Symbolic Dolphin Meanings
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meaningful dolphin tattoo ideas

Meaningful Dolphin Tattoo Ideas

Dolphin tattoo ideas often convey a sense of playfulness by the wearer as the dolphin itself is renowned for its sense of play, joy and freedom.

Dolphins are well noted for their intelligence. In ancient Greece, the dolphin symbolized god-like intelligence and was associated with the powerful god Apollo. Apollo is also a deity who represents light and so dolphin tattoos will convey higher thought, and an illumined life. As an associate of Apollo the dolphin will also have kingly traits like: Strength, Power and Authority. We also see these themes in the dolphin's association with Poseidon. Indeed, the Greeks dubbed the dolphin as the "King of the Sea" and with this moniker, kingly attributes will also apply to the dolphin.

The ancient Greeks also viewed the dolphin as the transporter of souls to Isles of the Blessed. In this light we pick up symbolic themes of transition, transformation and ascending to new levels of being.

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Symbolic Dolphin Meanings

  • Love
  • Freedom
  • Happiness
  • Friendship
  • Connection
  • Protection
  • Playfulness
  • Intelligence
  • Sensitivity

Symbolism of resurrection and dolphins shows up in Christian art as the dolphin is also featured as a carrier of souls. In this respect, dolphin tattoos may also represent the light of Christ comforting and guiding souls to their final spiritual home.

Two dolphin tattoos together will represent both sun and moon. It also symbolizes duality, partnership, cooperation and balance.

Dolphin Meanings in Connection With the Moon

Dolphin tattoo ideas may also have a lunar connection. It's semi-circle body shape (notably seen during airborne flips) looks like crescent moons. The dolphin is also a companion of Aphrodite who maintains feminine and moon symbolism. Symbolic moon associations imply traits such as...

  • Depth
  • Emotion
  • Dreaming
  • Psychism
  • Intuition

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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. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!


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