Elephant Meaning and Symbolism
Nov 03
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Elephant Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Elephant Spirit Animal


An ancient spirit that has worked alongside mankind for thousands of years elephant symbolism is deeply rooted in our history.  These creatures are known for their intelligence, strength and loyalty.  These creatures are not only mighty in stature but in spirit.  Called Shaman of the Savanna they embody a strong connection with the heavens and celestial power.  As a spirit animal they call us to live a life of responsibility, power, memory and loyalty.


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Encounters with the Elephant

What is the meaning of elephant symbolism? Find out what symbol the elephant spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Do you feel like you’ve lost your way?

When migrating elephants do not rely on instinctual guidance to know where to go.  They rely on their elders to teach them the right path.  If you’re feeling lost and unsure of where to go trust the elephant totem to lead you in the way you should go.  Meditate and seek direction from this wise and powerful mentor.

Are you facing overwhelming obstacles?

Whether in the African savanna or the jungles of Asia there are few who stand in the way of the elephant!  Predators know better then to mess with the power of the herd and in Asia they are famed for shaping the jungle.  When you’re facing obstacles that feel overwhelming draw on the power of the elephant totem.  Use the insight and wisdom to help overcome that obstacle through the elephants power.

Are you pursuing a new academic venture?

Whether you’re furthering you’re education or simply taking on a new project at work the elephant totem can help you.  Elephants are known for their memory and intelligence.  You can use this totem to help you study and remember facts for tests or upcoming reports and meetings.  Draw on the power of this spirit animal to help keep the details in your brain where they belong!

Are you in a position where you have to stand up for others?

Elephants are strong and powerful creatures.  However they know that their strength becomes monumental when they come together and protect one another.  If you’re in a position where you find yourself having to stand up for others embrace it!  This spirit animal is protective and will use its strength to not only guard the ones it loves but others who need help.

Elephant Symbolism: The Elephant Spirit

Could the Elephant be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


Elephants are not lumbering giants that mindlessly go about their daily lives.  In fact they are actually some of the most compassionate creatures.  Researchers have witnessed elephants going out of their way to protect or save animals outside of their species.  One of the tell tale signs this is your spirit animal is in your compassion for others.


Through history elephants have proven themselves to not only be strong but enduring.  Whether in the wild as they travel hundreds of miles in brutal terrain or alongside mankind doing hard labor.  Elephants have an unwavering endurance that comes from a deep rooted inner strength.

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From the largest most grand bull to the youngest and newest member of the herd elephants are brave!  The young can be seen playing and mock charging flocks of birds and other small animals.  When fully grown there are few that will stand before a charging adult!  It is a trait that all elephants embody – a brave heart that will stand up to any challenges and dangers they or their loved ones are facing.


It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for elephants to have social lives.  They naturally move in large tight knit family groups.  And thrive when they are surrounded by friends and family.  Social lives are important for them to maintain emotional and physical health.

What are the Traits of the Elephant Totem?

Lessons from the Elephant Spirit Animal

Elephants are:

  • Strong
  • Compassionate
  • Loyal
  • Dedicated
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There are many things we can learn from these giant and caring creatures.  Their compassion, loyalty and dedication are traits we should all hope to embody.  Someone whose spirit animal is an elephant will possess an ability to harness wisdom and knowledge.  Not only do they have a knack for learning they also have the ability to recall things they have learned even years ago.  As friends they are caring and protective and will always stand behind you.  They may not be the most eloquent or flashy friend but they are loyal to a fault.

What does the elephant spirit mean? Strength and Fidelity! Elephant totem people are strong and faithful.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Elephant

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Celestial Power

It comes as a surprise to many that these large grounded creatures have a strong connection to celestial power.  When they are balanced and at peace they are able to access ancient wisdom through time spent in meditation.  This gives them the ability to work through life’s challenges and navigate relationships.

Think Skin

Besides their powerful trunks and tusks elephants have been given an incredible defense.  Their thick skin!  Their thick, strong skin helps to protect them from rough and thorny terrain as well as from teeth and claws of predators.  As your spirit animal you can access this strength to help protect you from harmful words and forces that may try to come against you.


One sign of an elephant spirit animal is it’s pure-hearted connection to others.  This is seen in it’s loyalty and dedication to others.  These people are always there when you need them and provide natural emotional support.  Their loyalty and compassion makes them a valuable friend and worthy partner.


Past Wounds

Because of their powerful memory and compassionate hearts elephants can experience emotional trauma.  Even if the event has occurred years ago they can still feel the pain as if it happened yesterday.  Because of this it’s important for them to seek emotional and physical healing when they experience a traumatic experience.

Over Protective

As strong and natural caregivers one weakness they can succumb to is becoming overprotective.  It becomes a problem when you begin stepping over the ones you’re trying to protect and ignoring their wishes.  Remember to listen to your loved ones and make sure they aren’t starting to resent your efforts.  Take a step back if you need too!


One major weakness of the elephant totem is its tendency to become over emotional.  Embracing your emotions isn’t a bad thing when it’s done with care.  However, if it becomes overpowering and overwhelming it is easy for elephant totem people to become depressed.  This depression and have negative on their over health and spiritual well being.

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The Elephant in Dreams: What it Means

When an elephant appears in your dreams it’s important to discern whether it is an African Elephant or and Asian Elephant.

African Elephants are known for being bearers of Wisdom, Remembrance, Authority and a strong connection to celestial powers.

Asian Elephants are symbolic for Royalty, Strength and deity. It’s important to keep these things in mind when interpreting your dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Elephant

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Europe – Elephants have been symbolic of military power and might.  They have also been connected to several religious groups and organizations.

China – Buddhists revere elephants as sacred animals.  In Feng Shui the elephant is known to bring good luck and fortune.  By placing an elephant symbol or figure in the entry of your home is said to bring good luck.

India – The elephant is a symbol for a connection with the earth, strength and wisdom.  They are worshiped in Hindu culture – Ganesh, a elephant-headed deity riding a mouse is one of the most important gods.

Africa – The elephant is a sign of strength and power. It is revered for its memory and wisdom.

Historical Facts

Ruby (1973-1998) was an Asian elephant that lived in the Phoenix Zoo.  When her zoo keepers notice her “doodling” with her trunk in the dirt they gave her paint supplies and Ruby the Painting Elephant was born!  She became a famous “artist” one of her paintings sold for $25,000.

Animal Quotes

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu
Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.
Lionel Hampton

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