The Whale Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor
whale spirit animalThe whale spirit animal is the earth’s record keeper for all time. As a totem, the whale teaches you about listening to your inner voice, understanding the impact your emotions have on your everyday life, and following your own truth. When the whale enters your life, it may be time to closely examine where you are, the actions and emotions that have brought you to this point, and what you can do to alleviate existing drama and unrest and find peace. Those who have the whale as their animal totem are in touch with true reality. They are nurturers and go-getters who understand there is more to this life than meets the eye.

Whale Symbolism

The whale is commonly associated with emotion, inner truth, and creativity. Here are additional meanings for this totem:

  • Wisdom holder
  • Physical and emotional healing
  • Keeper of history
  • Importance of family and community
  • Emotional rebirth
  • Peaceful strength
  • Communication

Among the most recognized modern tales of the whale as a teacher is that of Captain Ahab’s pursuit of the gigantic Sperm Whale, known as Moby Dick. Superstition, the sea as a transformative vessel, and an examination of the massive mammal as a creature of undefined greatness pervade the novel. The whale is symbolic of that which cannot be easily vanquished — just as a person’s inner truth, voice, and creativity cannot be easily silenced or subdued.

Whales and Communication

Whales are amazing communicators able to connect and coordinate with other whales over thousands of miles of ocean. The whale supports us in communicating clearly from our hearts to bridge large distances with others. Whales are also very family oriented, so the whale helps us bridge any gaps that are keeping us from connecting deeper with our loved ones. Whales support us in speaking our truth with emotion, vulnerability and power.

The Whale Spirit Animal, a Messenger of Good (and Bad) Fortune

In some cultures and traditions, healthy whales swimming free are fortuitous. To see a whale unexpectedly is a sign of good luck. On the flip side, seeing or stumbling upon a diseased or beached whale is considered a bad omen that heralds ill fortune.

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The Whale Spirit Animal Requests Emotional Rebirth

If the whale is calling to you, then it might be time to take inventory of the emotional pressures you’re under. Just as the whale can dive into the depths of the sea and endure immense pressure, people holding the whale spirit animal also are able to endure both emotional and physical pressures. But not forever, just as the whale must surface to take new breath, so must you. If the whale is showing up this could be a powerful opportunity to remember, let go and forgive. Making space to give birth to your fullest expression and flowing creativity.

The Whale and Folklore

The whale is a central power animal recognized in many Native American folklore traditions that is honored and respected, especially among Native American tribes on the Pacific Coast. As a compassionate, solitary creature, the whale is closely associated with wisdom and awareness of the spiritual realm.

Whales and Dreams

The whale as a power animal blends the conscious and unconscious. When seen in a dream, the large mammal is offering guidance to help you become a mover and shaker who will take charge your life without hesitation.

Dreaming of a whale means it is time to stand up and speak up. Whales are frequently interpreted as representing awareness and intuition. It is time to turn up the volume on that inner voice of yours and listen more closely to what it has to say.

A whale’s immense size can also be symbolic of feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you have taken on too much at work, in your personal life or social obligations. It may be time to cut back some.

Whale Hunts

While many traditions look to the whale animal totem as a teacher, hunting the animal is also central to some tribes and cultures. Take, for instance, the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington.

Whales are central to nearly all aspects of Makah culture, from the tribe’s songs and designs to basket weaving. Hunting the power animal is considered a lesson that offers discipline and purpose to the Makah people. The hunt, which incorporates age-old ceremonies and rituals, also yields practical items, such as oil and sinew, which can come in handy during difficult times.

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36 Responses to Whale Spirit Animal

  • elaine

    I dreamt of a large pod of buluga whales 3 adults and hundreds young playing near shore by an outcropping of rocks.  I went down very quietly to have a closer look.
    Chloe,a black dog I take care of,who hates water,slipped by me and jumped in the water.  She never resurfaced by I felt she was fine.

  • Lillian

    I was walking with some people and I noticed some whales swimming up in the sky. It looked so magical. It look like they were playing. I felt so excited and in peace. I couldn’t stop pointing at them and smiling with them. It was so cool

  • Shameka

    Last night, I dreamed that I was swimming in the ocean and swim among a whale and a shark. Funny, because I wasn’t afraid. Actually, I was amused. The whale and shark were friendly towards each other as well as towards me. It seems as if they were communicating. Anyway, I was awaking from my dream in spite of my telephone ringing.

  • Barbara

    I think I am more of a whale than a bear.  I feel very connected to the humpback whale!

  • Dreamer13

    Last night I dreamt I was swimming in a massive ocean during the night. Aware the ocean was deep but too scared to look under surface level. Then I became aware that both my hands were touching something 2 inches below the water line. I realised it was a whale and at first was frightened. The whale swam under me as I swam. I put my head under water and could hear a whales call.
    It swam with me to a part of the ocean where I was able to grab a rope that lifted me out. I was placed back on land which felt like I actually been place on the world as I know it and the place I was was another world.
    I was cold and needed a hot shower. Soaking wet I knocked on a house and asked the male occupant for a hot cup of coffee. He made the coffee whilst looking at me strangly but not shocked.
    What on earth does all that mean?

  • Candace

    I had a dream last night about whales they were swimming and playing..

  • Betta

    The night I did DMT, I had a powerful dream that I took my castle back. (Apparently I have a castle by the sea)…I walked down to the water after I’d reclaimed it, and an enormous whale the size of a small city rose out of the ocean and dove down in a breathtaking display. I was in awe and at peace. It was beautiful

  • Ana

    I had a dream last night there was a beach I was playing and enjoying In with family..then a shark popped up and starred killing next was this beautiful whale as well started was after me and I just kept getting away it was surreal..oli don’t remember much but this dream caught my attention I am going through so much emotionally with my fiance I can’t help but to think what it is trying to tell me..

    • N

      I also had this dream I was in a water hole with my family then this great white tried to kill everyone but it turned into an orca then I saw a white whale in the depths of the water hole the orca started chasing me and I kept getting away. Then I was in an ocean was so weird I wonder what it means.

  • ss

    I saw many whales playing/ jumping and lastly mating!

  • Gwen

    Last night I dreamt of a pod of beautiful white whites swimming past a dock that I was standing on then the largest on looked at me and them came out of the water and was trying to pin me against a screen door at that point I woke up is there a special meaning to this? I recently lost my son and daughter in law and we are fighting to see my grandson in a court battle at this time as well I have had a lot of business changes or opportunities should I sell or fight to take the business to a new level ????

  • Sarah

    I dreamt I saw thousands of beached whales (or about to be) and I was crying because they were crying – when I got home it was on the news that it was all across the world and they called it instant extinction!

  • Bobbi-Jo

    I dreamt that i saw a mama whale and calf in a canal. People were so happy to be able to see them. I wanted to touch them and connect with them. The mama rose up for one of the people to touch her.  He was so happy.  I was happy for him too but sad that I couldn’t do the same. I started to tear up.  Then I realized that the mama and baby were trapped in the canal by the on looking boats and I was afraid for them. Then I woke up.

  • Ben

    In my dream I’m some sort of thrill seeker or crazy evidently (in real life not so much of either lol) I’m on this boat trying to catch up to a hurricane that’s miles away. I’m having this dream from a birds eye view, looking down on the boat. I can hear weather updates on a radio. it would appear I’m in the carribeans or somewhere tropical, crystal clear water and no sign of the hurricane weather I’m chasing. When this huge whale appears swimming along side of the boat. I’m no longer interested in the hurricane. I dive into the water(now experiencing the dream in first person) it’s as bright as day underneath the ocean. I’m amazed and in awe of the creature! I don’t feel any anxiety or fear at all. Which typically I do with water dreams. As I swim up to the whale a voice says to me it’s a Phantom Whale. I reach out and touch it as it swims by. My surrounding then get completely dark. The voice then says below where I’m at is 30 miles deep. I wake up.

  • Maggie

    I dreamt last night … I was on a floating device being towed by a hum back whale it was taken me out to sea and then I got scared I saw an abandoned wreck of a tug boat … I grabbed on and got inside but I still had an uneasy feeling of sinking and going beneath the water . Then I awoke still remembering the enormous hump on the whale in front of me pulling me out .

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