Dolphin symbolism, like the oceans that are their homes, is vast and deep, and it is very similar to the symbolism of the Animal Spirit: The Whale.
Dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, and they are believed to feel emotions, such as joy and grief. They are also very social creatures, living in pods or families. As a group they harmoniously play, teach, and work together. Like the whale, dolphins have many ways to vocalize:
The Dolphin’s deep knowledge and wisdom of the sea gives them an aura of mystery, power, and authority over the oceanic unconscious, dark, and invisible realm. In ancient Greece, dolphins were associated with Poseidon (Neptune), god of the ocean, who in astrology rules the sign of Pisces, the sign of the unconscious, the dreamtime, the psyche, and emotional depth. More interestingly though, the dolphin is associated with both Aphrodite (Venus), goddess of love and beauty, who was born from the ocean; and Apollo, an ancient Sun god whose temple housed the Oracle at Delphi [Δελφοί – dolphin in Ancient Greek].
With this connection with both Aphrodite and Apollo, the dolphin symbolizes both the goddess and god, the feminine and the masculine, the hidden & receptive and the vibrant & active, bringing together energy in a balanced and harmonious expression of life.
A couple of months ago, for the first time in their natural environment, I saw dolphins swimming in the ocean while on one of my morning dog walks along the beach. I was too mesmerized watching them to try to get pictures, but there is a beautiful dolphin statue by the beach:
The Dolphin Symbolizes:
- Communication & Community
- Working Together & Being Harmonious with Others
- Balance of the Masculine & Feminine Energies Within
- Intelligence, Knowledge, and Deep Wisdom
- Trusting Intuition
- Power & Ability to Navigate the Emotional Realm
- Exploring the Psyche & Unconscious Realm