Monkey Symbolism and Meaning
Sep 26
Monkey Symbolism - Learn about this Spirit Animal

Monkey Symbolism and Meaning

Overview of the Monkey Spirit Animal

SOCIAL · INQUISITIVE · GOOD-HUMORED · REBELLIOUS · CREATIVE

Are ways you’d describe someone with a monkey animal spirit. You do not like to be bored and love being the life of the party. When you’re in a situation that is boring you tend to let your creativity or in some cases your rebellious side take the reins. You are vocal and love sharing your good humored side with others if this is your spirit animal you have a lot of friends. Monkey symbolism means: take hold of life with good spirit and to find happiness in even the little things. The monkey spirit animal is full of mischief, which can sometimes lead to trouble. Rather than focus your energies on mischievous behaviors, use the monkey symbol to remind you to turn that positive energy into curiosity and growth.

Monkey Spirit Animal Icon

Encounters with the Monkey

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

Is Your Outlook on Life Too Serious?

Monkey totem may have entered your life to teach you the meaning of playfulness. This totem is full of youthful spirit and brings humor and fun to any situation. If you’re going through a tough spot, remember to take some time out of your day to laugh, smile, and enjoy yourself. You only live once – take advantage of the opportunities in your life and enjoy every minute that you can. Life is a gift!

Does Your Life Seem Boring or Stale?

Monkey totem probably entered your life to remember to feed your curiosity to investigate the world around you and pay close attention to your surroundings. Monkey spirit animal is curious and is constantly learning new things. And remember, when this totem animal gets bored, it gets into mischief, which leads to trouble. The meaning here is to stay busy, active, and out of trouble.

Are you Struggling to Try New Things?

Don’t get stuck in a rut! Monkeys swing from tree to tree all day long. The meaning that the monkey spirit animal is trying to tell you is to get moving, because staying in one spot for too long makes for a sad monkey! Use the monkey symbol to motivate yourself to get out of your comfort zone, have some fun, and work toward your goals.

Monkey Symbolism: The Monkey Spirit

FUN · CHARMING · HIGH-SPIRITED · ENERGETIC · CURIOUS · UNPREDICTABLE
Could the Monkey be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:

Social

Monkeys are incredibly social animals. In fact they form strong bonds that last their entire lives and they are fiercely loyal to each other. If one of the members of the troop is in trouble the entire group will rush to help. Monkey’s rely on each other for safety and companionship.

Inquisitive

Monkey’s are well known for their inquisitive nature. They are always curious about the world around them as well as the others around them. If the monkey totem has entered your life it may be trying to tell you to explore your world. Experience new things, ask questions, and live in wonder of the world around you!

Spirit Animal Monkey
Symbol Monkey - Cute baby with Mother
Spirit animal monkey on a tree

Good-Humored

Are you taking life too seriously? Monkey totem may have entered your life to teach you the meaning of playfulness. This totem is full of youthful spirit and brings humor and fun to any situation. If you’re going through a tough spot, remember to take some time out of your day to laugh, smile, and enjoy yourself. You only live once. This totem is also known to symbolize someone who is good humored. Monkeys are very playful even as adults monkeys are known for their amusing interactions with each other. If the monkey spirit has presented itself to you it may mean that you need to embrace play. Ask yourself when was the last time you just had fun? Try to cultivate an area in your life that you can dedicate to doing something that makes you happy.

Rebellious

Do you question the status quo? In the wild monkeys are always questioning and challenging the world around them. This forces the group to grow and keeps leaders accountable. While being rebellious may sound like a negative thing it’s actually a positive attribute. As long as you keep your motives pure a little rebellion can won’t hurt.

Creative

Are you stuck in a stagnant environment? The monkey spirit animal encourages creativity. If you’ve found yourself in a place where you’re feeling stuck this totem may be calling you to venture out into something creative. Don’t forget to incorporate playfulness into your creativity and have fun!

What are the Traits of the Monkey Totem?

Lessons from the Monkey Spirit Animal

Monkeys are:

  • Funny
  • Charming
  • High-Spirited
  • Energetic
  • Curious
  • Unpredictable
Vervet Monkey

If this primate is your totem, you need to learn to be more playful. The playfulness of this creature is a symbol to take live life in good spirit and to find happiness in even the little things. The monkey spirit animal is also full of mischief, which can sometimes lead to trouble. Rather than focus your energies on mischievous behaviors, use the monkey symbol to remind you to turn that positive energy into curiosity and growth.

What is the true monkey meaning? Have fun in life! Monkey totem people love to enjoy life.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Monkey

Totem monkey silhouette

Strengths


Problem-Solvers

Because monkey totem people are innately curious, they are highly intelligent and have knowledge in a vast amount of subjects and specialties Go to a monkey spirit person with a problem, and they will surely be able to help you figure out a solution.

Loyal

Monkey spirit animal enjoys playing pranks and jokes on their loved ones, but even more than that, a person with this totem will stand by your side. Monkeys are highly social and live in groups, and depend on each other for safety and food. Once you become friends with this totem person, you know you have a loyal friend for a long time.

Playful

Monkey totem people have a good sense of humor and love to entertain. They are natural performers and are sure to make you laugh. Monkey spirit people have a talent for being on stage and love to be the center of attention, but rarely do they get too cocky or boastful. Its all in good fun.

Weaknesses:


Self-Indulgent

This totem tends to act before thinking, meaning making spur of the moment decisions that are based on their own desires in the current moment. They don’t always think about how their actions will effect others, or even, themselves. Monkey totem people also have a more difficult time with the principle of “delayed gratification” because they usually don’t have the patience to wait for a better outcome.

Immature

Sometimes monkey symbolism people can take their silliness and practical jokes a little too far. It can be difficult for this spirit person to know where to draw the line when it comes to “playtime” and may end up hurting the feelings of others. Their immaturity can also lead to deception when they take their mischief too far.

Rebellious

Like the animal in the wild, these spirit people tend to care little for authority figures. They know that they are witty and sly enough to wriggle out from authority, and that is what they intend to do. Monkey totem people avoid situations where they are under the authority of others, and if they do end up that situation, they end up being the typical “trouble maker”, meaning that they play pranks and/or start fights.

Cute little monkey
Green Monkeys

The Monkey in Dreams: What it Means

The monkey in dreams is a symbol for the more free-spirited, playful version of yourself. Perhaps you have wondered too far away from the inner child within you, and you sub-conscious mind is trying to awaken your playful, youthful spirit. Or its meaning may be the other way around – that you have been behaving childishly and that its time to grow up and take responsibility for your actions. Are you chasing the monkey? Is it chasing you? Is it cute, or is it unfriendly or scary?

This creature is a symbol for fun and playfulness, so think about what implications the answers to these questions suggest, and how they might make sense in your life.
Monkey symbolism in dreams

Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Monkey

Cultural symbolism of the monkey

What is the meaning of speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil? The three wise monkey’s originate in Japan, and were used as a symbol for daily code of conduct. And why the monkey symbol? Monkeys were used to depict the message simply because the Japanese word for “no evil” sounds almost exactly like the word for “monkey.” Learn more about monkey culture, and how they live day-to-day.

The monkey is also a powerful symbol in the Chinese zodiac, representing one year every 12 years. Those born the year of the monkey are believed have the symbolic qualities of playfulness, curiosity, and high intelligence.

Historical Facts

The mustached emperor tamarin is believed to have been named for German Emperor Wilhelm II. Both have impressive mustaches.

Learn about other famous monkeys throughout history.

Animal Quotes

By trying often the monkey learns to jump from the tree.
African Proverb
People go to the zoo and they like the lion because it’s scary. And the bear because it’s intense, but the monkey makes people laugh.
Lorne Michaels

Embrace Your Spirit Animal

FUN · CHARMING · HIGH-SPIRITED · ENERGETIC · CURIOUS · UNPREDICTABLE

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