Diverging from the Western zodiac, Chinese astrology has been described by interpreters as the lunar zodiac. In other words, ancient Chinese astrologers divined fate via the path of the moon through the heavens, also known as the yellow path in Chinese culture. In the West, the course of the sun across the sky is most important.
The year of the tiger, the third sign in the Chinese zodiac calendar, took place in 2010. According to the Chinese zodiac, the year of the tiger offers protection and guardianship, particularly in career endeavors. Tigers appear prominently in Chinese artwork and symbolize leadership. The ancient Chinese also used depictions of tigers as an aegis against malevolent spirits.
Significance of Tigers in Chinese culture
Tigers were a part of ancient Chinese culture many centuries before the Eastern zodiac developed. Similar to Western mythology, the ancient Chinese assigned mythological creatures to the four cardinal directions north, south, east and west. The tiger represented the west and often is depicted in a defense posture, ready to pounce ferociously.
According to the Chinese, this defensive ferocity has a positive connotation associated with the Tiger’s role as mythical guardian. Chinese mythology depicts Tigers as warding against domestic tragedies, such as a house fire. In Chinese culture, the tiger shares a similar sphere as the dragon in ancient Chinese astrology. Today, both animals remain synonymous with good fortune and successful business ventures.
Personality Traits of People Born in the Year of the Tiger
The ancient Chinese believed that children born in the year of the tiger were destined to grow as natural-born leaders. This tradition continues into the contemporary era. Children born under the sign of the tiger exhibit aptitude from an early age.
Similar to tigers in the wild, shrewdness, quick adaptation, and intelligence leads to successful hunting. Likewise, people born in the year of the tiger hunt tirelessly for successful careers, so ambition has become synonymous with tiger years.
According to the Chinese, the year of the tiger predicts that children will grow into charming, silver-tongued individuals. Individualism is the hallmark of a tiger-year personality. People born in the year of the tiger have a tendency to take on a guardian’s role, too, and champion noble causes as well as pursue high-risk entrepreneurship.
Famous Individuals Born in the Year of the Tiger
Many respected scientists, artists, and politicians have been born in the year of the tiger. For example, Hsue-Chu Tsien, one of China’s most famous mechanical engineers, was born in 1914 and would later become instrumental to the Chinese aircraft manufacturing industry during World War II.
Likewise, the Chinese portrait artist Zhang Zhenshi was born in the year of the tiger 1914. Westerners may be familiar with Zhang Zhenshi’s infamous portrait of China’s political revolutionary Mao Zedong.
Twelve years later in the year 1926, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was born; as was the famed philosopher Michel Foucault, interestingly enough. Not surprisingly, several world-famous, natural-born leaders have been born during tiger years, as foretold by the Chinese zodiac.