History + Meaning of the Elephant
There is no creature on earth quite like the elephant. It’s at once a behemoth possessed of great strength and a gentle giant who carries the wisdom and intelligence of the ages. Because they are so unique, elephants have grown to have deep significance in many cultures, holding deep significance in religions around the world, and sacred power as a symbol, even in dreams.
Why Elephants Are A Popular Symbol
Elephants represent many things: they’re symbols of luck and prosperity, but they are also powerful beings that use their mighty strength to remove obstacles and negative forces. They also represent wisdom, long life, memory and vitality. Elephants have long been considered among the most intelligent animals on earth, with brains that weigh 11 pounds and have 300 billion neurons, which are similar to human brains in functionality.
Spiritual Significance of the Elephant
Native to Africa and Asia, the animals have special significance there. The Hindu god Ganesha is believed to be a remover of obstacles. He’s the god of beginnings, whom people worship before starting any major endeavor in their lives. In China, the elephant is a symbol of strength and wisdom. Buddha is often portrayed as an elephant, and his mother is believed to have had dreams of an elephant before his birth. The Ashanti people revere elephants as their reincarnated leaders.
Meaning of the Elephant
On a personal level, the elephant represents facing obstacles and clearing them from your path. When an elephant appears in your dreams, it can be a sign that there’s an obstacle in your life that needs to be addressed that can’t be ignored any longer. The animal’s wisdom will help guide you to the right decision and clear the way for you to find good things and cultivate happiness.
Why Wear This Symbol
Because the elephant has so many meanings, it’s a symbol that you can use in your stack to channel many different properties, depending on what you need that day. During a time when you could use some support and inspiration to lean on, build a stack to amplify strength and protection. Pair the elephant with a Hamsa to ward off negativity as you channel the wisdom of the elephant, or an evil eye for additional protection from harmful forces as you lean on the elephant’s strength. Layer on an anchor for stability and grounding as a reminder that you can survive even the roughest seas.
Elephant for Luck + Prosperity
Amplify the elephant’s symbolism of luck and prosperity with charms to cultivate and manifest good things in your life. One of the most powerful symbols of luck is the four-leaf clover, another time-honored representation of luck and fortuitousness. Add the clover, or a horseshoe, to amplify that luck and welcome positivity and happiness into your energy. A ladybug, another symbol of luck, is considered a blessing when it lands on you. Wear it as a reminder that everything will work out as it should in the long run.
Share the power and rich meaning of the elephant with the mothers you love for Mother’s Day, or any other day you want to celebrate her strength and resilience.