Elephant, Power Animal, Symbol of Commitment, Royalty, Strength
By Ina Woolcott
Elephant's medicine includes strength, royalty, connection to ancient
wisdom, removal of obstacles and barriers, confidence, patience, using
education opportunities, commitment, gentleness, communicating in
relationships, discernment, intelligence, compassion. If this is your animal
guide, these virtues are a part of your natural character. By applying them
in your life soul evolution is accomplished.
Throughout history elephants have been revered. They are most intelligent
creatures, and honoured by many cultures. As well as being the largest land
animals, they are also among the longest lived, with life spans of 60+
years. In Buddhist tradition, the Buddha picked the form of a white elephant
as one of his many incarnations, thus the rare appearance of a white
elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of the gods. The Hindu god
Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, has the head of an elephant.
Elephants can teach us that gentleness, commitment, and communication in
relationships is very powerful and necessary to keep relationships alive,
trusting and loving, whether it be friends, family or partner. Deeply
committed to all creatures with whom they have relationships, elephants are
tough when protecting others and gentle when nurturing them. The matriarch
(the oldest, most experienced female leader of a herd) leads in a way that
is both gentle and inclusive. Elephants are able to communicate
telepathically. This can teach us how to truly listen to others.
Elephants are so similar, yet so different to our own species. We have so
much to learn from them! Elephants have emotions that are comparable to
human - love, joy, jealousy, rage.
Just like humans, young elephants are dependent on their mums, until they
reach adulthood. The general lifespan of an elephant also closely parallels
that of humans. When a baby is born, the entire community gathers around
the mother and newborn and rumble with joy. This is equivalent to tears
rolling down their faces. Just like human babies, elephants learn about
getting along in the physical environment. For instance, elephant calves
have to learn the many ways in which their trunks can be used. The newborn
elephant is born into a community of love. Calves have more than one mother
so to speak, as all are willing, eager teachers, from the matriarch, to her
offspring and their young. They want to nurture, protect and help the
youngest among them develop. They also teach first time mothers how to
develop their own nurturing skills. Loyal and affectionate elephants would
risk their lives for the sake of others in a family group. Wild elephants
have been known to grieve and even shed tears when a family member has
passed away. Elephants have amazing memories and when mistreated they often
Elephants show us that by supporting and loving one another, our own ability
to thrive in the physical world is enhanced. We learn from them to pass on
the gift of nurturing we received in our early years, be it from our
biological family or others who helped us grow into who we are now. We must
honour the elders of our community and nurture the young. Like the elephant,
we need to help ease the transitions of those who are going into adulthood
with gentle love, wisdom, patience and compassion. By having open hearts and
minds, we can create strong relationships within the community, therefore
building a strong community.
Elephants communicate telepathically with herd members as well as other
elephants. As we choose to become closer and more open with those dear to
us, our ability to understand them can deepen to a level that transcends
Having an elephant totem gives you ancient wisdom and power to draw upon.
They are the embodiment of strength and power. People with this power animal
often have a very strong sex drive. Through using fragrances and incense,
elephant can take you to new energies and power. Generally speaking elephant
people are very affectionate toward family, caring for the young and the
elderly. They also usually have an inborn knowledge about plants and roots.
Elephants give us insights into the power of the three feminine energies -
child, mother and old wise woman.
Although elephants weigh A LOT, they walk almost noiselessly, with
exceptionally graceful and rhythmic striding. Their hearing, smell, touch
and taste is very keen/sensitive. This makes up for their poor eyesight. In
relation to their big heads, their eyes are very small and can only turn
slightly from side to side. This results in restricted side vision. Those
with this power animal feel things deeply and respond to those feelings from
a place of inner knowing.
Because their vision is limited they tend to look straight ahead and cant
always see what going on around them. Learning to shift our focus to view
the whole is helpful.
Elephants have just 4 teeth, all molars, 2 toward the front of the mouth and
2 toward the back. When the front ones wear down, they drop out and the 2 at
the back come forward. Then 2 new molars grow in the back of the mouth to
replace those that have moved forward. The back molars are able to be
replaced 6 times throughout their life. When the last set wear out, they can
no longer chew and die of starvation. Teeth are very symbolic, and are
considered receivers and transmitters of energy linked by connecting paths
throughout the astral body.
As the elephant is extremely intelligent, those with this power animal would
make excellent researchers and alternative scientists.
Elephant tusks point backwards. They use them as weapons and for digging
edible roots. From a spiritual point of view this hints at an ability to
uncover the hidden memories and bring them to the fore for evaluation and
healing. Let go.