Whale Spirit Animal2018-09-19T11:35:59+00:00

The Whale Spirit Animal

Whale Spirit Animal


By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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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  1. Ana Massien October 4, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Today I was at a thrift store and bought a beluga whale stuffed animal. I like animals of the sea, their comforting to me. I came here to find out what the whale meant to me as I am shamanic in nature highly. It seems to me what whale means is true, but it also seems like I need to show or tell others around me what whale means. I am going to post this on my blog.

  2. Keri August 30, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    As a teenager, I dreamed that I was a whale, I could feel the water against my body and felt it rushing by me as I swam along. It was a surreal realistic dream. One of those dreams that every sensory part of me was invested in the dream.

    • Tal September 25, 2018 at 3:57 am - Reply

      same here. breathing slowly, fully. moving as a whale, knowing i’m a whale. very weird indeed.

  3. malki July 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    i see a white whales in my dream

  4. John June 16, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I dream i was walking in to the ocean and alot of whales started jumping around me until one of them swallowed me but it felt so confortable and peacefull I was just sitting confortably inside her stomach

  5. Jade June 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I dreamt I found a youngish beached whale shark, he was a beautiful shade of blue, he was injured on his underside by something with sharp teeth. I didn’t leave his side, I tried to comfort him and keep him comfortable. I felt like I connected with him, I awoke before the dream came to a conclusion. I do not know if help arrived or if he died.

  6. vz June 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    unusual dream about a whale who was captive at a mn entertainment park and it flipped out of the water onto the dry dirt land and kept flipping over until it flipped into the tank with it’s family and let out a very emotional cry. it risked it’s life to reunite with it’s family. it was a very emotional unforgettabke dream scene!! in real life i am planning to leave a job and area i love to reunite with family so the dream is fitting.

  7. Tom May 22, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Need help I had a dream of 3 sperm whales they were on the grass an kind off tapping there heads on shop windows they did not look distressed i was in a car with my son an his girlfriend we where concerned then i awoke. Any ideas lease Thanks Tom

  8. Anonymous May 18, 2018 at 6:03 am - Reply

    My name jeff

  9. Anonymous April 3, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    i was ice skating i fell throu the whale saved me and brought me to shore

  10. nina ghoma February 24, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

    i had a dream of a whale… im with an old childhood friend who died 2016… but before that we never meet again after yr 2003…me and her walking on a white beach and i was going to tour her to another island i said “lets go to another island ill show you a big whale” its actually not show but i said it show…in my dream it supposedly hunt bcoz i never knew or see it… then… when we arrive to conoe boat but still didnt ride there a big whale show to us its a really big whale and had a neon blue spots on a water beach its crystal clear and refresing while on that time a few cloverleaf floating on the side

  11. Nikky January 29, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I found this page by accident and I hope someone can shed some light on my dream
    I dreamt i was with my mother who passed away 9 years ago.
    We were both very calm and were standing on the edge of a beach at night. The water was flat and calm and black. There were two whales. Looked like humpback types. Just their heads poking out of The water.
    No words were spoken.
    Then I woke up.
    Does anyone know what this means??

    • Anonymous May 18, 2018 at 6:08 am - Reply

      You will find peace in the big things in life. You will also have a connection with your mothers spirit in the near future.

  12. Julie January 22, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Whale gently came up to my right in dream and let me put my hand on it. So amazing…

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  13. Alison January 13, 2018 at 5:17 am - Reply

    I dreamt many years ago , i was walking across a bridge suspended high over murky water i was leaning over , trying to see over the bridge. A white whale lept high up out of the water to my eye level and kissed me. I will never forget this dream . Much later i have learnt what kind of whale it was.

  14. Mejat January 13, 2018 at 2:27 am - Reply

    I have a dream in a short sleep of 1hour after noon… I was going with my brother, relatives, my cousin brother who is Major…. I was driving into the ocean with a large ship. I could feel the water…. I see the whale and the octopus tentacles… We were running…. I was not scared… I was adventuring…. Finally we reach the land…. We submitted our dress to the Navy soldier

  15. Wavecrave September 15, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    The other day while surfing a humpback appeared. For the next two hours we shadowed each other as close as 20 feet. I surfing as the whale hunted for its lunch. It breached the water 20+ times, headfirst mouth agape with fish jumping everywhere, its whole body and fin to tail. It triggered something in me because I’ve been super emotional and on the edge of tears 24/7 ever since. Finally, today I looked up the spirit meaning.

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