Symbolic Alligator Meaning and Crocodile Meaning
Symbolic Meanings for Alligators and Crocodiles
- Solar power
- Emotional depth
- Primal/ancient power
“New vision is created when we draw on the Old Ways.”
Let us consider the rough, bony covering of the alligator. It is armor and can deflect bullets; however, his underside belly is soft. This speaks to us of duality and balance: the rigid and the vulnerable, the push and the pull, the mighty and the meek, the obvious and the hidden. Alligator behavior bears heavily on the implications of this animal totem. They are precision in motion. They remain hidden, poised, and held in a show of ultimate control. They waste no movement. Once they have seized their prey, they will roll under water, hiding their catch under a log. This speaks of preparation, “stewing.” Alligators are timing personified. We would do well to learn from them to make our choices wisely and, once made, allow them to take their course. Temperature is very important to the reptile. Temperature represents a measure of activity. In some cases, as with the alligator, a higher temperature will ensure a male offspring, and a cooler one, a female. This calls our attention to our environment.
We could ask ourselves if we are living in agreement with our surroundings. Are we fighting elements in our lives? Or, can we do as the alligator does and keenly adjust ourselves in harmony with our conditions? In the Hindu chakra system, the crocodile governs the sacral chakra (Svadhisthana). This is a developmental energy, as the sacral chakra is a power-center of creation. The crocodile in this chakra encourages creativity and balance. This chakra-crocodile goes deep into our emotional core and resurfaces with dynamic creative power. Read more about chakra animal symbols here. Symbolism of the great crocodile parallels in several aspects with its ancient brother, the shark. Both rulers are amazingly strong, silent, cunning, and fearless. Both have highly effective skin and perpetually regenerate their teeth.
In many Native American tribes, alligators are symbols of status and power. Because it is easily comfortable on land and water, many tribes consider them as creatures responsible for creation. The alligator is a mediator in many Native legends, because it emerged from primordial waters in creation myths and brought forth the sun and the earth. Mayan legend tells of four crocodiles supporting the entire world – keeping it’s delicate balance in-tack by the strength of their backs and with fierce determination. The alligator appears in Mayan astrology too. In their zodiac, those born under this Day-Sign are instinctively superior and sensitive to criticism. Those with the alligator animal totem should examine their fears, both conscious and subconsciously. People born under the alligator/crocodile sign of the Mayan zodiac also have access to incredible, primordial power. They are open to new beginnings, and often see opportunities where others see nothing.
The Egyptians so adored the crocodiles, they named a town after them: Crocodilopolis, where these creatures were worshipped and adorned with bedazzling gold and jewels. The crocodile god, Sobek, symbolized ultimate power, protection, and fertility to the ancient Egyptians. Sobek was one among several gods responsible for weighing the souls of the dead. In this light, we can’t overlook the symbolism of discernment, judgment, authority and guidance in conjunction with the crocodile and the role of Sobek in ancient Egypt. At the crux of caiman, alligator meaning and crocodile meaning is their prehistoric status. These creatures are ancient, and have evolved very little over their reign beginning over 50 million years ago. These creatures represent a deep, abiding connection with the Mother (Nature), and perhaps that’s the most profound wisdom they have to share.
Questions the Alligator and Crocodile Asks Us
♦ What’s the best way I can establish harmony in my life in order to survive and prosper?
♦ What’s the status of my relationships? Am I making a way for others to be their true selves? Am I my authentic self around other people?
♦ What’s my emotional status? Am I clear about what I’m feeling?
♦ What am I creating lately? Have I given birth to anything new?
Call on the alligator/crocodile/caiman for help in each of these areas, because they are highly equipped to assist in clarity and productivity in each instance.
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