Traditional Image. Northwest Coastal Native Americans.
In many sects of Native wisdom, the whale is symbolic of the beginning, the creation of all life on earth as we know it. Other cultures around the globe also associate themes of creation, birth, and rebirth with the whale. Other symbolic suggestions to add to whale totem meaning include:
Emotional Rebirth and Understanding
Nurturing and Devotion to Community
Appreciation for Beauty (esp. song and dance)
The Importance of Balance
Whales are incredibly nurturing; we see this in how they raise their young and their close connection to others in their community herds or pods. Whales and those with whale totems have a natural affinity for helping, especially promoting well-being within their community. People attracted to the whale often feel devoted to a more significant cause.