Wow! This piece has been such a learning experience for me. Not in only with trying new techniques and approaches with my work but also with learning all the symbolism attached to this piece. I have read so much, my mind is blown. There are so many unintended similarities with the subjects of this piece that it, literally, has me in awe. I’m just going to jump right into this. Throughout this post, I will provide links to related entries I have posted in the past. You can read more in depth on these at your leisure. If you would prefer a brief summary of the symbolism of white animals, I have a paragraph set up at the bottom of this post. Now, with that being said, let’s begin our journey….
…I had seen a white deer a week or two ago and was curious as to what a phenomenal creature like that might represent. I was inspired to create a collective piece of the first, most popular, white animals that came to my mind. The white deer would obviously be one. Then white buffalo, horse, rabbit, whale, and dove followed in my mind. I envisioned them all in a circle, which led me to think of the flower of life. This was to be the center piece that tied them all together. The flower of life represents oneness and unity. It is a geometric record of ancient wisdoms and information about universal connection. This means it holds all the answers to connecting with other worlds, beings, creatures and self through the realization that we are all one.
I decided to color the flower of life with every color from the color wheel. It might not seem like much but I used 15 different colored pencils to achieve this look. White is both the absence and totality of all colors. It is the connection of everything and nothing all at once. White symbolizes balance, as such in death and rebirth. It is also a strong symbol for purity and innocence. To randomly see a white animal while going about your day is said to be a great message from the gods or spirit realm. Native Americans paid the utmost attention to these signs because they knew it would bring a great shift in life. When any white creature presents itself to you, it is time for higher thinking and ideals. It represents cleansing of the spirit and attaining higher knowledge.
The white buffalo is said to be the most sacred being that can cross your path. There is a story from a medicine man called Lame Deer who resided in South Dakota. He was the son of the first Chief Lame Deer who fought against Custer. He tells a story of the White Buffalo Woman who came to the tribes people in their time of need. She taught them how to pray and how to assist prayers with actions. She showed them how to ask for abundance by connecting the Sacred Above and the Sacred Below. All realms coming together within yourself, through grounding. We are all one, all connected. When she had taught all her lessons, she changed into a white buffalo calf and disappeared into the horizon. Where she had vanished, herds of buffalo appeared for the hunters and they were provided with everything they needed to survive. The white buffalo is a symbol of acting accordingly while incorporating proper rituals. Doing so will manifest abundance.
The whale is also an exceptionally strong totem for connecting with the universe and the spirit realm. They are record keepers and hold knowledge about all of us. They are a symbol of creation and creativity. Whales are balanced and understand the frequencies that unlock ancient wisdom. They use sound and song to create balance and harmony. They also use it to navigate through their worlds. A white whale amplifies all these traits and encourages you to attain higher knowledge. They are a symbol for emotional rebirth.
Several of the animals in my drawing symbolize the balance between death and rebirth such as whale, rabbit, dove and horse. Change is a part of life. Sometimes, in our own transformations, we feel incredible pressure and weight of the darkness. The universe is forcing us into our next stage and we cannot fight it. The rabbit can help you leap through that fear. When you do, you emerge like a sprout from a seed. That incredible pressure has cracked your shell and you are reborn. Let nature happen, it’s the way of life.
The white rabbit and the white horse are both mounts that can carry you from the physical realm to the spiritual and back again. (f.y.i. rabbits were said to be the mounts of faeries) The horse teaches us about power and to not abuse it. There is wisdom in power so long as you remain balanced and take responsibility for the tasks at hand. They also represent freedom, feeling as free as the wind. Wild like the mustangs and apt for exploration. Horses and rabbits both represent sexuality. The rabbit is a symbol of fertility and new life. They represent the lunar cycle and are also associated with the number 28. You may find yourself following this same cycle if rabbit has presented itself to you. Pay attention to the moon and the energies surrounding her.
The white dove (and/or pigeon) is a common symbol for peace and love. It is a strong totem for fertility, feminine power and rebirth. Again, another totem dealing with death and rebirth. The closing of one door to allow the opening of another. What’s behind the next door? You can’t know until you open it. Just remember, you have to crack through the shell of your seed to feel the warm rays of the sun. Only then can you grow into the tree you were always meant to be.
The deer can aid you in this journey by using gentleness and understanding. They symbolize shedding off the old to allow room for new growth. Stronger. Better. Wiser. The deer symbolizes heightened perception and allowing ourselves to be open to the messages of the universe. Using love and kindness will help you along the way.
If a white animal has crossed your path, this is a very powerful time in your life. Use a heightened awareness to receive guidance through your journey. A great and powerful change is coming into your life and you need to embrace it. Follow the white rabbit down the hole. This is your next chapter. It is time to purify your soul and take that next step. Remember to remain balanced during these times and use love and kindness towards yourself and others. This will assist you in your endeavors. Do not focus on the fear of not knowing what lies ahead. Instead, prepare yourself accordingly. Proper action accompanied with proper prayer will manifest abundance!
New life comes after death. It is time to shed our old self to be born anew. This is an exciting time in your life, you should charge towards it with everything you’ve got! Your transformation will be outstanding! A tremendous power from within you will emerge stronger and brighter than ever. Open yourself up to receive the ancient knowledge that can guide you. With balance and purity of soul, you’ll be able to move mountains! Remember to honor the universe and our connection to all things. Stay grounded to above and below. Balance and unity. Peace and understanding. This is your chance! Be the “you”est you that you can be!
I could literally write all day about this piece and all the symbolism that is tied into it. There really isn’t enough time in the day. I’ve decided to come back to this drawing, probably next week, and continue discussing the power of it, for me personally and as a whole.
Do you have anything to add to all this? Have you ever witnessed a white animal that stood out to you? I would love to hear your story! Is there anything I missed? If you have anything to add about colors, the flower of life or any of the animals I went over feel free to leave comment below!
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you the best with your new endeavors!
Namaste, free spirits!
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss
- Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
- Native American Myths & Legends by Richard Erdoes & Alfonso Ortiz
- Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson
- Bird Magic by Sandra Kynes
- The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook by Adele Nozedar