By Katherine Kiang
Year of the Tiger 2010

Chinese New Year falls between February 14, 2010 and February 2, 2011 and it will be the Year of the Tiger - specifically, the Metal Tiger.  In the Chinese horoscope, the five basic elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth which make up all matter, are combined with each of the 12 animal signs to form a sixty year cycle.  The 12 animal signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.  This means that if 2010 is the Year of the Metal Tiger, 60 years ago (in the 1950), it was also the Year of the Metal Tiger.  If you would like to read about Chinese zodiac signs and elements, take a look at and I think you will have a very fascinating time.

My father was born in the Year of the Tiger.  He seemed like a natural leader.  I think that being a sea captain, as well as taking on other challenging, leadership roles, seemed rather appropriate for someone born under that sign.  And, Tigers are known to be brave and protective, so, if they live in your house, the Chinese say, you are well protected from three evils: thefts, fires and ghosts.  Take a look at the following websites for more characteristics about the tiger:

Good career choices for those born in the Year of the Tiger are actors, artists, comedians, musicians, writers, and politicians - just to name a few.  When you see the list of famous people below, you will probably agree that they likely made the best career choice(s).  The world would not have been the same if these Tigers did not pursue their career paths. 

Alanis Morissette (singer/songwriter)
Beatrix Potter (English author)
Bill Murray (comedian/actor)
Buddy Holly (singer/songwriter)
Charles De Gaulle (French general, statesman, president)
Chuck Berry (singer/musician)
Demi Moore (actress)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (General, U.S. President)
Dylan Thomas (Welsh poet/author)
Emily Bronte (English author/poet)
Enya (singer/composer/musician)
Garth Brooks (Country music artist)
H.G. Wells (historian/novelist)
Jim Carrey (actor/comedian)
Jon Bon Jovi (musician/songwriter/actor/philanthropist)
Karl Marx (German philosopher, political theorist, historian, etc.)
Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)
Ludwig Van Beethoven (composer)
Marco Polo (merchant/explorer)
Marilyn Monroe (actress)
Mel Brooks (comedian/actor/film director, etc.)
Oscar Wilde (Irish playwright/poet/author)
Peter Gabriel (singer/songwriter/musician)
Phil Collins (singer/songwriter/musician)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French artist)
Sir Richard Branson (British industrialist)
Stan Laurel (comic actor/writer/director)
Stevie Wonder (singer/songwriter/musician, activist)

What will the Year of the Tiger have in store for all of us in 2010?  There are plenty of websites where you can find out.  There are predictions for the world at large as well as predictions for individuals of different animal signs and elements. 

Predictions for the Year of the Tiger in 2010 include drama, change, intensity and travel.  (,

Other predictions say that the Year of the Tiger will be a favourable year, although there will be ups and downs in the economy but the challenges will be met and results ought to be successful.  (

If you would like to read a more detailed forecast about the world, and even about Toronto and surrounding regions, you may find Paul Ng's predictions for the Year of the Tiger (2010) quite interesting and amusing.  He covers topics/events such as political activity, the economy and markets, etc. and also provides predictions for each animal sign (according to year of birth).  Find out what this philosopher/geomancer has to say at

Whether we are referring to a person born in the Year of the Tiger, or the Tiger year itself (or  someone named Tiger), the 12 months ahead will hardly be a dull moment!