Chinese New Year predictions: What the Year of the Tiger will bring in 2022

The Lunar New Year begins Feb. 1, 2022, bringing us into the Year of the Tiger. Coinciding with the new moon in Aquarius, the New Year gives us a double dose of fresh vibes that will aid us in severing ties with everything — and every ex — that can’t serve our future selves.

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The Year of the Tiger invites us to trade timidity for courage .
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Chinese zodiac

As in Western astrology, there are 12 signs within the Chinese zodiac, each represented by a different animal: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, and each ruling a different set of years. The Chinese zodiac is known as shengxiao, which translates to “born resembling,” or the belief that people inherit the traits of the animal whose sign they fall under.

Lunar New Year celebrations

Unlike the fixed Gregorian calendar that blithely decrees Jan. 1 as the opening day of each new year, the Lunar New Year follows the moon’s phases. Barring that Nostradamus’ apocalyptic predictions don’t come to fruition, the 2023 Lunar New Year begins Jan. 22, 2023.

In China, the celebration of the Lunar New Year lasts 15 days, culminating in the Spring Lantern Festival. The aesthetic emphasis is on the color red, which is believed to bring fortune and ward off bad spirits, and children are traditionally gifted crimson envelopes with money as a sign of good luck and the expectation of abundance. Another way the baddies are kept at bay is by setting off fireworks and leaving lights on throughout the night.  

In Korea, the celebration is a three-day affair with a focus on honoring family elders. Lunar New Year in Vietnam is known as Tết and practices include paying off all debts before welcoming the new year. Celebrations continue in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Singapore, where polka dots are worn as a symbol of prosperity.

Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger bodes well for those born under its banner in the years of 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 2022 — but that fierce, feline energy will also influence the other signs in the zodiac. What do the fates have in store? Read on to learn more.

The Tiger: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 

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Meow — it’s a good time to be you. So long as you live, love and dress yourself with the guiding principle that fortune favors the bold, there is no limit to what you can attract or to what heights you may ascend.

The Rabbit: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 

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Rabbits are meant to practice patience when it comes to grand plans in 2022.
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Breakthroughs are inevitable but patience is essential to bunnies in the year ahead. It is important to bide your time and bite your tongue when it comes to pushing your dreams and schemes into fruition.

The Dragon: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 

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Dragons can soar in 2022 if they learn to channel challenge into opportunity.
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Challenge becomes you and becomes your path to greatness, dragons. Tame your temper by resisting the urge to breathe fire at opposition and meet it instead with unblinking eye contact and absolute resolve.

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The Snake: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 

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For snakes, 2022 is all about accepting the new and believing they deserve it.
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New opportunities abound for the people of the snake this year. Financial growth, sexual satisfaction and spiritual communion are calling. But now, as ever, you must shed who you were to receive what you deserve.

The Horse: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 

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For horses, 2022 calls for less responsibility, more unbridled joy.
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Represented by a beast of burden, you must now, more than ever, guard against letting hard work get in the way of your good time. Buck your own routines and resist being so saddled with obligations that you fail to run wild.

The Goat: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 

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Goats are called to strike a balance between fiscal responsibility and well-earned frivolity.
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You can’t spend money when you’re dead but you do need it to live. When it comes to finances, assess the excess and trim the fat enough to allow for practical plans to unfold and occasional indulgences to be enjoyed.

The Monkey: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 

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Monkeys must keep a keen eye on health and wellness this year.
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Health is wealth for monkeys this year. To ward off illness and trim the wings of pestilence, a good defense is the best offense. Treat your body like a beloved houseplant, move it into the sunlight, feed it well, water it often and speak kind words to — and about — it.

The Rooster: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

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Roosters are called to speak their truth in 2022.
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Knowledge that goes unshared is akin to eggs that don’t hatch, roosters. Do not waste your wisdom. Instead, crow what you know from the rooftops so that it may be a reflection of you and a boon to your fellow man.

The Dog: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

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Dogs must go inward and alone to reap the rewards of 2022.
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A pack animal, solitude does not come naturally to you. Yet, to truly harness your prodigious power, and invite inspiration, you’re going to need to spend ample time alone. Take heart, being apart from the collective will prepare you to better serve it.

The Pig: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

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With love on the rise, it’s a fine time to be swine.
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Love and sexuality are emphasized for the people of the swine this year. Whether you choose to roll around in the loving muck of another or stick to your own sty, you are likely to feel more confident and desirable than ever.

The Rat: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

It's time to take control for the rat population.
It’s time to take control for the rat population.
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People pleasing and mild martyrdom come easy to rats. Putting themselves first? Not so much. Yet, this year you’ll come to find that prioritizing yourself is a benefit, rather than a detriment to your relationships. It’s easier for you to pour for others when your own cup runneth over.

The Ox: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021 

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Ox folks, 2022 is the year to yoke yourself to optimism and action.
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Shacking up and jumping in, 2022 is all about commitment for you, oxen. Yet, nothing comes without action and whether it is a new relationship or a career move you must act courageously to be rewarded mightily.

Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.