Animal Symbolism

This page lists all the various symbols in the Animal Symbolism category.

Symbols in this category:

Bull

A powerful animal in all senses of the word, the bull has held symbolic importance for thousands of years across many different cultures.

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Elephant

As one of the largest and most powerful land animals of all time, the elephant is rich in symbolic meaning. This meaning includes not only the animal’s physical presence, but also its behavior and sense of “society” with others of its kind.

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Griffin

The griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: γρύφων, grýphōn, or γρύπων, grýpōn, early form γρύψ, grýps; Latin: gryphus) is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.

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Peacock

Although indigenous to the Indian sub-continent, the peacock has acquired symbolism in countries and cultures far beyond its native land.

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Phoenix

In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix (Ancient Greek φοίνιξ phóinīx) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.

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Raven

Although the raven has a widespread reputation for ill fortune, this is not the case everywhere you go, and even where it is, there are subtle layers of meaning assigned to this bird that some may not be aware of.

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Scarab

This little beetle may seem to be a rather innocuous creature, but the symbolism attached to it places this insect in the same rank as many far more impressive beasts, and in some cases above them.

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Spider

The fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is far from uncommon in today’s world. What is uncommon, however, is a deeper understanding of the immense symbolic importance this creature has to many cultures.

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Tiger

In parts of Asia, the tiger supplants the lion as the so-called “King of Beasts”. Its ferocity and majestic appearance have given it important symbolic meaning in cultures throughout the continent.

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Unicorn

The unicorn is a legendary animal from folklore that resembles a white horse with a large,pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard and cloven hooves.

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