The mere presence of a tiger has the ability to mesmerize us as well as terrify us, especially in dreams. There is something about these beautiful hunters that strikes at the very soul, and in a dream, this is no different.
But what does it mean when a tiger appears in your dream? There are many layers to this dream symbol, and it can be difficult to unravel the meaning behind your particular dream.
Let’s get started.
Is A Dream Of A Tiger A Good Sign?
In nearly all dreams, a tiger is a good omen. It implies that this is the best time to free yourself from anything holding you back in life, preventing you from achieving any lifelong goals or dreams.
Tigers tend to appear in dreams when you should be honest with yourself. If you’ve been ignoring how you feel, or what your gut is telling you, the tiger encourages you to face the truth.
A nightmare involving a tiger can warn you of upcoming danger, or something brave and assertive in waking life. You might know that a situation is about to turn difficult, and you anticipate that you’ll need all of your wits and courage to get through it.
This, in itself, is not a bad sign. It warns you about the potential risk or downfall before it can happen, and in this way, a tiger in your dream is an opportunity to make sure things go as right as they possibly can.
Tigers can also appear in dreams when you’re waiting for something to happen. Perhaps things have been quiet for too long.
At A Glance: What Your Tiger Dream Can Mean
- Spiritual healing: releasing yourself from past trauma
- Refocusing your energy: renewal of motivation and drive
- Listening to your intuition: you’ve subconsciously picked up on signals that your conscious mind needs to recognize
- Reaffirm your trust in yourself: lean into your instincts when times get difficult
- Pay attention to the people around you: someone may not be who they seem
- Stand up for yourself: a situation calls for you to be assertive
Why Am I Dreaming Of A Tiger?
Tigers appear in your dreams when something needs your attention, and you need to act.
One of the most common reasons why dreams of tigers happen is that you feel an emotional imbalance in your life, whether that’s a slew of negative emotion, a loss of control, or stress overwhelming you.
They can also appear in your dreams as a sign you need to trust yourself more. Listen to your intuition, and try not to confuse it with your hopes of how things might play out.
Here are some more in-depth reasons why you might be dreaming of tigers.
Tigers As A Reference To Your Ego
In dreams, tigers can represent your ego. Perhaps your pride is getting in the way of progressing through life, whether that’s refusing to ask someone for advice, or admitting that things aren’t going your way, and you need to try a different tactic.
They might also represent a fear which you are desperately trying to pretend doesn’t exist, in order to save your pride. There is no shame in being afraid, but it is up to you how you react to this fear.
Tigers As A Sign You Need To Take Some Time Out
As most species of tiger are usually solitary animals, a dream of a lone tiger can reference how you need to take some time for yourself.
If you look at how large a tiger’s territory is, which can span at least 20 square kilometers, this makes sense.
Maybe you’ve been spending a lot of time looking after other people and sorting out their problems, but you also need to consider your own needs and goals, too.
As tigers are active hunters through the night, this can suggest that you do your best thinking or practice your best creativity at night.
You may need to actively spend some time coming up with creative solutions to any problems you’re currently facing, or you should use your creativity as an outlet.
Take some time to distance yourself from distractions, impulsive desires, or problems, and connect to your creative side for a while. You may even find that any problems suddenly become a lot easier to solve.
Tigers As A Symbol Of Someone You’ve Offended
Some tigers can be more than a little irritable, and will attack to vent their frustrations or annoyance.
Seeing an irritable tiger in your dream can refer to someone you’ve recently hurt, or you’re about to hurt with your words or actions.
If you’ve cut them deep enough, this may motivate them to cause you problems, or make you understand just how much you hurt them by doing something similar in return.
Tigers in dreams may also represent a threat to you or your lifestyle, where you feel something important to you is in danger.
As a result, you are on your guard, and you may lash out at someone without thinking your words or actions through. Your dream warns you to be objective, and to control your impulses.
Your Inner Power And Tigers In Dreams
Tigers are very powerful creatures, and when they appear in your dreams, they may reference the innate power and energy within you.
A dream like this may come along when you don’t take full advantage of your skills and potential in your waking hours, though you know you’re capable of great things.
Your subconscious mind urges you to explore what is holding you back in life, if there is anything, and how you might change this.
It may also act as reassurance when things get tricky, and you start to wonder if you’re up to the task.
But a dream like this can also reference your physical power or energy levels, and calls on you to develop both so that you can become a better version of yourself.
If you have a dream of a tiger when you’re in a good place, and you see it use its physical strength to get what it wants, this denotes your confidence in your abilities.
Unexpected Events And Tigers In Dreams
Some wild animals are more unpredictable than others, and when it comes to tigers, they tend to be a little more wild than other hunters.
In this way, a tiger in your dreams may represent unexpected events in waking life that are causing ripple effects through your life, and more than a few negative emotions.
These occurrences may not actually be bad in themselves.
They could be extremely positive things that you’re just not sure how to deal with just yet, as they are overwhelming and quite different from what you are used to.
Maybe you’re moving into the next stage of your life, and you don’t know how things will go, but you’re hopeful. It could be that you’re starting a new responsibility or relationship which comes with a lot of pressure, and you hope that you’re up to the task.
The tiger represents the upheaval in your life, and anything that may be causing you doubt, frustration, anger, or irritability. It signifies the need to recognize that we can’t control everything, and how we shouldn’t try to.
Some of the best things that life can offer often happen by accident, or when a situation is completely out of your control.
You might also see a tiger in your dreams when you long for a break in your routine, or a different lifestyle altogether. Maybe you’re sick of the way things are, and you want something to come along and stir things up.
If you like things to stay the same in waking life, and nothing has changed at the moment, a tiger in your dream calls on you to create a new adventure for yourself, and take a detour along your spiritual path.
Tigers In Dreams And Frustration
Tigers can be a common signifier of frustration, especially when it comes to ideas of control and power.
You may have recurring dreams of tigers when there is a power imbalance in your life, where you are agitated and irritable, and you’re desperately trying to control everything you can to claw back some of your own power.
Your subconscious draws your attention to this behavior in order to curb it. You are in danger of being controlled by your negative emotions, which could get in the way of your relationships, job, or dreams for the future.
A Tiger Crosses Your Path In A Dream
Not unlike a black cat crossing your path in a dream, a tiger crossing your path denotes good luck, your resilience, and how you can make anything you want possible if you try hard enough.
If the tiger didn’t react aggressively, and it simply ignored you, this suggests that you need to let go of any current worries, as they may not be relevant right now. They only serve as distractions from what is truly important.
A tiger passing you in a dream suggests that you need to keep your thoughts under control. Don’t let them run away with you and cause you more stress or anxiety than you need.
Alternatively, this dream may indicate that although you are worried about something on the surface, deep down you are not too anxious about it. You know that you will get through it, no matter what happens.
A Friendly Tiger In Your Dream
As you might imagine, a friendly tiger in your dream is a positive omen for the future. It represents your influence, connections with others, courage, and control.
You are in tune with your instincts, and trust your intuition to see you through anything you might come across.
A tiger that shows you affection in your dream implies inner acceptance, which releases a new sense of power over your life.
You are in touch with your emotions, instincts, and you’ve accepted yourself for who you are, releasing any previous hardship you may have been carrying around with you.
Dreaming Of A Tiger Inside Your Home
Seeing a tiger in your home within a dream refers to your potential, resilience, and inner strength.
Your home also embodies the most vulnerable or important aspects of your psyche, so it may be time to embrace who you really are, and let any negative emotions fall to the wayside.
If the tiger was chasing you, or trying to kill you, this denotes problems in your home life. It may be filled with conflict and frustration, and this sort of dream is common after having an argument with someone you deeply love.
A tiger preventing you from getting into a certain room in your home suggests that something is holding you back in waking life. It may also denote a negative attitude, or being territorial in waking life in some way.
The tiger may even represent someone in your home life who is making you feel nervous or uncomfortable.
If you believe that homes can absorb energy (and many do), having a dream where a tiger is in your home represents a discord in the emotional energies in your home. It may be worth cleansing your house of any negative energies so that they are unable to affect you.
A Tiger As A Pet In Your Dream
Dreaming of having a tiger as a pet has two possible meanings.
If the tiger was friendly, and it provided you with joy and comfort, this represents you are at peace with any negativity lurking in your past. You have learned to move on, and you’re looking forward to the good things in life.
However, if you dream that the tiger turned on you, attacked or killed you or someone you love, this suggests that a situation you trust or someone you love will turn around and ‘bite’ you. This may be a betrayal in some form, or a lie which you will discover.
Seeing A Tiger Roar In Your Dream
A tiger’s roar in a dream, perhaps unsurprisingly, references how well you communicate your thoughts and actions. If you look at why a tiger roars in waking life, this can add some insight into your dream.
For example, a tiger may roar to let others know of its location, when they want another tiger’s attention, and when they want to assert their dominance, among other reasons.
Spiritually speaking, a tiger’s roar in a dream is connected to the inner strength you are born with, and the emotional energies you accumulate through your lifetime.
If you dream of a tiger not being able to roar properly, you feel you’re unable to be honest in waking life, or you can’t find the right words for what you mean to say. Maybe you’re afraid of being judged.
Hearing a tiger roar in your dream suggests that you need to be honest with the people you love, otherwise this could cause you a lot of problems that could have been avoided.
A Tiger In A Cave In Your Dream
A tiger in a cave suggests that you are held back by the way you doubt yourself. Things have been more than a little difficult lately, and everything seems a source of stress.
The cave in your dream can represent your innermost sense of power, and how you might be adverse to change. You want things to stay the way they are, where they are comfortable and safe, as you’re not sure what change will mean for you.
However, as things have been stressful for a while, you may find yourself suddenly desiring change of any sort, which may see some relief for you. You might consider a change of career, relationship, or lifestyle, especially if all this stress is giving you a new perspective.
Alternatively, a cave in your dream can represent elements of waking life that are constricting your inner power, motivation, or the power to transform your life.
It can suggest that you are waiting for change to come to you. But some things will always stay the same, unless you are proactive, and go after the change you want yourself.
Watching A Tiger Sleep In Your Dream
A tiger sleeping in your dream implies that you don’t have to be strong or tough all the time.
Sometimes it pays to be a little more vulnerable, especially when it comes to your relationships. Some relationships won’t form secure connections at all if you keep each other at arm’s length.
Dreaming of many tigers sleeping suggests that you need to keep your cool when everything around you is falling apart. These tigers represent how you should call on your intuition, and work on listening to your highest sense of knowledge.
If you dream of a tiger resting but not sleeping, this implies that you need to keep vigilant in waking life. While there might seem to be nothing wrong right now, it pays to keep an objective eye on things, so that you can stop problems before they even begin.
Or, it can imply that your spiritual energies are blocked somewhere, and you could do some spiritual cleansing in order to get yourself back on track.
Dreaming Of Wild Animals And Tigers
Dreaming of seeing tigers and other wild animals in your dreams is an interesting one. If tigers are brought up with other animals such as dogs, lions, or leopards, they learn to tolerate them at an early age.
Dreaming of tigers and other animals playing together suggests that you need to think outside the box when it comes to several aspects of your life. You may need an unconventional solution somewhere.
Alternatively, a dream where you see tigers and other wild animals implies that something is holding you back from the success the tiger signifies. You may be blocked from moving on from something, and you should try to figure out why this might be.
Consider what other animals were in your dream for a more in-depth meaning, and also look at what they were doing.
Seeing A Tiger And A Lion In The Same Dream
A lion and a tiger in the same dream is an interesting one. The lion represents the authority or ‘royalty’ in your psyche, that part which holds your highest knowledge or wisdom. The tiger denotes power, bravery, or transition.
When you put them both together, it suggests that a situation will soon call on you to use these traits to your advantage. You might have to assume control or responsibility, using every ounce of your experience and your courage to push through.
If you dream of these big cats attacking you, or each other, this denotes the need for a more positive approach in life. You may be getting in your own way. Perhaps you’re not making use of your wisdom in a transformative period, or you’re refusing to change.
Dreaming Of A Tiger When You’re Pregnant
You’d be surprised at the strange dreams you can have while your hormones rage. Dreams while you’re pregnant are usually extremely vivid, so much so that it can take a minute or two to remember that your dream is not real.
If you’re pregnant in waking life, and you dream of a tiger, this usually connects to your inner energies as well as your spiritual path.
It’s natural to have dreams which involve your life’s journey while pregnant, as you’re musing on how much your life is about to change.
Your mind is trying to prepare you for the new chapter in life that awaits you, even if it may not seem like it in your dream.
Tigers in dreams can reference the change in your spiritual and emotional energies that come with having a baby, and how your life will be transformed.
If you dream of a tiger attacking you while you are pregnant in waking life, this reflects how you are looking forward to coming to term, and seeing your baby for the first time.
Tiger Cubs In Your Dream
Awww. Tiger cubs in your dreams can symbolize several things. If your dream was a good one, the cubs represent optimism, and a better relationship with your family.
A negative dream involving tiger cubs can imply that you have something of imposter syndrome, or automatically thinking you are inferior or incapable of great things.
As tiger cubs in your dream references family, and tigers themselves are symbolic of power, success, and transformation, someone in your family will soon help you succeed or push past problems.
Trust in your family to help you when you need it, and allow them to help you towards your greatest dreams.
If you see the mother tigress looking after her cubs, this draws your attention to your innate kindness, and how you have a great handle on your emotions, as well as being in touch with your intuition.
This may mean that you are a little more sensitive to change and emotional times, but this is not a bad thing in itself.
Seeing A Tiger Protect Its Cubs In A Dream
Dreaming of a tiger protecting its cubs can denote protection in waking life, or the spiritual connection you share with others.
Your relationships might have improved when you have a dream like this, to the point where you feel more settled as a whole in life, and things that used to stress you out no longer bother you at all.
It may represent an uptick in the progress of your spiritual journey. Maybe you’ve found a new purpose to motivate you onward.
The action of the tigress protecting her cubs can mean you are protected from the worst life has to offer, thanks to listening to your intuition, and trusting your self-discipline to see you through rough patches in life.
Alternatively, dreaming of a tiger protecting its cubs implies that you should withdraw from the fast pace of life for a little white, and remind yourself of what is important to you.
Watching A Tiger Hunt In Your Dream
While we often think of the tiger as an excellent hunter, these beautiful animals can find it quite difficult. The odds are often stacked against them, and there are many things that they can’t control that will work against them.
Hunting requires a lot of energy, and failed attempts can be disastrous, so they pick and choose their prey very carefully, and wait for the right moment.
Dreaming of watching a tiger hunt implies that you should apply some of this careful consideration into your own life. Something requires a measured decision, and there may be no going back for something like this once you’ve made your choice.
A tiger crouching and waiting for prey, but not attacking in your dream means that it is not the right time for something.
While you’ve considered all the options available to you, and you believe you’re ready for something, your subconscious is telling you that you aren’t quite there yet.
If you believe in chakras, a dream of a tiger hunting can imply that you need to cleanse your chakras, so that your energy may flow freely, and you will stop feeling so blocked in waking life.
A Tiger Attacking An Animal In A Dream
Witnessing a tiger attacking an animal in your dream implies that your intuition or instincts are a source of worry or conflict. You are too afraid of things taking a nosedive to commit to something in case you get blamed for it, or you feel responsible.
Maybe your instincts are in direct conflict against your logic or your hopes of how things might turn out. You’re not sure what the right thing to do is, or which side you should be listening to.
A tiger attacking an animal in your dream is a sign that you need to let your old habits and patterns of thought fall away. You don’t need them anymore, and they certainly don’t serve you now.
Don’t worry about what people might think, or how you might fail. Concentrate on what you might reach if you try, and how you can use your unique abilities to make your dreams a reality.
Running From A Tiger In Your Dream
A nightmare where you run away from a tiger as fast as you can suggests that you need to accept what your instincts are telling you.
There are some situations that you just can’t change or influence, and all you can do is make the best of them. It may imply that you’re trying to ignore a problem instead of finding a solution.
Alternatively, running away from a tiger in your dream means that you are avoiding your own potential or inner strength. Consider why this might be.
Being Attacked By A Tiger In Your Dream
A tiger attacking you in a dream can reflect how you are considering your options for your future, and the animal signifies the pressure associated with uncertainty and trying to make the right choice.
Being injured or even killed by the tiger implies that problems in the future will come from others, and you may need to help guide them back onto the path meant for them.
Alternatively, the fault could be your own. The tiger represents your own regrets, and how you need to face up to them, and reconcile yourself, so you may move on.
The dream stresses the importance of learning from your mistakes, but not being too concerned that you might repeat them, otherwise this has the potential to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Escaping A Tiger In Your Dream
A dream where you escape a tiger refers to your efforts to keep problems at the absolute minimum. You are trying to keep your life uncomplicated.
This might be especially difficult if you’re going through a transformative period, like some tiger dreams can imply. You might be trying to stop a diversion in your spiritual journey altogether, but this dream implies that might be futile.
If you’re concerned about a long and drawn-out issue, escaping a tiger in your dream refers to how you want to be done with your problems in waking life. You want to move on.
Thoughts are incredibly powerful, and we don’t always realize the influence we can have over our own lives just by changing the direction of our thoughts.
Escaping a tiger in your dream may also mean that you are about to overcome a nearly-impossible task through your mindset and beliefs.
If you have repeating dreams of escaping a tiger, other predators, or situations that would want you to turn tail and run in waking life, there is something you should pay attention to.
These dreams can denote a tendency to avoid anything that might become complicated or drawn-out. You might be tempted to ignore the present and its problems all the time, where you feel your progress is never enough, but you don’t feel you have time to rectify it.
A dream of escaping from a tiger implies that you’re not looking far enough ahead to the future, and what you want from it. You may be too intent on ignoring your present issues, silencing them with instant gratification instead.
A dream like this is also common when you can’t commit to a decision. You feel directionless.
Witnessing A Tiger Attack In A Dream
Dreaming that the tiger attacks someone else can be frightening, but it also has a lot to tell you. The first thing to recall is who was being attacked in your dream.
Dreaming of a tiger attacking a stranger or several people you don’t know suggests that you need to reach for the inner courage you have, and apply it to your everyday life. There are things worth going after right now, as there’s a high chance you might succeed.
If you dream of a tiger attacking your partner, this can denote relationship issues, an interruption in your life’s progression, and conflict which might mean the end of your relationship.
After a dream like this, it’s worth taking a closer look at your relationship, and consider whether it is beyond repair or not.
A tiger attacking a friend implies you’ll have a lot of time for introspection soon. Seeing a tiger attack someone in your family suggests that you need to reorganize your life, and make more time for your loved ones.
Seeing A Caged Tiger In Your Dream
A caged tiger in your dreams denotes how you are unwilling to let yourself feel your emotions in an honest way. It could be that you’re repressing them entirely, and you’re convincing yourself of an ‘edited’ version of how you feel.
It can also suggest that you’re holding yourself back in some aspect of your life. You’re restricting your inner power, potential, or courage by limiting yourself in waking life, or refusing to take up opportunities when they knock on your door.
If you dream of coming across a few caged tigers, and they are suddenly let out, this refers to your fear of unexpected events flattening your ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Your worry of not being able to cope is actively stopping you from moving through life consistently.
Alternatively, this dream suggests that you’re experiencing a lot of conflict in waking life. Things have been boiling under the surface for a while, and they are about to spill over into other areas of your life.
Nightmares Of Tigers
Nightmares involving tigers can be very worrying, and each scenario has a different meaning. But why do they happen in the first place? Well, nightmares tend to reflect existing fears, either consciously or unconsciously.
They may bring certain fears to your attention that have always lurked in your unconscious mind, where you are unaware of them.
Or perhaps something has been playing on your mind recently, and your subconscious throws you into this scenario to make you confront it.
Your dream may also give you the tools or solutions you need to move past these fears, no matter how horrible your nightmares may be, they can be useful.
Seeing A Tiger Skin In Your Dream
A tiger skin in your dream can represent your ambitions to gain more material wealth than you’d know what to do with. You dream of being a high person in society, where money will never be a problem.
Seeing a tiger skin in your dream also denotes personal growth, your growing influence over others, and your unique traits that you need to harness in waking life.
Dreaming Of A Sick Tiger
A tiger that is sick in your dream implies that you need to be more mindful of others, or how you don’t always need to try so hard or go after absolutely everything.
It may also suggest that something is affecting your sense of control or power. If you’ve been listening or acting on your impulses too much, this dream suggests that you are getting in your own way of your progress.
You need to learn how to concentrate on your responsibilities, but also have some fun along the way, too. Your life calls for balance.
If you dream of a tiger being caught up in a trap, this implies that you should turn your attention to what you long for in life, and what you want from the future.
A Dead Tiger In Your Dream
A dead tiger in waking life is a horrible thing. In a dream, it points to the absolute necessity of letting go of any negative emotions that are lingering in your waking life. You’ve been letting them dictate your thoughts and actions for far too long.
Seeing a dead tiger cub in your dream refers to how you feel constricted by waking life’s responsibilities and problems. It may also denote an opportunity for spiritual growth that you were unable to take.
Consider how the tiger died for additional insight into your dream. A violent death, such as a trapping or fighting with another animal implies that you will have some trouble in your business life.
Witnessing someone shooting a tiger denotes a mistake (possibly yours, but possibly not) in business which will slow you down.
A dream of a dead tiger suggests that you should think about what really makes you happy.
If you feel relieved when you see a dead tiger in your dream, this means that you’re finally learning to let go of terrible events that should stay in the past, allowing you to move forward without dragging the past behind you.
Killing A Tiger In Your Dream
Killing a tiger that has done nothing to you in a dream is a warning. It implies that you’re seeking something which will not fulfill you. Maybe you think there is a hole in your life, and you’re not sure exactly what it is that you’re missing.
But this dream suggests that whatever you are choosing to fill it with, it is the wrong decision.
A dream like this may also denote regret, anxiety, and despair.
However, if you dream of killing a tiger because it attacked you, this has a wildly different meaning. This reflects how you feel attacked in waking life, or the peace in your life has been ripped apart.
Maybe you’ve not been spending enough time with the people you love, or you’ve been ignoring people’s motivations or actions, and this has come back to bite you.
As tigers denote power, self-discipline, and intuition, it suggests your life is out of balance. You are unsure of the direction you should take, or you’re experiencing some upheaval, and you’re wondering what on earth you should do.
Perhaps you’re listening to your emotions too much, and you’re ignoring your instincts because you don’t like what they are telling you. This will only lead you astray.
Tigers Eating You In A Dream
Dreaming of a tiger eating you isn’t exactly the nicest of dreams. It suggests that a profound emotion is ‘eating’ away at you, such as doubt concerning your current direction in life, and being unable to control events or your emotions.
The tiger is one of the most significant animals to appear in your dreams, and when it embodies repressed emotion, it suggests that you have shackled something that could be serving you instead.
But this isn’t all bad. If you find a positive outlet for your emotions, it denotes a brand-new path spiritually.
You are starting to question your original motivations for something, and if the end goal will be worth it.
A dream where a tiger stalks you through the night and eventually eats you reflects how you feel stalked by problems in your life, and mirrors your fears that you will eventually be consumed by them, or there will be no room in your life for anything else but an endless to-do list.
A Bengal Tiger In Your Dream
Dreaming of a Bengal tiger, or a black and orange tiger signifies your strength of will, strong instincts, and the huge potential you are capable of.
It’s common to dream of a Bengal tiger when you are going through fast-changing circumstances, and you’re not sure what will happen next. This hunter acts as a reassurance that you will get through it, no matter what happens in the meantime.
It’s also worth looking at color symbolism when it comes to animals in dreams, too, as this can help inform the meaning. Traditionally, black in dreams refers to mystery, magic, or negative energy. Orange represents hopefulness, daring, and optimism.
Seeing A Siberian Tiger In Your Dream
A Siberian tiger in your dream represents your sense of authority, assertiveness, and how well you react to unpredictable situations.
If you see a Siberian tiger in the snow in your dreams, this implies that although someone you love is being distant, you will drop everything to help them out soon.
Dreaming Of A White Tiger
A white tiger in your dream is a symbol of spiritual prosperity. Listening to your intuition and keeping your emotions balanced will lead to great progress on your spiritual journey.
The white tiger will sometimes manifest in your dreams when things are getting too difficult for you to handle alone in waking life. It reminds you of what originally motivated you, and how your drive will give you the momentum you need, as long as you invest in it.
However, if you feel uneasy when you see a white tiger, or you see it instantly because of its coat, this implies that you feel out of sorts or out of step when it comes to other people in your life.
You’re worried you aren’t making nearly as much progress as other people, or you feel you can’t connect with them in the way that you should. Things should be easier than they are.
A white tiger appears in your dreams to reassure you that if you keep your heart open, and keep going after new experiences, you will get through any problem without too much trouble.
If the white tiger attacks you in your dream, it signifies a situation or a person that deeply worries you. It is the worst case scenario, and you’re terrified it will be realized in waking life. This might be losing your job, your partner, or something you really value.
It may also denote a fear of being alone.
The Tiger As A Dream Symbol
Tigers in dreams can refer to our own animal instincts. It’s worth looking at Jungian psychology for a different perspective.
Carl Jung theorized that our dreams are part of a collective unconscious, that is a shared memory space of all the experiences that humanity has ever had. There are two main things to consider: the anima and the animus.
Within his theory, the animus is a representation of the masculine qualities within a woman, and the anima as the feminine qualities within the man.
Both aspects represent your truest self, not the image you project to others, or how you would like to be. It also acts as the link between you and the collective unconscious.
In your dreams, an animus or an anima may take the form of the tiger, and if it is misunderstood, this can be disastrous. It may throw your relationships out of sync, creating a great imbalance and causing both of you a lot of stress.
The Tiger As An Anima
If you are a man, and you dream your anima is a tiger, this serves to reconnect you to the darkest or deepest parts of your mind. They make up the entirety of your life experience, specifically your emotional memories.
They may also serve as emotional outlets for anything you’re repressing or ignoring in waking life. It can be a call that you need to find a healthy outlet for any built-up emotion.
It can represent your desire for meaningful connections with others, rather than just the endless small talk we are all guilty of reverting to when we don’t know what to say.
The anima may also take the form of a tiger when you reach emotional maturity, or you find a spiritual awakening. The dream draws your attention to your own power.
The Tiger As An Animus
If you are a woman, and you dream the tiger is your animus, your dream is trying to tell you that you may encounter risk or danger in waking life, which threatens to overpower you.
Perhaps you think you’re safe in a certain situation, but you should still be careful. Don’t take your safety for granted.
Alternatively, dreaming that a tiger is your animus implies that you need to use your own guiding principles to move through life. Don’t settle for other people’s ideas of how your life should be. A tiger follows its own natural law, after all.
Older Interpretations Of A Tiger Dream
It’s always worth looking at the older interpretations of dreams that aren’t usually mentioned in modern dream meaning books or websites.
While they may have fallen out of fashion, they can add a lot of insight into your dream, especially if your dream is a little more unusual.
In older dream interpretation, a tiger appearing in your dreams refers to how self-disciplined you are when it comes to keeping your instincts and impulses under control.
You may be in the middle of a difficult time, and all you want to do is find some time to relax, or you feel you want to lash out.
A tiger in your dream urges you to find a positive way to release any frustrations or negative emotions, where you don’t have to use impulsive behavior as a release valve.
Spiritually speaking, in older dream interpretation tigers represent how you should stay connected to your emotions while listening to your logic. Call on your inner strength in difficult times, and use your knowledge to guide your way.
If you feel scared when you see a tiger in your dream, this can imply that someone is about to enter your life, someone you should be wary of. They may not have the best intentions.
Or, a tiger which is the antagonist in your dream implies that you cannot run from a problem forever. It denotes an internal conflict, maybe between your instincts and your logic, and you’re unsure which you should be listening to.
It may not offer any solutions, but it represents an aspect of yourself that you are ignoring or running from, especially if this dream repeats itself.
It may be worth examining how your life is going, and looking at anything you feel you cannot move past, in order to find a solution or way forward.
To some people, tigers in dreams symbolize an aspect of their core values, such as bravery, loyalty, resilience, and standing up for themselves.
These incredible hunters may manifest themselves in dreams in order to encourage you to practice more of these traits in your waking life. Perhaps a situation calls on you to step up and assume control, or you need to be more outspoken.
The Spiritual Meaning Behind A Tiger Dream
Tiger dreams have a lot of spiritual interpretations worth considering. The modern interpretation of tiger dreams is that you’re holding onto negativity, possibly from past trauma, and it’s affecting every area of your life.
You may be in a state of constant vigilance, where you are looking for all possibilities of terrible things so that you can be more prepared for them, but in reality, all this will do is stress you out further.
You might feel as though you have no control, or nowhere to turn to in waking life. This tension, despair and worry builds and builds until you feel like you might explode.
While the event that caused you pain is over, the negative effect on you still remains. When a tiger encounters danger, it either defends its position or runs from the conflict, and there’s usually no lasting effect.
This is obviously very different from the responses we are hard-wired with. A dream of a tiger, therefore, urges you to find a way to let go of this negativity, and restore the balance to your life.
A dream of a tiger draws your attention to your emotional state, and any imbalance within your patterns of thought or well being.
Your subconscious is letting you know that it’s time to find a way to release this trauma, so you can look forward to the good that life offers, and you’re free from concentrating on only the negative events that life throws at you.
Your dream calls on you to restore the balance, and calls upon your inner strength and intuition to do so.
The Biblical Meaning Of Tiger Dreams
Tigers are not mentioned in the Bible, unlike lions, but there are a couple of things worth considering.
Tigers are very effective hunters. From a Biblical perspective, a dream of a tiger hunting may suggest that you need to be more focused, and zero in on what you want in order to get it.
However, a tiger can also reference your instincts, and how you should learn to master them. When to listen to them, and when to rise above them.
The Bible does have a lot to say about taming ourselves just as we have tamed some animals, where we might need to practice more self-discipline in order to get where we want to be.
A visually agitated or angry tiger in your dreams can point to past events that are still affecting you in the present, and how you need to ‘tame’ or master these in order to live freely.
What To Take From A Dream Of A Tiger
Some tiger dreams represent upheaval, especially if the tiger appears out of nowhere and chases you. Your dream suggests that you shouldn’t worry about the things you cannot change or influence, especially if these things are in the past.
It also implores you to learn from your experiences. What went well, and what went horribly, and what you might do differently if a similar situation lands in your lap.
A dream like this serves as a way to awaken your senses and how you’re progressing along your life path. By recognizing where you are headed, and where you have gone wrong, you’ll be able to make greater progress going forward, and adjust your course as necessary.
In nightmares of a tiger, these beautiful but deadly animals may represent your fears, a terrible situation, or someone who cannot be trusted in waking life. It may also signify part of yourself that scares you, such as your impulsive thoughts or temper.
Running away from a tiger in a dream implies that you need to confront the truth of a situation in order to move forward.
If you dream of a tiger pacing around a cage, it’s possible that you’re limiting your potential to a fraction of what it’s worth, or you’re feeling trapped in waking life.
Most dreams that involve tigers are positive, denoting success, harnessing your inner power and potential, and swerving danger before it has a chance to come to you.
These dreams may also provide you with unconventional solutions to any ongoing issues, encouraging you to utilize your unique skills, traits, and ideas to get where you want to be in life.
Tiger dreams have a lot to tell you, and this is dependent on the details your subconscious provides you with. It’s worth taking notes of your dream, so that you can come back to your dream experience later without them fading.
Giving some time to your interpretation is never a bad thing, and often, things become much clearer when you consider the events of waking life, too.
In the days or weeks after your dream, you’ll start to notice patterns between your dream and your waking hours, and this can help you figure out how things will go moving forward.