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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



-Richard 2015-01-19 2:27:12

2 part dream
(1)I was a white tiger curled up in a corner of the room. I was very powerful and good. I could be a threat but I was just curled up in a corner for now. There were other scrappy dogs in the room, barking, but I was calm and comfortable. (2). I was having a book discussion with a friend. His book was used. It’s cover was torn off.


    -Tony Crisp 2015-01-25 8:54:59

    Richard – I have to smile on reading your dream because it describes you as someone who has developed your own inner strength and doesn’t need to make a big show or noise. You are the white tiger, an instinctive strength that doesn’t get into gossiping with the barking dogs.

    I am not sure about the book without a cover, but it might be that you do not need a lurid cover to sell what you hold inside of you. You could be a teacher.

    I suggest you use the following to really contact the white tiger – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson



-Krista Ball 2015-01-26 15:18:35

Had a dream with some overt sexual tones including warfare between battalions of men and women and myself making out with two men while another woman watched (that is very unlike me!!). At the end of the dream I was alone and walking to a shed on the edge of a clearing nestled into the woods. I heard rustling then watched as a beautiful tiger, who saw me standing still as he ran slowly by about 15 ft away. He was followed by another who was more interested in approaching me. I was still standing still but a little nervous about his direct gaze at me. As the second tiger was beginning to approach me, I woke up. He didn’t seem as he was going to attack me, instead he seemed curious. I was curious about both of them as well.


    -Anna 2015-02-14 12:27:07

    Krista :-)

    Depending on your age and “where you are with your inner life”, the dream could show you this

    No matter how old you are or “where you are” the dream shows you that there is an inner conflict about your “secret” longings.
    Please read

    The conflict arose because this longing is very unlike you and perhaps because you do not understand this longing yet?

    The first step is to let go of your preconceptions about this sexual impulse and to understand that your dream maker “went there with you” in order to help you with something.

    Perhaps it was helping you to move beyond your comfort zone, for moving beyond it can be like a seed for inner growth.
    Simply continue to be curious what this is all about and it will reveal itself to you.

    Good Luck !

    Anna :-)


-Nick 2015-02-02 23:50:29

Had a dream me and my ex went to a private tiger exhibit of some sort. I managed to find the button that would release it for it’s cage or pen and of course I pressed it. Realizing what I did, I left in fear without my ex. After thinking about it, I returned to this private zoo or estate. It seemed like the zoo keeper was trying to get it back under control with food. He had no fear at all. I still hid and ran. I then had another dream, immediately after (almost in a flash) where there was a younger tiger in my house as a pet. I somehow killed it by being forgetful. I then cried to my mother explaining what happened. Both Tigers were white. The first was very large and intimidating. The second was immature around the size of a dog.


-Corné 2015-02-14 9:26:10

I had a dream that a tigress was infected with a virus that made her loose all control she broke out of her cage and chased me into a small shed. As i entered i turned around to close the door but she was to close so i hit her on the nose and shut the door. I’ve been trying to understand this dream for a while now but i cant seem to get any clarity on the matter


    -Anna 2015-02-14 10:47:04

    Hi Corné :-)

    I see it as that your dream fits perfectly in the way Tony described in this entry how these chasing dreams express what goes on in your inner life:


    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.

    I do not know how old you are, nor do I know how willing you are to look at what you are doing to yourself without judging yourself for the choice you made to hide in a small shed, rather than deal with this tiger.
    In order to understand that this choice is not healthy – the virus – and that there are better ways to deal with a tiger, please read:


    Good luck !

    Anna :-)


-Maria 2015-02-25 3:06:26

I had a dream that there were wild tigers in a compound, i don’t know who’s it was but we were running away from them, and me amd a friend went to the roof veranda and tigers came there bit my friend and fell on to the ground (first floor)
And then there was another tiger so i jumped to the tree in front of me grabbing to the tree i was horrified and the togers suddenlty left…
And then on the other side of the veranda i could see a house on the same compound and i had eye contact with a tiger through the window and he was just staring at me… And all i could see were his eyes.
It was pretty scary…
Can aomeone please tell me what this dream means?


-Angela 2015-02-26 6:10:08

In my dream I had a baby cub tiger that my boyfriend gave and then she grew bigger as i were walking with her on a leash and I wasn’t afraid of her but I felt like if someone were to come towards me that she would protect me to make sure nothing were to happen to me.


    -Anna 2015-02-26 16:55:48

    Angela :-)

    The dream shows how your own power as a woman can grow, when you keep a connection with it – the leash – while you make your own way at your own pace through life.
    I see it that the dream expresses it as a gift, because this inner power is a gift of Life.
    It is possible that you were able to become aware of this innate power, because of the relationship you have with your boyfriend.
    Relationships teach us a lot about ourselves.

    A beautiful dream.

    Anna :-)


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