Seahorse Symbolism & Meaning

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Are you feeling too small to successfully navigate the choppy waters of life?

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Seahorse Symbolism & Meaning

Many ancient cultures connected the Seahorse with various Divine beings.

In Rome and Greece, for example, the Seahorse was sacred to Poseidon and Neptune, potent sea gods. As a result, one of the keynote meanings for Seahorse is one of power and authority, particularly in matters of emotion and intuition because of the Water Element involved.

A rather lovely story from Greco-Roman times indicates that the Seahorse is a guide to drown sailors.

This creature safely guides them through the spiritual vortex until they reach their ordained fate in the afterlife (is it any wonder that sailors used seahorse images as luck charms?).

Spiritual seekers could interpret this afterlife as something more metaphorical – namely the Seahorse monitoring dramatic change so we can navigate those tumultuous waters safely.

There is something about Seahorse Spirit that fires human imagination.

An interesting fact is that the Greeks called Seahorses by the name Hippocampus (horse sea monster).

One cannot help but wonder about the connection between this name and the part of our brains that controls memory (Hippocampus).

Lightworkers have sometimes theorized that a Seahorse Spirit Animal is a keeper of history, including our past lives. Seahorse is also a creature of whimsy and inventiveness.

One of the most potent and unusual Seahorse meanings and symbols is that of the Male aspect, particularly the role of the Father.

In nature, male Seahorses are those who carry the female’s eggs for about one and a half months in a tail pouch until they are born. This speaks of an amazing partnership between the males and females of the species, which are said to mate for life.

Other symbolic values for Seahorse come from its physical nature.

These tiny sea creatures has eyes that can look in opposite directions at the same time, giving them the meaning of observation and awareness.

The boney nature of Seahorse is a safeguard and represents protection. Not being the best of swimmers, Seahorse moves slowly from spot to spot, only using its tail as an anchor in stormy seas. This symbolizes patience, serenity and persistence.

Seahorse Spirit Animal

When Seahorse swims in as your animal spirit guide he is often telling you that you have become obstinate and unyielding to your own detriment.

Pause for a moment and get some perspective. With Seahorse energy to support you, this will be easier than usual given that Seahorse’s eyes can see simultaneously see in opposite directions.

Sometimes when you hit a wall all it takes is backing up and looking for alternative ways to overcome it.

Another message from Seahorse spirit is that while you may be driven to help others, there are times when you cannot be selfless.

Seahorse reminds us that we must fill our inner well if we are to truly help others (and ourselves) drop anchor and stay steady when the waves begin to crash down upon us.

Seahorse Totem Animal

Those born with a Seahorse totem are stalwart do-gooders. You have a natural desire to help people, particularly those who cannot truly help themselves.

Others find you very thoughtful and well-mannered. You make an excellent parent and partner thanks to your highly intuitive nature.

Note, however, that some will find your precognition and accurate perceptions a little disconcerting – you can see right through barriers that people hide behind.

While Seahorse people work frequently with Water energy, you also need some type of balance.

One lesson from your totem is grounding and centering. Use that strong tail to secure yourself when life seems stormy.

Hold sure until you know the clouds have passed and you can continue on your journey safely.

In relationships those with the Seahorse totem are simple and straightforward.

You probably prefer an evening at home with candles over a fancy restaurant. The smallest of romantic gestures is never lost on you – in fact you love them and reciprocate accordingly.

Seahorse Power Animal

Seek out the Seahorse as a Power Animal when you need greater patience or a renewed sense of inner peace.

Another excellent time to ask Seahorse’s aid is when you are about to become a father. You couldn’t ask for a more trustworthy guide to this exciting new stage in your life.

Beyond this, Seahorse becomes a great energetic partner when you need protection, want to express your personal power, hope to improve awareness or when there are old feelings that should be released so you can move forward.

Seahorse as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Celtic iconography shows Seahorse as a brave and patient navigator of the sea. This creature also symbolizes our emotions and creativity. In some Celtic regions the Seahorse figured into Divine mythology and meanings.

Seahorse Dreams

When Seahorse comes swimming into your dreamscape be prepared to unlock matters that have been buried in your subconscious.

Dreaming about Seahorses let’s you know that it’s time for waking up and stretching your perspectives, particularly spiritually and emotionally. Other interpretations of Seahorse depend on what it’s doing in the dream.

Seahorse in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In as far as I know, the Seahorse shows up on in the Celtic Zodiac & Astrology system.

Seahorse in the Celtic Zodiac

In Celtic Astrology, those born between February 19th and March 27th have the Seahorse as a ruling sign. Characteristics of Seahorse people include inventiveness, a sense of inner peace, the ability to think out of the box and strong psychic aptitudes.

Far Eastern Seahorse Symbolic Meanings

The Seahorse is a younger cousin to Sea Dragons in Chinese culture. As a result, they honored the Seahorse giving it the symbolic value of good fortune and fortitude. As in Greece and Rome, sailors valued a Seahorse charm to safeguard them.

Seahorse Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Water Elemental
  • The Afterlife
  • Power
  • Luck
  • Alchemy
  • Safety
  • Kindness
  • Perception
  • Kindness
  • Manners
  • Pacing
  • Tenacity
  • Progress
  • Ingenuity
  • Stealth
  • Authority
  • Fatherhood
  • Partnership

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4 Responses

  1. Sandra parker

    This was intriguing to read and made a lot of sense. I dreamt last night of myself but was thinking of one seahorse but then was told to have five not sure why five but feel it’s step forward in my understanding of things at present.

    • Bernadette King

      Hi, Sandra;

      5 is a very sacred number because it symbolizes the elements – earth, air, water, fire, spirit (aether). On my sister-site, BuildingBeautifulSouls.com you can read all about the 5 Elements Symbolism and Meanings.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  2. Carla D'Lee

    What a lovely site. I will explore the other one too. This was helpful. I dreamed of many sea horses of all different colors.

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Carla;

      Thank you for the kind words about WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com! So happy to help you! Oooo, Seahorses! I LOVE and collect them (paintings, stone carvings, jewelry, etc.). Seahorses are very powerful animal totems. Pay close attention to that dream!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

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