Traits & Characteristics of the Year of the Tiger

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Traits & Characteristics of the Year of the Tiger
Like the animal, those born in the Year of the Tiger remain alert and ready to pounce. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Chinese Zodiac is based on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is represented by 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The Chinese Zodiac also involves the combination of the 12 animals and the five elements, creating a 60-year cycle. The Tiger symbolises general traits and characteristics of those born in tiger years while the combination of the Tiger and a particular element reveals the dominant characteristics.

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General Traits and Characteristics

Those born in the Year of the Tiger, which includes 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010, are competitive, intelligent go-getters who like to be in charge and love a challenge. Tigers are alert, unpredictable and always ready to pounce into action, whether for their own interests or for others. Emotionally volatile, Tigers always act with intensity and often out of instinct and emotion, rather than logic, which can lead to rash decisions. While Tigers are charming, generous, loving, sensitive and sympathetic, they can also be stubborn, selfish and self-centered.

Water Tiger Traits and Characteristics

People born in 1902 and 1962 were born in the Year of the Water Tiger, a combination that symbolises perception, tranquillity, impartiality, open-mindedness and honesty. Motivated by tranquillity, Water Tigers are much calmer than other Tigers. Unlike stubborn and selfish Tigers, Water Tigers are open to the opinions and ideas of others. Their intuition and impartiality make them strong, accurate judges of people and situations.

Wood Tiger Traits and Characteristics

People born in 1914 and 1974 were born in the Year of the Wood Tiger, a combination that symbolises cooperation, tolerance and enchantment. Wood Tigers are natural leaders but do not feel the need to always be in charge. In fact, Wood Tigers are motivated by cooperation and work well with others. When Wood Tigers pounce into action, they usually do so out of compassion, rather than for their own interests, and will do anything they can to help others.

Fire Tiger Traits and Characteristics

People born in 1926 and 1986 were born in the Year of the Fire Tiger, a combination that symbolises drama, self-reliance, generosity and enthusiasm. Fire Tigers are expressive, vibrant and quirky but also eccentric and dramatic. Highly optimistic, charming and motivated by enthusiasm, Fire Tigers are strong leaders who are rarely ignored and easily generate excitement in others. Fire Tigers also love to be the centre of attention but not out of self-interest.

Earth Tiger Traits and Characteristics

People born in 1938 and 1998 were born in the Year of the Earth Tiger, a combination that symbolises hard work, academic dedication, impartiality and responsibility. Rather than act on instinct or out of emotions, Earth Tigers fully evaluate the circumstances of their situations before they act. Hardworking and motivated by self-worth, Earth Tigers are also highly successful due to their responsible nature, academic dedication and intense focus.

Metal Tiger Traits and Characteristics

People born in 1950 and 2010 were born in the Year of the Metal Tiger, a combination that symbolises aggression, attractiveness, self-interest and selfishness. Assertive, competitive and motivated by self-interest, Metal Tigers will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, get what they want and stay at the centre of attention. Metal Tigers often jump to conclusions and pounce into action on instinct or out of emotion before evaluating a situation.

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