By ELLEN ENDO, Rafu Shimpo
With 2022 comes the Year of the Tiger, a time that Japanese astrologers say will be filled with optimism, focused energy, dignity and determination. This is good news for the millions of people who are anxiously awaiting the final disappearance of the coronavirus.
Astrologers believe it will be a good year for everyone, but especially for those born in the years of the Tiger.
Applied to politics, Asian astrology could explain why Senator Joe Manchin III (R-West Virginia) insists on being a Senate spoiler. Manchin was born in the year of the boar, while President Joe Biden was born in the year of the horse. The two can tolerate each other and may even agree on some issues, but both are stubborn which makes compromises difficult.
Majority Leader in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, was born in the Year of the Tiger. Tigers tend to be strong leaders, but can have an angry temper. Nancy Pelosi and VP Kamala Harris are both Dragons and are compatible with Schumer but may not always be in harmony with Biden.
Other famous Tigers are Dr Phil, Steve Wozniak (who founded Apple with Steve Jobs), Tom Cruise and Ralph Fiennes. Music icons Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are Tigers, as are actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Martin Short and Demi Moore. Osaka doctor Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology, was also born in a Tiger year.
The Japanese zodiac, or Juunishi, originally from China and would have been brought to Japan by Buddhists around the year 600. During Hatsumode (the first sanctuary visit of the year), a makeshift paper ticket, or omikuji, is available for purchase.
The following predictions are based on the writings of self-proclaimed astrology experts and presented here for entertainment purposes only:
Rat (nezumi): 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Rats are the most compatible with Ox, Monkey, and Dragon. They are honest and trustworthy. They can also be extremely charming, but can grow too hard for what they may want. Those born in the year of the Rat are also industrious and ambitious. They are easily angry but disciplined enough to refrain from openly disagreeing with someone.
Buffalo (ushi): 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
People born in an Ox year are patient, mentally alert, and good at public speaking. They often help others gain self-confidence and generally maintain a positive attitude. The website https://japanesezodiac.org/japanese-zodiac-sign-of-the-ox-ushi.html predicts that the Ox people can expect a prosperous year in 2022. The Ox People of the Year are generally calm and logical and can look forward to a prosperous year. Rosa Parks and George Takei, both symbols of civil rights activism, are both Ox People of the Year.
Tiger (torus): 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Among the celebrities born in the Tiger years are Marilyn Monroe, Kenny Rogers and Jon Voight. Generally, the Tigers can expect 2022 to be one of their best years yet, full of opportunity and good luck. Tigers are courageous, but are also sensitive, short-tempered, and stubborn. They can also seem unromantic and distant, even though they are deeply devoted to their family. Taylor Markarian writes: “2022 will usher in a time of intense emotions and big decisions. Tigers are known for their power, daring, and penchant for doing anything on a large scale. They are the most compatible with the horse, the dog and the boar. For more details, visit https://www.rd.com/article/year-of-the-tiger/.
Hare (usagi): 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
It is expected that March and July will bring good luck to those born in the Year of the Hare. 2022 could bring new opportunities with hope and a long life. Hares are advised to stay focused on their goals and avoid doubt. Hares are more compatible with sheep, monkeys, dogs, and wild boars. A famous hare was singer / actor Frank Sinatra.
Dragon (tattoo): 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Success awaits those born in the Dragon years. Although dragons are powerful and courageous, like the tiger, they are also stubborn and short-tempered. They are more likely to find good fortune during the months of April, August and December. As long as they tread carefully, good news is ahead for the Dragons. They are compatible with rats, monkeys and roosters.
Snake (hebi): 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Known for their wisdom, Snakes are particularly good at finances and are good at making and managing money. They are also determined and competitive. Unfortunately, they tend to take things personally, especially defeat. Snakes are compatible with those born in the rat, hare, dragon, horse, sheep and dog years.
Horse (uh): 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Like the Snake and the Monkey, those born in the Year of the Horse are adept at handling money. However, they often lack patience and tend to dwell on the past rather than move forward. This is especially problematic when it comes to romantic relationships. They have wisdom but can also be determined. Horses get along best with tigers, sheep and dogs.
Sheep (hitsuji): 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Sheep are the artists of the Japanese zodiac. They love nature and wear themselves with elegance. They tend to be religious and are enthusiastic about their beliefs. Sheep year people are compatible with horses, hares and wild boars. Although it may appear that he does not match the characteristics of a sheep, John Wayne was born a sheep year.
Monkey (saru): 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Elizabeth Taylor and President Harry Truman were both born in the Year of the Monkey. The monkeys are believed to be the geniuses of the Asian zodiac, smart and quick. They are emphatic and quick when making decisions. They are also good with finances besides being creative. Monkeys are compatible with rats and dragons. Summer 2022 could prove to be the luckiest time of the year to come.
Rooster (tori): 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Astrologer Susan Levitt says the Year of the Rooster people can expect to be the luckiest this year. Their best months will be May and September, and their best season will be fall. Expressive and daring, Roosters often find it difficult to stay focused on their goals, but they still tend to be successful in business and in personal relationships. Dragons and roosters do well as business and friendship partners. Tigers, sheep, monkeys and wild boars are also compatible with roosters.
Dog (inu): 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
The New Year will bring good news for people born in the Year of the Dog, especially in February, June and October. The fall months will also be favorable for dogs, who are believed to be dedicated, loyal and honest. Dogs are also confident and seek stable relationships. Dragons, sheep, and oxen are compatible with male dogs, and hares, monkeys, and wild boars get along best with female dogs.
Wild boar (inoshishi): 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
The wild boar, or pig, can keep a calm exterior but deep down he is angry. On the positive side, wild boars are brave, honest, and kind, especially to those around them. These traits may allow some people to benefit from them. They must remember to be careful and selective, especially in business. Wild boars are the least compatible with snakes. Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley were also born in the Year of the Boar.