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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726 Responses to Tiger Spirit Animal

  • Xinyin

    There was once that I dreamt that I was running away from some guy and came across this mansion, I thought I could hide in there. Then when I passed the threshold, three tigers emerged from the front door, a red,blue and yellow. I was very scared as they all came stalking towards me. Then in a flash, I was lying on the ground bloodied and dead, the three tigers circling me. Then I woke up, does it meant that something bad is going to happen? I’m very worried as this happened just after I took a very important exam.

  • Anonymous

    I saw a tiger chasing me and my husband.later he and his children begin eating people.they tried to attack us but we were safe.

  • Joseph

    I saw a tiger in my neighborhood being taunted by people. They tried capturing the animal, but foolishly failed. No deaths or killings happened, the people would run then come back to taunt the creature like its a game. 

    There was a horizontal 5 foot tall fence, it seems like the tiger tried to climb over it but it’s lower paws would get stuck in the fence. I was in a glass room with my wife and kids watching this event unfold. I saw some guy took advantage while the tiger’s bottom paw was stuck in the fence. The guy grabbed and pulled the bottom paws and wedged them in the gate deeper. The tiger roared, it didn’t swipe. The guy ran from the roar, and then came back.  It eventually got free, and chased some of these people who where taunting it in circles.

    Later I saw myself with my wife and kids riding in the back of a luxury car. And through the window I saw a populated neighborhood block where there was a baby tiger running up the left side away from us.  Later I saw a full grown male on the right side moving away from us. And again no one was attacked, and it seems less people were fritened this time.  Then suddenly this guy emerged from the same neighborhood block with a friend walking towards us, a person I don’t like and don’t get along with.  He did look concerned about the Tigers being there, but was joking about it to his friend.

    I’m not sure what this all mean.

  • Anoop Wilson

    Hi, I just had a nightmare. Dream was that I was on my way to office early one day. I stopped my car a long way back before my office and started walking down this road beside a beautifull cliff. Then I remembered I forgot the keys. As I was walking back I saw lights (sunrise) coming up on the left and I though it would be awesome to take a pic so I ran up the road and towards to open cliff. Just then there’s thunder and lightning happening but I’m Still running towards the cliff, I narrowly missed falling down but kept running towards my car I suppose. Just then I saw a tiger also running across me and it got scared seeing me,cos I kindof raised my hands and made a screaming noise at him. It ran a bit and I knew it’s gonna come back at me. I got ready to go head to head and then I woke up. What does this mean?

  • Celia Ramos

    When someone hurting me and fighting me I really felt upset and angry but I always kept calm and down to earth even that someone make mistake and insult me, but there’s always behind me, helping me specialy when I said go it’s your turn to revenge he run fast and make a karma to that person hurting me!I’ll always see a big tiger run fast to them!sometimes a strong wind!

  • Marie

    At the age of five, I saw a tiger at the foot of my bed.  It was purring loudly and reclining with his/her paws in the frontal position.  I remember that I needed to walk by the tiger in order to make to bathroom.  I was not frightened at all, just a little surprised that there was a live tiger near my bed. I decided to go back to sleep and see if he or she was still there.  I now realize that I was given a special opportunity to meet my animal guide at such a early age.

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