Pig Meaning and Symbolism
Oct 27
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Pig Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Pig Spirit Animal


Pig Symbolism invites us to connect with our primal instincts.  This ancient totem speaks to us on a deep, earthen level.  Telling us to evaluate our surroundings with wisdom and instinct.  The pig may be your spirit animal if you find yourself experiencing good luck and fortune in life and in your endeavors.  Pigs are complex and highly intelligent creatures that have been known to find ways to work around problems.  When this is your totem animal you will learn how to move through life by overcoming and confronting difficult situations.


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Encounters with the Pig

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

Do you have to make a big decision?

When you’re at a crossroads and the pig totem has appeared to you it is telling you a simple message.  Trust your instincts!  Pigs are very instinctive creatures and if it is your spirit animal you can be too!  Meditate on the decision you have to make and trust the answer that comes from within.

Do favorable situations seem to fall in your lap?

For thousands of years pigs have been a symbol of good luck.  If this is your spirit animal chances are you are a very lucky person.  Whether it’s getting special attention at work or being able to reach your goals with ease pigs are very lucky.  Don’t be surprised when things go your way!

Have you found yourself in a tricky situation?

Perhaps one of the lesser known traits of the pig is its ties to wisdom.  In truth pigs are very wise this goes hand in hand with their instinctive nature.  When pigs trust their instincts they are able to work through tricky situations with what appears to be sage like wisdom.

Do you have a dream or goal that seems far fetched?

Around the world pig symbolism represents fertility.  Because pigs are incredibly caring and nurturing parents you can harness this for your life in the form of dreams and goals.  Allow yourself the space and time to nurture your dreams and goals – give them time to mature and in time they’ll come into completion.

Have you become disconnected from your true self?

Pigs represent a connection with your primal self and nature.  Do you feel off course like you’ve forgotten who you are it is time to reconnect with who you truly are within.  You do this by connecting with your primal self – what are your needs and desires?  Return to these basic principles and work from there – in time you’ll find the areas you need to fulfill.

Pig Symbolism: The Pig Spirit

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


When it comes to pigs their needs are very simple.  They require food, safe places to rest, company and mud holes to wallow in.  When their needs are met they have been observed to be happy creatures.  Consider your basic needs and what you require when these desires are met you are happy and satisfied!


As domesticated pets pigs are peaceful creatures that aren’t known for stirring up trouble.  In fact they will often live peacefully with humans and even other pets including: dogs, cats, horses, chickens, goats and more.  As long as their needs are taken care of pigs will live peacefully with others!

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It’s no secret pigs are strong!  They have naturally thick skin that protects them from harm.  Everything from their legs, head and shoulders, tusks on the males and their daunting size help protect them from predators.


Just how smart are pigs?  Studies have shown that pigs are in fact more intelligent than dogs.  They actually rank #4 on intelligence behind chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants.  When the pig is your spirit animal you can draw on its power to help you in situations where you need to put your best foot forward.  Are you are naturally intelligent?  You most likely owe this to your connection with your spirit animal.

What are the Traits of the Pig Totem?

Lessons from the Pig Spirit Animal

Pigs are:

  • Nurturing
  • Smart
  • Instinctive
  • Lucky
Pig Meaning and Totem

The pig totem teaches us to connect with our true selves – to connect with our primal needs.  They teach us to be true to who we are at our innermost being and to nourish our souls!  Once this connection is strengthened they teach us to rely on our senses and instincts in order to approach life with profound wisdom.  After this you are able to move forward through life with wisdom and good fortune!

What does the pig spirit mean? Embrace your primal nature! Pig spirit animal people are in tune with their true selves.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Pig

Pig Meaning and Symbolism



Because we live in a world where you need more than hard work to get by this totem has an advantage.  Due to its inherent nature luck follows the pig spirit everywhere it goes.  From relationships, career and goals or hobbies this totem is very lucky.  You can count on their luck to bring them out on top.


Pig totem people have the ability to really understand and grasp any variety of complex information.  They are known for being a “jack of all trades” in the intelligence department.  Pig totem people can recall details and facts surrounding events or individuals.  They are the type of people who know something about everything!


When your connection with your spirit animal is in balance a common strength will be your ability to nurture those that need it.  Just like how domesticated pigs will befriend and care for other animals you will be able to extend compassion to others around you.  Your care and protection will go a long way to those that need it and will become a signature trait.



Fighting, striving and pushing others out of the way in order to grab more for yourself.  When a pig totem person is out of alignment it will manifest in greediness.  This selfish drive lies within everyone whose spirit animal is a pig.  It’s important for you to remain balanced and humble – foster a connection with the earth in order to keep this under control.


At the heart of every swine is a creature destined to battle with pride.  Because pigs are lucky creatures and fortune seems to follow them everywhere they go it’s easy for all that luck to go to their heads.  A proud person can be unbearable to be around.  If pride is a struggle take drastic measures to return balance to your life.  Step out of your comfort zone and give to others – time, money, gifts – whatever it takes to bring your back into balance.


When a pig has gone wild it can be both destructive and dangerous.  Feral or wild pigs can cause a lot of problems for farmers or property owners.  They can destroy crops, fencing and even ruin property by creating giant mud wallows.  On top of their destructive tendencies wild swine are very dangerous.  They can and will gore or trample other animals or people who threaten or get in their way!

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The Pig in Dreams: What it Means

Seeing a pig in your dreams is often a sign to reconnect with your primal needs and desires.  When something is wrong it’s a good place to begin searching for a way to fix what needs fixing.

Pig Symbolism also is connected to your instincts.  If you’ve lost your way or haven’t been listening to your gut feelings the pig may be telling you to listen to your instincts!

If you’ve been experiencing a season of hardship or bad luck the pig is a sign that your fortune is about to turn around!
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Pig

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Europe – Pigs have been used for centuries to hunt truffles (a rare fungus that is a delicacy) in the forests of Europe.  There train-ability paired with their incredible sense of smell makes them the perfect truffle hunting partners.

China – A pig is the twelfth symbol of the Chinese zodiac.  Culturally pigs are considered very lucky creatures from birth. They are always well fed and allowed their ways.  Which is why most Chinese families look upon sons born under the zodiac of the pig as having been fortunate.

Hawaiian – The pig is a symbol of stubbornness.

Celtic – Pigs were a sign of bravery, strength, fertility and riches.

Historical Facts

In 1968 a pig named Pigasus ran for President of the USA from the party Yippies (Youth International Party, Yippies – Youth International Party) at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Animal Quotes

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Winston S. Churchill
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

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