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Tiger’s Eye: Folklore, Associations, Care, Magickal Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

With its distinctive bands of gold, brown, and yellow, tiger’s eye is a powerful crystal connected to both the Fire and Earth elements. Comprised of oxide and quartz, it’s found throughout the US, Mexico, India, Australia, and South Africa.

It contains the life-affirming energy of the sun with the deeply grounding aspects of the earth and is a formidable tool for manifesting, healing, boosting creativity, and retaining focus.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Tiger’s Eye is a captivating gemstone with rich folklore and diverse associations. It is believed to have protective qualities, warding off the evil eye and negative energies.

Additionally, Tiger’s Eye is associated with personal empowerment, courage, and prosperity, making it a popular choice for jewelry and talismans.

Proper care is essential to maintain its luster, as exposure to strong vibrations or humidity can impact its quality.

In the realm of magickal uses, Tiger’s Eye is often employed for divination, enhancing psychic abilities, and promoting inner strength.

History and Folklore

Tiger’s eye has been prized for both its beauty and powerful properties for centuries. Used in Ancient Egypt to ward off curses and ill-fortune, it was also believed to hold the power of the midday sun, embodying the essential life force.

By the Middle Ages, tiger’s eye was still being deployed as protection against bad luck and was also widely used in the making of seals for official documents, due to its scratch resistance and ability to retain even the most intricately carved of details.

Said to contain both the power of the earth and the sun.

Traditions

Tiger’s eye has traditionally been used as a talisman to ward off ill will and bad fortune. It’s also linked to acting with integrity and guarding against the improper use of power.

Clarity, practical perception, focus, and clear-sightedness are all associated with this crystal.

The tiger has long been revered as a symbol of courage and strength. The cultures of both ancient China and Egypt used images of tigers in their temples or tombs, and the tiger also appears as a symbol in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

Chinese Year of the Tiger

Tiger’s eye is associated with the Chinese Year of the Tiger, corresponding with the earthly element of Yin. Those born in this year tend to be courageous and active and relish a challenge or adventure.

Tiger people are confident and make great leaders, combining integrity, charisma, and passion. The next Year of the Tiger will fall in 2034.

Associations

  • Angel: Uriel
  • Gods/Goddesses: Ra, Sekhmet, Durga 
  • Chakra: sacral, solar-plexus
  • Element: earthfire
  • Astrological Sign: CapricornLeo
  • Planet: Sun
  • Sabbat: MidsummerLitha
  • Tarot: The Sun.

Traditions

Attracts money while curbing impulsive spending or risk-taking.

It is said that when you carry a piece of tiger’s eye, by the end of the day any deception will be revealed.

Video about the symbolic meaning of Tiger’s Eye

Symbolism and Associations of Tiger’s Eye

Symbol/AssociationDescription
ProtectionTiger’s Eye is believed to provide protection against negative energies, psychic attacks, and curses
CourageIt is associated with courage, strength, and bravery, empowering one to overcome fears and challenges
GroundingKnown for its grounding properties, Tiger’s Eye helps to anchor and stabilize one’s energy
ProsperityOften associated with abundance and prosperity, attracting wealth and success

Healing and Magickal Uses

Purpose/UseDescription
DivinationTiger’s Eye can be used as a divination tool, enhancing intuition and psychic abilities
Energy BalancingIt aids in balancing the energy centers (chakras) and harmonizing the flow of energy in the body
ManifestationTiger’s Eye is utilized in manifestation rituals, helping to focus intentions and attract desires
Spiritual GrowthIt assists in spiritual growth, facilitating connection with higher realms and spiritual guidance

Body

Beneficial for the eyes, can enhance night vision, and is useful in promoting the speedier repair of broken bones.

Mind

Can alleviate low mood and depression, unblock creativity, and help to resolve issues around low self-esteem and low self-worth.

Magick

Protects from psychic attacks and psychic vampirism. Can be used in magickal workings to help the conservation of tigers and other big cats in the wild and care for them in conservation parks. Used in prosperity rituals. Aids in grounding.

Care and Cleansing

Can be cleansed by placing in a bag or cloth with a carnelian crystal – the latter will purify the other stone. Alternatively, visualize your tiger’s eye surrounded by beautiful bright light, to both cleanse and revitalize the crystal.

Simple Ways to Use Tiger’s Eye in Your Daily Practice

Tiger’s eye is a highly versatile stone, and there are lots of ways to make friends with this crystal and incorporate it into your daily life. Simply keeping the crystal in your purse or pocket is an easy way to attract prosperity throughout the day and promote a positive outlook.

Tiger’s eye’s grounding energy is great for staying calm if your boss is on your back or you’re dealing with a challenging deadline. There are lots of other ways to get more of this crystal’s unique magick into your day-to-day life, too.

Here are our favorites.

Staying Focused

Tiger’s eye is a great way to collect scattered thoughts and stay focused on the task that needs to be done. Try placing a few crystals in a circle around your laptop as you work, setting an intention, as you place each stone, to resist distractions and remain committed to the endeavor.

Manifesting Magick

This crystal is a great aid to manifesting the will. Further, it can help you separate what you want from what would actually serve your highest purpose (which may or may not be a date with the office hottie). Harness the manifesting ability of tiger’s eye every day by keeping a crystal to hand as you journal, and wearing it as a bracelet or pendant when you take actionable steps towards your goals.

Creativity Boost

If you feel creatively blocked, or stuck in a rut, tiger’s eye can help dig you out of it and get the ideas flowing freely again. First thing in the morning, in bed, place your crystal on your sacral chakra – this chakra is on your lower abdomen, about two inches below your navel. Relax for a few moments, and let this powerful crystal work its magick.

Get Affirming

Daily affirmations are a great way to keep a positive mindset and change ways of thinking that no longer serve you. Tiger’s eye is the perfect crystal to use to support this. Create your affirmations while holding your crystal; they could be, for example: “I have everything I need to achieve my goals” and “I am surrounded by love and light.”

Every time you repeat your affirmations throughout the day, do so while holding your tiger’s eye – and keep it close by especially if you feel old thought patterns creeping back in.

Tiger’s Eye and the Zodiac

Many crystals are closely connected with a particular sign of the zodiac. Tiger’s eye has an association with the star sign Gemini, which governs those born between May 21 and June 20 and is linked to the planet Mercury. 

With a tendency to quick-thinking and liveliness, Gemini have the ability to see both sides of a problem, making them fantastic problem solvers. Geminis may be restless, and the grounding energy of tiger’s eye can help them find peace and focus their will and resolve.

Tiger’s Eye Crystal Combos

  • The bright, bold, and life-affirming carnelian is a great companion for tiger’s eye and can be used to rejuvenate the stone, too.
  • Carrying a quartz crystal with tiger’s eye, or placing them alongside each other, will serve to amp up the energy of the latter, and power up your manifesting.
  • To attract prosperity and abundance wear or use tiger’s eye with pyrite or jade, and to give your self-confidence a boost combine your tiger’s eye crystal with citrine.
  • If you’ve had a rough day and want to get some inner peace going, spending some time meditating or just sitting quietly with tiger’s eye and amethyst will have a wonderfully soothing effect.
  • And for powerful protection? Carry tiger’s eye with tourmaline or black onyx to ward off bad vibes and guard your energy against attack.

Tiger’s Eye: Powerful Ally to Bring Strength and Balance, and Power Up Manifesting

Tiger’s eye is a beautiful crystal that’s been used for centuries for its ability to promote courage and strength. It’s also a great aid for focus, concentration, and clarity, helping us to cut through the sludge of indecision or tangle of cluttered thoughts.

Call on tiger’s eye when you need a pep talk, assistance with getting down to the task at hand, or want to supercharge your manifesting powers to bring about a desired result.

Geophysical Properties of Tiger’s Eye

PropertyDescription
Chemical CompositionPrimarily composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) with inclusions of other minerals such as crocidolite.
Crystal SystemHexagonal, typically occurring in fibrous or chatoyant (cat’s eye) aggregates.
ColorTypically brown to golden-yellow with chatoyancy (a shimmering or iridescent effect resembling a cat’s eye). Can also come in red, blue, and green.
TransparencyOpaque to translucent.
LusterSilky to vitreous (glassy) luster.
Hardness5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, making it moderately hard.
CleavageIndistinct, meaning it has poor cleavage.
FractureUneven to conchoidal (glass-like) fracture.
DensityTypically around 2.64 to 2.71 g/cm³, depending on composition.
Refractive IndexTypically around 1.534 to 1.540.
BirefringenceLow to none, generally considered isotropic.
Specific GravityApproximately 2.64 to 2.71, similar to most quartz varieties.
MagnetismNon-magnetic.
RadioactivityTypically not radioactive.
Thermal ConductivityLow thermal conductivity.
SolubilityInsoluble in water and most acids.
Associated MineralsOften found in association with quartz, hematite, and various iron oxides.
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