Salmon Symbolism

You need to swim against the current and distinguish yourself. Don’t just go with the flow. Follow your intuition and instincts if something does not feel right.

If Salmon has come swimming across your path;

Salmon could be bringing you the message that the most valuable things in life must be fought for. Are you locked in one of the hardest struggles of your life? Do NOT give up, despite seemingly impossible odds and struggles your dreams are close, the most resistance is just before you succeed!

Alternatively this species of fish may also be telling you that its time to transform and point yourself towards the next big goal. Get back on track and move forward with renewed passion and vigor.

It is also possible that the issue you are currently trying to deal with is being stalled by your emotions. You need to take the time to detach and free yourself from your feelings so that you can follow your intuition towards a resolution. Allow your instincts to guide you.

If Salmon is your Animal Totem;

You have an increased ability to get a “feel” for others, especially if you are a healer, or someone employed in the health industry.

You are also tough and can persevere when others are not able to. Often you pick a life filled with challenges knowing that within each challenge lies a positive goal and the opportunity for growth.

Salmon people also have strong spiritual desires and work tirelessly to manifest them. Studying genealogy is important.

If Salmon has come to you in your dreams;

To see this fish in your dream represents determination, strength, and wisdom. You are able to overcome adversity and achieve success. Alternatively, it suggests that you are comfortable with expressing your emotions and dealing with them.

Additional Associations for Salmon:


  • “Yeah, well sometimes nothing is a real cool hand.”

    Cool Hand Luke
    I’ve never liked fish. But Salmon, Kontihnawá:ras, speaks of Purpose and Determination, qualities I’ve always relied upon. It is precisely those qualities that have kept me alive. When I was a boy, my friend and teacher, Roger, would explain me to others by comparing me to the character in Cool Hand Luke. I was always facing bigger boys and gangs and something inside of me always made me get back up when I was knocked down. My best friend for much of my early childhood was a Goat, named William, (Despite the fact that she was a nanny…). Everyone just called her Goat. And because she followed me everywhere, and because I wouldn’t stay on the ground I was also called Goat. Sometimes that stubbornness gets me in trouble. And sometimes, particularly of late, that Determination has left me. Kontihnawá:ras reminds me that Determination, Stubbornness and, most of all a passionate sense of Purpose has gotten me here. It should not be my only quality. But Salmon reminds me that it is very much part of who I am and that, when life knocks me down, which it often does, when the current seems so much against me, I must reach deep down and remember who I am. And maybe I need to learn a new respect for fish.

  • While meditating for the first time and asking for guidance from my spiritual guide an image of a waterfall was brought to me. No fish should have been able to go up this waterfall but I saw a fish determined to make it up the fall. Then a white figure spoke to me telling me that I was “this Salman” then he lifted the salmon to the top of the falls. During this, my entire body was tingling and I could feel the water rushing passed my body as he lifted the salmon up. What could this mean?

    • Inner Transformation. Your salmon is like a carp. According to legend, the carp is noted for its strength and bravery because it swims against the current, upwards, ‘mastering’ falls and ending up at a gate on the Yellow River called Dragon Gate. The carp turns into the revered Celestial Dragon when it makes a final leap over the last rapids.

  • I had a vision of me dunking my head in the water pulling out a fish with my mouth. I think the fish was trout. I was wondering what this means?

  • This animal have cross through my mind to much in songs, art, and especially the way is described, how can I know is my totem animal?

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