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
Fixed Element: Wood
Ruling hours: 3 – 5am
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.
Impulsive, courageous, independent, optimistic, enthusiastic, intense, energetic, tenacious, loyal, daring, passionate, charismatic, fearless, vibrant, honourable
Rebellous, overly confident, dictative, stubborn, brash, domineering, overly-emotional
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.
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.
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.
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