The Year Of The Water Tiger and What’s In Store For You

The year of the Water Tiger will be a time of very intense, strong and wild emotions that could have the potential to either liberate or cause chaos.
By Corina Tan

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There are five zodiac elements in Chinese astrology. The upcoming year of the Tiger 2022 is a Water element year and has a sense of passion, urgency and boldness. Tiger years are all about going big or going home and when the Lunar new year kicks off on February 1, the second new moon will usher in a time of intense emotions and big decisions. The Chinese zodiac sign of the Tiger is known for its power, daring and penchant for doing everything on a grand scale. Let’s take a look at some things that may help you start the year on the right note. 

All Chinese zodiacs occur once every 12 years, and previous Tiger years include 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010. The five Chinese zodiac elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, so a Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years. The last one was in 1962 and now 2022 will be a Water Tiger once again. We want to understand how the personality of a Tiger and the element of Water, affects possible outcomes and expectations of the coming year. The Tiger zodiac personality traits are one of courage, leadership, and determination. However, the drawbacks are impulsiveness, rebellion, quick temperedness and explosive rage that can potentially affect innocent bystanders.  Out of all the Chinese zodiac elements, the water element has the greatest connection to our emotions – this means our sensitivity, creativity, as well as being impressionable. Together, the year of the Water Tiger will be a time of very intense, strong and wild emotions that could have the potential to either liberate or cause chaos. 

(See also: Part 1: Making New Year’s Resolutions Based on Your Zodiac)

Most Compatible Zodiac Signs

Chinese zodiac signs that are most compatible with the Tiger and therefore most likely to have a good year would be the Horse, Dog, and Pig.  The Horse’s liveliness, the Dog’s idealism and the Pig’s courage will vibe well with Tiger’s creative, wild and intense energy.  They will be the most receptive to that energy and most likely be rewarded for taking risks, and seeing great fortune in every area of their life.


Least Compatible Zodiac Signs

Unfortunately for the Rat, Ox, Snake and Monkey, Tiger’s energy is much too fast paced, bold and unpredictable.  Rats are cautious, methodical, careful planners while the Ox is pragmatic and routine oriented.  The Snake has a reserved nature and the attention-hungry Monkey will not enjoy that everyone else will be doing things their own way in 2022.  While others may benefit from risk taking, the same cannot be said for this group, who should probably stay the course, be diligent, meditate and lie low for the most part of the year. 


The Middle-Of-The-Road Signs

The Dragon, Rooster, Sheep and Rabbit are neither here nor there in the compatibility chart.  They generally do not fare too badly, and sometimes they may even have some pretty good moments.  For the most part it is advisable that these signs don’t get too caught up or swept away by Tiger’s energy and passion so as to not become too overwhelmed this year.


(See also: Part 2: Making New Year’s Resolutions Based on Your Zodiac)

Not too sure which zodiac sign you could be? Here are the respective zodiac signs and corresponding years for reference:


Birth Years: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020



Birth Years: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021



Birth Years: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010



Birth Years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011


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Birth Years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012



Birth Years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013



Birth Years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014


Sheep or Goat

Birth Years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015



Birth Years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016



Birth Years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017



Birth Years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018



Birth Years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019


Sources from Susan Levitt, astrologer.

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