2022 Water Tiger Year

Chinese Metaphysical studies work from the Chinese Calendar, also known as the “farmer’s calendar” or the “Hsia calendar.” The Chinese Calendar is a uniquely accurate system where everything in the Universe is represented by the Five Elements:

  • Metal
  • Water
  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth

The relationship between these five elements helps to predict what is happening worldwide and within people’s destinies. Every person has a combination of all these elements present in their birth chart – known as Bazi, or “Four Pillars of Destiny.” The elements’ presence gives insight into a person’s destiny. They interact with each other either positively or negatively, which either forms good or bad relationships, health or health issues, success or struggle, and so forth. From there, you can analyse a person’s destiny based on his or her birth date and better understand and accurately predict the cycles of a person’s fortune. In so doing, you can learn how to multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in life.

Additionally, the relationships of the Chinese Five Elements are believed to be the basic components of everything in the universe, including sounds, colours, shapes, directions, numbers, emotions, organs… the list goes on. Therefore, when you begin to understand the sophisticated relationships of the Five Elements, you can say that you have a greater understanding of the theory of life.

The interaction is classified into three cycles:

  1. Productive Cycle
  2. Exhaustive Cycle
  3. Destructive Cycle

The elements are either favourable, producing positive things for each other, or they are unfavourable, and they exhaust or destroy us. The Earth also has a Bazi chart, which changes each year as it is derived from the elements present per the date.

In the Hsia calendar, 2022 is symbolized by two Chinese characters: Yang Water sitting on top of Wood Tiger. Yang Water is the Heavenly Stem (the character on the top), and the Tiger is the Earthly Branch (the character on the bottom). In the Five Elements cycle, Water gives birth to Wood.

According to the cycle of birth and destruction, if the two elements are in the birth cycle and have a supportive relationship, then the year will have more harmony. The 2022 Water – Wood elements configuration in a supportive cycle will help to resolve conflict and bring more harmony in international relationships. However, the Yang water on top represents fierce ocean water, which sometimes becomes a tsunami. This may trigger impulsive and fierce violent actions without careful consideration and planning.

It is likely there could still be skirmishes and conflicts, or even war and destructive actions, but it appears the Water Tiger year will be positive and productive, leading toward peace, healing, and recovery.

Qualities of Yang Water

Let us explore the nature of this year’s Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch. Though they do come together in a supportive relationship, do not be fooled as the characteristic of Yang Water is quite powerful.

Yang Water symbolises a powerful ocean water. It is also representing intelligence, enthusiasm, devotion, and pioneering.  As such, it is associated with positive drive and innovative ideas. A person born on a Yang Water Day often appears to be energetic, aggressive like an ocean and full of drive and passion to achieve their goals. On the outside, they can sometimes behave harsh, impatient and impulsive.  However, water is by nature a powerful and intelligent element, so Yang Water people often possess strong intelligence, enthusiasm, devotion, and leadership ability. 

They are usually masculine, powerful, straightforward, and forceful types of people. A typical Yang Water person is Bill Gates. He is energetic, intelligent, and innovative. Not only is he a successful business leader, but also a generous philanthropist.     

Other famous Yang Water celebrities include Tom Cruise, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Prince Harry, Anthony Hopkins, and Warren Buffet. Yang Water ladies are equally charming and successful, with examples such as Kate Middleton, the US Vice-President Kamala Harris, Jennifer Lawrence, and Joan Jett.

Qualities of the Tiger 

Rash, impulsive, and dynamic, Tigers don’t know how to sit still. They take fearsome risks but make good heroes. Tigers like to champion the underdog and will fight against any injustice. They are invariably charming and persuasive leaders, not because of any natural leading abilities, but because they can talk anyone into following them – no matter how ill-advised the project may be.

The Tiger is one of the most tenacious characters in the Chinese Zodiac and very little will daunt Tigers or keep them down for long. However, Tigers still have vulnerabilities and need lots of emotional support to compensate for their insecurities and feelings of not being loved.

Tigers have infinite resources of energy and imagination that will inevitably tire any lover they tangle with. They are promiscuous and have absolutely no morals whatsoever, with no compunction about finding new excitement once the current relationship has begun to fade. They are great romantics and fall in love easily and often. They do have a great capacity for intense relationships and are devastated when these fall apart, even if they are the cause. A Tiger in love can go rogue or simply perfect and you won’t know which sort you’re getting until it’s too late.

Tigers are loners with few good friends, but those they do have, they keep for life. They make good parents, not because they set good examples, but because children adore these exciting and charismatic personalities. They can be very strict and demanding, tending to expect a lot from their offspring. In business, Tigers are adventurous speculators, full of ideas. They are good at starting new projects with enthusiasm and energy, but they hate routine and get bored easily.

The Tiger is… Best with Pig, Rabbit, Horse, Ox, and Dog. 

And Worst with Monkey and Snake. 

What are the most compatible Chinese Animal Signs with Tiger?

The most compatible Chinese Animal Signs for Tiger are the Pig, Rabbit, Horse, and Ox. Tigers have a love relationship with Pigs in the Chinese Horoscopes. Tigers and Horses have an attractive relationship because of Fire. The Horse is a most trustworthy and reliable partner for the Tiger. Tigers and Rabbits have an attractive relationship because of Wood. Rabbits like to follow the leader, the Tiger. Tigers and Ox have hidden love relationships.

What are the most incompatible Chinese Animal Signs with Tiger?

Tigers and Monkeys have a fighting relationship in the Chinese Horoscopes. Monkeys are not a reliable partner for Tigers. Tigers and Snakes are strong rivals in competition. The Snake will have continuous conflicts with the Tiger without resolutions.

Four Pillars of Destiny

People born in the Year of the Tiger (1926,1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022) are said to be “offending the Grand Duke.” This means you are offending the energy of the year. Therefore, it is recommended to carry a pendant of the Pig to reduce the negative influence. 

Famous people who are offending the Tiger Year include Tom Cruise, Martin Short, Pamela Stephenson, Richard Branson, William Hurt, Queen Elizabeth II, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Harris, Emilio Estevez, Joaquin Phoenix, Jane Pauley, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Penelope Cruz, Kenny Rogers, Lady Gaga, and Victoria Beckham.

The animal sign that is most unfavourable to the Tiger is the Monkey. If you were born in the Year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016), you are in direct clash with this year. Clashes will bring turbulence, movements, accidents, or even big changes. You can anticipate more travelling opportunities and it is a good year to change jobs or move offices or houses. You must carry the Pig pendant for protection and refrain from participating in risky sports such as driving fast cars, piloting aeroplanes, skydiving, or parachuting. 

Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Dave Grohl, Chris Isaak, Jessica Simpson, Will Smith, Owen Wilson, Macaulay Culbin, Rod Stewart, Lisa Marie Presley, Daniel Craig, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, and Hugh Jackman.

You can also be clashing if you were not born in the Monkey Year if you were born on the Monkey Day. Examples include Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and David Beckham. The clash is even more severe in this case and you could face a challenging year ahead. This clash can also adversely impact your relationship with a spouse or someone of the opposite sex. 

The celestial animals that combine with the Tiger are the Pig, Horse, and Dog. These animals are in a year of harmony. 

Danger in 2022

The Tiger is the animal in clash against the Monkey. It is a clash between Wood and Metal land animals and they are travelling stars. This will trigger traffic accidents so there will be more car, train, and aeroplane crashes.  The Tiger is the birthplace of fire and is strong in stimulating explosions and fire disasters. In the human body, fire represents blood circulation and the heart, so it is a year with more inflammation and heart and blood diseases.    

People born in a year of the Monkey are in clash against the year. They usually have more movements and travelling in 2022. it is okay to take chances to make necessary changes, such as moving house, moving office, changing job, or taking trips.  However, the Monkey should take extra care.  For people born in a year of the Monkey, it is good to minimise travelling directly towards the northeast direction, as it is the direction of the Grand Duke in 2022.

In the system of Four Pillars of Destiny, the Tiger is part of the “Three Fire Penalty.” When the Tiger encounters the Snake and the Monkey, it will create a massive amount of Fire element. If it is an unfavourable element to a person, he will encounter trouble related to fire, which may range from bad relationships and legal trouble to blood and heart problems, inflammation, or even fire disaster.  

An example of people who have died from the Tiger – Snake – Monkey penalty is the famous King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, who collapsed at home on 16 August 1977 from heart disease and inflammation problems. This occurred during a Snake year, Monkey Month, Snake Day, and Monkey hour. Elvis was born at an Hour of the Tiger, creating the Tiger Snake Monkey fire penalty. 

Another example is Tom Cruise, who was born in a year of Tiger, a day of Water Tiger, at the hour of Monkey, so when the Snake year arrives, he will suffer from Tiger – Snake – Monkey penalty, which affects his day pillar – the House of Spouse.  He divorced Nicole Kidman in the Snake year of 2001, and again divorced Katie Holmes in the Snake year of 2013.  

Michael Schumacher was born in a Monkey Year and Tiger Day and he had an accident when skiing in Snake year 2013, on the day of Snake, and at the hour of Snake. Such Fire penalty caused serious bleeding in his brain.

In 2022, some celebrities have Tiger – Snake – Monkey penalties in their chart. Examples include Bob Dylan, Mark Zuckerberg, Emperor Naruhito, and Roman Polanski.

Another example of Tiger – Snake – Monkey penalty can be said to have caused the explosion in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle during take-off.  It was Fire Tiger Year, on Horse Day and Snake Hour, and one of the famous victims in the disaster was Christa McAuliffe, who was born in Monkey month and Tiger Day. The tragedy happened during her luck pillar of Snake. In the same Tiger Year of 1986 was the famous Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  Also, the Japanese 311 tsunami-triggered explosion at the Fukushima nuclear station was on 12 March 2011, which is also a fire Tiger Day.

The Sexagenary Cycle

As you learn more about the Hsia calendar and the system of the Four Pillars of Destiny, you will understand that everything is in a repeating, sixty-year cycle (120, 180, 240, etc.). All you need do is simply look back and revisit history to learn about the future. For example, sixty years ago in 1962, it was a Yang Water Tiger Year. This was a significant year, as the world entered a phase of serious global tensions between the United States and the USSR.

Because of the Fire Element’s absence, the powerful Water Element from 2021 will continue into 2022. This will cause more Water (sea) and Fire (air) disasters. It is bleak, but on the upside, we can expect 2022 to bring us a year of movement and growth.

The Tiger is also a powerful “Travelling Star,” which will trigger international travelling, with tourism and airline business returning to normal. This should be the most important aspect of 2022, meaning the pandemic is under control and the world starts moving again. 

However, a “Travelling Horse” can also be triggered from frequent movements and travelling traffic accidents. As the Tiger is a land animal, in the past it is believed that accidents are more related to cars and land traffic. But if we look back to 1962, it seems there were plenty of air traffic accidents as well: 

  • American Airlines aeroplane crashed during take-off at New York on 1st March 1962.
  • US military aircraft vanished 16th March over the Western Pacific Ocean.
  • On the 22nd of May, a Continental Airlines plane crashed in Missouri.
  • Air France plane crashed during take-off in Paris on the 3rd of June. 

There are also plenty of train accidents recorded in 1962: 

  • In Japan, on the 3rd of May, there was a train crash in Tokyo. 
  • The worst Dutch train disaster occurred in January.

2022 being a Water and Wood year, the Earth element becomes relatively weak, creating the likelihood of earth disasters.  Sixty years ago, on the 10th of Jan 1962, there was an avalanche in Peru. There was also a coal mine explosion in West Germany on the 7th of February and a serious mine fire in Pennsylvania on the 27th of May. A coal mining disaster occurred in Norway on the 5th of November. 

You may notice these are underground fire or explosion disasters and the Fire is hidden inside the Tiger in the Earthly Branch. Incidents are also occurring in the Snake month, also a travel star.

With the drastic and aggressive character of Yang water, there is still a tendency toward conflict, tension, and terrorist attacks. In 1962, there was a Cuban missile crisis, which almost triggered a nuclear war between USSR and the USA. There were border conflicts between China and India, and in 1842, 180 years ago, it was the end of the Opium War between Britain and China, resulting in the signing of the Treaty of Nanking on 29th August.

Tiger combining with Horse and Dog will create a big Fire element.  This means there will be a greater chance of fire disasters and explosions during a Tiger year. This can also have an impact on one’s health. 2022 is a triple Tiger year, so if Fire is not a favourable element to a person’s four pillars, such a strong configuration of fire may trigger heart and blood problems.

Examples of such Tiger – Horse – Dog combination will occur to some celebrities, such as Donald Trump, President George Bush, Paris Hilton, and Sylvester Stallone.

2022 brings Academic Star 

Yang Water sitting on Tiger is described as “Academic Star” in the system of “Four Pillars of Destiny.” Academic Star is a symbol of intelligence and intellectual ability.

People who possess such a star in their birth chart may not get high grades at school, but they are keen to explore and absorb knowledge that interests them. Therefore, they will be successful in the field that they find interesting. Such people include Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, and Stephen King. All babies born in 2022 automatically possess Academic Star Tiger in their birth year. This is a particularly beneficial quality in the modern world when high-tech business based on knowledge is of paramount importance.

The Water Tiger year, with Water producing Wood, also symbolize creativity and growth which injects a lot of creative activities into art. The Tiger Academic Star not only supports culture, art, and science, but also stimulating entertainment and restaurant businesses.  Many celebrity cooks, such as Jamie Oliver and Maria Cordero, also possess Academic Star as cooking is also an intellectual art.  


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”), the Wood element represents the liver. It is also responsible for the growth, activities, and motion of our limbs, meaning there will be more of a tendency for people to be active. The Water element is related to the kidneys, urinary system, and sex organs. With such Water sitting on Wood, Water becomes drained and weak, so it is necessary to take care to support the water aspects. 

The weakness of Fire means the Fire organs are also impacted. These include the heart, blood circulation, and overall vitality of the body. The excessive amount of Water this year could wreak havoc on the urinary system, kidneys, and reproductive organs. Both Water and Wood are against Earth, which is our stomach and digestion system. You should support Earth with more antioxidants to regulate our earth element, which also refers to our cells. 

Stock Market and Economic Outlook 

In the Five Elements system, Fire is happiness and optimism, which prevailed in the years of Fire from 2013 to 2017. 2020 brought the Water element, but the Fire energy was totally absent. The global disaster of COVID-19 cast the dark shadow of fear all over the world. In 2021 we continued to be under strong Water influence and the atmosphere remained dull, cold, and grey. In 2022, the Water Tiger gives life to Wood, bringing growth and creating optimism that will enable economic recovery. 2022 will be a year of resuming business and travelling the world after two gloomy years. The Wood element symbolizes growth and activities, so economic growth will return, and the stock market will become very active.

Luck of the Different Industries in 2022

The Water Wood element of 2022 is expected to bring prosperity to Metal industries and Earth industries. This is because Metal conquers Wood, so the Wood element is a symbol of money to Metal industries, which includes banking, high-tech, car, machinery, engineering, beauty, and skincare.    

The second-best industries could be Earth, as Earth conquers Water. Water means money to the Earth industry.  Earth industries include property, mining, insurance, and computer software.

Water industry sees Wood as productivity, so Water industries will also benefit from the growth and moving nature of Wood.  Water industries are communication, transport, and shipping.  

Wood industry is facing serious competition. Wood industries include textile, media, papers, and magazines.  

Fire industry is not making money in a Tiger year as there is a total absence of Metal, which is their money.  

In summary, the industries that will perform better in the year of the Tiger will be industries related to the Metal element and the Earth element. The other industries of Fire and Wood will not have such a prosperous year in 2022.

n general, the Yang Water Tiger year with Yang Water on top and Wood Tiger below, is a symbol of creativity, growth, movement, and travelling. There will be good recovery from the dormant atmosphere of 2020 and 2021.  

Global Outlook

Fire’s presence can boost people’s confidence in the economy and consequently, promote good performance in the stock market. This was the main driving force behind the stock market boom in those years. However, the cycle of the Fire Element ended in 2017 with Yin Fire Rooster. When the Dog Year arrived in 2018, Fire entered the grave, resulting in a setback of the economic atmosphere and creating a lacklustre, zero-sum year. Then, the Year of the Yin Earth Pig in 2019 represented the termination of the Fire Element. The pessimism of the Water energy – the symbolic emotion related to fear – had begun. Hence, the world economy has been greatly affected by the trade war talks between the U.S. and China, which generated a lot of fear and uncertainty for global investors.

The years 2019 to 2021 all belong to the Water and Metal Elements and the Fire Element will not return until the year 2025. Because 2019 represented the termination of Fire, 2020 meant that Fire entered the embryo stage. Finally, in 2021, Fire moved into the nourishing cycle, and therefore the general economic atmosphere is mostly bearish with the economic pace gloomy and slow in 2021. 

2022 brings action, movement, and growth. As the world economy recovers, there will be more joyful sentiments, bringing back entertainment and travelling, which was almost totally absent under COVID-19 in the last two years.  There are still international tension and social unrest as people are in a liberal mood with more desire to make changes. 

The Tiger is not a peaceful animal and Wood is often associated with Wind.  Therefore, we can expect stormy weather. In previous Yang Water – Wood – Tiger years, there were plenty of weather-related disasters. Severe typhoons, heavy storm flooding, flash floods, big storms, and even a big freeze all occurred in 1962. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, sea and air accidents, environmental disasters, and world epidemics will continue to persist and prevail.


There are a few interesting things to point out about today’s world leaders.  Tiger and Wood are favourable elements to President Biden, so he will be more stable in his second year of presidency. However, Donald Trump must face a Tiger – Horse – Dog Fire combination, which is not his favourable element. Donald Trump will find he has obstacles that reduce his chance of running for president a second time. 

Putin is extremely weak Fire and does not like Wood, so the Tiger Year will bring some trouble to Russia. In China, the Tiger is not a very favourable element to Xi Jinping, so there will be obstacles, but he is still in strong favourable noblemen luck.  Wood is also supportive of the big, high-tech businesses in China, so China will still lead in the economic recovery.