Did you know the tiger is the largest living cat species? According to Chinese astrology the year 2022, starting from the first of February, is the Year of the Tiger. This sounds as mysterious as it does exciting.
The Year of the Tiger will bring with it bold changes and is unlikely to be a forgettable year.
Although we may not be superstitious, it is entertaining to read (with a pinch of salt!) and discover what the new year will bring for us. Read till the end to see why the cat is not included in the Chinese zodiac.
What Does “Year of the Water Tiger” Mean?
Similar to the Western zodiac, the Chinese Zodiac also has twelve signs. Each sign is represented by an animal, and each year corresponds with one of these animals. This year, it happens to be the tiger, which is the third Chinese zodiac animal.
Each year in the Chinese calendar is also associated with an element. There are five such elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.
The year 2022 is ruled by water.
Water is a powerful element, and the tiger is a hunter's animal, just like cats.
So, if there is anything you’ve always dreamed of doing but haven’t taken the leap yet, this year may be the right year for it.
What Does The Year of the Water Tiger Mean For YOU?
Because there are so many different elements in a zodiac prediction, (just not enough to cover it all!) we've gathered the main point on how to know if you'll be pursuing your goals and dreams this year.
According to astrologers, the Year of the Water Tiger is a year of extremes. It may prove to be a good idea for some adventures this year.
Take a look at the list below to see what this year could mean for your sign based on your birth year.
Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
It may be a little hard for you to handle the spontaneity and unpredictability of the Tiger. So, try to let loose but always believe in yourself.
Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
The volatile nature of the Tiger may cause you some stress. Try to remain level-headed to survive the chaos that this year may bring.
Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
Since you are a risk-taker and this year rewards the brave, you could find success. However, try not to be too impulsive to avoid unwanted consequences.
Rabbit (1939, 1951,1963,1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
You may be emboldened to take risks and could reap benefits from them. However, take time to relax so as to not be overwhelmed.
Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
Since, like the Tiger, you are passionate and determined, you could shine this year. But be careful not to butt heads with other people who are equally driven.
Snake (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
You may be spurred on by the Tiger to be creative. However, try not to be fazed by the intensity of this year.
Horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
You are very likely to enjoy the excitement that the Year of Tiger brings. Be fearless as you take risks this year.
Goat (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
You may find your social life more exciting. Take risks, but try not to get too stressed out when you do.
Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
It would be a good idea for you to not take too many risks this year. Instead, focus on perfecting what you already know.
Rooster (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
You will find yourself taking risks and may even benefit from them. But avoid going overboard.
Dog (1946, 1958, 1970. 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
This year could prove to be a great year for you. Luck is on your side, so take courage.
Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
Your risk-taking nature is likely to pay off this year. Make bold decisions to see positive change.
The zodiac symbol of the Tiger represents strength, bravery, and power. So take courage to face this year of significant changes!
Fun Myth: Based on the Chinese ancient folk story known as the "Great Race," the Rat pushed the Cat into the river and eventually failed to be in the Chinese Zodiac signs. It is said that this is why cats are always on the lookout for rats and dislike water.