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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

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-Jessica 2015-04-10 17:49:02

I dreamt I walked into my spare bedroom in my apartment (although didn’t look much like mine) and find it empty with two tigers and lots of dogs in it. At first I was shocked, there where people passing through the streets and I went to cover the window so they wouldnt catch them and take them away, then I realised I had no money and these tigers would get hungry any second and they would eat me. I started getting scared. I ended up somehow taking them to the jungle (tigers and dogs), left them there even though I was really worried about them and spoke to them..I told them that I will be back with food. There was an uneasy feeling and I was anxious. I somehow managed to get them meat and went back to look for them in the jungle..I was worried that maybe it wouldn’t be enough and how will I feed them in the evening when they get hungry again…When I arrived at the jungle I find them waiting for me both tigers next to each other sitting with the dogs surrounding them in front. They opened their mouths as if they were going to kill me, they were really scary! I slowly walked towards them and pat their head and gave them the meat and they ate it ..once they ate it it was like they fell in love with me and I with them. They followed me everywhere I go..But at the end of my dream I could see ribs ..like a famished being.
About myself : Im 20 years old, in a relationship, love animals especially tigers, own two dogs, hate my day job and wishes to be a full time housewife/mum someday (very traditional person)..I battle with my weight and depression..

Thanks :)

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    -Anna 2015-04-11 8:27:26

    Jessica – In your spare bedroom you meet your natural drives to become a mother and to take care of a child in your waking life. The bedroom is empty because that is all you wish for at the moment.
    You are aware that you do not have what it takes yet – in your outer and inner life – to fulfil this desire and in order to not let it eat away at you, you decide to return this natural urge to where it came from, your unconscious mind.
    Somehow though, it does not work (yet) in your inner world, for you are still feeding these urges with your thoughts “hate my day job and wishes to be a full time housewife/mum someday” and although you love the thought of becoming a housewife/mum SOMEDAY, this thought is leaving you unfulfilled (famished) in your inner and outer life NOW.
    Sometimes a desire for a child is an urge from your unconscious mind to give birth to something new in your INNER world, and you have “translated” this urge to your outer world where you cannot realise it yet.
    The first step is to become aware what giving birth in your inner world could mean to your present state of mind if you would choose for it:
    If you give birth to a dream baby without a father – your partner was not present in your dream – you are not held prisoner by habits of thought, stereotypes of behaviour, then you can begin to allow into your waking life what was previously impossible to know. This open state of mind and feelings, acts as a link between the identity or personality, and the deep unconscious life processes. This link allows a birth of realisations and inner change that brings healing and a possibility of experiencing the aspect of oneself that is our core self.

    So why not try a different approach dear Farrah? The two tigers in your inner world show that you have enough inner strength to move beyond being depressed and emotional eating.
    Perhaps you can ask yourself if the thought “I am a very traditional person” is merely like a last defence you have to overcome so you can enter the process of cleaning up your thoughts with the intention to become more fulfilled in your present (inner) life.
    Our ideas, thoughts and beliefs are the main builders, and it is a world we then live in. We build an inner world that few people realise they have, and that inner world constantly controls how they relate to and deal with the outer world, the people, animals and events we meet. Unfortunately we often build a terrible world inside us, and this leads to sickness, despair and depression.
    Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/personal-growth/
    I trust it will be helpful to continue to write down your dreams and explore them – with or without our help – in order to continue to become aware what your inner world looks like.
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)

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-Adam 2015-04-11 11:44:12

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been having dreams that have been interrupted by a loose tiger. The dreams have been different each time. Different location, different things going on, nothing too unusual as far as dreams are concerned. There is no mention of any tigers in the dreams whatsoever. No news bulletins warning of an escaped tiger or anything like that. I’ve had this dream around 5 times now. The only two I can really remember are the last two, the most recent being this morning. In the 4th dream I remember that the main focus was on an old building, and the climax of the dream was seemingly about what would happen to the building, whether it would collapse or not. As I was waiting to watch the outcome, I spotted a loose tiger watching me to my left. I ran to a nearby car, got in the back and woke up. The interruption of the tiger meant that I didn’t find out what happened to the building.
This morning, I had a similar dream where, once again, the outcome or conclusion was interrupted by a loose tiger. It was focused around this mystery in a cave that needed to be solved. After finding various clues regarding the mystery (unfortunately I can’t quite remember what they were), I spotted two loose tigers and rather than run away, I picked up some tools, ready to defend myself if need be, but it never came to that as I woke up right after picking up the tools. Once again, no mention of any tigers at any point in the dream. They just appear, stop me from reaching the conclusion of the dream and I wake up naturally.
I think it’s important to note that I’ve never been caught by the tigers in my dreams. They’ve never really shown any aggression either. They appear, and I and anyone else that is in the dream react in a way that you probably would if you did see a loose tiger in real life. You try to get away from them. They’ve never really chased me. In the 4th dream it followed me towards the car, but I didn’t really get the feeling that it was chasing me to try and attack me.

I’m 23, single and in full time employment. I have had some anxiety issues in the past, but nothing really for a few years now.
Thank you!

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-Reanan 2015-04-13 10:15:13

I had a dream where a baby tiger was jumping on my teenage daughter and bit her twice, but it was almost like the cub was being playful but I was scared and tried to save my daughter from it. What does that mean??

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    -Anna 2015-04-14 10:26:35

    Reanan – Could it be that have become aware of your daughter’s first steps – the tiger is still a cub – towards meeting her sexual abilities and potential as a woman? Perhaps you fear it because you had not expected it yet and/or because you do not know yet how to approach this new stage of her life?
    Or perhaps you are afraid, because you are not really at ease (yet) with our own sexuality and creative power and your own womanhood?
    I think it will be helpful to read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/teenage-girl%e2%80%99s-love-dreams/
    and
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/energy-sex-and-dreams/
    I hope this gives you a start to let go of your fear and to rejoice in Life stirring your daughter to grow.
    Anna :-)

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-Christine 2015-04-24 17:33:10

I had a dream where a part of my floor came undone and I realized there was a room underneath the floor. And I went down and discovered a bag which had a large tiger in it. When i released it, it chased me around my house and I remember feeling terrified of it. It scratched me and I called animal control in my dream to get rid of it.

It was while I was waiting for them to come retrieve the tiger that I realized I wasn’t afraid of it anymore. It was like I could hear the tiger talking to me in my head. So when animal control arrived to take him away, I was sitting with the tiger, petting it and hugging it. They told me they were going to take him and put him in a local park and I immediately got extremely upset because I had thought they were going to set him free in a jungle. I was extremely distraught and immediately started to cry and plead with the people. And I remember the tiger talking to me in my head and telling me it was what he had expected and it was going to be okay.

I awoke extremely upset and teary eyed. I’m confused to it’s meaning but I still feel unsettled from it. I think about it everyday.

I’m 25, employed full time, and am in a relationship. I live with my boyfriend actually. Thanks for your help.

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    -Anna 2015-04-26 14:38:05

    Dear Christine – What a wonderful dream reflecting your inner growth process.
    Please be aware that that the dream is ‘a tentative feeler toward the future’; ‘a dress-rehearsal for life,’ in which the dreamer reveals his hopes, fears, and plans for the future. This can be seen in any long journal of dreams, but only if the dreamer explores the dreams and reveals the core of what the dream is really about. You can become very aware of your present state of being and your possible future. It is only your possible future predicated from the time of the dream. It appears that what we do today casts shadows that are our future. But because we may change and act differently in our waking life and/or inner life, the shadows of the future may change.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/future/
    Please also read

    And so the dream reflects what may happen in your inner world if you use this dream as a means of guiding you through the inner growth process that will naturally arise from within.
    Your dream suggests that part of the foundation – and so the beliefs – on which you had built your inner life came undone and it opened you up to a deeper part of you where you met something you had repressed so far; the tiger.
    Please try “Being the tiger” to explore what it represents in your dream.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    Anything moving toward you in a dream usually signifies that you are becoming more aware of it, feeling it more intensely. So being chased in a dream usually denotes that you are feeling something you fear more intensely and are trying to avoid confronting it. This is not usually a good policy, as you can never get away from yourself.
    The “animal control” you called in your dream I see as you connecting with a part of you which is able to learn to manage these inner drives, feelings and/or urges.
    While you are waiting – this process does take time in your waking life – you learn that you can connect with your inner tiger in a helpful way as well.
    That is a wonderful tool you used in your dream and Tony calls it “Talking as the Tiger”, so you can continue to use that approach in your waking life as well:
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/#TalkingAs
    I believe you mixed up your waking life with your dream life when you were upset about the tiger not being able to return to the jungle. In waking life that is probably the best place to be for a tiger; I feel that the park is a symbol of you having developed a working relationship with your inner tiger which is a more relaxed way to relate to these inner feelings.

    Because dreams exhibit a powerfully precise way of using symbols, there is a difference in meaning between the wild animals and the domesticated animals we dream of. In general the domesticated animal such as a cat or horse represent urges we have more conscious control over and are therefore less threatening to our conscious desire to be in charge. The wild animals in our dreams often pose a much greater threat to our ego, but nevertheless offer rich rewards if we can develop a working relationship with them. After all they are aspects of ourselves, so the relationship can release more of our usable potential.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/animals-as-dream-figures/
    Anna :-)

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