Chinese Astrology: 2010 Horoscopes
Eastern Astrology: The Chinese Lunar New Year and Calendar
2010 is the Year of the Tiger (Metal Tiger)
The Chinese Lunar New Year occurs every year on the New Moon of the first lunar
month, which is the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. The exact date can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of
February. A complete cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar takes 60 years and
comprises five cycles of 12 years--12 animal signs and 5 elements.
The Chinese Lunar New Year differs to that of the Roman New Year because the
Chinese calendar is based on the phases of the moon, whereas the Gregorian
calendar, on which the Roman New Year is based, is an arithmetic calendar.
of the 12 years of the Chinese lunar calendar is named after an animal. These
are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and
Pig. Legend has it that Buddha summoned all the animals to come to see him
before he departed earth. Only 12 came so he rewarded those 12 by naming a year
in the Chinese lunar calendar after them, in the order they arrived to see him.
As with western astrology where it's believed that the sun's position at the
time of an individual's birth determines certain personality traits that a
person will posses, it's thought that each animal represented in the Chinese
lunar calendar bestows certain characteristics on individuals who are born
during the year that particular animal "rules."
In 2008, the year of the rat, the Chinese Lunar New Year fell on February 7.
In 2009, the year of the ox, it fell on January 26. In 2010, the Chinese Lunar New Year will fall on
February 14, 2010 (ending on February 2, 2011) and will be
the year of the tiger.
is the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac. It is a courageous, authoritative,
charismatic, initiating, competitive, dynamic, adventurous, and dramatic sign.
Ruling over the first month of spring, other themes associated with the Tiger are
renewal, initiative, changefulness, and new beginnings.
Year of the Tiger 2010 is a Yang Metal year, and it's a year of
much activity, drama, changefulness, crisis, and unpredictability. Tiger years
are associated with political and social instability or upheaval. Metal is not a
very compatible element for Tiger (Tiger prefers Wood and Fire), and thus 2010 is
expected to be challenging and turbulent overall. Nevertheless, the Tiger does
prefer Yang, and 2010 is a Yang year, which strengthens matters somewhat. It is strong for technological advances
The overall theme is one of change and unpredictability, and so all signs
will benefit from remaining flexible and adaptable to changeful conditions in
2010. While caution and moderation were advised in 2009, the Year of the Ox,
flexibility and the ability to deal with change are essential qualities in 2010.
The Tiger's independent, innovative, assertive, leading, and honorable traits
are qualities that will be especially favored in the year of the Tiger.
The last Tiger Metal year was 1950 (February 17, 1950, to February 5, 1951).
terms of how each Chinese Zodiac sign will fare in the Year of the Tiger, a
major consideration is how compatible your sign is with a Tiger sign:
Tigers are most compatible with Dogs and Horses (the
Horse, Dog, and Tiger form the harmonious triangle of Ambition), and to some
Dragons and Rats, and these are the signs, along with Tigers themselves, that are expected to
fare the best in 2010.
Tigers are most incompatible with Monkeys (their opposite sign) and Snakes,
and Pigs, and these are the signs that are expected to find 2010 the most challenging.
However, although Tigers are generally incompatible with Pigs, they
are also quite attracted to the Pig, so relationships may be easier this year for
important consideration is your Element. The year 2010 is a Yang Metal
year. Factor this into your analysis.
Metal is friendly or compatible with Earth and Water.
Metal breaks Wood and Fire melts Metal, so Wood and Fire are
incompatible (destructive/hostile) to Metal.
If you are Wood, a Metal year such as this one (2010) may be more difficult
for you (metal chops wood!). However, Tigers actually prefer or favor Wood, so
we have some ups and downs in 2010.
If you are Fire, a Metal year is also expected to be problematic (fire melts
metal) although perhaps not as challenging as it is for Wood.
If you are Earth, a Metal year (2010) is expected to be good overall (metal
is born from the earth).
If you are Water, a Metal year (2010) is also expected to be favorable
overall (water is born from metal).
If you are Metal by birth, a Metal year is expected to be strong overall.
Yang Metal is attracted to Yin Wood, so relationships can be very good
for Yin Wood people in 2010. Enmity between Yang Metal and Yang Wood suggests
special challenges for Yang Wood people this year.
Tiger Year 2010 for Love (General): There
can be some fickleness and boredom of routine this year. The Year of the Tiger
favors short-term, exciting romances, pleasure-seeking, love as a game of
hunting and chasing, and variety in love. The Tiger is also honorable and quite
honest and upfront, so we might see more fun-loving but honest expressions of
affection this year--more people being upfront about what they are seeking in
love and relationships. Independence, playing "hard to get", assertiveness, and
bravery are generally viewed as more attractive this year. Dragons, Horses, and
Dogs may enjoy the most "success" in love this year. Love and romance may be
so-so, average, or status quo for Roosters, Rats, Rabbits, Goats, Pigs, and
Tigers. The love forecast for Monkeys, Snakes, and Oxen is less favorable
Tiger Year 2010 for
Career and Money (General): The Year of the Tiger favors
movement, innovation, novelty, and initiative in career matters. Self-employment
might be favored this year. People may be more inclined towards gambling or
risk-taking with money this year, as well as impulsive spending. Turbulence in
career and money matters is likely this year, and the most successful people
will bounce back (or pounce?) quickly and react quickly to changes.
It's important to note that while some signs have a higher affinity to the
Tiger, and others have a natural incompatibility to the Tiger, the fact that
it's a Yang Metal year complicates matters greatly. For example, while the
Monkey is incompatible with Tiger and we would naturally expect a more
challenging year for the Monkey as a result, Monkeys favor yang and Metal. It's
similar for all signs, and the result is a real mixed bag for each and every
sign of the Chinese zodiac this year!
The Year of the Tiger is expected to be a quick-moving, turbulent one. As
such, it's better suited for those who are anxious to move their plans forward,
while it can feel unsettling for those who most value peace and quiet.
Opportunities come and go quickly during the Year of the Tiger. Be innovative
and adaptable, no matter your sign!
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Please note that the year of your birth is not the only factor involved in
your horoscope for any given year. Your month, day, and hour also have
associated elements and animals. As such, the following are generalizations
based on your year of birth alone.
The following are descriptions of the positive and negative personality traits
of the Chinese zodiac signs, with a brief forecast or horoscope for 2010:
(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996)
Positive: Influential, sociable, imaginative, and charismatic. Rat people will always stay
loyal to their friends.
Negative: Power-hungry, gossiping, indiscreet, and meddling. These individuals don't always plan for the
Chinese Astrology Horoscope
2010 for the Rat: 2010 will bring changes, for certain. You tend to act on
impulse, but this year may not be the right year for you to instigate too many
changes. Adapting to change is a better strategy than adding fuel to the fire.
Use your considerable wits to handle the uncertainties that are likely to come
your way this year. Act with confidence rather than foolhardiness. Avoid overspending. 2010 is
strong for you for love, particularly in the first half of the year. Travel
opportunities are likely to present themselves. Career changes are likely. The
year is likely to be quite busy. Overall: Average.
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997)
Positive: Diligent, stable, and possesses a strong sense of purpose. These
people build long-lasting friendships.
Negative: Stubborn and bigoted. Ox people aren't often flexible.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Ox: A year of drama,
instability, and change is not what a typical Ox wants to hear! It sounds a
little too excitable for the security-seeking Ox. Last year was a new
beginning for you--the start of a whole new 12 year cycle, and for some of
you it was a dramatic beginning. This year, you are embracing a new lifestyle and dealing with
some uncertainty at the same time. Career matters may be competitive; health is
expected to be variable. Love is
on the challenging side for many and status quo for some. Be determined, and open yourself up to accepting some changes in
plans. Focus on the things that are the most important to you. Overall: Average
(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998)
Positive: Brave, strong, charismatic, and benevolent. Tigers are risk-takers and
Negative: Impetuous and hot-headed. These people aren't good at taking orders
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Tiger: This is a year of
new beginnings for you--the start of a new twelve-year cycle. The choices you
make this year will be defining ones for years to come. Romance and social
relationships are expected to be strong areas for you this year. It's a time
during which the Tiger can take the lead, exercise his or her authority, and
hunt down opportunities. Tigers will be very active and enjoy the changefulness
of the year's events. However, Tigers should do their best to exercise
self-control. Even though it is "their" year, it's a year of high drama, and
both the ups and downs can be memorable.
(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)
Positive: Tactful, intelligent, caring, considerate, and virtuous. Rabbit people
don't like conflict.
Negative: Pedantic and secretive. These people can appear a little cold and
distant at times.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Rabbit:
As this is the year before his/her own year, 2010 can bring the Rabbit some
challenges, but never insurmountable ones. [Note, 2011 will be the Year of the
Rabbit]. In fact, the Rabbit often indirectly benefits from the activities of
the Tiger, so there can be some small advances this year for many Rabbits that
seem to come out of the blue. The Rabbit doesn't share any strong links to the
Tiger overall, however, so the Year of the Tiger is expected to be on the
neutral side for the Rabbit--neither overly challenging nor overly positive.
(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)
Positive: Successful, proud, lucky, and enthusiastic. Dragons are determined
people and able to inspire others.
Negative: Rigid and easily infatuated. Dragon people don't like routine.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Dragon:
The quickness of pace and changefulness of the year of the Tiger in 2010 is
rather suitable to the Dragon who prefers immediate results. While opportunities
should be grabbed when they arise, and they are very quick to both come and go
in 2010, Dragons should make an effort not to be cocky or overly confident.
Relationships with others are a little fragile, and Dragons should take care to
be more sensitive to the needs of their loved ones this year.
(1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)
Positive: Intuitive, wise, perceptive, and compassionate. Snakes prefer the
finer things in life.
Negative: Lazy and extravagant. These people may have a problem with depending
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Snake:
Snakes may not find 2010, the Year of the Tiger, especially easy. The quick and
often hectic pace of the year may be unsettling for many Snakes. The best advice
is to avoid resisting change at all costs, as the more Snakes resist, the harder
their struggles will be! Snakes are usually more comfortable in a Yin year and
2010 is a Yang one. However, Snakes do have the ability to control or master
Metal, so although the overall forecast is an uncomfortable year, it does not
bring challenges that Snakes cannot handle masterfully.
(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
Positive: Popular, engaging, refined, and persuasive. Horse people are
hardworking and independent.
Negative: Selfish and unscrupulous. These individuals may be rebellious and shun
the advice of others.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Horse: Horses (along with Dogs)
are expected to fare better than most in 2010, the Year of the Tiger. It's
a yang year, which is comfortable for Horses, and while Metal is not the
preferred element for Horses, it is something they can take control of. New
friendships and career advancement are likely. Health may be a little more
fragile this year, however. While opportunities arise and should be taken
advantage of, Horses should not jump into new situations or relationships too
quickly, without practical considerations taken into account. Overall: Good.
(or Sheep or Ram) (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)
Positive: Sensitive, imaginative, and well-mannered. Goats are peace lovers who
don't like disagreements.
Negative: Pessimistic and tardy. These people can let others take advantage of
them too easily.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Goat: Last year was at times a
worrisome period in the Goat's life. This year is also uncertain in terms of its
quick pace and changeful atmosphere, which can feel overwhelming to many
peace-loving Goats. The Year of the Tiger is best used as a period of gaining
energy instead of a year of fame and fortune! There is no special relationship
between the Tiger and the Goat, so a neutral year is expected overall. Goats are
not especially comfortable in yang years, and 2010 is a yang year, but they do
well with the Metal element of this period. Money matters are good. Health may
be a little more sensitive or fragile this year.
(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)
Positive: Very inquisitive, curious, and witty with leadership qualities.
Monkeys are popular people.
Negative: Deceitful and self-absorbed. These individuals can be childish and
drawn to mischief.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Monkey:
Plenty of ups and downs are in store for Monkeys in 2010, the Year of the Tiger.
Although Monkeys do not generally fare well in a Tiger year, they do well in
Yang years and with the Metal element. The bottom line is a year of dramatic ups
and downs. Love relationships are likely to be on the challenging side. Monkeys
often tempt fate, and this year is not the best year in which to push your luck.
You may easily get caught in lies of your own making, so take the honest route
and the high road.
(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)
Positive: Enthusiastic, dignified, and resilient. Roosters are well-organized
and good time-keepers.
Negative: Bossy and pedantic. These people are often a little too outspoken and
hate being criticized.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Rooster: The Rooster's natural
enthusiasm will keep them on track this year. The Rooster and the Tiger don't
have a special relationship, so for the most part, the year is expected to be
unspectacular or status quo. The fact that 2010 is a Metal year is a plus for
Roosters, however. While career matters may change too quickly for their liking,
and there may be little in the way of leisure time this year, Roosters should
feel relatively confident and, for the most part, are less affected by the
turbulent atmosphere of the Year of the Tiger than most other animals in the
(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
Positive: Intelligent, loyal, fair, and constant. Dogs are always willing to
listen to others' problems, and to fight for a good cause.
Negative: Cynical and tactless. These people don't always forgive easily,
especially those who cross them.
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Dog:
Dogs are expected to fare the best of all animals in the Chinese zodiac this
year. Dogs are compatible with Tigers, yang years, and the Metal element, so we
have a strong showing for dogs. Opportunities come and go quickly this year, and
Dogs' intuition generally is strong enough to take advantage at just the right
time. Loyalty and fairness will be rewarded. It's a good year for adventure, the
birth of new and marketable ideas, and travel.
(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
Positive: Gallant, kind-hearted, and sincere. Pigs rarely lose their temper and
always try to avoid arguing.
Negative: Materialistic and pig-headed. These individuals have a problem saying
"no" -- to people, and to food!
Chinese Astrology Horoscope 2010 for the Pig: While the love life is
expected to be much improved for the Pig in 2010, the year is sure to demand
much from these people, and sometimes too much. Money matters should be steady
and strong. Exercising self-control will be especially important. Reducing your
load and responsibilities if at all possible might also help. Uncomfortable with
the quick pace of the year, you might feel uneasy and restless at times, but you
will do well helping others through rough patches.
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