Shark Totem and Symbolism

shark totem meaning and shark symbolism

Shark Totem and Symbolic Meaning of Sharks

Shark Totem Meanings and Symbolism

Sharks have been swimming in my awareness, and I love when this happens because it’s a clear sign my energy is primed for focus – it’s time to ruminate and write about shark totem symbolism. Shark also confirms self-trust, and a points me into forward momentum in my life.

There are some creatures in Nature’s cradle who speak so clearly of their energetic symbolism.

The shark totem is one with crystalline expression. To wit, one look at these extraordinary creatures conveys a message of sleek authority.

And the shark is an authority on all fronts of survival. In fact, those who connect with the shark totem will be masters at survival in their own waters of life. Shark people are extremely adept at summing up social situations, manipulating people and events (I don’t mean that in a bad way).

A quick-list of Shark Totem symbolic meanings include…

Symbolic Shark Meanings

  • Calculating
  • Perceptive
  • Primal
  • Instinctive
  • Ancient
  • Knowing
  • Powerful
  • Focused
  • Mystery
  • Dynamic
  • Curious
  • Effective
  • Innovative
  • Superior
  • Efficient
  • Equipped
  • Unique Vision
  • Perpetual Motion

People with the shark totem navigate through life with a specialized “gut-rudder.” What’s a gut-rudder? That’s what I call a primal instinct. It’s a visceral, hard-wired knowing that guides certain humans. It’s infallible, reliable, and geared for one thing only: To protect the sacred. And what is sacred? Life.

The shark is both oracle and embodiment of fundamental life. The shark relays root-chakra energy to me because of its superior instinct, and that remarkable drive for survival. That’s a prime root chakra concept : Ancient Instinct. Primal Knowing.

Furthermore, sharks are symbolic of acting on life. They never wait for opportunity. They are not handmaiden’s to the life experience. Far from it. Because they are authorities on life – they know precisely what it’s about and they seize it with verve.

This is made manifest by their constant motion. They move to allow oxygenated currents roll over their gills. Their motion through life – actively moving forward – insures their existence. Moreover, most sharks sink when motionless (a side effect of not having a “swim bladder” as most fish do). They can’t afford to be still.

This carries symbolism for those who embrace their shark totem. It identifies the tendency for forward momentum in life. If sharks swim in your awareness, it’s very likely you are extremely driven and perpetually moving forward. You meet life full-on. You rarely stay in the “shallow end” of life, but prefer to move deftly through the waves of experience – encountering adventure with undeniable exuberance.

For all this zealous talk of life, the shark is also symbolically equipped to share lessons of death too. Actually, sharks know death is a fallacy. They have no concept of it. Sharks are in a constant state of renewal, and those with the shark totem will confirm the absence of death. Sharks, and humans attuned to sharks will only see renewal – only transition.

Sharks are superior organisms. From tail to teeth, sharks convey perpetual fluidity and momentum. They are examples of progress in its most assertive stages. To wit, their biological mechanisms are so elite, they’ve had no need to evolve over insane spans of time. They function from a place of timeless propulsion. Ever-forward.

Perhaps it is the sharks unsinkable nature that makes it a bit of a cold character (energetically speaking). Sharks are about aerodynamic efficiency, and they allow no fluff to enter their consciousness. They’re quite austere and are wrapped in robes of distance and mystery.

Those with shark totems will display similar aloofness. Inwardly, they sense the waves of emotions within and around them. Yet, outwardly they are cool, controlled, steely. This makes people of the shark clan extremely good businessmen/women, leaders and visionaries.

“All life is hard-wired to survive.

When all else fails, maintain your will to survive.

You must do this so you can live another day to

contribute something good to this world.”


It’s important to note the inherent duality here. The element of water is esoterically symbolic of emotions, dreams and intuition. And yet, the shark conveys a sterility in emotion. To be clear, the shark is not symbolically devoid of emotion. Rather, it is a master of emotion.

This symbolic lesson is tantamount for humankind, and the lesson is this: We can be submerged in emotional dramas, but we do not have to be swallowed by them.

Whether or not you relate to the shark as a totem, this is a sacred conveyance of emotional wisdom – a most vital gift of the shark.

Indeed, shark wisdom is so profound, it’s worth a summary. So, a recap of symbolic shark messages and shark totem meanings…

Suggested Shark Totem Messages

  • Be active in life.
  • Attune to natural instinct.
  • Be propelled forward (do not regress) in your evolution.
  • Although surrounded by emotions, you need not be consumed by them.
  • Swim the path of least resistance in life, be efficient and direct in your navigations.

In closing, I urge you to dive into the energetic matrix of shark energy, and swim into your own symbolic realizations about this magnificent animal. Thanks for reading and entertaining these thoughts on shark symbolism and the shark totem.

Also, don’t miss my page on Symbolic Shark Tattoo ideas here.

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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, and 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!