Friday, October 12, 2012

Carpe Diem, #13 dolphin

Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today our Carpe Diem, seize the day prompt is dolphin. The dolphin is a wonderful and graceful creature and there are a lot of stories about dolphins and their powers. E.g. dolphins have the power to heal and guide you on your way through life.
A quick-list of symbolic dolphin meaning includes: Playfulness; Transcendence; Gentleness; Harmony; Intelligence; Contentment; Friendship; Community; Resurrection; Generosity and Power. 

I had to search for some more meanings and stories about dolphins so I surfed the Internet and came across several websites about the spiritual meaning of animals. All very nice to read, but too much to share here. So I have made a sort of compilation mostly out of Celtic Culture why? Well I am a fan of the Ancient Celtic Culture of druids and Ogham (the tree-alfabet and the Celtic names of the Months). So let’s dive in like a dolphin in this Celtic culture.

king of fish
gracefully cutting the waves
dance of the dolphin

(c) Chèvrefeuille oct. 2012

Many a tale has been told about the magic of dolphins. Their appearance off the shores of Ireland urged the Celts to contemplate an unknown universe – the sea. Those who could not settle to simply cogitate – Celtic seafarers held the dolphin in high regard. It became a symbol of friendship, intelligence, and good luck. Its status of luck was likely related to the fact that the dolphin was most commonly seen on the seas when the weather and waves were calm and fair. The Celts innately understood the intimate relationship between nature and beast. However, did the sight of the lucky dolphin cause fair weather, or was it the weather beckoned the dolphin out of its depths? Regardless, the dolphin is viewed as quite lucky indeed – and this quality combined with it's cleverness and speed in the waters made the dolphin a highly respected among Celtic animals. 

Graceful Dolphins

Considered the "king of fish" by many ancient cultures, dolphin meaning is closely associated with kingly qualities. Not the dominating kind. Observe the dolphin for any length of time and you know if dolphins ruled the world they would be gracious in their reign. (Source: What's your sign? )

It's really a wonderful, spiritual and graceful creature ... a nice theme I think for today's Carpe Diem.

I have sought for haiku about dolphins on the Internet and found some wonderful haiku about dolphins. (!These haiku aren't mine so the copyright is by the poet who has written it!)

dolphins in blue sea
and happy as each can be -
smiles are trickery!

(c) Peter S. Quinn (source: Haiku Dolphins in Blue Sea ) 

chirping happily
gracefully gliding mammals
dolphins out at play

(c) Phil Elroy (source: Haiku dolphins out at play )

Enjoy this new Carpe Diem ... be inspired and creative, let the spirit of the dolphin guide you (smiles). This prompt will stay on 'till October 14th 11.59 AM (CET).
I will post our new prompt today around 10.00 PM (CET). That new post will be spices.


  1. your haiku is another wonderful one with the dolphin being 'king' ~ lovely ~ well versed in haiku ~ (A Creative Harbor)

    thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

    1. Thank you Carol ... I enjoyed writing this haiku.