Symbols and Signs: Animals

Animals are among the first symbols any human race has used. From birth we know that certain animals represent traits that are human, such as courage, wisdom and strength. I would look into Viking, Egyptian, Christian, Native American Legends and Greek/Roman mythos for animal motifs.

  • Tigers: a symbol of strength, power, energy, passion, ferocity, sensuality, beauty, speed, and wrath.
  • Panthers: symbolize strength, , adventure, loyalty, triumph, and a spiritual mind or personality.
  • Lions: courage, power, royalty, dignity, authority, justice, wisdom, and ferocity.
  • Koi Fish: fortune and luck, perseverance in adversity, and strength of purpose. (Japanese)
  • Dolphins: gracefulness, playfulness, gentle, harmony, intelligence, friendship, community, and generosity.
  • Crabs: trust, emotion, protection, regeneration, and transformation.
  • Shark: calculation, perceptiveness, and instinct.
  • Dove: peace, hope, love, freedom, promise, maternity, and messenger. (Christian)
  • Eagle: patriotism, spiritual protection, guardianship, opportunity, freedom, skill, authority, vision, power, and leadership. (Native American)
  • Peacocks: Glory, royalty, power, beauty, awakening, refinement, and incorruptibility.
  • Hummingbirds: joy, energy, vitality, healing, peace, infinity, agility, playfulness, loyalty, and affection.
  • Snake: duality, the search for balance, rebirth, patience, awareness, wisdom, ambition, evil, healing, intellect, protection, royalty, and awareness. (Christian, Greek, Egyptian)
  • Frog: f fertility, luck, purity, rebirth, renewal, healing, metamorphosis, and opportunity.
  • Turtles and tortoises: steadiness, protection, patience and stability
  • Butterflies: beauty, metamorphosis, transformation, fragility, grace, resurrection, transition, and change.
  • Spiders : fate, death, rebirth, and signifying a crafty or resourceful personality.
  • Dragonflies: prosperity, peace, good luck, purity, and harmony.
  • Scorpions: death, transition, sex, control, solitary, passion, protection, and defensiveness.
  • Horses: power, grace, beauty, strength, freedom, and nobility.
  • Foxes: cunning, playful, quick thinking or strategic personality, wisdom
  • Ant: group mind, patience, action
  • Antelope: action, agility and sacrifice
  • Armadillo: safety, boundaries, medicine shield
  • Bat: rebirth, secrets, blood and initiation
  • Beaver: builder, protector
  • Boar: Fire, savageness, power, the sun
  • Buffalo: sacredness, life, abundance, prophecy (Native American)
  • Cat: Royalty, cunning, evil, independence (Egyptian)
  • Bear: Strength, Motherhood, power
  • Coyote: laughter, humor, foolishness
  • Crow: Death, greed, murder, wealth
  • Deer: gentleness, trust, innocence and purity
  • Dog: Loyalty, nobility, true friendship
  • Hawk: Speed, persistence and quick wits
  • Lizard: Self-reliance, longevity, age, wisdom, evil
  • Mouse: Timidness
  • Otter: Laughter, curiosity, mischievous
  • Owl : wisdom, deception, death (Greek/Roman)
  • Rabbit: Virtue, serenity, low curiosity, quiet talent, fertility, (Chinese)
  • Ram: self worth, stubbornness (Chinese)
  • Raven: Magic, the messenger, mystery, dreams, death (Norse)
  • Sheep: trusting and naivety
  • Wolf: knowledge , leadership, savagery, teamwork, fear, Motherhood (Native American, Norse, Roman)

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