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 (寅) and the hours 3–5 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Tiger is yang.
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.
Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.
Recent years of the Tiger are: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
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).
See the table below for the full details of each year.
|Year||Celestial Stem||Earthly Branch||Zodiac||Element||Yin 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.
|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
- 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 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!
Tigers in the Year of the Rat (2019)
Tigers will have exited the Year of the Dog feeling confident and sure of themselves. However, all the effort from the previous year will bear its true fruit in the Year of the Pig. The Tiger Horoscope shows that this year will hold more productive potential than last year, but at the same time will be testing Tiger’s patience.
This doesn’t mean that success will come easily, rather you will find many helping hands that share your workload and support you when you need it most. Being relaxed, friendly, and gentle this year is the right recipe to attract what you need.
This year your career can expect to see some positive changes come to fruition. Chances are high for promotion or even a raise for those Tigers that are in the business world. For those who are not, they can still expect some acclaim and validation from their superiors and peers alike that will bring them good luck. The key this year for Tigers is to trust your intuition. You are already holding the key to success this year, you have only to access it.
You can expect especially good fortune in terms of financial return this year. Whatever you try your hand at, investments or a new business, you will find luck in your favor and likely be laughing all the way to the bank.
The important thing to remember this year is to save or reinvest your money. Blowing it on meaningless purchases instead of making your money work for you will have some immediate adverse effects. Your money tree may very well dry up before your eyes. We sometimes forget that greed can have a funny way of taking what we have so newly won, especially when we forget the true value of certain things.
Other potential downfalls this year will come in the form of a jealous coworker. One of the hands that lifted you up may also serve to stab you in the back if you are not careful.
Unlucky months : April 7th - August 18th
Luckiest months: September 12th – December 26th
This year you can expect to maintain high energy and a healthy disposition. You should not be afraid to take advantage of this healthy state by pushing yourself; but balance your life with relaxation as well or you could have trouble sleeping. If that happens, there are some potential liver ailments that may surface because sleep deprivation will compromise your immune system, but if you regulate yourself accordingly all will be well.
The Tiger horoscope does show that certain male family members will be susceptible to minor illnesses. Be sure to pay attention to family and make sure that they avoid eating unhygienic food whether at home, or out at a restaurant.
This year will be very positive in terms of education for Tigers. Whether you are attending a university or still in K-12, your strong motivation and attentive nature will advance your class ranking. You are likely to find distractions in the goings on outdoors, whether that is sports or otherwise, and must maintain the right balance of school and play.
The love horoscope for Tigers reveals no significant change for those Tigers who are trying to find their match. You will meet some potential mates, but it is unlikely they will be your ideal partner. Trying to force a relationship with one of these potential suitors could prove troublesome, especially if you get into a relationship before really knowing the person. Instead focus on strengthening your friendships this year.
For those who have already found love, you could find a significant positive change coming around this year. Whether that means wedding bells or baby bassinets is unclear, but you can expect to make progress this year if you are already in a solid relationship.
Generally speaking, only the Pig has enough patience and tolerance to deal with Tiger’s stubbornness and attitude. This year has potential to bring about some major turning points in your life, if you can simply follow your intuition and let go of your stubborn ways. Choose your friends carefully and surround yourself with those who are moving forward in life to make the most out of this year. Be careful to not ostracize any of your close friends by flaunting your success. Stay modest instead of becoming flashy and mind your own business at all times or you may find one of your new friends will become a backstabber.