Chinese New Year: Year of the Tiger

If you were born in the following years, you were born in the year of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998.

year of the tiger - chinese new year2010 is the year of the metal Tiger, and metal’s color is white. Metal is one of the five Taoist elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth). According to legend, Tigers live one thousand years. Half way through life at age five hundred, they turn white. Tigers scare off thieves, ghosts, and fires. Tiger is a powerful animal totem to contact in the shamanic realm to assist in banishments and purifications.

The mighty Tiger pounces in after a slow Ox year. Anticipate a dynamic year of sudden opportunities and bold actions. Tiger brings drama and excitement, tempers flare, and the wildest dreams can come true. Volume is turned up to a roar and life experiences are on a grand scale. There is little restraint as brave Tiger pounces on new endeavors. Expect massive social change, political rebellion, and military coups all over the world.

Tiger people are sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered, however. Other people have great respect for them, but sometimes Tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority.

Tigers have a regal quality and assume the leadership role whenever possible. Tigers naturally possess strength, determination, and charisma. No matter how many obstacles are in their path, they will courageously pursue their goals. Tigers are free thinkers and non-conformists like their Western counterpart Aquarius. Despite the independent and dynamic mask they wear to the world, underneath their fur the Tiger is sensitive and emotional. A Tiger demands much attention from a partner, but when given enough love and support can turn into a gentle pussycat.

Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs. Only wily Monkey is not compatible with the ways of the Tiger.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
(“Wishing You Good Fortune & Happiness.”)

SUSAN LEVITT is an author, astrologer, and feng shui consultant in San Francisco. For more information about the Year of the Tiger, please visit her online at:

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