The seahorse symbolizes creativity, imagination, good luck, fatherhood, vigilance, grace, confidence and the power of the ocean
Seahorse is an unusual looking sea creature, which has many associations.
Seahorses are popular emblem among seafarers.
Symbol of strength of the horse as well as ruler of the sea: The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power as well as ruler of the sea. In Greek myth seahorses pulled Poseidon's chariot across the ocean.
Symbol of creativity and imagination: Seahorses are creatures of myth and fantasy and a symbol of imagination and creative spirit. Seahorse was given the name by the Greeks and was called as Hippocampus, which stands for horse + sea monster. Coincidentally, the part of the human brain, which is associated with memory, is also known as hippocampus. Perhaps, this is the reason a seahorse tattoo is associated with creativity.
Symbol of good luck: Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck. Sailors have long viewed the seahorse as a good luck charm too.
Symbol of fatherhood: Seahorses can be a symbol of fatherhood, because it is the male of the species, which becomes pregnant. Female seahorse deposits her eggs in the pouch on the tail of a male. The eggs gestate in the pouch for about 6 weeks. A number of men get seahorse tattoos made, when they become fathers for the first time.
Symbol of vigilance: The seahorse has two eyes, which are able to look in different directions simultaneously. Therefore, it is said to be a symbol of vigilance.
In number of cultures the seahorses symbolizes grace and confidence.
The Celts look at seahorse as a symbol of courage and forbearance at sea.
The ancient Eurpeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld - giving them safe passage and protection until the met their soul’s destination.
In some civilization, the seahorse was revered as a therapeutic animal, which has magical and mystical powers.
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