Part of the Sky Above Earth Below Oracle Deck I created in 2014. Mixed Media
Monkey (Improvisation, Ingenuity)
Monkey climbs up the trees of the forest. Most monkey species live in trees; but there are a few species which live on the ground. The diet of monkey species is varied and may include: fruits, seeds and root vegetables. Occasionally they will eat insects and other small animals. With dexterous hands, monkeys will often engage in tool use. This gives rise to their the well-deserved reputation for ingenuity. Monkeys are social creatures and live in groups called troops, or tribes. In most species of monkeys the female family groups stay together while male monkeys will move from troop to troop until they find a place. The most common distinction among monkey breeds is the division of Old World and New World variations. Old world monkeys hail from Africa and Asia and includes baboons, macaques, and the snub-nosed monkey (depicted on this card). New world monkeys live in Central and South America and include spider and howler monkeys. All monkey species have a knack for improvisation, likely due to their well-known intellect.
In Chinese mythology Sun-Wukong, the Monkey King, was a trickster god. Several African cultures saw monkey as a trickster spirit as well, known as Esu. Ancient Mayans worshipped a howler monkey god who was seen as a patron of the arts. The Aztecs believed that the monkey was connected to the sun, and was guarded by Kokopelli, the god of fertility. Used in experiments monkeys have been used in the scientific field as analogues for humans; even going to space. The proverbial saying ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ is often depicted with monkeys and has it’s origins in Japanese folklore. Monkeys are frequently depicted in media and literature; from Curious George to the flying monkeys in Wizard of Oz.
When monkey climbs into your cards it may be time to employ some ingenuity. How are you using the tools you have available? Are you easily swinging from branch to branch? Is your ability to adapt intact? Monkey is linked to the Chinese element of metal.
Astrology- (Chinese 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052 or Aug 7-Sept 7) This Chinese sign is cunning and astute. Quick-witted Monkey likes to plot and plan, but adapts easily. This metal sign is lively, with a great sense of humour and a merry disposition. Those born under this sign can be petty though and should be wary of becoming indifferent, or acting immature. Monkey people are reasonable in their manner. They are not interested in fanfare and can be candid when needed. Bright and adaptable, this sign has an inventiveness and intelligence that shouldn’t be denied.
Stars and Constellations
Intelligence, Adaptability, Curiosity, Inquire, Play