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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?

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