Tiger Spirit Animal Meaning, Symbol, and Totem

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Tiger Spirit Animal Symbols:

Passion, Power, Devotion, Independence, Strength, Focus, Perseverance, Courage, Willpower, Sensuality, Ferocity, Confidence, Camouflage, Silence, Solitude, Determination, Energy, Spirit, Totem

Tiger Spirit Totem Meaning:

The spirit of tiger brings with it many different meanings and symbols. If the tiger spirit totem has stalked into your life take a moment to stop and reflect on some of the following tiger spirit animal messages.

Confidence, Energy: Are opportunities slipping through your grasp? Do you feel like you’re stuck in an energetic rut? Finding strength and willpower to tackle an unpleasant situation can be difficult, but the spirit of the tiger totem is one that carries a powerful message. The tiger spirit guide is often depicted as a totem of great passion, but while tigers can travel great distances in short periods of time, they often spend upwards of 80% of their time resting and conserving their energy.

These great hunters don’t like to waste their efforts and when choosing to expend energy prefer to get a strong return on their investment. If an opportunity presents itself, this spirit totem animal will not hesitate to pounce on it! In other words, if you feel that your spirit energy is being wasted, that you’re in a rut, do as the tiger totem does. Find a choice place with the right conditions, wait patiently for an opportunity, and then go for it!

Independence, Determination: Do you struggle in a team environment? Are you having difficulty with an important task, or do you feel like no matter how hard you try you’re not reaching your objectives? Tiger spirit is a solitary hunter and spends a great deal of time stalking the forest alone in search of prey. This powerful totem animal must rely solely on their own strength and cunning to survive. If you find yourself struggling in a team environment it is very important for the associated tasks to be clearly delegated. 

 Tiger totem spirit is a symbol for perseverance and determination, even the most experienced and healthy tigers only catch their prey in one out of twenty attempts. You may fail many times before catching that elusive prey, or completing that difficult task! The key is to be patient, use tried and true methods, repeat them if necessary, don’t get frustrated… get determined!

Silence, Solitude: Are distractions keeping you from moving forward in life? Are you drawing unwanted attention to yourself, or are your words getting you into trouble? A solitary, silent hunter, tiger totem as a spirit animal is a symbol of removing all distractions from the mind and being 100% focused on the present moment. Once a tiger totem has identified a potential prey its focus becomes laser sharp, don’t allow the sounds and movements of the heard to distract you, stay focused on your goals.

In the media, tiger spirit totem is often depicted roaring and rushing at their prey. In the wild however, this is not the case. These powerful predators wait in silence along game trails, stalk their prey for extended periods of time, all the while silently creeping closer and closer. One snap of a twig, or too quick of a movement, can send intended prey dashing into the distance. If your words or actions are being noticed or are being interpreted as negative, you should take a step back. Slow down, don’t rush forward too early, or all that careful planning and maneuvering could be for nothing!


tiger spirit people

People with Tiger Spirit Totem are…

  • Confident
  • Powerful
  • Quiet
  • Sensual
  • Persistent
  • Fierce
  • Strong willed
  • Observant

Your Totem Animal – Good:

People with tiger as their spirit totem animal carry themselves with strength and confidence, they easily blend in or camouflage in social situations and their powerful charisma can draw others to them. Tiger spirit totem people are often calm, collected, and quiet. Tiger totem people, enjoy being independent, and rely on having a quiet place to retreat to if things get stressful. Tiger spirit animal hunts mainly at dusk and at night, which lends to the fact that tiger spirit totem people often accomplish the most when working at night.

People who carry tiger spirit are sensual and passionate about their meaning in life, they are also devoted and caring parents. This totem is not fussy when things don’t go their way, and move forward in life with almost single minded persistence.  Lastly, the tiger spirit animal is an opportunist, meaning they will adapt their actions, or strategies, in order to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.

Your Totem Animal – The Not so Good:

Tiger spirit people tend to enjoy solitude and silence, this can mean that loud, obnoxious, or crowded places can cause anxiety unless the tiger totem animal has entered these spaces with a specific purpose. People with this spirit animal totem can be withdrawn in social situations, preferring to just blend in. As stated above, many tiger totem animal people may be drawn to the tiger spirit, but this can translate to a lot of potential hangers on/scavengers that will be drawn to their successes. Being loud, boisterous, or displaying strength as a tiger spirit person can make a lot of other people nervous.

Many with this animal totem struggle with energy, spirit, or motivation problems, make sure you are challenging yourself in life and in your career… a caged tiger spirit is an unhappy tiger. The tiger animal totem is very independent. While this can be a good thing, it can also be bad, don’t encroach on a tiger totem person’s personal space, or you could get a nasty bite or scratch. Lastly, tiger totem people can deal with anger or aggressiveness, people with this totem animal need to make sure they getting plenty of exercise.

Tiger Spirit Message:

The tiger animal totem invokes silent, solitary, power. Tiger spirit as an animal guide teaches us to cultivate inner strength and confidence, to stay focused on life passions, to be persistent, and work hard to achieve our goals.

Lessons and Considerations from Tiger Totem:

Tigers are ambush hunters, they carefully stalk prey, circle in as closely as possible, and then suddenly charge the target from behind. Strategize and position yourself before moving forward.

The paws of this spirit animal are very sensitive and cannot cope with hot surfaces or rough ground without being burnt or torn. Pay special attention and care to your hands and feet.

Whereas a cheetah can dash for great distances at speed, a tiger totem animal only makes a few leaps at a prey before tossing in the towel. Don’t over exert yourself or waste energy chasing down a solution when it has clearly escaped your grasp. Just relax, reposition yourself, and try something different.

Other animals can be fearful of the presence of a tiger spirit animal and will raise cries of alarm, putting possible prey on the alert. Be quiet in don’t draw attention to yourself otherwise you may find yourself meeting a lot of resistance from others.

It is not uncommon for tigers to easily move prey twice their size to another area for consuming, and they can take several days to eat large kills. If you’ve worked hard for that prize or achieved a goal after considerable effort, enjoy it! Take some time to reward yourself and relax after the hard work.


  1. Richard Santiago on said:

    Thank you this helped me understand alot about myself how i am and what exactly i need to keep going forward. In many way ive been decribed in this article and learned so much thank you.

  2. Artemis on said:

    I found my animal spirit unexpectedly in an underworld journey one day. I did not want to romanticize about any attractive animal and started my search with no preconceived ideas. So, in underworld, I kept waiting in a sunny meadow. Nothing showed up for a long time. Just when I was ready to give up and return to the middle world, the clouds arrived, the air became charged with electricity, and a gentle rain started. Day turned to early evening. And there she/he was: This magnificent cat came towards me as I watched her back moving in the high grass. She stopped by me. Warm and calm cat expected and got my immediate acceptance and affection…I was very happy to meet her. After this journey, I read about tigers and learnt that, tigers are indeed nocturnal, water loving animals that live in shady and humid tropical forests. They are quiet, powerful and solitary just like I felt my tiger was.

  3. Thank you for your help. I fell asleep last night with the intention of meeting my spirit animal, and was greatly surprised to have my first dream about a tiger. We were in a luxurious yard, and I saw it there, sitting. It was so big and powerful and scary looking and I kept thinking about how its teeth and claws could instantly rip me apart. But it told me through feeling to come closer. I started petting it and it started purring. Then I started scratching its ear and it rolled on its back. Then I rolled on my back and we started playing. Then we started running and having fun. I awoke.

  4. Dyavol on said:

    I have long since had a connection with tigers. Tigers have a habitof popping up in my dreams very often, especially a white one with green eyes. In my heart I know she is my companion in the Dreamworld and the Underworld. Yes, I have been there on a few occasions. In each one, she has been there. Through mind we communicate. I know her name is Sylia.

  5. Michael on said:

    I have been aware of my tiger for several years now and recently have seen more of it. We have gotten to the point where we are one and the same, one spirit, one entity. We walk side by side but see through each other’s eyes and I definitely feel his energy and strength. My tiger often appears to me as if I am inside its massive head looking out. When I’m out walking in the night air, he walks beside me, the size of a horse and heavily muscled. He is solid white, with glowing blue eyes and moves as a spirit does. I can’t imagine life without him and I’m sure when the day comes when I leave this world, he and I will truly be one spirit.

  6. I was doing meditation one night, and I came across a session where i could meet my spirit guides, 20 minutes or so later, i opened the gate and a tiger came to me, and indian man was sitting above me, tiger at my side. I’m 19 and recently awakened, 2 years or so ago, and i am discovering more and more, its not unbelievable! 😉

    Everything about this article is basically me, my habits my strengths, weaknesses..
    truly blessed, just another perspective / belief it’s beautiful!!!!! Thank you! i reakon the more i know the more i realize i dont know! life !