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Dolphin Spirit Animal Symbolism and Strengths

Karen Frazier
Bottlenose Dolphin in Caribbean Sea

Many people believe they have dolphins or other cetaceans as a spirit animal. Spiritually, marine mammals like dolphins are the keepers of the Akashic Records (the records of everything that ever is, was, or will be) for all beings incarnating on the planet Earth. So how can you tell if a dolphin is your spirit animal, what does it symbolize, and what are the strengths of having this powerful marine mammal as a personal totem?

Meaning of Dolphin as Spirit Animal

Dolphins have different symbolic meanings depending on the cultural tradition defining them. Most arise from the perceived traits of the dolphins themselves. Likewise, many spirit animal meanings and symbolism are derived from the totem traditions of indigenous peoples. With that in mind, below are some meanings and traits associated with having a dolphin as a spirit animal.

You Are Psychic or Intuitive

People with dolphins as a spirit animal are often intuitive. Dolphins are a common dream symbol, and people who frequently dream of them might count them as a spirit animal. In dream symbolism, dolphins and whales both represent either latent or active psychic abilities. Therefore, people with dolphins as a spirit animal may possess psychic or intuitive abilities.

Building Community Is Important to You

Dolphins are social creatures that travel in groups called pods. These intelligent marine mammals are highly empathic and develop strong bonds among their community. Therefore, if a dolphin is your spirit animal, the communities you build around you are not only important, but necessary to you. Being a member of these communities is part of how you define yourself, and you can't imagine what your life would be like without them.

You Navigate Emotions Well

In dream and psychic symbolism (as well as in astrology, tarot, and similar traditions), water represents emotion. Dolphins navigate water with joy, playfulness, and ease. So if you have a dolphin as a spirit animal, chances are you navigate your emotions well and are optimistic, playful, and joyful.

You Are Social and Fun

With their playful energy in the oceans, dolphins appear to be frisky and fun with their leaping, spinning, and socializing with humans and each other. This is in your nature, too, if a dolphin is your spirit animal. Socializing and having fun is more important to you than it is to many of your peers, and you're a definite expert at it. You're known for your cheerful and playful nature.

You Are Protected and a Protector

Many coastal indigenous and First Nation peoples share legends of dolphins in which these marine mammals have gone out of their way to protect humans, and they therefore serve as protectors of the tribe. Celtic traditions also describe dolphins as being the protectors of Earth's seas. A dolphin is therefore a protective spirit animal and also signals your own protective nature towards others.

More Traits Associated With a Dolphin Spirit Animal

Other traits associated with having a dolphin as a spirit animal include the following:

  • Harmonious and balanced
  • Intelligent
  • Self-sacrificing for the greater good/altruistic
  • Possessing internal strength
  • Cooperative

How to Tell if a Dolphin Is Your Spirit Animal

So how can you determine if a dolphin is your spirit animal?

  • You frequently dream of dolphins.
  • The traits above match the strongest aspects of your personality.
  • You see dolphins during meditation.
  • You feel especially drawn to dolphins.
  • You've loved or been fascinated by dolphins since you were a child.

Having Dolphin as a Spirit Animal

Many people are drawn to dolphins and love their energy and playfulness. If you feel a special affinity to dolphins, there's a good chance it's your spirit animal - or one of your spirit animals. These joyful creatures are protective, altruistic, harmonious, and intelligent, so they serve as the perfect spirit animal for those who have similar traits.

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Dolphin Spirit Animal Symbolism and Strengths