The following are keywords which are most associated with the perch.

  • Tough, armored body.
  • Strength.
  • Sharp defenses.
  • Sensitivity to its surroundings.
  • Widely recognized.
  • Fighter.
  • Loves freshwater.

Perch is widely recognized in different areas of the world. Perch can range from small sizes to large sizes. It is not easily caught, and will put up a fight even when hooked. It shows its tenacity as well as its courage in doing so.

As a creature of water, it is adept at going with the current as well as in finding its own way. It is more at home in fresh water, liking its presence to preferring that of clean surroundings.

Perch as a Totem Animal

Perch gives us many strong traits as a spirit guide or totem. It may not be the largest animal around, but is certainly a strong and tough creature. Here are its traits as a totem animal:

Toughness and Versatility

The Perch may not be the biggest fish in the water but it is one of the toughest. Its strong, touch, scaly armor gives us access to an outer means of defense. It is versatile and quick, meaning one can run quickly out of danger. As a hardy and tough animal, the Perch is very useful as a spirit guide when we would like to avoid getting hurt physically or emotionally.

Being a fighter and having defenses

The defense mechanism of the Perch is its large and sharp fins which can injure those who try to catch it. Perch is tough and will fight to get away when captured. This ability and character of the Perch is greatly useful for those who need to put up a fight when cornered. It shows how not to lose hope and keep on fighting even when the odds are against you.

Keen observation of surroundings

Perch is highly attuned to its surroundings. It is capable of detecting movement and the presence of the other living things near its area. Thus it is more able to react quickly. It guides us so that we may be able to pay more attention to what goes on around us and respond with the right actions.

Perch in different Cultures

The Perch figures greatly in the ancient Egyptian civilizations. In the Nile, it grows to be very large and is prized as a source of meat. In other African tribes, the Perch is also plentiful and is widely used a source of food.

Association with celestial forces

As a fish, the Perch associates himself with deities of the sea. There is also a strong connection with lunar forces, as the moon has control over the waters. The Perch can be a messenger of both forces, instructing people on being calm but possessing great power as well.

Perch in Alchemy

The Perch symbolizes toughness and persistence, a useful trait in alchemical preparations. It is useful in its strength and perseverance. This helps desired traits stay longer when transmutations and transformations are done in alchemy.

The Perch shows up as a spirit guide when

  • You become more sensitive to your surroundings.
  • You are undergoing stress.
  • You need to move quickly.
  • You are in pure or clean surroundings.
  • You start to become more assertive.

Call on Perch as a spirit guide when

  • You need to protect yourself from outside forces.
  • You would like to continue with your endeavors.
  • You would like to have better defenses.
  • You need to be more tenacious.
  • You need to move to cleaner areas.

By Flo Saul
Mar 27, 2013