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Animal Symbolism

Listed below are images and keywords/phrases representing different categories of animals for Planet Earth. Click on the image of each animal, insect, reptile, bird or fish for more information and source references. 

Albatross

  • Aeromancy
  • Emotive
  • Finding Direction
  • Freedom
  • Good Fortune
  • Introspection
  • Limitlessness
  • Travel
  • Water Element
  • Weather Divination

Ant

  • Adaptable
  • Community
  • Cooperation
  • Diversity
  • Duty
  • Endurance
  • Preparedness
  • Organization
  • Unity
  • Willpower


Bear

  • Artemis and Diana
  • Bravery
  • Earth Element
  • Humor
  • Personal Truth
  • Playfulness
  • Power
  • Resting the Spirit 
  • Shamanic Healing
  • Warrior Spirit


Bee

  • Balance
  • Blessings
  • Community
  • Growth
  • Healing
  • Life
  • Patience
  • Productivity
  • Psychic Energy
  • Rebirth

Beluga Whale

  • Being Kind to Yourself
  • Self Care
  • Self Love
  • Self Respect
  • Self Focus (not on others)
  • Live and Let Live
  • Acceptance
  • Allowance
  • Peace
  • Harmony
  • Go with the Flow


Bull/Ox

  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Virility
  • Fertility
  • Level Headed
  • Calm
  • Rage
  • Sensitive
  • Sentimental
  • Generous
  • Loyal


Buffalo

  • Abundance
  • Great Strength
  • Deep Spirituality
  • Connection to Great Spirit (God/Source)
  • Protection
  • Loyalty
  • Freedom
  • Earth-Centeredness (Groundedness)
  • Self-Sacrifice
  • Honoring Sacrifice Made by Others
  • Zero Waste


Butterfly

  • Transformation
  • Cycles
  • Growth
  • Grace
  • The Soul
  • Perspectives
  • Joy
  • Happy Relationships
  • Renewal
  • Movement
  • Clairvoyance
  • Manifestation
  • Air Element


Cat

  • Attentiveness
  • Clever
  • Curiosity
  • Dexterity
  • Independent
  • Magical
  • Mysterious
  • Playful
  • Sensitive
  • Spontaneous


Caterpillar

  • Appearances
  • Creativity
  • Cycles
  • Determination
  • Goals
  • Hope
  • Inner Beauty
  • Longevity
  • Luck
  • Metamorphosis

Cheetah

  • Adaptable
  • Awareness
  • Camouflage
  • Choices
  • Composure
  • Discernment
  • Persistence
  • Speed
  • Survival
  • Vigilance

Cicada

  • Cooperation
  • Endurance
  • Expressiveness
  • Illumination
  • Long Life
  • Love
  • Patience
  • Rebirth
  • Transformation
  • Worship

Coyote

  • Trickster
  • Reluctant Hero
  • Playfulness
  • Adjustability
  • Adaptation
  • True Seeing
  • Creativity
  • Paradox
  • Shape Shifting
  • Wisdom

Cricket/Grasshopper

  • Good Fortune
  • Conscience
  • Morals
  • Psychism
  • Focus
  • Self Expression
  • The Earth Element
  • Intuition
  • Joy
  • Communication
  • Music Therapy & Healing

Crocodile

  • Survivorship
  • Toughness
  • Armor
  • Self knowledge
  • Going with the Flow
  • Past Life Memory
  • Water Element
  • Genetic Memory
  • Spirit of Life (Water)
  • Life Lessons
  • Confidence
  • Holding On
  • Letting Go

Crow

  • Creative Force
  • Transformation
  • Alchemy
  • Quick Wittedness
  • Daring
  • Ethics
  • Honor
  • Overcoming Fear
  • Ancestral Magic
  • Mischief
  • Working with the "Shadow Self"

Deer

  • Peace
  • Compassion
  • The Heart Chakra
  • Tenderness
  • Strength
  • Innocence
  • Play
  • Joy
  • Gentleness
  • Self Defense
  • Mobility
  • Renewal
  • Regeneration
  • Inspiration



Dragonfly

  • Agility
  • Change
  • Adaptability
  • Transformation
  • Illusion
  • Dance
  • Lightheartedness

Dog

  • Adventure
  • Constancy
  • Curiosity
  • Devotion
  • Friendship
  • Loyalty
  • Protection
  • Patience
  • Vocalizing Truths
  • Unconditional Love
  • Hearing Beyond the Veil

Dolphin

  • Happiness
  • Playfulness
  • Willpower
  • Virtue
  • Humor
  • Wholeness
  • Teamwork
  • Mental Acuity
  • Courtesy

Dove

  • Spirit Communication
  • Dedication
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Divine Grace
  • Maternal Instinct
  • Purity
  • Prophecy
  • Gentleness
  • Forgiveness
  • Compassion

Duck

  • Adaptation
  • Curiosity
  • Fidelity
  • Grace
  • Happiness
  • Joy
  • Mysticism
  • Opportunity
  • Spirituality
  • Survival

Dugong/Manatee

  • Breathing
  • Compassion
  • Curiosity
  • Generosity
  • Peace
  • Shape Shifting
  • Spiritual Love
  • Tranquility
  • Trust
  • Water

Eagle

  • Divine Messages
  • Freedom
  • Great Spirit
  • Higher Perspective
  • Independence
  • Keen-Sight
  • Liberation
  • Power
  • Psychism
  • Vision Quests

Earthworm

  • Emotion
  • Endurance
  • Fertility
  • Grounding
  • Healing
  • Insightful
  • Resilience
  • Sensitivity
  • Solutions
  • Yin-Yang Balance

Elephant

  • Authority & Confidence
  • Awareness
  • Family Love
  • Patience
  • Pride
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Dreamtime & Dreamwork
  • Will & Intent
  • Environmental Protection and Guardianship

Falcon

  • Ambition
  • Control of Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Courage & Fearlessness
  • Freedom
  • Leadership
  • Solar Energy
  • Tremendous Willpower
  • Victory
  • Wisdom & Discernment


Fairy Penguin

  • Adaptation
  • Choices
  • Cooperation
  • Devotion
  • Dreams
  • Evolution
  • Faithfulness
  • Gender Roles
  • Harmony
  • Individuality


Fox

  • Cunning
  • Agility
  • Trickster
  • Clairaudience
  • Critical Thinking
  • Play
  • Strategy
  • Shamanic Healing
  • Spirit Realm Navigation
  • Observation & Awareness


Frog

  • Adaptability
  • Evolution
  • Circle of Life
  • Transcendence
  • Ascendence
  • Fertility
  • Prosperity
  • Rebirth


Giant Panda

  • Abundance
  • Prosperity
  • Pleasure
  • Carefree Spirit
  • Conservation
  • Sacred Ceremony
  • Ritual

Goat

  • Scapegoating
  • Stubbornness
  • Protection
  • Conquering Obstacles
  • Defense
  • Harmony
  • Fearlessness
  • Pleasure
  • Sensuality
  • Abundance


Goose

  • Warrior Spirit
  • Protection
  • Bravery
  • Communication
  • Fidelity
  • Parenting
  • Fertility
  • Writing
  • Inspiration
  • Creativity

Grasshopper/Cricket

  • Good Fortune
  • Conscience
  • Morals
  • Psychism
  • Focus
  • Self Expression
  • The Earth Element
  • Intuition
  • Joy
  • Communication
  • Music Therapy & Healing

Hawk

  • Clarity
  • Perspective
  • Sharp Vision
  • Prowess
  • Strength
  • Ferocity
  • Power
  • Warrior Spirit
  • Air & Earth Elements
  • Going with the Flow

Honey Eater Bird

  • Balance of Energy
  • Singing Your Song
  • Unobtrusive Healer
  • Ability to Balance Energy of Others
  • Blending into Your Surroundings
  • Zero Point
  • Humility

Horse

  • Movement
  • Nobility
  • War
  • Freedom & Service
  • Independence
  • Life and Death (White Horse/Black Horse)
  • Time & Space Travel
  • Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Trust
  • Paths to Otherworldly Realms

Hummingbird

  • Awakening
  • Fortitude
  • Freedom
  • Gratitude
  • Hope 
  • Joy
  • Memory
  • Presence
  • Responsiveness
  • Tirelessness

Humpback Whale

  • Good Fortune Through Creativity
  • Perseverance
  • Singing Your Song
  • Independence
  • Self Confidence
  • Individuality
  • Uniqueness

Jaguar

  • Agility
  • Beauty
  • Bravery, Courage & Honor
  • Independence & Individuality
  • Knowledge
  • Magic
  • Patience
  • Self-Confidence & Self-Reliance
  • Shadow Self
  • Speed & Strength

Jackal

  • Direct Movement
  • Productivity
  • Loyalty
  • Mystery
  • Ingenuity
  • Orderliness
  • The Afterlife
  • Investigation
  • Truth
  • Water & Earth Elements

Kingfisher

  • Adaptation
  • Beginnings
  • Boldness
  • Clairvoyance
  • Communication
  • Elements: Air, Water
  • Judgement
  • Peace
  • Work-Home Balance