Contemplating – Animal Symbolism

dragonfly1Whenever I have an unusual animal sighting I tend to look up the spiritual meaning. I’ve had experiences with hummingbirds, owls and dragonflies.

photo: d. king
photo: d. king

And not necessarily under normal circumstances, several times it was in uncommon ways and no, I was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  So here is what I found to do specifically with meanings from our own First Nations people & those of the Pacific Northwest:

BEAR – The Elder Kinsman. He teaches the legends and dances. The Bear is the symbol of strength and is always respected and treated as a high-ranking guest.
EAGLE – The Eagle is a symbol of power, of knowledge and prestige. The Eagle also represents friendship and peace to all. We are lucky to have a pair of nesting Eagles in our neighbourhood.
FROG – The Frog is the voice of the people and a symbol of innocence, stability and communication. He is also considered to be good luck.
HUMMINGBIRD – The Hummingbird is a joyful messenger and a symbol of health. When a Hummingbird appears, healing will follow. Come on little Hummingbird…where are you now?
RAVEN – The transformer. The creator. He placed the sun and moon in the sky so the world would have light and also put the trees on land and fish in water. This magical creature opened the clamshell to release man. He is known for his knowledge.
SALMON – The Salmon is the life source and the provider of food for all animals and humans. When salmon are seen in pairs, it symbolizes good luck.
WHALE – The Whale is a communicator and highly regarded guardian of the sea. Whales travel together and symbolize long life.
WOLF – This positive symbol is very family oriented. Wolves mate for life and share all responsibilities. Wolves are known as the land equivalent of the whale.
THUNDERBIRD (not the car) – This mythological creature is the most powerful of all the spirits. He lives in the mountains and has lightning sticks under his wings. He rolls the thunder, and when he blinks his eyes, lightning flashes.

Source for meanings: Lattimer Gallery, Vancouver

Links to a few of my encounters:
I saw an owl one night at Kits beach while out walking my dog – a first.dragonfly3


Alligators in the Everglades:

How about you – have you had an unusual animal experience?



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