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Cow Symbolism & Meaning

Because you’re seeking out Cow symbolism and meaning, a deep stirring must be happening in your soul. See, Cow as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal is a special energy and medicine. Cows represent motherhood, Mother Gaia, and the Mother Goddesses. Take time to meditate on all Mother Cow has to offer. She is a sacred reminder of fertility, birth, and nurturing.

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Cow Symbolism & Meaning

Nearly universally the metaphysical meanings for Cows include life’s continuance, motherhood, Mother Goddesses and a nurturing soul. Among Hindu communities the phrase “holy Cow” is not simply an expression – the Cow is truly sacred there, so much so that they do not eat beef and have special housing for elder Cows who will never know what it’s like to be put out to pasture.

Because Cows provide us with food and milk, the symbolism of fertility and meeting material needs also applies. Deities with Cow associations like Nut act like a nursemaid to humankind, particularly mothers and children. Images of Nut show her as a giant Cow that embodies the heavens, and her titles include “she who bore the Gods” and “she who protects”. This gives Cows a very moooving connection to safeguarding the most vulnerable among us, and also strong sacred energies too. Reading Egyptian mythology yields lush pastures filled with other sacred Cows including the Goddess Hawthor who embodies joy and the ability to survive.

Modern sayings like, “don’t cry over spilt milk” and “why buy the Cow when you can get the milk for free” imply that our society has divergent opinions on the meaning of the word “Cow.” It’s sad that such a warm-hearted creature became the subject of linguistic alterations. Calves when separated from their mothers cry for them and often stop eating. This simple fact of nature illustrates the strong connection between mother and child that reflects the love of the Divine toward all creation.

Cow Spirit Animal

The Cow is a very powerful Spirit Animal. While at first you might wonder about the value of such a guide in your life, there is much about Cow to respect. Cow reaches out to those struggling with fertility offering motherly advice. You may not always like what Cow tells you (did you like everything your mother told you?), but the heart behind the Cow Spirit Animal is truly one of giving. She always wants what is best for both you and your proverbial herd.

When weathering a storm, be it emotional or physical, turn to Cow as your animal spirit guide and think of how firm Cows stand in vile weather. There is no moving a Cow and no influencing it, but for urgent matters of hearth and heart. Nonetheless, as you stand in your place of power, remember that Cow also gives you keen perceptions. Be on the alert for possibilities or potential peril.

If your spiritual path is working toward the greatest good, Cow guidance is a fantastic helpmate. She will stay with you compassionately with watchfulness, making sure you stay inside the spiritual boundaries you’ve set.

Cows are a lunar, divine feminine energy. If you’ve ever looked into a Cow’s luminous eyes it’s easy to feel how loving they truly are. But, as soft and magical as moonlight is never forget it is the moon which is mighty enough to influence all the waters of the earth. The divine feminine is just like that. Pliable and giving, but it should never be mistaken for weak.

Cow Totem Animal

Those who know Cow as their Totem Animal supply a sense of stability and solid, loving, growth-oriented relationships with self, others and the environment.

Cow people have the ultimate ‘mother’s intuition’. They can feel when others are out of sorts – when their auras are ‘scratchy’ – and they always seem to know just what to say or do to help. Somehow, folks heal more quickly when in the company of Cow Totem Animal people.

If Cow is your Totem Animal, always remember that one cannot feed others from an empty trough. Though you were born with the natural instinct to take care of the world, YOU are part of it. Your needs are just as important as everyone else’s. A wise Cow momma knows when to take a break and nourish her own mind, body, and spirit.

Cow Power Animal

If you want to have children, consider carrying a carved Cow totem and invoke Cow as your Power Animal. Cow’s are powerful symbols of new life. That life need not necessarily be as a parent however. It can apply to new jobs, new homes and new relationships.

Keep a Cow totem on hand when you need protection from negativity or nightmares. Like the Mother Goddess herself, Cow energy holds you close, reassuring that nothing will harm you.

As a power animal Cow calls on you to love fully. Look at the world and the wonders of creation and let that fill you with all the characteristics you most need to embrace life. Note, however, that this power animal will not let you give and give and give without refilling. Those that serve need service including you. Put out a cattle call and let people give back (it blesses them too).

Native American Cow Symbolic Meanings

Though Cow’s do not play a big role in Native American Animals lore and legend, Bulls do. If you’re having difficulty connecting to your own divine feminine energy, perhaps spend some time with Bull symbolism and meaning. By doing so, you may be able to reconnect with the softer side of your spirit.

Cow as a Celtic Animal Symbol

In Celtic mythology the Cow is sacred to the Mother Goddess Brigit who also governs the Earth, mothers, children, health, nurturing, providence, and the full range of the Female element of the universe. This symbolism remains consistent with that of many other cultural settings and supports Cow as representing life’s fragile beginnings and the necessity to safeguard and restore those who have no voice or support.

Cow Dreams

Dreaming of a field full of Cows portends improved finances or potentially a multiple birth in the family. A Cow grazing happily speaks of joy and contentment in the home. If the Cow represents self, it’s a signal that you need nurturing and spiritual nourishment.

Cow Superstitions

  • Christian tradition once believed that Cows kneel at midnight on Christmas, facing the East.
  • Cows are weather portents. When out in the field an upright Cow tail foretells rain.
  • Cows that eat buttercups produce tastier butter.
  • In Ireland a hare appearing with Cows on Beltane signify witches who are up to no good stealing away with fresh milk. The Scots believed that putting tar behind the Cows’ ears would keep the witch from succeeding.

Learn more about Cow Spirit by reading Cow & Bull Dream Symbolism and Meaning on!

Cow Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Motherhood
  • Mother Goddesses
  • Mother Gaia
  • Fertility
  • Nurturing
  • Understanding
  • Commitment
  • Gentleness
  • Quiet Strength
  • Divine Feminine
  • Lunar Energy

11 thoughts on “Cow Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Martin Young says:

    I had a dream about a calf that I touched came back to life there were 3 of them that were still alive and were breathing and looking at me trying to thank me for bringing back to life what does this mean

    • Emma says:

      Hi Martin,

      I also had a dream about being a cow back to life with my touch. . . My feeling is that it’s something to do with rejuvenating/ nourishing new life, or resurrecting some divine feminine aspect of ourselves perhaps. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  2. Helen Shriane says:

    I dreamt of a cow (brown & white) on my porch ringing the doorbell.

  3. Riggins says:

    I dreamed a cow came into my home and laid down on the floor in front of the front door, and fell asleep.

  4. Sandra says:

    I dreamed of nurturing and sleeping next to a brown and white cow. I was petting it all night and it was using my pillow

  5. Linda Lee says:

    A herd of cows showed up in my yard standing in a straight line side by side looking at me. About 15, females, & calves.,Colors of black, one large white and red.What does thus mean?

  6. Jacqueline Terrell says:

    I dreamed of a cow on the side of the street and the next day, while driving I saw the same cow in my dream.

  7. Praja says:

    My friend and I came across a dying Cow yesterday, she’d all but drawn her last breath.
    We loved her and made her more comfortable including giving her water, she was past it though.
    I’m haunted behind the meaning of this!

  8. Valerie Barrow says:

    In the big picture of things, Cows and bulls are androgynous. The story of the Seven Sisters from the Pleiades is in the Constellation of TAURUS. Cow – Bull – Definitely a strong symbol to be recognised and understood. Just how closely the human race is to the star people you may like to read “Alcheringa, When the first ancestors were created ” told by many humans who remember being from the Pleiades and the beginning our race.

  9. Tim says:

    I drove up a hwy at night to look at some city lights on top of a ridge and 10 min later I went heading back down the same hwy only to hit 1 cow out of 11 cows loose, head on on a busy 2 lane hwy at night with a brand new truck that was given to me only 24 hours before…. it was an unbelievable happenstance. Idk what it ment but my gf and I are lucky to be alive.

  10. Wendy Ardrey says:

    In my reiki session, I suddenly saw a milk carton pouring out black milk. What does this mean?

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