(born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974,
1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, and 2046)
Tiger is known as being a born leader,
someone who is always willing to try new
With magnetic personalities, the
Tiger is hard to resist, having a natural
charm and aura of leadership.
According to Chinese legend, the
Tiger born at night has a lifetime of less
turmoil while those born in the day,
specifically around noon, will experience
life of trauma and even danger.
In either case, this person is often
met with obstacles.
referred to as Dragon Lady or for the
Chinese, Old Tiger Lady, the goal for the
Chinese is to produce sons.
Therefore, it is recommended that
anyone under the Tiger sign avoid producing
children during the Tiger year in that a
daughter would be born, not a son.
Because the Tiger is considered the
greatest power on the planet and the emblem
for protection over humans, many people will
keep tiger figurines in the home to thwart
fire, thieves, and evil spirits.
natural leader, the Tiger can be a great
influence on other people.
This person is works hard while
maintaining an attitude of efficiency and
With this individual, you would find
generosity, warm hearted, and extremely
Although strong and bold, the Tiger
also has a sensitive side.
This individual can be emotional and
therefore, able to love unconditionally.
it comes to love, this person goes all out,
being very, romantic and often having
difficulty with moderation.
The person who falls under the Tiger
sign is loyal to friends but expects the
same in return.
As a symbol of power and strength,
the Tiger tends to be inspirational.
The person’s character is dynamic,
which results in many admirers.
the people with the Tiger sign have a
natural magnetic personality, making him or
her highly social.
Although the Tiger can be a bit frank
sometimes, true friends appreciate this
trait, always knowing where they stand.
However, this person is also honest
and open, with a huge heart of kindness.
However, when it comes to standing up
for rights, this person will say and do what
he/she feels is right.
lovers, the Tiger has a real sensual side
that promises an irresistible connection.
Although this person is known for
having a more free-spirited side while
young, he or she will settle down with age.
In fact, when the Tiger is in a
committed relationship, he or she will work
hard to make it fulfilling.
For life, this individual will be
romantic, loving, generous, and dedicated to
supporting the family.
Tiger is a wonderful person but there are a
few negative aspects of this sign.
For starters, this individual can be
Always being in a hurry, the person
under this sign is often tense. Because of this, you often find this person more successful
working on his/her own, rather than under
the microscope of a boss.
While the Tiger is loving and kind,
he/she also has fearsome characteristics,
always courageous when faced with danger.
person is also confident, which is a good
thing, but sometimes the Tiger goes
The Tiger is also one that should
never be challenged unless the opponent is
ready to put up a good fight.
As a hard worker, the Tiger has the
ability to make a great living but
interestingly, he/she is not necessarily
that infatuated with money.
However, if the Tiger is in a
position of not having much money, he or she
will become stressed.
The young person with this sign is
often flirtatious, prone to taking risks in
his/her love life while young, but this does
will also find that a Tiger is quite
outspoken, especially when it comes to
Keep in mind, the one thing you never
want to do with a person under the Tiger
sign is back him/her into a corner.
With this, you will see the claws
In instances where the Tiger has a
liberal viewpoint, you might see rash
decisions being made and resistance to
as an extremely hard and dedicated worker,
the Tiger would succeed in just about any
This person has a versatile mind,
often looking for positions that offer a
little bit of challenge.
While the Tiger is not overly
interested in money, he or she is capable of
financial success due to personality and
the Tiger meets a Dragon or Horse, things
get interesting in that they make a great
match, specifically when it comes to love.
Additionally, this individual gets
along very well with the Boar and Rat but
not the Rabbit.
Most importantly, the Tiger and Ox
should avoid one another since they both see
themselves as being a born leader, someone
of strength and persuasion.
the most capable signs with the Tiger
include the Horse, Dragon, Rat, Monkey, Pig,
Dog, and Snake.
A Tiger gets along relatively well
with another Tiger, as well as the Rooster.
Signs that do not mesh well with the
Tiger are the Ox, Rabbit, and Sheep, which
is actually a worse combination than the Ox.
share the Chinese zodiac sign with famous
people such as Beethoven, Marilyn Monroe,
Queen Elizabeth II, and C.A. Lindbergh.
Dragon Dance is one of the most colorful
events associated with Chinese New Years. Participating
dancers hold up the dragon
"costume" on poles and perform
intricate maneuvers, while lights flash and
pyrotechnic devices go off. The
effect of this dance is spectacular, as the
serpentine dragon whirls and twirls its way
around the crowd. The
tradition of the Dragon Dance goes back
centuries, and has deep connections with
Chinese culture and mythology.
origins of the Dragon Dance stretch back to
when peasants in rural China would use it as
an appeal to the dragon spirit. It
was believed that performing the dance could
halt the spread of epidemics, as the dragon
spirit would help to cleanse the air and
dragon spirit is highly revered in China for
their wisdom, intelligence, and courage.
In fact, children born in the Year of
the Dragon (which comes every 12 years and
most recently in 2000) are considered to be
very lucky. From
its origins as a healing dance, the Dragon
Dance went on to become a popular folk
When westerners first encountered the
Dragon Dance around 1000 A.D., it was
already a part of festivals and
size of the dragon used in the Dragon Dance
varies greatly based on the skill of the
performers and their resources. Most
dragons have between nine and 25 sections,
each of which is about five or six feet
talented dragon dance teams have produced
dragons with more than 40 sections, which
results in the spectacular sight of a dragon
more than 200 feet long! The
length of the dragon is supposed to bring
good luck, and so communities work hard to
produce the longest dragon possible. Most
dragons' robes are made of sequined, richly
colored fabric that cover the dancers'
bodies from the waist up, although a few
dragons are made with dancers waving long
colored fabrics on poles in undulating
dragon's head is usually equipped with a
gaping mouth, which is sometimes able to
open and close. Since
the Dragon Dance is most often performed at
night, the mouth is often the source of
flames, fireworks, or bright lights, while
the body of the dragon will also be lighted
or will have sequins that reflect light in
One of the traditions of the Dragon
Dance is grabbing money offered by
the dragon moves through the crowd, it will
try to catch money in its mouth. If
the spectator wants to offer a large
denomination bill, they hold it high in
order to challenge the dancers' skill and
some cases, money has been held from first
story windows, and the dragon dancers have
stood on each other’s shoulders to climb
the wall. Whether
money is offered or not, though, the Dragon
Dance is a spectacular sight and a must-see
for anyone attending a Chinese celebration.
description of this trade route to the west
as the `Silk Road' is misleading. In fact,
no single route or road was taken. In
crossing Central Asia, several different
branches developed, passing through
different oasis settlements. The name `Silk
Road' is relatively new in historic terms,
and was actually coined by a nineteenth
century German scholar named von Richthofen
is often thought that the Romans had first
come in contact with silk on one of their
campaigns against the Parthians in 53 B.C.
It is said that the Romans learned from
Parthian prisoners that silk came from a
mysterious tribe in the east, who they
referred to as the silk people, or `Seres.'
Caravans heading towards
China carried gold and other metals, ivory,
precious stones, and glass to trade. In the
opposite direction, besides silk, furs,
ceramics, jade, bronze objects, lacquer, and
iron were carried. The
most significant commodity carried along
this route though, was not silk, but
religion. Buddhism came to China from India,
along the northern branch of the route and
Christianity also made an early appearance
on the scene.
as the Silk Road was, it was always
influenced by the political atmosphere of
the day. A stable political environment
meant that trade went smoothly, a turbulent
state of affairs meant that trade was
hindered. The height of the importance of
the Silk Road occurred during the Tang
dynasty in the seventh century,
when, at that time, many favorable policies
were adopted that encouraged trade.
later demise of the Silk Road was caused by
the development of a trade route by sea from
Europe to Asia. It was becoming easier and
safer to transport goods by water rather
than overland. Ships had become stronger and
more reliable, and the route passed through
promising new markets in
Southern Asia. The overland problems of
`tribal politics' between the different
peoples along the route and the presence of
middlemen, all taking their cut on the
goods, took their toll on the Silk Road, and
prompted many traders to choose the sea
trade with the West subsided, so did the
traffic along the Road, and all but the
best-watered oases declined. The grottos and
other religious sites were long since
neglected, now that the local peoples had
espoused new religions, and the abandoned
towns and sites became buried deeper beneath
interest in the Silk Road only emerged among
Western scholars towards the end of the
nineteenth century, when archaeologists
sought the Silk Road's treasures from the
past. But, on May 25th, 1925, a
student demonstration in the port of
Shanghai resulted in a riot and the British
opened fire, killing a number of rioters.
This created a wave of hostility towards
foreigners throughout China, and effectively
brought the explorations of the Western
archaeologists to an end. The Chinese
authorities started to take a much harsher
view of the foreign intervention, and
organizing archaeological trips became very
difficult. The Chinese demanded that all
artifacts be turned over and this
effectively ended foreign exploration of the
region. The treasures of the ancient Silk
Road are now scattered in museums in about a
dozen countries. The biggest collections are
located in the British Museum and in Delhi,
the Silk Road is increasing in importance
once again. The construction of
roads and the discovery of large oil
reserves under the desert is encouraging
development. The area is rapidly becoming
industrialized. The trade route itself
is also being reopened, and trading is being
encouraged by the recent trend towards a
`socialist market economy' in China. Since
China opened its doors to foreign tourists
at the end of the 1970s, tourism is
recognized as a lucrative commodity. This
has encouraged Chinese authorities to strive
to protect the remaining historical sites
and restoration of many of the sites is
ancient trade route has seen many changes
since its birth before Christ, through its
brightest days in the Tang dynasty, until
its slow decline approximately seven hundred
years ago. Once again though, because of
changes in the political climate, the Silk
Road may yet see international trade again,
but on a scale never thought possible in the
days of traveling by camels and horses.
the westernized style of zodiac, the Chinese
zodiac actually dates back to 2500 BC during
the reign of Emperor Huang Ti.
This particular zodiac calendar
provides an annual look into activity based on
the moon’s cycles.
Beginning with a lunar year, which can
begin anytime from late January to the middle
of February, each calendar consists of five
cycles, each being 12 years.
each of the 12 years, the Chinese zodiac
includes animals, which has a very interesting
is believed that before Lord Buddha left the
earth, he summoned all of the animals to come
However, of all the animals, only 12
showed up to bid him farewell.
In honor of these 12, Lord Buddha named
a year after them.
The belief is that the animal
associated with each year rules over it.
Therefore, the lifestyle and
personality of the person born under that
animal sign is strongly influenced by that
particular animal, being supported by the old
Chinese saying, “This is the animal that
hides in your heart.”
an excavation in 1955 of a tomb dating back to
the Tang Dynasty, a set of zodiac figurines
were found, each carefully made from pottery.
Interestingly, these figurines were
created with the body of a human but the head
of each of the 12 animals.
During the North Zhou Dynasty, which
was from 557 to 581 AD, a very popular
practice was to determine a person’s year of
birth using the zodiac signs.
You would even find the coordinating
zodiac on eating utensils and grave
12 animals that showed up in front of Lord
Buddha included the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit,
dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster,
dog, and pig successively.
The story is that the cat spoke with
his friend the rat.
They agreed that whichever one of them
awoke in the morning first would be
responsible for waking the other so they could
go to Lord Buddha together.
Unfortunately, the rat broke his
promise to the cat, arriving alone.
Shortly thereafter, the remaining 11
animals showed up and by the time that the cat
awoke, the meeting had concluded.
The legend is that because of this,
cats resent and kill rats.
To give you a better idea of how the
Chinese zodiac works, consider the following:
(born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972,
1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044)
– First animal in the cycle, considered
aggressive, suspicious, ambitious, quick to
anger, power hungry, hot-tempered, critical,
as well as generous, honest, charming,
imaginative, and generous.
It is common for people under the Rat
zodiac to be publicists, writers, or critics.
The Rat coordinates well with the
Monkey and Dragon, but the Horse should be
of the Rat Page
(born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973,
1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045)
– Powerful, unyielding, stubborn, but also
born leaders, great parents, typically
successful, upright, inspiring, conservative,
Typical careers would include a
surgeon, military personnel, or hairdresser.
The Ox gets along with the Snake and
Rooster but the Sheep should be avoided.
of the Ox Page
(born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974,
1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, and 2046)
– Fighting animal, which is aggressive,
unpredictable, emotional, yet charming,
sensitive, courageous, and capable of giving
Somewhat of a risk taker, while also
Excellent positions include anything
with supervision, an explorer, matador, or
Love tendencies are strong between the
Horse and Dog but the Monkey should be left
of the Tiger Page
(born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1963, 1975, 1987,
1999, 2003, 2036, and 2047) –
Affectionate, talented, pleasant, value
security, enjoy tranquility, sometimes too
sentimental and superficial, cautious, and
generally successful in business.
The rabbit would make an excellent
actor, lawyer, or diplomat.
The best life partners would include
the Sheep or Pig but not Roosters.
of the Rabbit Page
(born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976,
1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, and 2048)
– The Dragon is highly intelligent, gifted,
unfaithful, loud, garish, popular, successful,
enthusiastic, although also stubborn.
Typically, the Dragon would be a
priest, politician, artist, or some type of
compatible with the Snake or Rooster but the
Sheep should be avoided.
of the Dragon Page
(born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977,
1989, 2001, 2013, 2015, 2037, and 2049)
– People under this sign are clever,
determined, passionate, intense, romantic,
charming, and wise, but also tend to be vain
and guided strongly by intuition.
The Snake will win money but should
avoid being stingy.
The best jobs for this sign would be a
writer, philosopher, teacher, fortuneteller,
The snake coordinates will with the Ox
and Rooster, but not the Pig.
of the Snake Page
(born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978,
1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, and 2050)
– The Horse is friendly, intelligent,
popular, cheerful, but also has an impatient,
cunning, and selfish streak.
This person is typically a scientist,
politician, poet, or adventurer.
The Horse goes well with the Dog and
Tiger but not necessarily the Rat.
of the Horse Page
(born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979,
1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, and 2051)
– Sheep are creative, passionate, artistic,
elegant, honest, and warmhearted, but also
timid, disorganized, pessimistic, and
The best career for the Sheep would be
an actor, beachcomber, or gardener.
The Sheep is very compatible with the
Rabbit and Pig and the Ox should be avoided.
of the Sheep Page
(born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,
1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, and 2052)
– Very intelligent, clever, inventive, and
entertaining, the Monkey can also be
discouraged easily and live dangerously.
Often distrustful of other people, they
will guard against many situations.
The great thing about being a Monkey is
that they will succeed in anything they want
to do. The
best compatibility comes with the Dragon or
Rat, not the Tiger.
of the Monkey Page
(born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,
1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, and 2053)
– The Rooster is hardworking, courageous,
eager for more knowledge, strong
decision-makers, very skilled, and great with
However, the Rooster is also arrogant,
shrewd, eccentric, and sometimes, reckless.
The perfect career for a Rooster would
be a restaurant owner, military personnel,
publicist, or world traveler.
This sign gets along best with the
Snake and Ox but the Rabbit should be far
of the Rooster / Cock Page
(born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982,
1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, and 2054)
– People born under the Dog are honest,
quiet, generous, intelligent, and very loyal
while also being a bit stubborn.
They tend to worry about everything,
have a sharp tongue, and like to place fault
However, people under this sign are
also very successful, making them great
candidates for business, teaching, or working
as a secret agent.
Tigers and Horses are the best match
while the Dragon should be handled with
of the Dog Page
– (born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971,
1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, and 2043)
– Very honest, sincere, tolerant, kind, and
affectionate, the Pig is also short tempered
Since people under this sign are eager
for knowledge, they tend to be successful,
especially when it comes to finances,
entertainment, or the legal field.
The best match would be the Sheep and
Rabbit but Pigs and Pigs do not do well
of the Pig Page