Sheep


Sheep Symbolism 

The symbolism of the sheep generally means:

  • Sheep spirit animals represent an innocent aspect of yourself; your childhood, child-like qualities characterized by innocence, gentleness
  • Vulnerability with a negative meaning, weakness, vulnerability that could turn into powerlessness
  • Vulnerability with a positive meaning: Self-acceptance, ability to respect your own limits
  • A common meaning for the sheep totem is a part of yourself that tends to conform to social norms or family values.

The sheep can symbolize a vulnerable part of you that is associated with positive or negative meanings depending on the overall feeling at the time of the encounter with your spirit animal.

Sheep spirit animals as expression of innocence

The sheep spirit animal has strong bonds to innocence. The presence of this power animal may express a longing to have more innocent, child-like qualities in our life. It could also call on memories of situations or events where we felt innocent, when we or life had qualities of gentleness, and inspire you to bring more of these qualities in your present life.

The sheep spirit animal, symbol of vulnerability

When your spirit animal shows up in the shape of a sheep, it may point out feelings of vulnerability you’re experiencing in your waking life. If the tone of the encounter is tinted with despair or fear, especially if it’s in a dream, the presence of the sheep suggests that you’re overwhelmed by feeling vulnerable and powerless facing a difficult situation.

There’s also a positive side of the presence of this power animal that sheds a brighter light on what vulnerability means. The presence of the sheep could mean that you are getting in touch with a softer part of yourself, vulnerable in a positive way as open, available to feeling in a gentle, innocent manner.

Sheep spirit animals and desire for conformity

When the sheep shows up in your life, it can symbolize a desire to conform, to belong to a group or an environment. Having a sheep as a totem could be an expression of a part of you that desires to be like everyone else in order to better fit in, to belong and be part of the crowd.

An alternative perspective sees the sheep as a representation of a part of you that does not want to follow the same path or doctrines as the others. Being part of the crowd may feel comforting at first, but you may not be so happy about feeling like you’re being “herded” and have limited choices because you’re lost in the middle of the herd.

Healing potential of sheep spirit animal

Sheep spirit animals could be an expression of our vulnerability in positive way. They would represent vulnerability in the sense of compassionate acceptance of one’s limitations or pain.

This spirit animal points to being more tolerant with yourself, to look at emotional suffering you may experience in your current life with compassion and take care of yourself instead of blaming yourself or others for how bad you feel.

The spirit of the sheep could be calling you to work towards a state of self acceptance of your limits or weaknesses or the ones of others. There’s a lot of possibility for healing in the presence of this animal spirit guide.

Dream interpretation: Sheep in dreams

A dream about your sheep could refer to your commitment to take care of yourself, of your needs in a gentle way. The dream could also relate to your commitment to your spiritual development.