Totem Animal 9

Animal Symbolism of the Cow

Symbolism of the cow. Photo by Avia Venefica

Cow Symbolism

In many cultures the cow is symbolic of Mother Earth, and has been a symbol of fertility, nurturing, and power.

This makes udder sense (pardon the pun), cows have been generous with their life force for eons. They are closely associated with provision and very earth-associated in symbolism.

The cow is also a lunar symbol, aligning itself with feminine (yin) qualities (see list of yin attributes) among the Chinese yin-yang energies.

A quick-list of Animal symbolism of the cow would include:

  • Patience
  • Nourishment
  • Abudance
  • Fertility
  • Female Power
  • Potential
  • Possibility
  • Calming
  • Grounded
  • Provision
  • Beginnings

The Egyptian goddess Nut is sometimes depicted with the cow having four stars on its belly. This represents the four cosmic quadrants of the earth, and the respective flavor each directional energy freely flows through each of these corners.

Also in Egyptian mythology, Hathor was an ancient goddess worshipped as a cow-deity. Hathor was the Great Mother gooddess of joy, and was considered the nourisher of all things. She was originally a personification of the Milky Way, which was seen as the milk that flowed from the udders of a heavenly cow. She was also considered a protective goddess and an emblem of royalty.

In Norse mythology the cow makes an appearance as Audhumla whose utters emitted the four rivers of power – these provided nourishment for the giants (primarily the first giant, Ymir) that ruled the First World.

In Vedic literature the cow is also a symbol of abundance and fertility as it represents both earth and sky.

To Hindus and Buddhists, symbolism of the cow deals with patience and holiness. It is considered India’s most sacred animal. The calm, tender nature of the cow wins this right among the Buddhists

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