Hippopotamus Symbolism, Hippo Meaning, Hippo Totem, Hippo Dream
Take the time to relax and meditate today. Explore the emotional issues that have been surfacing of late so that you can expose the truth in them for yourself.

Hippo Meaning and Messages

In this case, Hippopotamus symbolism is reminding you that if you have become bored with your life, you have the creative power to stir things up and revitalize everything. Like the Cardinal, you can do this by starting new projects, goals, and spiritual connections. In other words, follow the tried and true methods of reaching your goals and focus on the success of your projects. Hippopotamus symbolism also means that you need to take the time to dream your dreams. Thus with this spirit animal’s appearance, you can choose the path that will be right for you to achieve them. The Hippo meaning also says that you will need to commit to your goals to fulfill them.

Hippo Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Hippo totem have an innate ability to know what lies beneath the surface of any situation. They see and speak the truth. Plus, they will also demand that others respect that truth. Similar to the Angelfish totem, folks with this spirit animal are highly intuitive. They also act on their intuition without hesitation or questioning it. These people are practical, balanced, and grounded in their lifestyle.

Hippo totem people will often submerge themselves in the creative mechanism without fear of the powerful emotions that surface in this process. They also have a secure connection to the spiritual, artistic, and healing realms of water and, therefore, like the Jay, are highly creative. Often people with this power animal are susceptible to sun-related problems, including dehydration. Consequently, they must be careful outdoors.

Hippo Dream Interpretation

A Hippo dream can represent an emotional clearing or, in some cases, emotional turmoil. If it is a baby Hippo and you are looking after it, the vision may be an indicating that a big event is occurring in your life, one that will grow and claim much of your time.

Similar to Camel, a group of Hippopotamuses in your dream suggests that you need to escape from the daily grind and relax.

Alternatively, your Hippo dream can often symbolize your hidden strengths and your aggressive nature. In other words, it means that you have more influence and power than you realize. There is also the possibility that it indicates that you are territorial. Is someone overstepping their boundaries?

49 thoughts on “Hippopotamus”

  1. I had a really vivid dream that I was taking care of a baby hippo. The love I felt for it was intense I still felt it when I woke up. In the dream I was holding the baby hippo on my lap, then it fell off me and the concrete floor vanished and I was now stood on top of scaffolding looking down at my baby hippo falling. When it reached the bottom it fell into a tank of ice, I ran down multiple stairs and jumped into the ice tank. I can vividly remember the cold and the pressure of heaving the hippo up. Once we reached the surface I woke up.

  2. I dreamt of 3 Hippos being washed in to our country NZ ocean from far overseas. When coming towards me a large Gorilla jumps in the way and the hippo’s arrack it with the Gorilla biting into 2 of their heads piercing it where it killed them. Or stunned them. Not to sure as I ended up waking up once 2 hippo’s fell to their fate after seeing the gorilla dig his teeth into the top of their heads.

  3. I dreamt of a map like photo in ancient Egypt! On this map there pillars and pyramids and like levers which showed one side higher than the other! On the map there were two hippos a male on one side and a female hippo on the other! Someone was showing me the map, they said you see these two here! Pointing to the male and female hippo, he said when these two come together it will all be ok! So I saw it at divine masculine and feminine the levers had the right side where the male was way too high and the female was low so they were not in balance! There needs to be balance either in my life because I am too much on the masculine side maybe! Or could they be showing me the earths balance and where it needs to get for everyone to be at peace!

  4. The dream I had I was first being followed by someone thing that wanted to hurt or kill me, at the beginning of the dream I don’t see the being I only felt it’s energy. After a while I end up in an unfamiliar place with old friends and we sense danger but say we need to stay together and we’ll be fine. We walk past this baby hippo in a beautiful but eerie cage, the hippo is one sided and clearly scared, I then say oh no the hippo is going to die soon, there’s no sunshine and it’s so cold down here the hippo and I stare at each other as o walk away. A stranger in the friend group pulls me aside for food and a facial where I start to feel tense again and look up to find an unfamiliar face of a man who wants to hurt me, I doge him and find protection from locals in my country, I later find my boyfriend who says he will keep me safe, I let go and enjoy myself until I tell him about the man in detail and he suggests I don’t talk about it, I don’t listen and the man shows up and we start running for our lives. We find an old dark and wet hallway and I go down it halfway thinking there’s a way out my boyfriend says I shouldn’t go deeper but curiosity gets the better of me, when we turn around to go back the man trying to kill us is behind us, we start running. I’m suddenly alone but hear. Commotion and fear my boyfriend is in danger, I see the man pointing a knife towards my boyfriend and I scream, I notice that the man can’t go into the sun or the light, and my boyfriend is safe. The man locks eyes with me and I start running away, I keep missing the sun by a hair.

  5. I dreamt last night that a baby Hippo was in the back garden of the house I grew up in. I thought he was on his own but then I saw his mum running towards him. There was also a walrus sitting with her young. At the moment I’m struggling to come to terms with the fact my mother is a narcissist and I’ve had to go zero contact for my sanity after 50 years of abuse. Is the hippo my spirit animal? My daughter has a Wolf as her spirit animal.

  6. I had a strange dream that I was running away from people. The plot all took place by a highway near hotels. There were police with hounds searching for clues of something that I can’t remember clearly.. all of a sudden I see this baby hippo in water and I thought quick that we all need to get away. I was thinking in my dream what was that hippo doing here? I run back to where I was running from. I go as high on the hotel floor. There were swimming pools included with the hotel. It’s like if the hippo found its way towards and in the swimming pool and grew in size and weight. It was basically trying to get me. It’s alright was me, no one else. I was terrified so I stayed inside for a while and I would check every now and then if the hippo was near. It definitely was near.. it was jumping as high as it could and almost snatched me. I was terrified crying and wondering why would it want me? What did I do?? I was holding on to the edge of the balcony and standing on the edge of the brick wall also. Someone was screaming out Romeo and Juliet and I couldn’t understand why. It was still on its mission, attempting to jump and catch me and take me with it, or end me I’m not sure. I ended up forcing myself to wake up from that dream because I didn’t know how it would end.

    1. As the article states, a hippo in a dream can mean emotional turmoil, and since it involves a baby hippo, it means that it will be a big event in your life that will control much of your time. Perhaps being chased by the police while you run away with the baby hippo might be a reflection of your inner turmoil in that you do not feel safe to explore your emotional side of things. I feel you are a very emotional person, but people around you devalue the emotional for the logical. Not that the emotional side of things is better than logic, but it is not worse than logic either. It is equal. It’s why you feel so much trouble trying to run away from the police, metaphorically meaning the people enforcing the status quo in your dream.

      I do not exactly know the specific situation in your life right now, but let’s say you want to be an artist, a counselor, a social worker or any number of jobs over the “safe” jobs people have in mind, such as lawyer, accountant, engineer, doctor and so on. The thing is, whatever you want to do – whether it’s actually career related or not – is still very valuable to the world despite it not being strictly logical. People’s emotions matter, yours and others. The world’s problems would not be solved if there was no attention paid to people’s emotions, the same way the world’s problems would not be solved if there was no attention paid to logic. Imagine the chaos in fixing society’s problems by treating everyone like robots or machines who are just measured by their productivity, efficiency or profit in numbers.

      Whatever you seek that is emotional has value, considering after all, much of what society resists the most is also what much of society needs. The thing is people against emotion are not really acting for “logic,” but they simply have an emotional agenda for things, because if people were entirely logical, people would have no motivation to do anything in life. The methods would be logical, but their motivations are emotional, whether it’s to fulfill ambitions, please their family, please society, feel safe in security, to impress people in the area of romance, to help others, to help a specific cause, gain more status/wealth than others, a passion for their intellectual research or so on, it’s all entirely emotional. No one can completely function without emotion, and people insisting to you that they do act that way while insisting you do the same, by getting emotionally aggressive or passive aggressive at you, just don’t see the hypocrisy of what they’re saying.

  7. Last night my dream went as follows. Mine and my partners bedroom was actually in my kids room. I got up and said something about not having any plans today to which my partner said “yeah, right”…it was his day off and I usually have a job or two for him to do…today it was to take down the pool in the back garden, so I went to the bathroom window and looked out to see if it was still up and usable and when I looked out the window (aside from the pool already been taken down to which I was surprised and unsure as to when he’d managed to do that) there were two children in my garden (both blonde and im still not sure who they were, but them being there didn’t bother me) and a fish flapping around, they were trying to save the fish by squirting water on it, but it so happened that the reason for the fish was that there was a baby hippo that had escaped from somewhere and was now in my garden with a fish in it’s mouth and one flapping on the floor (for the record, I dont even know if hippos eat fish). I ran back to the bedroom shouting at my partner to get up, it was an emergency, I repeatedly shouted it was an emergency whilst also asking him where my clothes were ( this is just a common thing in regular life, we’re very unorganised atm) he kept saying i don’t know to which I said you always know (which he does…he’s like a thing finding wizard) anyway he’s not moving an inch so I’m shouting at him saying did you not hear me I said its an emergency you need to get up now!! He didn’t believe me, he thought it was just a ploy to get him out of bed quicker. So I told him there was a baby hippo in the garden and we needed to rescue it before it ran off he was shocked and confused and then thats where I woke up. I remember thinking as I was searching for clothes to put on that I needed to get down their quick in case it attacked the children as I know how dangerous hippos can be especially when they’re scared.

    1. This seems to be related to how hippos represent the ability to “see under the surface.” The baby hippo that escaped somewhere into your garden seems to represent how you feel like your intuition or inner feelings’ ideas are out of control, and you fearing that they will attack the children might represent your fear of harming your inner child. That is, the vulnerable, childlike and hurt part of you. The part of you that wants to be taken cared of, nurtured and have lots of time playing with the same activities you enjoyed or wanted to enjoy doing as a child. Look up “inner child work,” for more information.

      The baby hippo bringing the fish might mean that you need to learn to flow through life better while taking account of your feelings. If you don’t pay attention to your feelings, take the time daily just to center yourself into how you’re feeling. In specific scheduled parts of the day, such as the morning or the evening. . . and perhaps at times when you feel stressed and confused, ask, “What emotions am I feeling?” “What situation are these emotions reacting to?” “How strong are these emotions?” “Are my emotions trying to offer me an important message?”

      if you feel like something is wrong and “off” , then try to give what your emotions are saying a chance. Try to further analyze the situation beyond first impression to see if your emotions’ beliefs have a point to them, and if you feel confused, take the time to pause to think about what your feelings are feeling to sort it all out together.

  8. I have had this dream every few months (for the last 5 years almost 6 years) and it is the same every time… so first i see a hippo in a pink (or blue) tutu and then i see a giraffe ( naked like in the zoo) then both start screaming ( trying to be the higher pitched)… all of a sudden i wake up (breathing fast As if scared) and i cant ever get back to sleep after that dream for at least 6 hours and after that dream i have a bad head ache and hear a faint screaming in the back of my head… can anyone tell me what it means?

    1. The hippo in the tutu seems to represent your intuition or gut feeling. The giraffe represents your higher perspective or how you see the big picture of the situation. The fact that they are screaming might represent how desperately they are trying to get to you to hear their message.

      If you get the strong feeling that something is very, very wrong in your life and something is uncomfortably off or strange, then try to listen to that feeling much more often. Take your emotions more seriously. You’re not being overly sensitive. You’re not overreacting. You’re not being overemotional. Trust in yourself when you feel something is wrong, because something inside you is emotionally screaming for your conscious self to listen.

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