Gifts: Power. Passion. Heightened senses. Healing. Seeing in the dark. Sensuality. At home in emotions. Willpower. Solitariness.
Challenges: Loneliness. Intensity that may scare off others. Stubbornness or unwillingness to adapt (“a tiger never changes its stripes”). Blending in too much.
In his poem “The Tyger,” William Blake contemplates how a benevolent power could create a beast that is at once as beautiful and as dangerous as the tiger. Blake’s musings are an accurate reflection of what many Tiger people feel: “How can I possess such powers to inspire and to heal, as well as powers to destroy? How can I avoid using the power to destroy?”
The fear of Tiger people is that their passion, their will, and their strength will overpower them and wreak havoc both within and around them. Tiger does know its own strength, which can make you even more hesitant to employ its powers. You may think that you can subdue your Tiger, tame it, mollify it. Caging your Tiger does not neuter its power. It makes Tiger restless—like tigers you see in a zoo, pacing back and forth, on the verge of insanity.
Tiger offers the gift of seeing in the dark. Imagine those bright Tiger eyes shining out at you through the jungle. So much of what we fear comes from not being able to see clearly—to see truth, to see through the shadow, to see though obstacles and limiting beliefs. Call in Tiger when you are blinded by fear and need to see the truth of what’s going on.
This advice works for clearly seeing your own Tiger gifts and learning to use them. You learn to use them by fumbling through using them! What you cannot see, Tiger can. It can show you both the path and the tools you need to clear it.
Tiger helps you ground yourself in your personal power. Many other spirit animals model grounding yourself in Earth’s energy. Tiger models grounding yourself in your own body. This is an important difference. Tiger’s heightened senses and deep sensuality help get your head out of the clouds and get your awareness out of your head. Being totally present in your body will help you connect better to intuition and instinct. You will see more clearly and make better decisions faster and with greater confidence.
Tiger helps you feel and express your passion. Given the perpetual information and sensory overload of our society, it is easy to lose connection with your burning desires. Tiger will help you reconnect with and find a creative outlet for your passion. Where you can’t see the possibility, Tiger has a clear view.
Visibility can be a challenge for Tiger. Not the seeing part, but the being seen. In the wild, tigers blend into the jungle to make hunting easier. Tiger people enjoy being seen—and being in control of when/how they are seen. Honor your need for visibility and don’t let yourself blend in too thoroughly. Remember that Tiger’s strategy is stealth and controlled invisibility in order to get what it wants. It does not want permanent invisibility. It does not want to disappear.