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Tiger Tigress

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.

Do not to be afraid of the animals you meet in your dreams. They are only symbols of your own inner nature, your animal self. See Your Mammal Brain

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.

Also big cats, like domestic cats and dogs are very ‘mouthey’ – in other words they do everything with their mouth. They love with their mouth and love to hold you with their mouth. It is their way of giving a hug and wanting to be near. But of course tigers can bite for real too, but your dream tiger is a part of you. Even if it did bite you in your dream it is only like holographic image and can do you no harm. To be frightened of your dream tiger is to run away, avoid or deny your own wonderful natural strength and self protection.

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

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.

Example: An adult tiger was at my bed with one of my old high school buddy holding him on a leash. When I saw him I was furious what the fuck is such dangerous animal doing on my bed. Went to load my AK (the imaginary one, don’t actually own one), but when I pointed the gun at him he ignored me with calm and assertive look. I dropped the gun and in my admiration for him just felt his strong and firm energy. Since then I started to really think of Tigers as the ultimate alpha animal!!

If you are born in the year of the Tiger in Chinese astrology, dreaming of a tiger might be a comment on your strength and weaknesses. Itcould be wise to considery your basic characteristics in the light of the dream. See Chinese Zodiac Tiger

The tiger can represent many things however, and below is another important aspect of a tiger.

Example: While in a basement a person approached me holding quite a large animal. As they handed it to me I saw it was a tiger cub, large and very well built, with a thick neck. I was surprised, but even more surprised and disturbed when a huge tigress came through a doorway above us at ground level and came down the stairs to us. I thought she was going to attack us, but she took the baby cub and placed it down. She then came with something in her mouth, probably money, and placed it near me. She gave off a powerful feeling of not wanting the cub, and with the money handing it over to me or us for our care. There was an atmosphere of irritability about her. Peter G.

In this example the tiger has an obvious connection with the mother. The dreamer had often been threatened by his mother that she was going to give him away, or put him in a home. So the dream probably dealt with his need to confront these feelings of abandonment which, like the tiger, were threatening. Interestingly, almost exactly five years later, in the same month, Peter dreamt the following.

I am in a house. There is a feeling I am sharing it with a number of people, as if there is a connection with a friend Mike. Suddenly I notice there is a tiger cub running around the room. It is a large room and empty except for myself and the cub. I realise this must mean there is a mother tiger about and worry that it will be angry or aggressive because of its cub. I go to walk through a doorway, but the mother tiger walks through. I stand still, not daring to move. But she brushes against me in a friendly way and strolls over to look at her cub. Peter G.

Interestingly the dreamer sees himself as a young tiger in his dreams.

Example: There is alarm that a wild tiger is about. I am concerned to find a place out of sight, behind a desk, in case the tiger sees me. It comes in, and, although there are many other people, it comes directly to me. As it comes towards me, I see it is small, and young, and un-coordinated in its random, flailing movements (rather like Tigger in Winnie-the-Pooh). Its body is like a pipe-cleaner twisted into a tiger shape. As it comes to me, I see it is full of energy but also shaking uncontrollably with fear, drenched in sweat. It is furiously wagging its tail, which may have a white bow tied to it (or is it the shape of the tail? – the latter I think), as if it is desperate to please. So from within my fear I say to it “Good tiger, there’s a good tiger,” to calm it down. I think, or say: “This tiger is terrified, because it is quite out of its element, in a classroom with humans.” I look up and see there is no one else in the room – just me and the tiger. JH.

JH says of his dream: “This seems to me to be a very revelatory dream. Clearly I am the tiger, and so I am frightened of my own fear in trying to hide from it. But the clarity of the dream is in the basic fear of existence the tiger exhibits.” Here the tiger is clearly about the fight and flight instinct in us all, and the struggle JH has in dealing with this in his life as a teacher.

Idioms: Fight like a tiger; paper tiger.


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?

See Animal in my Dream



-Christina 2015-09-13 15:12:23

I had a dream I was in a neighborhood sitting down and two tigers were walking towards me. I stood up and was approached by one and pet it. Then I woke up. What does this mean?


    -Tim 2016-04-02 16:38:28

    My dream was where tigers were in the area and at on point one was in our house. I fought it off at onepoint with some slim pointy sticks. hha ha . I know. sounds stupid, but it worked. scary as hell too.


-saallimi jowohir 2015-12-11 14:47:09

i have dreams of tigers protecting me what is the meaning of that.


-Sarah Jane Williams 2016-01-25 20:45:36

I had a dream a girl named tigeres was chasing me in the school yard and wanted to fight me, but I was scared so I ran. I then got the courage to stop and I fought her and I won. What does this mean?


-Tim 2016-04-02 16:35:19

why is it dream articles are written as if for women? Newsflash: Men Dream Too !


-may 2016-04-09 22:14:54

A huge enraged looking white tiger with yellow eyes is heading right towards me. I wake up terrified.


-Neima 2016-05-26 20:04:27

I was in some kind of residence. There was a tiger that came towards me. The animal was not aggressive rather peaceful but hungry. Then it grabs my index finger in its mouth. My finger was covered with a Salmon meat with still the skin attached to it. I thought I was going to loose my finger. Instead the tiger slide out the meat with its mouth and ate it leaving my finger untouched and let me free. Then it just walks away.
The feeling I had: Surprised by the tiger’s unusual behaviour acting asthough it is human.
I would appreciate if you let me know what it means.
Thank you.


-Mela Cooper 2016-05-31 5:03:30

Hello. Would you help me with understanding my dream please? I was about to cross the street to go to the apt complex where I lived and saw a tiger standing in the grass. It was staring at me. Right before my eyes the one tiger split up into 3 rows of 5 tigers. Fifteen tigers were staring at me and began to run towards me. I tried not to run but I walked quickly away. They were following me so I tried to dodge, duck and weave between buildings. They were following fast. I slipped into a drain pipe-like structure and found myself in a basement. The tigers were running about looking for me. I didn’t know how I was going to get out of this situation. I tried to call Gary, my husband, on my cell phone but I was unable to reach him nor was his voicemail working. I called an elementary school classmate named Adair and asked her for help. She told me she was in NYC. I asked her why was she in NYC. She asked me what I was doing in Oregon. She explained to me that She’s always lived in NYC and asked why I left NYC. She further explained that she couldn’t help because I was too far away. One of the tigers found me and opened the door leading to the staircase where I was. I felt cornered, and only found a cabinet above me where I could wedge myself in to hide, though my entire back would be completely exposed.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-06-03 10:54:16

    Dear Mela Cooper – Your dream reflects that you are moving through what looks like a major change in your inner world.
    The sudden increase of natural feelings and urges that you are confronted with “at the other side” frighten you and your first reaction is to run from them.
    Crawling through a pipe also suggests feelings or fears of being hemmed in, trapped, or in the narrow straits, or difficult circumstances within or in outer life.
    It may also be a symbol of sexual intercourse; sex creates unconscious links with a partner.
    What do you think might have triggered the dream or links with it in some way?
    How do you perceive your (sexual) relationship with your partner in your waking life?
    What urges and feelings are you holding back?
    Most of the time we edit or control what we allow ourselves to think or feel. Dropping this form of judgment, if only for short periods while you open to the mystery you are, is important. At first it may cause some concern because you are unblocking part of the flow, and it may start pushing out some of the attitudes, past experiences and habits that have been blocking your greater flow. Usually those things would have been cleansed in the normal LifeStream, but unconscious tensions and resistances prevent the healing. This is why we have to consciously take in hand the work of dropping our self-control for periods of time.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/?
    Anna :-)


      -Mela Cooper 2016-06-11 15:46:29

      Thank you so much, Anna, for your reply and wonderful insight. There is alot of fear regarding decisions I have to make and if I want to be happy (which I desperately do!) I need to make these decisions soon. Having to dissolve a 10 year marriage isn’t easy as I have put in so much time, love and tried to understand him. But to live with an emotionally vacant person tears and wears you down. He’s withheld intimacy and intimate relations for years. I feel like I’m being punished for something but I do not know what I did wrong. He wasn’t like that when we met and he became so different, dark and moody. I tried to love him through it (never tried to change him) and hoped with time, patience and love, he would be the person I once knew. Then one day i looked at the calendar and realized 10 years has gone by and I’m so stripped of who I was because I gave myself so much into this marriage. My dreams have become more violent and frightening over the years. I decided to journal my dreams and what I notice was a pattern of pain, neglect and rejection in the dreams, presented in such vivid, disturbing scenes but in my waking hours I pushed those very feelings aside because I thought I was selfish for feeling those things. So, the fear of starting over is something I tried to avoid thinking about. But the dreams are too loud.

      Again, thank you so much Anna for your insight and the link you provided. :)


-Alma Kulmala 2016-07-05 11:10:10

I felt confused more than scared when I woke up from my dream. In my dream somehow my car ended up in a pool full of lions and tigers. My ex husband was in the car too. He opened the window and tried to scare one of the tigers, the one that seemed more interested in us, away, but the tiger took his hand, and I did’t see what happened to him after that. I got my 2 kids out of the car, and somehow we managed to get out of the pool, but so did the tiger. I saw a way to escape, and we all managed to get away from a very angry looking tiger. I woke up right after we escaped. Could you help me? My ex husband and I don’t talk anymore. We both have new lives and partners. My kids are both adults, but I don’t remember how big they looked in the dream.


-katie 2016-07-26 16:25:45

can you please help me decipher this? not sure if the tiger represents me or someone else.. I was in a bus with my family, and we noticed a very disheveled white tiger in a hill close by, and it looked very aggressive. my first thought was, “uh oh, this is trouble, that tiger is obviously desperate and will be aggressive with us, because it will obviously die soon if it doesn’t eat”.. the tiger ended up bursting through the glass of the bus and attacking the driver, we got him off, and somehow we were at our house in the front yard.. my son was trying to be brave (he was fearless because he wasn’t aware completely of what the tiger could do), I was yelling at him to get away. I got our couch pillows to try to hit the tiger away, but I knew that wouldn’t work for long, but maybe hold off its advances.. we were in a big group, the tiger was advancing towards me and I yelled “somebody help!”, and my husband came, but I immediately felt bad and regretted yelling because someone else would get hurt instead of just me.. I woke up shortly after.. this is really sticking with me today! if you have any insight I would be so grateful..


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