When I started this journal page, I had no idea I was going to draw a tiger. Tigers aren’t my thing. But I was sitting at work and decided to doodle between 911 calls, and The Tigress just sort of appeared.
The longer I doodled the more affinity I felt towards her, and I felt she might have a message for me.
After some research on the tiger as an animal totem, I discovered that she DID have a lot to say! And it was definitely appropriate for me!
The tiger, with their magnificent coat of black stripes overlaid against the backdrop of orange suggest duality, the principle of Yin and Yang, and balancing between the two.
Yin/Yang is the concept that life is the experience of opposites: Female/Male, white/black, light/dark, good/bad, love/hate… Polarity is the name of the game on planet Earth. The Tiger and her coat of contrast possesses the balance of these energies within her and she can walk the razor’s edge between the extremes.
As my animal totem, the Tiger will walk beside me as I experience the extremes of nature, environment and feelings.
So, yeah, she’s welcome to tag along right now!
Finding the balance between extremes and trying to synthesize these conflicting facets into an integrated whole is a challenge for me right now.
It is said that the person with a Tiger animal totem “will walk through the flames of hell and back several times during their lifetime. They will expend themselves to the point of exhaustion and utter depletion, to then arise like the Phoenix out of their own ashes and begin a new cycle of growth and learning.”
Yep! That’s me!
The person with a Tiger totem has a raw power. Their energy presents itself with intensity and they desire to experience all of life’s intricacies and adventures.
When in their shadow side, this raw power is sometimes released in volcano blasts and whirlwinds, obliterating all who stand in their way. This can be exacerbated if they stuff or deny their feelings or deny their true self.
When a Tiger individual loves someone, friend, family or lover, the loyalty and devotion that they lavish upon them leaves an indelible imprint upon their hearts and minds. This red-hot intensity can be overwhelming to gentler souls who may in turn seek calmer waters.
As the Tiger individual can devote themselves so much to their loved ones that they subjugate their own wants, needs and desire to appease the partner. Sometimes the devotion is misplaced in a lover that is not willing to reciprocate the same intensity of affection. Sometimes the Tiger individual pours so much into others they have nothing left to nurture their own soul. Learning to balance passion and steadfastness, love of others and love of Self, will result in a healthy and giving soul.
It’s actually amusing to me, that while I have never been a tiger person before, I AM a crazy cat lady who loves her felines to pieces! And I completely forgot that during a recent trip to the San Diego Zoo, I spent an hour sitting with them and taking their pictures!
Of course the Tiger is one of my animal totems! And I am grateful she finally got my damn attention!