As you might imagine, people who are born in the Year of the Tiger tend to have strong, powerful personalities. They share the traits of boldness and courage with their wild animal counterparts, and the sign is associated with many masculine traits, as it is a yang astrological sign. The fixed element of this sign is wood, giving people with it enthusiasm, charm, and an abiding interest in exploration and adventure.
Chinese astrology is quite complex, and each individual Year of the Tiger comes with its own special traits, including a fluctuating series of Heavenly Branches, the five elements in their yin and yang forms. These factors, along with the date, location, and time of birth of someone with the tiger zodiac sign can all influence his or her personality and fate, according to Chinese tradition.
Many tigers become figures of respect in their communities, and they seek praise and authority. However, they also have a tendency to come into conflict with older people and people in positions of authority, perhaps because of their powerful and dominating personalities. This sign is associated with a charming, friendly, open manner which makes people with it very popular people, but this openness also has a dark side. Someone with this sign is usually extremely frank, sometimes to the point of being offensive, and tigers are not always known for their tact.
Someone born in the Year of the Tiger tends to have a sensitive, introspective personality, with a genuine sense of kindness and caring. However, tigers can also be extremely suspicious, questioning the motivations and goals of others, and while they can make decisive choices, they can sometimes be extremely impulsive, occasionally making monumentally poor decisions.
The tiger personality likes stimulation in the form of new places, people, and adventures. Many seek out careers which allow them to fulfill their need for adventure, becoming explorers, stunt people, astronauts, film stars, athletes, and law enforcement personnel. Their personality traits also suit them well if they choose careers in the arts or law, and many tigers make excellent stockbrokers and entrepreneurs, thanks to their bold attitudes about life.
People born under this sign get along best with horses, dogs, and pigs, tending to forge strong partnerships and lasting friendships with these signs. They can also form reasonably good friendships with other tigers, rabbits, sheep, and dragons. They do not get along very well with rats, oxen, snakes, roosters, and monkeys.