Pelican Symbolism

There is no need for you to be sacrificing yourself at the expense of others. Allow others to help you and lighten the burden. Ask for help.

If Pelican has flown across your path…

Pelican is letting you know that you need to take some time for yourself and go inward. Something in your life is slightly off kilter and needs to be balanced. Spend time with family and loved ones as well as yourself to bring things back into focus for yourself.

Alternatively this bird also teaches us to take it easy at times even in the most hectic times of our lives. Make sure to make an effort to float through life and float through your emotions. Savor each special moment. Have you taken the time to enjoy what life has to offer in this moment?

Sometimes it takes a team to accomplish the goals that you have set for yourself. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Recruit what you need in order to get the job done.

Pelican as your Totem…

If this bird is one of your totems then you are a confident and calm individual. You are also very  good at controlled movements such as dance and certain types of sport. You easily balance thought and emotions and understand the proper use of abundance. You enjoy shared journeys and find safety in numbers.

When Pelican comes soaring in our dreams it usually indicates your selflessness and how you put yourself before others. It is affirming that you are always caring for others but also asks you to be aware of how you care for yourself.

To see one of these birds floating on the water is a symbol of reflection and balance, going inward and finding stillness. If this bird has a full bill it is an omen of unexpected abundance coming your way.

Additional Associations for Pelican;

Additional Associations for Pelican:


  • Hey, 1st of all love this!!
    I would like to ask a question? I had a dream that a pelican stooped me and my boyfriend from having sex. Could you share some light on what that means please?
    Thank you 😊

  • A seagull flies into a casting fisherman line, gets tangled flopping in water. 4 pelicans flew over landed around seagull calming it down. Distress calls over 50 seagulls fly in circles above their own. Geese move away from shoreline. I lay down tobacco as I walked over to the shore line. Pelicans slowing guided gull to me. I placed my hands close to gull not actually touching it. Untangled the bird then placed all my love and light into birds body. The told it to fly. It flew away perfect formation. All three species returned just sitting in the water stirring at me silently. Now what does that mean?

  • Pelican- Spirit Animal
    Yet one more animal that my ancestors definitely would have encountered, and yet I can’t seem to find a Mohawk word for Pelican. Anyone out there who knows, please let me know. Pelican represents letting go of judgement. That’s a hard thing to do. Its so easy to judge others because it requires no deep thinking and it releases us from any responsibility for our own actions. If others are to blame for the problems in the world, then we are not. If others are wrong, then we are right. If there is such a thing as the Other, then we have someone to blame. But in judging others we are always judging some part of ourselves. And in creating the Other, we are separating some part of ourselves from ourselves. It is only in letting go of those judgements, in accepting every part of ourselves, that we can rise above those things as limitations. If we contain everything, even those things that we do not like, and we do, then we are far larger than the small and petty things that our judgements turn us into.
    “Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then, I contradict myself.
    I am large.
    I contain multitudes.”
    Walt Whitman

    • Thank you Jules Delorme. Pelican has made its self noticeable to me today and I have learned to take notice. Your comments hit right to the heart of the matter for me.
      My gratitude to the creator for you and pelican.

  • I dreamt I was in California (I live in Maine). I was there with an older woman. She took off for a bike ride. We were at the coast. I walked/ran naked down to the water which was filled with pelicans. The water was shallow but I laid down in it among the other swimmers and birds. A woman in the water asked me about my friend. I said she’d gone for a bike ride. “Naked?!” she asked, surprised. I said, “No, she isn’t naked, but I am. I didn’t think anyone here would mind.”

  • Ive been seeing pelicans in my dreams, and around me quite often lately. I live a couple hundred miles inland but every year I go to the coast to the beach, I don’t usually see them around the condo I stay at or at the part of the beach I go to. Another weird thing is I was feeding some laughing gull, and a pelican walked up behind me. We stared at each other and he mocked some of my movements. After awhile we both turned around, I ran in a different direction and he flew off in the other. I’ve been having a feeling that my spirit animal has changed (spirit animals change when there’s been a change to your life).

  • had 3 white pelicans circling near my backyard recently. we’re 100 miles from the ocean and don’t see too many pelicans, was quite a sight

  • I dreamed i was by the water, it was cold, i saw the pelican in the corner of my eye, it got closer to me. I was talking but couldn’t because it kept bitting at me, like nagging me, telling me to watch out for hawk 😮

  • I dreamt that two dead pelicans with a slime covering them and perhaps skinned (sorry for the graphic description) were by a burn pile

  • I was recently in Florida and took my son deep-sea fishing as we were riding out on the Atlantic ocean I felt something hit me between my eyes it was brown pelican poop that hit me square between the eyes making it look like I had a unibrow ….. We laughed and laughed and then minutes later a seagull decided to poop on my right thigh and shoulder …. So white poop splatter on my right side and brown splatter unibrow on my face…. What are the odds??? Better yet …. What is the meaning? Message? Very curious to know if anyone could clarify for me! Thank you!

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