2010: Chinese Year of the Metal Tiger
A Year of the Time to Dispel the Old False Ways
Welcome to the Chinese year of the Tiger. Each February marks the beginning the traditional Chinese calendar year. Because of the size of their population this calendar is probably the most followed in the world. The New Year in 2010 formally commences on Sunday, 14th February and begins the new Zodiac animal cycle, the Year of the Tiger. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars. Using the Solar calendar, it's 5th February, but the New Moon day of 14th February marks the official Lunar New Year celebration day, when the dragons and fireworks come out into the streets of Chinatown.
2009 was the Year of the Earth Ox, and what a challenging year it was. Now in the cycle of the twelve comes the passionate king of the animals, the fierce Tiger. He is undisputed king and loves his role as a leader. The Tiger is loyal, generous and courageous. The Tiger is of the eastern direction and, in Chinese astrology, he represents protection. He is the one who looks after small children, protecting them from evil spirits. The Tiger is instinctively loyal and very honourable; he bristles with indignation when faced with treachery or falseness. Being born in the year of the Tiger signifies luck and protection and it's said that you cannot die through the bad deeds of your enemies.
The Tiger year is going to be the time to attack the most difficult issues you face. You have one of your best chances of achieving a breakthrough. If you still run into stiff opposition, you would do well to consider postponing your attempt to a later time, as the same force that propels you forward is also helping those who oppose your efforts.
Calculate Your Chinese Zodiac Animal
Enter your birth year. For example: "1975" Please bear in mind that the Chinese year begins in February
Tiger Qualities and Mythology
The Chinese story of the Tiger is a useful tool for finding insights into this year ahead. When the Buddha called the 12 animals together to rule the years, the Tiger was the second one to come forward. He came forward with the grace and full force of his primal energy. The quality of the Tiger year is like this. The Tiger will draw energies to it—and is alert to people's moods, changes and emotions.
Tiger people always give the impression they are fully present and ready to move. They are like a coiled spring, but lying gracefully at ease. Their principal qualities are loyalty and enthusiasm. They can also be impulsive, tough, excessive and selfish. Their approach to their work is usually brilliant, and to be at their best they need to be in charge. Their finest role is as a saviour for their country, or as a monarch or president. Tigers must be in charge. With money they can be spendthrifts, but are always ready to take risks, because they feel lucky with money. The Tiger is also predisposed to danger and so has a tendency to want to take risks, both moral and physical.
The life of a Tiger person is often adventurous, sometimes dangerous, and probably never really calm. Tigers are active and prowl through their lives. They are open-minded, tolerant and generous. They can be hard on themselves and too demanding on their friends, which be tough, as they always seem so admirable. To control their passions is the most important thing for a Tiger. If they can do this, they are capable of giving wise and sensible advice.
A Tiger finds pleasure in the unpredictable, and while others prefer not to make a backward step, the Tiger is not afraid to explore the unusual. What Tigers really need is first-hand experience. They are usually open and frank, but, if they withdraw, can be aggressive when trapped. As soon as the Tiger person has regained a sense of security, the confidence also returns, enabling them to set out again. They trust their instincts, though there is also another side to their personality, which assesses situations thoughtfully before launching into any action.
Tigers need space to express themselves and a Tiger locked up will mean all their best qualities are reduced down to little. They can then become aggressive, quarrelsome and suffer tension—becoming stubborn, they then blame the rest of the world for their problems.
When A Tiger's In Love
Impetuous and passionate, they are likely to test out their powers of seduction from a very early age. Since they don't enjoy the authoritarian roles in the family, they are eager to escape as they grow up. This can mean they seek out marriage at an early age, as a way to escape the family routines and look for new adventure. Tigers can become easily bored; if their love is not returned passionately, they tend to seek another passion elsewhere. Tigers are capable of great love, but they may also become too intense about it. Sometimes they become territorial and possessive. If your friend or partner is a Tiger and wants you to take their side, you'd best do it! As lovers, Tiger people are romantic, but the real challenge for them is to grasp the true meaning of moderation.
Tigers are often attracted by people with an independent character, but it's important to remember that, even if you are stimulated by a Tiger's company and admire their energy, you can still manage without them. The Tiger person needs a partner who remains steady and constant and quietly pursues their own plans. In the family, naturally the Tiger will consider it normal to be in charge. Male Tigers prefer a partner who can manage the household calmly and well. Female Tigers will either pursue a career for personal success and independence, or play the role of exemplary spouse and perfect housekeeper. As parents, Tigers will teach their children prudence, reflection and reason—but, seriously, they don't believe it and don't do it themselves. A disciplined Tiger, however, can be a great influence on the children and lead them on an exciting life.
The Tiger Career
What type of occupations suit the Tiger?
They'd be good at the following:
- military officer
- theatre director
- film star
- trade union leader
- company director
- stunt person
- or teacher.
Famous people born in the Year of the Tiger:
- Musicians and composers: Beethoven, Paganini
- Politicians and leaders: Charles De Gaulle, Pres. Eisenhower, Queen Elizabeth II, Ho Chi Minh, Louis XIV, Mary Stuart, Sun Yat-sen, Molotov
- Writers: Emily Bronte, Dylan Thomas, Karl Marx, Harold Steinbeck, H.G.Wells, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Forsyth, Beatrix Potter
- Actors and singers: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Jodie Foster, Sir Alec Guiness, William Hurt, Marilyn Monroe, Demi Moore, Diana Rigg, Lionel Ritchie, Kenny Rogers, Roberta Flack, Natalie Wood, Tom Berenger;
Dancers: Isadora Duncan
- Entrepreneurs and personalities: Sir David Attenborough, Hugh Hefner (Playboy magazine), Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines), Paul Watson (Capt. of the Ady Gil, the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling boat).
What is this Tiger Year all about?
The year is always made up of two parts: the Chinese Animal sign and the year element. The Year of the Tiger is made up of two elements, with Yang Metal element sitting on top of Yang Wood (Yang is more active and outgoing). Each year has an Animal sign, which is ruled by one of the Five Elements—Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. According to the Chinese cycle of birth and destruction governing that relationship between the five elements, Metal is the destroyer of Wood, and so they act out a destructive pattern and will be in conflict together—a bit like the chainsaw (metal) cuts down the soft tree (wood). This means the year 2010 won't be a peaceful one, with more international conflicts likely in the next 12 months. The Yang Metal element on top is cutting Metal, which is symbolised by a sword or knife. This element is associated with masculine power. And the Tiger sign underneath is actually matching it with fierce strength, the passionate tiger. The conflict will also mean the environment is a huge issue, with destruction of forests a big focus, as well as new movements to save the planet.
Tiger belongs to the Wood element, representing early spring when trees and plants are growing and sprouting. The Tiger contains the inner Fire; in February, it's considered the birth month of the Fire element. So, inside the Tiger is a powerful hidden Fire energy. History shows the Tiger year to be associated with atomic/ nuclear energy. The last Metal Tiger year of 1950 saw a race between the USA and USSR to develop more atomic bombs. It was also a year of accidents related to nuclear weapons. In February 1950, a Tiger month in a Tiger year, Albert Einstein warned that nuclear war could lead to our mutual destruction. And in February the US Air force lost a bomber with an atomic bomb off the Canadian coast. In November 1950, another US Air Force bomber jettisoned a nuclear weapon over Quebec. And in March, the USSR proclaimed her first atomic bomb. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in the Tiger year of 1986. A Metal Tiger year shows a strong focus on nuclear safety and may even trigger nuclear accidents. The danger of nuclear weapons in North Korea, Iran, Israel and other countries, such as Pakistan and India, will be a major issue in 2010. Natural disasters with fire, such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions, are also very possible this year.
Other events from 1950:
- The Chinese Communist forces invaded and occupied Tibet.
- Senator Joseph McCarthy told the US President publicly that the State Dept. was riddled with communist sympathisers—and the McCarthy era began.
- President Truman instructed the US Atomic Energy Commission to develop a hydrogen bomb.
- North Korea invaded South Korea and UN forces landed in South Korea to recapture Seoul, then China invaded Korea to push out UN Forces.
- Albert Einstein developed his General Field Theory in an attempt to expand the Theory of Relativity.
- And the number of TV sets in the USA went from 1.5 million to 15 million in that year.
All these show clear lessons from the past on the power of Yang Metal. Previous Tiger years were 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, and 1998.
Both Tiger and Monkey are called Travelling Stars in Chinese astrology, so their clash can bring serious traffic accidents, especially with cars. People born in a Monkey year have to be very careful in 2010. As Metal and Wood clash, the danger could be with buses, vans, cars, and machinery. People with this element-clash need to take extra care when driving and travelling.
The combination of Metal and Wood (Tiger), however, is not always a completely negative one. Together they represent the kind of forces necessary to succeed with very difficult tasks. The impossible just might be possible during this challenging year. Things that have needed to be done will be done, or at least we'll see significant progress being made. On the other hand, some that probably should never ever be attempted will also go to completion. This is because the Metal Tiger is also associated with the lemming mentality: once a group of lemmings begins moving across the fields, they charge on and unthinkingly run straight over a cliff to their deaths.
This is, then, a time to attack the most difficult issues you face, as it gives you one of your best chances of achieving your breakthroughs. On the other hand, if you run into stiff opposition, you would do well to consider putting it off to a later time. The same Tiger force that propels you forward is also aiding those opposing your efforts. Brave planners could prosper, but lemmings might just lose it all.
Health Issues in 2010
The basic five Chinese elements represent different parts of the body. Metal relates to the skin, nose, body hair, mucus and the lungs. Health problems in a Metal year can be breathing problems through influenza. Yang Metal is associated with the large intestine, so there are increased possibilities of colon cancer, food poisoning or diarrhoea. The Wood of Tiger involves both elements of Wood and Fire. Wood rules the liver and gall bladder and the Tiger, Monkey and Snake, generating Fire, can cause burning, heart and blood diseases, or inflammations. Any disorder in your Fire elements can bring heart or blood problems and in turn inflammation and possibly cancer. These health issues come into focus in 2010. It's important to look at your antioxidant intakes this year. In 2010, Metal sitting over Wood indicates a weakness, so the year is not favourable for people with weak or challenged immune systems. Metal rules lungs, breathing and skin, so problems with poor air quality, allergies and influenza will be serious in 2010.
Metal also rules the archetype of the alchemist and of rituals, so this is a year to transmute through the use of a ritualistic, ceremonial approach to your life. You could just transmute all the illnesses possible in 2010, or you could join a group that uses natural, religious or earth-based ritual to transform your environment and life. It's the year to attend Mother Earth rituals!
The Metal element of 2010 brings prosperity to Fire industries and productivity to Earth industries. The Fire industries include finance, entertainment and energy. A Metal year will bring activities to the Earth industries, which include property, hotel, mining, and insurance. Metal industries are banking, machinery, high tech, and cars, so they'll do okay. The industry which is not that favoured is Wood. This includes seedlings, forestry, furniture, avant-garde fashion, textile, paper, media, newspaper and magazines.
Since this year's governing force is Earth, real estate becomes the key factor for economic recovery. There will also be breakthroughs in the energy sector. The key areas will be wind, solar, earth and micro-electronics. Energy is an important business this year. Wind turbines will become more and more popular. We might see them, not just on mountains, but also on coasts. Solar energy would become very useful in places with more sunlight, such as deserts. New houses will be built to store or extract heat from the ground. Lighting will advance with powerful energy savers, like the new generation LED's.
More breakthroughs in stem-cell research are on the way, shedding light on curing chronic and terminal illnesses. More problems may surface concerning pharmaceutical drugs. Food businesses will do well too, but beware of new food poisoning problems.
Click here to read how the Year of the Metal Tiger affects you!