Spirit Animal Totems

Orca – Killer Whale

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Step out of the fears you have been holding onto so tightly so that you can embrace your life's purpose.

If Orca has swam across your path;

You are being asked to get in touch with your inner self through meditation and soul searching. All the knowledge you require for yourself and for the future is contained within your soul and it’s inner guidance. You must learn to trust your instincts, and allow your personal power to come forth. Going inward at this time is the only way in which you will be able to move forward at this time. You need depth of self understanding along with a clear intention in order to attain your current goal.

If Orca is your Animal Totem;

You are highly intelligent with great learning abilities. You never make the same mistake twice! This, along with your adaptability, enables you to take on the most challenging of assignments and projects in life because you always know that you will be capable of learning whatever it is you need to learn in order to succeed. You are know how to use your voice to get what you want in life and you are always closely connected with your inner self. You know how to stay on track with your life path.

If Orca has come into your Dream;

To see an Orca or Killer Whale in your dream indicates that you need to be more social or more vocal about something. Step up and speak up. Alternatively, the dream symbolizes spiritual guidance. It is letting your know that you are ready to confront your emotions by making the connection between your conscious and subconscious aspects of the self.

Additional Associations for Orca…

For more information about Orca check out these websites:

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Universe of Symbolism

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16 Responses to Orca – Killer Whale

  • I have loved orcas since I was a child. I grew up watching free willy three times a day, every day. I still love them, I literally cannot watch a video of an orca without tears in my eyes. I respect them more than humans I think. I don’t know anything about totem animals or how one would determine what your totem animal is… But I keep having reoccurring dreams about orcas. It’s always the same dream, in this dream it looks like I’m on the west coast of Canada but I know I’m not. I’m walking along lake ontario (funny I know) and all the sudden a pod of orcas surface right along the beach, I think they are rubbing on stones on something. I run out like knee high into the water and I’m completely beside myself, I can’t believe its happening. I don’t touch the whales but at some points I’m pretty much swimming with them and this goes on for a while until they swim off or I wake up. I’ve had this dream several times in the past year and I can’t make sense of it. It’s obvious I love orcas but does it have a deeper meaning? I feel like they call to me, I don’t know how to describe it but I’ve never felt so much passion for something I’ve never really seen or felt before. I have tears in my eyes just writing about it. I would love some insight, or guidance on how one determines what their totem or spirit animal is. Thank you!

  • This happened to me too and I initially feared the Orcas because I could feel their immense power and it scared (and excited) me, especially in those dreams where I had close contact or was in the water with them. I had a breakthrough in one dram where there was a massive male orca and he was kind of my protector and made me feel safer. He let me ride on him and lay on his belly while he floated on his back. I got this overwhelming feeling that he was slightly amused by my fear and was trying to communicate that even though he could easily drown/kill me, he would never do that and would actually help me if I was in trouble. Gentle giant is the phrase that comes to mind. Once I reached that point, I felt great joy and elation whenever I dreamed of orcas, although I haven’t met that same orca since… By the way, my main totem/spirit animal is the owl, so I initially felt resistant to accepting another spirit animal guide too. We have more than one and they guide us in different areas of our lives. Having an orca visit you in dreams is a huge honor and if it’s any comfort, the fear you might be feeling, might be coming from the water (which symbolizes life), rather than from the orcas.

  • They’ve always appeared in my dream as a child growing up , and its been on and off . Now the Orcas back .. would you consider this my totem? .. as a child i was memorized by marine life and when i finally had learned about this animal its kind of made its appearance in my life more then once in many different ways aside from the dreams.

  • I was 13 when I started to know my spirit totem as Orca after an eye opening trip to Marine Land with my school. I had seen the movie Free Willy several times when I was a child but I didn’t know very much about them or the extent of their struggles. When I cam back I was crazy about marine life and I wanted to do everything I could to protect them and their habitat. I wrote a research paper on it for a class assignment and I know I spoke about it more then many wanted to hear. It was difficult to get people to care when they didn’t live near the ocean or felt they had no real impact on environmental change. For me though it was very personal.
    In my high school art class I painted a picture of a beta fish in a bowl that was too scared to come out and face the open waters. High school was a very difficult time for me and I battled with a constant deep sadness.
    I fought to find myself again in college and was rewarded with dreams of flying across Canada as a bird to the west coast like I was migrating home. In my dream I reached a cliff and did a running jump off of it. At first I thought I was falling and I was afraid as I approached a layer of mist and fog then somewhere in there I started to dive and as I breached the water I was finally at home in my element. The ocean was filled with light and colour and I could see everything.
    In later dreams I made similar journeys to the Pacific and once an Orca showed me large painting of his ancestors on a rock face. I had the sense he was teaching me how to learn from my family’s past to create a better future for myself. Not long after that (I was 23 by this time) I went on a trip to Vancouver and I saw a painting with that same image at a street market while I was there. I didn’t purchase it, I already had such an image permanently etched in my mind and some else may have needed it more than I.

    This is my honest story of the Orca -a creature of communication, curiosity and playfulness. I hope it speaks to you.

    • I’ve got a question: Do you feel like you need to go somewhere? Like a longing to find where you need to be still?

  • I had a dream, where I was sitting peacefully on a pier. An orca came out of the water and lef me touch it’s snout. When I was young, I loved orcas, but grew out of it with age. This dream happened last night àfter some meditation. It was interesting to experience, and my over all expression was awe of the raw beauty of it. I often wonder what it will take to move towards a better future, but something about that dream told me there is a way that I am heading towards, even though it’s all unkown to me. :!:

  • Hello,
    I came here to read comments to get a better understanding of why killer whales are in my dreams. I do not think they are my spirit animal. I feel a wolf is my spirit animal.
    The dreams I have had about killer whales frighten me.
    In one dream I am in a newly contructed buliding being built and I am looking down at the ocean that is underneath me and in the water are couple of whales swimming around aggresively. In my dream I am in shock.
    My other dream I am on a tall bridge highway in a car driving and below me is the ocean. I can see killer whales swimming. Again ,in my dream I am frieghtened.
    My other dream I am in a nature like area where it appears to look like a pool. The water is blue in color and I see killer whales coming. Im feeling a force like energy wanting to push me into the water and I am so scared because the killer whales are real close by. Im scared their going to get me.
    Well those are my dreams. I think their neat creatures.
    They are the wolves of the sea. I dont understand them. I not very excited to see them in my dreams. Im thinking that I hope I dont dream them anymore because I dont like the anxiety it gives me when Im dreaming of them.
    Thats all.
    Just wish I knew why.

    • Hey, as a prophetess of the Lord, sounds to me that you have rejected your spirit totem.
      3 times the Lord has let you know that he is the source of all that is good and powerful as well as plentyful in the land and three times you have rejected the possibility. By rejecting the whales instead of communicating with them. Do you read your Bible? IN the Beginning the first thing God ever created was the whale. They belong here and God communicates through them. Embrace them and ask them what do they want from you? Sounds to me that you have fear issues, and the Creator of this Universe Love=THe Love of the Most High God, cast out all fear. Trust that he has you and let your Totems help you through this Process you will be glad you did. Then you will not only trust the animals you will respect all that God made:).

      Heads up, most of us have more than one totem, they come at different levels of spiritual maturity in our lives.

      Take care.

      • You gave an excellent answer on this site. It takes time and a very precise course of study to stand in your type of spiritual knowledge with real confidence. Within the context of Americam culture it can be a very long slow process.

      • First off christianity has absolutely NOTHING to do with animal totems. Second you are a fool for calling yourself a prophetess of the lord, it sounds like you need to respect the boundaries of paganism because I am an active pagan, a 2nd degree arch druid. With that being said please kindly buzz off with your non-sense

        • I believe that everyone has the right to practice their own spirituality in their own way. There is no right or wrong way to practice your own personal beliefs. I believe that this world is about learning unconditional acceptance, and by embracing that, we will all grow into our full potential.

    • I had the same dreamdream awhile ago about being in a newly built building with but with lots of windows. There was an ocean surrounding the building and orcas swimming everywhere but i jumped right in and swam with them. I wasnt frightened at all. Then last night i had another dream about them but i was at a beach and i didnt get in the water but they washed ashore and went back in the water, washed ashore again and went back in again. They did it a few times after that, almost like they were trying to get me to swim with them. I know this means something but idk what!? :razz:

  • I’ve had reoccurring dreams about killer killer whales for years and only just decided to find out what the dreams meant. I’ve always thought they were beautiful creatures but never thought about them enough to justify why I dreamt about them so often so that’s why I believe orcas are my spirit animal.

  • I have always loved orcas since I was a little girl, I even got an orca tattooed on me when I was 18.
    About a year ago I had a dream that I was a killer whale swimming in a pod of killer whales. I was able to communicate with them and everything. It was amazing. That was a confirmation that orcas are my spirit animal

  • Ever since I was 6 I’ve always been fasinated with orcas. I can’t believe they’re my totem. It’s all me. Even the dreams. I believe I’m adaptable, intellegent, creative and such. I know I need to be more social. Amazing, my favorite animal is my totem.

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