Goals for 2016

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Write Down your Goals

Did you write down your goals for the New Year? I did! Losing weight (cue all the commercial for weight loss programs!), making more money (excited to get my first online classes up on this site), traveling more, meditating every day (I do this already)…

I have a very good feeling about 2016!

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2016 Year of the Fire Monkey

Year of the Monkey

2016 is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar (doesn’t officially start until February 8). It’s a fire year, which makes the monkey even more active.

Who is the Monkey?

Monkeys are trouble-makers who like fun and excitement. Why do we call hyperactive young children “little monkeys?” The positive traits of the monkey are: energetic, fun, smart, clever, funny, risk-takers, great problem-solvers, creative, free-thinkers, go-getters who find success alone. The negative traits of the monkey are: tricksters, underhanded, opportunistic, not always truthful, rebellious, takes crazy risks, gets stressed out.

Year of the Fire Monkey 2016

Business in the Fire Monkey Year

Businesses that follow a new, modern business model (streamlined, environmentally conscious, with equality among workers, bosses who listen to feedback, women CEOs and business owners, small startups, entrepreneurs working at home) will see great success, while old brick-and-mortar businesses with traditional employee – boss relationships will stumble. Entrepreneurs, creative types, inventors and researchers who come up with something new will be very successful this year. Taking a big gamble will pay off in the Year of the Monkey. For investors, big risks will equal big rewards. The Fire Monkey is hot!

Politics in the Fire Monkey Year

The old political parties will not resonate with voters in 2016. Whoever is new and exciting will prove popular. This is interesting since 2016 is a presidential election year in the U.S. Donald Trump seems to be favored by these predictions, but Hillary Clinton or another woman as President would also be a shake-up! Free-thinkers like Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders will also gain followers. It’s “out with the old, and in with the new” this year. Radical fringe groups might attract bigger followings (certain Muslim clerics, neo-Nazis). Governments will be safe from full-scale revolutions like the Arab Spring, though, since big groups don’t succeed this year. Instead, individuals like political activists, critical journalists and whistleblowers are highlighted.

Terrorism in the Fire Monkey Year

I’m guessing it will be an active year for terrorism (the Chinese New Year forecasts I checked didn’t touch on this). Old-fashioned armies with columns of tanks will see losses while rebel fighters will see gains. Similarly, computer hackers may find success (one individual against a big network of computers). In 2016, “individuals = success” and “big groups = losses.” I’m guessing terrorist attacks using explosive devices are more likely in a fire year. Because this year favors individuals acting alone, threats from lone gunmen and small sleeper cells will continue. My prediction is ISIS will continue to rise (the individual rebel fighter against the big army; the new rising power against the old superpowers).

Personal Life in the Fire Monkey Year

2016 is a high-stress year! Imagine a hot firestorm, the sky a blazing red, with crazy monkeys swinging from the trees. Some people will burn out. The best way to reduce stress in a fire year is to be active. Think Zumba exercise classes and sports clubs over meditation and massage. In your love life, take a gamble! Taking action will lead to good results this year. Don’t be idle. Learn new skills. Classes that help your creativity (writing, philosophy, drawing) are a good idea as are classes that keep you up-to-date in your field of business. Keep up with new trends. Remember, anything “new and different” will prove very popular!

Conclusion

In 2016, hot, new ideas will be much more successful than the old ways of doing things. Think outside the box! Awaken your creative and entrepreneurial spirit to be a big success this year. (This year sounds perfect for me!) Be up for anything new! Action, adventure, creativity and innovation are the buzzwords for 2016.

Tarot Card for 2016

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I picked this tarot card for 2016! It’s from the Tales of the Mystical Cats Tarot deck. The cat is from the Fire Clan (these cards are a little different in that the cats have clans instead of the traditional minor arcana). This fits 2016 because it’s the Year of the Fire Monkey! I’ll write a post about that later. So think of fire: active, passionate, “fire in the belly,” excited for new adventures. This is the 2 of Fire card so the fire and action is tempered a bit. 

Our fire cat waits on the threshold, not ready to take action yet. The 2 candles in the foreground symbolize meditating to me. Now is the perfect time to meditate and visualize what you want for the new year! Write down a course of action, but don’t do it yet. Now is the time to think things over carefully (I’m not always so good at doing this!). As the saying goes, “Look before you leap.” I am planning on moving in 2016, but this time I am considering all my options and giving myself time to contemplate them. I want a bigger city, with fashionable people, free-thinkers, and less of a winter. Plus horses, metaphysical groups, nature trails….