The Tiger in the Chinese horoscope

The Tiger in the Chinese horoscope

The tiger is the king of animals for the Chinese, it plays a role similar to that of the lion in the West. It is therefore associated with dignity and power. As well as with a certain benevolent air in dealing with men. It is possible that this close relationship with such a dangerous animal, as manifested in stories, novels, myths and paintings, is due, at least in part, to the fact that some of the most ancient peoples of China had the tiger as a totemic animal, and called themselves «Children of the Tiger».Still the Qiang, the Tujia, or the Yi are considered «Tiger Peoples.»

But the tiger has a rich symbolism that extends especially from its position to the west, as a counterpart to the dragon in the east, and makes it the lord of death, the west being the place where the sun dies at the end of the day. So he is a yin animal, a god of death, a guardian of the west, with the dragon guarding in the east, a god of transformation and rebirth after death, and at the same time of shamanic transformation. A lot of meanings that I partly unveil in my book: The Tiger in China: image and symbol.

The main myths, which cover a wide range of topics, ranging from those that make him a creator, as among the Yi or the Naxi, to those that make him a man-eater or soul-stealer, a review of the literature with numerous tales that show him on the one hand as a ferocious beast but on the other as one easy to deceive, the main rituals that are celebrated in his honor, historical mentions, archaeological discoveries that add a layer to the symbolism of the tiger.  All that is found in the book.

Some festivals are celebrated in his honor, such as:

Tiger Day among the Hezhe, Lunar March 3, and September 9.

Gelao Tiger Day, the first tiger day before lunar August 15.

The Tiger Festival among the Yi of Fabiao, in Yunnan.

Since in China we are governed by the lunar calendar, and in the West by the solar calendar, the beginning and end of each year do not coincide exactly. Therefore, before knowing what the Chinese horoscope says about your sign, make sure that you were indeed born under the sign of the Tiger, as are the people born on the dates included in the table on the left.

28-Feb-1902 to 28-Jan-1903 Water

26- Jan -1914 to 13- Feb -1915 Wood

13- Feb -1926 to 1- Feb -1927 Fire

31- Jan -1938 to 18- Feb -1939 Earth

17- Feb -1950 to 5- Feb -1951 Metal

5- Feb -1962 to 24- Jan -1963 Water

23- Jan -1974 to 10- Feb -1975 Wood

9- Feb -1986 to 28- Jan -1987 Fire

28- Jan -1998 to 15- Feb -1999 Earth

14-Feb-2010 to 2-Feb-2011 Metal

To complete your cosmic profile it is necessary to know the influence of the Five Elements on your life. Check in the table above the element to which you belong. The time of birth also has a great influence on the character of the person. It is generally considered that those born during the yin hour (from 3 to 5 am) acquire some qualities of the tiger, and tend to be more impetuous than those born at other times.

People born under the sign of the tiger are very active and enthusiastic people. With an alert mind, they are immediately interested in different activities. Presumptuous, they do not easily accept imposed rules. Seductive, they naturally enjoy the pleasures of life, and attract attention wherever they go. As a consequence, they are selfish and violent. Vindictive, they do not accept humiliation or defeat.

They live in harmony with: Pig, Dog, Horse.

Conflicts arise with: Ox, Snake, Monkey.

To cite this post: Ceinos-Arcones, Pedro, "The Tiger in the Chinese horoscope," in Ethnic China, 12 marzo 2021,


jinuo book

Last posts

Two Creation Myths of the Kucong Minority

Two Creation Myths of the Kucong Minority

Two Creation Myths of the Kucong Minority[1] The Creation of Heaven and Earth[2] In the era of chaos, there was neither heaven nor earth, and no people existed. There were no rivers or mountains, trees or plants, beasts or birds. The world was a dark void. A group of...

Polo in Ancient China: A Sport of Emperors

Polo in Ancient China: A Sport of Emperors

Polo in Ancient China: A Sport of Emperors Polo: A Sport of Emperors Anyone who has delved into Chinese art, especially that of the Tang Dynasty, would be surprised by the multitude of images depicting polo players. Noble women (and some men), elegantly dressed, are...

Pin It on Pinterest