Purveyor of Power
Uses: Known for manifesting inner strength and willpower
Chakra: Associated with the Sacral Chakra and Solar Plexus Chakra
Origin: Australia, Burma, India, Namibia, South Africa, the US, and Brazil
Color: Golden to red-brown
What are the meanings and properties of tiger's eye?
The lustrous gem is a form of chalcedony which is made up of several layers. Its name is based on the similarities it shares with patterns surrounding a tiger’s...eye. It ranks a 7/10 on the Mohs scale of hardness and is often shaped into forms such as tumbled stones, obelisks, and pyramids which in turn are incorporated into jewelry, home decor, and meditation tools.
From a metaphysical perspective, tiger’s eye is a powerful energizer which is often used to amplify our internal strength which may lay dormant or repressed due to stress or trauma. This property of the crystal then transitions to enhancing overall confidence. This positive feedback loop is what makes the gem so widely used to help build bold and powerful habits, traits and personalities. Tigers eye also helps bring clarity to a chaotic mind. This makes it excellent for developing self-discipline and working though challenging periods in your life.
Tiger’s eye is also commonly associated with protection from evil spirits. Several cultures use the gem to ward off the “evil eye”. As a result, the gemstone can be incorporated into protective altars or worn as a guardian talisman.
How to use tiger's eye?
Manifesting your inner beast
Life can be overwhelming. Anything from an important meeting to an exciting date can send our minds into a frazzled and anxious state. Sometimes we can’t calm those butterflies in our stomach and we need a moment to bring ourselves to a calm, cool, and collected state before we handle the challenges we face. You can combine tiger’s eye stone with a simple meditation focused around intention and inner strength to manifest your focus, determination, and confidence. Below is a simple but powerful ritual for building that inner strength.
- Place the tiger’s eye in your hand, relax your shoulders, straighten your back, take 5 deep breaths, and close your eyes.
- Visualize the stone’s vibrant energy flowing through your hands and engulfing your entire body.
- As it makes its way to your head, recite an affirmation from the following or one that works for your situation. (e.g. I am capable, I am worthy, or I am able to exceed under pressure).
- Feel the empowering light of the stone fuse with your own body’s energy.
- Open your eyes and take life by the horns.
Across many civilizations spanning the globe, tiger’s eye stone has been considered as a guardian gemstone. Ancient warriors are known to have incorporated it into their armor and it is said to have been used as a protective tool when exploring unfamiliar territories and facing formidable enemies.
Today, tiger’s eye is used as a centerpiece or accent in all kinds of jewelry. It’s most commonly featured in bracelets, necklaces, pendants and earrings. Any one of these is an excellent tool to help ward off negative energy. This can come directly from other people or your environment. Since tiger eye stones used for this purpose are exposed to large amounts of this potentially harmful energy, it’s important to care of them using one or more of the techniques described in the next section.
Protecting your space
You can use tiger eye as a tool to help repel negative energy in your home, office or garden. Forms such as obelisks and pyramids are great tools as their shapes can help channel the gemstone’s energy in a particular direction. You can place a piece of tigers eye in each windowsill or by every doorway. This way you can banish any harmful energy before it enters your space.
How to care for your tiger's eye stone.
- Leave it in moonlight overnight or in the sun for a few hours
- Bury it underground for 24 hours
- Cleanse it with a sacred herb of your choice
- Use a singing bowl
- Run water over the stone for a minute
Our final thoughts.
There’s a reason tiger’s eye is so widely cherished and collected. It’s one of the purest and most powerful healing crystals out there. Not to mention, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Given its wide availability, there’s no reason you should not have the gemstone in your collection, ready to help you manifest the strength and courage whenever and wherever you need it.