Animal symbolism list

What do different animals represent?

Animal symbolism is often found in mythology, religion, art, and literature. Animals are used as symbols to represent people and their qualities. Many spiritual people will feel an affinity with the symbolism of their spirit animal and they typically rely on them for courage and inspiration.

Still, others might look to the symbolism of animals after seeing them in a dream. Interpreting an animal in a dream is a highly subjective spiritual process, but reading up on the animal’s symbolism can help you to think through potential interpretations.

This list of animal symbolism offers an introduction to the key meanings behind each animal:

Animal symbolism

Bird symbolism