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What’s in store for your career in the year of the Tiger? The 1st February 2022 is 🧧 the start of Lunar New Year’s Day, the year of the water tiger. 🧧

The Lunar New Year is always a time when I reflect on where I came from and my Eurasian heritage. I grew up in Hong Kong with my Chinese mother and English father at the Hong Kong University where my father was the Deputy Registrar.  

The old colonial home where we lived in the university compound was a lovely peaceful place to grow up and I have fond memories of riding my bicycle along University Path with my Dad and playing at the Lily Pond with my Mum and brother, Tom.

We had 2 cats, Pussy and Timothy, whom I doted on, and I went to Glenealy Junior School then HK Island School, Tommy went to Kennedy Road Junior School and then King George V School on Kowloon side.

Each year, when it was time to celebrate Lunar New Year, Mum’s cooking would fill our kitchen with delicious aromas of pork & prawn dumplings, Chinese turnip cake in the steamer, steamed garoupa (shí bān yú) with ginger and shallots and steaming pots of jasmine tea.  

We’d take a trip to Fanling in the New Territories to visit Aunty Ma and her children and wish them ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy’ (Happy New Year and ‘may you get rich’), give and receive ‘Ang Pow’s (lucky money in red packets), and enjoy playing in the village atmosphere which was so different from Hong Kong island. They were happy times!

If you celebrate the Lunar New Year, what are your favourite childhood memories?

This image is of me and my Mum when I was 6 years old (the little golden pig is because I was born in the year of the Pig in 1959).

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So, this year, what does the Year of the Water Tiger mean for your career or your business and personal life? Will you get a new job, secure a promotion, get married, move home, have a baby, fall in love? Let’s take a look at this auspicious time of year, the Chinese zodiac, and read what the Water Tiger will bring.


There are 12 zodiac signs in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each animal year has its own unique characteristics.

Chinese zodiacs are based on the Heavenly Stems and Branches system, which coordinates one of five elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) to each sign on a rotating basis. That means every 60 years, one element will apply to the Zodiac sign and have certain personality traits associated with it

Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival and in 2022, that is from Monday, January 31st (Chinese New Year Eve) to Tuesday, February 15th. 


This year is the year of the Tiger and the element is Water.

Tigers have a very special place in Chinese culture, given that China has been the home and origin of many different species.

The tiger is considered the king of all animals in Chinese mythology and culture. As a Chinese Zodiac sign, it symbolises power, courage, confidence, leadership and strength.

It’s also known to be an animal that expels all evil and there is often a sense of fear around the tiger, and it can be associated with destruction. However, it’s also associated with good luck, bravery, and good health and wellbeing.

In terms of the Tiger Year, it’s associated with vitality and strength. [That’s a positive feeling to remind ourselves and to anticipate, after the 2 years of Covid-19 challenges and concerns we’ve experienced throughout the world.]

Those born in the year of the Water Tiger are said to have great interpersonal relationships and be very family-oriented.

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So what will happen in the coming year according to Chinese studies?

Dr Delia Lin, from the Department of Chinese Studies at Melbourne University, says, “It’s [believed to be] a year that will bring about new changes, and encourage people to overcome all challenges and difficulties — which is particularly important for this year when we’re all trying to come to terms with all the difficulties around the world.

Dr Fengqi Qian, a lecturer in Chinese at Deakin University says,

People believe that in the Year of the Tiger, you’ve got the opportunity to renew everything … particularly your energy, your strength.

The last Water Tiger year was in 1962.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 1962 (the last time we experienced a Water Tiger year)

Before we take a look at what’s in store for each of us in the Year of the Water Tiger, let’s reflect on what happened the last time the Year of the Water Tiger was upon us in 1962.

Here are some events baby boomers may remember (I was 3 years old at the time – if you remember these events or more, pop them in the comments below!)

KEY EVENTS IN 1962 – The Year of the Water Tiger

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man superhero made his first appearance in a comic
  • The birth of Surfing 🏄🏻♂️ music by the beach boys grew in popularity
  •  Folk music was evolving into protest music thanks to young artists like Bob Dylan
  • The Beatles recorded the single 🎶 “Love Me Do”.
  • The new hit on TV for that year was “The Beverly Hillbillies”
  • The first of the James Bond movies “Dr No” was an instant success
  • Oral Polio Vaccine developed by Albert Sabin given to millions of children to combat Polio
  • Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday 🎂 to President John F Kennedy.
  • Marilyn Monroe died on 5th August 1962  
  • Cuban Missile Crisis takes the world to the brink of war
  • John H. Glenn, Jr., becomes first American to orbit the earth
  • Telstar first live trans-Atlantic television signal
  • President Kennedy asked Congress for $531 million to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade
  • Britain and France agree to develop the Concorde
  • The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation

1962 was an interesting year.

What’s in store for you in the Year of the Tiger

Now, just for some fun, find out what’s in store for you in your career in The Year of the Water Tiger. According to this article in Women & Home, you can find your Chinese Zodiac sign below and what is predicted for you (remember that, as the lunar new year begins sometime between January and February each year, if you were born at the beginning of the year your sign may belong to the year before).

🐀 The Rat (born in 1948, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)

It’s a better year for Rat. There are many opportunities coming in, especially financial ones. A big decision in late April could lead to a new source of revenue.

Friendships improve, especially around professional connections. You may get involved in a community organization that boosts your status. You can find love if you’re willing to look (and get out of the house).

Don’t let past hurts block you from happiness. You’re more in touch with extended family members this year. You may be doing some house renovations or changing residences. You may receive a promotion or an award at your job.

🐂 The Ox (born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)

You may have to run to keep up with all the opportunities that are coming in. Ox, if you’re looking for a change, you’ll have a chance for promotion at your current job or a new job entirely.

A relationship could bring some real fireworks. You could meet someone and quickly fall in love (faster than you usually do anything). There’s a boost in finances in May and September. A long-held investment pays off.

Your circle of friends gets larger as you get involved in charity work or a professional networking group. This year the family could expand through the birth of a child or a marriage.

🐅 The Tiger (born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)

Tiger, this is your big year, and plenty in store for your career in the year of the water tiger. There’s lots of change ahead. The more you explore new options, the bigger your opportunities will be. You can easily find a new job. A promotion is possible in October.

Education is challenging this year, but you can tough it out and get your diploma. A past love may return, but it’s possible you’ve already moved on to someone new. The energy is more peaceful at home, and you may be redecorating.

Some financial help comes through in the form of a low-interest loan, refinanced mortgage, or some funding for your business. An investment pays off quite handsomely.

🐇 The Rabbit (born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

Rabbit, this is a planning year as you get ready for your big year in 2023. Relationship opportunities are abundant for both love and friendship. You may reconnect with a high-school sweetheart through social media.

In April, some changes at your company may make it a much better place to work. An additional source of revenue is possible, but there is more upfront work than you expect. Your home life is more peaceful this year.

A relative or friend may come for an extended stay. A legal matter comes to a happy conclusion when you’re willing to compromise. This could lead to a payout.

🐉 The Dragon (born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Dragon, 2022 is a year to push yourself towards greatness. Share your ideas with others, and you’ll find support. Changes at your company could mean more hours at work (especially in November). You might split your time between a regular job and your side business.

A relationship gets quite serious, and you may make a big announcement to friends and family. Money is flowing in, but it’s also flowing out. Watch your spending this year or hide it from yourself to accumulate savings.

You may receive a special honour from someone you admire. You could receive a standing ovation.

🐍 The Snake (born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

Love and romance are highlighted in 2022 for Snake. If you’re looking for love, you could enter into a long-term connection. You could add to the family by getting engaged or adopting a pet.

Some changes at work may not be to your liking, but there is a new job opportunity within the company or with a competitor. You may travel to a family home or ancestral lands this year. Your finances improve by the end of the year because of a calculated risk taken in April.

You and your friend may combine forces to get in shape. You might be accountability partners or help each other train for a marathon.

🐎 The Horse (born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

There’s an excellent year ahead for Horse. 2022 brings happier times at home. The family may come together for a milestone celebration or a big graduation ceremony.

Finances improve with some benefits coming through real estate or collaboration with family members. Use caution if signing a contract in May, as you may change your mind. Your love life improves as you have more fun together this year.

You may be doing a hobby with your sweetheart. You get the option to work on more high-profile projects or more flexibility in your schedule. You’ll have to choose what’s best for you.

🐐 The Goat (born in 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

This will be a better year for Goat. You may be shifting priorities this year, which is putting you on a better path.

A contract or agreement you have been waiting for comes through. Family life is good, and an issue around some repairs or renovations comes to a happy conclusion. A close friend of yours may announce their engagement or pregnancy.

You may collaborate on a lucrative business idea with a family member or friend. This is a strong year for you financially.

You can ask for more money at your job, raise the prices in your business, and find some good investments that match your risk tolerance.

🐒 The Monkey (born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

While 2022 can be a challenging year for Monkey, you are so adaptable and clever you may find more windfalls and opportunities than you did in 2021.

An additional source of revenue is quite possible as a side business starts to pay off. Avoid changing jobs in October as you may have second thoughts about the choice. A love from your past could return and tempt you to try again.

There’s a possibility you may change residences due to issues around water. There could be a new addition to the family through the adoption of a pet, or a close relative could get married. You may sing or perform on stage this year.

🐓 The Rooster (born in 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

This is generally a good year for Rooster, with a few bumps in the road here and there. 2022 brings good money opportunities, but there are financial obligations such as paying for school or a new car.

Relationship opportunities abound. If you’re looking for love, you could have several dating choices.

A contract for employment could be in your hands by May. However, you may choose to stay in your current job for more money. You could meet an influencer who’s willing to collaborate on a business idea.

Homelife is generally quiet, but there is likely noisy construction going on in the neighbourhood.

🐕 The Dog (born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

There’s a great year ahead for Dog in 2022. You’re more intuitive this year and able to make better decisions on big life choices.

There is good energy around love relationships, especially if you’re looking for a committed partnership. You may get engaged this year.

There are changes at home. You might be moving or doing some renovations. A family member may be moving in temporarily, bringing a little bit of chaos in October.

Finances improve, and because of this, you’re raising your standard of living. It’s likely you’re doing more shopping. A friendship gets closer when you take a trip together.

🐖 The Pig (born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

A very good year for Pig happens in 2022. You have many opportunities for friendships and expanding your circle of helpful acquaintances. Work within the community or actively working with a local charity will give you great satisfaction

Perhaps you may decide to return to a job you’ve had before, or an old boss could bring you to their new company. You’re lucky this year, and you may receive a financial windfall. It would be wise to put a little aside for yourself in long-term savings before you start giving out the extra to friends and family.

Your general well-being improves as you take up a fun activity like swimming or dancing.


Whether you follow the Chinese horoscopes or believe what each year means according to the Chinese Zodiac, it’s always interesting to understand a different culture and be accepting of what is important to each and every individual.

If you celebrate this festival, how do you celebrate and what does this time of year mean to you?

Share your memories in the comments below!

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