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Elephant Meaning and Messages

In the first place, Elephant symbolism reminds us that we must look after ourselves first before we reach out and help others. Therefore this spirit animal teaches that you should take the time to nurture yourself first. In other words, Elephant meaning reminds us that we have the instincts that will lead us where we need to go. This massive mammal will also show which parts of ourselves need nourishment. Perhaps we have isolated ourselves from family and should find our way home.

Alternatively, Elephant symbolism may be letting you know that you have to shift your focus so that you may view the whole picture. In this case, a narrow approach will mean that you will miss something important. Occasionally, the presence of this giant mammal could symbolize that you have to unearth buried memories so that you can release them.

For more African land animals see, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Hyena, Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and Zebra

Elephant Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Elephant totem are brilliant and often make excellent researchers or scientists. These people have deep emotions and will respond to those feelings from a place of inner knowing. The family is essential to them, especially the very young and the very old. Folks with this spirit animal always have a soft spot for the weak and the helpless. Loyalty is the Elephant totem person’s strong suit, and they remain loyal despite challenging circumstances in all situations.

Elephant Dream Interpretation

When you have an Elephant dream, it indicates that you need to be more patient or more understanding of others. I could also mean that there is a memory that you have been holding on to for too long. It is now time to let go of the past.

Alternatively, this animal’s introverted character may be a reflection of your personality. In particular, if you see a white pachyderm, then it symbolizes royalty.

If you are riding one of these magnificent beasts, it indicates that you are in control of your subconscious and the aspects that you once feared. To dream that you are afraid of these animals suggests that there is an enormous problem that you are scared to confront.

A dream in which you are this animal,  suggests that you need to make your opinions and views known. In other words, you need to be more vocal and voice your ideas. Thus, you must express yourself more often.

61 thoughts on “Elephant”

  1. Thank you so much for providing all of this wonderful information. I have seen elephants 3-4 times in the past few days so knew spirit was sending me signs to guide me on my path.

  2. Tamra R Statler

    In my dream the elephant jumped out the car window and skid on the road,i looked back hoping it would survive and i seen it being able to get up .

  3. I once had a dream where my friends and I were riding the spirits of different animals. These were our spirit animals. I was riding an elephant spirit and when I woke up I looked up what it meant. It’s me exactly!

  4. Hi,
    My husband had a dream about me, that a elephant chasing me and my husband resuce from the elephant

    What does it means???

  5. Long ago I remember reading that elephants could produce an infrasonic sound from the skull – third eye area. Is all the present research pointing to the their vocal cords to make these noises?

    1. EspionageCookie

      Infrasonic means a type of sound that cannot be heard by the human ear, so technically, if there is an infrasonic sound from the skull, it is a sound that you cannot hear. Hence likely there might be two sources of sound, from their vocal cords and from their third eye area. Though if you are referring to the sound that you associate with the elephant, yes it is from the vocal cords. Everyone always makes sounds that cannot be usually heard, whether from the third eye or not. It is not usually that you can hear your body’s heart beat without focusing on your own pulse. Then we have all kinds of processes in our bodily organs that cannot be easily heard, from our stomach digesting food (usually) to our blood flowing throughout our bodies. I don’t see it as unusual and necessarily supernatural if there is a specific sound from the elephant’s head, but yes, there is a possibility for it.

  6. Sapne me hathi dekhna

    I dreamed a total of 3 elephants, character was mom baby and boss of the baby. So i see that mom sends of the baby to work, the baby cuts tree branches and is being hurt by the boss near the ear by snatching one of the branch. The mother sees the wound of the baby elephant and goes to the boss and talks. That’s it. What’s the interpretation of this?

    1. EspionageCookie

      It seems that this seems to represent abuses at work by some kind of authority. The baby elephant being abused seems to represent the part of you in the past that was abused or bullied at work when you were younger. They say, “An elephant never forgets,” and this is why an elephant is often related to your past. The mother of the elephant represents your nurturing characteristics toward your younger self in the context of your career, which is trying to make more of an effort to speak up against being ordered around too much with unfair practices.

  7. In my dream, an elephant was on the floor and a man was sitting on top of it and sawing it’s left tusk off. The elephant was likely dead as it didn’t move. I was upset in the dream and it jolted me awake. Can anyone please tell me what this dream means? Thank you.

    1. EspionageCookie

      This may be related to how in real life, there are many illegal practices that involve selling the ivory tusks of the elephants. This may also represent how greed by other people, whether you know them personally or not, directly cause you to be unable to care for yourself first. Due to the direct consequences of their greed, you are stuck providing for the goals of other people before your own to the point of burnout.

    Appearing to me today, Elephant, O’notsta’kó:wa, (Yes. there is a word in Mohawk for Elephant…) speaks to me of a close and beloved friend who has had Elephant appear to her often of late. O’notsta’kó:wa is a powerful and auspicious symbol in many cultures and in so many religions. We think of Elephant and we think of many things. We think, of course, of memory. It turns out to be true that Elephants, among the most intelligent animals on the planet, really do never seem to forget. We think, of course, of size. It is hard not think of the sheer size of an existing land animal and not think of O’notsta’kó:wa. But when I think of O’notsta’kó:wa, I think of obstacles. And, in particular of the removal of obstacles. There is little that can stand in Elephant’s way, and there is no obstacle that Elephant cannot remove, given time and O’notsta’kó:wa’s great patience. Some of our obstacles can seem as large as Elephant too. But they rarely are. This is something of which O’notsta’kó:wa reminds us. There is little that is as large, as mighty and momentous as Elephant, almost never our obstacles. O’notsta’kó:wa comes to us most often to help us shift our obstacles. But even O’notsta’kó:wa knows that she cannot move those obstacles all by herself. Perhaps, my beloved friend, you need help moving an obstacle. If you do, then I am sure that I am not the only one who would be glad to be one of your Elephants.

  9. Hi, I have a dream that comes up more often of elephants coming to me then I would run and hide, then they would come and brush me with their trunk then they leave

    1. EspionageCookie

      This seems to represent the community aspect of elephants, and while many animals feature the theme of community, I think part of what makes elephants different is their memory. Perhaps in your local community or larger circle of friends and family, make an effort to remember little things about people. Remember the full names of new people you meet. Remember their birthdays, and remember the type of gifts they would like. Remember their interests and projects, and then bring that up next in the next conversation you have with them. Remember their relationships with other people, and their conflicts with other people, then keep that in mind when you interact with them. If you want to find community and you do not already have a set of friends like that, begin by focusing on the little details of the people you want to befriend.

  10. I have been reading the blogpost and all the comments. What a wonderful discovery, all this information! <3 Greetings all the way from Sweden, a country far, far away from elephants living in their natural habitat!

    A couple of days ago I dreamt that I was playing with a huge male elephant. The dream has stayed with me ever since, and made me google in search for meaning and answers and I ended up reading this blogpost.

    The elephant I was playing with, was huge, very dignified and noble, and had an aura of purity and innocency and love, just like me. Suddenly while playing I knew that he couldn't play anymore due to severe pain in one foot. I lifted his foot gently and carefully started investigating it, in order to help him. I discovered the sole of his foot was very, very soft and warm and in a very light hue of pale pink, and it kind of folded inwards and so I started to gently fold it out to see what was hurting. End of dream.

    The lasting impression from the dream was that he was so huge, so dignified and the foot was so very soft and warm. The elephant and I loved each other very much, and we loved to play together. <3 It was a wonderful dream and he trusted me with his hurting foot. I tear up now when I am writing this. I loved him so very much.

    Thank you for this blog! <3

  11. I once dreamed of seeing an African Elephant in the circus going mad and ransacking everything in the tent and chasing all the people and it walks to me still wearing a party hat but it didn’t even kill me or hurt me. Instead it allowed me to coax and speak softly to it and to remove the party hat from its head. I think it somehow recognized I knew what it was feeling. That’s why it only spared me.

  12. I had a dream that I took in a baby animal, no bigger than my palm. I kept it in a cage until it got too big, when I realised it was a baby elephant. I developed a telepathic connection with my pet elephant. As it continued to grow I found it a home with other elephants (it seemed to be a conservation/zoo). I cried, partly because I had to let him go but also because I was happy he’d been accepted by his new elephant family. I continued to visit him. I’ve never had such a vivid animal dream before and I wonder what it means…

  13. I had a wonderful but strange dream last night. I was visiting an urban location where the buildings were built right around a saltwater beach. One building, a tower really, was entirely surrounded by the water with windows under the water so you could look out into the water (about 20 feet under water). On the beach were several elephants, lounging around, including with a type of elephant “beach wear” (terry cloth in pastel colors) that would cover the majority of the trunk and the top of the head against the sun. Anyhow, a baby elephant started to swim, then several adults. One of the adults, maybe it was an adolescent female, left the water and approached me on the terrace where I watched all this taking place, reached out with her trunk, and beckoned me to follow. I did and when I got to the beach she knelt down and I got on her back. We then got in the water and she swam in the water around the tower, then under the water so we could look in on the windows. We eventually left the water and sunned ourselves in the beach, and hung out. The rest of the elephants joined us and the baby played around me. I had a blast!

  14. ‪4:00 am, I’m finally starting to fall asleep as an elephant like silhouette comes charging and rams into my pineal gland then feeling the sensation of my head exploding. It woke me up instantly, I was shaking and I was shedding tears. The weirdest part is that I remember sleeping between my parents as a young child and receiving a vivid dream of having a painstaking journey into this mirror that was hung directly in front of the bed and an Elephant appearing in the distance through spikes and thorns. ‬I’m truly at a loss of words right now.. leave a comment if u think you know what this might mean…

    1. I should also add that I was a trouble maker all my life and I even broke my back drinking and driving and that is the main reason why I am so highly impacted by this vision/dream

  15. hi everyone,

    i dreamed i rumbled with an elephant. i was on his had and he constantly tried to shake me off, and crush me with his had. He was very aggressiv. the tusks bothered me in the first fight so in the 2nd fight i took them off, and he was rumbling without tusks.i wasnt afraid more amazed in the dream it was more trying to gain control over him.

    thanks for your thoughts

  16. I dreamt I was watching a troop of elephants swimming and playing in the sea. The matriach was the furthest from the shore and the rest of the troop of varying ages were playing in the waves. The youngest elephant, a baby, was endeavouring to swim out to the matriach. In my dream I was feeling a bit worried that it wouldn’t be able to reach the matriach. Someone said to me not to worry. Any ideas of a possible meaning?

  17. Hi, the elephant is one of my favorite animals. But when I called my spirit animal, a antelope appeared. I don’t feel a connection with an antelope. Am I doing something wrong? Caused there is something about the elephants, wolfs and polar bears that I really like.

  18. I usually understand my dreams, but I have been dreaming 1st something happening to me, then the same thing to another I know.

    One strange one was I ate something and became part elephant. Or I should say, a part of the elephant, with included the nose. I didn’t seem to be bothered, I actually would stroke it and send it love. The this guy from high school was a part of the dream and the same thing happened to him. It was just odd.

  19. Been drawn to elephants a lot recently to the point I felt I need to make a necklace for myself with elephants on it – with raised trunks – they had to be with raised trunks, today I had a few hours work, for a local lady, which, time I had been there a while I had become very uncomfortable with even though I felt I should get work as the jewellery which I make although I want to sell it I haven’t found a place to do so which means I rely on either hubby or my son financially

  20. When I meditate,I see a few different faces,and I quite often see,what I believe to be an elephants eye,and just a small area round the eye. Can you tell me if this means that an elephant is my animal spirit?

    1. Hi,
      Really glad I have seen this post, I see hundreds of faces every now and again, really old, ugly looking people, as if from centuries ago, I spoke to a medium who told me I was physic ….too not worry as they will be ancestors……lately when I close my eyes a elephants eye is staring at me, I have no idea what it symbolises though?!

    2. I also see a few different “faces”. This is a perfect explanation of what I see. Not sure if it means it is our spirit animal but the description of it all makes complete sense to me. What color is his eye? And is it just one eye that glows a bright gemlike light purple? Because that’s what I see. It is like it looks at me and I’m Looking at it but we are inside. Hard to explain.

  21. I see a male running and falls down on a wooden crate there are 3 women (witches) that approach and ask him for assistance i notice that one of the 3 women has a gentle young smiling elephant head and a upturned curved trunk (like a tea pot) … any thoughts?

  22. I had a dream that we were at a theme park and me and my boyfriend got to walk around with a tall elephant but inside I knew he was a young/teenage elephant but next to me he was huge . And we had are arms tied around him so nobody can get stepped on by the elephant while we would walk the theme park. then a fire work went wrong and created an explosion . And pretty much everyone was gone running in panic . And I my bf wanted me to run to the bathroom building for safety but I refused to leave the poor elephant so I took the elephant to the restroom and took everyone out and locked the elephant inside the bathroom so no one could get hurt . Later I come to the conclusion that it not safe to be outside so I go in the restroom with the elephant with my boyfriend and a couple of other people , we end up staying stranded and food gets scarce so I make a quest to go across the theme park and I get on the elephant ready for this quest and I tell my boyfriend being the tortious so if there food the tortoise can eat . (Mind you in real life I have a tortoise my father gave me which weighs about 25pounds) and my. Bf like okay and grabes the tortious by the neck and the head comes off . I start crying and asking why would you do that if it was a gift from my dad why would you grab the animal in that way and I’m crying on the floor after I got off the elephant . Then I woke up

  23. I dreamt last night a baby elephant was in my old room walking about (it was night time and lights were off in the room) and then it walked near my bed and started to go (bathroom) on the floor. It was quite vivid as it was splattered on the floor doing its business. Then I saw my nieces and nephews with their nannies. What could it mean?

  24. When I was little I used to have annual dreams, most of which consisted of nightmares. The dreams that I had would come around Halloween, and they usually picked up where they left off the previous year. I had a lot of nightmares when I was younger, which stopped when I brought home a dreamcatcher that I had made in my elementary class. Anyways, my early dreams usually had an old favorite stuffed gray elephant that was crawling towards something, at one point I recall seeing a crate that was used for books. At first I was afraid of the stuffed elephant in the same way I was afraid of the nightmares I would have each year. However, after the first or second time, the crawling elephant usually brought me a bit of comfort amidst the nightmares.

    I was hoping for more explanation of this dream, if the elephant means something special to me (Which I believe it does since it just seems to sit very “right” with me), or if the dreams I had when I was younger mean something more than what I have already extracted from them.

    1. The Father The Son and the Holy Spirit is your elephant Hes always there you are blessed to have the comforter that The Lord sends down ??? ? Heavenly Father I thank you in Jesus name for your child I pray in the name of our savior that you save this child and bless her with a beautiful and tangible experience like never before thank you Father God

  25. Hi, I dreamt I took a tattoo of a blue and pink elephant on my right side and torso. On the left side same region I took a crab tattoo same color. I was mostly pleased with the work done, only requesting highlights be done on them so they appear mobile. Also while taking the tattoos I was bowing forward as if praying dressed in white. Anyone???

  26. I had a dream where the white elephant was chasing something but later starts throwing stones at us over while we are standing over the bridge! What does it mean ??

  27. Last night I dreamed that this elephant fell through a canopy and died. It landed on his back and it’s legs were up in the air. I felt scared for myself and the elephant. How can I interpret this?

  28. My niece told me that she dreams of a rainbow elephant and some times she is riding it and sometimes she is the elephant. Could someone please tell me the significance of it being rainbow in color.

  29. Last night I dreamt of an elephant head that slowly crashed through the bedroom ceiling of my childhood bedroom. The ceiling was like white plastic wrap that stretched over the elephant head. When the elephant head hit the floor, one of it’s mighty tusks broke in half. Do you have any insight into this? Your website has been so amazingly helpful in leading me to develop a relationship with bird spirit animals. Thank you for being here!!!

    1. Rev. Dusty Dionne

      Ganesh, the Hindu god of removing obstacles has the head of an Elephant. Not a full Elephant body, mind you. Just the head. He is also uniquely described as having a broken off tusk from the fight when the head was gathered to be put onto the body of the baby God (long story). His receiving the Elephant head was what made him deity. The broken off tusk is very specific to Ganesh. He is the God of removing obstacles. Your bedroom would say to me that it represents your self (Mind Body Spirit) and this Elephant moving through the ceiling and falling into your room with the tusk braking off would symbolize that Ganesh is removing the obstacles that keep you confined within yourself, and that he is giving you the tool to become a higher vibration than you are now.

      But this is just my observation from working with totems and esoteric ministry. Others may see it differently.

    2. Thank you so much! I just now read your response and your insights into my dream are spot on! I know that Ganesh is an obstacle remover. I received the gift of a Ganesh statue from a fellow student in my yoga teacher training last year. I was unaware of the broken tusk. I have faced huge inner obstacles and my study of yoga, among other things, have helped me to begin to uncover my true self and continue to dissolve old thought and behavior patterns. Ganesh is truly helping me!

  30. I have recently been obsessed with elephants. I see pictures of them every where specifically the painted ones like they have in India. I have never been good at drawing, however yesterday I had this need to draw this elephant. The drawing was really good. I’ve never drawn anything well besides stick figures…does anyone know or have any idea what this could be about or mean?

  31. A dear friend of mine, whom I hadn’t seen for a while just showed up at my house one day. I have been really sick for a few years with chronic depression.
    she told me that she had a really crazy dream: She went to my house (in her dream it was the last house I lived in, a big house) and she was looking for me. Every room she opened to see if I was there was super cluttered, every single room nothing but clutter. she came down the stairs and there was the living room totally empty. She heard some noise coming from the stairs, she thought it was me, turned around and it was 2 elephants. They came down the stairs walked right past her thru the front door and just kept going. She woke up with her little doggy licking her toes, which as per what she said, it never happened before.
    Would anyone be able to tell me what this means?
    With love
    Maria Esperanca

    1. 😛

      It means the past is bogging you down. Whatever you do to let go of emotional and psychological clutter will help you out.

  32. Hi

    Dreamt of a baby elephant clinging onto my back and refusing to go off. The elephant has the normal colour , has a smiling face and blinks its eyes intermittently. Looks pretty. I can see only the face when I turn around to look. What does this mean? Thanks.

  33. Hi! I just dreamt that I was tired and weak after traveling! A baby elephant was trying to comfort me. The building and scenery seem to indicate that this was in ancient times and I think I was in the Middle East or some type of palace! Anyhow when I was told to move the baby elephant began pushing me back and was trying to protect me! The people around guided the elephant away! I just remember feeling blessed the elephant took it upon herself or himself to try protect me! I remember rubbing its face when it was comforting me! Any ideas? I am 31years old and don’t have children.

    1. Hi, Your daughter is divinely protected and looked after, it could be that your daughter will develop strong psychic gifts such as channeling or mediumship. Encourage your daughter to ask the floating head it’s name and if she can help it with anything, if she gets an answer that should reveal more for you x

    2. I had an elephant’s head appear to me in a meditation and I do see elephants everywhere I go / look the images obviously lol. I’m still a little confused as to what it means.

    3. Hi, i am so intrigued by this post. When my daughter was about 2 or 3 years old she told me that one night she saw a tiny white elephant mom and babies floating from inside her room and headed out her door and into my room. She also said they didnt have trunks and had big creepy black eyes but somehow she knew they were elephants I believe it frieghtened her. She had a similar thing happen in a dream when she was in 3rd grade and then again in 4th grade. This time, in the dreams, there was a voice in the background singing “Mary had a little lamb”

      Has your daughter ever brought up the white elephant again?

  34. just come here searching for an elephant pictures, thanks for the pictures and a lot of information about elephants 😀

  35. Madeleine Wright

    Hey there. So I had a dream last night that I was on a vacation with my sisters, my brothers, my mom, my aunt and Robin Williams (lol). We got a cottage in somewhere south, i believe it might have been Africa or something I dont know. In the back of the cottage was a pretty large river with a current, across the river was a raft shelter sort of floating house thing. Flowing through the river were huge fish, sharks(I dream of sharks often because I am afraid of them). I had to swim to the other side because I looked out and saw my baby daughter over there, my brothers and robin williams. I realized that I needed to cross the river to get to my daughter because I knew my brothers or robin williams wouldnt be taking her back, so i crossed it, terrified that I would be eaten by sharks. But I got there, no problem. I started having a lot of fun with them, laughing and so on. The sun started to go down, so I realized I had to go back to the cottage across the river. I looked in the river and saw that there were no sharks now, but big brown elephants flowing through it. They’re trunks were the only thing you could really see flowing by (for oxygen). I was now terrified of the elephants, even more scared than I was of the sharks (which is shocking cuz im so scared of sharks and not scared of elephants in my waking life). I looked over at my daughter, who wasnt a baby anymore but a 4 year old and she and my brother were playing with a a baby elephant, and washing it. They werent afraid at all. I was so impressed that she wasnt afraid, but then I felt like I needed to rescue her from the baby elephant so I can and grabbed her, had a bit of a panic attack before going in the water, held her up and started swimming backwards on my back through the river to get to the other side. Robin williams swam next to me and by him doing that, and looking up at my daughter, I felt safe with them and wasnt afraid as long as I focused on them. I got to the other side very fast, no problems. When I got back to the cottage, the sun was coming down over the horizon and I sat next to the river and it was still . I wasnt afraid anymore.

    What do you think this all means?

    1. I’m definitely not evolved enough to interpret this, but to me it’s saying if you focus on your goal and not be distracted by your fears, you can easily or smoothly achieve it. And maybe looking at things with a child like perception will help with the fears. 🙂

  36. In my teenage years I once had a vivid dream that happened before my first day at a new school, I dreamed I gave birth the a Baby Elephant. And I have no idea what that meant

    1. There is a reference in a book named ANIMAL-SPEAK The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews that mentions about dreaming of white elephants . It says that for a woman it means to give birth to a great teacher or a master. I highly recommend getting the book I use it as a cross reference with this web site , very informative and interesting.

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