Monday, February 15, 2010
The year of the tiger begins on February 14th 2010. The Chinese use a lunar calendar, which means their year begins on the 2nd new moon after the winter solstice. New Year’s Day changes every year, falling somewhere between late January and mid February. This year of the tiger will last until February 2nd 2011 and is predicted to be anything but boring.
The Chinese have a cycle of 12 animal signs. Legend says that Buddha hosted a New Year’s party and invited all the animals in the world to join him. Only 12 came, and to reward them, he gave each a year in their honor. The cycle begins with the rat, the first animal to the celebration, and ends with the pig, the last to join the party. It is believed that you pick up some of the good and bad traits of the animal of the year you were born.
The tiger is the 3rd animal in the cycle. The Chinese say that the tiger protects households against the 3 tragedies: fire, thieves, and ghosts. Some of the traits of the tiger include courage, passion, power, and unpredictability. They are quick and dynamic. Tiger’s are seen as ferocious and brave on the outside, while being sensitive and generous on the inside. They can also be short tempered and moody.
The year of the tiger is associated with great change and social upheaval, both in personal lives and the outside world. Tigers thrive on chance and unpredictability, so this year can be challenging if you’re inflexible to change. This year will not be dull and often brings new inventions and technological changes. During this year you want to seize opportunities and make the most out of your personal talents. Travel may also play a role in this tiger year.
Happy New Year to you all!
Make sure you celebrate on the 14th with lots of happiness and smiles to make this year a beneficial one!