them, as they will bring you endless cheer and laughter. There may be other people competing for your position at work, so stay focused and forge your own path so as to stand out from them. Be mindful of investments, as money might be scarce in 2016. Your positive personality and incredible capacity for compromise will keep your romantic partnerships afloat. No major health issues are on the horizon, but be careful of sports and physical activities.
Rooster: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005Getty Images
You will be faced with self-assessments in 2016, Rooster, but only because you are interested in being the best you can be! You might be feeling some pressure at work. If this is the case, focus on your career goals. The extra time and energy you spend at the office will pay off in the future. Your romantic partner will want to override your opinion this year, but don’t let him/her. Take control of the situation by asserting yourself as needed. Your finances will grow this year, but be sure to stay on budget. Pay close attention to your lungs and respiratory health, as well.
Dog: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006Getty Images
Making a fresh start in 2016 is very important, dear Dog. Be sure to solidify commitments with family members. It might not be easy, but attending social events will increase your chances of finding a partner this year. If you do, he/she will be a great match for you. You will be met with a few obstacles in your career, but you’ll come across a creative partner with whom you can collaborate. Be mindful of your finances this year and be sure to keep up with your normal routines. Stay healthy by spending plenty of time outdoors and being active.
Pig: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007Getty Images
2016 can be all positive vibes for you, Pig, but first, you’ll have to take care of personal issues that might get in the way. Many will care about you this year and your love life will remain a peaceful environment. This is a wonderful year for your career goals. Keep up the good work and stay on your toes! Wealth is in your pathway this year, so long as you keep putting in time at the office. Watch out for special illnesses as diabetes or bladder issues this year.