I’ve been drawn to tigers for as long as I can remember. They are beautiful animals. Perhaps it’s only fitting that I was born in the Chinese year of the tiger. Some of the following applies to me, but some of it doesn’t. Oh well. Nobody’s perfect.
Tigers, considered to be brave, cruel, forceful and terrifying, are the symbol of power and lordliness. In ancient times, people usually compared emperors or grandees with the tiger. Court officials often said that ‘accompanying the emperor is just like being at the side of a tiger’. There are also many legends on hunting tigers dealing with struggling against evil might.
Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger are authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and they’re ready to pounce at any time.
Occupying the 3rd position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Tiger symbolizes such character traits as bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. Tigers love to be challenged and will accept any challenge if it means protecting a loved one or protecting their honor. They don’t worry about the outcome because they know they’ll always land on their feet. Don’t let their calm appearance fool you though; Tigers will pounce when they feel it’s necessary.
Born to lead, Tigers can be stubborn if they realize they’re not in charge. They have a slight tendency to be selfish but overall, Tigers are extremely generous. They’re very intelligent and they’re always on alert. Tigers are very charming and are well-liked by others. They are not motivated by money or power.
As they do their enemies, Tigers have a tendency to pounce on their work. Afterwards, they’re left feeling exhausted. Although they’ll soon bounce right back, over time this approach can cause problems with their health. Tigers need to develop a more balanced approach to life so they can utilize their energy more efficiently.
Tigers have a continual need to be challenged which may explain why they jump from job to job. This isn’t necessarily a problem because they’re smart and able to quickly master new subjects. The best jobs for Tigers are those that will lead them towards positions of leadership. Some suitable careers for Tigers include: advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian and chauffeur. (A chauffeur? Are you kidding me?)
Creative in their passion, Tigers will never bore their partners. They’re expressive, polite and trustworthy, but watch out. Tigers tend to dominate their relationships. This tendency is instinctive and when monitored closely, such behavior can be kept under control. Partners need to be equally active to keep up with the Tiger’s sense of adventure.
Tigers and the 5 elements
Metal Tiger – Years 1950 and 2010
Assertive, competitive and sharp, once Metal Tigers set their sights on their goals there’s no stopping them. They’ll always do what’s necessary to remain at the center of attention. Metal Tigers tend to jump to conclusions; a behavior they need to work at improving.
Water Tiger – Years 1902 and 1962
Water Tigers are sensitive and tranquil. They realize that other people have worthy opinions too. They’re very intuitive which makes them good at accurately judging different situations.
Wood Tiger – Years 1914 and 1974 (I’m considered a Wood Tiger.)
Not feeling the need to be in charge, Wood Tigers work well with others. Others enjoying being around Wood Tigers because they’re very giving individuals. They’re compassionate and willing to do whatever is necessary to help others.
Fire Tiger – Years 1926 and 1986
Expressive, vibrant and a bit eccentric, Fire Tigers are always looking at the positive side of every situation. Because they’re able to generate excitement in others, they’re considered excellent leaders. When Fire Tigers speak, others listen – and do what they’re told!
Earth Tiger – Years 1938 and 1998
More grounded in reality, Earth Tigers don’t get carried away by the circumstances of their situations. Instead, they sit back and evaluate all angles before jumping in. They’re able to stay focused on their tasks; a trait that helps ensure success.
Tigers are compatible with a Dog and a Horse and are incompatible with a Goat and an Ox. (Which is weird, because my husband was born in the Year of the Monkey.)
They are tolerant, staunch, valiant, and respected. They like challenges and speed and they are active and good at expressing themselves. In their middle age, their fate may be uneven, but afterwards will enjoy a bright prospect. Most women under the tiger sign are intelligent, faithful and virtuous.
Their shortcoming is to project themselves before others. They are given to deep thinking and are capable of great sympathy, however, they can be short-tempered. Sometimes, they come into conflict easily with people in authority. They are over confident and traitorous, which may result in unsuccessful communication and cooperation with others. (Traitorous? A minute ago, I was trustworthy!)
Horoscope and Numerology Elements
Earthly Branch of Birth Year: yin
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): mu (wood)
Yin Yang: yang
Auspicious Directions: south, east, southeast
Lucky Colors: blue, grey, white, orange; Avoid: golden, silver, brown, black (My favorite color is green.)
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4; Avoid: 6, 7, 8 (Some of my favorite numbers end with sevens. Weird.)
Lucky Flowers: Cineraria
Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Best match: horse, dog; Avoid: snake, monkey (My husband is a monkey, so what does that say about us?)