Tiger Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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In the kingdom of spirit animal, 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.

What is the meaning of the tiger spirit animal?

Common symbolism for the tiger is:


  • 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, the tiger is associated with both positive and negative meanings. In order to fully grasp the message this spirit animal has for you, pay attention to the behavior it displays and the feelings you have toward it. It will guide you to a deeper, more embodied understanding of meaning of this animal in your life.

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Tiger spirit animal, symbol of personal power

The primary meaning for tiger spirit animals is 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.

Tiger spirit animals, symbols of 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.

Dark side of the tiger spirit animal: Aggression

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.

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706 Responses to Tiger Spirit Animal

  • Joseph Braid

    I had a strange dream recently. I was in what looked like a theatre and part way through the dream, it was suddenly full of tigers. They seemed aggressive at first so I stayed behind a cage-like area to keep away but one of them managed to jump through a hole in the front so it was right in front of me. However, the tiger didn’t chase or attack but rather cuddled next to me (felt very warm and covered my whole body); it was completely tame. I came here wondering if the tiger spirit did visit me in that dream.

  • Anonymous

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  • Amber

    Hello. I had a dream that I was with my friend, my mom, and my mom’s friend. We went to the zoo but this was like no zoo I’ve ever seen. The tiger exhibit was at the top floor and it was glass all around. 3 zoo keepers ladies were doing something in the cage when the tiger got onto one of the ladies and was eating her. I looked around and was shocked I would peek every now and then. I realized that no one really payed attention. I’m very confused about this specific dream. What does this dream mean? Or anything would help ☺

  • Mary

    Hello,
    I had a dream that I recieved an application or some sort of paper with questions on it, but there was a picture on that paper that shows a jungle with a paved road and at the end, looked like a 3D picture. I see a tigers head on top on the trees with mouth wide open and i could see his canines. I was not afraid in the dream and it just looked like a dark road with tiger far into the picture waiting on top. I dont know what that means? I never ever dreamed on animals before

  • Mayra

    very interesting
    I just start working my spiritual side and also y had a dream with a tiger it shows in my dream like a guide and i felt secure in both dreams and once when i was in a meditation and a saw a stong eyes like a tiger too, im glade to see this informatiob and i think that animals are angels that guide us to our mision of life , also people too .
    so you have to learn about every person o situation that happen in your life , it put you closer to your objetive
    Sorry for my english
    Saludos y bendiciones desde mexico

  • T'awna

    Hello Spirit Animals.info!, I have a question: For the last several years, I have had frequent and recurring dreams about gryphons. (Usually I can transform into one in my dream.) Why is this? Now when I was younger (about 10 or so), I liked to dream that me and my friends could turn into animals; I was able to turn into a half- (Siberian ?) tiger, half-golden eagle gryphon, and my friends could turn into a cougar and Pegasus (I think). I don’t remember all the details because it’s been awhile. Why is this dream recurring even when I’m not thinking about gryphons? Does it mean something? Thank you for reading!  🙂 – T’awna ( Tee-on-a) M. 😀

    • T'awna

      P.S. Thank you so much for your website! It has been so helpful to me!!!

  • Sam

    I am very much troubled by tiger dream. I always see a tiger or two or three tigers in my dream . they reside in house. From where they come inside house looks as a part of jungle or some alike hide place looking as though a part of house which is not actually present. Tiger tries to kill me or I have to see it killing someone else. In either situation I have no way out . I have to see what is happening. Please help me to get rid of such dreams because it raises my heart rate . I have to wake up to atop palpitations.

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