Animal Meanings

Animal Meanings

Elsewhere in the blog, you'll find more detailed meanings for a handful of animals but this is a more generalised post with keywords for over fifty birds, mammals, sea creatures, and insects. There are plenty of books in the New Age genre which look at the concept of power animals, although some new age thinking will get a little silly, and I wonder if this can be off-putting to those who are more pragmatic. If you have an aversion to fluff, you can find the meaning yourself by looking at the habits and characteristics of an animal or bird. 

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Walrus

Walrus

The Walrus came up in a dream a few weeks ago and since then I've been on a mission to find out the deeper meaning of his presence, or rather, his eruption from the water in front of my face. They're not the most attractive of mammals, and I'll confess to seeing them as cumbersome and characterless before I bothered to read up on these ancient looking pinnipeds. I mean come on, they're not the most attractive of creatures, are they?

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Panda

Panda

I've been reminded of a set of animal design dinner placement mats I had as a kid. One had an image of koalas, another was a giant panda, and I had the hardest time deciding between the two of them. I never used to like my sisters having either of them and would have a major tantrum if I didn't get to choose first. More often than not, the panda would win. They're a beautiful member of the bear family, and although they look cute and huggable, they are capable of being aggressive.

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Armadillo

Armadillo

I seriously love armadillos although I have absolutely no idea why they get me the way that they do. Maybe I had a past life as a cactus or something, and I miss seeing them going for their moonlit walks? There are a number of species, and most people know of the nine-banded type, but my personal favourite is the Pink Fairy Armadillo which is much smaller and the most endangered. Not all armadillos can roll themselves into a ball which is the unique attribute of the three banded variety.

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