Manatee Symbolism, Manatee Meaning, Manatee Totem, Manatee Dream, and Messages
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Manatee Meaning and Messages

In general, Manatee symbolism reminds us that it’s time to slow down and swim through your emotions. Similar to the Chicken, the Manatee meaning guides you to let your feelings wash over you so that you can feel what is all percolating there. By allowing yourself to feel you are also allowing yourself to move forward. Therefore, as you move forward with this spirit animal, you release the old emotional baggage that no longer serves you. Consequently, this will open up a new wide range of possibilities for you.

Trust is also a big message that Manatee symbolism brings forth. When you allow yourself to move forward slowly and deliberately one step at a time, you will accomplish your goals. In other words, trust the path before you. Furthermore, you must accept the guidance that you are receiving to get you to your objectives.

Like the Vulture, this creature is also reminding you to use all of your gifts, including the etheric ones. You will find your answers in the integration of your intuition, emotions, and physical senses.

Manatee Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Manatee totem need friends around them to share ideas but feel uncomfortable in large groups. They are very open, trusting, and willing. Therefore, they can also be very vulnerable. Folks with this spirit animal totem are easy-going and very naive. Similar to the Praying Mantis, they like to take their time to accomplish their goals. Thus they usually take the slow and steady course with conviction and courage. Often they can reduce and almost eliminate any stress in their life.

Manatee Dream Interpretation

When you have a Manatee dream, it represents your passiveness in a situation. Alternatively, you lack ambition and drive. Moreover, it could also portray someone in your life who is lazy, slow, or gentle.

To dream of swimming with this animal indicates a warm and gentle personality.

Similar to the Quarter Horse dream, multiple Manatees suggest it may be time for some relaxation, and possibly even a trip to a warmer climate. There is also a suggestion of a little sadness.

To dream of a dugong mother and baby advises you to be loving and soft to yourself at this time.

21 thoughts on “Manatee”

  1. I really want to know what my dream meant but I don’t so maybe someone can help. I had a dream that I was in a dark place almost like the bottom of a swamp, I saw this huge Manatee and it didn’t seam friendly. I kept trying to go above the water but the Manatee kept playing with me like I was a beach ball and he kept dragging me back under the water. He tried to persuade me to stay under the water but that’s all I remember about my dream so hopefully someone knows what this means. 🙂

    1. it sounds like maybe the manatee represents your subconscious asking you to slow down and feel your emotions, instead of running from them. it may appear as unfriendly because it is a difficult thing to do, to allow your emotions to fully “wash over you”, and the brain resists it, but perhaps is necessary. just my interpretation!

  2. In 1992 I was five and my sister was nine and we were visiting family in Florida. My sister and I were in the ocean in a little boat that you have to paddle and my older brother came out to us on a jet ski and took our paddles away, trying to be funny I guess. As a result we started drifting farther and farther out to sea. A manatee swam up to the side of our little boat and sat with us we pet it and it stayed with us until the adults realized what happened and my dad was able to get on a jet ski and come out to get us. I look back on that day as one of my favorite memories.

    1. I had a dream of me standing at the shore. About 100 manatees were swimming about in front of me. I was with my family and I told them this is how you can communicate with them. I clapped my hands and they all swam directly in front of me and poked their heads out of the water and stared at me. I made eye contact with one and felt like I was part of him. It was such a vivid dream. It has been on my mind for over a week now. It feels like it means something.

      I once woke up from a deep sleep abruptly and for some reason the urgency of going outside in the middle of the night overwhelmed me. There was a terrible snowstorm and it was freezing. I saw a white snow owl on the fence across the street and it was staring directly in my eyes. Then it turned to snow and faded away with a wind gust. That meaning I came o find out was a bad omen that means someone you love will get sick. My mother was then diagnosed with ALS not 3 months afterwards. It was terrible to watch her suffer.

      Felt good to get that out. My dream was as vivid as the snow owl.

  3. Had a dream a storm had passed and i found a sweet baby manatee washed ashore. I thought perhaps it was dead but i held in to my chest and it started moving…weirdly i had a vision of a full grown manatee in the dream before this…perhaps of its mother. Anyway as i held the baby manatee to my chest i felt myself as its mother and really maternal feelings of protectiveness and caring for it….this is a dream i had after i breakup. In that relationship i learned to be gentle kind and trust as they were kinder to me that anyone had been before but in the end i felt quite alone and let down…i think this is a sign to grow and develop the tender gentle trusting innocent part of myself once again that came about as a result of this relationship…its still there. I think in time ill be able to merge wisdom and calmness with gentle kindness in a harmonious way.

  4. i dreamed one was trying to attack me. Must not be positive? Maybe I am attacking or punishing self too much, or others? NOt embracing loving feminine enough ? My sister got mad at me and hung up as I was impatient with her as she is slow and I have to repeat things many times and i get frustrated at times.
    Any feedback as I am open and humbled

  5. Christina Grace

    I’m at Lido Key in Florida and a Manatee came up to me bumping me… Then played around me for about 20 mins… He or she surfaced several times looking at me… Then swam off.. I looked for the symbolism immediately… Thank you for the info!

  6. I had a dream last night that I was at a street parade that was along a stree that had access to the ocean. I looked out and saw a manatee gently gliding through the water and “going with the flow”. Streetside, I saw a parade float with a sandwich board that said: “Poland, EUR” and under it said: 10 years. I interpretted that to mean that the manatee set out from far away Poland and took 10 years to get where I was ablt to see it.

    As it happens, I was in a near fatal car crash 10 years ago this July. That crash left me with a TBI, a spinal cord injury, and chronic pain. I think this dream means something to me. ❓

    1. Manatees represent softeness gentleness taking things easy. I think the dream is helping you see the beauty in the darkness..maybe you were going too hard too fast on yourself at the time of your crash. Youve learned to be gentler on your body…to slow down? Do you see the silver lining yet?

    2. I had multiple manatees walking towards me from water to a dock but i dont know if they were a threat or not but at the time i felt that i had to stand my grounds

  7. I had a dream where I was on a really high bridge, looking over the edge, and hundreds of manatees were swimming under it.

  8. This helped me a great deal for today. I had a dream that I was sitting near a quiet lake and a manatee swam up to me. It was friendly as could be and wanted some of my lunch so I fed it. It also wanted some loving so I rubbed his nose and belly. It was such a calm and serene dream that I had to look further into its meaning.
    I always refer to this site when it comes to animal dreams.
    Thank you!!

  9. thanks for this! i drew the manatee card out of my oracle pack today and this has greater helped me to understand the message the spirits were sending me.
    again thanks!

  10. Cool! A Manatee gave me a high 5 underwater a few days ago after rolling over and wanting me to give him a belly rub. It wasn’t a dream though, it really happened. 😛 I always look up totem meanings when I have animal encounters.

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