Dear readers and authors, today is the first day of the New Red Fire Monkey Year, according to the ancient Chinese calendar. In the East people believe that this creature combines contradictory traits such as high intelligence, wisdom along with a tendency of making unexpected steps that would challenge cloudy and dull days.
In an imperfect world we live in, one would need both of those traits. However, taking into account the deterioration of the situation in the East Asia, the editorial board wants to hope that Red Fire Monkey will be showing a lot of wisdom in the year 2016. For the course of event in this region will have a great influence on the rest of the world.
We want to wish a Happy New Year to all of our authors and readers, even if they’re are not dwelling in Asia, so they can enjoy this holiday.
The “New Eastern Outlook” editorial board, (and Tales from the Lou!)
12-Feb-1956–30-Jan-1957 – Element-Fire(+)
The MONKEY – Chinese name: HÓU
Ranking Order – Ninth
Hours ruled by the Monkey: 3pm to 5pm
Direction of this sign – West-Southwest
Season and principle month: Summer – August
Fixed Element: Metal
The Monkey is lively, likable and witty. Highly sociable, the Monkey is talkative and, as a fascinating conversationalist, he attracts a wide circle of friends. People born under this influence have an innately low boredom threshold. Inquisitive in the extreme and forever believing that the grass is greener elsewhere, they need to find continual stimulation to keep themselves interested and amused. However, often Monkeys are too clever for their own good and can be mettlesome, opportunistic, and unscrupulous to the point of being tricky and manipulative. This is because Monkey types possess acute psychological perspicacity which enables them to read people like books. In particular, women under the Monkey influence can play rather subtle games with members of the opposite sex. And although Monkeys give the impression of getting on fabulously with everybody, this great rapport is often nothing but a ruse — Monkeys are in fact egotistical and selfish. They tend to be lazy, concentrating on small matters while ignoring more important issues. They ignore obstacles, finding them beneath their consideration.
Playful, even obliging at times, the Monkey hides the poor opinion he has of others beneath his apparent friendliness. He distrusts people born under any other sign and considers himself to be superior to all of them. He has plenty of intelligence and a fantastic ability to pull the wool over people’s eyes. He is so artful that he can even fool the Dragon — who is strong, stubborn, and no fool himself — and resist the magnetism of the Tiger, whom he teases unmercifully.