Monday, February 8, 2016


Today, Monday, February 8, 2016 is the Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey.

The monkey is the 9th of the 12 year cycle of animals in the Chinese Zodiac.  Those born in a year of the monkey are said to be charming, charismatic and inventive.  Monkey people are noted for their intelligence and clever genius for working out difficult problems for themselves and others.
Monkey people are said to be compatible with Dragon and Rat people.
Some notable Monkey people are Julius Caesar, Eleanor Roosevelt, Besty Ross, Harry Truman and di Vinci.  I think I can safely say this group fits the zodiac profile, don't you.
I was born in the year of the Fire Horse.
Those born in the year of the Fire Horse  are said to be strong and persistent, adventurous and passionate.  The other Horse elements are Metal, Water, Wood and Earth; and each has their own unique characteristics.
In Chinese Taoist thought, Fire attributes are considered to be dynamism, strength, and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. The fire element provides warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity, however an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience, and impulsive behavior. In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth, however an excess can also burn. 
 Those who know me can decide if this is me, for those who don't know, well, it does sound a bit like me I will admit.  And I am also a Leo, so think about those two Zodiac signs combined!
Horse people are said to be compatible with Rat and Ox people, but especially compatible with Tiger and Dog people.
One Chinese New Year tradition is to make and eat Dumplings.
Steamed in a bamboo pot.
Or my preference pan fried.
Spring Rolls.
Sweet Rice Balls.
Almond Cookies and Tea.

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