During a Chakra Balancing & Healing Mini-Session earlier this week, an octopus appeared. I often receive shamanic visions while doing any type of energy healing session, whether it is Chakra Balancing, Reiki, or other forms of energy healing (see post: Five Types of Energy Work for Holistic Health), and though that octopus vision was a specific message for that client, it has inspired me to write up this animal spirits post about the octopus.
Octopus symbolism is deep and complex. As an intelligent creature of the deep ocean waters, the octopus represents many feminine attributes: intuition, emotions, the psyche, the unconscious, and the ability to move through the darkness – the mysterious, occult, and our shadows.
The octopus is also a master of disguise and can change shape and color. This shapeshifting ability gives them protection, flexibility, agility, and adaptability. However their defenses don’t stop here. They also eject thick, black ink to create a mask or veil to swiftly escape any danger into the deep dark waters.
The spiral shapes that the octopus’ legs curl into symbolize the spiral of the expanding universe, of our expanding consciousness, of the creation continuum, of the cycles of time, and of the fractal patterns of the universe.
The Octopus Symbolizes:
- Intelligence & Knowledge of the Esoteric
- Intuition, Emotions, & Our Shadows
- The Ability to Hide & Shape-shift
- Interconnectedness to the Universe, Consciousness, & Time
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