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Stingray Meaning and Messages

In this case, the Stingray symbolism is letting you know that everything is now in place. You know that you have the means, you have the tools, and you have the skills. Now get busy and get on with it. In other words, your Stingray meaning is telling you that everything you have worked toward is open to you. Therefore, you must stop hesitating. Like the Blue Whale, this spirit animal insists that you have faith in your abilities and follow your inner guidance.

Alternatively, Stingray symbolism is asking you to stay on course and keep moving forward. Henceforth, you must not allow distractions or drama to sway you from your journey. Protect your path if you need to.

Also study Shark, as it is related to this creature.

Stingray Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Stingray totem have a way of laying in wait until their unsuspecting prey comes along. Then they pounce, paralyze and consume! Like the Octopus, these folks are experts at blending in all situations and fully understand the use of camouflage. They also look like part of the scenery until they make their move. More often than not, most people never see them coming. People with this spirit animal totem move with grace and fluidity through all things in life, and they never hesitate when it is time to take action. They are extremely sensitive to energy and very clairsentient.

Also, study Mollusks, as this is their primary source of food.

Stingray Dream Interpretation

To see a Manta Ray in your dream signifies emotional freedom. You are navigating through your emotions with ease and have released old emotional baggage. You are now free and clear to move on with your life.

To have a Stingray dream symbolizes old emotional issues coming to the surface in your waking life. In other words, you are responding to a situation from a past emotional pain rather than the present.

To dream that a school of Stingrays is attacking you or someone else is an indication that emotions that you have been keeping suppressed into your subconscious are beginning to overwhelm you.

45 thoughts on “Stingray”

  1. So I had a dream where I went on vacay with my son and baby daddy, some family were there to but they came in and out. At one point of the dream, I was in a pool outside the hotel we were staying at with my mother and baby daddy, my son is 3 btw. As we were standing at the corner side 3 stingrays came swimming up, I petted them as they swam around us but they started to go towards my son so I got scared and started trying to guide them away, but they just kept swimming back, they just really wanted to hug him, my son didn’t look to scared and when one of the rays actually got to him it just hugged him without stinging him, I still brushed it off, gently of course, and I held my son in my arms after that while they still tried coming, then out of nowhere they turned into puppies and then cats. Haha I’m not sure what this means but it was very interesting to see as I never dream of stingrays. I hope this means something good for my son.

  2. Raheemah Tauhidi

    I remember I was at one of my classmate’s houses at a small social gathering and felt like something was smoothly gliding above my head. I looked up and I felt like I saw the outline/shadow of stingray “glide/swim” through a wall above me. It was weird but I can never forget it…

  3. Mine wasn’t a dream.. I literally woke up in the dark and caught a quick glimpse of a giant stingray hovering over me. I was so terrified, I screamed.. My sister jolted and ran to see what the issue was.

    That experience has left me badly shaken. I’m officially afraid or stingrays and I can’t even look at a picture of one.

    1. what if you looked at it differently? at the message it had / has instead of letting the fear stifle you?
      sending you love, light and protection my friend <3

  4. I had a dream I was headed to work through a big disarrayed building & noticed people walking by something odd on the floor. It was a small stingray, unmoving on its back. I paused to tell it I was sorry I couldn’t help it & for it dying like that, before moving on. I was drawn back to the stingray, thought I could hear/feel it crying. It was, some jerks were kicking it around the floor & the need to save it overcame my fear of it stinging me as I snatched it up. Got to work, it was chaotic & my crew (I’m a small cafe GM) was needing my attention in several directions, but every time I put the stingray down people tried hurting it. There was bizarre shift & people with bad energy kept popping up, I clutched the vulnerable creature to my chest as I pushed them away in escape. I could feel its shape change as I ran, when I looked down it was turning into a round blue baby whale…I can’t recall what happened after that. Reading your page was informative on the significance of stingray, I have some reflecting to do. Anyone have any insight, suggestions, similar dreams?

    1. I don’t know when you dreamed this but today I am giving a stingray ring to my sweetheart to help him break free from the Karmic kunt s in his family. Especially the mummy. GOD BLESS YOU R PATH TO TRUE LOVE. AMEN

  5. Went for a walk to clear my head. Was unsuccessful for the first 45 mins so I turned my music up to drown out the loud head chit chat. Continued to walk for 15 mins. The music wasn’t working. Then a lended helping hand of nature drowned out the noise in my head with a stingray flipping its 🤔arms, legs, fins, or maybe flaps 😂 to get my attention and STILL my mind, encouraging me to pause. It worked! It completely stopped me in my tracks. There is nothing like nature (and something that scares you) to bring you back down to earth. What feels like the only thing that could grab my attention and bring me back to reality. All the nonsense in my mind that brought anger and festering bullshit was on repeat. Never have I ever had an experience and so close like it. A stingray of all things. Having taken 24 hours and the experience still with me I have google it “you have the knowledge, you have the means, you have the skills, you have the truth. Now get on with it”. Truely everything I need to know right now. Thankyou. The universe will speak. We just need to listen.

    1. Rosie Mae, the same exact thing happened to me yesterday. I had stopped to enjoy the sunrise with a blue heron On the beach, and suddenly a gigantic stingray did that “thing” next to us. Definitely got my attention! Now it’s time to embrace the lessons…..quietly observing in the flow of divine timing, then quickly taking action when opportunity presents. Time to embrace the art of camouflage and stealth more fully now too! It’s 24 hours for me too and I’m in total awe of what a powerful experience it was.

    2. I went for a walk down to the beach the other day and asked the water to cleanse my body and spirit after a very traumatic event.. as I dove in under the waves over and over I could feel it all wash away. Once I felt healed I began to walk back to shore, then a voice told me to be strong and walk heavy like a horse (like the wild ones I had seen earlier on the beach) so I trusted my instinct and did… a few steps forward and half a metre away a short tailed sting ray as wide as I am tall glided past me… I didn’t stop, I kept walking as I but watched and admired such a beautiful creature.
      This is not the first time this has happened to me. I have ran way twice now escaping a manipulative partner, and both times I have had encounters with these beautiful creatures in the shallows as I’ve asked the water to cleanse me.. this time I hear it’s message.

  6. I had a dream, i was on a hill and wayy wayy ahead of me was the ocean and on my left and right side were houses.i look at the ocean and see a wave smashing down and then all of a sudden many stingrays come and gracefully float along the hill i soon am looking at them all and then a mantaray comes along also and then all the stingrays change into super bright colours i get a bit scared and take a step back standing on the road.i try and want to grab the small stingrays but the end up slidding into the sewer drain and only two small colourful stingrays get stuck near a small tree.

    What does this mean??
    Has anyone have this sort of dream?

    1. I had a dream similar once, I was in my bed, and then my window stretched out and opened, all of the sudden two alligators came in, then a crocodile came in, and everything except the crocodile became alternating colors of the chakra, but then I tried to touch it and it disappeared right before I could touch it, then I felt a falling sensation, after two seconds of that I woke up… I think it symbolizes I was doing the wrong thing in relation to my totem

  7. Do you know what manta rays symbolize? They are quite different from stingrays, so perhaps they hold a different spirit animal meaning. I’d love to hear your thoughts and research on the spirit animal symbolism of manta rays!

  8. I’d like to know what it signifies as I had a dream that I was on a beach that had trees on it. There was an open area that led to the water and had no trees on it, just sand, but if you can imagine being on the sand, you’d be surrounded by a half circle of trees behind you, and the open water in front. I look out on the water and my wife is on a giant stingray, floating above the water about 100ft off shore, and about 200ft high. There was another stingray next to her that nobody was on, so I jumped with certainty and easily floated up and towards the stingray in the sky. I got on and grabbed the 2 sides of the stingray as I’m really scared of heights like that. But I felt the sides of the stingray as if they were so real. We just floated in that spot, then I woke up..

    Does anyone have anything they can interpret from this?

  9. I was curious if it was my totem animal because a few years ago we went to this fair and they had a stingray tank there that you could pet them and it started with a few circling my hand to all of them I took everyone’s they were all taking turns rubbing against my hand it was kind of strange so just curious

  10. Had a dream about what I thought was a Sting Ray. It kept swimming around me, rubbing up against me, trying to get me to touch it. I remember not wanting to, afraid it would sting me. Yet, it was almost acting like a cat or a dog, rubbing up against me almost affectionately. Finally, I let myself touch the barb, and it was not a Sting Ray, but a Manta. Incidentally Manta Rays are my favorite fish. What does this mean?

  11. Hi. Last night I dreamt that me and my partner went to the beach and a stingray just show up and went to us. It came gracefully, I thought it would attack us so i did not touch it first because i was scared so my partner touches it and the stingray plays with him and it came to me again and i touches it and plays with it too. It felt so weird cause it felt real. It’s like I really felt the skin. It was a huge dark brown stingray. It really looks scary but it was kind and sweet. Idk it felt so real

  12. Thank you last night i dreamt that a small stingray was after me i keeped moving and it kept coming eventually it actually climbed onto the rock earth wall i was on turned and flung its tail and got me with its spike. I knew it had to mean something. Do you have books or cards that cover this?

  13. Domenique Timmons

    Hi i had a dream that that my husband was attacked in the chest by a sting ray? Wat does this means?

  14. I had a dream last night. I can’t really remember it but I was facing (i’m not sure if it was the ocean or a pond) a body of water and near the shore, i saw a manta ray or was it a sting ray. I went near it and touched it, well more like petted it and then kissed it and I could tell it was glad. I want to know what it means because this is the first time i had such a dream.

    1. Mine was about the same time but it passed under me in the water and was more like a slow giant shadow swimming by. I’ve never dreamed of one before.

  15. i had a dream one year ago where I dove deep into the ocean where it was so dark nothing was visible. I was then encapsulated by three giant sting rays that wrapped the fins around me in a protective manner, before returning me to the shore covered in a sort of protective amour.

    1. Hey JT

      This gonna sound odd but the dream was not so much of any message ,, it’s about emotional freedom , BUT for you , that was only a moment in your dream that was being covered so you couldn’t see it . It happens a lot but people misinterpret it all the time .. You were not ready either emotionally or spiritually not allowed to see that part of the dream that was next .. Sorry I wish it was more about the dream but my guides are telling me different ,, I do readings on people and get that even in talking with spirit ,, they will block things out for reasons that we are only shown what we need at that moment .. Nothing more , nothing less ..

      The part of that dream that was for you was the coated in armour part at the end ..
      Cheersits showing that your vulnerable and that you are in a point in your life where you are feeling superior and invincible almost . This only pertains to daily life stuff , ie work and relationships so don’t go jumping infront a car ..lol
      Also are you worried about something more then normal .. I’m getting a stressor coming up , maybe worried about a family member or friend .. .. Keep looking to find ways to protect yourself emotionally but MAKE sure you don’t block anyone out .. It’s a tough one but ..
      Hope this helps

    2. Hi JT,
      They created protection for you, how special! You must be deserving of extra strength to overcome some kind of emotional challenge in your waking life. Is the fact that there were three significant to you in relation to influences on your life at the time?

  16. I had a dream the other night where i was on a plane that was going through dangerous levels of turbulence, and i looked out the window and i saw all forms of nature and wildlife, like giraffes lions, zebras, exotic flowers etc. Then i saw thousands of stingrays swimming through a river and heading toward a waterfall. I thought maybe the stingrays symbolized something

  17. I had a dream I had a fish tank and added some new fish to the tank, suddenly there appeared two stingrays in this tank. I thought it was amazing and cool. Then for some reason a snake was introduced to the tank that was getting along fine with all other fish and even the stingray. The moment I turned my back the fish tank worn into turmoil. I noticed the snake eating one of the stingrays, I was shocked but it seemed as if the stingray was already killed before he ate it. The snake shot a vision of the past to me about what really happened, showing me the fish attacked the stingray and killed the stingray, so he began to eat it. But later in the dream everything disappeared from this fish tank including the fish. And the truth revealed to me that the snake poisoned the stingray from the beginning and fooled me. Now, the snake consumed everything and disapear d from my tank, leaving me empty.

  18. 😀 I had a really weird dream last night and this post made me feel really good about it. Last night I had a dream that there was a fine Barb that poke out the top of my hand and then I pulled it out and it was a baby stingray and then I saw something else swimming around on the top of my hand underneath my skin and I pulled out another Barb and it was another baby stingray. so I finally cut the top of my hand open and took out three more baby stingrays.

  19. A stingray followed us today as we walked along the waters edge. We went to dinner across the road and when we arrived back at water it was sitting there so when we started walking back along the river it continued following us back the other way. Eventually it vered into the deeper water. I feel like this experience had a meaning.

  20. Last night I had a dream, I drove to the beach with my cousin. I played on the shore with a little girl, I looked up and saw a manta ray swimming towards me very fast. It swam onto the sand right to my feet. I naturally spoke to it and said “Hello” and it responded back with a simple hello. A man came and picked it up to take it back to the ocean. This happened a couple more times where it swam up to my feet. I noticed the colors, first time it was just black. Second, I noticed spots. Third time, I saw it shimmering metallic almost and the spots were more noticeable. I also spoke different words to it each time, saying, “Hello, why are you coming here, what is happening?” I didn’t get an answer, the man had taken it away to quickly. Last time it swam in, I told it, “don’t worry, it’s fine, take care of yourself, you need to be in the ocean…” The feeling the entire dream was calming. I wonder can anyone share with me what more they think could be the reason why I had this dream? I am so grateful. Thank you

  21. I had a dream that I was on some sort of cliff or balacony, I was staring out at the ocean but I swear we were only sight seeing, then moving onto some state without the ocean. I knew it was temporary but it was so beautiful I wanted to run out onto the ocean. I began to get scared as all of a sudden I was emerged in the unclear ocean water, birds were everywhere diving into the water, fins were everywhere too, I tried to focus to see if they were sharks or dolphins, I assumed dolphins feeding on a school of fish.

    Then suddenly I was back on that cliff or balcony, it’s like the sea, ocean was going wild with sea creatures. I saw people out in the water enjoying the ocean but the water was rapid at the shore. I saw three dark humongous figures emerging, at first I thought it was a shark but it was way too big, they were whales, the figure was clear to see that they were some type of whales and as they came closer and closer to shore I realize the shore was deeper than I thought and that’s why no one was out in the water. The whales burst out of the water and transformed into huge stingrays, they were even bigger and the sight way absolutely incredible. They turned into the biggest stingrays in history and it’s like they were putting on a show for just me but something that confuses me, were they wanting to hurt me but I was too far away? Or did they want me to come say hi? Were they friendly? I don’t know.

  22. I found out i was 7 weeks accidentally pregnant in Belize. It wasn’t time to make a baby. I took the abortion pills and when i passed the clot, i took it and put it in the ocean. not three minutes later, a small ray swam over it- hopefully eating it. I cried. It was the peace and clarity i needed.

  23. There is something to this….truth…..ive struggled with addiction for 19 years…had a kid….and cowardly i ran..hid in a hole in my arm….finally woke up recently…almost died from heart, blood, and skin infections…been in hospital about 5 weeks now…in the first week i had a dream…”using dream” as they call it…kept finding all these bags with my d.o.c. in them but no way to use any of it…for some reason i was reaching in the river next to me and to my surprise was pulling out stingrays lashing their tail around so id throw them back in… Now…5 weeks in and after some theraputic sessions and alot of love and support from my family i had this strange dream, long story short a mantaray makes its self appearent…..reading this blew me away……

  24. DeNeen Williams

    I dreamed I was on a fishing peer laying in the sun. on another peer very close to mine was an older white gentleman fishing. A stingray with no barb climbed up on her peer and he held it for a few minutes and then placed it back in the water. Each time the ray would clin out of the water and in to the man’s lap and he would keep placing it back into the water. The ray was winning to stay in the man’s lap. Finally the ray climbed up the peer I was on and quickly lay over my stomach and stayed there. I was afraid at first but the fear quickly went away and the ray just continued to lay there enjoying the sun with me. ❓ ❓

  25. I just had the most beautiful experience at Sea world in Australia. I was watching this beautiful sting ray in an underwater viewing area, and our eyes connected and he/she stayed staring at each other for a good 10 minutes…I felt like I was hypnotized in a love bubble..it was so peaceful…and the Japanese lady next to me was just watching me with her mouth agape ( that’s what my husband said) the joke for the rest of the trip was that I was the “Ray whisperer ” but I know it was a special experience, one to be honored…

  26. I went to the aqarium today, the stingrays kept coming towards me to get away from the kids grabbing their fins and splashing the water. To see they didn’t like it i started to feel tears rolling down my eyes and I was crying. I’m only 12 and my mom had told me why i was crying, it wasn’t my feelings it was the stingrays. I also had told them to splash anyone that tried to harm them, and as told they did, all three of them they splashed the children. I didn’t mean harm to the kids but my mom had said it was incredible to watch them obey me. They also seemed to have listened to me when i said not to splash me and to come towards me. I rubbed their fins gently and they stayed in the same spot for about 15 minutes. Also they didn’t like when i went to a different spot, they would come to me and try to lead me back to the spot i was once in. My mom had told me to name thw stingray King and i did. He wasn’t the biggest stingray but he wasn’t small. This happened at the Adventure Aquarium Camden Nj.

  27. Last night I dreamt I was at a park beside a beach and a gathering of stingrays were jumping out of the water. Then one began to fly and scooped me up and took me to flight upon his back – considerably high too! At first we flew over the park area, joyfully, and then he flew over the shallow ocean where he had come from, as though it was previously intended. I felt vulnerable having only a stingray my size to hold me, but had a clear view of the sea below and in the translucent water that appeared deep, could see the school of stingray and a giant squid. Thankfully I was flown back to shore where we began to land in bit of a tumble… unforgettable

  28. I just returned from a trip to Tortola, BVI, where I encountered a sting ray swimming past me at about 6 feet away while I was snorkeling! The next day at the same beach I say it jump out of the water. Very exciting and am looking into what it means….

    1. Wow Diane! I actually just returned from vacation where I spotted a stingray jump out of the ocean! Later at sunset I was standing at the shore and happened to look down. 3 feet away was a stingray just laying there staring straight at me!! We stared at eachother peacefully before he just swam away! I came here to look into its meaning (I have also popped a ray out of the water once while swimming in Tybee/Savannah! Amazing but scary! : ). I feel a tie to these gorgeous peaceful creatures.

      Oddly enough you had a similiar experience- and posted it here on MY Birthday! Just very cool!!

    2. Same thing happened to me in tortola in november… I was swimming with a friend and stingray leapt out of the water and went after a bird. I’ve never seen anything like it… awe inspiring

  29. A few months ago, something of a petting zoo for stingrays opened up at my local zoo. The moment I saw the announcement online I absolutely flipped out as if I had been waiting my entire life for this to happen and hadn’t even realized it. I suddenly remembered every time I had been at the aquarium and ended up staring at the stingrays flowing gracefully along the sandy bottom and nothing else, and even vaguely remembered when I was a kid and I had seen them somewhere, probably on some educational kids’ show or something. It all just came flying back to me at once and I knew I HAD to go see this and touch them, connect with them. After it opened I went every chance I could; I fed them and would sit there letting them run across my hands over and over again for an hour. I couldn’t get enough of them. I always thought I just really liked stingrays, and when I saw a plush of one that was almost as big as I was in the gift shop recently I bought it instantly, not even caring how much it was. I have nowhere to put it in my house as I live with my mom and have to keep everything in my room, so he sleeps on my bed as my pillow every night. I’ve felt incredibly safe and slept better ever since I got it, and after reading this page I’m starting to wonder if I have some kind of connection with stingray. The thing that really gets me is that I’ve always been one to blend into the background until I need to make a move, and sometimes I have trouble making that move when I need to…but it’s just seemed a lot less scary the last month or so, coincidentally since I got that plush. Maybe he’s trying so hard to get the message across that he’s swum his way into my room to remind me he’s there? 😛 Who knows? Might be just coincidences.

  30. Thank you for passing on the message from spirit.
    I was sitting on the beach front, watching the waves roll when a small stingray jumps out of the water. Approx. 30 minutes later it happen again. So in all I seen 2 stingrays. This was a first for me – I love it how animals are always trying to get our attention.
    Interesting that the other 2 comments on here also encountered 2 stingrays in a period of time.

    1. The number 2 is a signal to have faith and courage. Believe that your dreams are manifesting even if you can’t see them yet. Integrate this number with your message and you will reach your understanding.

  31. hi today while bodyboarding in dana point i stepped on a stingray. a lady helped me and was talking to me and i had told her that i had been stung a few weeks before as well. she then mentioned how i could have a spiritual or emotional connection to the animal which got me thinking. just curious and would like some feedback on what you think.
    Thanks, Dillon

    1. I would like to know as well, I have been stung twice, though not in such a short time frame, and at the same location in Puerto penasco. Not sure if there is a connection to them or of I just haven’t utilized the shuffle accordingly but either way it was definitely an experience to reflect on

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