Water Spirit Animals help us reveal and identify our hidden thoughts or actions. The subconscious mind is associated with water. Water Spirit Animals are linked to Spirituality and the elements of the unknown. They can reveal hidden fears and deepest desires.
Fish,,(general) -- Swimming the currents of life, balance between mind and emotion, immersion in the Cosmic Sea, symbol of the womb and the primordial life force, the subconscious mind, that which cannot be seen but is certainly there.
Abalone -- A rare prize, the need for fresh air, influenced by the stars
Anemone,-- The flower of the sea,,but this rose has sharp thorns. Appearing as one thing and being another, many sizes and many colors. Unusual symbiotic relationships. Do not make assumptions and be aware of hidden dangers
Angel Fish,-- Transformation of the spirit with spirit helpers, be aware to others who need assistance and for those who can help you. Understanding beauty as popularity and protection, effective use of color, ability to live within diverse situations. Understanding beauty as popularity and protection, effective use of color. Connection to reefs
Barnacle -- Once attached it is difficult to remove, will slow you down and impede your progress, a group glued to its position, getting into a sticky situation
Barracuda -- Transformation of the spirit, barracuda shows how to make your own way and follow your own path with strength and courage. Barracuda can teach a balance of action with inaction, rest and work, rest and play. Barracuda shows the power of actions and strength. (One of the biggest fallacies regarding Barracuda is that they are vicious predators that frequently attack people. Barracudas are relatively passive towards humans and while inquisitive, will seldom stalk divers with the intent to feed. Most attacks from barracuda are on divers who are spearfishing and try to wrestle away or deny the barracuda from taking away their catch, but even these are too few and far between to lend any credence to the “man-hunter” qualities of these fish.)
Blobfish -- This deep sea “gelatinous blob” has been called the world's “ugliest fish”, resembling a mini-Jabba the Hutt. And, the blobfish" is just as lazy as it looks as it barely expends any energy even eating, merely gobbling up whatever just happens to be floating by. Blobfish’s messages include: Think seriously think about your calorie intake and get some exercise or you may be as endangered as this fellow. You may get caught up with a fat, lazy, slob. Feelings of deep depression and deep sadness.
Brittle Star,,(Basket Star) -- These starfish like creatures maneuver delicately and successfully in any situation. This creature is very agile and extremely strong. Brittle Star has amazing regenerative properties with an indication of coming back stronger and more abundant, though it can mean that something in your life may take a year to regenerate, but when it does, it will be better and more abundant. Brittle stars in shallow seas tend to avoid light and prefer to hide in dark crevices, becoming more active at night, or they inhabit the,ocean depths where it is always dark. It is a time to keep intuitions sharp and your outer "shell" hard while avoiding the light until your time comes.
Carp,-- Youth, bravery, endurance, strength, self-defense, prosperity, often an immigrant in foreign waters
Catfish,-- Need to separate out what benefits and discard what does not, a greater sensitivity to the spoken and written word, if in a bad place you should walk home.
Listen and feel to what is going on around you. Catfish will teach discernment with heightened senses along with sharpening intuitions and feelings. Catfish are also clan animals in some Native American cultures such as the Ojibwe Tribe. In some South American tribes, catfish are associated with witchcraft and giant catfish appear as monsters in legends.
Cavefish -- It has no eyes but can sense the in-coming vibrations in its path. In addition, it is very good at smelling out food, having a better olfactory sense for having taste buds all over its head. It is also able to store four times more energy as fat allowing it to deal with irregular food supplies more effectively. (Some creationists believe the cave tetra is seen as evidence against evolution. One argument claims that this is an instance of "devolution"; showing an evolutionary trend of decreasing complexity. But while increased complexity is a common effect, there is no reason why evolution cannot tend towards simplicity if that makes an organism better suited to its environment.) The cavefish’s lesson is that sometimes by making a process less complicated it will make situations less difficult to deal with and by disregarding how things appear to look one can get to the solution quicker.
Chiton (Moccasin Shell) -- The armadillo of the sea, night life, knowing the usefulness of creating a vacuum, when uneasy crawl under a rock
Chimaera -- Deep sea dwelling creatures that never see daylight that have eyes that do not see, but have a snout loaded with numerous sensory nerve endings, helping it nab smaller fish to eat. One of the chimaera's dorsal fins is poisonous, too. (Not to be confused with the mythological “Chimera”, a fearsome beast in Greek mythology, with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.) The ability to sniff out what the eye cannot see.
Clam -- Ability to mine energy that lives within the Earth (bacterial symbiosis), digging deep to find mutually beneficial relationships, going within for answers. Getting around a lot more than others think you do. A good food source of B-12 and Iron and a unique way of life for those who harvest them. ("Happy as a clam" The derivation of the saying comes from the fuller version of the phrase, now rarely heard, As happy as a clam at high water'. Hide tide is when clams are free from the attentions of predators; surely the happiest of times in the clam world.)
Clown Fish -- Ability to hide within dangerous situations, use of beauty as camouflage, ability to move as your enemies move, transmutation of poison
Conch -- (In Buddhism the conch is a symbol which proclaims the truth of the,dharma. It stands for the fame of the Buddha's teaching, which spreads in all directions like the sound of the conch trumpet. Shells which spiral to the right in a clockwise direction are a rarity and are considered especially sacred.) Calling together the religious
Cone Shell -- Finding solutions to illness. Toxic situations and toxic memories. Inability to escape the past. Confronting past issues to find relief. Being forced to reconnect. Finding your way back to spirit. Don't ignore what hurts you. Feeling pain to relieve pain.
Coral -- The right timing. Release. Knowing inner and outer rhythms. Creating your world and the world of others. A solid foundation. Primal structure and support. Trust in where life is taking you. Universal trust.
Crab,-- Symbol of the Moon. Emotional intensity and powerful intuition that ebb and flow with the tides. The appearance of the crab is a call to examine issues of sensitivity and to find an outlet for emotional release. The crab needs all of its senses to survive, using everything and unwilling to discard anything. They are able to resist changes and flourish in hostile environments. The lesson of being able to change focus and to walk and run sideways in order to confuse enemies.
Crayfish -- Moving forward in spite of fears, if in encountering danger or trouble by moving forward it can move back and out of trouble
Cuttlefish -- Master of disguise, attacking from ambush, sneaking up from behind.
Intelligence, adaptability, flashy when the mood is right, unseen when they need to hide. Master of disguise, king of camouflage, survivor extraordinaire. Cuttlefish are seen and unseen, real and unreal, of this earth yet alien.
Dolphin -- [Do not confuse with the 'Porpoise'] -- Inner sounds that can create outer manifestations. Living in tune with the patterns and rhythm of nature. Using the power of breathing as an emotional release of anger and pain. Swimming freely and goingalong with your feelings. (Contrary to its popular "Flipper" image, the dolphin can be aggressive and,violent. Out of 48 harbor porpoises stranded on the Welsh coast in 2004, 28 animals were found to have died from,attacks by bottlenose dolphins.)
Eel -- Great transformation through the electric and creative life force of the kundalini. A shape shifter who is not easy to catch ("slippery as an eel"). A connection to spirits of the rivers and lakes. Finding new ways to adapt and defend yourself whenever you need away to fight, in doing so some eels will,taser you.
Flounder -- An incredible transformation. (Changing from a normal appearing fish at birth to a round, flat fish in adulthood) Blending so well with the surroundings that they are hard to see, drifting along in the emotional waters
Goldfish -- (see under "Carp")
Grouper (Groper) -- The dominant predatory fish on many coral reefs, groupers are a unique totem due to their reproductive behaviors, having a complex social system that leads them to change sex from female to male. The grouper is a Crying Game sort of spirit animal. It may carry with it a message of adolescent sexual confusion or transgender identification.
Grunion -- Leaving your natural environment in order to express your creativity.,(Grunion come out of the water completely on certain nights,in order to lay their eggs on the beach.)
Herring -- A streamlined look, a flashy appearance can draw unwanted attention, serving as cover for others, a shallow and rather oily individual, mouth always open, unpleasant smoke odor
Jellyfish,-- Acceptance and faith, sensitivity to water energy (emotions), understanding of the value of floating rather than swimming through trying emotional times, ability to become untangled from the webs of peril in life, what is needed will be provided, a nasty sting. Jellyfish may be very transparent but she shows the heart’s truth, if you will follow it. This includes the pain and growth that may arise in the journey
Koi -- (see under "Carp")
Leaf Fish -- Masters of camouflage, resembling a dead leaf floating on the water. Very good hunters they live in the leafy shallows and feed on any other fish that is small enough to fit in their mouths. Beware of the stalker who blends innocently with the surroundings.
Leech,-- Ability to alter the flow of life force energy, simplicity of movement in cycles, latching on for dear life, can be a "blood-sucker"or a "blood-healer" (Fresh blood is the highest known source of pranic energy ) Leech directs you toward the Life Force, so trust the process you cannot see.
Limpet --,Pay close attention to your feelings and inner knowings. The limpet teaches flexibility and completion of endeavors along with balancing emotions and equalizing one's duality. Slowing down will bring balance and harmony and restore peace within. Aids in discerning which attachment is the most correct one for you. Limpet guides you home again to a safe secure atmosphere, your own unique place of being connected and grounded.
Lionfish -- Facing danger, standing your ground and not being swayed away by anything. Hidden peril, something in your life is hidden and very dangerous to your wellbeing. Use of beauty as defense, and the peril associated with depending on beauty. Use the control of movement and speed to conform to the situation. (http://www.lionfishhunters.org/) The annexing of foreign territory for"Lebensram".
Lobster,-- Lobster symbolizes independence and solitude, longevity, and regeneration. For a lobster to grow, they must shed their shells. They live lives of seclusion, hiding themselves on the sea floor among the rocks and seaweed. Their life spans are long - up to 50 years and they grow continually throughout their entire life cycle. Lobster shows how to keep protected on all levels; mental, spiritual, physical, guarding yourself with camouflage if needed along with balance and grounding. Progressing backward is sometimes needed to move forward, trust Lobster to show when and how to move into the next phase of your life. Concentration, coordination, ability to transcend the mind/ego, regeneration to restore what is lost, handiness
Manatee (Sea Cow) -- Gentle and loving. Childlike and playful. Power in the sadness of the eyes with a face only a mother could love. Moving slowly and gracefully to get you there faster. Control of elements and thought, open to new experiences and new relationships. Using your appetites for Good. A need to watch for oncoming traffic.
Manta Ray -- Ability to swim slowly through emotional waters, positive use of size, understanding differences
Marlin,-- Ability to shake off negative energy, freedom fighter, ability to pierce the shell of an enemy and a flair for making grand entrances. Marlin shows the power of being alone with confidence that demonstrates an inward peaceful strength. Marlin people are loners, they love being alone not because they fear the company of others but because they are a lot more comfortable on their own. They feel confident that they can do everything on their own and only weak people need the help of others. Marlins are proud and sometimes result to a bad decision due to their being stubborn. Marlin also shows that playing of words is important in life. A flick of a tongue can destroy a relationship, and a simple word can cure the loneliest heart. When you want to learn the art of speech call on Marlin and he will provide you with the wisdom to speak what is necessary.
Minnow -- Power of group protection, connection to youth, understanding peer issues, issues related to size, maintaining the self within the group
Mussel -- Clumping together, metamorphosis, attachment, use of minerals
Oarfish -- The oarfish is so named because of its long oar-like pelvic fins. Little is known about them, but a few examples of these fish have appeared over the years were usually found dead at the surface or washed up on a beach. At least one account describes the oarfish as giving off "electric shocks" when touched. Oarfish may provide the basis for many tales and fables of sea monsters from all over the world. According to ancient Japanese folklore, Oarfish were the messengers from the sea god's palace who either forebode a tremendous catch of fish or a disastrous earthquake.
Octopus,-- Multifaceted, skilled in many things, proper use of smoke screens (ink) in evading enemies, destroying negative barriers
Oyster -- Precious, filter out life's static, knows when it is time to close things to save on energy, sensitive to environment, protection.
Perch -- Adept at going with the current as well as in finding its own way. It is more at home in fresh water, liking its presence to preferring that of clean surroundings. The Perch symbolizes toughness and persistence., It guides us so that we may be able to pay more attention to what goes on around us and respond with the right actions.
Periwinkle -- Can survive in a tiny puddle, differing colors depending on the environment, migrating up and down with the flow of the tide
Piranha -- Service to the river and the life within it, savagery, tearing apart enemies, understanding the power of groups, ability to totally consume (use) what is given to you
Porpoise -- [Do not confuse with the'Dolphin'] -- Bearer of wisdom, the power of breath and sound, harbinger of good fortune,,rarely going along with the group. The Legend of the Porpoise says that if you pray to see your true gift revealed a "dream porpoise" will deliver it.
Prawn -- see "Shrimp"
Pufferfish -- Defense through inducing fear in ones enemy, changing size to deter, transmutation of poison, power to induce a death-like state
Quahog -- (see under "Clam")
Remora,(Suckerfish) -- Cannot,live in calm waters, being unable to focus, stoic sufferer, (It is not a parasite, but it will attach itself to a host animal, such as a shark. In Medieval lore it was called Echeneis and was said to attach itself to ships to slow them down.) Others holding you back in your attempts to get ahead
Salmon,-- Determined, persistent, strength through desire, value of returning home, a transforming spiritual journey. Native American Totem Animal for "Leo"
Sand Dollar -- Freely developing childhood, living partially hidden, the money of the mermaids
Scallop -- The scallop resembles the setting sun and symbolizes a Celtic death journey westwards towards the setting sun. In medieval Europe, the scallop was considered an embodiment of the spirit; further, the scallop shell itself was the badge of pilgrims. It is an omen of fertility and a symbol of Aphrodite.
Scorpionfish -- Warning. Feeling cornered and cornering others. Finding yourself in a tight spot.,Finding beauty threatening or harmful.
Sea Butterfly (Sea Angel) -- Swim freely in emotional waters, letting go and floating along with the currents of life. Listening to intuition that guides movement in the depths of the emotional world. Passivity but also being aggressive when needed. Nearly colorless,it shows how to utilize transparency, discernment, seeing through the core issue. Take opportunities to be around others as they will help uplift you in knowledge and wisdom.
Sea Cucumber -- Heightened communication, emphasizing hormone levels along with unconscious signals and nerves. Ability to change from rigid to soft by utilizing emotional balance. She shows how to remain firm in tight or delicate situations. Watch for potential symbiotic relationships to form.
Sea Dragon -- Placidity. Currents. Gentle movement. Free-flowing. Gentle masculinity. Paternity. Going with the flow. Shelter. The protective ocean. Reef magic. Dragon energy. The protective father. Using beauty and brightness as camouflage. Facade.
Seahorse,-- Male, graceful, a code of chivalry, can deal with emotions, courtship dancing, the only species where the male has the babies
Seal,-- Imagination is your playground. Delving into the sub-conscious and swimming in the emotional sea. At home in the emotional waters but needing to be grounded to express creativity.Go with the flow to discover hidden mysteries.
Sea Lion,--,Not having a social structure away from family and children. Poorly defined boundaries. Needing physical touch to feel comfortable with others. Dominating with physical size and presence. Imaginative and,creative,,vivid dreams
Sea Monkey -- (A brand name for brine shrimp often sold in hatching kits as novelty aquarium pets. Beginning in 1957 the product was heavily marketed, especially in comic books, and remains a presence in popular culture) Sea Monkeys are a true miracle of nature as they exist in suspended animation inside their tiny eggs for as long as 50 years. The instant-life crystals, in which the eggs are enclosed, preserve their viability and help to extend still further their un-hatched life span! Sea-Monkeys are real Time-Travelers asleep in biological time capsules for their strange journey into the future. The sea monkey thrives on fun, and practical jokes. Although once thought to be extinct, the Sea Monkey has recently re-emerged. Biologists confirmed that the species was never actually extinct. The entire species was playing a game of hide and seek. It became apparent at some time that with all the Sea Monkeys hiding, no one was searching for them. The sea monkey‘s message is to bide your time and wait for the future, while enjoying life in the meantime.
Sea Otter -- The sea otter brings understanding of our childlike self and asks us to rediscover our playful side. In its wisdom it advises us to nurture our talents and make good use of them. Call upon her for the energies of resourcefulness and inventiveness
Sea Slug -- Renewal through shedding ones outer skin, transmutation, protection through reputation, use of color to show how you feel. Sea Slug teaches the power of letting go of what is not needed. Slug will show when to move andwhen to rest. There is great power in this timing.
Sea Snail -- Teaches flexibility and completion of endeavors along with balancing emotions and equalizing one's duality. Slowing down will bring balance and harmony and restore peace within. When snail comes to you it offers an opportunity to show a graceful balance in life is possible. Although stern and cold on the outside has a soft-hearted manner.
Sea Snake -- Releases air bubbles (restrictions) when under water, camouflage, anonymity, keeper of family secrets,,water magick
Sea Turtle -- Representative of Mother Earth, ever returning to the Sea, bravery of the young, traveling long distances to,return to home and family, dedication to duty, reverence for life's cycles,,a long and dangerous journey to adulthood. (Of the thousands and thousands of sea turtle hatchlings who take to the sea only a handful will survive to return to lay their eggs. It is a reminder of how few that set out on their spiritual journey will ever succeed in returning to the Cosmic Egg.) [see also 'Reptile Animal Spirits'/Turtle]
Sea Urchin -- Teaches discernment and the art of underlying circumstances. Slow and methodical, it shows how to maneuver with tenacity and patience. Nothing is impossible when Urchin is guiding you. Care of your feet, physical movement and grounding properties hallmark Urchin’s meaning. Pay attention to the color of the Sea Urchin for this will aid in understanding.
Shark,--,Survival by,instinct and acting without judgment. Sharks have a bad reputation as being dangerous, fearless and unpredictable. They can ignite a feeling of fear and terror in many people. If there is a situation that,needs to scared away the shark totem will help as the shark has the power to fend off negative elements. Having no swim bladder the shark can never stop swimming or,it would,sink to the bottom, so staying busy and active is important. The shark's sensitivity to electromagnetic currents is a call to develop and refine sensory ability in order to bring a greater connection with the spiritual realm. Studying aromatherapy would be beneficial to help develop hunting prowess.
Whale Shark -- (Gypsy of the Deep) The biggest shark in the world. Generally the type who wait for others to approach them instead of the other way around, and are often better off for it. They attract souls who are just as curious, intelligent, and open-minded as they are.
Shrimp (Prawn) -- Do not to hide from your fears; try new things. They show us how to come out of our shells and serve as a reminder to come forth in spite of fears and to move forward.
Siamese Fighting Fish -- Protection of boundaries within relationships. Warrior energy and understanding the nature of violence. Confrontation of ego.
Skate -- Use less mobility in your actions, be careful in planning new ventures
Sponge -- Absorption powers, effective movement of water and emotions, hermaphroditic characteristics
Squid -- Ability to read the moods of others, can read body language of those around them, uses light, color and form to communicate, blushes easily
Starfish,-- Regeneration, Moon magick, tidal movement, do things in your own way and follow your star
Stingray -- The stingray often shows itself as a totem to anyone who has enhanced "feeling" senses. It is the stingray's natural electrical sensors that alerts it to potential dangers. When the stingray appears it could be a sign that you need to become more aware of your surroundings. Look around and see if you're missing something obvious.
Stonefish -- The stonefish does a very good job of not being seen. It has camouflage that allows it to blend into rocks almost perfectly. It does not stand up when asked to stand and does not tell its neighbors where it is going on vacation. Of course, if a diver's foot comes down on it due to this amazing camouflage, all hell breaks loose.
Sturgeon -- Determination, teaching, leadership, knowledge, depth
Sunfish,(Mola) -- Overwhelmed by freeloaders. Clumsy and staggering. Weight gain
Swordfish -- Vigorous, powerful fighters, ability to jump (breaching) to dislodge pests, loose associations
Trout -- Different appearances in different environments, cool clear emotional waters
Tuna,-- Physically altering,to fit ones environment, fast mover, danger of accumulating toxins in the system;
Walrus,-- A,loner who likes to be an individual, has little respect for others who are not of its own kind,using a fierce mask wisely, an opportunity to uncover something hidden
Whale,-- The whales lesson is to,learn to listen to,your inner voice and to be in touch with your own personal truths. Whale totem teaches how to awaken your inner creativity and how to create your personal song. Go deep within yourself to awaken your inner knowledge associated with voice, the use of psychic and telepathic abilities and all aspects of the Cosmic Sea. (The Record Keeper of Mother Earth)
Zebrafish -- Thriving in confined spaces, likes attention, the white mice of the fish world