Elephant Symbolism

I had a dream recently that I was in labor, about to give birth to something very unusual, very special.

There was a certain peace in the room as I labored, but I woke up before actually giving birth.

And then, a few weeks later I saw my baby for the first time in another dream. A white, baby elephant with a red string inside of him.

Now, there are certain dreams that are a result of too much pizza before bed time, and then there are those dreams that just stay with you and you just know there is signifigance.

The father (who was hidden from me in the shadows)  of the baby and I were in the middle of a war zone, a civil war. We watched as the baby elephant passed by various violent scenes and in an instant brought change of some sort to end the violence, simply through its presence.

I looked up elephant symbolism and this is what i found.

The White Elephant

Image via google- Meg White sculptor

“The legend of the white elephant began in Southeast Asia, the home of the White Elephant. In metaphysics we learn that any animal represented by the color white, supposedly is linked to mystical legends, giving it greater power. White represents purity, the Light. Elephants represent power and peace. When the trunk is lifted it means overcoming obstacles.

In the story of the Buddha, the white elephant is connected to fertility and knowledge. On the eve of giving birth to the Lord Buddha, his mother dreams that a white elephant comes to present her with a lotus, symbol of purity and knowledge.

At the heart of the first great Southeast Asian Empire, at the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the might of the war elephants is depicted on murals of the region’s armies. Over the next few hundred years, two states dominated the region – the forerunners of modern Burma and Thailand (Siam). In both, the elephant was a very important animal. It was key to military success – both in mass battles, and in the elephant duels. It was also key to royal pageantry – kings chose the biggest, most magnificent elephants for royal ceremonies and processions. Kings and courtiers spent a lot of time and energy hunting elephants from the forests. And the most powerful kings kept thousands in their stables.

In legend the Royal White Elephant brought sacred power. It brought fertility. For the kings of Burma and Siam, the possession of these sacred beasts became very important. A king who had many fine white elephants would be successful – his kingdom would prosper and his reign be long. If his white elephants died, it foretold disaster for the king and his kingdom.

The magnificent king needed seven things: a perfect wife, and able treasurer, a wise chief minister, a swift horse, a wheel of the law and a precious gem to guide his actions: and the most noble of white elephants. The kings hunted eagerly for these fine and special beasts. Occasionally royals presented white elephants to one another as marks of diplomacy. Wars were fought over them for the represented their rule as chosen by the gods. The Royal White Elephants were not taken to war, and not ridden in procession, Rather they were kept within the confines of the palace, entrusted to the care of senior officials, fed well, washed regularly, and worried over constantly.

Today White Elephants are very rare. They are still revered in Southeast Asia- Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam. The last white elephant in Burma was found in 1961. They are different than the descriptions of the Royal White Elephants in legend. White elephants’ sculptures, paintings, wood craves, murals and archives can be found in temples, palaces in Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.”

– via crystal links.com

The Red String

“Apart from the red string protection from the evil eye, a red string is used for something completely different. There is the red string of fate, which is used as a connector. As the name suggests, the red string of fate determines the fate of two people who were meant to be together. The red string of fate is also usually referred to as the red thread of destiny, and it is mostly used in Chinese and Japanese folklore. Have you ever wondered how two people meet and connect so well? if they were meant for each other? According to the myths of Chinese and Japanese origin, the Gods tie a cord around the ankle of those that are to meet one another in certain situations. This is to help each to meet. The two people are intrinsically linked by the red string in order to become lovers irrespective of when, where, or how they met. One way or another, they will meet and truly fall in love at first sight and will be more than compatible. This myth is still used by the Japanese and Chinese even after the passing of all those generations. This magic cord that binds them is believed to tangle or stretch but never ever break. If you think about this carefully, this means the two people may quarrel and even have some misunderstandings, but they will soon resolve their issues and get back together because they are meant to be together forever. There has been no occasion where the cords break. The red string of fate myth is similar to the western concepts of soul mates or destined flames, where two people are meant to be together, forever and ever, and no matter what the circumstances these people will still meet.”

This dream is at the root of what sacred union or twin flame relationships mean in the bigger scheme of things. The greater purpose of these unions is alchemical in nature. The coming together of two seperate elements, creating a third, which becomes an elixir of healing and transformation in the world. 

Hawk

​Yesterday morning as I was lying in bed gazing out my bedroom window as the sun began to rise i heard the distinct cry of a hawk. He began circling around over the trees right in plain view. 

I closed my eyes and listened to his cry and just rested in the beauty of the moment. 
Symbolic Hawk 

Vision, Power

Energy

Rebirth

Strategy

Intensity

Attention

Protection

Teamwork

Intelligence

Concentration
The hawk comes to you indicating that you are now awakening to your soul purpose, your reason for being here. It can teach you how to fly high while keeping yourself connected to the ground.
The Hawk is an animal of flight. It soars through the air looking down, and sees everything. It has a larger perspective of what is going on down below. With its keen eyesight, it looks down as it soars through the air looking for its prey. It can see the smallest of creatures below.
The Hawk teaches you to be observant and take a close look at your surroundings. It soars with the power to overcome difficult situations. It soars in circles over the life of the earth, asking you to circle over your life and view it from a higher perspective.
The Hawk has a distinct cry, one that most people are aware of. Its cry signifies awareness. If you hear the cry of the hawk use your intuitive ability to discern the message and seek the truth.
If a hawk has soared into your life, you require a higher perspective. You need to see the details of what is going on and look at the bigger picture. Take a look at your situation from above.

Animal Symbolism-Bat

Lately I’ve been visited by bats in my dreams. I pay close attention to re-occuring dreams and keep a dream journal on my nightstand.

“Native Americans approached the realm of animals from a position of honor – knowing that all things are connected. They understood that seeing the bat with fear in the heart would be the same as being terrified of their own children. Ridiculous.

 

The Native American animal symbolism of the bat comes from a keen observation of this magnificent animal. These people recognized that the bat was highly sensitive to their surroundings and so therefore was considered a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. This made the bat a powerful symbol for Native American shamans and medicine people. Often the spirit of the bat would be invoked when special energy was needed, like “night-sight” which is the ability to see through illusion or ambiguity and dive straight to the truth of matters.

 

It is a symbol of communication because the Native Americans observed the bat to be a highly social creature. Indeed, the bat has strong family ties. They are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.

A quick-list of Bat Animal Symbolism

 

Illusion

Rebirth

Dreams

Intuition

Initiation

Journeying

Inner Depth

Communication

The bat is a symbol of rebirth and depth because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother (Earth). From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so – from the womb it is reborn every evening.”

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A message from the Woodpecker 

  

I decided to brave the elements this morning and enjoyed my coffee on the covered porch. There was a quiet stillness in the air as I breathed in the cold mountain air. SuddenY the silence was interrupted by the hammering sound of a woodpecker echoing through the woods. Immediately I began hearing her message, almost as if it were a form of morse code, a message being sent to me directly. I came back into the house to warm up and made my way upstairs to look up the symbolism of the woodpecker. A welcome message to be sure. 
Woodpecker-

  • Balance
  • Progress
  • Signaling
  • Returning
  • Protection
  • Initiation
  • Attention
  • Prophesy
  • Listening
  • Opportunity
  • Discernment
  • Communication
  • Determination

Native North American wisdom recognized the protective home-based themes of the woodpecker too. Prairie tribes had a myth that the title of protector of humankind was once vied for by the turkey and the woodpecker. The woodpecker won the title because of her ability to make such marvelous nests wherein the spiritual seed of humankind would always be sheltered from predatory threat.
Further, the symbolic meaning of woodpecker indicates a return to our roots, or having trust in our basic (gut) feelings. Dr. Carl Jung observed the woodpecker as a symbol of a return to the womb of creativity. In this observation the tree is symbolic of a womb; earthy, grounded, sturdy and secure. The woodpecker’s home within the tree is analogous of a fierce determination to return and protect that which is sacred to us.
Also, the symbolic meaning of woodpecker deals with progress because she doggedly hammers at her purpose.
What came to me immediately is the fact that the woodpecker must ‘dig deeper’ in the winter for food. Those tasty insects are no longer right below the surface. There are many layers to penetrate before being rewarded with food and satisfaction. Winter has always been a season of deep reflection for me. In the quiet stillness, free of distraction we have the opportunity to dig deep and discover those hidden morsels. 

-Guidance From the Woodpecker-

  • Fly back to our roots.
  • Shelter our wisdom from predatory threat.
  • Nurture our ideas in the womb of our core passions.
  • Communicate our ideas in more creative or non-traditional ways.
  • Stop and consider the opportunities available to us at this time.
  • Look at projects in unique creative ways to bring new life to a project.
  • Use our heads (intellect) to think up innovative solutions to overcome barriers.
  • Listen more clearly to subtle energies, there is a message that only our intuition can interpret.

Info on symbolism found on whats-my-sign.com

Angel

A few months back I had a wonderful experience. As I was picking my son up from the sitters, I turned onto her road and caught a glimpse of three horses grazing in a field. I was drawn to the paint as I, myself owned a paint Mare ‘Angel’. During my divorce Angel and Jasper were boarded at a neighboring barn. It was just too much work for me at the time. I was hoping to bring Angel and my daughters horse Jasper, a little Morgan gelding back home. However things didn’t calm down and I could no longer afford to care for them. 

I let the owner of the stables know that I was looking for a home for them.  He found one and sent me the contact info. Somehow in the craziness of life I lost the info and the owner of the stables had relocated. I never had a chance to say goodbye…

As I drove past the field, I took a closer look at te paint and was stunned to see the familiar heart shaped marking on her side, to my amazement I realized it was my Angel! Scanning the field I then saw my little Morgan gelding Jasper grazing close by! Tears filled my eyes as I got out and said hello to them! I spent a few minutes with them. Angel, still as feisty as ever and Jasper his usual chill self. 

This paint mare Angel taught me so much. Most of all she taught me patience. She is full of fire and stubborn as can be. She challenged me regularly. Perhaps we were just too much alike 😉  she always helped me face my fears. She was extremely unpredictable and and constantly pushed the line with me and tested my patience on every level. However, we both had an understanding.  Through all the frustration and battles of will, in the end we spent many a day riding along the woodland paths together, both too tired to fight each other any longer.  I came to respect her wild nature . 

She was still my Angel girl. She kept everyone in line on the farm, including the psychotic geese. It was a sweet reunion indeed.

  
  

   
 

Animal Totem-Bear

Bear Meaning

The bear has several meanings that will inspire those who have this animal as totem:

The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence

Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership

The spirit of the the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others

The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest

The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces.

-Ted Andrews-Animal Speak

There’s something about bear that speaks to us of power and strength, yet at the same time she is nurturing and protective of her young. I dream of bears quite often. She knows the power that she holds and operates in its full force. She’s provider, protecter, nurturer; yet those who cross her path have a deep respect for her boundaries. Many are intrigued by her power and both fear her yet often hope to encounter her in her wild fierceness, she is intriguing to say the least.

 

“Healing Bear” by Kyoht

 
Yet she is comfortable in her solitude. Not only comfortable but a necessity. She speaks to us of deep introspection and awareness; a blend in equal balance of both masculine and feminine qualities.  Comfortable both in water (feminine, emotions, intuition) and on land (masculine- Earth, grounded, focused, hunter, protector) foraging for wild berries and honey deep in the woods . There’s much to learn from bear. 

“Inner Circle” by Cathy McClelland