What "Year Of The Tiger" Means For Your Life

Chinese use the Lunar calendar for festive occasions, including the New Year. There are a total of 12 animals which represent a different year.

This is the year of the Tiger!

Every year, when I set my intentions and reflect on what goals I would like to pursue, I always pay attention to what the yearly animal represents. Although I am in no way an expert, I would love to share my understanding and reflections.

People born in the Year of the Tiger are born leaders, who walk and talk assertively and inspire respect. They are courageous and energetic, love a challenge or competition and are prepared to take risks. They are hungry for excitement & crave attention. They can also be rebellious, short-tempered and outspoken, preferring to give orders rather than take them.

I know a few tigers in my life :)

Last year was the year of the resilient and steadfast Ox. Looking back, it certainly felt as if the patience of the tireless Ox is what I needed to help me plough through the muddy and unending field of Covid.

The Tiger is a completely different creature, ready to pounce forward into life. I admire the courage of this creature. Even though the word courage tempts us to think outwardly, as if it involves running bravely against opposing fire and above all to be seen doing it in public. I believe the courage of a tiger involves a bit more than that. The word 'courage' is derived from a French 'coeur' or 'heart'.

Therefore, to me, courage is the measure of our full involvement with life - with another, with community, with work and with the future. To be courageous like a tiger is to live with the unending consequences of being deeply involved with life, taking risks and stepping into the unknown. Living this way with courage helps us know who, what and how we love, and what we can do deepen that love!

So, for you to utilise this years Tiger energy...

Work with discovering what courage means to you in your life. Use the Tiger's ambition and determination to build your inner strength and to lead with humility and grace.

This is also a great year to take advantage of Tiger's confidence to take on a new project, a hobby or work. I tried baking so many times in my life and haven't quite succeeded. However, this year I started on a journey of sourdough making and felt a sense of confidence that it will be different this time. So far, I have produced 2 incredible loafs, truly unbelievable but it happened (maybe its something to do with my inner tiger and the fact that I have a fantastic teacher!). The power of the Tiger is alive, I feel.

Cats are super curious and I believe curiosity is a beautiful lens through which to discover new things about our outer and inner worlds.

Stay curious, stay passionate and most importantly stay healthy and look after yourself!

Happy (Belated) New Lunar Year!


The Yoke Wellness Ambassador,

Sabina Ahmadov

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