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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook LION AND TIGERS: Dream symbols tap into similar sets of emotions. They are the minds way of comparing various different situations. A lion may seem bizarre and extreme in a dream. But just ask yourself how you would feel if a lion was stood right in front of you? You would be petrified and its something that you would really want to avoid. So actually a lion dream occurs when you have just been thinking about something that you really wanted to avoid. Our dream studies confirm this. One tiger dream occurred the day after the dreamer had bumped into her ex boyfriend. The dream simply showed her strength of feeling on the subject as the tiger was a metaphor for her hated ex. She wanted to avoid him at all costs.

There are other meanings of lions and tigers in dreams. Read through this page and you will begin to understand the various different meanings.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Who showed some terrifying and aggressive side to their personality yesterday?
- What situations?or people do you want to avoid tomorrow
- In what ways have you realised that a situation that happened yesterday was truly dangerous?
- Is there a rage inside you right now?
- Did you lose your temper unnecessarily yesterday?

KEY WORDS : Dangerous situation, scared, courageous, intimidating, rage(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I was really scared when I saw him"
- "I would really like to avoid doing that"
- "I could have died"
- "it was very dangerous"
- "She really stood up to me and was really angry"
- "She is very intimidating"
- "I have such a rage inside me at the moment"
- "I lost my temper yesterday"
- "I have never seen him like that! What a temper!"
- "he is very courageous"


SEE ALSO : Snakes : Spiders : Alligators : Sharks : Coyotes
DREAM STUDIES : Snakes : Sharks,Whales and dolphins : Animals
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
DREAM ANALYSIS : What is the symbolic meaning of lions in dreams?

Lions tend to symbolise moments of real fear linked to someone. E.g.

"I saw my ex boyfriend the other day and he just blanked me. He is someone I always try to avoid at all costs"[Dream analysis - lion]

"I am having trouble with my sisters friend. I would like to tell her to behave better but she is quite intimidating"[Dream analysis - lion]

"We have taken out a court order. I just fear that it may turn my step daughter against us if my husbands ex gets her way"[Dream analysis - lion]

Lions can be linked to moments when you have faced real danger. E.g.

"I had a very serious incident driving yesterday. I could have died or been disabled"[Dream analysis - Raja the Jasmines tiger from Aladdin]

Lions can also link to people who are acting fiercely. E.g.

"My daughter really was not prepared to talk about me she just looked at me with a fierce and cold look"[Dream analysis - Lion]

"I believe that the dream was a premonition of my fiance who acted in a way that surprised me. She flew into such a rage and was throwing things around."[Dream analysis - 3 Lions jump into room]

Lions can also link to your specific fears connected with life in general and problems you would like to avoid. E.g.

"I think my son is being bullied at school. I am trying to sort the problem out and avoid it happening again."[Dream analysis - Lion]

"I really had to leave that job. There were just too many awkward and difficult moments. I was tense all the time."[Dream analysis - Lion that cannot get at me]

"I know that in compiling the report I want to totally avoid using just the one source. I do not want to be accused of just lifting data from other sources. I do not think its a major immediate problem though"[Dream symbol - walk past tiger that is sat]

"I am aware that my dog is very ill. I want him to avoid suffering. I may have to put him down"[Dream analysis - trying to protect my baby from tiger]

Lions can symbolise someone's power and strength and overwhelming courage. E.g.

"As king I am sure that my soon to be born son will be a great and powerful leader with the courage of a lion"[Dream analysis - lion]

Lions can symbolise Your own rage and bad temper. E.g.

"I feel very touchy at the moment. I lose my temper at the slightest provocation "[Dream analysis - tiger inside my house]
"I lost my temper for no reason yesterday. I regret it now. "[Dream analysis - tiger sprints past me]
DREAM TIP : The fact is that dreams represent your thoughts. So simply work the process in reverse. Look for evidence of your thoughts in your dreams. If for instance the day before was very stressful then look for evidence of that stress. Exactly which symbols could represent that stress.
THE DREAM - I was closing a door and a lion barged in sending me in a sprint.

THE REALITY The night before the dreamer shouted at his son. He had just told him to go to bed yet he had immediately got out again. The dreamers wife pointed out that he had just got out of bed to give his parents a hug. The dreamer said that he didn't care but realized that this looked ugly. He told himself to go up to his sons room and hug him. But he allowed too long to pass and so missed the opportunity.

DREAM ANALYSIS Dreams will tend to concentrate on key thoughts and feelings. Often these will be very easy to spot in real life. Yet dreams are often very symbolic. This dream does not mention the incident the night before explicitly at all. Yet its obvious that the dream seems linked.

Tigers should be easy to spot as symbols. Look for some incident or thought which involves tiger like behavior or tiger like people. Its a simple metaphor. Its saying that someone was as ferocious as a tiger. In this case the dreamer recognized that his own behaviour had been 'ugly' the night before. He had lost his temper snapping at his own son. We think through incidents the day before. In this case the dreamer spotted his own mistakes and would in future attempt to learn to do things better.

What could the sprint mean in the dream. It obviously has some relevance to the situation. Maybe he is placing himself in his sons shoes and his sprint represents a dislike for his fathers temper. A more obvious meaning is that he realized that he should have sprinted up them stairs and given his son a hug. He lost the opportunity because he didn't move quickly enough. It may alternatively show that the incident happened so quickly that the dreamer did not have time to respond. We cannot know exactly what a symbol means. Yet we can think through ideas.

Symbolic Meanings
SPRINT : "The dreamer should have acted quicker and run up the stairs and made up with his son. He lost his opportunity"
TIGER : "The dreamer realized that he lost his temper unnecessarily. "

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I lost my temper with my son yesterday. I shouted at him to get back to bed. He was only getting up to give me and my wife a hug. It was ugly. I told myself to go and make up but left it too late. I missed my opportunity"

See how the Symbolic Meanings above weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING

THE DREAM - I don't really remember everything from this dream but it starts off as a happy dream and then ends with three deaths. This dream is really weird and not that clear so try to follow? At first everything in my dream seems happy then a person decides to commit suicide because things are too much for him (I don't know who this person is he is just a random character) then his friend also suicides when he finds out about it(he hesitates for a short while then commits suicide). And then the friend of the other person (who is Kramer from Seinfeld) also suicides by diving into the ocean from a boat. And then his friend who is a little bit retarded calls his name out and shoots into the ocean with a shotgun to get his friends attention. And for the first 2 deaths my emotions were sad and frightened and depressed but for the last suicide all I could think about was how stupid the friend is for shooting into the water.

Then I get chased by a tiger (specifically Raja the Jasmin's tiger form Aladdin) and I am so deeply frightened he is going to kill me or disable me. I ran away and I try to outsmart him by running in and out of places but that doesn't work cause he always finds me.

Finally I "wake up" in my dream (and I really think that I have woken up) and I tell myself to write down the dream (which I did too right after I REALLY woke up). so I'm writing everything down from the dream and suddenly my mom comes in and I am mad at her and yell so she leaves. Then I look back down at me paper to continue writing and it turns out that I have messed up everything I wrote (the story written in the wrong order on both sides of the page)

THE REALITY The day before the dreamer decided to give up learning to drive. He made a serious mistake and almost caused an accident.

DREAM ANALYSIS Dreams will often process through important incidents and your dream will be an assessment of your own response. In this case its easy to guess at what this dream means as the day before something major did happen and so the dream could very easily be about that.

Each of the symbols replays aspects of this near accident the day before. The short hesitations between the first and second suicides mimics and replays the short hesitation when the dreamer followed what his mother told him to do - even though it was almost an act of suicide.

The suicide symbolises the simple fact that he was doing something suicidal. It was a manouvre that was bound to fail. After all its a common phrase to say "that was suicidal" when you mean its bound to end in failure.

Kramer reinforces this feeling within this dreamer. He realises that he acted exactly like Kramer and just did not think.

The tiger could symbolise the anger of his father(a formidable foe) as he yelled from the back seat or he could symbolise the fear and threat of death. Its difficult to say exactly.

Guns are often symbols of logic and arguments. A gun here could symbolise the dreamers wish to point this out to his parents. That what his mother said was stupid and suicidal. But pointing this out is obviously pretty silly and pointless(just like in the dream).

The final part also mimics reality. The dreamer messed up when his mother started to interfere.

Symbolic Meanings
FOLLOWING : "The dreamer followed in exactly the same way in real life - and did something without thinking"
GUN : "Guns are about blame and perhaps indicate the way that the dreamer was trying to point out why he did this - he was trying to blame his mother "
HESITATE : "The slight hesitation replays the exact moment when the dreamer hesitated for a second before following what his mother told him"
KRAMER FROM SEINFELD : "He is a stupid character who does something without thinking - in making a serious driving mistake he was acting like Kramer"
SUICIDE : "The dreamer had made a suicidal mistake which nearly caused an accident "
TIGER : "The dreamer fears the tiger like he fears a road traffic accident. That will similarly disable or kill him"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "The day before the dream I almost had a serious accident learning to drive. I have now completely given up. I was stupid in following exactly what my mother said. She told me to swap lanes when it was obviously suicidal. it's pointless pointing out the error afterwards. I just followed what she said without questioning"

See how the Symbolic Meanings above weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING

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