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Year of the Tiger

Updated on September 9, 2013

Tiger Years

If the years of the Chinese zodiac were movie genres, the tiger would be action movies. Tiger years are full of action, suspense, and drama at every turn. Secrets will come to the surface during these years and will need to be dealt with quickly and efficiently so that when the next issue reveals itself (and it will) you will be able to handle it. The courageous will make it through tiger years like a gun-toting action hero--those that are weak of heart will find it more difficult to make it through. Tiger years call for you to be motivated and will force you to trust in your tuition.

8 Feb, 1902 - 28 Jan, 1903
26 Jan, 1914 - 13 Feb, 1915
13 Feb, 1926 - 1 Feb, 1927
31 Jan, 1938 - 18 Feb, 1939
17 Feb, 1950 - 5 Feb, 1951
5 Feb, 1962 - 24 Jan, 1963
23 Jan, 1974 - 10 Feb, 1975
9 Feb, 1986 - 28 Jan, 1987
28 Jan, 1998 - 15 Feb, 1999
14 Feb, 2010 - 2 Feb, 2011
1 Feb, 2022 - 21 Jan, 2023

Tiger Traits


Positives: Brave, Lucky, Magnetic, Outspoken, Straightforward, Ambitious

Negatives: Forceful, Compulsive, Moody, Aggressive, Hot-headed

Tiger Personality

Tigers are warm-hearted, loving individuals that believe in justice and honesty. Though they are not all too interested in fashion and flashy dress, they know how to get noticed by others. They are also very attentive creatures that are able to focus on every detail. This gives them quite a bit of an edge, as they are also very competitive, ambitious, and hyper-focused.

The tiger must be able to roam free and live by its own rules. These brave creatures are not afraid to take necessary risks to get to where they want to be and will not allow anyone to get in their way. It is best not to try and push a tiger around or make an enemy of them as they have a vicious bite to match their fierce roar and will not accept anyone trying to restrain or control them.

Tigers are extremely decisive. Once they have made a decision they will stand their ground and fight to the death for their beliefs no matter how ridiculous it may really be. Their pride simply won't allow it.

The tiger's impulsive nature will eventually catch up with them and the consequences may lead them to depression. As the tiger matures, however, they will learn to accept life for what it is and will be able to share wisdom from their experiences.

Above all else, tigers love their family and their home. They are jealous lovers and are extremely protective over their friends, family, and territory. They love children and can take care of them very well. Kids will love how imaginative the tiger is and will appreciate their amazing ability to tell great stories. They make very good parents as well, but are not particularly strict. They make sure their kids are fed, clean, and dressed and as long as they are learning something in school, it's okay if they get a few low marks or forget to do their homework.

Tiger Compatibility

Love Relationships

Best Match: Dragon

Good Matches: Horse, Goat, Pig

Worst Matches: Ox, Tiger, Snake

Business Relationships

Best Match: Dragon

Good Matches: Horse, Pig, Rat

Worst Matches: Ox, Tiger, Snake, Rooster, Dog

Tigers in Relationships

Tigers love a good party and will spend most nights out and about. The tiger cannot stand its own company, so they take advantage of any opportunity they have to be around others. Tigers make great company as they are charming, witty, and hilarious. They enjoy good food, good people, and being the star of the show. They have an amazing ability to lift any person's spirits.

Though they are jealous creatures and expect their partners to be nothing but faithful, they do not always hold themselves to such high standards. The tiger will always do exactly what it wants to do--even if that means being unfaithful.

The tiger will shower its partner with gifts generously. Nothing is too expensive. If they have the money in their pocket to buy their partner something desirable they will buy it without hesitation.


Snake Careers

Tigers enjoy jobs and careers that allow them to travel like journalism, armed forces, or being a flight attendant or pilot. They also do well in positions that require energy and for them to be physically active like dance, construction work, or martial arts. Their attention to detail also help them to succeed in science and medicine.

Tigers make great stay-at-home parents, but will not be satisfied with being provided for, so will always need to make their own income.

Tigers and Money

Tigers are hardworking individuals whom love a good challenge. They are known to hold down more than one job at a time as they need to be constantly stimulated and have boundless energy. However, they get bored of routine work and will need to have a variety of projects to work on to stay engaged. Work that requires them to travel or move a lot will keep the tiger happy.

Tigers are full of great ideas, they are very innovative thinkers. They are typically successful in reaching their goals. On the other hand, the tiger's stubbornness will hold them back in times of need as they refuse to accept help from others. They believe very strongly in their independence and feel that no one should have to help them get to the place they want to be.

Tigers don't do well sitting in an office pushing papers or as someone's underling. They need to be on the move and calling the shots. They make exceptional leaders, though their rebellious nature, stubbornness, and inability to take orders may make them unpopular with co-workers.

Tigers do not know how to save money. If they have cash in their pockets it needs to be spent. The tiger believes that money is meant to be spent and enjoyed.

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Tiger Elements

Metal Tiger

Metal tigers are known to where a mask to hide their true feelings, even in close relationships. They have difficulty understanding emotional matters and sniper tongue often makes matters worse. This tiger's goal is to reach the top at any cost. They are goal-oriented, ambitious, competitive, and downright cutthroat, but are still admired by those around them.

Water Tiger

Water tigers are loving, nurturing, and love to travel far and wide. Their sense of humor and desire to be in the spotlight make them great entertainers. Their level-headedness, ability to stay calm under pressure, sense of justice and morality, and clear-mind make them exceptional teachers. They are very creative and imaginative tigers, but can be overly sensitive at times which can lead to dramatic outbursts when they are upset. Don't make an enemy out of a water tiger.

Wood Tiger

Always the good Samaritan, wood tigers are constantly on the look out for people to help and causes to fight for. These artistic tigers need to be stimulated constantly and need their crazy schemes humored by those around them. Wood tigers love to party and are very sociable, but will not settle down happily as they enjoy being able to move around freely on their own. They can be a bit emotional at times and may even have an outburst or two when upset, but will typically forget what they were mad about and move on without holding a grudge.

Fire Tiger

Fire tigers are magnetic, optimistic, and imaginative. They are very passionate and generous, but will not want to settle down until they are where they want to be in their careers. They do not take criticism or advice very well and will certainly not allow themselves to play the fool. Out of all the tigers, the fire tiger is the most energetic and have a very hard time slowing down. Their determination, innovation, and ability to speak make them fantastic leaders. Their shrewd, stoic nature make them formidable businessmen.

Earth Tiger

Earth tigers are champions of justice who enjoy sticking up for the underdog. They are independent, dependable, and--unlike other tigers--are able to focus on one project at a time. They are typically well-dressed and well liked by those around them. They give great advice, but have a hard time taking advice. In matters of love they are deeply loyal, passionate, and possessive.


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      James C Moore 4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      I have core beliefs that do not find zodiac signs of any type as legitimate. However, I do know that my birth date makes the tiger label apply to me. I also know that this is a highly accurate description of me.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nice read. I love tigers (the animal), so I was attracted to your pictures. I am a rabbit myself.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congratulations on the HOTD award. I enjoyed reading this very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Had not known and read so much about Tigers. Thanks for this enjoyable hub!

      Great information and Congratulations for HOTD!

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Enjoyed reading this hub.

      congratulations on hub of the day

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      Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      what a wonderful hub, congrats on your "hub of the day" award =)

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Glad you're enjoying them. :)

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      So tigers make good lovers; if they loved enough to let the partner hold the money, that would be great. Thank you so much for these interesting articles on the Chinese Zodiac.