Decoding the Year of the Tiger


Get your claws out — the Lunar New Year is here on the 1st of February, and this year marks the Year of the Tiger. What does the Year of the Tiger have in store for us this 2022? Will we be expecting better fortune than the 2021 Year of the Ox?

For those who are new to the Chinese Zodiac System, or Sheng Xiao (生肖), it is a repeating 12-year cycle of Zodiac animal signs and their accredited attributes based on the Lunar calendar. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, marks a transition from one animal to the next, with February 1st signalling the start of the Year of the Tiger. 

Were you born in the Year of the Tiger?

Those born in the years of 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010 were born in the Year of the Tiger. 

What does the Tiger mean?

The Chinese Zodiac system goes way back to the Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago, and as legend goes, the Jade Emperor challenged all animals in the Kingdom to a “Great Race”, with the first to arrive at his palace as the winner. Ferocious and speedy, the Tiger was sure that he would win the race, however ended up placing third in the race after the guileful Rat and the straightforward Ox. Therefore, you’ll find those born in the Year of the Tiger and extremely competitive people who are known for their perseverance, courage, boldness, and ambition. Although ambitious, those born in this year are known to be generous with an inherent drive to help others. 

What’s in store for the Year of the Tiger?

For those who don’t fall under the Zodiac Year of the Tiger, the ferocious traits of the Tiger will still impact our fortune in different ways. The Year of the Rat (2020) was about survival (rightly so), and the Year of the Ox was about endurance. This year, we’re to expect a year of big changes, risk-taking, and adventure. With changes come opportunities, and each sign will be given a chance to improve their fortunes in love, business, career, and other personal areas of growth. 

For those born in the Year of the Tiger

If you carry the feisty characteristics of those born in the Year of the Tiger, 2022 will be about pursuing your passions, as there’s a likely chance that you will be rewarded for the bold risks you’re willing to take. Students will experience improved learning and analytical skills, whilst workers have a high chance of getting a promotion. In addition to the animals, the Chinese Zodiac runs through five elemental types. This is the year of the Water Tiger, with Water Years bringing out emotions more than any other element. Overall, this is a year for team building, career changes, or getting back into creative projects.

Let’s get lucky

Finally, to further drive good fortune and prosperity, those born in the Year of the Tiger will find luck through:

  • The numbers 1,3,4 and numbers containing them (i.e 14 and 43)

  • The 16th and 27th of any Chinese Lunar month

  • The colours blue, gray, and orange

  • The flowers of yellow lily, and cineraria

Get ready for an explosive year of change, it’s time to step up and embrace your inner feline for some bold and brave moves during the Year of the Tiger!