Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Tiger

The Tiger is the third of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox set off the night before and was first. Tiger arrived early the next morning and was second. Rat secretly climbed onto Ox and jumped down when he saw the Jade Emperor. Ox and Tiger were pushed back to second and third. Despite his protests, Tiger could only settle with being the third zodiac.

The Tiger is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) yín ( )and the hours 3–5 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Tiger is yang.

Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.

In Chinese culture, tigers are seen as the guardian of children. Infants and babies wear shoes and hats with tiger designs to protect against evil spirits.

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although yín is associated with wood, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).

Recent years of the Tiger

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1926 bǐng yín Tiger Fire Yang
1938 yín Tiger Earth Yang
1950 gēng yín Tiger Metal Yang
1962 rén yín Tiger Water Yang
1974 jiǎ yín Tiger Wood Yang
1986 bǐng yín Tiger Fire Yang
1998 yín Tiger Earth Yang
2010 gēng yín Tiger Metal Yang
2022 rén yín Tiger Water Yang

Personality and Characteristics

Tigers are kind and benevolent. Animals, jazz music or other things that call for imagination are good for them.

They rarely feel tired and have rich emotions. Sometimes though, they make brash decisions and are hard to control.

But no matter how many difficulties or obstacles they face, they will never give up. In the end, Tigers live an average life—there are times of joy, sadness and sometimes disappointment.

Elements and fortunes

Element Year Fortune
Metal 1950, 2010 These Tigers are family oriented. They have smooth careers, but must not become overconfident. With patience and tolerance, they’re able to live a carefree life.
Water 1962, 2022 These Tigers are straightforward and don’t wait around. They work hard and go after what they want. Marrying early isn’t advised though. There are difficulties early on, but the middle ages will be full of fortune.
Wood 1974, 2034 These Tigers are honest and don’t have much to worry about. Their descendants will make them proud.
Fire 1926, 1986 These Tigers are composed and enjoy gaining knowledge. They will meet many supportive and helpful figures in life.
Earth 1938, 1998 These Tigers often go to extremes. You can swing from coldness to warm enthusiasm quickly. However, you are extremely intelligent and will chance upon good opportunity later on.

Men born in the Tiger year are adventurous spirits. The riskier something is, the more they want to try it. They aren’t afraid of expressing themselves and can be aggressive in work. Sometimes their confidence makes it difficult to connect with others, so they need to open up a little.

They are positive and have high beauty standards. However, they lack romance and might create a cold and unhappy family.

Women born in the Tiger year are mesmerizing. They love the freedom to express themselves through fashion and work. They are lively and friendly, like a little cat. However, they keep their claws sharp just in case.

Intelligent and patient, they are able to perform well in any environment. They also make great mothers by giving children freedom and respect.


Most compatible with: Pig, Horse, Dog

As a Tiger, they are most compatible with Pigs. Both of them will see the other as most important and are willing to make sacrifices whenever needed. They are able to be themselves in this relationship and similar goals make up for differences in personality.

Horses are able to attract a Tiger’s attention. Their relationship will include mutual respect and support. Hard on themselves and others, a Tiger will only reveal their gentle side to the honest Dog. They will also encourage the Dog to go after their goals and withstand the troubles together.

Least compatible with: Monkey, Snake

A Monkey and Tiger have clashing personalities. They want and need different things. This relationship can only end in arguments.

It’s hard for a Snake and Tiger to sympathize and understand each other. The relationship will be full of suspect and coldness.

Lucky things for Tigers

  • Colors: green, blue
  • Numbers: 1, 3, 7
  • Flowers: plum blossom
  • Directions of auspiciousness: north
  • Directions of wealth: southeast, northwest
  • Directions of love: east

Unlucky things

  • Colors: white
  • Numbers: 4, 9

Careers Fit for Tigers

Tigers are born leaders. If forced to do jobs that are the same every day or have no meaning to them, they will not put in their best effort. Though they believe in doing their best, they need a job that actually uses their skills.

Their job should not merely be a way to earn money. It should be a part of their lives. Rather than working to live, they live to work. A high position leadership or management position would be the best fit.

However, Tigers are both suspicious and gullible. Add in short tempers, they are prone to making horrible decisions and lose the respect of others. Tigers who wish to become leaders must remember to listen to coworkers and think things through before acting.

Health and Lifestyle

Tigers are sensitive to food and are picky eaters. They may have a soft spot for sweets, but this can lead to diabetes and dental problems. Good eating habits are a must for a healthy life.

Sleep and rest is also needed for health. But Tigers often have stressful careers and may have anxiety. It’s common for them to suffer from insomnia. They would benefit from relaxed conversations with family and taking well-deserved breaks.


Tigers in the Year of the Ox (2021)

Overall, 2021 will be a stable year for the Tiger. Many of you felt a lot of stress in 2020, which may have affected your health. With everything getting back on track this year, you can finally be able to catch a breather.

Though this year may be stable, it may not feature the career accomplishments you have long sought after. When you become frustrated and restless, remember that this year offers immense potential to utilize your positive energy.

The Tiger will have great luck with romance this year. The lucky Peach Blossom star will increase your confidence and appeal, making this a good year to get out there and explore your options.


Like your overall fortune, your career will be stable and event-free. You will continue putting out good performances at your current position, and there will be nothing to worry about. This may sound good to many, but as a driven Tiger, the lack of activity might not be what you are looking for.

Those of you aspiring to change jobs or receive promotions may feel frustrated and disappointed. While this may not be the most exciting phase of your career, it will provide the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for future success. Take this time to review your fundamentals and improve your skills.

The Year of the Ox will bless the Tiger with sound financial footing. Some of your previous financial investments will begin to generate good returns. Though occasional hitches will still pop up, you will likely be able to stem the tide.

Avoid unnecessary speculation, as sufficient funds might tempt you to overindulge. Make cautious financial moves, and you are likely to keep your pocket full this year.

Lucky Months: May, September, and October

Unlucky Months: April, July, and August


2021 will be a great year for Tigers to achieve significant progress in their studies. Because your overall fortune is stable and stress-free, you will have more time and energy to concentrate on your learning and work toward your educational goals.

The Metal Ox will also inspire you to explore. You are likely to discover a new favorite class, research project, or area of interest that you may want to pursue as a career. As a student, you will need to keep your ambitions high and your ideas in the spotlight.


The Tiger will experience a year of wonderful opportunities for love and relationships. Single Tigers may find the love of their life this year. Be sure to put yourself out there as much as you can, even if you are generally more introverted.

The lucky Peach Blossom star will help you with your social interactions—especially romantic ones—and you are likely to feel more confident, attractive, and at ease when you approach people you like. It may not be the best idea to pursue short-term pleasure, however. Single Tigers should seek out a steady and loving companion instead.

Tigers already in a committed relationship will find 2021 to be a year of peace and harmony. Use this time to deepen your relationship with your partner through traveling and going on adventures.

Your assertiveness and love of independence may cause some strains during this time. Communication will be especially important for the Tiger, so remember that honest heart-to-heart talks can usually remove any lingering clouds in your relationship.


2021 will be a good year for the Tiger’s health. Though you have felt drained or exhausted in the past year, this year will see you on the road to recovery and becoming your best self. While this year will serve a period of rest and rejuvenation, it will be a good time to pick up a sport of your liking to pursue long term.

No major illnesses will worry you this year, though you may be prone to minor illness at times. Do not let your guard down. Routine checkups and awareness of your physical health will still be crucial for Tigers in 2021.


Compared to last year, the Tiger will enjoy a healthy and happy year with less stress and more human connections. You will find yourself in romantic and platonic relationships that are both fun and supportive.

2021 will be a good year to make some important choices in your love life, and you will gain some beautiful memories with someone special. Though you may find work to be less exciting and rewarding this year, if you remain patient and adapt to your environment, good things will come your way. Always put forth your best effort. With a little bit of luck, you will get your chance to shine in the later months of the year.

Tigers in the Year of the Rat (2020)

Tigers are set to reap the benefits of the Year of the Rat; career and education, in particular, will be the areas to focus on for the next few months. Be confident in your abilities. Use your talents for good; loyalty and intelligence will get you far. On the other hand, health and relationships will not have such a positive outlook. You will need to be sensitive to your well-being and others’ if you want to have a good year.


Luck will rain on you this year! Promotions, raises, and all kinds of rewards will be coming your way throughout the entirety of 2020. Even though you have such good prospects, don’t slack off on your work. Do everything you can to climb up the ladder.

Confidence in the office will get your far; your coworkers and superiors will think highly of you. However, don’t success go to your head. Maintaining good relationships in the workplace is always beneficial. You never know, a colleague might be the one to recommend you for a promotion.

Lucky Months: March, June, September, and October.

Unlucky Months: February, April, July, August, and November.


Tigers pursuing educational goals will do well to focus on communication. To succeed in school, you often have to rely on colleagues for support in classes and social events. Take some time to get out of your head and build some friendships.

According to the stars, travel will be good for Tigers this year. If you have the opportunity and the means, go for a semester abroad! Not only will you immerse yourself in a new culture, but you will also meet new people who can help you advance in life. Harness that courageous energy of yours!


Because Tigers are sensitive to health issues, it is essential to stay on top of their well-being. This year will prove to be a bit more challenging for your health because of the stressors that will arise. Instead of ignoring sickness when it first shows up, make an effort to cure the symptoms. Nipping symptoms in the bud will give you a boost before an illness turns into a multi-week battle. Focus on eating the right foods as well. Stay away from too many sweets and fatty foods. Keep your energy up for the busy year ahead by eating nutritious fruits, vegetables, and proteins.

The Year of the Rat will usher in a busier year; even though the Tiger is up for the challenge, the quick pace could become problematic. Be careful not to push your limits too far. Your mental state is just as important as your physical capabilities. Take breaks when needed; try a weekend vacation to destress and relax.


The horoscope for love this year does not suggest much excitement. Both single and married Tigers will need to hang tight until the next year rolls around. For singles, the only encounters might be with friends. Take comfort in the fact that closeness between friends often produces a happier lifestyle, and could eventually turn into something more. Feel free to go on blind dates, but don’t expect to find your true love.

For those already involved romantically, communication will be crucial for a happy marriage. Because the year will already be challenging for your love life, show off your best personality traits to your partner. Loyalty and trust are highly valued in any relationship, and especially in a romantic one. Work through any issues you have with your spouse; therapy could be an excellent option for both of you. Work hard to get back to a place of love and understanding.


The Rat will be a blessing for the Tiger in 2020. Your positive traits will be exemplified in the office, in your education, and your relationships. Channeling confidence in everything you do will bring great success, but be wary of your arrogant streak. Take breaks to focus on your well-being, and not just your physical health—a sound mental state is essential too. Take stock of communication in your relationships; the year may test your abilities. Remember, people appreciate genuine conversation, kindness, and loyalty. Cheers to a new year and a better you!