The Tiger is the third of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox set off the night before and was first. Tiger arrived early the next morning and was second. Rat secretly climbed onto Ox and jumped down when he saw the Jade Emperor. Ox and Tiger were pushed back to second and third. Despite his protests, Tiger could only settle with being the third zodiac.

The Tiger is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) yín (寅) and the hours 3–5 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Tiger is yang.

In Chinese culture, tigers are seen as the guardian of children. Infants and babies wear shoes and hats with tiger designs to protect against evil spirits.

Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.

Recent years of the Tiger are: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although yín is associated with wood, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1926 bǐng yín Tiger Fire Yang
1938 yín Tiger Earth Yang
1950 gēng yín Tiger Metal Yang
1962 rén yín Tiger Water Yang
1974 jiǎ yín Tiger Wood Yang
1986 bǐng yín Tiger Fire Yang
1998 yín Tiger Earth Yang
2010 gēng yín Tiger Metal Yang
2022 rén yín Tiger Water Yang

Personality and characteristics

Tigers are kind and benevolent. Animals, jazz music or other things that call for imagination are good for them.

They rarely feel tired and have rich emotions. Sometimes though, they make brash decisions and are hard to control.

But no matter how many difficulties or obstacles they face, they will never give up. In the end, Tigers live an average life—there are times of joy, sadness and sometimes disappointment.

Element Year Fortune
Metal 1950, 2010 These Tigers are family oriented. They have smooth careers, but must not become overconfident. With patience and tolerance, they’re able to live a carefree life.
Water 1962 These Tigers are straightforward and don’t wait around. They work hard and go after what they want. Marrying early isn’t advised though. There are difficulties early on, but the middle ages will be full of fortune.
Wood 1974 These Tigers are honest and don’t have much to worry about. Their descendants will make them proud.
Fire 1926, 1986 These Tigers are composed and enjoy gaining knowledge. They will meet many supportive and helpful figures in life.
Earth 1938, 1998 These Tigers often go to extremes. You can swing from coldness to warm enthusiasm quickly. However, you are extremely intelligent and will chance upon good opportunity later on.

Men born in the Tiger year are adventurous spirits. The riskier something is, the more they want to try it. They aren’t afraid of expressing themselves and can be aggressive in work. Sometimes their confidence makes it difficult to connect with others, so they need to open up a little.

They are positive and have high beauty standards. However, they lack romance and might create a cold and unhappy family.

Women born in the Tiger year are mesmerizing. They love the freedom to express themselves through fashion and work. They are lively and friendly, like a little cat. However, they keep their claws sharp just in case.

Intelligent and patient, they are able to perform well in any environment. They also make great mothers by giving children freedom and respect.


Most compatible with: Pig, Horse, Dog

As a Tiger, they are most compatible with Pigs. Both of them will see the other as most important and are willing to make sacrifices whenever needed. They are able to be themselves in this relationship and similar goals make up for differences in personality.

Horses are able to attract a Tiger’s attention. Their relationship will include mutual respect and support. Hard on themselves and others, a Tiger will only reveal their gentle side to the honest Dog. They will also encourage the Dog to go after their goals and withstand the troubles together.

Least compatible with: Monkey, Snake

A Monkey and Tiger have clashing personalities. They want and need different things. This relationship can only end in arguments.

It’s hard for a Snake and Tiger to sympathize and understand each other. The relationship will be full of suspect and coldness.

Lucky things for Tigers

  • Colors: green, blue
  • Numbers: 1, 3, 7
  • Flowers: plum blossom
  • Directions of auspiciousness: north
  • Directions of wealth: southeast, northwest
  • Directions of love: east

Unlucky things

  • Colors: white
  • Numbers: 4, 9

Careers fit for Tigers

Tigers are born leaders. If forced to do jobs that are the same every day or have no meaning to them, they will not put in their best effort. Though they believe in doing their best, they need a job that actually uses their skills.

Their job should not merely be a way to earn money. It should be a part of their lives. Rather than working to live, they live to work. A high position leadership or management position would be the best fit.

However, Tigers are both suspicious and gullible. Add in short tempers, they are prone to making horrible decisions and lose the respect of others. Tigers who wish to become leaders must remember to listen to coworkers and think things through before acting.

Health and lifestyle

Tigers are sensitive to food and are picky eaters. They may have a soft spot for sweets, but this can lead to diabetes and dental problems. Good eating habits are a must for a healthy life.

Sleep and rest is also needed for health. But Tigers often have stressful careers and may have anxiety. It’s common for them to suffer from insomnia. They would benefit from relaxed conversations with family and taking well-deserved breaks.

Tigers in the Year of the Dog (2018)

Overall, the Year of the Dog will be positive for them. Tigers have the space to express themselves with their talents and skills. If they put effort and time into your career, they’ll find great success. But Tigers must consider long term effects; otherwise they’ll miss out on rare opportunities.


Tigers will have successful careers this year, but only if they are careful.

If they work to help the company profit, they’ll receive the recognition and rewards they wish for. Businessmen shouldn’t be too impatient about developing though. If they don’t plan well, the money they put in might never come back. For the stock market, they shouldn’t follow everyone else. Instead, they must base investments on past experience and data.

They’ll also meet a “savior” who will give them much needed help. Business and store owners should use this year’s fortune in building reputation. Take advantage of the internet and other platforms to expand your market.

If they wish to switch jobs, they’ll find luck in that as well.

Successful months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), March (April 16-May 14), and August (Sept 30-Oct 8).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13) and September (Oct 9-Nov 7).


2018 is a year suitable for taking exams.

Their knowledge absorption is high this year. If they concentrate on studying, their grades will soar.

But if they become too stressed, they might get into arguments with fellow classmates. In order to not negatively affect their grades, they must control their emotions! Yoga and other relaxing activities are recommended.


There aren’t any big health problems for Tigers in 2018. However, they should pay close attention the health and safety of their parents and children.

And rather than physical health, they may have some emotional health problems. They might feel anxious and paranoid. It’s suggested to avoid negative environments, such as visiting a sick friend or a secluded area. Instead, try going to celebrations and festivities.

Because of stress, they might also have insomnia. Do some unwinding and listen to soft music before sleep. Eating vegetables and fruits will help with digestion and their overall feeling as well.

Healthy months are: Lunar October (Nov 8-Dec 6) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

Months where Tigers must be careful with their health are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14).


Tigers will find themselves focusing more on their career this year.

Singles won’t have time to worry over relationships. They’ll feel less attracted to dating, which will cause them to stay single. If they want to change this, try attending social events.

Tigers in a relationship mustn’t neglect their significant other. Balance work and personal life well. If there are regular arguments due to stress and anxiety, remember to communicate. Find time to go on a mini vacation too. It’ll be good for both their relationship and your health.

The sweet months are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12) and September (Oct 9-Nov 7).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar July (August 11-Sept 9) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Tigers this year are north and east. It would be the best to put the worktable and sofa in these positions of the room. To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the south.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 2 and 9. The lucky colors in 2018 are blue and black. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better.

For better luck put a painting of scenery on the wall behind a chair. This will anchor and stabilize their position in work.

Overall, Tigers have the courage and skills to make a name for themselves. But while risks and adventures are great, careful thinking is also needed to go far in life.