His physicality

  • The Tiger male is attributed with a vigorous and tough physical constitution. He radiates magnetism, energy, vitality. He displays a natural air of authority and manliness, and is irresistible for all those women who feel themselves being female. He is generally tall and large in build, with an impressive set of powerful muscles and a tendency to extreme hirsutism. Many natives are fond of wearing their luxuriant beards, at least during certain periods of the year.
  • This subject’s face is very expressive, reflecting every shade of his inner feelings and emotions. His features are energetic and pronounced, his jaws prominent. He often sets his thin lips tightly when he makes an effort at attention. With his ears larger than average and his slightly protruding mouth, his head vaguely suggests that of a ram. When he laughs or smiles, his eyelids crease up and his extremely mobile eyes sparkle like champagne. He never averts his gaze from his interlocutors, who have difficulty in escaping his ascendancy over them. He speaks rapidly, glibly, in a forceful, clear, resonant voice, leaving little room for others to place their words.
  • The Tiger male loves constant pressure as his way of life – rest, relaxation, inactivity, tranquility and stability bore him to death. Always in a great hurry, he walks briskly, hastening his steps as if he were at all times participating in a hiking contest. His gestures are noted for their impulsiveness; his way to express his ideas is equally brusque, and his habit of telling brutal truths abruptly often startles people out of their wits and countenance.
  • The Tiger man possesses remarkable dynamism. His life tempo far exceeds that of the average male. He feels the compulsive need to exert himself continuously, to use up his biological reserves, to exhaust his batteries. If you look for someone whose favorite hobby is to get drunk on speed, then this is the right person for you. He despises pain, deliberately looks for dangerous or conflictual situations, and allows himself to be intoxicated by all kinds of excitement and challenge.
  • The native’s most important health problem, as expected, finds its origin in his excessive temperament. Always keen on spending his forces immoderately,, he is subject to enervation and effeteness despite his great recuperative powers. Lighting ills may come and lay him low at the very moments when “he’s trying to empty the ocean and cover up the sky,” as a Vietnamese saying goes. His sudden spells of utter depletion are apt to lower his morale to an alarming degree and plunge him into deep, devastating depression. Illness and even accidents may sometimes be resorted to, of course at an unconscious level, when he is confronted with difficulties that do not suit his impatient comportment because their solution imperatively requires time.
  • It is in his vital interest to take time to recharge his batteries, to allow his organism to recover, to ease his general tension. “Stretch a bow to the very full, and you will wish you had stopped in time,” warned the great Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. The Tiger man must try to live at a more leisurely pace by all means – for instance, by giving himself as few occasions to fuss as possible, or by refusing to use a motor vehicle when he can afford walking or cycling. He must also beware of what may jeopardize his nervous equilibrium and play havoc with his health – tense situations, sleepless nights, exaggerated consumption of tobacco, coffee, alcohol, meat or canned foods can all prove detrimental. As his temper is liable to flare up at the slightest provocation, he should learn self-control by practicing yoga or with the help of a psychiatrist.
  • Sports are essential to him as his nature requires of him much muscular exertion. He can do any kind of sport, even the most violent ones. He must make it a rule to practice every day in order to let off his steam in a wholesome and harmless way – for his overwhelming energy, if not properly canalized, may become dangerous for himself and others.
  • This type as a rule distinguishes himself by the innumerable accidents he causes and the marks they leave. Of all natives under the Chinese duodecimal zodiac, the Tiger is the one with the most frightful record of fractures, burns, scratches and wounds of every kind. From his early childhood till his old age, this daredevil never leaves off collecting scars, large and small, by giving way to his inordinate impetuosity. The sign provides an impressive number of broken noses!
  • For all his sturdy physique, the male Tiger is nevertheless liable to headache, migraine, toothache, tic douloureux, functional nervous disorders – all diseases more or less connected with his nervous system which he is prone to ill-treat. He is also subject to bouts of fever, allergy, psoriasis and sometimes convulsions. He would be well advised to learn to dominate his impulsiveness in the first place, and in the second place to get an adequate treatment for all his ailments, which are by no means incurable. These two steps will of course require time whereas he is always reluctant to give himself time! He should above all resist the temptation to resign himself too readily to living with and despite his health troubles.

His psychology

  • Few people are likely to have as much willpower, courage and optimism as the Tiger male. Once he has set up an objective, nobody can deter him from his chosen course of action and no force can diminish his dogged determination to go forward. In no way does he retreat; in no way does he indulge in negative thinking. Aided by his power of quick decision, he only trusts his own judgement, refusing to be advised or directed in any way. He must reach his target, come what may, or he will die ? for it is impossible for him to accept failure, to grant himself a loophole or fallback.
  • Spontaneous, whole-souled, thirsty for the absolute, this character vigorously rejects mediocrity under all form and half-measures of all description. He likes to wrestle. He loves difficulties. Whatever the odds, his powerful dynamism makes him an overwhelming zealot as well as an aggressive pioneer in all fields of endeavor. But despite his motivation and enthusiasm, success is not always his due as he is somewhat narrow-minded and totally ignorant of his limitations. He never wants to acknowledge that no one could triumph on all fronts all the time with only blind faith and raw courage.
  • He needs a grand and noble ideal to fight for – an ideal that would permit him to have his name written in the book of History, so to speak – since it would be difficult for him to function properly without a target in life. Although his lofty dedication may bring him honors and celebrity, these are the very last things he is concerned about; only victory interests him. His favorite battlefields are politics, trade unions, and the cause of widows and orphans. Because of his nonconformism and iconoclasm, he is always at odds with the established order or higher authority. A champion of change and innovations, he uses all his forces to carry out a revolution in every possible field. His motivation is so forceful and his devotement so contagious that he can convert quite a number of indifferent people to his crusades.
  • This man is an adventurer in every good sense of the word. Contemptuous of those who play it safe, he likes gambling with his life, rushing headlong into every conceivable undertaking, oblivious of dangers and flirting with death. He detests beaten tracks, abhors routine, and never does a thing in the same manner the second time. Should he fail in any of his enterprises, he would immediately stand up and make a fresh start with unshaken faith. He believes existence is a tremendous challenge, a fascinating venture, and means to live it to the full, even if he has to burn the candle at both ends. His zest for living is unequaled. His destiny is generally exceptional, stormy, full of upsets and reversals, and sometimes ends with sudden and violent death.
  • Although high-strung and provocatively obstinate, the Tiger man is likeable in many ways. His best qualities are undoubtedly his absolute sincerity and honesty. He is incapable of double talk, mental reservation, cheating, injustice or the like. These very qualities, however, are his Achilles’ heel since they render him naive, unsuspecting and therefore vulnerable – it is indeed quite easy to deceive him, dupe him, betray him. He is defenseless before other people’s bad faith. But when he realizes having been fooled, he may react violently, dangerously, devastatingly, going as far as to commit criminal acts. One would be well inspired never to trifle with his confidence.
  • Despite his boundless ambition, he commands the respect of all who know him well, even though they happen to be his bitterest adversaries. There is not a single streak of egoism or meanness in his nature. His generosity and chivalrousness are unparalleled. He is capable of great sympathy for and devotion to those whom he loves. His friends are all to him, and he is always willing to go to any length on their behalf. One can count on his loyalty under any and all circumstances.
  • The negative side of his personality makes him a man of little common sense. Dominated by passion and immoderation, he loathes reflection, deliberation, doubt, calling into question, thereby often finding himself confronted with explosive situations which could have been avoided with a little more thinking and calmness. His inability to change course and learn from past mistakes can induce him to commit the worst excesses.
  • Having every intention of getting his way in life, he is keen on exhibiting his bravado of independence and self-sufficiency, and showing contempt for subjects born of the weaker signs. He is often dictatorial, tyrannical, refusing to take the feelings of others into consideration. His faculty for adaptation to people and situations is practically nonexistent since he rejects compromise; he has set ideas and expects others to give way. When he is thwarted in his mad scramble for something, he may fly into a white rage which is likely to cause much damage, both material and moral.
  • He should be wary of dispersion and behave in a more thoughtful manner. His enthusiasm and motivation, however great they may be, would be of no avail if they were not well directed. As the Bhagavadgita says, “Unreal is action without discipline.”
  • He should equally guard himself against fanaticism and hasty simplifications. A few minutes of meditation every day will help him live a richer, more purposeful and more useful life.
  • One of his least desirable traits is perhaps his disdain for the softer side of life. He sincerely believes that sentiments are a sign of immaturity or a superfluous adornment if not a waste of time. But his natural sensitivity is there, which sometimes embarrasses him and which he tries to conceal by appearing harsh and overbearing.

His productivity

  • Whatever his undertaking at a given moment, the Tiger male will charge ahead body and soul despite all objective difficulties as well as those of his own making. He works his best when under pressure, when the job at hand is of the most exacting kind. But when some steam has been eased off he will begin to flounder. His fierce pride and tendency to overdo things are his worst enemies as they could neutralize all his achievements and bring about his ruin. General Charles de Gaulle is a good illustration of these aspects of the Tiger man’s work nature.
  • All professions that require charisma, authority, courage, strenuous efforts and a taste for risks suit the native of the Tiger man well; so do all jobs that offer sufficient scope and challenge. He is conscious that people instinctively depend on him for leadership, and means to live up to their expectations. The military career is undoubtedly the one he pursues most aptly. He can be an excellent army chief, dauntless and resourceful, happy to share dangers and hardships with the men under his command. But this warrior needs to expose himself on the battlefield and come under fire; he would waste away in barracks. When the going gets rough, this rough man likes to get going. He also makes a successful policeman, private detective, war correspondent or secret agent, on condition he is constantly on the move and confronted with perilous situations; an office work would mean death to him.
  • If his aggressiveness and fascination for danger can find a socially useful outlet, so much the better for him, for he may become a benefactor of mankind. In the contrary case, nothing will prevent him from becoming a dangerous member of society – as a gangster, professional killer, smuggler and the like.
  • Having a deep horror of injustice, he will excel as a lawyer, more concerned about defending the weak and the wronged than about making money; or as a judge grimly determined to wipe out vice and crime from the surface of the earth. His sadistic tendencies, if properly sublimated, will make him a notorious surgeon, dentist or general practitioner whose dedication and conscientiousness will command the respect of all. It is also his acute sense of justice that sometimes induces him to meddle in politics; but he prefers staying with the opposition, whatever it may happen to be, instead of belonging to the party in power.
  • Not rarely is the Tiger man a captain of industry, whose main objective is not to make a fortune but to achieve victory – for only victory interests him. Despite his indifference to material gains, it is not impossible for him to earn a huge lot of money, as he has the ability to make the right decisions at the right times and goes about his business with logic, intrepidity, mercilessness and a firm belief in final triumph. But he can also go bankrupt and know a checkered career due to his exaggerated penchant for taking unnecessary risks or throwing all his chips on a single horse. It must be acknowledged, however, that chance is often on his side.
  • This subject is keen on doing things that have never been done, or in the way that has never been experimented before. Always engaged in some creative field and ranking among avant-gardes, he may make momentous discoveries – or may have his wings burned. In either case his enthusiasm and curiosity will not be affected to the slightest degree.
  • As already pointed out, this subject does not always meet with success. One of the reasons is that he is more interested in making and initiating projects than in carrying them through to a successful conclusion, and that beginnings appeal to him more than endings. In other words, he grows weary of his undertakings too quickly, not exactly because he lacks patience but because he lets himself be easily lured away by new excitements and new challenges.

His love behavior

  • The Tiger sign is certainly the most “masculine” one in the entire Chinese duodecimal zodiac. This explains why its male natives tend to exalt their machismo every other minute. They are very touchy about their virility; any insignificant slight on it may be interpreted by them as a great insult to their personal dignity. It never comes to their minds that their sexual bravado is unnecessary to a happy love life and in any case does not produce in women the effect they expect.
  • The Tiger male is a fervent adept of love at first sigh and disdains the kind of love that requires time for its crystallization. Once his gaze has come to rest on a woman, he may fall in love with her right away, seriously, wholeheartedly, as if she were the only female he could love in the entire course of his existence. He will immediately want her to be associated with his projects, hopes, dreams, problems – in short, with his whole life – and will demand an instant response. He will find it bewildering if the object of his passion rejects his overtures or shows some hesitation; in fact, few women resist his candid ardor and transparent sincerity and refuse to let themselves be swept off their feet by this man.
  • Impulsive as always, he specializes in rash engagements and imprudent unions – even if it does mean having many problems and sorrows as a consequence. He is likely to get married several times in his lifetime and enter each matrimony with an ever intact capital of enthusiasm and recklessness. Given his impetuous nature, only a marriage contracted in his middle age could bring him emotional fulfilment and sexual stability.
  • Few men would be as misogynous as this one. He does not subscribe himself to the idea that every female has her price. He makes it clear to every woman he deigns to love that he is doing her a favor, that he takes her for granted. He never bothers to conceal his contempt for the fair sex as a whole, disparaging its members as frivolous, irresponsible, stupid, capricious, lazy, wicked and the like. He simply could not accept a woman to be superior or equal to him in any way.
  • This type invariably wants to dominate the women he loves, to make decisions in their place, to impose on them his own views, ideas, tastes, preferences, aversions, whims and way of life. He believes in all good faith that his paternalistic comportment can only please them and never sees the necessity to behave differently. Should these women want to throw off their yoke, they must proceed with much tact and diplomacy – perhaps even with flattery and wile, for he is both naive and self-conceited. To rebel overtly against him would be to trigger a war which he is sure to win and they are sure to lose.
  • The surest way for a partner to get rid of this fiery lover would be to wait on him hand and foot, to take care of his every need, to help him solve his every problem. Too much attention to his person could only irritate him, for he wants to display his self-sufficiency and pride. But if she wants to hang on him, a certain indifference on her part would have the magic power to keep this wild animal from returning to his jungle.
  • Disdainful, elusive and even dangerous women have a definite advantage over their more innocent sisters in their competition for the Tiger man’s heart. Nothing fascinates him more than mystery, difficulty and challenge. If you, ladies, want to retain him for any length of time, it is in your interest never to reveal or surrender yourselves entirely to him. So long as he still has to discover and woo you, he will hold on to you as to a lifebuoy. On the other hand, if a cuddly lover is what you are looking for, you had better not pick up a Tiger man although his magnetism is overpowering. This wildcat is not prone to enjoy sweet nothings or to purr beside the fireplace; he is not effusive either and feels embarrassed at giving or receiving verbal expressions of love.
  • The Tiger man’s love nature has two inescapable characteristics: He lets himself be completely carried away by his passion, and his jealousy is as intense as his love of independence. His love is always meant to be an all-out offensive; he loves with every fiber of his being, without any restraint whatsoever. A woman involved with him may have difficulty in adjusting herself to this whirlpool, unless she has exceptional physical and moral vigor. When it comes to making love, he is quite raw and basic, charging roughly like a hussar. He will insist that the satisfaction of his erotic needs take place at any moment, even at odd hours during the day.
  • While loathing possessive women, he is intensely jealous of his bird of the moment. He will not make an issue of her desire to roam the world or stay home to sweep the hearth, but will demand that she belong to him completely, making a clean sweep of all that has preceded her involvement with him. He will never, for instance, sympathize with her nostalgia over past romances or heartbreaks.
  • If he has practically no problem in entering a union, many difficulties nevertheless lie in wait for him once the first step has been taken. His obstreperous misogyny is instrumental in turning his home into a permanent battlefield – few women, if any, could bear his humiliating attitude indefinitely. He may consistently fail to arouse his mates as he is unable to create a romantic atmosphere and provide sufficient mental stimulation before each embrace. Finally, his performances in bed generally prove all too brief to any woman’s liking.
  • Curiously enough, the native, who can pride himself on the number of his conquests and on his capacity for sex, is disinclined to infidelity. It seems that when he belongs to a woman, he really means to honor his obligation, certainly not out of moral considerations but more probably out of self-respect. However, he will readily accept divorce, happy to recover his freedom and be in a position to go hunting again – until he falls in love once more!
  • Unsentimental as he is, the Tiger male is always on wonderful terms with his children. He loves and understands them perfectly. And he communicates to them his enthusiasm, his impetuosity, his passion for life.


Her physicality

  • The Tiger woman possesses exceptional ascendancy over others. All those who come into contact with her cannot help being swayed by her powerful personality. Her magnetism is such that no one can remain indifferent in her presence.
  • All her physique bears witness to her health, vitality, dynamism and aggressiveness. She is generally taller than average, slender, muscular, with a slightly angular figure and a determined, energetic gait. Her bearing is erect and proud – she never loses an inch of her height and always gazes at her interlocutors straight in the eyes. Overall, this woman is not very feminine by habitual standards, but she looks definitely pretty and sexy.
  • Her face is elongated, somewhat triangular, like that of the Rat woman, but much more vivid and expressive. It is easy to recognize her by her high forehead, her prominent cheekbones, her small mouth, her thin lips and her resolute chin. The candor of her look is at the same time fascinating and disarming. Her eyes always reflect faithfully all her emotions and sentiments, however hard she tries to dissimulate them.
  • Owing to her incessant activity and fighting optimism, the Tiger-born woman remains slim and youthful until well past her middle age. Nature protects her completely from cellulitis, a scourge for numerous other women. As she prefers slacks to skirts, casualness to formality, and adventures to security and comfort, she tends to enhance her image as an eternal young girl.
  • The native is graced with a sound constitution and great powers of resistance. Her immense energy allows her to undertake vast projects and struggle successfully for her identity as a woman in this man-dominated world. Her chief fault is her persistent indifference to the demands of her organism and tendency to overstep the bounds of her endurance. She habitually refuses to interrupt or reduce her activity even though she feels tired, pretending that tiredness is only a psychological phenomenon and that in any case she cannot afford to slacken and indulge in idleness for a moment. Her constant tension lies at the root of her many health troubles which are perfectly preventable with a little more common sense. She shares with her male counterpart the same liability for headaches, nervous breakdowns and stomach ulcers. She would be well inspired to heed the alarm signal sent out by her body when on waking in the morning she feels exhausted; it would be most unwise for her to overdo in that case and hope that things will eventually straighten themselves out in due time.
  • So long as she leads a reasonable life, making enough place for rest, sleep, open air, a balanced diet and sport, there is nothing she must fear for her physical well-being. A less aggressive attitude toward life and people may also be of great help. After all, she must realize that not every woman is as much privileged on the physical plane as she is, and must get down to the business of preserving her precious health capital to the best of her ability.
  • The most dreadful danger lurking on the path of this subject is her relentless unwillingness to accept herself as a female. We have here a woman who, more or less consciously, refuses to be a woman and wishes to be a man. Her feminity she regards as a curse or at least as a distinct drawback; she sincerely believes that her life would be simpler and better should she belong to the bearded sex. Where any observer can explain her attitude, only psychiatrists are able to pinpoint aptly the somatizing reactions triggered by her conflictual tension. She may suffer from conversion hysteria, presenting an acute dysfunction of her breasts or genitals, or being bothered by a varied number of disorders which can be ascribed to no apparent cause. It is clear that only common sense is in a position to help her ward off this grave danger.
  • Despite her vitality and dynamism, the Tiger-year female often falls victim to her emotional instability. She tends to react too strongly and too deeply to situations and events which could leave quieter types unruffled. Any emotional shock of some importance is instrumental in upheaving her physiological equilibrium and opening her body’s doors to all kinds of illnesses; great fears, angers or deceptions are more dangerous to her than germs and toxins. In all logic, she should try to arrange her life in such a way as to be sheltered from emotional convulsions. She can reach this objective by taking life and herself more lightly, by practicing relaxation and self-control, and above all by learning equanimity and stoicism.

Her psychology

  • Some people ironically – but perhaps aptly – call the Tiger female “a phallic woman.” Indeed she appears more masculine than feminine, having relatively few of the traits normally imputed to her own sex and sharing many characteristics commonly attributed to members of the stronger sex.
  • The most notorious component of her personality is her extreme, uncompromising independence. In no case does she lean on someone with a view to getting through life or attaining success. She only trusts her own forces. She scorns the old feminine dream of security and categorically refuses to shield herself behind a man or patriarchal institutions.
  • Tough, courageous, active, passionate, aggressive, she means to shape her destiny with her own hands – to be the architect of her happiness – come hell or high water, and in defiance of “bourgeois” biases, lack of understanding and mockery. Never afraid to fight for what she wants in life, this woman always insists on having the last word when it comes to pursuing the objectives she has set for herself. She will stand up vigorously to anyone who may attempt to thwart her in her undertakings – be it her father, her husband, her boss, or even the Pope. Gifted with exceptional strength of character, she works very hard, never doing anything half-heartedly or indulging in wishful thinking, and despises all those who are lazy or unambitious. Naturally, the door to success is more often open to her than to subjects born with less vaulting desires.
  • The Tiger woman firmly believes herself to be perfectly equal to men in all respects – although in her rare weaker moments she may have private doubts about her feminity. Nothing infuriates her more than male chauvinism. An ardent feminist to her fingertips, she is not in the least domestic and fiercely struggles for her rights, whether within the Women’s Liberation Movement or all by herself. This militant is unafraid of ridicule or excesses, and shrinks back from no danger or sacrifice. Her dedication forces the respect of many, including some who subscribe to the most misogynous views.
  • A hundred percent nonconformist, This woman sets herself up as a revolutionary constantly at odds with the established order and all “reactionary” minds. Wherever she is, she can find someone or something to fight. On the other hand, with her underdeveloped sense of humor, she tends to take everything too seriously, attacking with all her claws even when no one is criticizing her or attempting to stand in her way. And, like Don Quixote, she will never be at peace with herself until she has knocked down all the windmills in sight.
  • Her brilliant victories on various fronts, however, have their prices which she has to pay. Her excessive impetuosity and aggressiveness make her commit regrettable errors at times, especially in the field of human relations, and prevent her from being an agreeable and easily approachable person. Her obsession with success and great sense of adventure induce her to view existence as a business or, more exactly, a battle, not as an enjoyable party, thus missing many of the pleasures life has to offer. Harboring hostility toward the opposite sex as a whole, she often has difficulty in getting along with men, whether in her own family or in society – and this will inevitably result in frustration and further tension. If she is capable of accepting a piece of advice, she should learn to be less ambitious, more easygoing, and to develop her sense of humor. She should also convince herself that what is important is not life itself, but the full enjoyment of life. Finally, since nobody can ever expect to win all the time, it is in her interest to learn to accept failure with good grace and resignation, considering it an integral part of the game of living.
  • Few women would be endowed with more and finer moral qualities than the native of the Tiger sign. Her loyalty is equal to anything; under no circumstances does she betray those to whom she has given her word. Her straightforwardness and sincerity are beyond reproach. Despising hypocrisy with all her might, she behaves with honesty, rectitude and strictness, refusing to deceive or cheat even if this would be at the cost of her health or comfort; if someone ever throws doubt on her integrity, she may react with extreme violence and hold murderous feelings against him.
  • Perhaps no other woman is more eager to learn than this one. She has an insatiable curiosity, an immense thirst for knowledge, and profits from all occasions to deepen and broaden her education. Her sharp mind and faithful memory are a great help to this eternal student. She is able to understand almost anything and has no difficulty in tackling any subject of discussion.
  • The negative side of her character could not go unnoticed. Pride is certainly her worst weakness. It incites her to unmistakable histrionics. While there is no doubt she is generous and sometimes altruistic, these traits are generally expressed in a theatrical manner – it is here that she resembles her Dragon sister. She has a taste for impressive gestures, refusing to avenge herself and going so far as to praise and help her enemies – not because she wants to follow the Gospel’s commandments, but because it is all-important to her to appear heroic.
  • A lack of tolerance is another of her less desirable characteristics. It is exceedingly hard for her to make allowances for the weaknesses of others, and she is not diplomatic enough to hold her tongue or soften the edge of her biting remarks. And yet, she is herself well known for her sensitivity to hurt as well as to compliments and even praise!

Her productivity

  • With regard to professional abilities and preferences, there are much more similarities between the Tiger man and the Tiger woman than between the male and female natives of all the other signs. In other words, the Tiger woman is practically equivalent to and interchangeable with her masculine counterpart as far as productive capacities are concerned.
  • This woman is perfectly capable of doing all jobs normally reserved to men; she can be as efficient as any of them. Works that are exacting, tiresome or dangerous do not frighten her in the least, and those that require intelligence and a highly synthetic mind suit her well. She is able to assume important responsibilities and has all the qualities necessary to a position of command.
  • She can do well in all professions of an altruistic nature as she needs to devote herself and be useful to others, contrary to her Tiger brother who is essentially egoistic. This is a most conscientious physician, surgeon, dentist, psychologist or social worker, more interested in relieving pains and sufferings than in making money.
  • As she likes human contacts and wants to be continually on the move, she enjoys being a public relations officer, air hostess, travel agent, journalist or sales representative. Her acute sense of justice and equity may incite her to take up a legal profession.
  • The fields of endeavor that appeal most to her are unquestionably the ones that allow her to protest and fight for she is profoundly dissatisfied with the existing state of things on the one hand and needs to flex her muscles on the other hand. She militates vigorously within the ecologist movement. Trade-Union struggles also interest her to a very high degree. Politics may fascinate her – but only until the day when she discovers that it is mainly a dirty game, and then she will give it up altogether because she is neither cynical nor moved by self-interest. But it is with the Women’s Liberation Movement that she can really show what stuff she is made from; she is tireless – and ferocious – in chastising misogynists of all kinds and battling for the recognition of women’s equality of rights with men.
  • It should be made clear that it is in the Tiger woman’s interest to pursue a career which offers sufficient scope and challenge and absorbs most of her time and forces. Failing this, she may use her overflowing energy perversely and even dangerously. Unlike the Buffalo woman, the Tiger-born female is decidedly not the type to run the home on a full-time basis.

Her love behavior

  • If the Tiger woman can know brilliant victories in the professional area, her strong will and pronounced feminist penchant cause her tremendous difficulties when it comes to matters of the heart. Men do not find her feminine and touching enough. She frightens would-be suitors away although physically she is not unattractive. She needs men as eagerly as other women do, not so much for sentimental or sexual reasons but because the idea of being undesirable she finds unbearable.
  • Sometimes she feels overwhelmed by her loneliness, and then she rings up men and asks them to take her out, or even goes hunting for them instead of waiting for them to come along as tradition wants it. In this way she earns the unjustified and unjustifiable reputation of being a nymphomaniac.
  • Proud and energetic she certainly is. But this does not stop her longing secretly for an exceptionally strong and directive man who would be in a position to dominate and tame her – although she takes the utmost care not to admit it to others and especially to herself. Unfortunately, there exists hardly one man of that caliber in a thousand, and she is much more likely to be disappointed than successful in her quest. On the contrary, with her unusual strength of character, she often attracts weak and effeminate men, who adore her, pamper her, but who at the same time give her the opportunity to be dictatorial and overbearing; she cannot but disdain them privately if not overtly, and feels dissatisfied and miserable in the process.
  • She can perhaps find a satisfactory solution in sharing her life with a man whom she admires unlimitedly for one reason or another – he may be a talented artist, poet, writer, scientist, statesman, sportsman, and so on. Once satisfied with her choice, this woman can prove an admirable lover, admirable spouse, admirable materfamilias, prepared to do everything in her power for the happiness of her husband and children.
  • Given her particularities, the native frequently has to content herself with a man below her standards. But in no case should she settle down with a strong-willed man who does not command her total respect or admiration; a violation of this rule would have disastrous consequences, making her home become a permanent battlefield and her life a perpetual agony.
  • Everyday life with This woman is by no means easy, except when she really respects or admires her man. She is often purposefully maniacal, hard to please, unmindful of her husband’s face; she also insists on running the whole family show all by herself, although there can be no doubt about her efficiency as a homemaker and hostess.
  • As is the case with the male Tiger, any attempt to bring her to reason by using force or argument would be of no avail since it would only enhance her stubbornness. An appropriate dose of impassiveness and phlegm could give better results than three violent disputes. Another good way to manage her would be to respect her freedom as scrupulously as possible – she abhors jealousy and possessiveness – for it is vital to her to feel that her life belongs to her entirely and that she does not have to account to anyone for her actions.
  • It is not always easy to handle her feminism. Her militancy is exercised not only in society but also in her private life. She is ready to do almost anything to prove to the whole world and her men that she is a completely liberated woman – and to do it in a shattering, thundering, sensational and provocative manner. She is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to rail at and humiliate members of the opposite sex. Her fidelity in love and marriage is doubtful, not because she is basically inconstant or andromaniacal, but simply because it is one of her means to sneer at the sexist society through her lovers and husbands. Another of her means is to choose lesbianism deliberately, excluding all men from her individual life. Of course, there is no room for questioning her sincerity or the appropriateness of her stance; it is only her ways of enforcing her feminist views that could give rise to criticism.
  • More often than not, however, the Tiger woman does take love seriously and allow herself to be vulnerable in this direction. Courtship is a very important ritual in her eyes, for to her it is proof that men do not resist her, that she is after all as desirable as any other woman. When she decides to love, she loves with impetuosity and ardor, and expects her partner to respond with equal intensity; she simply cannot put up with lukewarmness or routine. This does not necessarily mean that she is very demonstrative, allowing her heart to run alone. There is always in her something that prevents total abandon – it is perhaps her pride, the toughness of her character, her unconscious refusal to be feminine, or her unwillingness to resort to romantic submission.
  • Unlike most other women, the Tiger-born female is perfectly able to draw a sharp line between love and sex, and woe betide those of her partners who are mistaken on this score. She is extremely active in bed, not at all afraid to take the lead. Her sexual expression is direct and intense; she does not concern herself with coquettish, tricks, and the romantic, gentlemanly approach only amuses her. The man who succeeds in dragging this Tigress into his bed may never have to regret it, and his subsequent relations with other women may seem dull to him. She is able to give him a foretaste of Paradise, although there is persistently something selfish and shallow about her lovemaking. But he had better be lustful and hardy; his failure to keep abreast of her stormy sex drive would change her into a ruthless man-eater. On the other hand, she may from time to time refuse to make love for no apparent reason, and then there is absolutely no way to coax her out of her lair.
  • Maternal instinct is almost totally alien to her psychological makeup. If she begets children, it is primarily a matter of convenience or accident rather than out of love for them. She is interested in her offspring only inasmuch as someone else takes care of their material needs and as they are beautiful and intelligent. But she is generally on excellent terms with them from their adolescence onwards.


The characteristics of the Tiger are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.



The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigor and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. The Metal element gives the Tiger its sharpness in action and speed of thought. Tigers born in the Metal year like to stand out in a crowd. With an inspiring assertiveness and competitive demeanor, they determine their goals and then do anything necessary to achieve them. This good-looking character sometimes suffers from mood swings and temper tantrums. The Tiger can be known to jump to conclusions or to act too quickly without weighing the options or understanding the consequences. This is a flaw Tigers must learn to curb.


The Water element gives the Tiger a soothing characteristic making this breed a bit more tranquil. Their ability to consider feelings and ideas from other people makes them quite sensible and understanding. They are also born with a great intuitive power, which gives them accurate and excellent judgement. The Tiger is a bit indecisive, a habit of nature born of his routine of watching and waiting before leaping. Sometimes too, Tigers get caught sleeping or daydreaming, prohibiting them from going for the goals they initially set out to accomplish. The Water Tiger expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  


The Wood Tiger is more adaptable to working with others and therefore does not demonstrate the typical “take charge” attitude of other Tigers. The Wood element adds stability, giving him warmth of character that draws people in and makes the Tiger a popular person. They are not selfish creatures and will give their time, attention or possessions to anyone in need. These Tigers bring a solid practicality to any problem. They can control their urges to completely take over, letting others do the work. They must be aware of their slightly volatile tempers and short attention spans, and not let those characteristics get the best of them or cause them or their loved ones undue pain. The Wood Element expresses imagination, creativity and compassion. Also represents the family and artistic theory. The nature of wood is move upwards toward the light, to spread and expand. Wood Element people have high-minded values and believe in dignity of every human being. The Element also brings cooperation, so people born under this element understand the value of teamwork and excel in organising large projects. They are progressive thinkers and far sighted in their goals and ventures. The Wood Element endows each with natural presence; however, Wood is also incendiary and capable of producing a combustible temper.


Eccentric and dramatic, Fire Tigers are aglow with passion and verve. They are outgoing, expressive and look on the bright side of things. They have the Tiger’s natural ability to lead others and are able to excite others simply with their own gift of enthusiasm. They can be funny and have great senses of humor. Tigers are powerful speakers and have the ability to command and persuade crowds through speech. Their own seemingly endless supply of energy can make them appear a bit dramatic, and it may make them more sensitive to cautious or down-to-earth approaches in others. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!


Earth Tigers are realists and tend not to get caught up by their own enthusiasm and excitement. They have a stout and sincere sense of responsibility that other Tigers haven’t quite cultivated and are not so easily distracted. These Tigers take life a little easier and have the ability to focus for longer periods of time, which in turn brings them success through continued effort. Earth Tigers must be careful not to take life too seriously and must remember not to lose their senses of humor or to ignore the needs and feelings of others.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions.