YEAR OF THE TIGER - February 14, 2010 to February 2, 2011
The Year of the Tiger begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011.
The Tiger is the third sign in the cycle of Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs.
The Year of the Tiger 2010, (in the Hsia calendar /Chinese calendar) is symbolized by two elements – metal sitting on top of wood. The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese zodiac sign of 12 animals. It is a sign of courage and thus the tiger is revered by the ancient Chinese as the sign that wards off the three main disasters of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts.

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About the Year
The Year 2010 is the Year of the Metal Tiger, which begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. In Chinese feng shui, Metal is the destroyer of wood and so they are on the destructive cycle and have conflict relationship. It means that the year 2010 may not be peaceful and more international conflicts are expected.

The Tiger is also part of 3 animals forming the fire penalty, and is an active travelling star. Thus the year will see more people travel and this should be beneficial to airline and tourism business. In 2010, the feng shui flying star number 8, symbolize earth element and children, is in the centre. Thus 2010 may bring some problems with earthquake and misfortune involving children.
The industries that is said to be able to perform well in the year of the Tiger are industries related to Fire and Earth elements. Fire industries are entertainment, finance and energy. However, the earth industries such property, hotel, mining, insurance may be active but not making profit as their money element, water is absent. The metal industry such as banking, machinery, engineering, computer, and high tech industries will be more stable than previous two years. Sectors relating to water such as shipping, communication, drinks, spa will be moving ahead with conservatism. Wood industry may not be doing very well as their money element earth is absent. (refer Raymond Lo)

The Tiger also forms a three ‘conflict’ relationship with the Snake and the Monkey. Such conflict means there is some hidden danger and may cause disharmony, worries and irritations, or hidden sickness. The clash between the Tiger and Monkey is a serious clash between wood and metal elements, therefore those born in years of the Monkey are advised to be particularly careful in 2010. As it is metal and wood clashes the danger could be associated with cars or machineries. Those born in the year of the Monkey or Snake are recommended to carry the pendant of the Pig which will help to attract away the Tiger, so as to minimize the negative influence of the clash.

The Tiger is the third sign in the cycle of Chinese Zodiac which symbolizes such character traits as bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability.
People born in the Year of the Tiger are generally well liked with charming personalities. Courageous, active, and self-assured, optimistic, passionate and independent and quick tempered but considerate are some of the characteristics of the Tiger. People born in the year of the tiger have a lively disposition and are forthright.
Tigers are natural leaders and have a strong sense of their own dignity. Born to lead, they can be stubborn if they realize they’re not in charge. They may tend to be selfish but overall, Tigers are extremely generous. They are often intelligent and always alert.

People born within these date ranges are born in the Year Of The Tiger:
8 February 1902 - 28 January 1903: Water Tiger
26 January 1914 - 13 February 1915: Wood Tiger
13 February 1926 - 1 February 1927: Fire Tiger
31 January 1938 - 18 February 1939: Earth Tiger
17 February 1950 - 5 February 1951: Metal Tiger
5 February 1962 - 24 January 1963: Water Tiger
23 January 1974 - 10 February 1975: Wood Tiger
9 February 1986 - 28 January 1987: Fire Tiger
28 January 1998 - 15 February 1999: Earth Tiger
14 February 2010 - 2 February 2011: Metal Tiger


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