Elephant Symbolism & Meaning
Do you have a long, hard journey in front of you and need strength to make it through? Are you taking care of friends or family during tough times and need support? Elephant energy can come to your rescue!
Elephant Table of Contents
- Elephant Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Celtic Symbolism
- Elephant Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal
Elephant Symbolism & Meaning
Elephant, the ever gentle and wise Spirit animal, exemplifies focused Power and strength. When Elephant begins making an appearance in your life it represents a new, improved relationship with the Sacred Feminine in all Her aspects. Shamans and Light workers tell us that Elephant guides us toward a deeper understanding of the Maiden, Mother and Crone and helps us reconnect with our own positive feminine attributes.
Like the Goddess, Elephant has an intense focus on family, including past and future generations. Indeed Elephant’s mantra could well be, “family first.” Elephant challenges you to protect the young and weak of your tribe, while also recognizing the amazing extended family unit and how Powerful love and loyalty become when shared. Note, however, that Elephant intuitively knows that not all “family” is bound by blood.
Sometimes people come into our lives that hold that sacrosanct role energetically. Be on the lookout for a new relationship that often lasts for life and sometimes many incarnations.
Elephant loves seekers and students, and often comes at a time when you’re focused on those types of goals in your life, mundanely or metaphysically.
In Denmark there is a religious group called the Order of the Elephant. In this setting Elephant symbolizes piety, gentleness and temperance. Meanwhile in Sicily Elephant Spirit has ties with sorcery and magic. Legend has it that a Powerful mage by the name of Heliodorus could transform himself into this grand creature. Africans also venerated the Elephant, honoring as representing cooperation, mental keenness, long life, endurance and devotion. Think about these additional associations when walking with Elephant. She may bear more than one message for you.
As an interesting note in Elephant’s history, Pliny the Elder spoke of this creature as being the one who most closely mirrored human sensibility.
African lore says that Elephants are actually the Chieftains of the forest, having been reincarnated from ancient human chiefs. Their role is settling disputes among the native creatures. After all, who is going to argue with them? Other local symbolism includes joy, luck, leadership, fortitude and poise.
Elephant Spirit Animal
When the Elephant comes to you as a Spirit Animal and Guide, the message is typically one of connectedness. Have you lost intimacy with those in your home? Have you been lax in keeping in touch with family? Have you meditated and stretched your empathic/telepathic skills so you are attuned to your tribe on the deepest levels of your “be-ing”? These are the questions that Elephant puts forward.
In times of drought, so selfless is a mother Elephant she will cool her calf with water regurgitated from her own stomach. Are you being called to examine your commitment to family?
Those struggling with sexual issues may find that Elephant appears as a helpmate for transformation. Elephant expands your awareness of all your senses (and sensuality). This lesson begins with a cornerstone of sincere affection and grows from that point of trust and compassion.
Another reason Elephant may choose to become your Animal Spirit Guide is if you’ve embarked on a mental exercise like research or a career in the sciences. Elephant Spirit finds itself attracted to a keen mind and wit, and enjoys working cooperatively for intellectual goals.
Elephant Totem Animal
Those born with an Elephant Totem become naturally responsible and accountable even when they are young. You will find yourself drawn to caring for the elders of your tribe as well as the children, particularly if something stirs your defenses into high gear.
When one member of an Elephant herd is injured, the others will risk their own lives to get their fallen comrade to safety. If you’ve chosen Elephant as your Totem Animal, this mighty animal’s sense of duty can help you, and those you are loyal to, survive.
When you have an Elephant Totem being social is essential to your well-being. Connectedness is in your nature, not just toward people but also the animal kingdom. Note that this is not the proverbial “butterfly” type of social interaction. Elephant is sensitive, determined and loyal to the circle they gather.
One of the great gifts from your Elephant Totem is the ability to plow through challenges and blockage using those huge tusks. It’s interesting that Elephants not only use tusks to move through the brush, but also for digging up food. You are, like your Totem, a natural provider who uses confidence, persistence and commitment as tools for “bread-winning” including feeding the Spiritual nature.
Elephant Power Animal
There are numerous situations under which you may want to reach out to Elephant as a Power animal. One is when you have strife and squabbles in the family. Elephant provides you with the empathy necessary to see all sides and build a harmonious bridge.
Another good application for Elephant energy is to aid you in tracing your heritage. In this world, your family tree and the Ancestors are part of what create your reality and tribal dynamics. In the Spiritual world, your past lives have lessons that may resolve current questions, struggles or provide guidance on decisions. Let Elephant help you along those paths.
Finally, invoke Elephant as your Power Animal when you need help calling forth ancient wisdom and messages from the Divine. Because of their size and grey color Elephants have long been likened to clouds. Elephant energy can help you discover the secrets and esoteric knowledge hidden in those heavenly mists.
Elephant as a Celtic Animal Symbol
There is very little in Celtic writings about the Elephant save for a battle in which Antiochus I of Seleucis used Elephants in battle (275 BCE). This, understandably, shocked the Celts who were unfamiliar with the creature. This historical tidbit gives Elephant the symbolism of unanticipated surprise (and it’s a BIG one).
When Elephant visits your dreams it often portends overcoming an obstacle, particularly in relationships. You may also have to move into a new role of responsibility in your family.
Far Eastern Elephant Symbolic Meanings
Elephant features heavily in Far Eastern symbolism, with the most striking meanings being those found in religion. Elephant mingles with various Divine figures, and the world itself is supported by Elephants who reside at each of the four directions.
Consider Ganesh, perhaps the most popular deity in Hindu mythology. Ganesh appears with the head of an Elephant, and when paired with Lakshmi the couple becomes the “openers of the way”. This “way” can be anything from getting a job, to personal transformation. Ganesh himself is a god of good fortune, blessing (especially for inceptions), long-lived success and protection.
Elephant Symbolic Meanings Key
- Family Love
- Dreamtime and Dream Work
- Will and Intent
- Environmental Protection and Guardianship