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.
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.