Tiger - Goat Love Compatibility in Chinese Astrology


In the animal world, the Tiger and Goat belong to extreme ends of the food chain. Similarly in the Chinese zodiac, the two signs do not appear to be romantically compatible owing to ingrained differences in personalities and priorities. However should the Tiger and Goat decide to make things work, there is a good chance that they can resolve various issues between them.

High points of a Tiger-Goat love match

At the outset, these two signs seem ill-matched on various fronts, including the social. While the Goat is a shy and retiring creature, the Tiger is known to have a large circle of friends and admirers. And yet there are other sides to the matter too. One of the most intriguing aspects of the Tiger in fact is the co-existence of a sociable and highly individualistic personality. While this character delights in the exchange of ideas and opinions that a social network affords, he/she can be intensely private too. Very often the Tiger feels the need to get away from all company in order to be themselves or to collect their thoughts. This is a tendency that the Goat is well placed to understand and accept, as opposed to a highly gregarious sign like the Rat or Horse who may have been put off by the Tiger’s bouts of solitude.


Then again though the Goat is somewhat shy, he/she is by no means unsocial. Far from it, in fact, since the Goat can be utterly charming and a pleasant person to know in a social situation. They are almost unfailingly polite and well-versed with the behavioral niceties that social situations demand. Their inherent expertise in hosting people and their pride in their home-making skills means that the Goat would always be welcoming of guests in their abode, even if they are somewhat colorful characters as the friends of an unconventional Tiger partner. In a larger sense, the Goat armed with an adaptable and caring nature is one of the few signs that can best put up with the highly original and erratic personality of the Tiger. Certain views and actions which may seem unacceptable to a more conventional sign like the Ox or an opinionated one like the Dragon may be treated with more understanding by the gentle Goat.

Another area where the Tiger and Goat may come together is in their common helpful natures. While the Tiger has a marked altruistic nature which is devoted to working out solutions and systems for the betterment of humanity, the Goat too has a strong nurturing instinct and is often associated with areas like healthcare, childcare and volunteer work.

Challenges to a Tiger-Goat love match

The primary hurdle to romantic compatibility between a Goat and Tiger appears to lie in the conflict between the heart and the mind. Goat is deeply emotional and follows the compulsions of the heart when engaging with the world. The Tiger on the other hand uses the mind to make sense of the world around them. Thus in the Goat-Tiger pairing the former sign might be keen to seek an emotional attachment with a partner whereas the latter might be looking for an intellectual companion with whom they can exchange thoughts and ideas. In the process the Goat can come off as overly touchy and sentimental to the Tiger while the latter might appear as emotionally distant and disinterested to the former.

Driven by opposite needs, a relationship is bound to mean different things to either sign. While a Goat is primarily looking for emotional belonging, a Tiger is extremely possessive about his/her personal freedom. A Goat either tends to smother a partner with love and affection or expects to be taken care of and pampered. The Tiger on the other hand prefers to maintain a distance from the emotional complexities of a relationship which is why if they finds their Goat partner give into overwhelming emotionality, they might take wings and move to a rarefied atmosphere. The Goat on the other hand might feel rebuffed by the Tiger partner’s unwillingness to develop deeper emotional intimacy with the result that  he/she will feel insecure and unloved in the relationship.

Then again even though both the Tiger and Goat are concerned with helping others, their efforts are turned in different directions. The Tiger likes to be involved with large projects or thought systems affecting significant sections of the humanity while the Goat’s caring nature is often limited to the circle of family and close friends. Though the Goat has a nurturing streak, he/she is unlikely to be involved in large-scale humanitarian projects, especially those which take him/her far from the immediate domestic setting. The Tiger is likely to look on the Goat’s restricted context with impatience and even disapproval while the Goat may find it difficult to be involved with idealistic ventures and philosophies when there are so many issues closer at hand that are worth attending to.

Finally both signs will have to make an effort to bridge mutual personality differences if they are to stay together as a couple - the Goat will have to be more accepting of his partner’s need for breathing space while the Tiger will need to make a greater effort to connect with her partner emotionally.