Camel Symbolism & Meaning
Are you looking for the easiest way of moving forward? Are you nourishing your soul? Camel as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Camel teaches you how to endure through challenges while feeding the spirit! Delve deeply in Camel symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can strength, support, and guide you!
Camel Table of Contents
- Camel Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Arabian Symbolism
- Camel Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Camel Symbolism & Meaning
The heart of a Camel is that of a traveler. Camels are amazingly adept at journeying over long distances in terrible heat while carrying their owner’s treasure. In many ways every time Camel goes somewhere it is a kind of pilgrimage that asks us questions like, “Where are you going and why” or “what type of challenges will I face ahead?”
Life itself is a daunting journey but one that Camel embraces with dignity and formidable endurance. There is no better Animal guide for people who find the way too long or too hard. Camel Spirit safeguards us and helps us avoid pitfalls or the temptation to give up.
Think of it this way. Merchants and pilgrims alike trusted the Camel to get them where they needed to go; this opened the trade routes, particularly for spices. In turn, people were exposed to different cultures, languages, ideas, etc. In truth, in Asia and Africa this interactive commerce growth may have never taken place without the Camel: That’s a pretty impressive letter of recommendation. On a metaphysical level, what new “routes” do you want to explore with Camel at your side?
The most notable attribute of a Camel is its humps that store fat and water; this allows Camel to regulate its water usage, pacing it ever so carefully. For those interested in the Tarot, the High Priestess card bears a symbol in Hebrew that translates as “Camel.” How does the High Priestess relate to Camel? She represents the unknown over the horizon, of life’s changes and that you cannot take your proverbial water for granted.
In addition to movement and conservation of our resources, Camel symbolism and meaning remains tied to obedience, stamina, self-sufficiency and indeed survival. If we think of this Spiritually, from where are you getting that sustaining “food” for your soul?
Among the Kazak people of Central Asia have great respect for Camel. In ancient times, the Camel was an object of worship. Killing one was frowned upon and sometimes led to punishment. There is an ancient Kazak song, maintained in oral history, about a mother Camel that lost her infant in running water; this translated into people using Camels to transport the dead. There was an unspoken trust between this country’s people and Camel. The herdsman gave them plenty of room when they drank, and the Camel did likewise.
One of the most interesting aspects of Kazak folklore about the Camel is that parts of his body resemble other animals, specifically some of those associated with the Chinese Zodiac.
– Mouse’s ears
– Rabbits’ nose
– Monkey’s hair
– Ox’s hooves
– Dragon’s neck
– Rooster’s comb
– Lion’s tail
– Snake’s Eyes
The uncanny similarities of the Camel with other animals and creatures may have inspired Sir Alec Issigonis when he said, “A Camel is a horse designed by committee.”
Keywords associated with Camel symbol and meaning include safety, endurance, persistence, adaptation, travel, humility, resilience, survival and respect.
Camel Spirit Animal
Camel as a Spirit Animal that often comes to those who are about to travel many miles, whether in reality or metaphorically. You need to be strong and keep those things you hold dear close to your heart. Camel prevails with you. When you are weary, you can ride on his back in full safety and assurance. Sometimes there is risk involved in these types of journeys, but Camel knows that too. Let his wisdom guide you.
A second lesson from Camel Spirit is that of commitment. You must trust the Camel and Camel must trust you. Without that the path becomes very uncertain; this is true in relationships, business dealings, partnerships, etc.
Camel is a Spirit Animal who will say with you in the long haul. Camel keeps you calm, committed and confident. There’s also a level of patience that Camel advises. The journey is just as important as the destination if not more so. Don’t miss tidbits of insight along the way.
There is a little bit of vulnerability that you must allow with Camel.
To really assist you they have to know the truth. What are your “reserves”? What will best sustain you and keep you walking in mindfulness until your quest is complete? It’s important to answer those questions for yourself and for Camel to support your goals. Camel walks, thinks, and lives in the realm of possibilities.
Camel Totem Animal
Those born with a Camel Totem Animal are the people that can always go the extra mile and make it look easy. You are also the ultimate poster person for survival. No matter what happens in life, you seem to know exactly where to walk and act to stay secure.
If this is your Totem Animal, you prefer self-sufficiency You really don’t like people offering aid. You would rather figure things out alone. From the outside, this may seem off-putting as if you don’t appreciate the contribution. So it’s important for Camel people to show gratitude even when the answer is “no.” There is another reason for living like this – you like to take your time. Yours is not a rushing existence. You want to put your power and focus toward very specific things rather than scattering energy to the winds without regard.
Camel Totems often equal longevity. You feel this in your bones and want to meter yourself accordingly. Take only what you need, when you need it; put down the burdens you cannot carry, and be of service while still remembering your own needs; these are key traits of Camel Medicine.
Camel Power Animal
When you find yourself in some wilderness with no idea as to where to go or what to do call on Camel as a Power Animal. He can guide you safely to your destination and help you learn some lessons along the way. It is not like Camel to use time carelessly.
Another good time for seeking Camel Power Animal is when you feel like your energy has hit rock bottom. Camel will share with you the secrets of reserving your power and survival when there is little in the way of supplies.
If you have recently been called to service of some nature, Camel Power Animal offers assistance with that task. Service is a language of love. Give of it wisely.
Bear in mind the Camel Power Animal has its own sense of time and pacing. If you’re in a rush, this isn’t the Spirit on which to call. On the other hand, if you are willing to take things slowly and carefully, Camel will be happy to give aid.
Camel as an Arabian Symbol
The following is the Bedouin Story of the Origin of Arabian Camels. There is a Bedouin legend that begins with a revelation. The Hebrew Tribes had Camels before the Bedouin. The Jews live in Hijaz where there were mountains while the Bedouin remained in the desert. The Bedouin stayed away from the mountains thinking them too dangerous until a guide came to them promising safe journey. Sadly, the guide got hopelessly lost and the entire troupe wandered around for days, becoming so hungry they ate some horses. Thankfully, a kind traveler found them and took them to the plain where the Jews lived.
The site before them was amazing. Tents were everywhere along with strange animals, the Camel. Bedouins decided to hide until early in the day to take the Camels and any other treasures they could find. After this, the Jews no longer had Camels and began farming goats and sheep. Some Jews filled containers of water and placed them outside their tent praying for their Camel’s return. Sadly, that never happened, and the Arabian Camel was born.
Camels in Bedouin Tradition
Camels and the Bedouin share a common history. After all, Camel is perfectly suited to life in the desert. These people use Camel for transport, meat, milk and sometimes use their skins for other creations like water containers. There is a common saying among the Bedouin that an Arab love his son, his Camel and his wife in that order, but sometimes one became primary over the others (no one tells who!).
There are two types of Camels: Two-humped Camels are Bactrian, and single-humped Camels are dromedaries. This second type has a natural habitat in Arabia and North Africa, nowhere else. And while they appear rather gentle, they will fight for water, letting nothing get in their way. Talk about determination.
A thirsty Camel will drink up to 21 gallons of water in one session. While they drink the Bedouin sing, believing it somehow helps the Camels get enough for sustenance. The Bedouin also help Camels 6 find their food. They do not seem as focused as other animals on prey because of their poor sense of sight and smell. The two gestures show how close the relationship is between the Bedouin and Camel.
An interesting site on any given day may be a Camel rolling on its back as a way of cooling itself. When one or several find just the right ground, they first kneel and then turn to roll, all four feet to the sky. There is a belief that this behavior strengthens a Camel’s joints while also cooling it in some manner. No, don’t worry, you do not have to follow suit if you have a Camel Totem or Spirit Animal, but having some dirt on your altar would be suitable. Make Camel feel at home.
Camels were also a suitable dowry for weddings among socially elevated people.
Some feel that the appearance of a Camel in your dream is quite fortuitous. The vibrations of the Universe are on your side. Things should start falling into place resulting in joy, wealth, love and a little rest and recreation for good measure. Wherever you go, you will find people willing to help you out.
Another interpretation of Camel in your dream is finally reaching a long-term goal by sheer endurance. There may be some burdens along the way, but you can face them bravely and come out looking great!
For workaholics Camel represents the need to pull back a bit. There is no need to carry the weight of the world on your shoulder. Release those things you no longer need and live your truth.
Other possible meanings of Camel in your dream include:
- Many Camels bearing bundles – riches or another good fortune.
- Inner journeys of a very personal nature.
- Preparation and a positive attitude for what lies ahead.
- Accepting life as it comes and be ready to “fix” anything you break.
- Taking the reins of control back in your life. Creating your destiny.
Far Eastern Camel Symbolic Meanings
The one-humped and two-humped Camels are useful in Feng Shui for good luck and wealth. One hump Camel images safeguard your finances. The Two-humped Camel overcomes monetary worries. Offices should have both Camels placed in the South-East sector of a room which governs wealth.
In China, Camels were highly prized for their assistance with trading silk. Caravans came from the West; they returned to the East trading things like wool or jade for silk. Camels carried hundreds of pounds of goods for merchants and traders.
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