Although their scientific name roughly translates to “sea monster”, the Seahorses are as far from being a monster as we are (probably even further). These cute little creatures might be called horses, but they are actually a fish species. It is because they have a head shaped like that of a horse that they’ve been named so.
Seahorses can be associated with the virtues of patience, compassion, and kindness. These creatures are themselves a sea of calmness; they rarely have rifts or quarrels and get along well with almost all their friends in the underwater world. They are proud of their uniqueness but have a grounded personality. However, these little creatures aren’t fond of change. They go out of their way to avoid change or transition and can even seem downright stubborn or rigid at times.
Have the Seahorses been coming to your dreams these days? And if they have, could it be a sign, a spiritual meaning that is far beyond your comprehension? Don’t worry; we are here to help you.
This article will discuss the different meanings of encountering them in your dreams, their importance in different cultures, and how their spirit and totem can help you.
What do Seahorses symbolize?
Did you know that Seahorses are monogamous fish that mate for life? They sound like pretty amazing creatures. But what symbols can we draw from them? What can they stand for? Let’s find out:
Most of you might think of languidness as a negative trait. However, that’s not true. We agree that in order to live life fully, you must be an active participant in everything you face and experience. But in order to truly appreciate the gifts of life, you must also be willing to take a moment and standstill. That is what the Seahorses symbolize to us: just as they swim slowly in the sea, embracing the bliss that life is, we should make time to count our blessings as well.
Seahorses are symbolic of helpfulness. Their spirit teaches us what it means to give without expecting, to help those who need it when they need it the most. Compassion is what truly makes us humans; otherwise, we’re just a bunch of two-legged animals.
What does it mean to see a Seahorse in your dream?
Most of us believe that dreams aren’t random; they have a hidden meaning; a spiritual message sent to help us with something. What does it mean to Seahorses in your dream? It depends on what these creatures are doing in said dream.
Check out the interpretations of some of the common Seahorse dreams:
A Seahorse in the water
If you dream of a Seahorse in the water, it means that you are about to go on a nice and relaxing holiday with your family in the near future.
A Seahorse in an aquarium
Dreaming of a Seahorse inside an aquarium has negative implications. Such a dream is a sign that the hope that you have been holding on to for a long time will amount to nothing.
A Seahorse moving too much
A Seahorse that is moving too much in your dream is a good omen. Such a dream indicates a positive and prosperous time ahead of you. If you start a new project or build a new relationship right now, they will bring you joy and success.
A tiny Seahorse
A tiny Seahorse in your dream is symbolic of your extravagant thoughts and dreams. Such a dream can be taken as a warning that you should probably make more calculated moves if you want to avoid trouble.
A funny Seahorse
If a Seahorse is making funny movements in order to get you to laugh in your dream, it is a good omen. Such a dream means that you are about to receive good news from a faraway place, possibly abroad.
A dead Seahorse
A dead Seahorse in your dream is a bad omen. It means that the next few months are going to be unlucky for you. Your best course of action during this time is to stay low and let things blow over.
A Seahorse biting you
Dreaming of a Seahorse biting you is a warning that you desire something that is not yours to have. If you keep pursuing forbidden pleasure, you might find yourself in a difficult position very soon.
A Seahorse saving you
If you find yourself drowning in your dream and are saved by a Seahorse, it means that you are looking for support from the people around you, be it mental, emotional, or financial, but are too hesitant to ask for it.
Catching a Seahorse
If you see yourself trying to catch a Seahorse in your dream, it is a sign that you’re trying to achieve something that is impossible for you. Even if you somehow manage to catch the seahorse in the dream, it doesn’t create a difference in the interpretation.
Riding a Seahorse
Dreaming of riding a Seahorse is a good omen. It means that your upcoming trip, be it work-related or vacation, will bring you sheer joy and success.
A sudden encounter with a Seahorse
If you’re in a normal dream and suddenly encounter a Seahorse out of nowhere, it is a sign that you are soon going to receive help from someone you weren’t expecting it from. The help might most likely be in the form of spiritual guidance.
A Seahorse swimming away
A dream in which a Seahorse is swimming away from you indicates the sadness that will overwhelm you in the near future. This sadness will likely approach when you’re on vacation. So, if you have something planned in the next couple of months, it’d be a good idea to postpone it.
Seeing too many Seahorses in your dream is symbolic of too much peer pressure. Such a dream is an indication that you are soon about to be nagged by the people around you into doing something you have no desire to do.
A family of Seahorses
Dreaming of a family of Seahorses has a negative implication. Such a dream means that you will soon find freedom, but you will pay so dearly for it that it will bring you no joy.
Spiritual meanings of Seahorses based on their color
Every color has its own symbolism and spiritual meaning. Therefore, you can’t expect all the Seahorse dreams to have the same interpretation, regardless of their color.
Following are the spiritual meanings of these specific colored Seahorses:
A Silver Seahorse
There are no silver Seahorses in the real world. These creatures are a figment of our imagination. Therefore, if you see them in your dream, it is a sign that the things that have been a part of your fantasy for a while might come true soon.
A Golden Seahorse
A golden Seahorse is symbolic of good fortune. If you encounter them in your dream, it means that your fortune is currently in your favor. If you begin any kind of work or project now, it will definitely be successful.
A Black Seahorse
Black Seahorses signify a secret knowledge. If you see these seahorses in your dream, it means that you probably know something you shouldn’t be knowing, which can get you into serious trouble if it comes out.
A Red Seahorse
Seeing a Red Seahorse in your dream is a sign that doing something that is very uncharacteristic of your personality can bring you pleasure. Don’t shy away from trying new things.
A Green Seahorse
A Green Seahorse is symbolic of a secret being revealed. If you dream of them, it is a sign that you are soon about to uncover a secret about someone you work with. When you do, you should try not to reveal it to anyone else.
A Multi-colored Seahorse
A multi-colored seahorse represents a careless and playful attitude. Seeing them in your dream can have two interpretations; if you have a serious personality, the dream is asking you to cut yourself some slack and enjoy the little things in life. However, if you’re too carefree already, it is a warning that you might want to be a little more serious about your life.
The cultural significance of Seahorses
The Seahorses have been displayed in a positive light in many of the old and new cultures around the world, commonly believed to be symbolic of prosperity, compassion, and good fortune. Let’s check out what the following cultures have to say about these adorable little sea creatures:
The Eastern culture
In the mythology of the Far East, the Seahorses were believed to represent fortitude and good fortune and were adored by all the people living there. It is said that at one point, the Chinese even used them in their medicinal practices. In many regions, they were popularly accepted as the cousins of the magnificent Seadragon.
Ancient Greece and Rome
Ancient Greeks and Romans considered Seahorses to be a gift of Neptune, the God of Sea, to them. Thus, they symbolized to them power, good fortune, and energy.
In the European culture
The Europeans had a common belief that the Seahorses supposedly guarded the ships and boats of their sailors. Some even considered these creatures to be the manifestation of the souls of dead sailors.
Seahorses are used as a zodiac symbol in the Celtic culture. People who are born between February 19th -March 27th come under its zodiac. These people are believed to possess psychic abilities and often tend to think out of the box.
What does it mean to get a Seahorse tattoo?
Many people are fond of getting fish tattooed on their skin. But what could inspire one to get the Seahorses inked on their body? Let’s find out what do Seahorse tattoos symbolize:
Seahorses are fish that have a head like that of a horse. What could be more unique than that? These little aquatic creatures are proud of their differences and do not let anyone in the underwater world treat them any differently. To us, they symbolize the beauty of uniqueness. If you, too, feel like you’re different from the people around you, in the body or in mind, and aren’t afraid to own it, Seahorses are just the perfect tattoo animals for you.
How do Seahorses symbolize contentment, you ask? The answer is pretty simple. They have not given in to evolution.
Since the inception of time, all the birds and animals, including us humans, have evolved in some way or the other in order to adapt to our steadily changing living conditions. However, the study of their fossils confirms that the Seahorses haven’t evolved a single bit; they are exactly as they were all those million years ago.
This shows how satisfied they are with themselves. Some might call it stubbornness. If you can relate to this strong unwillingness to change, of being perfect just the way you are, you can get a Seahorse tattoo as a symbol of it.
The Seahorse totem will come to you at the darkest time of your life in order to bring you back to the light. These totems are the manifestation of everything positive: patience, kindness, compassion, gentleness, sympathy. Most of us already have these emotions inside us.
Only they keep getting subdued by the struggles and challenges of our everyday life. That is what the Seahorse totem will help you with.
Seahorse spirit animal
The people who have Seahorses as their spirit animal have a golden heart. These people have an instinctive urge to help others, particularly those who are weaker than them or are unable to help themselves.
This natural affinity makes them well-liked. However, along with it comes a habit of putting others’ needs before their own, which can at times put them in a difficult position. But despite everything, they never mind such minor (or even occasionally major) consequences.
Other charming qualities in people guided by the Seahorse spirit are the adorably courteous nature and unfathomable patience. These people are polite to a fault. You will never hear a bad thing coming out of their mouth. Even if they are slightly hurt by you, they will still not talk to you harshly. At their worst, they will simply choose to be silent around you.
These people seem to be unaware of the concept of temper. They’re so patient all the time that it is almost impossible to anger them. Being ever-the-optimists as they are, they will find something good in even the worst circumstances. If you’ve been around one of them for too long, you will realize that they have an endless ocean of calmness to draw from.
Being related to, or falling in love with, the people with Seahorse spirit animal is probably the best thing that can ever happen to you. They are surprisingly agreeable, easy to please and be around, and protective of you. If they have an urge to help random people, imagine what lengths they’d be willing to go for you.
They are ideal friends as well. Friendship with them is real and low maintenance. They will always be honest with you, will be attentive to your problems, and will remind you of the nicest things about yourself.
The only minutely negative trait in the people guided by the Seahorse animal spirit is that they are unwilling to change. However, there are so many good things about them that it’d be stupid trying to change them.
When should you call upon your Seahorse spirit animal?
The spirit of the Seahorses will act as your anchor in life. You can call upon these spirits when:
- You’ve been too engaged in work. Although work is an essential part of your life, being too indulged in it means that you become disconnected from things that bring you true happiness, such as your friends and family. Only those who can maintain a balance between their personal and professional life are truly successful.
- When you are running out of patience in the face of challenges. Nobody’s life is all rainbows and sunshine. Problems are as integral to life as joys. And it is okay to feel like you can’t take it anymore. Take a long breath, and your spirit guide will provide you with more strength.
Seahorse symbolism and spiritual meaning (summing it up)
To sum it up, the following are the qualities that we can associate with Seahorses: generosity, friendliness, positivity, anchorage, contentment, patience, and persistence.
In the cultures that have mentioned them, the Seahorses have always been projected in a positive light. Even in children’s cartoons and TV shows, they are depicted as kind and loving. To see them in a dream is often indicative of good things to come unless you see them dead.
As your totem, these creatures have the ability to turn your life around. Their spirits can make you more patient, teach you the art of kindness, and show you what a joy it is to be able to help others.