Land and Sea Snail 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 mindfully in the moment. Delve deeply into Snail symbolism and meaning to find out how this Spirit Animal Guide can enliven, invigorate, and guide you!
Land and Sea Snail Table of Contents
- Land and Sea Snail Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Land and Sea Snail Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Fish & Crustaceans
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Land and Sea Snail Symbolism & Meaning
Slippery slimy Snail: This little creature has an impressive history as a symbol throughout the world for fertility, slow and determined movement, life’s progress, and the sacred space of the home. Much of this meaning begins with the Snail’s shell. A Snail’s shell is its mobile house and security system. Inside this haven, the Snail’s soft body has protection. Otherwise, it would have no defenses against the environment let alone any predators. Sails carry their shell throughout life, giving them associations with travel, shelter, security, adaptation, and autonomy.
We see reverence toward the Snail’s shell in a variety of cultures because it’s an entrancing spiral. In Egypt, the Spiral represented spiritual and conscious expansion. Aztec art depicts the Moon God, Tēcciztēcatl, as living comfortably within a snail’s shell, providing Snail with ties to lunar, cyclic, and transitional energy. Old European observations of the Snail’s horns appearing outside their shell after rain created beliefs of Snail having some power over the weather (or weather awareness) and crop fertility.
For those of you with Gypsy feet, Snail Spirit is a perfect companion. No matter where Snail goes there is a comfortable roof overhead. Should this roof need a little reinforcement, Snails make calcium carbonate which continues creating and fortifying its shell. No handyman needed! Snail’s Motto: “Home is where the Shell is (and the heart).” Within this space, Snail rules the roost finding comfort and satisfaction.
Snail Spirit is not a fast sort, but this doesn’t keep it from moving right along. It will get where it needs to be without rushing. What’s interesting is Snail slime is something really special. There are two types. One allows Snails’ smooth travels from point A to B. Even sticky spots and grit don’t stand in the Snail’s way thanks to this goo! The second slime protects the Snail; this acts as insulation protecting the tender Snail’s body from damage and, if damage occurs, provides a healing salve. For humans, this equates to finding what figuratively lubricates our progress: What motivates us and encourages us while also offering surety and warding.
Nifty bit of Trivia: Snails are hermaphrodites. They have both male and female reproduction capabilities and can switch from one to the other as the situation requires; this attribute embraces both the Sacred Feminine and Masculine (Yin and Yang). It speaks of adaptive gender roles and returns us to the fecundity of the Snail world.
There are two types of snails with some blurred lines in between. When Snail Spirit comes to you, it helps to figure out if they are a specific variety since it shifts the focus of spiritual messages. It may take a little time determining this, but you can start with the basics.
The land Snail may live wholly on land, while some move easily between the land and fresh or saltwater depending on the species. Nature equipped a small group of Land Snails with a gill and a trap door of sorts they can close, keeping moisture in or out; this group of Land Snails enjoys damp habitats like mossy regions.
Most Land Snails come under the Earth Element’s rulership, but the smaller species have an energetic vibration comprising an Earth-Water combination. Snail eggs hatch from the soil with tiny, right-coiling shells already in place and ready to go. Even as babies they glide on a mucus-covered, muscular “foot.” If you watch, you can see contractions in the muscle powering Snail along with the least amount of friction. You can follow a snail with ease by locating its slime trail which remains in place for several hours after passing. Some obstacles Snail overcomes along those paths are impressive. Snail Spirit is a smooth operator!
Land Snails can grow up to 12-inches in size (the Giant African Snail). Meanwhile, in China diminutive Snails on limestone cliffs measure a mere .03 inches. Nearly all Land Snails have two sets of tentacles, an upper pair serving as eyes while the lower set functioning like a nose. Both sets retract, meaning Land Snail Medicine teaches us how to extend our senses or put up our wards against overwhelming energies as needed.
The Sea Snail lives in the world’s oceans, connecting it intimately to the Water Element. Like their land-loving cousins, they have a shell and a foot which helps them move. In this environment the Sea Snail acts like an effective broom, sweeping up sea plants, with a hankering for algae. Sea Snail shows an impressive resiliency. They inhabit regions as far ranging as the Arctic to the Antarctic and in the deepest part of the sea trenches.
The Largest Sea Snail measures an impressive 35 inches while the smallest is about one-third of an inch. If the Aquatic Snail senses a harsh summer coming, they may bury themselves in the mud and seal their shell. They can survive like this for three years, representing endurance and long-term planning at its finest; this behavior and the durability of Sea Snail shells lead to them contributing heavily to the fossil record around the world.
Land and Sea Snail Spirit Animal
When Snail Spirit slides into our lives, the primary message focuses us on the pace of our lives. Snail asks, “why do you hurry?” There is so much to life we miss when there’s no slowing down. It’s the difference between traveling on an airplane and a train. Yes, the train takes longer, but you still arrive at your destination and experience a tremendous amount more along the way.
For those who feel like progress has been too slow, Snail Spirit Animal arrives with a little peace of mind. If you are moving, it’s good. You may feel like headway takes forever, but it’s really only a blink in a lifetime. Be the Little Engine (or Snail) and just trust. Just like tomorrow, eventually, completion comes and right when it should.
Tied to both these lessons is a caveat about using time and energy in the best possible ways. As much as you might like it, you can’t say “yes” to every request be it social or professional. Snail Spirit Medicine prioritizes and keeps us in the moment. Tackle one thing and do it very well, then go on to the next.
The Land Snail Spirit Animal illustrates the need for keeping one foot on the ground. Know when it’s time to stay, and when you should move along or retreat for safety. Stay calm, courageous, and patient. Meanwhile, the Sea Snail Spirit directs your attention to how you feel deep within, toward your latent intuitive gifts and the mysteries from ancient times.
Overall, the Snail is a gentle Spirit who wants you to be kind to yourself. Celebrate even the small victories in your life. Open your heart to receiving blessings. Luck follows, naturally.
Land and Sea Snail Totem Animal
People with a Snail Totem Animal follow rituals and habits. Patterns matter. They get up and follow the same path around the house, the road to work, and use the same coffee cup. By adulthood, this is just natural: There’s no thought necessary, which provides continuity and comfort. Such individuals are shy and don’t trust readily. When uncertain, they retreat to the shell and often need coaxing to get back out.
If Snail is your Birth Totem, you keep a lot to yourself, particularly with emotional matters. You don’t mind working hard for your rewards in life, but thrive best in a slow, predictable environment; this dependable pace allows you time for deliberate planning and inevitably achieving the high-quality results in which you can be proud.
As you might expect, those with a Snail Totem Animal are not prone to spontaneous action. They won’t rush and see no reason to hurry life. True, this sometimes makes a family, friends, and associates impatient. You have found your inner drummer and listen carefully to this trusted beat in all you do. When something important comes up, you will make time for it, but even then, there will be a pause, a moment of thought and clarity, before responding.
You notice many things because of your unhurried nature which others may miss. One has to do with financial trends and tendencies. You can make a fair amount of money in Futures. Even if you don’t try this method, your budgetary sense is sound, and you have distinct plans for years to come.
In relationships, people with the Snail Totem Animal show devotion. They enjoy being stable and having trusted people surround them. Within this framework, they feel confident, provided your caring yields reciprocation. When insecure, you retract. You can see through lies and hate confrontation. It’s easier to put up a hard shell than showing your sensitive side; this is one downside to the Snail Totem and one of which you should remain aware. Slide away from people who bring negativity and open up those antennae to see what else the Universe holds.
Land and Sea Snail Power Animal
Let your inner Snail Power Animal come out of its shell when your life stagnates. While this energetic signature doesn’t make a fast change, it begins moving forward again. Conversely, if you are moving too fast in your life, communing with Snail helps slow things down so you can focus on small matters with far greater effectiveness.
When you need a tougher skin, Snail Power Animal reveals the path for growing a strong, sturdy shell that never falters no matter where you are.
If there’s a move in your future and you feel trepidations, Snail can help. Movement is central to Snail meaning and symbolism. There is always uncertainty and surprise about a change of environment, but if you take it one step at a time or one slide at a time, Snail style, you’ll be fine.
Facing high risks? Snail suggests avoiding all but those deemed necessary. Go about doing things right, not fast. Consider your options before diving headlong into this figurative pool.
Native American Land and Sea Snail Symbolic Meanings
There are no generalities about Snail in Native American tradition. There are, however, stories which reveal more of Snail Spirit’s character to us. Here’s one.
The Snail and the Beaver (Osage): When Earth was young before little creeks turned into rivers, or mountains grew past the clouds, Snail enjoyed a quiet life on a watery bank. He had all he wanted and was content.
One day a great storm came, making the water bank overflow, sweeping away even the sleepy little snail. He drifted down with the water, finding himself on a log in a river of Fish, surrounded by slime. The hot sun now beamed from the sky with such heat he baked to his log and could not move.
Then the oddest thing happened. Snail grew and kept on growing. His shape changed until he became a tall, slender human. The Snail did not know what to think. He knew nothing about being a human. Then an idea occurred to him. If he returned to places where he lived as a Snail, he might find food, and he was starving. He blindly moved forward until he could go no further. It was in this weakened state the Great Spirit found him.
The Great Spirit asked if he was hungry. The man replied that he’d had no food since he ceased being a Snail. When the Great Spirit heard this, he showed the man how to hunt using a bow and arrow and offered him the meat from the hunt. The man gladly ate until he was full.
Later the Great Spirit returned teaching him more survival skills before they parted ways. The Man continued his journey eventually finding his way back to the damp mound which was once his Snail home. Here he met with the head warrior of the Beavers who challenged man’s presence. Once Beaver learned of the Snail-man’s incredible transformation, Beaver invited him home for dinner.
While enjoying his time with the Beavers, the Beaver’s daughter captured Snail-man’s attention with her beauty. The man asked for her hand, and upon agreement, there was great rejoicing. It was from Snail-man’s and Beaver-daughter’s union that the Osages tribe grew.
Land and Sea Snail Dreams
Snail dreams often reveal a sense of vulnerability, as if you are exposing your soft underbelly (figuratively) to someone or within a situation. The important thing here is what you can learn from this, and whether something calls for retreat.
A Snail in its shell represents personal isolation, staying away from everyone and everything for whatever reason. You can’t do anything in this position, so don’t linger too long. Trust your instincts for knowing the best time to re-emerge.
If the snail in your dream is moving forward, you too are making progress! You may need a little more patience, but your goals are well within sight. Perseverance and tenacity lead to accomplishment.
Pay attention to the color of the Snail in your dream. A white one shows peace with self and finding your soul’s true purpose in this incarnation. A red one, however, means you can be quick to anger or are burning yourself out.
Should you only see a Snail trail in your dream it means you have to draw a line in your life. Set healthy boundaries and learn the power of saying “No.”
Far Eastern Land and Sea Snail Symbolic Meanings
In Japan folktales, relate descriptions of a Snail monster called Sazae-oni; this demon starts out in life looking quite like a snail you might see every day in your garden. But when you come back after several days it’s grown. As it grows, gills form so it can create mist and live equally well in the sea or on the land.
As the Snail progresses it grows human hands with suckers on the palm. If you get too close, it will slobber you with a sticky tongue; this is very dangerous. Run quickly away and wash off before the Sazae-oni eats you.
In a less grim story from Chinese mythology, we meet Nuwa. She is the sister of the Emperor God and the creatrix of humankind; this Goddess sometimes bears the title of Mythological Snail.
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