Year of the tiger
Photo: Daoist figures and a tiger 13th-14th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Yang Water Tiger. A year that is sure to be dynamic and hopeful. The Tiger in Chinese culture represents strength, agility and bravery. Add that to the powerful Yang, Water element and it conjures the image of a Tiger frolicking at the base of a waterfall. This is certainly a more bold image than that of the Yin Metal Ox plowing the fields from this past year.
As we enter our third year of the pandemic, the energy of the Tiger represents a resilience that we can all draw upon. While life seems better for many of us than a year ago, the fact that there is still so much uncertainty means we all need a little Tiger strength and bravery in our lives this year.
The Water element is associated with wisdom, stamina and endurance. Water covers 75% of the earth and makes up 60% of our body. It flows effortlessly and takes the exact form of whatever contains it. It is mutable and can become solid as ice or manifest as vapor. It will break down even the hardest rock over time and find the path of least resistance to move around any obstacle. Use the Water element to help you go with the flow this year.
Yang is associated with heat, sun, summer, daytime and objects in motion. This adds a dynamic aspect when combined with the energy of the Tiger and Water.
Wishing you all a year full of hope and positivity as our lives move into our new normal in the Year of the Yang Water Tiger.
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