Whales are symbols of compassion, solitude, communication, great wisdom, healing, the importance of family, emotional rebirth, and unbridled creativity. They have been revered by humankind for countless years.
Whales are oceanic mammals of the suborder Cetacea that live in all of the oceans and seas of the world. There are many species of Whale including the Blue Whale which is the largest animal in the world, the Humpback Whale which is known for its haunting songs, and Orca, the Killer Whale, which is seen by some cultures as a reincarnated human being. The closest living relative of the Whale is the Hippopotamus from which it diverged around forty million year ago. Whales are anywhere from approximately 8.5 feet to 98 feet long. Some Whales are carnivorous, but many are herbivores or plankton eaters.
Whales have had great impact on humans since ancient times. The Whale has been a recognized totem for Native Americans for many years. The Tlingit tribe considers the Orca Whale to be a spirit of their ancestors. Tribes on the eastern coast of Central America called the Whale Mama-Cocha or Mother Sea. The Salish tribe considers Orca Whales to be reincarnations of deceased chiefs. There are many legends of Orca interactions with humans. In parts of China, there are legends that the Whale brought the first seeds to humankind. In modern Japan, the Whale is commonly attached to conservation efforts. The Hindu culture considers the Whale to be one of the incarnations of the god Vishnu. Slavic and Arabian legend says that four Whales support the world. The Celtic culture depicts the Whale as a symbol of the power of water. In parts of Africa, the Whale was seen as a guide who helps the soul cross over to the afterlife. The Christian culture has described the Whale as a symbol of the devil. It is also connected to the reincarnation of Christ through the story of Jonah and the Whale. Probably the most famous Whale of all time is the great white Whale hunted by Captain Ahab in Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick.
The Whale totem brings great communication skills and intelligence. It empowers the ability to unlock the great secrets of the universe.
The Whale spirit animal keeps the records of the Earth. It can be a reminder to communicate with the heart. It encourages spiritual growth and progression to the next level. The Whale spirit animal teaches us to embrace our emotions and to examine our lives on a daily basis.
A Whale dream can be a reminder of the importance of motherly love. It may indicate a need to give more care to children. It can also indicate anxiety about a big issue and a need to keep focused on the goal.