Symbolic Meaning of the Seahorse

Written by avenefica on August 21st, 2007

seahorse meaningThe seahorse is quite a unique creature, and thought to have mystical significance among the Ancient Greeks, European (alchemists) and Asians.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power.

Further, the ancient Eurpeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld – giving them safe passage and protection until the met their soul’s destination.

Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.

Sailors have long viewed the seahorse as a good luck charm too.

Symbolic meaning of Seahorses carry the following significances:

  • Patience
  • Friendliness
  • Protection
  • Inflexibility
  • Perspective
  • Generosity/Sharing
  • High-Perception
  • Persistence
  • Contentment

A relatively calm, and mild-mannered creature, the seahorse is seemingly content to roam the seas.  Their bodies are geared for ambling-type motion – not for speed.  Thus, they are symbolic of patience and contentment – they are happy with being where they are, and are in no hurry for advancement.

Further testimony to these attributes is the lack of evolution of the seahorse’s body style.  They have remained with this body style without change since their inception.  Content to be who they are, and not feeling the need to change – these are a few profound lessons the seahorse provides us.

However, along with a resistence to change, and a carefree approach to progress, the seahorse can be a symbol of inflexibilty or stubborness.  To wit, the seahorse wraps its tail around the nearest object in order to anchor itself in turbulent waters.  This is a lesson to be persistent in our goals, but be mindful that we are not too inflexible or stubborn in our achieving them.

A unique aspect of the seahorse is that the male is impregnated by the female and carries the offspring to term.  This is a message of sharing the load in the home, and gaining perspective of both sides (genders) of an argument or situation.

The seahorse has a boney exoskeleton which is a message of protection. Often when the seahorse comes to us it is a sign that we either need protection from our external circumstances, or we are building walls that aren’t needed.  Their armor-bodies are a sign that sometimes we might need to let our guard down – or perhaps we are leaving too open to get hurt.

Lastly among the long list of symbolic meanings of the seahorse and its lessons is the idea of perception.  The eyesight of the seahorse is incredibly sharp, and each eye moves independently.  We take this as a symbolic message of perception and awareness of those around us and our situations.  When we are lost or confused, the seahorse asks us to take a good look around – not just with our physical eyes but with our spiritual eyes in order to get a better persepective of the situations.

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  1. dovelove says:

    Magical. How anyone could look at such a creature and not see how such beings would only be in a magical world… Of course, I think the same thing about the face of a lion, a bird — especially in flight, a rose, rain…gawd, just so much magic around us, it’s overwhelming. Such a shame that most of us are so blind to it, take it sooo for granted, and are instead enthralled by TV, cars, cell phones and ipods (what is that anyway? — nah, I really don’t know, lol…) *sigh*

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