Sleek, powerful, stealthy, mysterious. These are just a few qualities most of us admire about the regal tiger. But these are only surface enchantments – what about the deeper meaning of the tiger? What are different myths and cultural beliefs about the tiger? More importantly, what are the core tiger animal guide meanings that we can take away for personal growth, development and wisdom? Here are a few thoughtful, deep insights about the tiger as a magnificent creature in nature, myth and maybe even a cat that has your back as an animal guide and totem.
Keywords for Tigers as Animal Guides and Totems
There are a few outstanding factors about tigers that should be investigated to more deeply understand this noble cat. Here are a few tiger attributes to keep in mind when connecting with the tiger as a spirit animal or guide.
Themes of Power and Tiger Animal Guide Meanings
If you look at any other resource for animal totems or animal spirit guides, the big reveal is all about the tiger’s strength, power and impressive stature in the wild. Makes sense, really because the tiger is undeniably an awe-inspiring creature to behold. It’s also true to say that the tiger is a righteous power animal. If you resonate with the tiger spirit, then you likely have a powerful soul and personality. But that’s kind of a blanket statement – there is more to your power as a tiger-person than just the ability to be strong and bold.
To explain, tiger power is subtle. While their physical presence is striking and jaw-dropping, they are quite conservative with their ferocity. Consider how they hunt. They lay in wait. They watch and observe. When the moment is right, that’s when they unleash that feral power and strike in a hair raising dance that can appear both brutal and vicious. In truth, the tiger strikes with accuracy, and uses strategy. They make their kills quick and effective.
So, if you connect with tiger energy, your strength is probably similar in that you probably don’t show the full extent of your power until you’re ready to crush your competition, kill your goals, or stand up for what you believe in. You might say that your strength is in strategy, because if the tiger is your totem, then you’re prone to think, calculate and observe before making your bold move.
Alternatively, if you tend to be overly spontaneous or impulsive in ways that sometimes cause backfires – the tiger can help temper your impulsivity. Before you make a rash decision or act on a sudden impulse – call upon the tiger. This majestic creature can help you with patience. It will remind you that the best time to strike is when all the details are aligned. Conversely, the tiger will admonish hasty action because that can often lead to lost opportunities.
Other Aspects of Tiger Animal Guide Meanings
So, we’ve established that power and strength are overarching themes for the tiger. If the tiger is your animal guide, or if you’re getting signs from the tiger – here are some additional messages and meanings inherent from tiger connection
Tiger and Communication
Tigers have an impressive vocabulary, and have a wild range of vocalizations. They utter a sound known as a prusten which could be compared to a chuffing noise when they push air through closed lips. This is a gesture of welcome, and tigers emit a prusten when greeting fellow tigers in an “ambush” or “streak” (terms for a group of tigers) or even human owners. Interestingly and unlike other cats, tigers do not purr. So the next time you encounter a tiger in the wild, if they motorboat their lips, it’s a sign of greeting or affection.
These bodacious big cats can also moan, meow, hiss, spit, growl, snarl, grunt – and of course they roar. In fact, they can roar so loud and with such ferocity, the deafening boom of their roar can paralyze their prey. The secret to this nifty trick is the tiger’s square vocal cords, which produce a low-frequency, rumbling roar that is over 20 times louder in volume than a 4-stroke motorcycle. Impressive, right? What’s really interesting is that tigers rarely roar. They save that paralyzing bellow for appropriate moments when they really need to make a statement or communicate something of dire importance.
So what’s this got to do with tiger animal guide meanings? Plenty. If you resonate with the tiger, then you’re likely incredibly selective with your language and communication. You’re probably also highly vocal, and use your words as your most reliable form of expressing thoughts, feelings and concepts (as opposed to writing or non-verbal communication). And just as the tiger picks the appropriate moment to really drop its verbal bomb (that petrifying roar), you too probably hold back until the moment calls for a thundering statement.
On the flip side, if you struggle with expressing yourself vocally, the tiger can help you with that. Connect with the tiger if you have a fit of stage fright, if you’re overly shy, or when you need help getting your voice heard. The tiger not only helps you with confidence in speaking, it also aids in making your communications clear and sharply understood by others.
Mothering and Protection
While it’s true that both male and female tigers are known to occasionally eat their young – there are a lot of myths about this. Firstly, it’s very rare when this happens. Secondly, a mother tiger only eats its offspring if she detects it cannot survive in the wild due to illness or some kind of birth defect. In reality, mother tigers are vehemently protective, and exceptional mothers.
As a matter of fact, a mother tiger will continue to nurture and coach their babies up to the age of two years old. As you might expect, this makes the tiger a big totem for protection. Mamma tigers are a superior animal guide for new mothers because they encourage sensitivity, nurturing, protection and empathy.
Going Solo Tiger Style
If you’re aligned with the tiger, you might feel most comfortable on your own. To elaborate, the tiger is a solo artist. It hunts alone, and prefers to keep its own company rather than socialize. By association, if the tiger is your spirit animal, you probably work and create best on your own rather than in group settings. You may even be a bit of a hermit, and that’s okay – the tiger would applaud you for this.
Alternatively, if you dislike going solo, the tiger can help you appreciate your own company in better, more profound ways. Additionally, the tiger can help you get in the present moment, appreciate solitude, and embrace silence. The tiger inherently knows these things are necessary to operate at peak performance, and it can teach you how to tap into alone-time and quietude for improved awareness, connection and wellness.
What’s Up With Those Stripes?
Tiger stripes are for a type of camouflage known as disruptive of cryptic coloration. Their stripes and coloration helps to break up the cat’s body, making them less detectable amid vegetation in jungles or forests. As an apex predator (king of the food chain in their environment), you might wonder why a tiger would need an invisibility cloak. It’s all about the art of stealth and disguise to capture prey. To explain, tigers’ favorite foods are deer and wild boar. These creatures can’t see the color orange, making the tiger virtually invisible. This is a coup for tigers, making the hard job of hunting a bit easier.
Furthermore, tiger stripes are as unique as a snowflake or a human fingerprint – no striped pattern is the same among the global population of tigers. So, if someone chastises you for never changing your stripes – consider it a compliment from your tiger guide, because it means you are unique and well-equipped to handle yourself in your environment. Tiger stripes are symbolic of using all of our natural-born gifts to obtain what we need to thrive and survive. Therefore, the tiger is a reminder that being “born this way” should be seen as an extraordinary advantage – not a hindrance.
The Tiger and Water Connections
Unlike domestic cats, who typically shy away from water, tigers love it. Tigers are not only fantastic swimmers, they also frequently play in the water. On average, tigers will spend anywhere from a ½ hour to several hours a day floating, swimming or splashing in water, and they can swim around 4 miles an hour.
Swimming affords tigers many advantages, like helping them stay cool on hot days. Water is also a tactical ally for tigers in that they can duck underwater lying in wait for their prey. Once they spot an animal, they pounce out of the water and drag their lunch into the water to avoid getting bloodstains on their fur.
While these are fascinating facts about tigers in the wild, it’s also very telling on a symbolic level. To explain, water is symbolic of emotion, clarification, healing and purification. Symbolically, the tiger’s connection with water encourages us keep our emotions fluid. As a totem, the tiger reminds us that stagnant, or repressed emotions can be incredibly unhealthy.
As mentioned earlier, tigers are fierce communicators and water is a healing property. Therefore, tigers + water prompts us to find healing by communicating our emotions with others. What’s more, the water/tiger connection should motivate us to purify our thoughts, emotions and words. You might say the tiger has a message, “Don’t bloody up your beautiful self – keep yourself clean and pristine.”
Tips to Knowing if the Tiger Is Your Animal Guide
Is the tiger your animal totem? That’s a question only you can answer. However, here are a few clear signs that you might have a tiger affinity or the tiger is your animal guide.
- You’re fiercely protective & nurturing towards people and things you love.
- Verbal communication is something you do exceedingly well & you have no qualms about vocalizing your thoughts, ideas or feelings.
- You’re incredibly strategic. You appreciate planning tactical maneuvers in order to get what you want.
- Patience is your ally. You’ve got no problem with waiting for opportunities or pausing until the moment is just right.
- Healing is something that interest you, and you tend to be a healing, cleansing, purifying presence in the lives of others.
- You know how to move through the world deftly. Sometimes you might feel invisible, but you recognize that is a keen advantage because it allows you to see what most people miss.
When to Conjure Tiger Energy
Whether the tiger is your totem or not, there are very special situations in which you can call upon the tiger for courage, help and guidance.
- Do you need a boost of confidence while public speaking, or clearly communicating thoughts and ideas? The tiger can help you tackle that with tact.
- Are you a new mother, or a mom going through a rough patch with your kids? Call upon the staggering protective and nurturing power to help you out.
- Do you need to loosen up and relax on being so rigid? The tiger will encourage you to play as a means of getting more flexible. The tiger also help you to achieve more fluidity with your emotions.
- If you’re pushing and pushing to make something happen and getting impatient, the tiger will remind you that timing must be perfect in order to pounce on possibilities. Call upon the patience and savvy timing of the tiger to calm you down and be more aware of when to act or when to hold back.
The Last Word on Tiger Animal Guide Meanings
In closing, these are just a few thoughts about the messages and astonishing wisdom this regal big cat has to offer. Of course, you will have your own experiences and lessons from the tiger. The key is to communicate and connect with the tiger in your own way – that’s really the best approach to get a deeper understanding of the tiger as a totem, as well as gain deeper insight into yourself. As always, thanks for reading!
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