Hippo according to the Ancient Egyptians signified the goddess of childbirth. Hippo symbolizes birth, motherhood, routine paths, intuition, and truth. Hippopotamus translates into "River Horse." Hippos are thought to protect women of the house especially those in child bearing age. When the hippo appears in your path, it may be an indication that you are achieving a higher level of perception or a desire for truth and intuition. If you are expecting or wanting a child, put a hippo on your altar.