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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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-Sonali 2016-10-04 5:05:11

I had a dream two days back .. It seems i saw the dream of tiger for the very first time …” I saw i was sleeping and suddenly i woke up saw a tiger standing right in front of me .. till the moment i could have understand anything that whats going on ..the tiger gradually came towards me but it did not attacked me ,it bent down and slept over my legs ..and was showing some love n care ..that time tiger’s body was cold like anything..then i actually woke up from my dream…
I would like to know the meaning of my dream..can you help me through this ???

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-Nandini 2016-10-13 4:40:24

I had a dream of a tiger on a leash who walked into a cage. We were in a familiar location (I almost think it was my current house but i am not sure). While entering the cage peacefully, the tiger turned around and looked at me with a deep thought. I subsequently started feeling very nervous like it was going to attack me or something. I was very perturbed that the tiger was in the cage and felt terrible about it although I was scared that if he is let out he will attack me. Eventually, the tiger dies. And I keep thinking that it died because I didn’t let him out of the cage. Can someone help?

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    -Tony Crisp 2016-10-16 10:30:05

    Nandini – Whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen, so that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    So the animals you feel in your dream will harm you are actually your own instincts and feelings that frighten you and are actually harmless. This is because every dream image, animal or person is a subtle or powerful aspect of your own efficient working.

    The problem is that we carry our fears of external animals into our dreams. So yes, by trapping the dream tiger in a cage killed it. But nothing can ever die completely in one’s dreams, so by recognising that your dream tiger is actually you own female natural fierceness and allowing your natural feelings to emerge, the tiger can live again.

    Try imagining that you merge the image of the tiger with you. Dream animals are real parts of you, and the image in dreams are projections onto the screen of your dreaming mind of real and active parts pf you. So do not project them but take them back into you by imagining merging with them. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/ and
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    Tony

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-mae 2016-10-22 14:07:51

sounds like you are preaching animal possession in reverse and the use of demons to assist the evil. – If a Child of Jesus takes ono the challenge, this is death to their Holy Spirit. they will be removed from the Book of God.

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    -Tony Crisp 2016-10-24 12:45:08

    Mae – Nothing can kill the holy spirit. For some of the first words on the bible say that we are made in the image of God. Why on earth would a loving God curse his own creations with with such awful things.

    I sense that you have been exposed to the words of men aimed to fill you with fear.

    And anyway what is wrong with God’s creatures? “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

    And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

    Tony

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-Leon 2016-11-10 16:31:20

I was napping, and suddenly I was in a rich colored, rectangular wooden room with red and yellow hues: it was otherwise, bare. I noticed there was no door. There was, although, a tall rectangular window on the far wall facing me that looked off into a starless darkness. Suddenly a large tiger was sitting within its frame and looking my way, body facing to the east of the sill. At the moment I expressed in thought, the query whether or not it would leap, it sprang from window as elongated orange and black stripes of space. In that time of instance, I did something not characteristic of my physical habits: I fell to my left knee, right knee up, and made the sign of the cross. I stood after and the tiger at impact with my heart and solar plexus became energy that bolted up my spine and actually raised my body from its prone position to being on both my knees in the bed, while the impact coursed through my body. After, I simply lie down again. Upon waking, I pondered the dream, in as much detail as possible. This was in ’88, and to this day I still ponder its meaning. One of my favorite paintings I found years later, is of the “Arab in the desert”, sitting in meditation on a patterned carpet, with a calm tiger lounging in front of him, head up, and with one paw on the tail of a calm monkey. Love your work. I have been pondering archetypes lately while trying to understand my relationship with my father who passed recently at the age of 90, and it has been very helpful. Thank you.

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    -Tony Crisp 2016-11-11 8:59:47

    Leon – Thanks for a fascinating dream.

    I am not responding to dreams in detail at the moment, but will give a few hints. For instance, the following dream tells you a lot:

    Example: “I was in a room with lots of animals, suddenly a wild thing burst through the wall to the left. It was like a nightmare, because the creature rushed at me and it scared me and I woke up.

    I used the technique Tony taught me and I became the wild thing and allowed it to come to me so I became it. Suddenly all fear disappeared and I was full of energy the sort of energy that could do anything and I felt powerful. The image of a fox in the hen house came to mind, but it did not feel harmful just full of life’s energy empowering me.”

    The main thing is you didn’t run in fear but allowed tiger into you. All the images, people, animals, places we see in our dreams, are simply your own feelings, fears, hopes and wonder projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind as images. So, it makes sense to take the image of your dream person, thing or animal back into you and own it. In that way, you are actually meeting and dealing with the things about yourself you are not owning or conscious of. That is why dreams are often difficult to understand, because we are hiding things from ourselves. To do this you can use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    The energy flowing up your spine is your own released enormous potential – your life energy. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/kundalini/

    Also, dream images are like icons on a computer screen – You have to ‘click’ on your dream images to make them come alive. Thinking about them doesn’t work. You need to open yourself to the magic of them. To make them into the wonderful gateways they are you may have to learn certain skills. The Being Person is one such skill, but an even better way is learning to allow that energy to continue it work by using – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

    Tony

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-Veronica 2016-12-09 20:51:49

I am usually very good at interpreting my own dreams, but this one I cannot. I dreamed that a women gave me her pet tiger. She had it since he was a cub and loved him very much, but could no longer keep him. This didnt make sense though because she had a lot of outdoor space for him to run around and I now kept him in a small room. I would love on him, but I was always a little afraid because, after all, he was a tiger, and wild animals should not be kept as pets. We would play a little but he would accidentally hurt me with his claws, though he never meant to hurt me. I once rode him in the city, I felt very powerful and everyone feared me, but then he ran away. Now everyone was so afraid because a tiger was lose in the city; but I was afraid for my beloved pet, that someone would kill him. I tried to get the local zoo to catch him because I knew he would be safe at the zoo. That was the bulk of the dream. Next I saw a swimming pool full of young, wild tigers, a dozen maybe and saw my tiger as well, he was in the pool too, but just on the steps in the shalliw end, not a part of the group. I now realized that he was old and fat from living the life of a beloved pet; he would not be safe in a zoo with other tigers, they would likely pick on him and eventually kill him. I also remember thinking at this time how strange it was to see so many tigers together as they are solitary creatures. Last, as he was coming out of the pool a little girl (maybe 4 yrs old) went running towards him. I yelled out to stop her but I was too late. He was startled by her and instinctively scratched her and chomped her. Everyone was so upset that the girl was killed by the tiger, but I felt nothing for her except perhaps contempt that she scared him and made him kill her; what did she expect would happen? Though perhaps she was too young to know better. I was once again afraid he would be killed for nothing more than being a tiger.
I struggle with anxiety, depression, ptsd from domestic violence, and addiction. I know the dream has to do with all of this, but I cant pen it down. I would love to know what an ouside observer thinks it means.

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