Monkey 2023

The Monkey in 2023 may not have a whole boat-load of stars, but the good news is, they are all still imminently usable! But before we get any further, how was your Year Breaker in 2022? I hope the changes you made had brought you satisfactory growth. Because with 2023 looming, it’s time to take things to the next level!


In creating this new series, I’ve endeavoured to shift your perspectives of the positive and negative stars. They are neither promises nor guarantees. Instead, these are tools given to you for 2023, and it’s up to you to choose which one works better for you. The results become more obvious when we match our actions to the effects.

And when we learn to use these stars, that is when life happens for you, instead of happening to you.

Therefore, this post will include descriptions of the effects of the stars, followed by some ideas (or suggestions, if you will), on how the stars can be used. Please note that critical thinking is required on your part. Because without looking at the full information from your unique Bazi Chart, the ideas cannot be customized and must be kept as broad as possible.


Monkey 2023

A Year Breaker in 2022 may mean that your job scope has changed in some ways. For some people, it may mean changing your job, for some a change in job scope, for some a promotion, for others who may want to slow down, could be a reduction in responsibilities – it all depends on your objectives and goals at that particular time.

If you work for a large multi-national corporation, the Heavenly Horse may signify opportunity to work with other divisions or colleagues from other countries. Or, if you work in a smaller organization, it could mean that you now have the opportunity to take on some responsibilities that are new and unfamiliar to you. Perhaps those new responsibilities, because this is the Heavenly Horse, could involve more travel or more contact with a different segment of the market. Example: perhaps you are an Engineer. In 2022, you transited to become a Sales Engineer. So now you have two portfolios. You need to sell, and you need to deliver. This new Sales role may require you to travel more, attend more meetings – this now becomes an opportunity for career growth.

Now that you have created the chance to be exposed to a different type of customers, here comes the time to use the two problem-solving stars to identify opportunities in the market. What are the problems they face? How can you, and your organization, solve it? These two stars can also be good for research – because when we research, we are looking for problems to solve!

So now that you have taken on a new role, perhaps some investment in your personal presentation, how you dress and look, is required. Hence, the Lesser Consumer. Because this is a new pivot, keep your plans fluid for the Death Charm. Make time for family. Don’t get so busy working that you neglect your family’s well-being.

The Red Chamber is a star of likability. It’s short-term in nature, but that’s fine. What you could do, is perhaps open up several days in your calendar every month and use those time specifically to do demos or explain your services to potential customers!

But what about the Robbery Sha? In this instance, this could represent someone ‘stealing’ your ideas or even your sales lead. While sharing is caring, please be mindful not to share your secret sauce.

The goal here is to get you flying in your new role and what awaits? National Treasure! The opportunity to be recognized as a talent in your industry. Again… what are we positioning for? In 2024, promotion stars available.


Monkey 2023

Regardless if you are own a large enterprise, or an SME, or you operate as a solopreneur. In 2022, changes happened. As difficult as those changes may have been, I hope it led to positive growth for you.

Now that you have pivoted, what now? It’s time to expand or enhance the reach of your product or service. The presence of the Heavenly Horse signifies the opportunity to reach a different market segment. This is not another pivot. This is a tweak. Example: if you are a Wood Day Master, perhaps you can apply your current process or system to a different market?

Next, engage the Earth Relief and Monthly Virtue to find new problems that your product or service can solve. What other type of consumers can use your product or service?

And this is where the Lesser Consumer comes in – investing into marketing campaigns to reach that new market. If money has to be spent, if expenses have to be incurred, spend it wisely!

The Death Charm in your case as a business owner, is a reminder to keep an eye on your cash flow. To stay liquid so that you have the flexibility to respond to changing business environments.

For the business owners, the presence of the Robbery Sha and Red Chamber seems to suggest that it would be better to do this alone instead of partnering up with people. But there’s a better way to use them individually!

The presence of the Robbery Sha may mean that, from your perspective, a lot of new copycat competitors have entered the market. In other words, the barriers of entry into your market has been lowered. But wait a second… what’s the fastest way to enter a new market? Robbery Sha! You model from the existing players in the market and you spot their gap! What about the Red Chamber? You create a line of products or services that can be a one-off use or relationship. That means, your business relationship with your clients is not a long-term relationship. Therefore, your Lesser Consumer marketing dollars is spent to create a constant stream of new customers as opposed to returning customers.

How then to use National Treasure for the business owner? Encourage testimonials and feedback! Offer a small discount for consumer feedback which you can then re-use in your marketing. What are we positioning for? We want to be a market leader in your particular segment come 2024! See?


Monkey 2023

The presence of both the Robbery Sha and Red Chamber can indicate the possibility of scams! Depending on where the Monkey is in your Chart, it could be job scams or love scams. There’s an old proverb that says, “Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts”. This refers to the story of the Trojan Horse! So do be alert. If something sounds too good to be true…

So it seems like the Monkey is all geared up for more adventures in 2023! But where are these adventures waiting to happen? To find out, we need to know where is your Monkey?



Since there is a chance to reach to a different market segment through the Heavenly Horse, business owners could consider investing some money into content marketing if you have the Monkey in your Year Pillar. As the first contact between us and the world at large, the Year Pillar can be regarded as our ‘advertising’ pillar. Therefore, this new investment could be geared towards generating a different type of content that is calculated to appeal to a different market segment.

For Career Professionals, you could volunteer some of your time to do knowledge sharing, run workshops, or even conduct internal training within your own industry. Sharing our knowledge or expertise is one way to engage the National Treasure which is all about becoming recognized as a talent in our field.

Alternatively, this can also mean that you may have the opportunity to meet and connect with talented high flyers, provided you take the opportunity to network and build relationships with them. People whom you can observe, and perhaps even model their systems and how they operate.


For business owners, if the Monkey governs your Month Pillar, you may notice an influx of competitors into your market. Now is the time to stay ahead of the game by identifying new problems to solve and investing some marketing budget into creating new demand for your product or service.

If you prefer to be pro-active, you could make the first move by expanding the reach of your product or service.

For the career professionals, using these positive stars will also require pro-active problem solving. Again, I would not elaborate too much here as I’ve gone into detail in the Career Development segment.


If you are single and looking, and you have the Monkey in your Day Pillar, do be alert for love scams. Of course, this is not a prohibition against dating. It’s just a caution to trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right…

Apart from that, will there be opportunities to meet new people? Yes! The Red Chamber is a star of likability. Use it to create more diversity in your personal circle, go out and meet new people, have fun! But always, make sure to protect yourself and stay safe.

If you want to use these stars for your career growth, personal likability has increased! Allow yourself to voice out more often, contribute more solutions.

For those who are in permanent relationships, use the problem-solving stars to resolve ongoing issues. Don’t allows problems room to fester in the relationship. When things are not resolved, especially in a marriage, and there is this ningling sense of dissatisfaction, it can morph into suspicions.


If the Monkey governs your Hour, be aware of investment schemes and money games. For Business Owners, this could mean that someone on your staff has the capacity and potential to help you increase the reach of your business. You may want to consider investing into that person’s training.

The Hour pillar can also govern our side gigs or side hustles. Let’s use the Robbery Sha here! What is the one thing you can give away or sell, that never leaves you? Your knowledge! Therefore, consider creating and developing some online courses to take advantage of both the Robbery Sha and the Heavenly Horse.


It’s been a long article, hasn’t it? If you’ve gotten this far, thank you!

A little about me. My name is Paulynne Cheng and I am a Bazi and Feng Shui practitioner with a bias for career and business development. Mind you, I’m not a business guru or some such. My role, is to interpret the energies of your Bazi Chart and the corresponding 2023 energies for you. To help you identify potential opportunities and possible threats, depending on your goal for 2023.

Should we meet for an onward conversation, my goal is to help you align your actions, not just to the effects of the stars, but also to the flow of energies in your unique Bazi Chart.

When we do that, you really go with the flow and things become easier because you are no longer fighting the energies, but using the energies.


Now, remember! The Annual Auxiliary Stars make up only about 20% of your Year. To understand and create strategies for a successful year ahead, hit me up for a personal consult. Let’s co-create your strategy together and make 2023 your best year yet!


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Author: Paulynne Cheng

A Business and Career Consultant-Coach who melds Chinese Metaphysics techniques with modern day Coaching to help you become the best that you can be. A lifelong reader who cannot imagine life without books; a 25-year Communications professional with an expertise in sports communications, sports marketing and broadcasting.

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