We all have an animal spirit guide. They show up in our awareness when the time is right, gifting to us a gentle reminder that we are connected us to their divine energy and can call upon it to achieve our highest and best life. More importantly, these creatures become teachers, guides and advisers when we most need it. In this article I will be explaining animal spirit guides, their meanings.
Spirit animals carry meaning, wisdom, and power. Finding out what your spirit animal or totem means is like a going on a journey. Meanings will be revealed as you deepen your personal connection with it.
The idea of Spirit Animals is actually one of the oldest traditions on the planet. Stemming from when we were still hunter-gatherers. They are also often seen as spiritual guides.
As you might now, spiritual guides can present themselves to us in whatever way we are willing to see them, and some connect with theirs through the face of one or more familiar animals.
Perhaps a particular animal keeps appearing in a dream, TV shows, advertisements, coming up in conversations, etc. This is your Spirit Animal.
Effectively a Spirit Animal represents characteristics or abilities you currently have, that you hope to develop, or something you should start working toward
This article explains what spirit animals are, their meaning, and how they can help you. But first, let’s have a look at the history of spirit animals.
THE HISTORY OF SPIRIT ANIMALS
The core belief system Spirit Animals comes from today – also called Animism – has been traced back to hundreds of thousands of years ago. Some even believe it to be our first step towards religion as a species.
The ancient concept of animal guides, particularly prominent in some indigenous, especially Native American, religions and cultures, was adopted in Pagan and Wicca spirituality in the 1990s. In these contexts, spirit animals are meant literally, referring to spiritual guides or totems that take the form of animals
The name Animism comes from the Latin word “animus” which can best be described as meaning “the spirit”. Those who followed Animism saw the world as being united, where both human and animal have the same spirit or soul flowing within them.
This is very similar to many religions’ conception of God today. An omnipotent being that prevails throughout all things
A Spirit Animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and is connected through a personal relationship with an individual.
Spirit Animals are also called animal helpers, spirit helpers, spirit allies guides, power animals, or animal guides.
The reason our world is full of spirit guides is to protect and support us on our individual paths and journeys. When we are working on our life purpose, they show up for us in full force to help carry out the purpose we were assigned to complete.
Reference the spirit animals below and pay special attention to any of the animals that you may have encountered recently. Their meanings may help determine their purpose for crossing your path.
When a butterfly enters your life, it is believed to be one of the most symbolic signs pertaining to transformation and profound change. You might be moving through different life cycles, and literally changing from the inside out.
Death and rebirth are present here – perhaps something in your old self dying away so a newer version of you can present itself. Butterflies also carry the message of “being light” and floating above earthly matters.
The bear is an animal that lives a solitary life. Having a bear as a spirit animal can mean that you find balance and comfort in solitude. The presence of this power animal could point to the need to “regroup” and set up boundaries, so you feel comfortable in your own space. It may be a call to find time away from the crowd or busyness and favor quiet time and rest. The bear spirit can also be a great helper to dedicate time and energy to more introspective practices, such as self-inquiry or meditation. Call on the spirit of the bear to help you find your center and ground yourself in a strong foundation that will support you in more busy and noisy times.
Eagles are signals that is time to reconnect to your spiritual path. They are here to remind us to listen to our hearts and not rely on our minds so much. If an eagle is your personal totem animal, it means that you have lightness in you, but need to stay grounded.
Eagles represent light, spirit and healing – healing yourself so you can connect my deeply to your spiritual journey. This spirit animal carries knowledge of magic and gifts from above.
The owl is one of the more rare spirit animals. If you happen to cross paths with an owl, it is a true sign from the universe. The owl as a spirit guide that represents wisdom, deep connection, and intuitive knowledge.
When this guide comes to you, you might be at a time in your life where you are exploring the unknown – perhaps going through a transition or about to embark on a journey.
The owl has the capacity to see beyond deceit. The owl has intuition and can see what others usually cannot see. When the spirit of this animal is present for you, you are able to see beyond the illusions created by our minds.
When you have the hawk as a spirit animal, you may have a natural inclination to receive visions, either in dreams or awake. Your extra sensory abilities and intuition are supported by the power of this animal. The hawk totem is strongly connected to the spiritual realms. When it shows up in your life, you may be called to pay attention and experience rapid spiritual development. As you develop your relationship with your totem, you may be inspired to feel your connection with spirit more fully
The fox as a spirit guide offers good teachings about getting around obstacles instead of confronting them head-to-head. You might find that you could renew or be smarter about how you deal with areas of resistance in your life or projects. Having the fox as a spirit animal, you may be guided to learn from lessons in a way that may feel like you are being challenged or sometimes even being tricked. To make the most of the fox totem wisdom, keep a strong sense of humor and be smart of the lessons you learn.
The power of the fox is a great support to develop your ability to find the sharpest and smartest solution to any problem. Call on the fox guidance when you feel lost and need help to find your way.
The serpent represents the essential life force that seeks union and creation, and is therefore a symbol of fertility. In nature, fecundity is the creative principle associated with the feminine. When we engage the energies of the serpent archetype, we summon the feminine creative principle that can rekindle our passion and help us shed the past, as a snake sheds its skin
How to connect to your spirit animal
One of the quickest ways to connect with your spirit animal is to use an animal oracle deck. Connect with the deck and draw a card (or a few cards) to represent what serves you. You can take guidance from the reference book that accompanies the deck but I would also recommend journaling how this card makes you feel, use your intuition to find the meaning. Meditate on the card and see what messages come through to you from the unseen realm.
If you draw an animal that makes you feel uncomfortable, brings up a phobia or a feeling of dislike, this animal can represent your shadow side. This could symbolize something in the animal’s character that you’re avoiding in your life. Take this as an opportunity to tune in to what may need healing in your life. Remember, if this animal is showing up for you, it is there to be seen, and it’s because you are ready. Even if you don’t think you are
Meditate With Your Animal
Using a guided meditation, journey to connect with your spirit animal. Ground yourself and when you’ve connected with your animal, visualize the animal’s energy merging with yours. Feel yourself integrating its strength and wisdom. Set the intention to embody the animal’s empowerment for the day ahead. Working with animals is very grounding, so now that your energy will be protected by the animal as it serves you.
I hope you enjoyed this introduction to spirit animals. What is your spirit animal? In my next article I will discuss spiritm animals by birth date.