Whale Spirit Animal | Meanings & Symbolism

The Whale Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor
Whale Spirit Animal
The 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.

Whale Spirit Animal

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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  • Connie
    July 2013, I was told I had "a cancer".... after 5 biopics still no diagnosis so therefore, no treatment. My husband said let's take a trip to CA. We took a road trip from AZ to CA. We traveled the PCH... As we were returning home I turned to my husband and said "you know all I need from this trip is to see whales... I turned to my right and saw a family of over a dozen whales in the waters... I turned to my husband and said "you know I think I'm going to be ok". We returned from our trip and oncologist called and said the last biopsy showed i was diagnosed with stage 4 non Hodgkins lymphoma. After rounds of chemo I can say today I am in remission. I knew that day when i saw the whales that I would be ok. 2017 and I am still in remission..... I love my whales.... how they brought me peace and I know they are my spirit animal. Thank you
  • Connie
    July 2013 I was diagnosed with a cancer. After many biopics no diagnosis. My husband took me for a long weekend to PCH from AZ. On our way home while driving back down the PCH I turned to him and said "you know all i need is to see a whale and i know i will be ok. Well, needless to say, i turned to my right and we saw more than a dozen whales out in the waters. I turned to my husband and i said "you know i think I'm going to be ok". Back to AZ and oncologist told me I was diagnosed with stage 4 non Hodgkins lymphoma. Rounds of chemo I can happily say I am still in remission....... I knew deep in my soul that I was going to be ok...... for that being said.... I can say whales are my whale are my spirit animals. Thank you.......
  • Deb
    I had a dream last night that I was floating in Aww round run be raft. I fell asleep and was taken out by the tide to almost the first bout. I managed to paddle back to the harbour with a black whale by my side. I then tied off to a rope on taking boat with enough rope to still free float. The whole time this whale, my friend was with me. Then other black whales and they turned into black stallions running freeze on land. I woke up so happy abd so at peace.
  • Jennifer Rose
    Wow im always having dreams of oras.and when i was a kid i got the free willy 2 movie with the totem necklace. Lost it that week and never found it. Years later i come out of my room and there it was sittig on the kitchen table. In fl (i lived in nj when i lost it). When asked about it my youngest brother had found it just laying on the ground in the park . He said he was giving itme as a gift. And i had explained about what it was . Wow right it found its way back to me and i still have it to date.
    • Garrett
      Wow i had the same necklace when i was a kid! Some kids threw it over a fence teasing me and i never saw it again, but it still held a powerful meaning to me because of my dreams of swimming with orcas!
  • Tatiana
    I dreamt going into a large pool and as I looked inside I saw a huge killer whale. Swimming deep in the water. I thought wow a whale in my water! Woke up looking to see what this could mean.
  • Andrene
    In my meditation I became a mermaid and was playing in the shallows of the sea. I paid no attention to my surrounding, enjoyed my solitude. When I looked up there was no land to be seen anywhere and a very big sperm whale appeared. Its fin come out of the water and the free flow of water drizzled me like a shower. He then took me underwater. I was afraid of losing breath but he reassured me that I would be fine. I laid on his stomach body stretched out like a cross. He showed me the underwater cities, absolutely beautiful. I felt safe and in awe of what mysteries laid underwater. When we resurfaced on top of the water I found myself back again close to shore. He made sure I was safe and then he returned to the depths of the ocean once again.
  • Chanta
    I dreamed I a black whale was taking me underwater and when we would surface I was trying to kill it. The dream ended without my knowing whether or not I succeeded.
  • Cheri
    A whale came to me during a massage. It was continually cresting rising from my pelvis diving under my ribs. It was very peaceful and healing. Before this whales had never entered my mind unless saw a reference to them.
  • Tina Battaglia
    I saw a whale in the clouds...was beautiful x
  • Kaylee
    Woah nelly, how about them applse!
  • Angelina Malvasio
    I stumbled across a beached whale, in my dreams there's a huge mouth of the ocean, sort of like a bay opening and im always scared top go near the water because of fear from animals there, but when I saw this beached Whale I thought nothing but to high it hold it, I threw myself to the beach and hugged it trying to push it back in. It then started to move going back into the water spinning around turning into a whalrus or a seal can't remember I just remembered me mentioning the texture of its skin . I couldn't take my hands off of it, hugging it kissing it happy. I think I witnessed my first animal spirit in this dream. Seeing it change right in front of my eyes!
  • Joanna
    I dreamed of white whales jumping out the water i dont know why but it felt very real and couldnt stop thinking about the meaning of it. Then i dreamed of trump taking it all away.ugrrrrr

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