Animal Symbolism:
Meaning of the Salamander

Animal Symbolism of the Salamander

Symbolic Salamander Meanings

Perhaps the most profound symbolic meanings of the salamander are evident when we observe it in nature. To illustrate, the symbolism of water deals with transformation, intuition and motion. Therefore, water dwelling creatures such as the salamander hold symbolism of psyche, spirituality, emotion, and ease of motion. These attributes are intensified by the salamander's nocturnal nature because night time is symbolic of shadows, secrets, dreams, intuition and psychic abilities too.

Summary of Symbolic Salamander Meanings

  • Vision
  • Energy
  • Secrets
  • Growth
  • Balance
  • Emotion
  • Renewal
  • Transition
  • Awareness
  • Spirituality
  • Adaptability
  • Opportunistic
  • Enlightenment
  • Resourcefulness

Quite a diverse list of attributes, isn't it? That's because the salamander itself is a diverse creature. In fact, its symbolic meanings are a bit slippery (pardon the pun) because the salamander is an unorthodox creature with a many outstanding qualities.

One such duality is that it is considered a solar power animal, yet it is primarily nocturnal, preferring to hunt for food in the evening hours. This is a lesson for us to demonstrate balance in our lives. In this case, the salamander also asks us to make the best use of our time (both day and night) and wisely balance the opportunities we have at our fingertips.

Salamanders regrow their tail and limbs if lost in near-missed bites from their predators or other calamities. This is symbolic of renewal, regeneration, rebirth and growth. Here the salamander beckons us to call upon our deepest internal resources to produce the development we require in our lives. It is also a message that there is never loss, and to seek out renewal whenever possible.

Animal symbolism of the salamander continues when we learn it is cold blooded. This is analogous of adaptability and adjusting to our environment. The salamander asks us to perceive the changes going on around us and adapt to our best ability rather than fight against the changes.

The salamander comes to those who are in need of change in their lives. The salamander evolutionary feat to observe, and as such, it asks us to evolve in our own lives.

As you can see, the symbolism of the salamander is far-reaching and practically inexhaustible. I would encourage you to invest the time with this fascinating creature. Get to know the salamander, sincerely ask for the wisdom it has to offer. In time this noble creature may even allow you to adopt it as an animal totem.

Either way the knowledge of the salamander is to be honored like a fiery gem glistening within your psyche.

I hope you have enjoyed this page on symbolic salamander meanings. Please be sure to click on the links at the end of this page for more articles on animal symbolism.

Special thanks to William Warby on Flickr for the salamander image used at the top of this page.

An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

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