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A person born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey is a very intelligent person. Monkeys do not miss anything, because they are very observant and they also think clearly. Although people who are Monkeys according to the Chinese horoscope do not like to be forced into acting quickly because they would rather have time to think and plan, they are capable of quick, intelligent action if the situation calls for it.
The Chinese sign of the Monkey is a prankster sign. People born under this sign in the Chinese zodiac very much enjoy planning and playing tricks on others. Although a Monkey loves to play these practical jokes, he or she is usually surprised if he or she hurts anyone's feelings. Monkeys themselves are usually not sensitive to such tricks, and usually think that their victims are too easily hurt and should toughen up. According to a Monkey it is only all in good fun.
A Monkey doesn't play games maliciously. Usually, the Monkey assumes everyone else will find the joke just as funny. Usually, Monkeys are busy pursuing their latest dreams and goals. A person born as a Monkey according to the Chinese Zodiac is always attacking his or her latest goal with vigor. Monkeys dream big, and it's easy to catch their eyes with something new and interesting.
Since Monkey people have short attention spans, they often have trouble finishing a project before starting a new one. This can lead to problems in their careers, because they find their lives more interesting if they hop from job to job rather than if they stay in a stable environment.
According to the Chinese horoscope, each person is influenced by one of five elements, which affects the characteristics of his or her sign. Monkeys who are affected by the element Earth have a stable and grounding influence upon them. Just as we are all connected to the Earth, so too do Earth Monkeys feel their bonds with others more strongly than the average Monkey does.
A person who is an Earth Monkey according to the Chinese Zodiac is less flighty and more mellow than his or her other Monkey counterparts, and has a greater ability to stay focussed. It is easier to trust a Monkey tempered by the Earth element, because he or she has a greater ability to lengthen his or her attention span and see a project through until the end. Earth Monkeys are capable of committing themselves to a task.
Earth Monkeys are also better at committing themselves to their romantic partners. They make wonderful lovers, because they share the intense romantic passion of other Monkeys, but are far less fickle. Just like the Earth itself, Earth Monkeys are dependable and trustworthy, and you can usually trust that these Monkeys will be around for a long time. Earth Monkeys do not treat love like a game, but are very devoted to friends and family. An Earth Monkey has excellent chances of success.