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Black Panther Symbolism & Meaning

Do you need help reclaiming your personal power? Are you a single mom seeking the strength to make it through? Is it time to face the darkness without fear? Black Panther as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Black Panther teaches you how to embark on these heroic journeys. Delve deeply in Black Cat symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can illuminate, support, and guide you.

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Black Panther Symbolism & Meaning

Black Panther speaks to our soul with the shimmering energy of the Moon. This big cat is the ultimate shapeshifter, the master of disguise. Panther’s sleek black coat cloaks its true identity in the shadows. It isn’t until you are close to a Panther that their illusion is revealed and who they really are can be seen.

But, good luck getting close to this elusive animal and any human for which Black Panther is their Totem Animal.

The Black Panther is actually a Leopard or Jaguar (usually, though it can be any big cat) with a genetic difference that gives them a black coat. It isn’t until you get very close that you can see slight color variations – mostly spots. So, while the old saying of “A leopard can’t change its spots” might be true, they can hide them. In this ability to masque its authentic nature is where we find the Black Panther’s deepest symbolism and meanings.

Egyptian priests wore a Panther tail to give them strength and safety during sacred rituals. It was also a Panther who diligently protected IO, Zeus’s beloved heifer.

In nature, Black Panthers can move over short distances very quickly, leading to the symbolic meaning of swift, graceful action. When you find yourself seeking out Panther Medicine, you may find yourself likewise having to make fast choices. After making that move, however, don’t maintain that pace as Panther cannot go the distance for very long.

Black Panther is a loner. This Spirit is one of solitary study who often walks alone. This is not a lonely life, rather one of choice that develops Panther’s senses especially to psychic abilities and magic. They hunt silently seeming to appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. This means that Black Panther people can be very elusive. You may have to wait for them to find you.

Because Panther has lunar ties, they hold the power of mysticism and the safety of darkness. Her wisdom and knowledge is a deep as the night itself. She is sensitive to vibrations that others cannot process, and very in touch with her sensual, sexual self. When Black Panther walks with you, your love life is about to take on whole new intensity.

A Black Panther’s stare is intense. You cannot avoid its piercing awareness. This Spirit Animal strips away all facades and understands others down to a cellular level. It is a very powerful guide, and one worthy of deep respect.

Black Panther Spirit Animal

Black Panther as a Spirit Animal often comes those who need protection. Panthers, generally speaking, is smaller than lions or tigers – yet far more fierce.

This Sacred Mother watches over those She chooses with great courage, often chasing away our own fears of those things we don’t understand with her proactive bravery.

See, the Panther Spirit Animal helps us navigate darkness, within and without. As we follow Her lead, we transform doubts into strengths so that we may inevitably be birthed into a new level of awareness.

Mothers who need help leaving a toxic marriage often find Black Panther appearing as their Spirit Animal. For more on this, see the Panther Power Animal below.

Black Panther Totem Animal

Those born with a Black Panther Totem Animal have a natural understanding of life’s cycles. They are graceful individuals who move in and out of our lives, often with little notice. Panther people typically seeks out other solitary souls who value brief connection.

Panther is cautiously curious. She has deep running passions that beg for expression. If your Totem Animal is a Black Panther, this is part of your power. You need that release, but frequently without commitment.

It’s said that the most powerful form of communication available to humans is complete silence. Those with Panther as a Totem Animal know when to be silent and have the strength to do so. Additionally, Panther people rarely reveal too much about themselves.

Black Panther Power Animal

Invoke Black Panther when you need to see beyond superficial reality. Panther is also an excellent partner in psychic work, for connecting with Moon energies, developing sensitivity, and for discovering your personal truth. Divination systems with a tactile element pair very effectively with Panther medicine.

For mothers who need aid gathering the courage to leave toxic marriages, Black Panther energy can support them during this time. Black Panther mommas raise their children as single parents (usually). They establish dominance shortly after mating and push the male away.

Native American Black Panther Symbolic Meanings

Native American symbols and meanings for the Black Panther center on Jaguars, a word that roughly means, “kills in one blow”. This creature’s original habitat was North American, but it slowly moved southward, which is why we find stories in Mexico and Peru. Both these regions uplifted Jaguar as a God (often associated with the Underworld), and this divine cat played an integral role in coronation rites.

Generally speaking Native American tradition associates Black Panther with successful hunts, leadership, strength, honor, aggression, fearlessness, clear sight, instinct, and calculated movement.

Black Panther as a Celtic Animal Symbol

Celtic lore speaks very little about Black Panther, but we do know that Freya, the Goddess of fertility, fate and love in Norse tradition had a chariot manned by two huge black cats.

Black Panther Dreams

Black Panther dreams can have a wide variety of meanings and symbolism depending on the way in which She appears. Generally dreams about Panthers represents personal power and shrewdness. For example a wounded Panther represents a meeting with an adversary that you will overcome and petting a Panther portends good luck.

Learn more about Panther Spirit by reading Black Panther Dreams Interpretations on!

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  1. jay December 19, 2017 at 6:07 am - Reply

    i had a dream, it was so real. i was in an empty white bedroom… and the black panther was there by my side. i touched it and pet it. and it was peaceful. that was just my hole dream. just sitting side by side in silence. and it was so real i can’t get the dream out of my head. wat does that mean…

  2. Kev January 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Hi, Everyone:

    I had a dream last night in which a black panther engaged me in a physical confrontation. We began wrestling, and I was able to control it. My two dogs (pit bull mixes) came to help me, but they saw I didn’t need any help, and they just stood there silently watching.

    It felt like I was scared of the black panther, but then was not in real danger because of my abilities. It may also have been that I misinterpreted the black panther’s intention, or that it was not the threat it claimed to be. Either way, my fear was not warranted. I was more powerful, and I opted not to hurt it when I had the chance.

    What do you think this means?

  3. Rebecca January 9, 2018 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I was getting ready for bed one night and it was about 2 years after my horrible divorce. I noticed a shadow of a large cat jump into my room at the doorway. It was a black shadow/black panther slowly sneaking up the side of my bed and I just pretended that I was sleeping because I was scared. It jumped up with its paws smelling my face. I could feel and smell its breathe, whiskers, fur and paws. I was terrified! I got the courage to pull the covers back and look up. Then I noticed it went back down and walked back towards the end of my bed and jump out of my room as if the doorway was a portal to another realm. I was not dreaming as this was really real! After this encounter, all of my spiritual gifts started coming to me. I knew what I was doing without knowing what I was doing if that makes sense. Its been 12 years now and I haven’t heard from The Black Shadow panther again. Why is this?

  4. Cheyenne February 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I had a dream a night ago I was in blackness for a while just sinking and falling slowly it felt as if I was just still in that moment when I had realised I was sinking in dark black like water with a boat or something above me two black panthers came swimming from both left and right to me and they looked me in the eyes with passion and concern they nuzzled up to me and let me hug them as if they loved me I woke up feeling so attached and loved .

  5. Nicole February 19, 2018 at 2:01 am - Reply

    I have a question of a strange dream I had a while ago, before knowing about spirit animals.. Un my dream, I was at my great grandmother’s house and she told me that she had a new pet. When I went to meet it, it turns that it was a beautiful black panther with green eyes.

    At first I was scared of it, but my great grandmother told me not yo be scared, because ir wouldn’t hurt me, but that I had yo become it’s fríend. Then she just locked me outside with the panther. But I run to the door and enter the house.

    Later in my dream, I went outside again and came closer to the panther’s jail, but it was open. The panther came to me and cornered me between the wall and intself. Then, It stared at me and opened it’s mouth to bite me, but in a harmless way. Limé if it was just playing. A few seconds later I started to pet it and it leaned on me and began to purr with it’s eyes closed. Then I entered to the house where My family was and spend the rest of the dream hugging the panther con the flor.

    I had a similar dream a few days after this one, but this time with a polar bear but I never entered to the house with it this time

    What does that means?

  6. Sharna Decampo May 21, 2018 at 2:21 am - Reply

    Hi everyone
    I had my daughter nearly 14 years ago, when she was 2-3 years old she came into the shower and appeared to be rubbing somethings head i asked her what was she doing she replied as a two year old ” patting the panther ” I replied with “ohh and where is the mummy panther” unbemused with my question she walked out.
    One week later she came in to the shower and appeared to be rubbing something worth her both hands ” I asked her what was she doing” she repllied ” patting mummy and baby panther”
    Feeling rather uensure of how to accept this information my daughter’s was telling me I still encouraged what she said she had seen and done with Panther.
    Over the next couple weeks I noticed a rather large hole had been dug out under the shrub that was outside my daughter’s bedroom window where her bed was.
    I become curious and did some research on Panthers and their living habitats and to my surprise Panthers dig a hole under shrubs for sleeping.
    After a couple months of more extrodinary things happening it was a cool night and I was out side having my cup of tea and a cigarette before bed. Like every other night my dog buddy used to try beat me in the back door but this particular night to what I thought was my black dog buddy laying in the grass didn’t try beat me in the door instead a baby or little panther sleeked onto the rock table on my back verandah it appeared to be black from a far but once it appeared closer its actual color was a deep purple it was see through and had the most peering yellow eyes that stared straight at me in my total amazement I said out loud to the panther ” f*** me she really sees you, But your gonna disappear now aren’t you. And as I completed that statement it disappeared.
    It was truly one of the most amazing thi ngs I had the privilege to see and experience.

  7. ST December 6, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Dreamed of a black jaguar peering at me on the tree far across from me. A large pit between us. Then I dreamed the jaguar turned into a man, and helped me slide down the pit. After I got down into the pit, he the jaguar-turned man, had physical sex with me. It was utterly sensuous and sexually fulfilling.

  8. Myra February 6, 2019 at 2:30 am - Reply

    While home sick with a flareup of diverticulitis with chills, I had a dream about not one, but TWO black panthers. I don’t remember the entire dream, but it felt like the panthers kept reoccurring. They had caught a man and were dragging him off, I assume, for dinner. Yet they kept looking back at me, as if expecting me to follow them. They did not make any attempt to attack me. It seemed almost as though they expected me to try to save the man, as though they had grabbed him to see my reaction. In the dream, I think I did follow them, but I don’t remember what happened after that.

    I have had dreams about a white Lynx once, and several dreams about mountain lions/cougars, but this is the first time I have dreamed about black panthers. I am also somewhat confused by the fact there were TWO of them, if then normally tend to be loners.

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