Originally the tiger was an ordinary and harmless animal. It was through the his own dedication and toughness that he became the fearsome animal that he is today, learning the arts of pouncing, clutching and biting from his teacher, the cat. Consequently the Jade Emperor made him the guard of heaven.

Shortly after he became guard, the animals on earth began to hunt and eat humans. The people pleaded for protection and the Emperor sent the tiger to control the other animals. The tiger fought many great battles with the lion, horse and bear, and before long the other animals were behaving themselves. Soon afterwards, the great turtle of the sea began causing the sea to flood human lands, so the tiger defeated him in a battle and slew him. As a reward, the Emperor marked the tiger's skin with one stroke for every animal he defeated and made him king of all animals.

After causing disturbances on earth, the lion - originally a member of the twelve animal signs - was stripped of his place. The tiger was immediately appointed his kingly successor, and became one of the most prominent and powerful signs.


You enjoy life and are excited by new challenges, unusual places, and unexpected events. Your positive attitude is attractive to others, and your enthusiasm and will to succeed easily draw a following. Your determination is not always enough to see you through and you do not like to lose face or be seen to fail; more than likely you will find a new challenge and start over again.
Your attention is caught by the unpredictable, and while others may be cautious, you are not afraid to explore the potential in unlikely situations. Simply being told that something is exciting is usually not sufficient for you - what you really need is first-hand experience. You have a generous nature and involve friends in your plans, but if threatened you are likely to withdraw and you can be aggressive when trapped. As soon as you have regained your sense of security your confidence also returns, enabling you to set out on your adventures once more.

You trust your instincts and usually follow them, although there is a more objective side to your nature, which assesses situations thoughtfully. Occasionally you will be hurt along the way by putting your trust too firmly in the wrong person, yet at other times you can be too critical or suspicious. If you have been disappointed or disillusioned you eventually pick yourself up, dust yourself down and head off on a new road.

While your friends admire your optimism, at times they may find it hard to share your enthusiasm, and those who cannot challenge or charm may be pushed to one side. You are an exciting courageous and generous friend, but if you do not achieve what you want you can also be obstinate and self-centered. Inevitably there will be highs and lows in your friendships, but deep down your loyalty remains firm.
Tiger YEARS: Positive Elements
(1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950,
1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)


Your enthusiasm for life spills over into your relationships, and it is not unusual for you to flit from one partnership into another, inspired by each one. You are excited by the possibilities that each

relationship presents and are carried along by the first rush of romance, but eventually, when boredom or predictability sets in, you will be off in search of a new partner. Even when romance collapses around you, you may be feeling low for a while, but you will soon regain energy in pursuit of a new partnership.

People with an independent character attract you: although they may be stimulated by your company and admire your energy, they an still manage without you. A relationship with someone who shares you sense of adventure though still pursues their own interests is more likely to succeed. You a re not afraid to declare your feelings and are honest with your emotions, but you are also changeable. You need a partner who remains steady and constant, and quietly pursues their own plans.


Optimism, determination and initiative are your strong points. You can be inspired by people or places, a chance remark or something you have unexpectedly seen, and then you head off with an infectious enthusiasm. Some of these projects will succeed because you have the drive to see them through to the end and you are an efficient and stimulating leader. You do not, however, deal well with failure and are embarrassed when colleagues discover that you have misjudged situations.

When you are making plans you are not sidetracked by the trivial and usually avoid elaborate arrangements - you prefer tackling the job directly than creating an unnecessary fuss. Your ability to cut through the side issues and your energetic response to challenges will serve you well in your career. The appeal of work for you is generally in the excitement and the quality, not the profit.

You are suited to a career in travel, design or politics. You would also make a good soldier, police officer, travel writer, explorer, and advertising or business executive.

feeling caged in by circumstances or people
rules and laws made by others
everyday life and its responsibilities
paying attention to detail
taking orders or criticism
nursing others
jewels and trinkets
being ignored
established authority

to be their own person
comfort, though not too sumptuous
big parties
appreciation and recognition of their prowess
spending money
honesty in others and themselves
change and anything new or unusual
to buy the best quality goods they can afford
a challenge
being in charge

Famous Tigers:

Sir David Attenborough, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Beethoven, Tony Bennett, Chuck Berry, Richard Branson, Garth Brooks, Mel Brooks, Agatha Christie, Phil Collins, Jason Connery, Gemma Craven, Tom Cruise, Emily Dickenson, Roberta Flack, Jodie Foster, Connie Francis, Crystal Gayle, Susan George, Elliott Gould, Buddy Greco, William Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Dorothy Lamour, Stan Laurel, Marilyn Monroe, Demi Moore, The Queen, Oliver Reed, Lionel Richie, Diana Rigg, Kenny Rogers, The Princess Royal, Sir Jimmy Saville, Phillip Schoefield, Pamela Stephenson, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dylan Thomas, Liv Ullman, John Voigt, Julie Walters, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Terry Wogan, Stevie Wonder.

A fairly happy year ahead in which Tigers will experience no dramatic changes. Though Tigers are renowned risk-takers, they would be better off channeling their energy into helping friends in need. Tigers will be in good health but will need keep a tight rein over finances.
Summoning Spirit
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