William Blake summarized much about the tiger by saying, “Tyger Tyger, burning bright, / In the forests of the night; / What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” Tiger symbolism is fiery and fearsome, so much so that Blake ponders how powerful a Divine being would need to be to fashion such a creature. Metaphysical imagery frames the tiger as being tied to the will, strength, aggressiveness and bravery.
Tigers are one of my favourite beasts! I have always seen my daughter as a tiger though these days she is a pale shadow of herself. On my arm is a butterfly tattoo with a tiger face in it, when I got it I told my daughter this is how I see you. You may be a social butterfly but you have the soul of a tiger. With her health problems the tiger has been beaten and is in hiding but I know it is still there and that she will find it again.