Elephant Symbolism: Meaning of the Elephant as an Animal Totem

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Elephants are traditionally considered a symbol of good luck, wisdom, fertility, and protection. Wearing or placing in your home the image of the elephant with its trunk raised is thought to attract good fortune, as it showers its positive energy out of the trunk and into all surrounding beings and spaces. Elephants with their trunks down are thought to be accumulating positive energy and pushing through obstacles, and are particularly potent totems for those seeking fertility, wisdom, or strength.

Elephant is also associated with the root chakra, charging through blockages and offering energies of protection, love, loyalty, and quiet courage.

Some Asian cultures believe that the elephant is a cosmic creature–that, much like the turtle in Native American lore, the elephant carries the world on its back. Other cultures see it as an earthly animal, but one with a connection to divinity and ancient knowledge. Working with the elephant in meditation or waking life can help you to access your inner wisdom and own your power, overcoming obstacles with a steady force of strength that you possibly didn’t even realize you had.

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