Years of the Tiger – 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
The symbolism of the tiger in East Asia is an ancient and rich one. Generally associated with strength, power, speed and aggression, it is also associated with protection. It is, to put it plainly, the supreme animal image.
In China, the “Five Tigers” (or Wu Ho) were the guardians of the four cardinal directions and the center: blue in the east, black in the north, red in the south, white in the west, and yellow in the center. It is likely no coincidence that some of the Thai monks of Wat Bang Phra specialize in the tiger tattoo, used as a protective amulet along with ancient Khmer scripts.
In the Chinese zodiac, people who are born in the Year of the Tiger are considered magnetic, charismatic, and natural leaders. Challenges and the unexpected are welcome in the life of these people as they constantly explore whatever is new. Although frankness and optimism are also part of their characteristics, they can become withdrawn or aggressive if they feel trapped.