Leopard Symbolism & Meaning
Are you content blending in with the crowd? Do you want to courageously pursue your greatest passion? Leopard as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal teaches how to live in balance and with simplicity! Delve deeply in Leopard Symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can encourage, bolster, and motivate you!
Leopard Table of Contents
- Leopard Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Celtic Symbolism
- Native American Symbolism
- Leopard Dreams
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Leopard Symbolism & Meaning
The symbolism and meaning of Leopard resonate through many cultures. The Egyptians regarded Leopard aa a sign of Divinity, so when this magnificent beast crossed a person’s path that person was considered as holy. In turn, leaders would seek out the counsel of Leopard, particularly in important matters. Here we have a connection for the Leopard Spirit Animal to the Sacred Being and as a giver of sound advice. By comparison, Leopards represent successful warriors, and African lore tells us that Leopard is the guardian of the dead who escorts them to the next realm.
Etymology: The word Leopard comes from two Greek words that translate as “lion” and “male panther;” this comes from a time when people felt that Leopard was the child of both Panther and Lion.
In the wild, Leopards are stealthy, fast hunters, and strong enough that they can actually transport and hide their food. Their strength goes further into how Leopard protects his territory. Leopard does not appreciate the “surprise guest” and will go to great lengths to return to their lair once stabled. Combine these attributes and Leopard becomes an emblem of swift movement, strength and as the defender of the home.
Leopards also have remarkable senses. Their vision is far greater than humans, and they can hear twice as well as us. This implies that Leopard Medicine has strong ties to awareness. Leopard helps us to discern what we might normally miss. Even better the Leopard’s coat provides camouflage, which leads to all manner of stories saying Leopard is actually a shapeshifter.
In the Totemic realm, Leopard feels no need for showiness. Rather their center has strong Power, confidence, dignity, and restraint. They embrace freedom and fearlessly venture into the night using their senses as a guide. With this in mind, Leopard also represents the psychic self, future telling, and keen-mindedness.
The story of how the Leopard got his spots begins with two main characters, an Ethiopian and the Leopard. The two hunted together using all their skill to blend into the background. Eventually the animals caught on and moved to a safer location. When the Leopard and Ethiopian finally found the animals, they noticed a difference: Zebra had stripes while Giraffe had golden patterns. This made the newly colored creatures harder to hunt. So, in the Spirit World, if you can’t beat them, join them; both the Leopard and Ethiopian permanently changed their skin so they could return to hunting successfully. This story ties in with the idea of Leopard being a shapeshifter.
In Nepal, people believe that Llamas make journeys to Tibet using the form of a snow Leopard. Here they gather herbs that cannot be found anywhere else. In this region, Leopard is the guardian of the fields keeping livestock away from edible crops.
Folklore says that Snow Leopard and house Cats came back to the mortal realm to purge themselves of sins committed in previous lives. Should you kill one of the reincarnated, all their sins from previous lives become yours to expunge.
As an interesting aside there are sacred stones known as Leopard Pearls. Carrying these give the owner all the characteristics and energies of Leopard Spirit including grace, strong memory, and occult awareness. Light workers, mages and shamans alike sought after these stones, trusting their magical Power.
Leopard Spirit Animal
Leopard as a Spirit guide often comes to us after tremendous suffering. Leopard is a healer and counselor in such times. When all seems lost, Leopard comes to help you take back your Power. This is the time to look at the aptitudes you have and really appreciate them. Get rid of negative patterns, and embrace new, fresh approaches on all levels of your being.
Another reason Leopard may approach you is as a reminder of the old aphorism: “A Leopard can’t change his spots.” Certain things are intrinsic to your Spirit and imprinted on your soul (spots) such as past life lessons. Proudly wear your spots, there is no need to hide them. Persistently seek your goal using that uniqueness to inspire you and others.
When Leopard works with you, you will notice yourself growing and transforming in unexpected ways. You will begin improving your spiritual aptitudes, becoming more independent and embrace your will to guide the magic. As this continues Leopard often reminds us that you must respect yourself to respect others. Don’t give into apathy. Take the reins of control back and keep moving forward.
Other people may want to chime in on the changes they see, but this is the time to listen to your heart and Higher Self. Leopard asks: What inspires you? How can you obtain that through the effective use of your abilities? Time to step up and step into a new facet of your life.
Leopard Totem Animal
If you were born with a Leopard Totem people, see you as resourceful and highly attuned to the world around you. You know who you are and feel wholly comfortable in your skin. When inspecting a situation, you are very inconspicuous while you gather information. Leopard Medicine is all about trusting your instincts and not second-guessing yourself.
Touch is the most important sense to Leopard people. Just like a cat, they love those pets and scratches that feel ooooh so good. Massage is like three holidays in one for the Leopard.
Like your Leopard, you can navigate the dark and grey areas of life because of your intuition. The only problem Leopard have is that they don’t always confront a problem directly. Like the Leopard, in a while, they prefer to attach from behind, which eases the discomfort of confrontation.
One of the ways you can better express your Leopard Totem is by learning the Leopard style of Kung Fu. Leopard relies on strength, speed and its agility to win. This style emphasizes patience and Power to overcome your opponent.
Leopard Power Animal
Call on Leopard when you face difficult challenges and fights. The Leopard’s energy supports your efforts without over exposing you. When you need to hone your instincts, Leopard Medicine is helpful as support. A third application for Leopard energy is when you practice the art of shapeshifting.
Because Leopard Medicine is so powerful it’s important to approach Leopard Spirit with a hearty bit of humility. This is not a creature that can be coerced into helping you. Leopard assesses then acts. If the Animal Spirit finds you worthy, you are most fortunate.
Leopard has many other virtues that you might call upon in rituals and spells. These include cunning, personal survival, psychic skills, problem-solving, bravery, and dignity.
Leopard as a Celtic Animal Symbol
There is an Arthurian story about the Questing Beat. Many knights sought after this creature in their endeavors. The Questing Beast had a Snake’s head, Leopard’s body, Lion legs, and Deer feet. When it growls, the sound is like a pack of hounds on the hunt. Apparently, this creature came about due to Arthur’s affair with Morgause (oops!). As such the Questing Beast represents viciousness, turmoil, and destruction.
On a much more pleasant note, Leopard on a coat of arms represents a brave warrior whose courage never waivers.
Native American Leopard Symbolic Meanings
Native American symbolism and meaning for the Leopard focus on guidance. Leopard leads you through unknown physical, emotional or spiritual territories. Your Life Path is unfolding, and Leopard walks at your side with strength and confidence.
There is some bleed over between Leopard Medicine and that of Jaguar and Panther. Bear this in mind when studying Native American concepts about Leopard. Natives Americans admire the Leopard for its fearlessness and aptitude as a hunger.
Black Panther, Leopard, and Jaguar are very similar and share much of the same Medicine. I’ll be combining them in this article, and you will see why as it unfolds. Because they like to hunt at night Native Americans connect Leopard with the moon.
Leopard prefers a solitary path or being with people who are very similar. This is aggressive energy and very responsive. Overall Leopard Spirit is very intense, watchful, mysterious and aid to Shamans.
The Native American term for Leopard translates as “He who kills with one blow.”
Dreams of Leopards portend the successful conclusion to a current struggle. Obstacles are slowly disappearing. It also suggests that you will enjoy fruitful results from a current project. Don’t change your spots – keep going!
Seeing a Leopard in a cage in your dream is a symbol of protection. Should the Leopard attack, prepare for difficulties and turmoil. If it walks with you, there may be travel in your future. A Leopard with her cubs means joy, compromise and ultimately peace of mind.
Far Eastern Leopard Symbolic Meanings
The general symbolism and meaning for Leopard in the Far East are practiced martial arts, impressive combat skills, and bravery. The style of the Leopard in Shaolin tradition uses the fist and knuckles to wear out their opponent.
Fujin Jap, the God of Wind, wears Leopard Shinto garb in local stories. The Buddhist tradition is that Leopard guards sacred spaces, and they represent wisdom.
Leopard Symbolic Meanings Key
- Guardian of the Dead