What is the Spiritual Significance of Elephants?

What is the Spiritual Significance of Elephants?

There is something unexplainable about the majesty of an elephant.  They portray a unique sense of strength, power, and family loyalty.  These intelligent animals live in matriarchal herds that promote a culture of trust and respect that is noticeable to everyone.  They are sensitive, playful, loving, and protective. They view raising their young as a collaboration and embody the theme of gentle giant.

Elephants in spirituality and symbols

Overall, elephants reflect new beginnings and positivity.  Feng shui depicts them as harbingers of good fortune, abundance, and sustaining a balance of playful youth with the calm and grounded wisdom of age.  Physically, their large heads represent universal knowledge, while their trunks are said to emit the meditative tone of “OM,” which embodies life itself.

Elephants as totem/spirit animals

As a totem, the elephant reflects one’s relationships with their larger community.  People with an elephant totem animal view their inner well-being to be entwined with others and nature.  It speaks to the need to act as a community leader and shows that anything is possible.

As a spirit animal, elephants ask you to foster peace and harmony within your community.  You may need to heal from past trauma and dark memories.  The elephant will reveal old memories, both good and bad due to their long memories and will help you traverse an array of emotions.  This process will help you forgive any transgressions, even if it’s something you can’t forget.  It will create a sense of calm, peace, and encouragement to trust your intuition and stay grounded.

Elephants in dreams

During dreams elephants implore us to pay attention.  If you see a young elephant, you may want to add more joy and playfulness into your daily activities.  Yet, dreaming of an adult elephant, you may be cautioned that something is on the horizon that requires your attention.  Seeing a group of stampeding elephants is a warning that something disruptive may soon occur.

Dreaming of an elephant could also be a sign from your subconscious that you need to cultivate more patience and empathy to those in your life.  Since elephants are famous for steel-trap memories, seeing them in a dream could signify you need to release an old notion, belief, or aspect of your past.