2016 is the 4713th year in Chinese Calendar. Its element is Fire. The year of Fire Monkey can also be seen as a year of human being, because according to some stories humans evolved from ape either through gene manipulation by extraterrestrials or through divine evolution.
We all see that we have a very unpredictable year ahead. People can trust only themselves when the democratic values of the Western societies are questioned, and one cannot even count on free communication any more. Only people who are selfish in a healthy way have success in the year of the Monkey. Misuse of power and fixation on outdated thinking models are doomed to fail.
Fire, unlike the other elements, does not exist in a natural state. It gets its physical form by consuming the energy of other elements. Fire is a transformer, converting the energy of other objects into other forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke (gas).
In order to gain benefit from the energy of Fire we need to control its destructive aspect. When we light a candle, we are not only calling upon the energy of Fire, we are also limiting its power. But this destructive aspect should not only be seen as negative. Forest fires don’t just leave destruction and ashes behind, but they clear away underbrush, which is encouraging seeds lying dormant within the Earth to burst forth into new life.
Fire is a masculine Yang element. Its aspects are change, passion, creativity, motivation, will power, drive and sensuality. It is sexuality and fertility, both physical and spiritual.
Fire is used in spells, rituals and candle magic for healing, purification, sex, breaking bad habits or destroying illness and disease.
Fire is the element of authority and leadership. In the year of Fire Monkey the spiritual courage and inner wisdom of the leading elite is measured. How committed decision makers are to improving the state of the world, and how eager they seize opportunities in which creative and sustainable solutions are made. In the best case we are more creative and persistent after the year of the Monkey.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”