Welcoming the Tiger

Welcome to 2022, the Year of the Yang Water Tiger. The third sign of the Chinese zodiac, this confident, forceful and optimistic Tiger arrived February 1, 2022 and stays through January 21, 2023. The more action oriented and impulsive energy of the Tiger will be a dramatic change from the quieter, grounded energy of the Ox.

According to legend, the Tiger was confident that no one could compete with its speed and vigor for the celestial race that would decide the order of the zodiac. However, when the Tiger climbed out of the river, assuming it was first, it was informed that the Rat placed first for its cunning and the Ox placed second for its diligence. This left the king of the jungle having to settle for third place.

Tigers, considered to be brave and terrifying, are a symbol of power and royalty in Chinese culture. In ancient times, people usually compared emperors or kings with tigers. Tigers are also associated with the God of Wealth, who is often seen sitting on a tiger in Asian art. Considered a patron deity for children, parents will make tiger designs on the shoes and hats of their offspring.

People born in the Years of the Tiger are considered to be natural leaders. They are adventurous, ambitious and have a strong sense of justice. They may also have a tendency to be somewhat arrogant and impetuous.

Water is the element in this Tiger year. Of all of the Chinese elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal, Water has the greatest connection to emotions. Water is associated with creativity. A powerful natural force, it is considered the strongest element because it can go around any obstacle in its path without losing its essential nature.

Water is represented by fluidity and flow and encourages qualities of sensitivity and persuasiveness. The Water element symbolizes clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy and is responsible for growth, development and reproduction. Human characteristics of this Element include introspection, persistence and motivation. In the Feng Shui Bagua, the Water element is located in Career.

The Water element gives this 2022 Tiger a calmer, less temperamental nature than other Tigers. Open-minded and always inclined toward new ideas and experiences, Water Tigers are passionate, optimistic and courageous. However, some negative attributes that come with the Water element can be fear and indecisiveness. These are attributes every sign in the Chinese zodiac will have to contend with and overcome in 2022.

There is also a life force shift from Yin energy to Yang energy during this Tiger year. This means we will transition from an inner (Yin) process of nurturing the self to becoming more engaged in the outer (Yang) work of the world.

Change is the keyword for 2022. All will feel the restlessness of the Tiger influence and that restlessness will motivate changes in many key areas of life, favoring a year of “going for it?”

May this New Year bring balance in your life,
inner strength that never weakens,
joys that never fade,
and hopes that never diminish.
Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year

and an auspicious 2022.