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Did You Dream About a Tiger? Here's What It Means

Have you ever dreamed about a tiger? It's a memorable dream symbol that carries several possible interpretations.

Keep reaading for three different points-of-view from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a tiger.

Which meaning explains your dream the best?

What does a tiger mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about encountering a tiger often hints at a powerful force or obstacle you're facing in your waking life. But the specific meaning of a tiger in a dream obviously depends on your present circumstances.

It can represent feelings of fear, aggression, power, or control. If the tiger is not threatening, it may symbolize your own personal strength and power.

Alternatively, dreaming about a tiger chasing you typically signifies repressed feelings or emotions that scare you. This dream is a metaphor for your fear and fleeing from some issue. It suggests that you might be avoiding some big issues in your life instead of confronting them.

A tiger can often be a difficult dream symbol to to really give you a single answer for. To really say for sure, I would have to really dig deep into the dreamer's life story and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of encountering a tiger, in Freudian terms, could signify the id, the primal, instinctual part of the psyche that seeks immediate gratification.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — The tiger, a potent symbol of raw power and untamed nature, may be a representation of suppressed desires or impulses. If the tiger is chasing you, it may indicate that these repressed aspects are demanding attention, threatening to overwhelm the ego's defenses. This dream scenario could be a call to acknowledge and integrate these elements into your conscious self, rather than fleeing from them. It's a manifestation of the eternal struggle between the id and the ego, the wild and the civilized within us.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of encountering a tiger signifies a spiritual awakening or transformation. The tiger, a symbol of raw power and divine energy, represents the untamed spirit within you yearning for liberation. It's a call from the universe to embrace your inner strength and face life's challenges with courage. If the tiger is chasing you, it symbolizes spiritual lessons that you're avoiding. It's a divine nudge to confront your fears and unresolved issues. The chase signifies the spiritual journey you're on, urging you to stop running and face the lessons head-on. Remember, the tiger is not a threat but a spiritual guide leading you towards self-realization and enlightenment.

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Whose interpretation of the dream is best for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on a tiger makes the most sense for your your dream experience?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our dreaming mind can be a multifaceted landscape. Just about any dream concept can reflect a long list of things — or be the result of multiple activities in our daily life.

Got a better dream interpretation on a dream about a tiger of your own? Add your own ideas in the comment section down below.

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