Celebrating Calendars

    Today's internationally accepted civil calendar is the Gregorian Calendar, named for Pope Gregory XIII  who introduced it in 1582. It is based on the Julian Calendar, introduced under the authority of Julius Caesar in 46 BCE. It was designed with 365 days in a year, and 366 days every fourth year.
    2016 is the 4713th year of the Chinese Calendar, and February 4th is the new moon, and Festival of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
    The Chinese Calendar uses the names of twelve animals to label the different months and years. Additionally, each two-year period is deemed to be ruled by one of five elements: Fire; Water; Air; Earth; and Metal.
    Simple multiplication of these variables (12x5) reveals that the cycle will repeat every sixty years, and this Sexagenary Cycle, known as the Stems-and-Branches is a basic part of recording time within the Chinese culture.
    2015 up until February 4th of 2016, was the year of the Goat, and the element present was wood. This New Year welcomes the Year of the Monkey, and the element present is Fire.
    Because the years of the Chinese system do not align with January 1st, it is important for people born in January and early February to check when the Chinese year began in the year of their own birth: there are many sites on-line to do so. The following dates are simply guidelines:
    For those born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, or 2008 you are from the year of the Rat. Your upcoming year is a time of Blessings when Monkey can provide education and knowledge for Rat.
    Birth years 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009 place you in in the sign of the Ox. The coming year is a Time for Performance for Oxen. Quiet by nature, the cow can benefit from the Monkeys push to novelty, and demands to take the initiative.
    If you were born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, or 2010 your Chinese sign is the Tiger. This year you are called to Show Your Wisdom as the Monkey calls forward your intelligence and reveals how much power you have in your interactions.
    1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011were Years of the Hare or Rabbit. In a Monkey year, you will enjoy Good Relationships with people and with money, and find stability in business.
    If you arrived in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012 your sign is the Dragon. In the coming year Monkey energy will bring you Good Reputation through opportunities and choices which succeed and promote confidence to reach ever higher.
    Birth-dates in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, or 2013 are connected to the Snake. For a Snake, the Monkey year is about Caring And Yielding. This can be a financially successful year when you take the chanced that are offered.
    The years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014 are Years of the Horse. Horses may have experienced some set-backs of late, and the upcoming Monkey energy suggests Achievement After Hardship. Keep working and the dream will be fulfilled.
    The Year of the Sheep or Ram occurred in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015. Monkey sees that Sheep are Ready for Action, and the energetic Monkey can provide new routes for for the Ram to connect with success.
    Monkey rules lives that began in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, or 2004. In this year of the Monkey there is Competition And Challenge. Situations that are failing will be confronted this year, and negative circumstances will be released.
    In 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, or 2005 newborns came into the sign of the Rooster. A Monkey year will provide them with motivation to work faster. Roosters do not enjoy being rushed, and may feel Worried Behind Happiness. Happiness is there, nonetheless.
    Years of the Dog were 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006.  Monkey years bring money-making opportunities to Dogs, who can rely on their own loyalty to avoid Monkey's impulse driven decisions. Take Care People
    People born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007 are influenced by the Boar. Boars can be destructive if a Monkey tries to change the conditions of daily life. Being ready is a good strategy: holding an umbrella for any Rain Storm Coming.
    In Chinese Culture, Monkey symbolizes cleverness and is perceived to be smart and powerful. Until January 28th of 2017, Monkey energy is with us all. This is a good time to tap into Monkey's curiosity and use it to study the things that interest us, no matter which other energies are with us.

     I am a Monkey, celebrating my Sexagenary in 2016.
    I am also celebrating that I have been supporting clients through change and growth since the 1980s.
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