What Does It Mean When You Dream About Tigers?
Tigers are the most powerful of all the big cats, at least many would agree. Tigers are the biggest and strongest. In many cultural systems around the world, these beautiful and majestic felines proudly carry attributes of being real and all-powerful.
This large but agile and dexterous big cat has a special place in various mythological systems and in the world of symbols.
Tiger symbolism is particularly strong in Far Eastern societies. For example, in Chinese tradition, tigers are considered powerful and magical beings. They are very much appreciated and adored by the Chinese. The White Tiger is believed to be one of the Four Guardians of the World, according to ancient Chinese beliefs.
In China, tigers are associated with wealth, royalty, magic and power. Furthermore, they are considered highly spiritual creatures with many supernatural and divine aspects and powers and abilities.
Before we move on to dream interpretations about tigers, it would be great to know more about symbolic and mythological meanings about these wonderful big cats.
As we have already mentioned, Chinese symbolism is perhaps the best source for interpreting the power of the Tiger. In all Chinese holy places, such as temples and ancient courts and royal buildings, you can find Tiger motifs, skillfully and perfectly fitted into the magnificent and tasteful Chinese decor.
Tiger motifs are normally present in the decoration of clothing (worn by men, never by women) and various types of sacred objects.
Tigers are associated with the energy of the Sun and this view is shared by almost all Asian cultures. The symbolism of the tiger is closely related to the energy of the Sun, summer and fire.
In all concepts, tigers represent wealth, prosperity, dominance, royalty and energy, but also generosity and enlightenment.
There is not just an important role for tigers in Chinese culture; the Chinese believe that five tigers are responsible for creating the balance of everything in this world.
These are the Black Tiger of winter and water, the White Tiger of autumn and metallic element, Blue Tiger of spring, associated with the earth element, Red Tiger of summer and fire, and Yellow Tiger, associated with the Sun.
These tigers rule our world and keep it in balance and harmony.
Dreams about tigers
There’s a lot more to tiger symbolism, but now you get an idea of how these beautiful cats are viewed in terms of spiritual meanings. In other cultures, there are variations, of course; however, most people agree on both the symbolic power and the real power of tigers.
Universally, tigers are considered powerful, real, dangerous and stunning. So what does it mean when this majestic animal visits your dreams?
As tigers are associated with the aforementioned concepts, it is logical to assume that the symbolism of the tiger dream is particularly strong. However, it all depends on how he appears in your dreams.
The very basic meaning says that tigers represent power and energy. This energy can be beautiful, bright, strong, promising, and helpful, but also dangerous, destructive, and rampant.
Tigers in dreams symbolize raw energy, strength, strong will, pride and glory, but also arrogance, lack of self-control and cruelty. As with all powerful symbolic beings, their energy can be extremely helpful or it can turn against you.
In dreams, she can be encouraging and empowering, but also threatening, dangerous and destructive.
It also depends on whether the tiger in your dream reflects your own state of mind and emotions or someone else’s.
A tiger in your dream can be an incarnation of your strong emotions, desires and thoughts, but also of people who are a part of your life. Focus on how the tiger appeared and what it was doing in your dream.
Also, remember your exact feelings about the tiger in your dream.
Dreams about seeing a tiger in the wild
If you dream of seeing a tiger in the wild or elsewhere about freedom, then this dream could have two more possible meanings.
On the one hand, the tiger represents your need to let go of your worries and problems, to take a break from them, to be free and uncontrolled. You have a lot of pent up energy and you want to be free.
A tiger is an incarnation of your (un)conscious desire to sever all ties, to leave your problems behind, to take the burden off your life, at least for a while.
On the other hand, a tiger in nature represents the same idea, only it reflects your good side, that is, you have all the freedom; you are aware of your capabilities, your amazing gifts and talents, your strength and energy and you are trying to find the best way to express and use them.
This free tiger represents your optimism, your free spirit and the openness of your mind. It is a positive sign and an omen of good luck.
Dreams about a tiger in the wild could also represent protective forces that you are unaware of or that you take for granted.
The Tiger is a strong and powerful animal; if you see him happy and free and don’t attack him or else it could symbolize those who protect you in your life. You have powerful support from your loved ones, you just have to realize it.
They protect you; they are with you, even if you don’t see them.
Dreams about a tiger in captivity
Dreams of seeing this powerful, strong and magnificent animal in captivity most likely reflect your pent-up anger, frustration and sense of helplessness. This dream reflects your need to express your emotions that you cannot for whatever reason.
You feel like others are trying to control your decisions all the time.
If the tiger was weak, sad and unhappy, this dream definitely means that you have to do something to change your situation. This dream means that you feel caged in your own life, as if it is out of your control.
You feel trapped, tired and held back by your own emotions. You are in conflict with yourself, not with others. Perhaps you blame others for your situation, but you yourself inhibit progress.
You keep making the same mistakes and find it difficult to break unhelpful habits that keep you in the same position over and over again. You should think about making a change in your thinking and your perception.
On the other hand, a captive tiger can represent the other side, your enemies or your problems.
Have you finally overcome your fears and locked them in a cage or have you overcome your enemies and shown them that you are the one in charge. You will never let them control your life again.
This dream suggests that you are regaining control over your life, so it bodes well.
Dreams about being chased by a tiger
Dreams about being chased or attacked by a tiger are frightening, especially if the animal managed to bite you or hurt you in some way. It is a beautiful and deadly predator. In dreams, this motive implies several things.
This dream could mean that you are trying to avoid real threats and dangers in your life; it is a subconscious attempt by your mind to help you be safe.
This dream could mean that there are people or situations you should be very cautious with. On the other hand, this dream could mean that you are running away from yourself, from mistakes you have made.
The tiger represents consequences and responsibility, which you are feeling extremely reluctant to face.
The tiger can also represent all your worries, real problems and fears that drain you in reality and so haunt you in dreams. The dream means that sooner or later you will have to face them.
These have already done you harm, so you have to find a way out of them by facing them.
You let them grow and rule over you, retreating all the time. For a while you may feel safe, but in the long run, it can be devastating. You must face the problems you have before they get too big and out of your power to resolve and settle down.
Dreams about riding on the back of a tiger
If you dream of riding on the back of a tiger, it means that you are in control of your strongest emotions. You feel them all, but you don’t let them control you.
It also means that you control your instincts; we all have a part of this primal force within us, but it makes us human to deal with it and make conscious use of it. This is a positive and promising dream.
This dream could also mean that you are in control of your whole life.
You have found the balance between your dreams, your rational mind and your actions. You know exactly what and when to say and do and it takes a lot of time and effort to learn. You are constantly improving yourself and that is great.
This dream should encourage you to continue to do this, you are on your way to success.
A Latin proverb says that it is the most beautiful thing not to conquer others, but to conquer yourself and in a good way. That’s exactly what this dream symbolizes. You should take it as a lucky omen.
Believe in yourself and cherish every accomplishment, no matter how small. Life is full of challenges, but it’s only in your power to overcome them.
Dreams about a friendly tiger
If you dream of a friendly tiger or having a tiger as a pet, it means that you have made peace with your wild and aggressive side.
You’ve tamed yourself to the point where you feel comfortable. You haven’t lost your integrity, influence, and strength, but you’ve learned to use the best of them.
On the other hand, this dream could suggest that you are in need of some pampering and laziness.
You’re tired of constantly being the tough guy. You need more tenderness in your life and you have to think about why you miss it.
You probably really act like a tough one, the one respected, admired, admired, loved and adored, but also the one who is alone.
You’ve taken a picture of a person who appears as having no need for comfort and kindness or as one who enjoys the company of many, so an individual thinks he or she would be an excess.
The truth is, you feel alone. You are proud of who you are, but you feel a little lonely and needy.
Be more open about your feelings, show others that you are just a human being, with weaknesses and flaws; people tend to judge others about their faults much less often than you might think.
In fact, they will feel closer to you and find you even more attractive and definitely more approachable.
Dreams about a tiger’s skin
If you dream of having the skin of a mighty tiger or that you are covered by it or else, this is a positive dream, usually associated with social status, professional and financial well-being.
Tiger skin symbolizes wealth, royalty, power and influence. The dream means that you will have some financial success in the near future or that you will climb the social ladder.
It might suggest that you will meet someone from high society and benefit from it. It could also mean that all your plans and work will turn out even better than you imagined.
You will achieve things you could not imagine, so you must feel very good about this dream. This gives hope for a bright, stable and joyful future for you and your family.