Hippopotamus Symbolism

There is a period of activity that will be happening around you today. Go with the flow but stand your ground if you need to.

If Hippopotamus has come across your path:

He is reminding you that if you have become bored with your life you have the creative power to stir things up and revitalize things by starting new projects, goals and spiritual connections. Do this by following the tried and true methods of reaching your goals and focus on the success of your projects. Take the time to dream your dreams and choose the path that will be right for you to achieve them. Understand that you will need to commit to your goals in order to fulfill them.

If Hippopotamus is your Animal Totem:

You have an innate ability to know what lies beneath the surface of any situation. You see and speak the truth and will demand that others respect that truth. You are highly intuitive and act on your intuition without hesitation or questioning it. You are practical, balanced and grounded in your lifestyle. You will often submerge yourself in in the creative process without fear of the power emotions that surface in this process. You have a strong connection to the spiritual, artistic and healing realms of water. Often those of you with this totem are susceptible to sun related problems including dehydration – so you must be careful outdoors.

If Hippopotamus has come into your Dream:

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

To see a group of hippopotamuses in your dream suggests that you need to escape from the daily grind and relax.

Alternatively, to see a Hippopotamus in your dream often symbolizes your hidden strengths and your aggressive nature. You have more influence and power than you realize. There is also the possibility that it indicates that you are being territorial. Is someone is overstepping their boundaries?


Additional Associations for Hippopotamus:


  • I slept really well for a change. With very few wake ups. Suddenly was faced with a male hippopotamus. I was unsure at 1st if he was a rhinoceros. I felt fear and expected to be mauled. He did sound off and seem to charge towards me. But then he started to playfully champ on my right hand. Was no aggression.

  • I had a dream I was swimming with a group f 6 hippos up stream. I saw that they were bobbing for something and I bobbed and saw that they were eating these beautiful and tasty looking red and yellow tulips. I dived to eat some with them.

  • Thank you very much. This is right on. I am a writer and painter and psychotherapist with Jungian perspectives. Much appreciated.

  • i dremt i was in a park setting and people were scared, they said that in the bushes was a giant pig. but when i looked the bushes it was a baby hippo, it came at me wiggling its ears, i junped so it would not get me. i then woke up on the floor i fell out of bed

  • I dreamed that a herd of hippopotami were traveling with me like it was the land before time. We were searching for special leaves they needed, and we traveled way up the river into the mountains where the oldest and wisest hippo sang a song about life and god and the pursuit of happiness.

  • I had a dream last night about a baby hippo. He was mine & we loved each other. He was tiny, fit in my hand. He was also pure white. Any thoughts?

  • I’ve never seen a hippo in a dream. I just randomly chose to view a video which i don’t usually do on facebook. as i watched the clip, it felt as if i or the hippo read each other’s mind, i.e we would both do the same in the same situation. Right after viewing the clip, i wrote about the video and at the end, something i didn’t expect to do, was done: i wrote, “i am a hippo”. After that, i went to this site and read the hippo page. My Golly, this animal is my spirit animal.

  • In my dream, I was on a pirate ship. I don’t recall if I was a pirate or a captive. I then found myself in the middle of a forested island with plenty of trees but low lying ferns so I could see far in the direction I had come from (I only saw behind me, not ahead). I stumbled across what I considered to be ruins of an old temple, a barely visible stone foundation approximately 20’x30′. Around the foundation were partially visible stone idols- only the very top surfaces were exposed. I only unearthed one by the corner of the temple and it was a hippopotamus approximately 1ft in length. It had no real weight but was definitely stone. I could see a small ravine emanate from the end of the temple as though water used to pour out. Water had scarred the ground leaving stones next to the temple but the ravine gently turned and flowed back toward the direction I had travelled growing over with ferns and eventually disappearing. I felt that I had found something of great value and that those from the ship would be pleased I found it.

  • My early morning dream was a familiar one, and one that I have not had in a very long time…maybe as a child or teenager. I’m almost 60 now. It’s unusual for me to remember my dreams so vividly. This week, has been the exception. Several dreams, vivid dreams are being remembered in great detail. All variations on a theme…a major change might be coming my way. It seems positive in nature. And, it’s welcomed. This morning, maybe about 10 minutes ago I woke up and shared it with my better half. I Googled it and came across this site and thought it would be good to share? I’m having my coffee as I write….

    My dream was about seeing a tiny purple hippo eating grass like on a lawn. It’s about 2 inches long and proportionally as tall. I recall it used to have tiny little trumpet horns for ears, but not this time. This time the ears were normal, but I had recalled this attribute from previous dreams and made note of the difference. When I chase and attempt to capture it, it’s elusive and always gets away. It can jump onto low-hanging tree branches and get away in that manner, too. However, this time, I caught it! I placed it on some kind of a platform about head high relative to me. I thought, I finally got him! There’s no-way this little guy can get away now. As I was leaving to go get a container to put him, I noticed that a tree branch was blowing nearby and close to it. It tried to jump and grab it a couple times, but missed. So I felt confident that I could leave and get the container. Then, it did it again. I forgot it had another unique ability. It could just jump anywhere it wanted and it magically formed a bubble with it inside floating on the wind. Then, I attempted to catch the bubble and surprisingly, multiple beams of light emitted from around the bottom of the bubble, maybe around 10-12 inches long. The light beams looked sort of like how a shooting star or a comet appears, but pointed downward as if it were a rocket ship attempting a landing. Again, I attempted to catch it mid-flight, and it disappeared. Still in a dream state, I contemplated the whole event a little while and woke up refreshed and excited to share my story.

    This is the 2nd dream like this I’ve had this week. A few days ago it was snakes…non-dangerous snakes like several giant Python-sized Rosa Boa slithering inside an old mountain cabin. They were the kind of snakes I used to play with as a kid. Curiously, as I write this it occurs to me that it’s the same time-frame as I remember having the purple hippo dream. At least, it seems familiar to me? There were a lot of snakes slithering through the cabin. I never felt threatened; I felt safe. Before and after exploring that cabin, I was having a conversation with my anime-looking shadow although I do not remember what was being discussed. Like the tiny purple hippo, my shadow disappeared when I attempted to hold it.

  • I had a dream that my friend had 3 baby hippos and I took one of them and cared for it… I feed it gave it water and threw out the rest of my dreams I held her in my arms like a baby with her head resting on my shoulders until she fell alseep … I remember trying to identity the sex but the hippo emitted a feminine energy so I knew it was a female

  • I had a dream that my friend had 3 baby hippos and I took one of them and cared for it… I feed it gave it water and threw out the rest of my dreams I held her in my arms like a baby with her head resting on my shoulders until it she fell alseep … I remember trying to identity the sex but the hippo emitted a famine energy so I knew it was a female

  • I had a dream that a group of wild hippo is coming from the mountains but most of them fell from the stone and fell to the water. The scary lookinv hippo is coming for me and bit me but after he bit me it suddenly changes to a wild dog. Creepy dream… It seems that i want to across from the other side of stony place from where I stood.

  • In my dream I am walking in the African Savannah and a large hippo starts chasing me, it doesn’t catch up to me, but a big, beautifully tusked elephant intervenes and saves me

  • My dream was me going to my cousins house ans she had a baby hipo i was chasing it trying to play with it and i wanted one as a pet is was soo smoll and cute

  • I had a dream the world was in anarchy, some global event led to humanity turning on each other to survive.

    I was with my family and we met a friendly woman who joined our group for survival. She had 2 teenage hippopotamus that were like our trained/protective pet dogs. I swam with them in a large clear lake and they listened when I spoke to them.

  • I had a dream this morning in which I was told that Hippo was my “Totem”. I was not allowed to forget this because it was repeated so I would remember. It seemed to be important. When I woke up I looked it up and your interpretation is amazingly accurate. Right down to the fact that I am a water sign and I do struggle with dehydration when I go out ( I don’t drink before I go out because I don’t want to have to keep running to the bathroom) Thanks.

  • i had a nightmar the other night about a hippo! In my dream i was walking along and had seen this man who resembled a troll with this very burned and hurt hippo. You could tell it was in pure agony, i pleaded with the man to let me please put the poor creature out of its misery, but he insisted that the hippo was his and that he had the right to keep the animal. I argued with him as i watched this poor hippo writhing in pain and couldnt do anything for it. This was a very disturbing and made me sad, and would like to know what this means.

  • I Had Hippo beside me all during today’s meditation: on choosing a new life path after banging my head repeatedly (and inappropriately) against the same brick wall for the past three years. I had myself lulled into such a sense of numbness believing: I’d chosen my course, and I had to stay it. I can’t believe how freeing it is to finally acknowledge my failure as a major learning process, and be moving on; reminded to ‘stir things up’ and Commit to setting new goals. Thanks for this!

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