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2010: Year of the Tiger
How the Year of the Tiger affects you!
Year of the White Tiger (Esoteric)
FengShui Your House in 2010
Applied Feng Shui
The Chinese Calendar
Your Year Ahead
The Magic of Gems
The Healing Power of Gems
Gemstones of the Zodiac
The Human Aura
2010: Chinese Year of the Metal Tiger
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The Chinese story of the Tiger is a useful tool for finding insights into this year ahead. When the Buddha called the 12 animals together to rule the years, the Tiger was the second one to come forward. He came forward with the grace and full force of his primal energy. The quality of the Tiger year is like this. The Tiger will draw energies to it—and is alert to people's moods, changes and emotions.
Tiger people always give the impression they are fully present and ready to move. They are like a coiled spring, but lying gracefully at ease. Their principal qualities are loyalty and enthusiasm. They can also be impulsive, tough, excessive and selfish. Their approach to their work is usually brilliant, and to be at their best they need to be in charge. Their finest role is as a saviour for their country, or as a monarch or president. Tigers must be in charge. With money they can be spendthrifts, but are always ready to take risks, because they feel lucky with money. The Tiger is also predisposed to danger and so has a tendency to want to take risks, both moral and physical.
The life of a Tiger person is often adventurous, sometimes dangerous, and probably never really calm. Tigers are active and prowl through their lives. They are open-minded, tolerant and generous. They can be hard on themselves and too demanding on their friends, which be tough, as they always seem so admirable. To control their passions is the most important thing for a Tiger. If they can do this, they are capable of giving wise and sensible advice.
A Tiger finds pleasure in the unpredictable, and while others prefer not to make a backward step, the Tiger is not afraid to explore the unusual. What Tigers really need is first-hand experience. They are usually open and frank, but, if they withdraw, can be aggressive when trapped. As soon as the Tiger person has regained a sense of security, the confidence also returns, enabling them to set out again. They trust their instincts, though there is also another side to their personality, which assesses situations thoughtfully before launching into any action.
Tigers need space to express themselves and a Tiger locked up will mean all their best qualities are reduced down to little. They can then become aggressive, quarrelsome and suffer tension—becoming stubborn, they then blame the rest of the world for their problems.
Impetuous and passionate, they are likely to test out their powers of seduction from a very early age. Since they don't enjoy the authoritarian roles in the family, they are eager to escape as they grow up. This can mean they seek out marriage at an early age, as a way to escape the family routines and look for new adventure. Tigers can become easily bored; if their love is not returned passionately, they tend to seek another passion elsewhere. Tigers are capable of great love, but they may also become too intense about it. Sometimes they become territorial and possessive. If your friend or partner is a Tiger and wants you to take their side, you'd best do it! As lovers, Tiger people are romantic, but the real challenge for them is to grasp the true meaning of moderation.
Tigers are often attracted by people with an independent character, but it's important to remember that, even if you are stimulated by a Tiger's company and admire their energy, you can still manage without them. The Tiger person needs a partner who remains steady and constant and quietly pursues their own plans. In the family, naturally the Tiger will consider it normal to be in charge. Male Tigers prefer a partner who can manage the household calmly and well. Female Tigers will either pursue a career for personal success and independence, or play the role of exemplary spouse and perfect housekeeper. As parents, Tigers will teach their children prudence, reflection and reason—but, seriously, they don't believe it and don't do it themselves. A disciplined Tiger, however, can be a great influence on the children and lead them on an exciting life.
What type of occupations suit the Tiger?
They'd be good at the following:
Famous people born in the Year of the Tiger:
The year is always made up of two parts: the Chinese Animal sign and the year element. The Year of the Tiger is made up of two elements, with Yang Metal element sitting on top of Yang Wood (Yang is more active and outgoing). Each year has an Animal sign, which is ruled by one of the Five Elements—Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. According to the Chinese cycle of birth and destruction governing that relationship between the five elements, Metal is the destroyer of Wood, and so they act out a destructive pattern and will be in conflict together—a bit like the chainsaw (metal) cuts down the soft tree (wood). This means the year 2010 won't be a peaceful one, with more international conflicts likely in the next 12 months. The Yang Metal element on top is cutting Metal, which is symbolised by a sword or knife. This element is associated with masculine power. And the Tiger sign underneath is actually matching it with fierce strength, the passionate tiger. The conflict will also mean the environment is a huge issue, with destruction of forests a big focus, as well as new movements to save the planet.
Tiger belongs to the Wood element, representing early spring when trees and plants are growing and sprouting. The Tiger contains the inner Fire; in February, it's considered the birth month of the Fire element. So, inside the Tiger is a powerful hidden Fire energy. History shows the Tiger year to be associated with atomic/ nuclear energy. The last Metal Tiger year of 1950 saw a race between the USA and USSR to develop more atomic bombs. It was also a year of accidents related to nuclear weapons. In February 1950, a Tiger month in a Tiger year, Albert Einstein warned that nuclear war could lead to our mutual destruction. And in February the US Air force lost a bomber with an atomic bomb off the Canadian coast. In November 1950, another US Air Force bomber jettisoned a nuclear weapon over Quebec. And in March, the USSR proclaimed her first atomic bomb. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in the Tiger year of 1986. A Metal Tiger year shows a strong focus on nuclear safety and may even trigger nuclear accidents. The danger of nuclear weapons in North Korea, Iran, Israel and other countries, such as Pakistan and India, will be a major issue in 2010. Natural disasters with fire, such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions, are also very possible this year.
Other events from 1950:
All these show clear lessons from the past on the power of Yang Metal. Previous Tiger years were 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, and 1998.
Both Tiger and Monkey are called Travelling Stars in Chinese astrology, so their clash can bring serious traffic accidents, especially with cars. People born in a Monkey year have to be very careful in 2010. As Metal and Wood clash, the danger could be with buses, vans, cars, and machinery. People with this element-clash need to take extra care when driving and travelling.
The combination of Metal and Wood (Tiger), however, is not always a completely negative one. Together they represent the kind of forces necessary to succeed with very difficult tasks. The impossible just might be possible during this challenging year. Things that have needed to be done will be done, or at least we'll see significant progress being made. On the other hand, some that probably should never ever be attempted will also go to completion. This is because the Metal Tiger is also associated with the lemming mentality: once a group of lemmings begins moving across the fields, they charge on and unthinkingly run straight over a cliff to their deaths.
This is, then, a time to attack the most difficult issues you face, as it gives you one of your best chances of achieving your breakthroughs. On the other hand, if you run into stiff opposition, you would do well to consider putting it off to a later time. The same Tiger force that propels you forward is also aiding those opposing your efforts. Brave planners could prosper, but lemmings might just lose it all.
The basic five Chinese elements represent different parts of the body. Metal relates to the skin, nose, body hair, mucus and the lungs. Health problems in a Metal year can be breathing problems through influenza. Yang Metal is associated with the large intestine, so there are increased possibilities of colon cancer, food poisoning or diarrhoea. The Wood of Tiger involves both elements of Wood and Fire. Wood rules the liver and gall bladder and the Tiger, Monkey and Snake, generating Fire, can cause burning, heart and blood diseases, or inflammations. Any disorder in your Fire elements can bring heart or blood problems and in turn inflammation and possibly cancer. These health issues come into focus in 2010. It's important to look at your antioxidant intakes this year. In 2010, Metal sitting over Wood indicates a weakness, so the year is not favourable for people with weak or challenged immune systems. Metal rules lungs, breathing and skin, so problems with poor air quality, allergies and influenza will be serious in 2010.
Metal also rules the archetype of the alchemist and of rituals, so this is a year to transmute through the use of a ritualistic, ceremonial approach to your life. You could just transmute all the illnesses possible in 2010, or you could join a group that uses natural, religious or earth-based ritual to transform your environment and life. It's the year to attend Mother Earth rituals!