By Ina Woolcott
Mysticism and mythology surrounds the tiger. In China they believe that tigers often have on their foreheads the Chinese “mark of Wang,” or king, to be seen in the pattern of their fur. The mark is one vertical line with three horizontal ones passing through it. Due to this Tiger is one of the 12 signs of Chinese astrology. Tigers are associated with water and have all the characteristics of this element including healing, power through gentle flow and feminine energies. In China, there are 5 mystic tigers. The red tiger is the south, summer and fire. The black tiger is the symbol of the north, winter and water. The blue tiger is east, spring and vegetation. The white tiger is west, autumn and all metals. The yellow tiger is ruler of the Earth and its energies.
Known for their healing properties, tigers body parts are sought after for use in traditional Chinese medicine and exotic herbal remedies. Tigers colouring of orange/gold symbolizes vitality and regeneration. If tiger is your power animal, you heal quickly.
Tigers are noble animals that have an air of independence and confidence, and are one of the most powerful of the big cats. They are solitary, silent hunters. Therefore tigers are able to incorporate all of their abilities in order to achieve success. This symbolizes clearing the mind of all distractions and being entirely focused on the present moment.
The two sexes only come together during the mating season. The cubs stay with their mothers until around age two, partly because they are born blind. To counterbalance this their inner sight is fully functional. For those with this medicine, this is symbolic. Children who are born into this medicine are natural clairvoyants and prophets.
The agile and muscular tigers may travel very far in search of food. The distance they go depends on how much there is to eat in their territory. The less food, the further they go. Tigers walk on their toes with the back part of the foot raised when stalking their prey, or lie in wait to spring unexpectedly on them. Tigers are night stalkers/hunters teachings focus, patience and surprise.
Tiger’s medicine also includes – power, energy, strength and willpower in the face of adversity, acting in a timely manner – being in the now, acting without analysis, walker of secret paths and ancient ways, passion, devotion, confidence, courage.
The Tiger represents darkness and the new Moon. If Tiger enters your life, new adventures are almost certainly close by. New passion and power will stir inside of you. Your best work will happen in the night. People with tiger as guide are very sensual and passionate, as well as devoted parents.
Those with tiger medicine have a strong sensitivity to touch and make excellent body workers. Creating a sacred space where others cannot enter and spending time alone to accumulate the energy required to move tirelessly throughout life is advantageous to you.
The tigers sight, hearing and sense of smell is amazing. Tigers have round pupils with yellow irises, except for the blue eyes of the white tiger. They have a retinal adaptation that reflects light back to the retina, meaning their night vision is 6 times better than that of humans. Tiger shows us how to see into the world of the extraordinary.