Angel Fish,-- Understanding beauty as popularity and protection, effective use of color, ability to live within diverse situations, connection to reefs
Abalone -- A rare prize, the need for fresh air, influenced by the stars
Barnacle -- Once attached it is difficult to remove, will slow you down and impede your progress, a group glued to its position, getting into a sticky situation
Barracuda -- Make your own way in life, follow your own path
Brittle Star,,(Basket Star) -- These starfish like creatures maneuver delicately and successfully in any situation. This creature is very agile and extremely strong. Brittle Star has amazing regenerative properties with an indication of coming back stronger and more abundant, though it can mean that something in your life may take a year to regenerate, but when it does, it will be better and more abundant. Brittle stars in shallow seas tend to avoid light and prefer to hide in dark crevices, becoming more active at night, or they inhabit the,ocean depths where it is always dark. It is a time to keep intuitions sharp and your outer "shell" hard while avoiding the light until your time comes.
Carp,-- Youth, bravery, endurance, strength, self-defense, prosperity, often an immigrant in foreign waters
Catfish,-- Need to separate out what benefits and discard what does not, a greater sensitivity to the spoken and written word, if in a bad place you should walk home
Chiton (Moccasin Shell) -- The armadillo of the sea, night life, knowing the usefulness of creating a vacuum, when uneasy crawl under a rock
Clam -- Ability to mine energy that lives within the Earth (bacterial symbiosis), digging deep to find mutually beneficial relationships, going within for answers. Getting around a lot more than others think you do. A good food source of B-12 and Iron and a unique way of life for those who harvest them. ("Happy as a clam" The derivation of the saying comes from the fuller version of the phrase, now rarely heard, As happy as a clam at high water'. Hide tide is when clams are free from the attentions of predators; surely the happiest of times in the clam world.)
Clown Fish -- Ability to hide within dangerous situations, use of beauty as camouflage, ability to move as your enemies move, transmutation of poison
Conch -- (In Buddhism the conch is a symbol which proclaims the truth of the,dharma. It stands for the fame of the Buddha's teaching, which spreads in all directions like the sound of the conch trumpet. Shells which spiral to the right in a clockwise direction are a rarity and are considered especially sacred.) Calling together the religious
Cone Shell -- Finding solutions to illness. Toxic situations and toxic memories. Inability to escape the past. Confronting past issues to find relief. Being forced to reconnect. Finding your way back to spirit. Don't ignore what hurts you. Feeling pain to relieve pain.
Coral -- The right timing. Release. Knowing inner and outer rhythms. Creating your world and the world of others. A solid foundation. Primal structure and support. Trust in where life is taking you. Universal trust.
Crab,-- Symbol of the Moon. Emotional intensity and powerful intuition that ebb and flow with the tides. The appearance of the crab is a call to examine issues of sensitivity and to find an outlet for emotional release. The crab needs all of its senses to survive, using everything and unwilling to discard anything. They are able to resist changes and flourish in hostile environments. The lesson of being able to change focus and to walk and run sideways in order to confuse enemies.
Crayfish -- Moving forward in spite of fears, if in encountering danger or trouble by moving forward it can move back and out of trouble
Cuttlefish -- Master of disguise, attacking from ambush, sneaking up from behind
Dolphin -- [Do not confuse with the 'Porpoise'] -- Inner sounds that can create outer manifestations. Living in tune with the patterns and rhythm of nature. Using the power of breathing as an emotional release of anger and pain. Swimming freely and goingalong with your feelings. (Contrary to its popular "Flipper" image, the dolphin can be aggressive and,violent. Out of 48 harbor porpoises stranded on the Welsh coast in 2004, 28 animals were found to have died from,attacks by bottlenose dolphins.)
Eel -- Great transformation through the electric and creative life force of the kundalini. A shape shifter who is not easy to catch ("slippery as an eel"). A connection to spirits of the rivers and lakes. Finding new ways to adapt and defend yourself whenever you need away to fight, in doing so some eels will,taser you.
Fish,,(general) -- Swimming the currents of life, balance between mind and emotion, immersion in the Cosmic Sea, symbol of the womb and the primordial life force, the subconscious mind, that which cannot be seen but is certainly there
Flounder -- An incredible transformation. (Changing from a normal appearing fish at birth to a round, flat fish in adulthood) Blending so well with the surroundings that they are hard to see, drifting along in the emotional waters
Goldfish -- (see under "Carp")
Grouper (Groper) -- The dominant predatory fish on many coral reefs, groupers are a unique totem due to their reproductive behaviors, having a complex social system that leads them to change sex from female to male. The grouper is a Crying Game sort of spirit animal. It may carry with it a message of adolescent sexual confusion or transgender identification.
Grunion -- Leaving your natural environment in order to express your creativity.,(Grunion come out of the water completely on certain nights,in order to lay their eggs on the beach.)
Hermit Crab -- Freedom loving, can live anywhere, rapid change, mobility, comfort in the darkness
Herring -- A streamlined look, a flashy appearance can draw unwanted attention, serving as cover for others, a shallow and rather oily individual, mouth always open, unpleasant smoke odor
Horseshoe Crab -- Living fossil, connection to early life on Earth, ability to maintain balance, proper use of armor
Jellyfish,-- Acceptance and faith, sensitivity to water energy (emotions), understanding of the value of floating rather than swimming through trying emotional times, ability to become untangled from the webs of peril in life, what is needed will be provided, a nasty sting
Koi -- (see under "Carp")
Limpet --,Pay close attention to your feelings and inner knowings. The limpet teaches flexibility and completion of endeavors along with balancing emotions and equalizing one's duality. Slowing down will bring balance and harmony and restore peace within. Aids in discerning which attachment is the most correct one for you. Limpet guides you home again to a safe secure atmosphere, your own unique place of being connected and grounded.
Lobster,-- Concentration, coordination, ability to transcend the mind/ego, regeneration to restore what is lost, handiness
Manatee (Sea Cow) -- Gentle and loving. Childlike and playful. Power in the sadness of the eyes with a face only a mother could love. Moving slowly and gracefully to get you there faster. Control of elements and thought, open to new experiences and new relationships. Using your appetites for Good. A need to watch for oncoming traffic.
Manta Ray -- Ability to swim slowly through emotional waters, positive use of size, understanding differences
Marlin,-- Ability to shake off negative energy, freedom fighter, ability to pierce the shell of an enemy. grand entrances, tenacity
Minnow -- Power of group protection, connection to youth, understanding peer issues, issues related to size, maintaining the self within the group
Mussel -- Clumping together, metamorphosis, attachment, use of minerals
Octopus,-- Multifaceted, skilled in many things, proper use of smoke screens (ink) in evading enemies, destroying negative barriers
Oyster -- Precious, filter out life's static, knows when it is time to close things to save on energy, sensitive to environment, protection.
Periwinkle -- Can survive in a tiny puddle, differing colors depending on the environment, migrating up and down with the flow of the tide
Piranha -- Service to the river and the life within it, savagery, tearing apart enemies, understanding the power of groups, ability to totally consume (use) what is given to you
Porpoise -- [Do not confuse with the'Dolphin'] -- Bearer of wisdom, the power of breath and sound, harbinger of good fortune,,rarely going along with the group. The Legend of the Porpoise says that if you pray to see your true gift revealed a "dream porpoise" will deliver it.
Pufferfish -- Defense through inducing fear in ones enemy, changing size to deter, transmutation of poison, power to induce a death-like state
Remora,(Suckerfish) -- Cannot,live in calm waters, being unable to focus, stoic sufferer,( It is not a parasite, but it will attach itself to a host animal, such as a shark. In Medieval lore it was called Echeneis and was said to attach itself to ships to slow them down.)Others holding you back in your attempts to get ahead
Salmon,-- Determined, persistent, strength through desire, value of returning home, a transforming spiritual journey. Native American Totem Animal for "Leo"
Sand Dollar -- Freely developing childhood, living partially hidden, the money of the mermaids
Scallop -- The scallop resembles the setting sun and symbolizes a Celtic death journey westwards towards the setting sun. In medieval Europe, the scallop was considered an embodiment of the spirit; further, the scallop shell itself was the badge of pilgrims. It is an omen of fertility and a symbol of Aphrodite.
Scorpionfish -- Warning. Feeling cornered and cornering others. Finding yourself in a tight spot.,Finding beauty threatening or harmful.
Sea Anemone,-- The flower of the sea,,but this rose has sharp thorns. Appearing as one thing and being another, many sizes and many colors. Unusual symbiotic relationships. Do not make assumptions and be aware of hidden dangers
Sea Dragon -- Placidity. Currents. Gentle movement. Free-flowing. Gentle masculinity. Paternity. Going with the flow. Shelter. The protective ocean. Reef magic. Dragon energy. The protective father. Using beauty and brightness as camouflage. Facade.
Seahorse,-- Male, graceful, a code of chivalry, can deal with emotions, courtship dancing, the only species where the male has the babies
Seal,-- Imagination is your playground. Delving into the sub-conscious and swimming in the emotional sea. At home in the emotional waters but needing to be grounded to express creativity.Go with the flow to discover hidden mysteries.
Sea Lion,--,Not having a social structure away from family and children. Poorly defined boundaries. Needing physical touch to feel comfortable with others. Dominating with physical size and presence. Imaginative and,creative,,vivid dreams
Sea Slug -- Renewal through shedding ones outer skin, transmutation, protection through reputation, use of color to show how you feel. Sea Slug teaches the power of letting go of what is not needed. Slug will show when to move andwhen to rest. There is great power in this timing.
Sea Snail -- Teaches flexibility and completion of endeavors along with balancing emotions and equalizing one's duality. Slowing down will bring balance and harmony and restore peace within. When snail comes to you it offers an opportunity to show a graceful balance in life is possible. Although stern and cold on the outside has a soft-hearted manner.
Sea Snake -- Releases air bubbles (restrictions) when under water, camouflage, anonymity, keeper of family secrets,,water magick
Sea Turtle -- Representative of Mother Earth, ever returning to the Sea, bravery of the young, traveling long distances to,return to home and family, dedication to duty, reverence for life's cycles,,a long and dangerous journey to adulthood. (Of the thousands and thousands of sea turtle hatchlings who take to the sea only a handful will survive to return to lay their eggs. It is a reminder of how few that set out on their spiritual journey will ever succeed in returning to the Cosmic Egg.) [see also 'Reptile Animal Spirits'/Turtle]
Shark,--,Survival by,instinct and acting without judgment. Sharks have a bad reputation as being dangerous, fearless and unpredictable. They can ignite a feeling of fear and terror in many people. If there is a situation that,needs to scared away the shark totem will help as the shark has the power to fend off negative elements. Having no swim bladder the shark can never stop swimming or,it would,sink to the bottom, so staying busy and active is important. The shark's sensitivity to electromagnetic currents is a call to develop and refine sensory ability in order to bring a greater connection with the spiritual realm. Studying aromatherapy would be beneficial to help develop hunting prowess.
Shrimp /Crawfish -- Do not to hide from your fears; try new things. They show us how to come out of our shells and serve as a reminder to come forth in spite of fears and to move forward.
Skate -- Use less mobility in your actions, be careful in planning new ventures
Sponge -- Absorption powers, effective movement of water and emotions, hermaphroditic characteristics
Squid -- Ability to read the moods of others, can read body language of those around them, uses light, color and form to communicate, blushes easily
Starfish,-- Regeneration, Moon magick, tidal movement, do things in your own way and follow your star
Stingray -- Grace and elegance, cleansing and cleanliness, power through persistent movement
Sturgeon -- Determination, teaching, leadership, knowledge, depth
Sunfish,(Mola) -- Overwhelmed by freeloaders. Clumsy and staggering. Weight gain
Swordfish -- Vigorous, powerful fighters, ability to jump (breaching) to dislodge pests, loose associations
Trout -- Different appearances in different environments, cool clear emotional waters
Tuna,-- Physically altering,to fit ones environment, fast mover, danger of accumulating toxins in the system;
Walrus,--A,loner who likes to be an individual, has little respect for others who are not of its own kind,using a fierce mask wisely, an opportunity to uncover something hidden
Whale,-- The whales lesson is to,learn to listen to,your inner voice and to be in touch with your own personal truths. Whale totem teaches how to awaken your inner creativity and how to create your personal song. Go deep within yourself to awaken your inner knowledge associated with voice, the use of psychic and telepathic abilities and all aspects of the Cosmic Sea. (The Record Keeper of Mother Earth)
Zebrafish -- Thriving in confined spaces, likes attention, the white mice of the fish world