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Fish Symbolism & Meanings
(Includes Crustaceans)

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Angelfish Symbolism & Meaning

If you're looking to develop a genuine connection with the Divine, working with Angelfish as Spirit Guide and Power Animal is ideal. Angelfish spend their lives in the warm tropical waters. The colorful creature corresponds with the Water Element, Spirit ...
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Barracuda Symbolism & Meaning

Barracuda, as a Spirit Animal Guide, arrives in your life when you're about to embark on an adventure; this creature also comes as a guide to those who are seeking a fast way out of a troubling situation. Read on ...
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Carp Symbolism & Meaning

Carps struggle as they move their way up through the rive tributaries where they dwell; this behavior causes the aquatic creature to represent courage, ambition, and perseverance. Explore Carp symbolism and meaning now to find out more about what this ...
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Catfish Symbolism & Meaning

Catfish are so named for the barbels extending from their face which all them to sense what's in thier watery environment. As such, Catfish represent awareness and psychic sensitivity. Explore Catfish symbolism and meaning now to discover the symbolic significance ...
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Clam Symbolism & Meaning

Clams have photoreceptors serving as part of their natural system of defense. When there is a shift in light, Clam detects it, and acts accordingly, by diving for cover and hiding. As such, these creatures are symbols for self-preservation, survival, ...
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Coral Symbolism & Meaning

Coral comes in a variety of colors. Each hue gives this creature a different shade in terms of symbolic significance. Red Coral may relate to your strength and vitality, while Pink Coral might relate to matters of the heart. Find ...
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Crab Symbolism & Meaning

Finding it hard to go with the flow? Is emotional vulnerability hard for you? Do you want to go in a new direction but feel stuck? Crab as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Crab teaches how to ...
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Eel Symbolism & Meaning

Want to expand your awareness? Need help navigating a sensitive situation? Eel as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Eel teaches how to harness Kundalini energy and to protect yourself from negativity! Delve deeply into Eel symbolism and ...
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Fish Symbolism & Meaning

Fish symbolism and meaning may go unnoticed because this stealthy but fleet animal swims in the depths, off your radar. Swimming into Fish symbolism and meanings, it’s important to consider these creatures intimate and life-sustaining relationship with Water. While we ...
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Guppy Symbolism & Meaning

The Guppy embraces adaptability. While its native home was Barbados, Brazil, Trinidad, the Antilles and Venezuela, the fish happily swims in waters in nearly every country in the world, even somewhat brackish ones, save Antarctica. Despite the diversity, they prefer ...
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Jellyfish Symbolism & Meaning

Jellyfish is among the world’s most ancient creatures, arriving before the infamous Dinosaur. To look at a Jellyfish, you almost feel transported to childhood peeks through a kaleidoscope. Their colors include purple, pink and yellow with some even having the ...
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Koi Symbolism & Meaning

Want a greater sense of unity with your family? Does serenity always seem just out of reach? Koi as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Koi teaches to live in reciprocity with all of nature! Delve deeply in ...
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Land & Sea Snails Symbolism & Meaning

Feeling low on energy all the time? Want to have more time to pursue your passion? Snail as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Snail teaches how to conserve energy all while showing you how to live more ...
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Lobster Symbolism & Meaning

It might seem inconceivable, but there was a time in North America when Lobsters were so plentiful, written documents report them piling up at the shoreline up to 2-feet high. Because of the reports, Lobster immediately gains associations with plenty ...
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Manta Ray Symbolism & Meaning

Do you often promise more than you’re capable of delivering? Feeling uncomfortable and anxious whenever you try something new? Manta Ray as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Manta Ray teaches you how to stop overextending yourself all ...
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Narwhal Symbolism & Meaning

Narwhal Table of Contents Narwhal Symbolism & Meaning Spirit Animal Totem Animal Power Animal Arctic Symbolism Celtic Symbolism Narwhal Dreams Back to all Fish & Crustaceans Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings Narwhal Symbolism & Meaning A massive resident of ...
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Octopus Symbolism & Meaning

Trying to strengthen your memory? Are you looking to get greater control over your emotions? Octopus, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Octopus teaches you how to focus on what’s essential and understand your feelings. Delve deeply ...
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Oyster Symbolism & Meaning

When it comes to being tight-lipped, Oyster ranks highly among Animal Helpers. Being silent is a powerful thing. That is when the voice of the Divine can speak through the fray of daily life. Oyster knows this, living with the ...
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Puffer Fish Symbolism & Meaning

Are you feeling intimidated or need to stand up to bullies? Do you wish you could enjoy life’s pleasures without feeling trod on by others? If you need help developing confidence and assertiveness without going to the extreme of false ...
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Salmon Symbolism & Meaning

Salmon swim against the tides and currents to return to their native origins when spawning season begins. Their trailblazing action is an emblem of commitment and persevering in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Explore Salmon symbolism and meaning now ...
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Sea Urchin Symbolism & Meaning

The Sea Urchin has been around for at least 488 million years, making it a well-informed observer of the Earth’s history and human development. Two aspects stand out in Sea Urchin’s form-its five-petal pattern and spikes radiating out all around ...
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Seahorse Symbolism & Meaning

Are you feeling too small to successfully navigate the choppy waters of life? Does someone you know need 'dad of the year' energy, right now? Can you see all sides of a situation? Seahorse as a Spirit, Totem, and Power ...
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Shark Symbolism & Meaning

Are emotions getting the best of you? Is anxiety holding you back? Do you need help adjusting to a new environment? Shark as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Shark teaches you how to take a bite out ...
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Shrimp Symbolism & Meaning

Shrimps are a small-sized crustacean with a long body. It gets its name from a Middle English term meaning “pygmy.” So how do they differ from Prawns? Well, size does matter. While many use the terms Shrimp and Prawn interchangeably, ...
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Siamese Betta Fish Symbolism & Meaning

Betta Fish are the beauty kings and queens of the water (no prom required). Their flared fins and lustrous colors are a feast for the eyes. In Latin the proper name for the Betta, Betta splendens, the “splendens” means brilliant, ...
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Starfish Symbolism & Meaning

In the world of symbolism, Starfish illustrates the axiom “as above, so below” perfectly, looking like the stars above. Hermes Trismegistus, philosopher, and alchemist, put forward the metaphysical idea. Boiled down, it means cosmic energy has a partner, a mirror, ...
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Stingray Symbolism & Meaning

Trying to be more assertive when getting your point across? Need help with defining your direction? Stingray, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Stingray teaches you to be direct and how to find your focus. Delve deeply ...
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Swordfish Symbolism & Meaning

Swordfish are highly predatory Fish. Also known as Broadbills, Swordfish has a long pointed bill, cutting through the nonsense swiftly. The “sword” of the Fish is double-edged and reminds us of how our thoughts, words, and actions have consequences that ...

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Fish Symbolism & Meanings

Swimming into Fish symbolism and meanings, it’s important to consider these creatures intimate and life-sustaining relationship with Water.

The Water Element connection gives Fish spirit the connotation of the subconscious, emotions, healing and purification.

Water animals also have connections with purposeful movement and mindful independence, but for the rough currents that sometimes hinder a goal, just as they do in our lives.

When Fish begins appearing in your life, pay attention to how it presents itself.

Some of the interpretations for Fish include:

  • The Unconscious or Higher-Self
  • Feelings
  • Motives
  • Health
  • Intelligence and Thought Processes
  • Stretching Limits
  • Deeper Awareness
  • Fertility, Birth, and Rebirth
  • Inventiveness
  • Luck
  • Change
  • The Sacred Feminine
  • Water Element

As with other large categories of Spirit creatures, the exact meaning of Fish varies not only from culture to culture but also depends on the exact species of fish.

In Greek mythology, for example, Aphrodite could turn into a fish, and in fact used that form to swim speedily away escaping harm.

Christians use a Fish to represent Christ’s charity and abundance.

Neo-Pagans frequently associate Fish spirit with the Great Goddesses, especially those Beings associated with rivers, lakes and oceans.

Fish Spirit Animal

When the Fish spirit comes to you as an animal spirit guide, Lightworkers tell us that its reminding you of the feminine portion of self.

It’s time to dig deep into things that you keep tucked beneath the surface of your life, explore and reconnect.

Nurture yourself as the Great Mother would, then swim freely with fish toward your next great adventure as a new you.

Fish Animal Totem

Those born with a Fish totem are so fiercely independent that they’re often tempted to swim upstream.

People with Fish energy adapt to a variety of circumstances easily.

They have not simply a strong affinity for water, but need to connect with living water regularly for their well-being.

If you have a Fish Totem it’s likely that you strive to develop your spirit and your mind. You may have prophetic dreams or intricately correct gut instincts.

More information about your totem depends on the species of fish.

For example, the Angel Fish is a guardian for others, Betta Fish are loners, Koi have good luck, and Sharks embody intense work ethics.

Fish Power Animal

Seek out Fish medicine (energy/spirit) when your life has become stagnant or when you need to amplify your instincts.

Fish makes a good companion when endeavoring to learn about divinatory arts. Also, if you find yourself growing too tied to one person or thing, Fish inspires renewed movement and liberation.

Fish in Celtic Symbolism

The main Fish figuring into Celtic lore is the sassy salmon who gained wisdom, creativity, and future-sight by eating magical hazel nuts that He found at a sacred well.

Because of this story, the Ogham features Salmon in a special place, presenting it as a Fish of great mystical ability. Communing with Fish spirit would give you the knowledge needed by sages and seers alike.

In the Celtic Animal Zodiac, people born between August 5 and September 1 bear the sign of the Salmon. The energetics of this Astrological sign including having great self-preservation skills.

Salmon people search long and hard for the perfect environment where they can mate – this is their safe “pool” in which the proverbial “cold fish” can love and cultivate their family.

Mentally Fish people have a hard time stilling their thoughts making meditation an excellent pastime.

Native American Symbols: Fish

Salmon plays a key role in Native American symbolism too particularly among the Northwestern tribes.

Here you will find dozens of rituals that honor Salmon along with some other food fish like the giant halibut.

Some legends depict Fish as clever shape shifters or magicians that control the Water Element.

Some tribes use Fish as a clan animal including the Ojibwe, and there is a Fish Kachina in Hopi tradition.

More Fish Symbolic Meanings:

The Chinese often give Fish as gifts, particularly Koi, for weddings as a symbol of devotion and a happy marriage. They are also an emblem of fertility.

In Buddhism, Fish is one of the 8 symbols for the enlightened Buddha (specifically a pair of golden fish).

Finally among the Norse, Fish represent determination and flexibility.

24 thoughts on “Fish

  1. Amy Jo says:

    Thank you for the wonderful insights. I am a dowser and I recently received a pendulum chart booklet on Animal guides (from in case anyone is interested.) When I dowsed the list It came up with Tuna. I had no Idea what it meant… I then remembered snorkeling on many occasions and being surrounded by tuna. And another time when I was on a large ferry boat and having a tuna leap out of the water going in the same direction of boat and seemingly just hang in the air next to me for about 5 seconds!

    When I asked the tuna what he was here to assist me with he said. “To help to free you of your self imposed limitation, and allow you to be free to go deep into your own thoughts and understand your relationship to the rest of the world”

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Amy Jo;

      You are most welcome and thank you for visiting!

      What an awesome story! I haven’t researched Tuna as a Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal yet but since ALL animals bring powerful energy and medicine to the realms of men, it doesn’t surprise me that the message Tuna sent to you was “deep”.

      Stay wild,

  2. Raymond says:

    On Eart Day this year I was sending out healing energy and connected with whale. The right eye, mouth, blow hole and half of right side of her body came into view strongly. I felt strength, compassion and deep wisdom. My regular spirit animals are turtle, hawk and bear. I am still meditating on whale energy. Helps with my new sobriety.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Raymond;

      Congratulations on your sobriety! Since you’re working on sobriety, it makes perfect sense that you saw the right side of your Whale Spirit Animal. Right is Yang energy. It’s elements are fire & spirit. It’s ruled by sunlight. You’re coming out of the darkness, into the light and Whale energy is there to help you cross that ocean!

      If you haven’t seen it yet, click to read about the Whale Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal.

      Whale Spirit, Totem, & Power Animal

      Stay wild,

  3. Isabel says:

    hi i would like to know i did an interview with a guy and ask him if he could be any animal what would he be and he replied a fish. what does that say about is personality

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Isabel;

      Without knowing what kind of Fish, I can’t give specifics about his personality. However, in general, Fish ‘people’ are very in touch with their feelings and emotions. They ‘go with the flow’ and can be incredibly kind.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  4. Katherine says:

    I did a shamanic meditation where I was told I would meet someone who would give me a message. Long story short I found a woman dancing around a fire who smeared ash on my face and instantly I saw a trout. It was weird because we were in the mountains, but after a moment I realized I was actually following behind a trout swimming in murky water. After this I settled to the bottom of the water and sat for a long time, and the water became clear. I was wondering what your thoughts on a trout might be?

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Katherine;

      Trout are well known for their ability to camouflage from predators. The many different colors and hues that adorn Trout’s body are used specifically for the purpose of being able to camouflage. Because the water was murky but then became clear, I would say that potentially Trout swam into your dream to let you know it’s OK to finally show your true colors – to ‘come out from hiding’.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  5. Ty says:

    I had a very powerful meditation and at the end I was told they were gifting with a rainbow fish. It did not specify what type of rainbow fish but I would recognise it if I saw it. Do you know what types of fish are rainbow in color and I mean bright colors blues reds pinks green greenish blue

  6. Samantha says:


    I had a very vivid dream recently where I was swimming in the ocean and a Sunfish passed by me and allowed me to touch it. I was wondering if this could perhaps be one of my spirit animals coming forth and letting itself be known in this time where many new and exciting changes are happening in my life (with one difficulty being my job) and what the Sunfish as a spirit animal represents?

    Thank you

  7. Wendy Middleton says:

    Any idea what a gar fish might symbolize… particularly if visiting you in a dream state?

    • spiritanimals says:

      Hi, Wendy;

      I couldn’t find too much on Gar fish symbolism but I suspect it might be like Hummingbirds (long noses that look like Swords). Swords represent aiming straight and true at goals as well as the Air Element. So, seeing a Gar fish in a dream might mean that it’s time for you to aim at what your heart’s biggest desire is (Water represents emotions). Also, what untruths or veils do you need to ‘pierce’? What is being hidden from you at this time?

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  8. Michele says:

    I was having a healing and saw a whole bunch of fish. They were half in the water. The water was clear. Almost like you would see in China with the koi fish,but it was rainbow trout. So many of them they could hardly swim. What would you know what this would represent?

  9. Sally says:

    Hi, On Monday, March 27, 2017, It was heavy fog all day. In the afternoon, I went out for a good long walk at the waterfront, still in fog. To my surprise, I saw a big fish jumping high in the air at far distance. There was no boat or anything. Water at Lake Ontario was very calm. I stayed still at the pier waiting and watching. There I saw another one again. Still fog but I could see jumping fishs (fishes) there and there. In total I saw jumping fishs twenty-seven (27) times!!!!!!!! It could be more than 27 times but I had to leave because my adult son was waiting in my car. Smile. I stayed there long enough. I am really honoured to witness this event! It was really amazing! I usually go there for a walk but not like this. I don’t know what kind of fishs they were but more likely Pike, Bass,Walleye or other – all fishs were quite big! I could see them at far distance. Can you tell me what does this sign of jumping fishs mean?

  10. Harley Quinn says:

    how do i find my spirit animal?

  11. Katie says:

    Do you have any information regarding Sun Fish? I had a dream that i was swimming with a HUGE sun fish, like bigger than I was, and I was in some type of human form, I also had hundreds of baby sea turtles, all sizes really, all around me as well! the water was warm and sweet salty. It was quite lovely dream actually. Would love to hear your thoughts on it?

  12. William says:

    I’m just saying the dream part. I had a dream in which I was a horse having sex with an ass. The ass gave birth to a mule. Good looking mule too. Which one of the three would be my spirit animal I guess is what I’m wondering.

  13. Dr Linda Christensen says:

    Thank you! During the night in dream state a strong image of a fish, salmon, with something in his mouth, round brown like a nut (yes, it must’ve been a hazelnut, the only nut that looks like that!) and on top of his head was a golden crown. Blew my mind to read here re Celtic lore.

  14. Ifeyinwa judith alocha says:

    Greatness for my own understanding

  15. Betty says:

    I had a reading from a medium and she saw a lot of rainbow trout in my Chakra ( i can’t remember which chakra) and she wasn’t familiar with the meaning. Do you have any ideas?

  16. Rebecca says:

    Hi All, wonder if anyone could shed some light on this…

    My daughter brought her tropical fish home, guami’s plex, plati and guppys.
    Since she brought them iv got quite interested in them love to look at them individually spotting the pregnant guppys and fishing out babies . I think there great, quite mesmerising actually. I wonder if maybe because I a water sign (aquarius)
    Anyway, today has been odd., I keep seeing guppys everywhere, in my Peripheral vision, when I blink sometimes, like a flash, even when I was watering my plants I kept seeing fish in the soil, the odd thing wa some where dead some caught my eye cos they were moving, I know I sound mad but it’s a split second vision if u like just fish all over the place in my mind also what could this mean or am I needing to call my Cpn

    • Nicola says:

      Aquarius is an Air sign, but I love your affinity with fish element, it’s a special thing x

  17. Ellen says:

    I need help to understand. I dreamt I a group of people found a live, large and well filled out white fresh water bass. It’s scales eyes and everything was unblemished. It was given to me. It was positive for me to feel the body which I felt the scales and protective film. While I carried the fish it sprayed out liquid. I believe these were eggs. But I didn’t take the fish to clean or eat it. I put in clean and clear water. Except for needing to wipe off my skirt these were no negative vibes.

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