|My mother, born Year of the Tiger||My sister-in-law|
the Chinese Tigers... the
indigenous Chinese tiger -- the South China Tiger -- considered by some
experts to be the direct descendent of the ancestral tiger -- is the most
endangered of all.
Traditional Chinese tiger paintings often have been inspired by the South China tiger. For several thousand years, this "King of the Forest", as called by the Chinese, represented ultimate power, beauty and fear in Chinese culture.
... there are so very few South China tigers left -- estimated to be between 10-30 in the wild.
may not be the king of the jungle, but these striped cats are no softies!
Magnetic and self-possessed, Tigers are born leaders. They have an air of
authority that prompts others to fall in line, which is exactly how they
like it. Although they are magnetically charming and fun to be around,
Tigers like to go it alone sometimes too. A Tiger's main interest is in
following its ambitions -- and maintaining control.
Tigers are courageous beyond compare and generally come out ahead in battle, be it in the boardroom or the bedroom. Seduction is one area where the Tiger is definitely king! Noble and warm-hearted, Tigers have a natural, raw appeal that's extremely attractive to other Signs. They're not just about attraction, though; ever on the side of right, Tigers will fight the good fight to the bitter end if the cause is worthy. Opponents are wise to fear this feline.
A bit of caution is a good thing around Tigers, since they can pounce without warning. They experience mood swings and often feel things more intensely than others, the latter quality being both good and bad. They can react poorly under stress and are prone to emotional outbursts. This Sign's bristling sensitivity can send friend and foe running for cover.
A lesson that Tigers would be well-served to learn is "moderation in all things." Once these cats can find their center and direct their considerable energies toward worthwhile endeavors (as opposed to racing through life), they will accomplish much.
The Western Astrology counterpart to the Tiger of Chinese Astrology is the Sign of Aquarius.
quoted from http://chinese.astrology.com