The Year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger

Tigers are a legendary creature often featured in the tales and histories of China. They are a regal and noble animal. Tigers are a symbol of power and lordliness. The Royal Court compared many ancient Chinese emperors to tigers. People born during the Year of the Tiger share many of the animal’s lordly traits; they are often brave, charming, and friendly. Those born under the sign of the Tiger are endowed with good luck and authority. Though they make well-liked leaders, tigers can be boastful, impetuous, and irritable.

Basic Astrology Elements

Though most people are aware of the yearly assignment of the Chinese Zodiac signs, Chinese astrology digs deeper and each sign is also tied to a month, day, and hours. The sign of the year you were born represents how you present yourself, your birth month represents your inner self, the day of your birth is your true self, and the hour you were born reveals your secret self. Figuring out your 4 pillars can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

The Tiger is in the 3rd position in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac

Years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: 寅 Yín

Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Wood (Mu)

Yin Yang: Yang

Chinese Symbol: The Year of the Tiger

Season: Spring

Lunar Month: 1st

Gregorian Date and Western Zodiac Equivalent: Feb 4-Feb 18 Aquarius or Feb 19-Mar 5 Pisces

Solar Term and Longitude: 314° 立春 Lìchūn or 329° 雨水 Yǔshuǐ

Hours (based on local solar time): 03:00 – 04:59 This is the time when Tigers hunt their prey more and show their ferocity

Days: Zodiac animal of the day you were born can be calculated here:

Personality Traits

People born under the sign of the Tiger show great fortitude and confidence and with these traits become excellent leaders. They are determined and persistent and do not stop until they achieve all their goals. Tigers have no regrets and possess and innate stately manner. They freely express their emotions and thoughts, hoping to quickly gain other’s trust. Those around them respect tigers and people are usually willing to follow them in their cause. Although they have traits that make them confident and successful leaders, their lordly manner has darkness. Tigers are quick-tempered, arrogant, and quick to challenge anyone who disagrees with them.

Positive Traits: Loyal, Valiant, Courageous, Virtuous, Trustworthy, Vigorous, Ambitious, Intelligent

Negative Traits: Arrogant, Short-tempered, Boastful, Impetuous, Irritable, Stubborn, Hasty, Traitorous

Elemental Variations

Like the other signs, a Tiger’s personality is affected by their elemental variation.

Fire Tiger: 1926 and 1986

Fire tigers are tolerant, talented, and have a strong will. They are good conversationalists who love to talk. They are quick to help others and people are eager to return the favor. Fire tigers are endowed with intelligence and wit and often excel in school. They do things enthusiastically and vigorously, which often leads to mistakes. They are a little proud and don’t like to listen to others’ advice.

Earth Tiger: 1938 and 1998

Earth tigers are diligent, expressive, and have a great sense of self. They are pragmatic and only believe in what they can see. They are reliable people and quick to help others. They are ambitious and enterprising, but people often see them as insatiable. Earth tigers go above and beyond what is being asked. They do well in love as long as they are open and willing to talk often with their partner.

Metal Tiger: 1950 and 2010

Metal tigers value freedom and hate being restrained. They have high aspirations and are driven by vanity. They will worker harder than other people to ensure they achieve the goals they set. Metal tigers are courageous and confident in their own actions. They will often take drastic measure to get what they want and won’t allow people to intervene. They are family oriented and have good interpersonal relationships. Metal tigers are often fruitful in wealth and career.

Water Tiger: 1962

Water tigers are calm, careful, and can face any challenge that comes their way. They judge things clearly and rarely make mistakes. Unlike other tigers, they are open to new ideas and techniques. Water tigers are quick learners who do well in creative outlets. Water tigers are successful in most areas of their lives and people are often jealous of this. If they want to have success in love, they must remember to be more mindful of their partner’s feelings.

Wood Tiger: 1974

Wood tigers have excellent diplomacy skills and work well with others to achieve their goals. They fail to dig deeper into matters and this often leads to setbacks. They hate authority and would rather be their own boss. Wood tigers are brave against the strong who take advantage of the weak. They are always quick to defend those that cannot defend themselves. They can be selfish, snobbish, and rarely admire others. However, they are loyal to their good friends and very trustworthy.

Career Options

Tigers have a domineering personality and they would prefer to be the boss. They are born leaders and thrive in positions of authority. They enjoy challenges and variety in their work. They aren’t afraid to challenge their boss when they feel their boss is wrong. Tigers are devoted to their careers and they will take decisive actions to achieve success. No matter what career they choose, tigers always end up on top.

Best Career Options: Politician, Manager, Judge, Advertising Agent, Pilot, Writer, Economist, Entrepreneur


People born during the Year of the Tiger are usually prosperous in their lives, especially in their careers and wealth.

Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4
Lucky Colors: Blue, Grey, White, Orange
Lucky Flowers: Cineraria, Anthurium, Yellow Lily
Lucky Directions: East, North, South
Lucky Days: The 16th and 27th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
Lucky Months: The 3rd, 7th, and 10th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Numbers: 6, 7, 8
Unlucky Colors: Gold, Silver, Brown, Black
Unlucky Directions: Southwest
Unlucky Months: The 1st, 4th, 5th and 11th Chinese lunar months


Though they have wide social circles, tigers lack tact and use commanding tactics to get people to trust them. Tigers have many friends, but lack any deep friendships. They keep people at a distant due to mistrust and their own overconfidence. They lack a sense of romance but take practical measures to win someone’s love. They have many admires who adore their charming personality. Though they face many obstacles in love, they tend to get very lucky and strike a good match.

Best Matches: Pig, Horse, Dragon

Tigers seek partners who can keep up with their enthusiasm and bold personality. Dragons are Tigers’ equal in strength and regality. They often have the same goals and help achieve them. Horses and Tigers have matching energies and both value family. Pigs keep Tigers grounded and stop them from making rash decisions. They balance each other out and make a harmonious pair.

Worst Matches: Snake, Monkey, Ox

Tiger’s despise criticism and do everything to avoid people that make them feel foolish. Oxen and Tigers have differing views of money and will endlessly clash over their finances. The Monkey’s joking ways irritate the Tiger. The Snake and Tiger have little in common and can never truly get to know one another.

Good Friends: Sheep

Tigers have difficult personalities and rarely make deep connections. Sheep make Tigers feel safe, while also keeping some mystery and distance between them. They are able to share secrets without getting too close.