At theology school, I developed a keen interest in various Christian beliefs, but as I dug deep into the roots of Christianity, I stumbled upon an even more fascinating subject of Christian Anthropology and the concept of symbolism.
I was particularly fascinated by the symbolism of the whale and what it meant for Christians and humankind in general. As I explored the subject, my research led me to interactions with leading theologians, anthropologists, and other symbolism experts.
I also pored through countless pages and learned more about whales and dreams about these mammals from my church pastor, among other religious leaders.
A few weeks ago, my theology students wanted to learn more about the symbolism of whales in dreams. Most of them were fascinated with the orcas attacking humans and ships and little about the implications of dreaming about whales.
Based on my research, I was able to give them comprehensive answers.
So, what’s the biblical meaning of a whale in a dream?
Through Jonah’s story in Jonah 1:17, it’s implied that dreaming about whales represents inner strength, gratitude for all of God’s creation, fear of the unknown, and forgiveness. This dream is also believed to symbolize peace, divine intervention, transformation, forgiveness, repentance, or God’s power in overcoming challenging situations. Dreaming about whales is also considered multifaceted and deeply symbolic, but it’s generally implied that this dream symbolizes spiritual growth, emotional exploration, intuition, and the importance of faith.
In this post, I’ll share insights into the symbolic meaning of whales in the Bible, what it means to dream of whales, and the spiritual reasons for seeing whales in dreams.
Keep reading for more insights.
What is the symbolic meaning of whales in the Bible?
Some people believe that whales are of great biblical significance, with the following meanings attached to the sea creatures:
God’s Power and Authority
The massive whale is posited to symbolize God’s might and power. This powerful creature that belongs deep in the ocean or the unknown is believed to be mentioned severally in the Bible to represent God’s power and His Majesty.
The power and control that God wields is also suggested in Job 41:1-18 where God is said to have the power of efficiently controlling the whale.
The huge sea creature, also called the serpent of the sea or the sea monster, as referred to in Genesis 1:21, is also believed to be symbolic of God’s might.
The story of Jonah is said to be a symbol of spiritual renewal. It’s suggested that the whale is a symbol of an individual’s hidden, deep, and dark aspects.
The story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale is believed to represent a period of reflection, introspection, and spiritual purification.
Sign of impending danger
According to Revelation 13:1, it’s implied that a sea monster (translates to a whale) would create chaos and destruction.
It’s believed that the mention of the whale or sea monster in this verse symbolizes impending danger or even the need for action when one needs to confront evil.
Whales are also believed to represent divine intervention. Believers posit that God sent the whale to swallow Jonah save him from drowning.
However, Jonah was in the whale’s stomach for 3 days and nights, and after this period, he accepted God’s calling. The period is believed to represent a period of divine intervention for Jonah, and whales are believed to represent God’s protection and guidance offered by the higher powers.
What does a whale represent in a dream?
Emotional Guidance Leading to Inner Self
It’s believed that whales appear in dreams when an individual is seeking self-growth through inner work. Dreaming about whales is suggested to be a guide that leads an individual to their true inner self by encouraging introspection and self-awareness.
Some people also believe that seeing whales in dreams shows the universe pushing you to explore the little-known parts of yourself.
Dreams about whales are posited to be signs from the guardian angels reminding you to take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.
It’s suggested that when you have this dream when encountering a tough journey, life events, or at a crossroads, this may be a sign of the universe nudging you in the right direction.
It’s also suggested that this dream represents some kind of warning about resisting changes and embracing the tough things in life despite how you feel.
Teamwork and nurturing relationships
Whales are known for their strong family bonds and always working together, hunting, and protecting their young.
If you dream about a family of whales, it’s suggested that the dream may be a sign from the universe to play better with others and take care of your loved ones.
It’s believed that such dreams come about when someone finds themselves too busy to spend quality time with their family and that the dream may be a suggestion in the direction of balance and asking for help.
Others believe such dreams represent the need to stay committed to one’s family and not let work or other external elements get in the way.
If you keep dreaming about whales, some people say that the dream may be more than a coincidence and that the dream may be one way through which the guardian angels encourage you to communicate all your feelings to others.
It’s suggested that such dreams about whales symbolize the possibility of you holding back a great deal of emotion to the extent that your relationships and even performance at work are affected.
The dream is inferred as a sign for you to open yourself more to others and to build up your confidence slowly.
Stepping out of the comfort zone
In some cultures, dreaming about whales is believed to be a sign of the universe nudging you to grow out of your comfort zone and do what you have put off.
It’s also believed that this dream may be a sign or a suggestion from the universe asking you to step out, share your feelings, and be vulnerable instead of holding back.
Taking such actions is suggested to have a positive impact on your growth.
Spiritual reasons why you keep seeing whales in your dreams
It’s posited that whales symbolize human emotions and that they also represent connections to ancient wisdom.
If you’ve had a dream about whales, it’s suggested that the dream symbolizes the need to pay more attention to your emotions. Whales in dreams are also believed to represent emotional intelligence, sensitivity, and empathy.
Alignment with your higher self
Whales are known for their energetic qualities, and if you keep dreaming about whales, it’s believed that the dream symbolizes the spiritual sign to reach into your energy source to align with your highest self.
It’s also said that the dream represents the spiritual need to reach your higher potential.
Connection to your intuition
Spiritual believers associate dreams about whales with emotional empathy. In contrast, their high energy, coupled with grace, is associated with spiritual awareness and grace, as well as the connection to one’s intuition.
If you have been struggling to trust in yourself and need some spiritual help trusting your instincts, seeing whales in dreams is suggested to be a sign for you to tap into and enhance the power of your intuition.
It’s further implied that this dream symbolizes spiritual guides encouraging you to trust your intuition.
Connection to water
In some cultures, dreaming that you’re swimming with whales is hypothesized as a symbol of the existence of a connection to the astral, ethereal realm and the subconscious mind.
This dream is also said to be a portrayal of the connection between the divinity of water and the rest of humanity.
Most world cultures believe that water represents depth and spirituality, with a link to the subconscious mind that holds a great deal of imagination.
This dream is also said to be associated with astral insights and ethereal wisdom that allows you to see life through an illusion while getting straight to the source of the problem.
Dreams with whales are also believed to be connected with self-knowledge, which is linked to the sacred laws. So, it’s believed that such dreams suggest a deep connection to these other realms in the cosmos and a connection to your higher consciousness.
One’s True Path and Mission
Other cultures associate the dreams about whales with an individual’s true heart’s desires. It’s suggested that they may represent your soul’s mission, destiny, and purpose in life.
If a whale is your spirit animal, it’s believed that seeing this animal in dreams may be spirits guiding you and encouraging you to connect to your deepest desires.
Good Luck and Great Fortune
Dreams about whales are also believed to represent potentially infinite opportunities, prosperity, and great fortune. It’s also believed that such dreams encourage self-care, self-expression, and self-evolution, leading to emotional rebirth and empathic connections.
With these in place, it’s implied that the dreams encourage you to create more space for abundance and new, big blessings.
Some cultures posit that whales carry feminine energy that allows for co-creation while amplifying the life force around and within you.
Dreams of whales also suggest that blessings would come your way, and they may also lead to an evolved level of emotional frequency through self-compassion and self-awareness.
Dreams involving whales are also associated with spiritual guidance, inner harmony, serenity, and calmness.
Creative Life Force and Source of Inspiration
Since whales are often associated with tranquility and emotional intelligence, dreams about whales are believed to be a source of inspiration. Such dreams also imply a creative life force.
These beliefs are believed to come from the fact that whales are highly creative, with a powerful connection to the divine and the subconscious.
While some people subscribe to the belied that whales carry positive energy and greatness, it’s also believed that seeing whales in dreams may imply something negative or be some kind of warning from the spiritual realm.
This warning is said to be associated with the loneliness that is common among whales. Although they are often friendly and have strong bonds with each other, whales can be quite lonely as well.
Therefore, if you’ve been dreaming about single whales regularly, some people say that the dream may symbolize a sign from the universe asking you to watch out or even cut off some people from your life.
3 biblical meanings of encountering whales in your dreams
It’s believed that dreaming about whales is a symbol of the universe giving you a second chance. This suggestion is believed to come from the Bible’s biblical reference to the huge sea mammal.
In this story, Jonah was saved while at sea by spending three days and nights in the whale’s stomach. This was after he refused to spread the Gospel of God in Nineveh.
When he was kept alive in the whale’s stomach, it was believed that God was giving Jonah a second chance. Jonah 1:17
According to the some Christians, dreams involving whales are said to be signs from the guardian angels, reminding you of the opportunity to help other people.
Others suggest that the dream is a sign of a potential sign that they will bless you. It’s also believed that it may be a sign from the universe asking you to be more compassionate and kinder, helping others whenever you can and spreading love – Proverbs 19:17.
Dreaming about whales is also postulated as being a sign from the universe or your guardian angels encouraging you to be more faithful to God, just in the same way that Jonah became a faithful servant after he was swallowed by the whale.
It’s believed that this dream may be a sign of steadfast and honest service to Jesus Christ and also a reminder that trusting in God fully will earn you His favor and that you’ll spend eternity with God in heaven. Jonah 1:17.
Biblical Interpretations of Common Whale Dream Scenarios
It’s also believed that the appearance of whales in the Bible represents the sovereignty of God over all of nature.
It’s also said that this dream symbolizes a divine call for repentance or a warning about imminent danger. Other people believe that dreaming about whales is symbolic of the value of self-awareness and the value of growth.
Below is a look at what different dreams about whales mean:
Dream about a baby whale.
If you see a baby whale in your dreams, it’s suggested that this may be a sign from the spiritual realm, encouraging you to improve your skills to reach your potential.
The dream may symbolize the universe, reminding you of the importance of starting small and having room for growth.
So, if you are going through a challenging situation in life, it’s believed that this dream symbolizes a sign of encouragement from the universe, asking you to keep your faith in Jesus Christ.
Dream about a black whale.
Seeing a black whale in your dreams is said to be a sign from the heavens, asking you to reflect on what you’ve done in the past and seek forgiveness for your sins.
It’s believed to be a sign from God encouraging you to make amends with the people you may have hurt and to repent sincerely for you to be forgiven or spared any suffering and punishment.
It’s also suggested that dreaming of a black whale may represent a reminder for you to make the best out of all situations and not to waste your chances.
Dream about a dead whale.
If you dream about a dead whale, it’s believed that this dream may symbolize feelings of overwhelm or the possibility that you are putting undue pressure on yourself.
It’s also implied that the dead whale symbolizes huge victory over your problems and burdens.
Dream about a jumping whale.
If you dream about jumping whales, it’s suggested that this may symbolize the relief you may receive once you overcome emotional challenges.
However, others associate this dream with suffering faced at a certain point in life while also reminding you to seize every moment and opportunity you get in life.
Dream of a blue whale
Some people posit that seeing a blue whale in a dream symbolizes that your subconscious mind may be trying to communicate or bring something important to your attention.
Others believe that such dreams may be a sign that your most recent actions may be affecting your negative relationship with God.
It’s also said that seeing a blue whale in dreams symbolizes a warning from the spiritual realm. It’s believed that blue whales in dreams symbolize the need for you to reevaluate your daily actions.
It’s also said to be a sign to ask for help when dealing with bad habits and always ask God for guidance and wisdom.
Dream of a humpback whale
If you dream about humpback whales, it’s suggested that this dream may be a sign that you’re about to start a new journey in your life.
Different cultures note that what the whale does in the dream is important, with crying and howling whales believed to symbolize attraction and love.
Dreaming about a humpback mother whale which swims alongside her calves is said to symbolize spiritual growth.
Dream of a whale stranded
A stranded whale in your dreams is believed to suggest emotional seclusion and struggles with loneliness.
Whales are believed to spend a lot of time separated from their pods after injury or travel fatigue, and so, many posit that dreaming about a stranded whale represents the universe, signaling you about a potential underlying health issue that’s yet to be discovered.
Dream of a whale swimming
If you see a whale swimming next to you in a dream, some people posit that the dream suggests the active presence of your guardian angel, giving you the freedom to choose who you’d like to spend your life with.
This dream is also believed to be a sign from the heavens asking you to enjoy every moment while keeping God the most important part of your life.
Dream of a whale under the sea
Some people who subscribe to these beliefs say that dreaming about a whale under the sea may symbolize teamwork, strength, and longevity.
It’s believed that because whales live in the water, dreaming about whales underwater may reflect your spiritual energy and emotional state. The dream is also suggested to portray your reliable intuition and also give you spiritual insights into your life.
Dream of a white whale
A dream involving white whales is believed to be a sign of virtue, modesty, and purity. Some cultures suggest the white whale symbolizes emotional maturity, growth, and mental and physical wellness.
This dream is also suggested to represent the strength of your inner power, being visionary, and having the power to get through complicated or tough challenges.
Dreams of being attacked by whales
It’s suggested that dreaming about whales attacking you may signify low self-esteem levels or feeling like an outcast. Some people believe that a dream about an attack by whales symbolizes a period of internal turmoil.
However, it’s also suggested that it may be a sign from the universe or the heavens, encouraging you to be faithful to God and to be faithful.
This dream is also said to represent the presence of guardian angels protecting and guiding you on the right path.
Dreaming about killing a whale
If you dream about killing a whale, some people say that the dream may be a suggestion from the universe letting you know that you may be throwing away an ample opportunity through current actions or even your inaction.
This dream is also said to be a sign from the heavens informing you that you are on the right path towards attaining spiritual enlightenment.
Dreaming of whales while you are pregnant
It’s believed that dreaming of whales when you’re pregnant is a sign of universal protection for you and your family.
Others suggest that this dream represents your concerns regarding your child’s birth. It may also suggest happiness and optimism.
Dreaming of whales eating a person
Seeing whales eating someone in your dreams is said to be a metaphor for womanhood, reproduction, and fertility.
The dream is also said to symbolize the need to make contact with someone else, step aside from a relationship, or cut off some people from your life.
Dreaming of killer whales
Dreaming of killer whales is believed to be a sign from the universe, making you aware of the opportunities to improve in different aspects of your life.
It is also posited that a dream about killer whales symbolizes a sign from your guardian angels letting you know that some issues in your life may be holding you back.
So, if this dream keeps recurring, it’s believed that it may be the universe asking you to face your fears and take advantage of the opportunities that life may present to you.
Dreaming about riding a whale in a dream
If you dream about riding a whale, it’s posited that the dream may symbolize your inner strength and power and your ability to overcome your challenges.
It’s also suggested that this dream symbolizes an adventurous spirit, exploration, and inner strength.
Dreaming about whales jumping out of the water
Some people posit that seeing a jumping whale in your dreams symbolizes the subconscious sense of relief that’s experiences after overcoming emotional and spiritual challenges.
This dream is also believed to symbolize the possibility of problems and suffering in life and the need to seize all the opportunities that come your way.
Psychological interpretations of dreaming about whales?
It’s believed that dreaming about whales represents different things, depending on who you ask and what the person dreaming is going through in life.
In most cases, however, some people interpret the dreams about whales as symbols that signify peaceful strength, emotional rebirth, community and family, wisdom, and healing (physical and emotional).
Most people also regard whales as symbols of feminine energy, intelligence, excellent communication skills, and the source of inner strength.
Additionally, dreams about whales are interpreted as symbols that represent the kind of energy that matches an individual’s personality.
It’s believed that dreams about whales represent an individual’s communication style, including how they express themselves and their creative capabilities.
People who subscribe to this belief system posit that the dream about whales symbolizes a call for self-awareness understanding of one’s communication style, as well as a sign to learn more about how to best express oneself.
Dreaming about whales is said to be a sign from the subconscious mind. Some people say that dreaming about whales symbolizes suppressed or repressed emotions and energy.
Others posit that when whales appear in dreams, the dream symbolizes a sign from the subconscious mind reminding individuals to pay more attention to the issues that hinder their development.
Superstitions and spiritual meanings of dreaming about whales in different cultures
According to Native American legends, whales are believed to be both ancestors and creators. They believe that these creatures play the role of shaping the world and also maintaining balance in the world, not just the sea.
As a result, the Native Americans suggest that whales are sacred beings with ancient wisdom and the capacity to protect all the people.
The Maori believe that whales (tohora) are the guardians of oceans. As a result, the whales are highly revered not just as a deity but also as a symbol of abundance, strength, and protection.
According to the Inuit folklore, whales are considered wise and powerful beings with excellent communication abilities within the spiritual realm. They also believe that whales are intermediaries between the higher powers and humans.
According to the ancient Greeks, whales are believed to have strong associations with Poseidon, the sea god. They believed that these large creatures were the most loyal companions of Poseidon and that they helped God to navigate the deepest depths of the sea.
In Norse Mythology, whales are believed to be an important part of creation. They believed that giant Ymir had a body shaped like a whale, representing the ocean’s power.
The Aboriginal Australians believe that dreams about whales represent interconnectedness and spirituality.
What should I do if I keep on dreaming about whales?
If you keep dreaming about whales, it’s suggested that it’s a sign for you to take action or maybe even a step back to examine things and determine what parts of your life may need action.
Since dreaming about whales is believed to represent the power of intuition and good communication, the dreams around whales inform you to open your communication lines.
The dream is also believed to be a sign of inner strength and confidence, so if you keep dreaming, you should consider building up your confidence and working hard to reach your full potential.
That said, it’s worth noting that Christians are discouraged from trusting superstition, astrology, or myths. Christians are encouraged to only trust God as taught in Leviticus 26:1, 1 John 5:21, and Romans 1:25.
As a theologian, I have always been curious to learn more about the Christian Faith. That is why I pursued a Certificate in Christian Studies, Certificate in Christian Foundations and a Masters in Theology. I also have an immersive experience in editing for numerous websites. I have worked as an editor for over a decade and am currently the editor-in-chief at Christian Faith Guide. I enjoy working as an editor and feel privileged to share my expertise and help spread God’s word. You can read more about me on the about us page.