The Year of the Tiger — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018 & 2019

The Tiger ranks the third of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle.

  • Lucky Colors: blue, grey, orange, white
  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4
  • Lucky Flowers: yellow lily, cineraria
  • Year of Birth: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Tiger

What Type of Tiger Are You: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, or Water?

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that e.g. a Wood Tiger comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Tigers, each with different characteristics:

Type of Tiger Year of Birth Characteristics
Wood Tiger 1914, 1974 Compassionate, expansive, and open
Fire Tiger 1926, 1986 Optimistic and independent, with poor self-control
Earth Tiger 1938, 1998 Adventurous and realistic, with strong faith
Gold Tiger 1950, 2010 Females are very enthusiastic; males are indecisive, stubborn, and feminized
Water Tiger 1902, 1962 Has a strong sense of self-esteem and learning ability

See 2019 Predictions for Tigers of Different Elements.

Famous Tiger Year People

Famous Tiger Birth Date Element
Ludwig Beethoven December 17, 1770 a Gold Tiger
Joseph Stalin 18 December 1878 an Earth Tiger
Queen Elizabeth II April 21, 1926 a Fire Tiger
Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) 17 November 1950 a Gold Tiger
Richard Branson July 18, 1950 a Gold Tiger
Tom Cruise July 3, 1962 a Water Tiger
Leonardo DiCaprio November 11, 1974 a Wood Tiger
Lady Gaga March 28, 1986 a Fire Tiger
Usain Bolt 21 August 1986 a Fire Tiger

Good Health for Tigers


Tigers enjoy good health. They are active so they like to do various sports. Small illnesses, such as colds, coughs, and fever, are rarely experienced by Tigers.

However, they should avoid excessive strenuous exercise, because some dangerous activities may lead to physical harm. When involved in outdoor excise, they should pay particular attention to warm-up exercise. Aerobic exercises, such as jogging, are suitable for keeping fit.

Tigers are energetic and have great enthusiasm at work. When they feel exhausted after extended work, they need some relaxation to refresh themselves.

The Best Jobs or Career for Tigers

The Tiger, called "the king of the animals" in China, is usually the center of attention. They are born with leadership, and they are respected by others. Tigers are suitable to any career as leaders.

They are suited to careers such as advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian, and chauffeur.

However, in their early years, Tigers' careers are not so smooth. After their thirties they find their direction and gather wealth.

How to Build Relationships with Tigers


In social relationships, Tigers are always in the dominant role.

Due to mistrust and over confidence, Tigers do not like to communicate with others, so they are not good at coordinating in social circles. They are inclined to use commanding means to deal with interpersonal relationships. Even though they are acquainted with a lot of people, they do not further the relationships to deep friendship.

Understanding, patience, and tact are needed when dealing with Tigers.

In love relationships, Tigers cannot give sweet love to their partners because they lack a sense of romance. Partners need to be equally active to keep up with the Tiger's sense of adventure.

The Luckiest Things for Tigers

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 3, and 4 and numbers containing them (like 13 and 43)
  • Lucky days: the 16th and 27th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: blue, gray, orange
  • Lucky flowers: yellow lily, cineraria
  • Lucky direction: east, north, south
  • Lucky months: the 3rd, 7th, and 10th Chinese lunar months.

Things That Should Be Avoided by Tigers

  • Unlucky colors: brown
  • Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, and 8
  • Unlucky direction: southwest
  • Unlucky months: the 1st, 4th, 5th and 11th Chinese lunar months

Tigers' Fortune, Career, Love, and Health Prospects in 2018


Finances in 2018 — ★★★★★


Tigers have good luck when it comes to finances in 2018 and also have some chances to get unexpected financial gains. You will reap rewards from the lottery or dealings in the stock market.

What’s more, there will be many opportunities for potential partnerships waiting for you, which will help you financially.

For men, your lover might bring some partnership opportunities your way, or you might be successful because of her help.

Career in 2018 — ★★★★☆


There is little chance for Tigers to get career promotions in 2018.

However, there will be good opportunities for you in real estate, thermal power projects, or in the culture industry, so you will do well if one of them is your career field.

For employees, 2018 is a good year for you to build your career base. You will get a lot of support from officials or management.

Love in 2018 — ★★★★☆

Male Tigers have relatively good prospects in love. The women you meet are all nice, but sometimes they may be stubborn.


Female Tigers work well with different people, and there is a chance for you to develop a relationship with one of the people you are involved with. He may not understand that your feeling goes beyond friendship, so you may need to take the initiative and show your feelings.

Health in 2018 — ★★☆☆☆

Tigers don’t have the best luck with their health in 2018. You may be weak or suffer from inflammations. You might not have time to go to a hospital when you feel ill.

You need to be careful if you are planning to climb mountains or take part in adventurous underground activities. You will have a good career in 2018, but it will cause you a lot of fatigue. You are suggested to eat nourishing food, such as fish, meat, or seafood. You are also suggested to take some time to go for a walk at a lakeside or in parks to adjust your attitude and mind.

Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility among Chinese zodiac animals mostly takes into account the general characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Tiger with other animals.

  • Best with: Dragon, Horse, or Pig
  • Worst with: Ox, Snake, or Monkey
Love Compatibility with the Tiger

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