Tiger–Totem & Dreams

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  Striped terror of the jungles,
Walker of secret paths and ancient ways,
Give me the strength and courage to do what is necessary.
Teach me not to cringe from actions that may cause pain, but must be done.
Tiger of action, lead the way that I may know how to go
confidently through my life.


What is the meaning of the tiger animal?

Passion, Power, Devotion

The Tiger is the symbol of darkness and the new Moon.

When a Tiger totem enters your life, expect new adventures.
It will awaken new passion and power.

Very sensual and passionate people and devoted parents.
Your best work will be done at night.
Tigers are associated with water and have all the properties of the element of Water –
healing, power through gentle flow, feminine energies.

In China, there are 5 mystic tigers:
The red tiger is south, summer and fire,
the black tiger is the symbol of north, winter and water,
the blue tiger is east, spring and vegetation,
the white tiger is west, autumn and all metals,
the yellow tiger is ruler of the Earth and its energies.

symbol of personal power/personal strength

This spirit animal may point out to a recent event or situation that prompted you to show courage and determination.

If the atmosphere of your encounter with your power animal is mostly positive, the tiger could remind you of your personal power and ability to overcome obstacles.

Seeing this spirit animal also means that you’re overcoming fears and learning how to deal with strong emotions that once felt threatening, but are becoming more and more manageable.

physical vitality

Tiger spirit animals can represent physical strength, vitality, and health. The expression “strong like a tiger” denotes the positive attributes that your power animal can communicate to you.

As an extension, the presence of the tiger spirit animal could connect with your appetite for life and sensuality.

Depending on how you feel when you encounter this animal, it may indicate a strong, positive expression of your sensuality.

If the presence of your power animal triggers fear or confusion, pay attention to your how are feeling about experiences pertaining to sexuality.

For instance, look if there’s a situation with a emotional and sensual tension that is uneasy for you; or observe if whether your desires or sexual appetite is going out of control.



  • Power, anger, sexual power, inner anxiety or terrifying urges.
  • Fear of another person’s anger or forcefulness.
  • Sometimes the power of a mother’s protectiveness.
  • A woman’s anger or sexual craving.

Although similar in many ways to the lion, the tiger has a more feminine quality.

It can therefore represent

  • an angry woman;
  • ones mother/a woman as a protector or destroyer;
  • anger;
  • spitefulness;
  • the power and authority of ones animal strength;
  • anxiety or fear, flight or fight.



Often children have recurring dreams of being chased by a tiger (or lion), and this is about anger that they have been told is bad to express.

So this is why they are running from it when they should have made it their friend.

This is probably also why most people are still running or hiding from tigers in their dreams.

Instead they should have been taught to direct their anger – a natural part of our defense system – effectively.

The tiger represents your own power as a woman, the power that can protect her family and any children.

Feel the power of that by imaging yourself as the tiger. Yes, actually imagine yourself in its body.

When we call someone a tiger we either mean they are fierce, capable of defending themselves, or very successful at what they do.

But we also say a woman can protect her children or loved partner like a tiger. So it is also about strength and passion to protect and care.

This aspect of the tiger depicts the primeval and passionate power of motherhood and the love and care of nature itself emanating from the unconscious. Tigers are individual creatures and are not, like lions, part of a group less it is a mother with her cubs.

Like any other animal, the tiger can also represent aspects of sexuality, depending upon how it is presented in the dream.

As a symbol of sex it would most likely include elements of uncertainty – will I be attacked or overwhelmed – power and instinctive responses.

It has to be remembered also that the tiger is a top of the food chain predator, and so can represent the predatory facets of human nature.


In the kingdom of spirit animals, the tiger puts a special emphasis on raw feelings and emotions.

The tiger spirit animal symbolizes

  • primal instincts,
  • unpredictability,
  • and ability to trust yourself.

By affinity with this spirit animal, you may enjoy dealing with life matters spontaneously, trusting your intuition and acting fast when needed.

The primary meaning of the tiger spirit animal is

  • willpower,

  • personal strength

  • and courage;

  • Shadow or part of you that you would normally try to hide or reject.

  • Aggression or anger directed at you or felt towards someone;

  • Unpredictability in life, actions or feelings;

In the field of animal symbolism, positive and negative meanings are associated with the tiger.

The behavior the tiger and the overall feelings you have when thinking or meeting this power animal provide additional clues on how to understand the meaning this animal in your life.


Dark side of the tiger spirit animal:


When the tiger shows up in your life, it could be an indicator of aggression that you are experiencing.

It could point to a feeling of aggression directed at you or how aggressive you may feel towards someone.

Tigers are great predators and hunters in nature.

In the animal spirit world, tigers could appear when you feel threatened by external circumstances or your own feelings.

The tiger totem is both a sign of a potential threat and a call for courage to face it.

When you see a tiger spirit animal, check what’s happening in your life that may seem dangerous or threatening to you.

Also keep an eye on possible causes of fear, anger or deep frustration that seem to be escaping your conscious control.


Unpredictability and the tiger spirit animal

A tiger featured as an animal spirit guide may represent the unpredictability in events or circumstances in your life.

Perhaps unexpected events are disturbing your plans, or things are moving so quickly that you are having a hard time finding the best plan of action.

The tiger could also symbolize the unpredictable nature of feelings and emotions in you or other people.

As feelings spring forth in our life, especially if they are “big” feelings associated with anger or fear, they may unpredictable, powerful, like a wild tiger.

The tiger spirit animal could point to a rash decision you or somebody else made or where people where unwilling to compromise.



Dream meanings of tiger animal spirit guides


When the tiger appears in dreams, it can be a symbol of strength, more specifically willpower.

A dream featuring your tiger animal spirit guide could tell you about your ability to overcome obstacles in life or the courage you have to demonstrate in order to defy challenges that are on your way. The expression “fight like a tiger” illustrates this point.

If the dream shows the tiger totem in a positive light or a guiding role, it could be interpreted as an encouragement to use or develop the qualities or attributes you usually associate with tigers.

Imagine the feelings and ideas that the presence of the tiger triggered in your dream, and in waking life.

Learn from what it would be like to adopt a “tiger-like” attitude in order to tackle the challenges you’re facing.

Dream interpretation:

Having a bad dream about a tiger/Being chased by a tiger in a dream

denotes how you’re trying to run away from your own emotions or desires.

The tiger could represent anger or sexual desires that feel like they are so strong, they could destroy the person they are directed to or that is experiencing them.

The presence of a tiger in your dream could reveal anger felt towards someone or circumstances that have a negative impact on your life.

Dreaming of a tiger chasing you is a sign that a situation or an event in your life is having a profound emotional impact, but is difficult to apprehend or assimilate.

If the tiger is terrorizing you in your dream, think about what you’re trying to avoid so strongly in your waking life by fear that it could destabilize you or is too overwhelming to handle.

Dreaming of killing a tiger could mean that you’re in the process of tackling detrimental attitudes or habits.

Such a dream about your tiger totem could indicate that change is on its way, but requires strength and courage.


Do not to be afraid of the animals you meet in your dreams.

But it has to be remembered that every image in our dreams is an aspect of ourselves, and being an animal the tiger represents the wonderful strength we have as our heritage – if we claim it.

Many people are frightened of their own strength and so run from their dream tiger, but as the following dream shows it can be your strength.

calm and assertive look, strong and firm energy, the ultimate alpha animal!!

The tiger can represent many things, another important aspect is its connection to childhood fears or insecurities from something the mother said or did.

They are only symbols of your own inner nature, your animal self.

See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain

See animal for an explanation of the role dream animals play in our life:


Useful questions:

Am I dealing with anxiety or anger in this dream?

What relationship do I have with the tiger, and what does this say about the way I deal with the ‘tiger’ aspects of my life such as fear, anger, aggression and dominant strength?

Does my dream tiger show any signs of motherhood in this dream, and if so how does that reflect on my mother or motherhood?


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