Tiger Dream Interpretation


A man of Asian descent has the following dream. “I was in a far away exotic place. Eventually I noticed these things on the floor. They looked like old washed up, mud cover tree trunk (medium sized) sitting there embedded in the floor. I looked closer at one, and it looked like a mud covered/dark stone tiger. Looking closer I realized it just didn’t look like one, it was a tiger, sort of half incarnated. Out of a bit of fear, I kicked sand from the floor on it’s face to see it was real. I felt bad I did that immediately thereafter. The tiger looked back at me.

I am in a light blue colored room and I see two tigers and then notice that the room is full of tigers. One is bigger than the rest. There are two more big female tigers, each with two cubs. I make sure the door is closed. There is no lock. Door is flimsy poor Asia slider wood door with window panes.

I decide to switch to a room upstairs. I walk out of the room, and realize I forget my phone and my key to that room. I go back in and find them. I go back out out of the room and try to lock the door. It won’t. More I try to lock, the more the door comes off the hinges. There is another door in the room I was in an adjacent room. That too opens and man and women appear, and that door falls off too. Then the tigers come into the room. There are two. We are somewhat afraid but we stand there and not run. The two tigers sit there against the light blue wall.

I feel myself surrendering to the situation. The room goes dark. And out of nowhere, there is a light, coming from above me and to the right, and just slightly in front, like a flash light shining down on me. It is a pure white light. Not too bright. Not too dim. I just stand there. Empty mind, just light. Until it eventually fades. I think of the old painting from Europe lit in the same light, when spoken to from above. The light at the end was amazing. It was there with eyes open or closed. Didn’t matter. I was in pitch lack room laying in bed, lucid state. It wasn’t a big light, like a flashlight at the ceiling. I remember it was very white, though.”

INTERPRETATION – Dreams are the way the psyche speak to images and give expression to instincts that derive from most primitive levels of our existence to return us to the natural law of our being.

Creativity is woven into us and ready to be ignited like the tiny speck of immense energy in the early moments of the universe. Instinctively we know that life is an adventure of chaos and order; we desperately want to control thing for the fear of disequlibrium. This dream actually offers us a paradoxical dynamic in the face of chaos, the courage to “surrender” to the moment rather than to try to control it. When the dreamer surrenders to the environment, “the room goes dark…out of nowhere, there is a light, coming from above…like a flash light shining down (on the dreamer). It is a pure white light…I just stand there, empty mind, just light… I think of the old painting from Europe lit in the same light, when spoken to from above…the light at the end was amazing.”

Surrendering in Goethe’s words is to ‘die and become’. To the extent that the ego consciously embraces “death” it constellates life in depth. Surrendering is to give up a belief about some form of control and reposition us for a different type of encounter. What we have to give up in our surrender is our “objective” mechanical worldview and reintegrate ourselves into nature’s self-organizing patterns that provide us access to light and energy. By surrendering we once again immerse ourselves in light and energy.

Light and energy are the creation principle of the cosmos and our planet. In the new scientific Gaia creation story, the theory is that our planet and its creatures constitute a single self-regulating system, which is in fact, a “great living being”. We now recognize that the Earth itself comes alive in the whirling dance of matter in space that manifested the crust of the earth that eventually transformed itself in what we call nature, water, mountains, valleys as well as stones.

The dream begins with nature in the form of trees and stones, “I was in a far away exotic place. Eventually I noticed these things on the floor. They looked like old washed up, mud cover tree trunk…embedded in the floor. I looked closer at one, and it looked like a mud covered/dark stone tiger.” Our awareness if “mud covered tree trunks” initiates our understanding that we are about to enter a story of growth, proliferation, generative and regenerative processes. Trees, often symbolized as the tree of life, stand for inexhaustible life, and are equivalent to a symbol of immortality.

“Out of a bit of fear, I kicked sand from the floor on its face to see if it was real.” Creation stories abounding from all around the ancient world all have a common theme, where mankind is created from sand, dirt, mud, or clay. In the Egypt creation myth, sand and mud are obtained from the Nile to create life. In Genesis 2.7 “the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” On in China the goddess Nau Gua “carefully shaped yellow clay making human images which she breathed into and they came alive.”

The mud, clay or dust form of the tigers is the prima materia that births this primal creation energy into the dreamer’s life. In alchemy, the prima material is the ‘single original stuff that goes through a number of alchemical operations to produce the Philosophers’ Stone. One alchemist says, “one must start with a bit of the Philosophers’ Stone if one is to find it.” As Jung says, “…the entire alchemical procedure…could just as well represent the individuation process.” Tiger energy is for this man his access to man’s Philosophers’ Stone for his individuation process

Tigers are the biggest cats in the whole entire World. The tiger is associated with Tsai Shen Yeh, the Chinese God of Wealth, and this god is usually seen sitting on a tiger. The tiger is the protector of the dead, and will often be seen in graves as a mark of protection, assuring peace for those who have died. It is also an image symbolizes the supremacy of the intangible forces, and our ability to harness the tiger’s power in our lives.

Stones are symbols of being, of cohesion and harmonious reconciliation with the Self. Their hardness and durability suggests to us the antithesis of a biological thing subject to the laws change, decay and death and well as the antithesis to dust and sand as aspects of disintegration. Paradoxically the Philosopher’s stone symbolizes unity and strength. In Islamic worship, the most celebrated stone is the Kaaba meteorite in Mecca, Among the stones venerated by the ancients, the Greek’s had the omphaloi, or in Hebrew, the stone is God’s house, ‘and this stone which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s House’ Genesis 22). In other words the stone is a symbol of authentic Self, a symbol of our wholeness and individuation.

Stones are among our earliest tool, weapons and symbols of power, Increasing the might and the effectiveness of early men and women in coping with their environments. The stone as an archetype can be considered compared to our brief human life span as a symbol of endurance; indeed it suggests the concept of eternity. Yet, the common stone surrounds us everywhere and we give it little value. For the alchemist, the “mean, uncomely stone, cheap in price” becomes the indestructible material of transformation into the Philosopher’s stone. The Arabian alchemist Morienus expressed it even more directly: This thing (the philosopher’s stone) is extracted from you: you are its mineral and one can find it in you.” The dreamer must patiently work throughout his life, like the ancient alchemists, “with love” to transform what we least value-the dead, the ignorant or false aspect of ourselves, into the true stone, wise and eternal.

The Gaia creation story shares with us that all the mysteries of life including the matter in the universe are part of our ecosystems in evolution. Even DNA virtually the oldest thing in Earth’s evolution is still alive on its surface-propagating itself from the beginning in the unbroken chain, as surface rock transformed into “endless creatures who recycled it in turn into sediments that were subducted back into the magma of origin by great tectonic plates.” In other words, at one point the matter of stones like all earth were part of the self-regulating living systems of which all other life forms evolved since. As the crust became more alive with bacteria it creates its own atmosphere and finally produces the larger life forms –the trees animals (tigers) and people.

Tiger Dream Interpretation-bTigers in many Asia cultures are powerful symbols the emergence of the king archetype, the central organizing principle of the Self, the all in us Light as the spirit of the Self has emerged to shine on this man’s life birthing his creativity at a deeper level giving him access to the cosmic energy of all life. This illumination is a signal of his spiritual strength.

To surrender to an archetype like the “tiger” takes an authentic ego rather than the inflated ego that tries to dominate and control life. The building blocks of the evolving authentic ego engaging an archetype often emerge in dreams as earthly animal representatives of transpersonal principles. Here the awakening is the evolution of the authentic ego and its alliance with unconsciousness is able the animate the “stone tigers,” birthing their living presence as a primal force of his nature and humanity. The dream shows there is no way to keep this tiger family of energy inanimate in his life and work any more. Here the urge to consciousness that has resided in the unconscious and not been fully realize as a natural urge has emerged. There is no way to lock away this energy. The tiger path is his “light” and the archetypal state of his enlightenment of the authentic Self emerge as opposed to a previous state of ego consciousness

The blue color of the room that the tiger emerge in is important representing the lunar context that is the holding container of this energy for the dreamer. Like the lion is representative of the burning force of the sun, the solar aspect of life, in contrast, the tiger with it play of yellow body and black stripes mirrors the symbolic ambivalence of the power of the night and the lunar. The tiger as a big cat that can dispatch its prey with a single stroke of mite to the neck is an energy of lithe elegance and lusty sensuality. It conveys protective grace and noble authority that has inspired everything from warrior societies to shamanic magic. They hunt in silence and agility that almost seems supernatural. The tiger signifies the structure and ferocity of the warrior, the urge of the capacity to spring into action at a critical time yet as the dream show the ability to “surrender” to the silence of nature. On its black forehead marking’s every tiger carries a pattern identical with the Chinese character for “king.” In the Japanese traditions the tiger is a creature of mountainous ascent and descent, and evocative of the qualities of the lunar yin, at sunset, autumn and earth. Here and not here, the tiger is like a spirit of wind, “ The mysterious rustling of the wind in a bamboo thicket, a sound that has an unearthly and eerie charm.” The tiger represents the vital powers within ourselves that are now being embodied in space, habitat and respects the force of its living presence in nature. The tiger represents one of nature’s most extraordinary incarnations of creative aggressiveness and sovereign instinct.

Crystal Dream Interpretation



An old friend sent me a fb message this morning telling me she had a dream of me surrounded by very beautiful crystals….what could that mean?….Thank you in advance….

It does not get any better than to be surrounded by a very beautiful crystal.
Congratulations! Crystal is a symbol of unity, differentiation and flowing balance.
You are an ordered patterns of qualities that extends in all three spatial
dimensions Crystal as is associated with the “spirit.” Its veneration by mystical
speaks to that side of you. You possess a state, like a crystal, of transparency.
Transparence goes with the quality of being a trusted friend. Crystals represent a
union of opposites, matter exists but it can be seen through. The repeating chemical
structure of crystals is said to invest them with a kind of memory. This means
that crystals have the power to hold energies. Your crystal nature offers you
as an object of contemplation for others. As you know crystal possess healing
energies-a core of who you are.

White Snake Dream Interpretation


Aloha Dr. Howard,
I just woke up and the last dream I can recall was I was walking through an airport with a piece of rolling carry on luggage; and the luggage was designed to hold this white snake. I was transporting it for a friend. And every time I looked down at the snake it had extended its body a little and was getting closer to my hand. I eventually dropped the suitcase for fear of being bitten.

Earlier in the night, I had another dream that contained a white snake; but I do not remember what I was doing in the dream.

So I guess the snake is the star here. What is that all about?


Snakes are one of the most important symbols of primal energy of the psyche. It is sacred to the divine healer, Asclepius of ancient Greece, who has embodied the daemon of “genius” intertwined with a black and white snake on his staff. Snakes are hidden forces, often dark and cold. They often accomplish the miracle of cure. They are an ominous warning, an awakening of a primal energy in your psyche. A serpent is an emblematic, primordial life force. Your psyche is asking you to not only transport some primal energy that your friend has, but also to take ownership of that quality in yourself that you are you are afraid of.

Bitting in a dream has a double meaning. It is your psyche insisting that you ingest and not be afraid of some primal instinct that is emerging in your life. It is like an imprint or seal of spirit that wants you to recognize its place in your life. Or it can signify a sudden and dangerous action of an instinct in your life.

A state of whiteness indicates that some part of us is not living and remains in an abstract or ideal state. That part wants to be embodied into your life. Baptism or initiates wear white vestments of rebirth, for simplicity and restoration. White can also mean a cold force, like that of the mythic Snow Queen of the north. In Moby Dick the Great White Whale conveys the indefiniteness and impersonal vastness of the universe and the human fears of annihilation. Yet the milky maternal ocean of Hindu myth speaks of the source of all the fundaments of the cosmos. In alchemy the whiteness or albedo was conceived as a state of illumination of the dawning the unknown personality into consciousness. Birth this part of yourself.

Hope this helps,
Dr. Howard Teich

Twinkling Shards Dream Interpretation


Hello Dr. Teich,
I can only remember a small part of my dream but I still wonder what it means:

There is a young man about 19-21 y.o. standing in a garden at night  a glass bottle hits him and there are twinkling shards everywhere. That’s the only part I can remember.
I would be glad if you could interpret my dream. Best wishes. P.S. I met that young man a week before

Hi [Anonymous],
Hitting in a dream is an attempt to activate, awaken something from the unconscious. Because it happens at night, it is something from the lunar modes of consciousness emotions, intuition etc. (See Solar Lunar Assessment Chart) :

A sparkling shard is a spiritual principle that emerges from the center of us, our soul/Self. In the Cabalistic tradition the soul scatters outwards its sparks to the world. Each sparkle is awakening from the great living fire. The multitude of twinkling shards in your dream attest to your fertility to animate you life and the life of others with your vital essence. Take your sparkling energy and explore what this energy is to your life.

Congratulation for this awakening,

Back Together with a Baby


Hello Dr.Howard. I hope you can reply to me. I would like to know a meaning of one of my dreams… I dreamed about my ex-boyfriend… he was holding a little baby (boy) and in the dream we were married. What does it mean? I often dream that we get back together.

Hi [Anonymous],
This is what to ask yourself – what part of you is still psychological married to your ex? What was the potential that the relationship activated that did not manifest in reality. The relationship activated some new part of you that was born. A child in a dream represents a creative spark, a symbol of the future. Take ownership of that part and bring it to life like you would a real child. Be a single parent to that aspect of you. I cannot stress the importance of a child being born in a dream. It has the same magnitude psychologically as a real child does physically in one’s life.

Hope this helps,

Cut Off


I had another nightmare about my ex-partner Jeremy last night. This time i was outside of my home. I was gonna go down to the store. He was in his car following me with his friends. I tried to run but he cut me off and I ended up in the car with him.

Hi [Anonymous],
There are two questions that you could start off answering to yourself. One question, is what part of your relationship can’t you get away from that has been a nightmare for you? Usually what is our nightmares are often repeated items that need to be emotionally resolved not only from that relationship but often some reaction that is emotionally lingering from a similar stimulus from the past. What is being triggered off from the past? Also, in dream work it is important to do some active with the dream…talk to someone about the dream, dance or draw the dynamic. When we are embodying the dream we will often activated associative images and energy that will help up be liberated. Don’t be afraid to go into an experience even a nightmares. New information processing systems
supersede the previous traumatic patterns.. Your unconscious is asking you
conscious mind to process unfinished emotional material.

Hope this helps,

Facing off with Ourselves: Atlas’ Murder


Hi, I thought I`d try to submit a dream. It was quite disturbing, so I`d be grateful to get some help with the interpretation.

My old dog, Atlas (like the Titan), was lying in a dog’s basket, minding his own business. He was mostly black, with a white chest, throat and tip of the tail. Apparently he had to die, and his head was supposed to be smashed by a hammer. I couldn’t do it, so my severe uncle smashed the poor dog’s skull with a hammer (black and red, I think).

As his head was smashed, black water splashed out of his left eye, and he seemed dead. I was shocked, but quite surprised and relieved that he died quickly. Then the poor dog woke up, and I had to put him out of his misery. I think I tried to smash its head in, but it felt so incredibly wrong. I lay next to the blinded and wrecked dog, crying on the floor. Screaming for help.

My uncle pulled the dog up on the couch (two or three seats, I think. A 3+2 or 2+2 section). He started to slowly hammer the bones in the dog’s face. It screamed and eventually started to attack him, but my uncle had this martial art skill of pushing the dog’s face away.

I was devastated by the whole thing, and grabbed the hammer, while wishing he’d just been euthanized in the first place. I felt like I had to smash the dog’s head out of desperation.

The dog then went for me, and I stood up on the floor. The poor dog then stood up like a man (not like a dog), blind, and following my noise. My uncle didn’t help.


ATLAS / TITAN – Burden holding up the world as the way it is.

A dog in a dream is a representation of the instinctual aspect of life that is emerging to guide us and wants to be paid attention. Just as a dream has many interpretations, the dog in a dream has multiple symbolic meanings from faithfulness, guarding and even as a companion for the dead on the “Night Sea-Journey.” His name, Atlas (like the Titan). Note: the dog is lying in a dog basket minding his own business. This indicates that the issue the dreamer is violently confronting is buried in a deep instinctual layer, a Greek-Roman version of the collective modern psyche.

The dream describes a fierce battle with the early giant Titan, an instinct that is immortal and has incredible strength and stamina. This masculine instinct was once the creative ruling principle that was part of the legendary Golden Age of Greece and the beginning of Western culture. This previous creation principle has become an “old” ruling principle that is no longer serving contemporary culture as it once had.

Atlas is an archetype, a primordial image of the collective unconscious psyche that we inherit. Personal experience serves to activate and develop the archetypal potential already present in the psychic-physical organism. Ultimately you cannot define an archetype, you can only experience it. The dream also shows archetypes are eternal and cannot be defeated. Instead of being able to defeat an aspect of the psyche, the end of the dream shows us that we need to engage in a non-warrior battle and follow our instincts since the warrior path does not work. Continue reading