With the recent passing of the Lunar New Year, we wanted to take a look at what it means to be in the year of the Water Tiger. With a name like that, we're destined to experience some powerful shifts, right?
So what even is the Lunar New Year, and what do the 12 animal designations even mean?
The Chinese calendar was introduced over 4000 years ago as an agricultural tool, where every new month would begin on the new moon, helping farmers decide when to plant and crop their fields.
Over time, the Gregorian calendar (common calendar) was adopted, but the Chinese calendar was still applied to mark East Asian holidays and auspicious dates. The widely known Lunar New Year is one of those holidays which remains connected to the Chinese Calendar.
The 12 zodiac animals associated represent 12 year cycles, and the important passage of time. Along with the signs, the Chinese calendar also associates one of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal & water) of Chinese astrology to the upcoming year. Let's have a look at these zodiac animals and what may come of 2022 for each of them!
RAT (years 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020) - Those born under the sign of the rat will do well to focus on finding balance and letting go of the little things in 2022. It's also the year to focus on saying yes when it comes to your career!
OX (years 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021) - In 2022, oxen are inviting in more love and connections, romantically or otherwise. Thanks to your yin balancing with the yang of the year’s tiger energy, now is also a great time to seek more long-term education options.
TIGER (years 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022) - People born in the year of the tiger can look forward to some big changes in 2022. Breakthrough shifts are happening early in the year and again towards mid-year. Keep your spending in check to minimise your stress levels and lookout for your mental health.
RABBIT (years 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) - This year, rabbits should be rewarded for their hard work and efforts in their careers. Take extra care to be responsible and reasonable when it comes to your health - you may be especially prone to minor accidents.
DRAGON (years 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) - If you’re prompt, clever and willing to step outside of your comfort zones, luck is on your side in 2022. Pay attention to the good vibes and success, as this could lead to a domino effect of opportunity.
SNAKE (years 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) - 2022 will likely present some challenges for the snake. Be extra cautious of too-good-to-be-true opportunities this year, and use your resourcefulness and intuition to guide you instead.
HORSE (years 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) - This year is an opportunity to reign in lots of luck, joy and good fortune for the horse. Support your wellness as much as possible by making intentional food choices to nourish your body!
GOAT (years 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) - Be prepared to be booked and busy this year. Enjoy those accolades, soak up the good vibes and take the steps you need to to ensure that you’re truly satisfied in all areas of life.
MONKEY (years 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) - In 2022, monkeys will have to show their courageous side. Your independent streak may shine even brighter this year but be gentle with yourself! Watch for signs of burnout, and take a step back from things when you need to.
ROOSTER (years 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) - If you’re a rooster, 2022 is the time to invest in yourself and make your big dreams come true. Lean into your ambition, and tap into your power and productivity. Invest in things to make you stronger and happier!
DOG (years 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) - With some goal-oriented thinking and action, 2022 can be the year to let luck, love and happiness into your life. This is the year that you’ll find the strength to cut those toxic ties in both your love life and other relationships.
PIG (years 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) - 2022 is the year for pigs to deepen and strengthen relationships, and enjoy the positive vibes around them. Set yourself up for productivity and efficiency at work - it’s the ideal time to get focused and passionate about your career.
One thing is certain for all of the zodiac signs - the year of the Water Tiger is set to remind us to take stock of what's important to us in life, and make changes accordingly. It's time to reclaim our power, and move forward with a surge of energy and a renewed sense of self.
Happy Lunar New Year, we hope to see you in clinic very soon!