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Animal Love Symbolism and Animal Messages about Love

Love symbol meanings come in many forms. Many times certain animals come into our lives with a message of love. These special animals serve as love symbols or icons and convey messages specific to compassion, ardor, passion and tenderness.

Pay close attention to animals that visit your days. They may be trying to send you a love message!

Animal love symbols are not limited to the ones I have described below. As mentioned many times on this website, signs and symbols are everywhere. It is ultimately you who determines their meaning.

A love symbol from an animal will convey messages like these...

Potential Love Messages from the Animal Realm

  • A new love interest is on the way.
  • New love in the form of a pregnancy or new born is right around the corner.

  • Closer attention to loved ones is required at this time.

  • It's time to persue your passion and do more of what you love.

  • Self-love is vital - are you loving yourself enough?

If you are looking for more information on love symbols, please visit Animal Love Symbols. Also be sure to visit Animal Totems and Symbols pages for more information on the powerful meanings of animals in our lives.

Common Animals That are Love Symbols in Various Cultures and Legends

animal love symbol meaning for dolphin Dolphin: Along with speed, diligence and intelligence the Dolpin is also a messenger of love. This is partly due to its association with Delphi, which signifies the love embodied within the womb. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to take the form of the dolphin and was also known as the Woman of the Sea. When depicted on an anchor or pierced with a trident the Dolphin is a symbol of the church being guided by the love of Christ. More symbolic dolphin meanings here. You may also be interested in my article on dolphin meanings for tattoo ideas.


animal love symbol meaning for dove Dove: Long admired for being a symbol of peace, the Dove is also a messenger of deep symbolic love. Slavic legend states that upon dying, the soul is transformed into a Dove which wings its way into the loving heavens. In Hinduism the Dove is an emblem of spirit, and the inifinite capacity the spirit has for love. In Greco-Roman mythology, the dove was a sacred creature to Aphrodite/Venus. Ancient Jewish practices permitted the Dove to be sacrificed as a love gift which signified the purification of a new mother after childbirth. In the West, the Dove (as well as turtledoves) symbolize love and are frequently seen in wedding traditions. See more about symbolic dove meanings here.


animal love symbol meaning for horse Horse: The seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Horse is equated with practicality and love. As highly skilled horsemen, the Celts attributed the horse to Epona, also known as the Horse Goddess. Among other attributes, Epona was known for abundance, love and fertility. In Mesopotamia there arose a legend that the sun was drawn by a Horse riding across the horizon - the Horse was known as the embodiment of love for the land as it carried life-giving light and warmth with it. See also Horse symbol meanings.


animal love symbol meaning for ladybug Ladybug: Perhaps best known as an emblem of luck, the Ladybug is a love symbol too. Asian traditions hold to the belief that if caught and then released, the Ladybug will faithfully fly to your true love and whisper your name in his/her ear. Upon hearing the Ladybug's message your true love will hurry his/her way to your side. Ancient farmers of the land have considered the Ladybug a good omen as she controls aphid populations. The number of spots on a Ladybug's back is said to indicate the number of months to pass before the wish for love comes true. See Ladybug Symbolism (on blog). You might also enjoy reading this article on Ladybug Tattoos and ladybug tattoo meanings.


animal love symbol meaning for starfish leaf Starfish: In Christian symbolism the Starfish represents the Virgin Mary (Stella Maris which means Star of the Sea) who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times. The star as well as the Starfish are seen as celestial symbols and as such, they represent infinite divine love. In addition to love, the Starfish also holds characteristics such as guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition.


animal love symbol meaning for swan Swan: The Swan holds a multitude of representations including love, grace, purity, beauty and sincerity. Another attribute of Aphrodite, the Swan also symbolized chastity. The Celts believed the Swans were benevolent dieties and legend has it that their images were forged into silver medallions worn around the neck for protection. In Hinduism, the Swan is known as the Hamsa bird and signifies the divine mind and the breath of spirit. The Swan is also another symbol of the Virgin Mary and the purity and love she symbolizes. I've written a whole page on swan symbolism, view it here.


I hope you have found these animal love symbols meaningful and helpful. Check out my other Love Symbol page here.

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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