Some background on white tigers
My last name is White and I am a metal tiger in Chinese Astrology. That's the tiger of the west and its color is white. So I am a White tiger practicing Eastern medicine in
the West. I was also born in the autumn, which is the metal season associated with the color white, gray or clear.
Of course that's a vast oversimplification, like saying I'm a Libra. Just as there is profound and plottable complexity in a Western astrological chart, so there is in Chinese Astrology. There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac that rotate through a yearly cycle. Each animal partakes of a different phase or element every time it comes around. So while I may be a metal tiger, someone born 12 years after me would be a water tiger. Metal tigers only occur every 60 years - 5 elements x 12 animals . There is a whole lot more to it, depending on the time of birth and other influences. For more information, see this site: www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/
Tigers have many associations in both Eastern and Western tradition.
There is an instruction to hold an acupuncture needle, it should be with calm and focused determinations,
"like holding a tiger by the tail over a great abyss." The tiger is often depicted as yin to the dragon's yang nature.
To be continued.............