2022 – Year of the Tiger

February 1, 2022 – January 21, 2023: Water Tiger

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde, born 1854

Zodiac location: 3rd

Trine: Third

Fixed Element: Wood

Ruling hours: 3 – 5am

Direction: North

Season & month: Spring

Gemstone: Sapphire or jade

Colours: Blue, grey and orange

Western sign equivalent: Aquarius

Polarity: Yang / Masculine

Like their eponymous zodiac animal, people born in the years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good.

The Tiger is associated with valour. Those belonging to the sign of the Tiger (born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 and 1938) are said to value independence and have a strong sense of justice.

People born in a year of the Tiger are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. They are very charming and well-liked by others. But sometimes they are likely to be impetuous, irritable, and overindulgent.

With stubborn personalities and tough judgment, Tigers work actively and express themselves boldly, doing things in a high-handed manner. They are authoritative and never go back on what they have said.

With great confidence and indomitable fortitude, they can be competent leaders. They will not make preparations for anything, but can handle anything that comes along.

Positive Traits:

Impulsive, courageous, independent, optimistic, enthusiastic, intense, energetic, tenacious, loyal, daring, passionate, charismatic, fearless, vibrant, honourable

Negative Traits:

Rebellous, overly confident, dictative, stubborn, brash, domineering, overly-emotional

Third Trine:

The 12 signs of the Ming Shui (Circle of Animals) of the Chinese Zodiac are split into four groups of three animals each. These divisions are referred to as “trines.” Each trine contains animals that are not sequential in the Circle but are four years apart.

The purpose of the trine is to help you understand what animals are compatible. The three animals selected are strongly co-related in terms of specific facets. As a result, you may easily compare and understand their compatibility in terms of such things as family matters, business associations, and personal relationships. The animals found in each Trine are perceived as being very alike in such aspects as personality, outlook, and mindset, to name a few.

The Third Trine features animals with the highest of ideals. The Tiger, Horse and Dog are bound together by characteristics that ensure they do well in each other’s company. They may not be typical “soul mates” but they do work, play and do very well at bringing up children together. While all three signs are idealistic in nature, each pursues their goals in a slightly different manner. The Tiger is a born leader who courageously protects and chases what he or she wants. 

When it comes to relationships and close contact with others, Tigers, Horses and Dogs are best matched with each other. When a Tiger forms a close bond with a Horse, in both pleasure and business, it proves solid and is bound to last. Horses and Tigers will stand by each other in marriage, in friendship and in whatever causes are being fought for. In a social situation, the Tiger can also create a sublime situation by becoming friends with the Dog. The two add to each other’s strengths. In business, however, there may be issues over ideals.

Element: Water

Water is the source of life on this planet. Water has the capacity to flow, infinitely yielding yet infinitely powerful, silent and still, awaiting, flexible, ever changing, a stored potential and often dangerous (flood’s devastation) with the capacity also to nourish and cleanse.
Likewise it is the fluid (the main component of the body) which nourishes and maintains the health of every cell. Water corresponds to the skeletal and excretory system as well as to the vital fluids, i.e. blood, lymph, mucus, semen and fat and is related to the lung. The kidney is especially linked to this element.
Represented by the colour black/ blue and a wave like shape, Water’s motion is downward, fluid, secretive, intuitive, compassionate, sensitive, gentle and creative.
Water is the ultimate yin; quiet, cold; representing the resting time of winter.
In human psychology the element governs the balance between fear or being exploited and the desire to dominate.

Water Tiger

Recent years: 1962, 2022

Water Tigers tend to have very good interpersonal relationships. They are family-oriented and like to lead a quiet and peaceful family life. They may appear brash on the outside, while on the inside they may be prone to indecision and restraint. Metal Tigers keep family and work clearly divided, and try to never take work home. Although they are relatively taciturn, they are considerate and sympathetic to their loved ones.

Tigers desire power and Water Tigers are no exception. If they can work hard and keep making progress, they will surely realize their wishes. Water Tigers must learn to practice patience and love, especially with their family. Otherwise, turbulence in the private sphere will interfere with their success in the professional sphere. Water Tigers will make great progress in their career, but success will not come without hard work. They can find others’ advice off-putting, a hang-up they will have to get over in order to succeed.

In General:

The Tiger, called “the king of the animals” in China, is usually the center of attention. They are born with leadership skills and they are respected by others. Tigers are suited to any career as leaders.

The best careers for Tigers are: advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian, and chauffeur.

However, in their early years, Tigers’ careers are not so smooth. After their thirties they find their direction and gather wealth.

Tigers usually enjoy good health. Small illnesses, such as colds, coughs, and fever, are rarely experienced by Tigers. They are active so they like to do various sports.

However, they should avoid excessive strenuous exercise, because some dangerous activities may lead to physical harm. When involved in outdoor exercise, they should pay particular attention to warm-up exercise. Aerobic exercises, such as jogging, are suitable for keeping fit.

Tigers are energetic and have great enthusiasm at work. When they feel exhausted after working for long hours, they need some relaxation to refresh themselves.

In social relationships, Tigers always have a dominant role.

Due to mistrust and overconfidence, Tigers do not like to communicate with others so they are not good at coordinating in social circles. They are inclined to use commanding means to deal with interpersonal relationships.

Even though they are acquainted with a lot of people, they do not further the relationships to make close friendships.

Understanding, patience, and tact are needed when dealing with Tigers.

In love relationships, Tigers cannot show deep affection to their partners because they lack a sense of romance. Partners need to be equally active to keep up with a Tiger’s sense of adventure.

What’s in store for Year of the Tiger?

The Year of the Rat (2020) was about survival, and the Year of the Ox (2021) was about anchoring ourselves in a new reality. The Year of the Tiger will be about making big changes. This will be a year of risk-taking and adventure. We’re finding enthusiasm again, both for ourselves and for others. Everyone is fired up, generosity is at an all-time high and social progress feels possible again.

The Tiger is associated with Yang (masculine, active) energy. Tigers do things their own way and hate being told what to do. Expect things to rapidly change this year. Sudden disruptions in career, romance and home life should be expected. Some of us will thrive through taking great leaps, while others might crash and burn. So while it’s important to follow our intuition and run with our wildest dreams, that means we also have to keep our egos in check.

In addition to the animals, the Chinese Zodiac also cycles through five elemental types. So, this is not only the Year of the Tiger, it’s the year of the Water Tiger. Water years bring out our emotions more than any of the other elements. Water Tigers are family-oriented and have wonderful interpersonal relationships. Though they’re extremely driven and can be brash, their goal is always to do what’s best for everyone, not just for themselves. Overall, this is a year for switching careers, building teams or getting back into creative projects. Life is short so why not be happy?

I’m a Tiger; Will this be my Best Year?

Born under this sign, you might think that the Year of the Tiger is your time to shine, but sadly, it’s actually the opposite. Traditionally, a zodiac sign’s year is the most unlucky for them in Chinese astrology. That said, since 2022 is about fiercely pursuing passions for all of the signs, as a Tiger, you know how to go big or go home better than most. You may be rewarded for the bold risks you’re willing to take.

Though this isn’t the ideal year for the Tiger, this year will be great for Horses (who prioritize freedom over everything), Pigs (who are pragmatic yet pleasure-driven), and Dogs (who are fiercely loyal). Monkeys (who are driven by intellect rather than action) and Snakes (who love strategizing in secret) may have a harder time this year.

Famous Tiger People:

  • Queen Elizabeth II: born on April 21, 1926, a Fire Tiger
  • Tom Cruise: born on July 3, 1962, a Water Tiger
  • Leonardo DiCaprio: born on November 11, 1974, a Wood Tiger
  • Lady Gaga: born on March 28, 1986, a Fire Tiger

Year of the Tiger: fortune and personality

Year of the tiger

Trines

Element: Water

What to expect this year

March – Month of Pisces

pisces

Pisces – The most adaptable of the zodiac; compassionate; imaginative; sensitive; self-less; other-worldly; intuitive; big-picture; dreams; mystical

12th House – The house of endings and what is unseen, what is sacrificed and put aside

Quality: Mutable

Element: Water

Cycle: Universal

Charge: Negative / Feminine

Motto:  I Believe

Planet: Neptune

Symbol/s: Fish

Colour/s: Sea-blue; Sea-green; lavendar; white;

Flower/s: Violets; Water Lily; White Poppy; Lotus

Birth/Gemstones: Amethyst; Aquamarine; Moonstone

Metal: Platinum

Body Part/s: Feet; Immune System; Lymphatic System

The water form of Pisces is the ocean

Positive Traits:

Shy; romantic; imaginative; sensitive; other-worldly; understanding; compassionate; dreamy; trustworthy; idealistic; intuitive; sympathetic; kind; empathy; spiritual; artistic; undescriminating; visionary; passive; inspirational; accepting

Negative Traits:

Unrealistic; impractical; aloof; easily led; secretive; vague; escapist; idealistic; gullible; neglectful; lazy; illusory; distracted; detached

Likes:

Romance; nature; ambient music; mystical settings; freedom; privacy; poetry; art; music; food of all kinds; candles; incense; water; being loved/wanted;

Dislikes:

Bright, noisy, crowded places; dirty, ugly garish objects; the wrong people; tight spaces; authority; revealing private life;

In General:

“You are a modest and self-sacrificing person, searching tirelessly for what can make life truly meaningful and fulfilling. You need to believe in something, and you’re perfectly willing to spend a lifetime finding it. During this search, you don’t hesitate to make significant personal sacrifices, even when others would say that they are pointless or just too much. You are definitely more of a follower than a leader, and you can find it in you to adapt to almost any circumstance, and to compromise enough to do fine together with almost any other person. But you have your quest, which is so hard to complete, so you often find yourself giving up what you have, to move on. Maybe next time you find what you’re looking for. In the meantime, it happens that people take advantage of you, because of your willingness to comply, but it rarely hurts you. You are aware of it, and don’t mind paying that price.”

2009 – Year of the Ox

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January 26 2009 – February 14 2010: Earth Ox

The Ox is thought to be the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The Ox is a power sign, like the Rat, Snake, Dragon, Tiger, and Monkey. They’re quite dependable and possess an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint.

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” – Barack Obama; Year of the Ox

     

Zodiac location: 2nd

Trine: Second

Fixed Element: Water

Ruling hours: 1 – 3am

Direction: North-east

Season & month: Winter

Gemstone: Onyx

Colours: Yellow; Blue

Western sign equivalent: Capricorn

Polarity: Yin / Feminine

Positive Traits:

Dependable; calm; methodical; patient; hardworking; ambitious; conventional; steady; modest; logical; resolute; tenacious

Negative Traits:

Stubborn; narrow-minded; materialistic; rigid; quick tempered;

Second Trine:

“The second trine consists of the Ox, Snake, and Rooster. These three soul mates conquer life through endurance, application, and slow accumulation of energy. Although each sign is fixed and rigid in opinions and views, they are genius in the art of meticulous planning. They are hardworking, discreet, modest, industrious, charitable, loyal, punctual, philosophical, patient, and good-hearted individuals with high moral standards. They can also be self-righteous, vain, critical, judgmental, myopic, narrow-minded, and petty.”

Element: Earth

“The earth person is functional, practical, solid, reliable, organized and methodical. They have good deductive powers and are able to show foresight and planning. They make effective administrators and are wise and prudent in finance. They are intelligent, objective, persistent, disciplined and responsible. However, they can also be unimaginative, over-protective, and pessimistic. The direction associated with Earth is the Centre. Some Chinese astrologers associate Earth with late summer. “

In General:

“Ox people, according to tradition, need peace and quiet to work through their ideas, and when they have set their mind on something it is hard for them to be convinced otherwise. An Ox person has a very logical mind and is extremely systematic in whatever they do, though they have a tremendous imagination and an unparalleled appreciation for beauty. These people speak little but are extremely intelligent. When necessary, they are articulate and eloquent.
Traditionally, people born under the influence of the Ox are thought to be kind, caring souls, logical, positive, filled with common sense and with their feet firmly planted on the ground. Security is their main preoccupation in life, and they are prepared to toil long and hard in order to provide a warm, comfortable and stable nest for themselves and their families. Strong-minded, stubborn, individualistic, the majority are highly intelligent individuals who don’t take kindly to being told what to do.

The Ox, it is thought, works hard, patiently, and methodically, with original intelligence and reflective thought. These people enjoy helping others. Behind this tenacious, laboring, and self-sacrificing exterior lies an active mind.

The Ox, according to tradition, is not extravagant, and a modern interpretation of this is that the thought of living off credit cards or being in debt makes them nervous. The possibility of taking a serious risk could cause the Ox sleepless nights.

Ox people are truthful and sincere, and the idea of wheeling and dealing in a competitive world is distasteful to them. They are rarely driven by the prospect of financial gain. These people are always welcome in small gatherings because of their humble composure and reverent nature towards the host. They are reputed to be the most beautiful of face in the zodiac. They have many friends, who appreciate the fact that the Ox people are wary of new trends, although every now and then they can be encouraged to try something new. People born in the year of the Ox make wonderful parents and teachers of children.

It is important to remember that the Ox people are sociable and relaxed when they feel secure, but occasionally a dark cloud looms over such people and they engage all the trials of the whole world and seek solutions for them.”

 

http://www.kellystarsigns.com/chinesesigns/ox.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox_(zodiac)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac

February – Month of Aquarius

aquarius

Aquarius – The most unique of the zodiac; unconventional; original; rebellious; perservering; contemplation; logical; factual; focused mind

11th House – The house of humanitarian ideals and all-encompassing perspectives

Quality: Fixed

Element: Air

Cycle: Transpersonal

Charge: Positive / Masculine

Motto: I Know

Planet: Uranus

Symbols: Water Bearer

Colours: Electric Blue; Turquoise

Flowers: Orchid

Birth/Gemstones: Amethyst; Garnet

Metal: Aluminium

Body: Circulatory system; Calves; Achilles heel; Ankles; Shins

The air form of aquarius is a still cold winters night

Positive Traits:

Friendly; humanitarian; open; honest; original; inventive; independent; intellectual; focused mind; humane; ethereal; sensibly idealistic; refined; genial; frank; serious-minded; intellegent; clear; concise; logical;

Negative Traits:

Contrary; perverse; unpredictable; unemotional; detached; eccentricity; egotism; dogmatism; lack of integrity; rudeness; resentfulness; cunning; secretive; burst of extreme temper

Likes:

Friendship; freedom; intellectual stimulation; camaraderie; surprises; companionship;  feeling understood; emotional safety

Dislikes:

Jealousy; possessiveness; control; ego plays; narrow-mindedness; being ridiculed; routines; fighting; inequality; being taken forgranted; being understood

In General:

“You are a thoughtful and contemplative person, striving to understand things around you, no matter how difficult that might be. You take nothing for granted, and you don’t just adapt to what seems to be expected of you. You want to find your own way, do things the way you yourself think is the best. That leads to many quite original conclusions and habits. Since you don’t follow any trends, you have a behavior that is rather unconventional, sometimes even odd in the eyes of others. But it makes sense to you, and that’s what matters. You would not dream of living in a certain way, just because everyone else is.”

http://www.crystalinks.com/aquarius.html

http://www.fatewatch.com/love/aquarius.htm

http://www.astrology-online.com/aquarius.htm

Tar Sands – A Growing Environmental Issue

“Tar sands (also referred to as oil sands) are a combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumen, a heavy black viscous oil. Tar sands can be mined and processed to extract the oil-rich bitumen, which is then refined into oil. The bitumen in tar sands cannot be pumped from the ground in its natural state; instead tar sand deposits are mined, usually using strip mining or open pit techniques, or the oil is extracted by underground heating with additional upgrading.

tar-sands

Tar sands are mined and processed to generate oil similar to oil pumped from conventional oil wells, but extracting oil from tar sands is more complex than conventional oil recovery. Oil sands recovery processes include extraction and separation systems to separate the bitumen from the clay, sand, and water that make up the tar sands. Bitumen also requires additional upgrading before it can be refined. Because it is so viscous (thick), it also requires dilution with lighter hydrocarbons to make it transportable by pipelines.

http://ostseis.anl.gov/guide/tarsands/

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/02/tar-sands-most-destructive-project.php

http://oilsandstruth.org/

January – Month of Capricorn

capricorn

Capricorn – The tenth and most ambitious and perservering of the zodiac; driven; constructive; completion; accomplished; efficient; controlled

10th House – The house of career and status; one’s imprint on life

Quality: Cardinal

Element: Earth

Cycle: Universal

Charge: Negative

Motto: I Use

Planet : Saturn

Symbols:  Sea-goat

Colours: Brown; Green; Blue

Flowers: Ivy; Carnation

Birth/Gemstones: Onyx; Quartz

Metal: Lead; Silver

Body: Knees; Skeleton

The Earth-form of Capricorn is hard cold winter grounds or mountains

Positive Traits

Prudent; responsible; realistic; formal; patient; methodical; disciplined; traditional; cautious; conventional; hard-working; perservering; self-reliant; ambitious; conscientious; competent; professional; patient; focussed; honest;

Negative Traits

Career-oriented; business-like; authoritive; rigid; suspicious; status-seeking; demanding; insensitive; inhibited; materialistic; self-serving; cold; domineering; calculating; controlling; lack of emotional depth or tolerance;

Likes

Duties and responsibilities; hard work that leads to results; economising; hot simple food; feeling secure; dependability; finantial stability; ambitious mates; making long-term relationship plans; feeling committed

Yare a person with a drive, with the energy to reach results whatever you do. You want to accomplish, to drag things to com­pletion. You have the ability to accomplish concrete results, even when the initial ideas may have seemed vague or even unrealistic. The result might not be all that was imagined in the beginning, but it is there, and it is real. You have ambition, and the perseverence to realize several of your goals. What you start you want to finish, although that often means a lot of hard work. For you, the satisfaction is in the completion.

Dislikes

Incompetence; flightiness; game-playing; dominance; ego displays; extravegance; coarseness; being challenged by a lover;

Influence of the Planets

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story” – Linda Hogan

planets

50px-sun_symbolsvg Sun – Basic Drive

50px-moon_symbol_decrescentsvg Moon – Longing

50px-mercury_symbolsvg Mercury – Curiosity

75px-venus_symbolsvg Venus – Affection

75px-mars_symbolsvg Mars – Action

50px-jupiter_symbolsvg Jupiter – Luck /Opportunity

50px-saturn_symbolsvg Saturn – Duty /Lesson

50px-uranus27s_astrological_symbolsvg Uranus – Invention

50px-neptune_symbolsvg Neptune – Fantasy

50px-pluto27s_astrological_symbolsvg Pluto – Catharsis

 

http://www.horoscoper.net/

December – Month of Sagittarius

sagittarius

Sagittarius – The 9th & most independent of the zodiac; freedom-loving; philosophical; broad-minded; expansive; intellectual; travel; optimism

9th House – The endless search for knowledge & wisdom, whether through physical travel or travel of the mind

Quality: Mutable

Element: Fire

Cycle: Universal

Charge: Positive

Motto: I See

Planet: Jupiter

Symbols: The Archer

Colours: Orange; Purple; Light Blue

Flowers: Azalea; Tulip

Birth/Gemstones: Topaz

Metal: Tin

Body: Hips; Thighs

The fire form of Sagittarius is a sweeping forest fire

Positive Traits

Witty conversationalist; humourous; freedom-loving; free-spirited; idealistic; believing; moral; righteous; intellegent; intellectual; positive; optimistic; honest; sincere; confident; enterprising; ambitious; goal-oriented; energetic; active; versatile; adventurous; risk-taking; independent; approachable; warm; cheerful; likeable; warm; sympathetic; generous; extrovert; benevolent; straight-forward; philisophic; athletic; fun-loving; expansive

Negative Traits

Blundering; careless; exaggerative; know-it-all; over-indulgent; tactless; scattered; indiscreet; blunt; childlike; impulsive; temperamental; restless; impatient; loud; obnoxious

Likes 

Travel & adventure; honesty; justice; law; freedom; meaning; taking risks; gambling or speculation; socialising

You are a person with great integrity, going your own way, rarely following others – nor do you want others to follow you. You do your own thing. Freedom is a key word for Sagittarius. You need to be independent, even though that might lead to limited resources and other difficulties. To you, freedom is a wealth surpassing that of money. Like the archer, you aim far. Your goals are distant, some would say unobtainable, but thereby they are also interesting, not to say spectacular – certainly to you. Only things that seem to be out of reach are worth reaching for.

Dislikes

Routine & chores; being constrained; being tied down; being forced to do things; being doubted; having to explain oneself; being forced to make promises; being bothered by little details

http://www.horoscoper.net/sagittarius/sagittarius.htm