For All Signs: The Chinese New Year of the Monkey began on Feb. 8th. The astrology of the Chinese is based on the lunar calendar, rather than the solar calendar of the Western world. The New Year always begins on the second new moon following the winter solstice, so the date varies from year to year. The coming year is the Chinese year of the Monkey, which emphasizes the mind, playfulness and the intellect. The lunar calendar has only 354 days. Periodically an extra month of thirty days is inserted to maintain consistency between dates and seasons. This is also necessary in the reckoning of the Jewish calendar which is lunar based. Children born in the year of the Monkey are given a strong intellect and cunning nature. It is interesting that 2016 in China is the first year that having a second child is permitted.
Aries: In some way you are called upon to bring out one element of your personal genius in order to solve a problem or demonstrate what you can do. Often this comes as a surprise and requires that you think "out of the box." The usual rules don't fit here and you will need to resolve the dilemma in a way totally unique to yourself.
Taurus: Your attention is on moving forward in your life direction, but various rocks and pebbles are in your way. One of them has to do with financing the budget for your plans. This is a challenge that won't go away, although you can resolve it with a determined mind. Love life is probably in a plus zone right now.
Gemini: You have a desire to celebrate. The temptation to overspend is strong. Consider what would be fun and interesting that doesn't require a big expenditure. Activities concerning education, publishing, the law, and travel have positive aspects. You are talkative and in an exploring frame of mind. Curb your tendency to be opinionated.
Cancer: At present your rational mind tells you one set of facts while the heart/instincts are in another camp altogether. A conflict of this type is one which ultimately will be resolved in a creative way. Take your conflict to a higher place — not one of either/or, but of both/and. A larger perspective would satisfy both ends of the equation.
Leo: There are occasionally moments in life when we are focused upon contemplation of the deeper topics in life. Why am I here? What is my purpose? Where am I headed? Do I take action based upon my principles or am I adopting the values of someone else? Taking stock brings greater clarity and needs to happen occasionally.
Virgo: Your workplace or your daily living habits are given a boost in the positive direction. Fresh ideas are opening up new spaces for creativity. Someone may enter the picture who becomes a teacher. You have a lot of energy to direct toward physical health at this time. Maybe this person is a coach or educator.
Libra: That which is normally creative energy for you becomes a challenge this week. It is similar to Sisyphus, rolling the rock uphill. It may feel as though your mind is sluggish and unable to communicate clearly or figure out problems. One of your senses, such as sight or hearing may be "off." This is a transiting phase and will be over within a week.
Scorpio: It is of paramount importance that you control your mouth this week. Although you have an opinion about whatever is happening, let it go and say nothing unless asked for it. Being "right" is not as important as maintaining human relations. Later you can take action to correct what you perceive is wrong, but now you would be challenged to a fight.
Sagittarius: Your feelings are exuberant and your mind is chattering like a magpie. Make an effort to watch the faces of others. They may not be so absorbed with your ideas as you are. Write about what you are thinking so you can take a good look at it later. Not everything you plan is practical, but it will probably lead you somewhere into creative territory.
Capricorn: The Capricorn Goat is so focused on his or her direction that he sometimes becomes overbearing and pushy to others. Now is a time in which partners or other significant people are not cooperating. They may be fatigued with your constant management and delegation of projects. Ease off if you want to maintain these relationships.
Aquarius: You may enjoy positive outcomes via joint resources. That includes partner's income, IRS, investments, or any other large body of money. It won't be huge, but gifts are in store. Gifts include money, time, or the use of another's resources. You may experience a challenge to your ego by a friend or associate. Try not to limit your attention to the situation.
Pisces: The sun returns "home" to your sign this week. You likely will find it to be energizing. Now is the time to focus on new plans for this next year of your life. Take a fresh look at where you want to direct your energy. Use this month to let go of past hurts and take a deep breath of healing energy.
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