The 8th February 2016 marks the start of the year of the Red Fire Monkey. Each year is related to a Chinese astrological animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. If you were born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004 you are a Monkey.Zodiac InfluenceThe Monkey is the 9th animal in the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, and the first animal of the cycle of Metal. The element of Metal is connected to gold, and when influenced by the Red Fire Monkey is considered to promote an impact on financial events in the year. Traditionally, Monkey years are considered to be unlucky for people born under the sign of the Monkey. 2016 is the year when you should think twice before embarking on major changes that relate to finances, investments, business, career and partnerships.Typical Monkey CharacteristicsThe Monkey is lively, witty, intelligent and highly sociable. They have an inquisitive and mischievous streak, and a magnetic personality. Cheeky Monkeys love practical jokes and pranks and are crafty opportunists. The Monkey is talkative and is usually surrounded by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He/she needs to be around people who are capable of stimulating them, as they also have a low boredom threshold. Adaptable and versatile, the self-assured Monkey is enthusiastic about everything, and is attracted to money, status and success. Monkeys can also be egotistical and selfish, and tend to be lazy. They prefer to concentrate on unimportant matters while ignoring important and urgent issues. Naughty Monkeys can sometimes be too clever for their own good and can be unscrupulous and manipulative.What Type of Monkey Are You?Each of the Chinese zodiac signs is associated with one of five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal) or Water. This means that a Fire Monkey comes once in a 60-year cycle.Wood – 1944 and 2004 The Wood Monkey is compassionate and loves to help others. They have a stubborn streak.Fire – 1956 and 2016 The Fire Monkey is adventurous and ambitious, but can be irritable at times.Earth – 1908 and 1968 The Earth Monkey is fearless and optimistic. Sometimes he/she can be a little too frank.Gold – 1920 and 1980 The Gold Monkey is quick-witted and confident, but also stubborn.Water – 1932 and 1992 The Water Monkey is smart and rather fond of being in the limelight.What To Expect In 2016Unexpected events throughout the year could see Monkeys making their fortune or losing all of their money. The second and twelfth Chinese lunar months are the best times to invest cash and stabilise finances. Monkeys should avoid gambling and taking big financial risks this year. Relationships are likely to require extra attention, if they are to remain in balance and harmony. The lively, busy Monkey also needs to keep an eye on personal care to ensure that any illness remains minor. Monkeys must remember to slow down from time to time and to spend more time outdoors. To see what the Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey has in store for you call one of our psychic readers today.