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Otter Symbolism & Meaning

When was the last time you laughed and played like a child? Do you dwell too much on the past? Are you struggling against life’s current and need help going with the flow? Otter as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Otter teaches you how to tap into the subconscious for deep insight all while encourage you to maintain a sense of humor! Delve deeply in Otter symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can support, assist, and inspire you.

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Otter Symbolism & Meaning

When Otter arrives in our lives it begins a time of exploring Women’s mysteries and medicine. Otter is a sensible guide who uses spiritual awareness and devotion as a framework for progress. Perhaps most importantly to Otter symbolism is the ability to play – to find renewed joy in our lives that balances out more serious matters.

Otter embodies both Water and Earth energies. In nature there are two types of otters, one in the sea and one who lives in rivers. The connection with living moving water gives Otter the meaning of an awareness of the subconscious, emotions and psychism.

Observing Otter it becomes very apparent that these creatures see life as a true playground to be filled with family and friends. Very often Otter shows up in people’s lives when they’ve become too serious, over-think things and lose sight of their inner child. One of Otter’s mottos is: play as if no one is looking (and if possible have someone join you!).

Otter is also a creature always up for a bit of adventure, letting curiosity direct them. They don’t worry about what’s left behind but rather look forward. This is a great lesson from Otter Spirit – you can’t embrace new things if you’re always clinging to what’s behind. This doesn’t mean that you just forget about difficulties, but rather find a way to smile and get a different perspective that may very well solve the whole shebang.

Otter is a footloose soul who doesn’t have patience for jealousy. We do not own others, but rather swim with them in life’s waters. Be grateful for those who travel along your path and for the lessons they offer, including Otter spirit.

Otter Spirit Animal

Otter appears as a Spirit Animal as a wake-up call to be more receptive and aware of emotions in yourself and others. Don’t get locked into the quagmire of worry. When you remain tuned in you’ll know what’s wrong, and more importantly what is right! Additionally Otter may be telling you to find your voice, as they communicate with unique sounds.

For those expecting children, Otter is a wonderful spirit guide. This creature is a very involved, nurturing and attentive parent, teaching their little ones how to “go with the flow” (literally). From a spiritual perspective, ask yourself if you have been trying to swim upstream.

Another message from the Otter Spirit animal is RELAX. You cannot continue under stress and pressure without it stealing life’s joy from you. Giving to yourself is an act of self-love and kindness that in time manifests as giving to others.

Otter Totem Animal

Those born with an Otter totem want very much to make other people smile. You don’t have a egotistic bone in your body. In fact your life is driven by other people’s needs and supporting them in times of crisis.

Otter people are naturally curious like their totem counterpart, and unlike some other Totem Animals this inquisitiveness generally takes you in positive directions and opens doors. Everything interests you, sometimes to distraction, but you’ll have fun with it.

When you have Otter in your life, you find great pleasure in traditionally “feminine” attributes including nurturing, reveling in nature’s beauty, the love of children and family. Bear in mind that men have “Yin” energies too – don’t be afraid to awaken that element of self.

Overall Otter is not a material creature because carrying too much keeps Her from flowing on the water unburdened. This is a lesson your Totem will endeavor to teach you throughout life.

Otter Power Animal

Invoke Otter energy when you want information or knowledge quickly. Otter’s waters quench your thirst and offer access to the Collective Unconscious for getting fresh insights. Once you gather your oyster treasures, internalize them then seek out another with Otter as a guide.

Also, call on Otter medicine when you need help summoning your sense of humor. Life can get tough, but you don’t have to. Milton Berle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” – and he was right!

Native American Otter Symbolic Meanings

Native American folklore often depict Otter as quite the class clown and trickster. His actions aren’t malicious, but they certainly keep humans and other creatures on their proverbial toes. Even with this association, Northern tribes consider Otter good fortune and a symbol of devotion, particularly to one’s family. Two tribes that had Otter clans include Muskogee and Chippewa.

Otter as a Celtic Animal Symbol

As with Native Americans, the Celts saw the humor in Otter along with a healthy dose of magic. Helpful Otter protects those who She chooses to aid, and helps them find their unique qualities.

In Ireland Otter is sacred to Manannan mac Lir, a sea god and to Ceridwen the great Mother Goddess. Some of the nick names for Otter in Celtic tradition include brown dog and water dog, implying faithfulness and unyielding love.

At one time Otter skin was used as harp bags to protect them from the elements, and worn by seafarers as a talisman against drowning.

Otter Dreams

If Otter comes to you in a dream its time to access whether something in life is pulling you down to the point of drowning. There is a way to meet change without letting it overwhelm. Otter may also be the bearer of a message from other realms so pay attention about what Otter is doing.

Learn more about Otter Spirit by reading Dreaming of Sea Otters: Symbolism on!

Otter in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

If you were born between January 20 and February 8 you have the Native American Star Sign of Otter.
As you might expect Otter people have a little mischief and mayhem in their personality, but they’re very creative – a bit of a cock-eyed optimist here. The Otter person knows when to play, when to hunt, and when to just lazily float on life’s waters enjoying the view.

If you are an Otter, family is very important to you. You don’t really like being alone, and want a safe haven where you can raise your young and teach them how to “make it” in the real world using adaptation and friendliness.

Conventional approaches don’t often suit you, but you can turn an otherwise crazy idea into something remarkable.

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  1. Allie January 1, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    My daughter is a direct descendant of Chief Lonewolf. She is 25% Kiowa and Choctaw. I am white, primarily with long roots in America going to England, Scotland, a some Native tribe. I recently had a dream in which I saw her power animal as the Wolf and I turned into the Otter. I didn’t know the symbolism of the Otter until now. Thanks so much for this website! Will now read up on the Wolf.

  2. John R Cartmill February 10, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    An otter appeared to me in a dream last night, so I came here to see what it may mean. I believe the interpretation here is right. Life does feel like it’s pulling me down to the point of drowning. Very helpful. Thank you!

  3. Matt Taylor February 17, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    A black otter crossed my path on the way to work this morning on the road. Does that mean anything to you guys?

  4. Cara Kraus June 17, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    One day I went to a Nature Center and their was an otter in the enclosure we went to. I squat down and sat next to the enclosure and the glass wall separated us both. But then an amazing miracle happened! Then otter who was apparently a girl named Olive walked up to me! But thats not it i put my cupped hand on the glass then she slowly got up and put her paw where my hand was on the glass!does that mean something!?

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