This Chinese New Year, we welcome the Year of the Tiger (more accurately, the Year of the Yang Water Tiger). The new year begins on 1st February and the tiger awakens on 4th February. We can expect a year that welcomes new business and fuels passion. It’s also a great time to kick-start a new exercise regime to reinforce the Tiger’s sprightly energy!
Every year, Chinese astrology comprises three components: a Chinese zodiac animal, one of the five elements and either ying or yang.
What can we expect from the Year of the Tiger?
Tiger (Chinese zodiac animal)
The Tiger is known as the king of all animals in the Chinese zodiac and it is the third of the 12 animals in the cycle. The Tiger is associated with bravery, strength and confidence. Watch out for stubborn personality traits that are also associated with the Tiger.
The Tiger this year will represent the beginning of Spring as the Tiger initiatives new activity and builds momentum. It can be a great time to start a new project or set yourself a goal. The Year of the Tiger will help to propel you in your mission!
Aggression can also build this year, so take a compassionate approach and take a step back to consider your options if frustration builds.
Water (one of the five elements)
The Water element stores most of people’s energy reserves. If the Water element can be kept in balance, it can help us navigate smoothly through turbulent seas with confidence and willpower. If the Water element falls out of balance, we can experience fear, so it’s important to focus on keeping it in check in the coming year.
The nature of Water is to support change and this can support us in our active, entrepreneurial approach this year. Water, like the Tiger, can harbour emotion so it’s important to keep it in check as we enter the new Lunar calendar.
Yang (one of the complementary forces of yin and yang)
Yang is the force of light. It symbolises action, daytime and moving forward. We can see the work we have undertaken in previous years, or new pathways, come into fruition in this year. Now is the time to make the decisions on the path you would like to take in the coming years. Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time?
Gōng xǐ fā cái!
Happy New Year!