YEAR OF THE TIGER
WHAT 2022 HAS IN STORE FOR YOU
By Hiranmayii Awli Mohanan
The Lunar New Year is around the corner and on Feb 1, 2022, the Spring Festival ushers in the Year of the Tiger. The tiger is the third of 12 astrology signs in the Chinese Zodiac. The Lunar New Year marks the transition from one sign to another, which in this case is Ox to Tiger.
Below, we list everything you need to know about the year ahead.
# WHAT DOES THE YEAR OF THE TIGER REPRESENT?
Much like their namesakes, Tigers are independent, fearless, loyal and have high self esteem. Tigers are strong in the face of adversity and never back down from a challenge, they’re persistent and determined. Their free nature and strong sense of justice is their biggest strength and weakness, as this can lead to them being rebellious and sometimes too self-confident. Because this year is a Water Tiger, you can expect good fortune in relationships and family life. Tigers can expect to succeed in their career with hard work and determination.
# HOW WILL THE YEAR OF THE TIGER AFFECT YOU?
As with all Chinese zodiac signs, the Tiger years occur every 12 years. Since there are five Chinese zodiac elements—Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood—a Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years. The last one was in 1962, and now 2022 is a Water Tiger year once again. Tigers are quick to act, so in 2022, be prepared for situations to change on a dime. Tempers flare, drama and excitement reign and crazy dreams can become reality, which applies to personal relationships, career developments, and, on a larger scale, political unrest or social revolution. While there can be great boons that come out of a Tiger year and some zodiac signs may experience wonderful luck, others can easily get burned. There is no middle ground in the Year of the Tiger. This is especially true for Tigers themselves. According to legend, one’s Chinese zodiac birth year (Ben Ming Nian) can be extremely unlucky for oneself. However, this isn’t always ominous— if Tigers can overcome the challenges presented to them in these years, they can still accomplish great things. So while some Tigers may find disaster in 2022, others could very well see their risk-taking pay off.
# THE MOST COMPATIBLE ZODIAC SIGNS
The Chinese zodiac signs most compatible with the Tiger and, thus, most likely to have a good year are the Horse, Dog and Pig. People with these signs will be most receptive to the Tiger’s creative, wild and intense energy. The Horse’s liveliness, Dog’s idealism and Pig’s courage all vibe well with the Tiger. These are the signs that will most likely be rewarded for taking risks and see great fortune in everything from finance to travel to love as a result.
#THE LEAST COMPATIBLE ZODIAC SIGNS WITH TIGER
Unfortunately the, Rat, Ox, Snake and Monkey tend not to be comfortable with the Tiger’s energy. The Rat is cautious and methodical, but careful plans don’t always amount to much in a fast-paced, unpredictable Tiger year. Similarly, the Ox is very pragmatic and routine-oriented. Although Oxes may see some fun now that their own zodiac year is behind them, the Tiger’s energy can bring unexpected problems, so it’s important to stay the course and be diligent and conscientious in your work. The Snake’s reserved nature is at odds with the boldness of the Tiger, so quiet meditation may bring more rewards. Finally, the attention-hungry Monkey will not enjoy the fact that everyone will seem to want to do things their own way in 2022. In the end, while it may benefit others from risk-taking this year, the same cannot be said for this group, who should probably lie low for the most part.
# FAMOUS CELEBRITIES BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER:
Queen Elizabeth II: born on April 21, 1926, a Fire Tiger
Tom Cruise: born on July 3, 1962, a Water Tiger
Leonardo DiCaprio: born on November 11, 1974, a Wood Tiger
Lady Gaga: born on March 28, 1986, a Fire Tiger