Shark Symbolism

Stop beating yourself up! We all make mistakes and errors in judgement. Embrace your dark side and forgive yourself.

If Shark has come swimming by you today;

Shark is reminding you that opportunities in life are abundant – however you must move forward in order to create the opportunity. By exploring the world around you and the emotions within yourself you will be shown new ways and be presented with abundant opportunities. The universe can be so much larger for you if you simply stop waiting. Do something – anything to stir up the energy and create motion with in yourself.

If Shark is your Animal Totem;

It is very likely you are extremely driven and perpetually moving forward. You meet life full-on and prefer to experience everything with undeniable exuberance. You are usually in a constant state of renewal and often find a career that is fast moving, includes lots of travel and is highly predatory. You love challenges and actively seek them out. You have a unique vision of the world and virtually no concept of death. You are fearless in your choices and are often remorseless in the pursuit of your goals.

If Shark has come to you in your Dreams;

Dreaming about a Shark can be a symbolic of your feelings of anger, hostility and ferocity. You are undergoing a long and difficult emotional period and may be an emotional threat to yourself and others. Most likely you are struggling with your individuality and independence, especially with regards to your relationships. Alternatively this fish can represent someone in your life who is greedy and unscrupulous. It indicates that there is someone in your life who goes after whatever he or she wants without regard for the well being and sensitivity to others. This person could also be you.

If this fish is circling something over and over it indicates that you have an opportunity before you that you need to take advantage of. To see many sharks circling represents the fact that you are feeling overwhelmed by your emotions and that you need to allow yourself to feel them before they explode irrationally and instinctively.

Additional Associations for Shark:


  • Last night I dreamed I was swimming in shallow water with a shark. The shark was non-threatening and swam alongside me.

    • Like 2 or 3 nights ago, I dreamt of being a shark. It was also in shallow waters and there was people around. It felt really fun swiming very fast, I was comfortable. Didn’t feel threatening at all!

  • I ve had a weird dream about Nanue ..which who i believe it was.the shapeshifting i was swimming in this end part of a beach where there was a cave and the moment i dive in the 3rd time i go all the way to the bottom with a deep breath it felt like i could hold my breath for 20 to 30 mins ….(its a dream lol) anyways im on the bottom of the ocean i see this coral reef blowing out air bubbles i realize its fresh air!!! So i stay longer down there and all of a sudden i look up theres this shark ..huge one too someone dives and gets torn petrifed i dont want the shark to see me so i stay hidden the whole night i stayed under the shark senses me i go deep into the cave where it couldnt reach .it tries itd hardest to get me.
    I turn around and i see all thesr coral reef blowing a lifetime of fresh air..a year i think pass(remember its still a dream)that damn shark ferociously always tried
    S to catch me slippin.i tend to realize now i dont need the air from the coral reefs underwater becomes of a world without holdibg my breath ,i can breath underwater its amazing . that day the ocean is this wierd world of fish people and i see that shark he has long black hair with its nasty razor sharp teeth i. See him he sees me i get out of my spot we go toetotoe im suprised he hasent turn to a shark yet he vigorously slash bite at each other .then i wake up lol this was my dream tho. Hope people sees this!!!!

  • Sharks have always been in my field of awareness. As a child I was desperately afraid of them, even when I was in a plastic outdoor tub pool. Can you imagine that? Well things have changed and the challenge which I think is well spoken of by most of others’ replies has caught me and I feel strengthened in my ability to discern danger in its many levels and subtleties. However, though the shark is seemingly so aggressive I too think that is a wake up call — I do not find myself being more aggressive but certainly more assertive for sure. And also, stronger in my determination. That is an attribute not mentioned much. Sharks are ancient creatures and have a mode of being that is definitely awake in a primal way. They are wanderers I think, protectors in one’s mind, teach one about people turning on you and how to protect oneself from that, and for me a great inspiration. I hope that this is helpful for someone out there.

    • I also want to say to pay attention to the workaholic nature of sharks; it is hard to work with because that is our nature but in fact we have to be careful to find some balance. Otherwise, we tend to burn out and also become bitter in a strange way.

  • Some sharks live to be 400 years old. They are predominantly cartilagenous. This is the most regenerative animal. They routinely lose their teeth, just to make room for fresh ones. Always FORWARD! Lose some skin and blood on the way, shucks, just make more! A shark came to me to tell me the secret of hyperextended longevity…it said “eat ALL of me, I would do the same to you.”

  • Reasons given to explain the symbolic meaning of the shark in dreams, seem quite logical. Perhaps a few of the many dreams I’ve had with the creature can be so categorized.
    However ; I’d like to share insights allowed by shark medicine if you will, that I alone seem to decipher from my own interactive dreams that include the shark.
    Certainly emotional waters, no other dream has ever provided instant intense and heightened awareness as those I’ve had with a shark visit. My sharks were next to me above me below me somewhere very near but threatening was only inferred, that primal knowing of danger . It wasn’t my companion, it wasn’t my enemy. It did get my attention.
    I have accepted shark medicine as a symbol used by those who love me and are frustrated to communicate, so they get my attention , asking me , do I want to sink or swim sometimes, to remind me where I come from, that I am loved. That I am my own worst enemy and possibly acting foolhardy, and many were servings of humble pie, as well as challenges, not to be too big in my swimsuit, I’m too passive and need to take action, To swim or be eaten. Metaphorically speaking. Also, the shark asked directly as a gentleman drinking a martini with the minute you walked in the joint playing in the background, a very vivid dream , fascinating detail. If I wanted to join, was I ready?
    Perhaps my view of growing up or how I perceived what it took to be one. Lol. Shark medicine asks you to pay attention and to take action. Perhaps any creature that surfaces in dreams that creates stress or anxiety, is that person’s clan saying hey man, listen up! Watch out or what the heck are you doing? If the shark shadows your waters , I suggest a long reflection about whatever it is so important, your attention has to be yanked by surfacing the shark.
    I am in no way educated or qualified, just sharing my primal knowing, thank you for sharing yours.

  • whoa, this is accurate 😀
    in my dream, i was with a group of people who i’d considered my family (though i knew none of them), we were all animals, on a small island with lots of water, we went in hte water to hunt but there was a shark, one of them took their baby (who was a puffin, tried to look for that on your site but didn’t see anything) closer, so they wouldn’t get eaten, we were all trying to protect ourselves…
    i’ll also look for polar bear, cause one of the people in said group was one 😀
    over the past few days, i’ve had to get too close for comfort with my family, they’re all like ”awww babies!!” (cause i have a baby niece), but they just see her as a toy. they made her cry just to see what would happen and they all laughed.
    So, as you can guess, i’ve been getting angry a LOT. i don’t know well how to handle my anger, so i imagine attacking them, i can’t attack them, i end up attacking myself, mentally or otherwise…though i always get hurt when i am this angry.
    i STRONGLY do not want to have anything to do with my family anymore, and that’ll be easy, just show who i am and they won’t want to have anything to do with me anymore, what”s holding me back is fear an instincts. i pretend to fit in, every time i’m around them, though i REALLY REALLY don’t want to, when i try not to, i can’t find myself, i don’t know what I would act like or what I would say…
    …well, simply saying, this is accurate, thank you very much!! xD;;

  • I first saw a great white while meditating when I was 11. I kept seeing them as I got older. They weren’t always great whites, but rarely were they hammerhead or blacktips. When I was 17 stress finally actually caught up to me and my life seemed to halt, I even stopped meditating. I went back to it to try and refresh myself and I saw the shark again. This time it bit me and I immediately opened my eyes. I didn’t feel scared, hurt, or anything like that but I felt disappointed with myself.

  • I’ve had recurring dreams about alligators and sharks for just about as long as I can remember. I always wondered what these dreams meant.

  • I have a very intuitive 3 year old nephew name Rune who had nightmares about alligators for a while we went to the store together and he picked out a toy one i bought it for him and he slept with it and the nightmares went away but just recently he started up with sharks instead. Reading this makes a lot of sense espeicaly since he is going through some emotional struggles missing his dad who happends to be very selfish.

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