Is there a certain animal you’re drawn to?
Perhaps you’re seeing rabbits everywhere or keep dreaming about a fox. Or maybe you’ve always had an affinity for dolphins or simply relate to the wise owl or independent cat. In any case, there’s a good chance you’ve discovered your spirit animal.
A spirit animal, sometimes known as an animal guide, is a messenger that comes bearing insight and guidance. It can show you what area of your life needs your focus and can help illuminate the path ahead. Shamans have long called on their spirit animals for wisdom and healing and you can do the same.
You can’t choose your spirit animal. It chooses you. It may appear in your dreams or you may keep seeing the animal, in different forms, wherever you go. Spirit animals can be a symbolic representation of you, with similar traits, behaviors, or skills. It’s possible to have different spirit animals appear to you over the course of your lifetime.
If you’re looking to get in touch with your spirit animal, think about the guidance you’re seeking, ask the animal to appear, then meditate on your intention. If you need help connecting with your spirit animal, consult with a psychic or spiritual advisor to uncover the messages waiting for you.
Once you identify your spirit animal, it’s time to consider what it symbolizes. Here are some common spirit animals and what they mean:
🐻 BEAR | solitude, strength, courage, introspection, tranquility
🦋 BUTTERFLY | transformation, playfulness, beauty, freedom, rebirth
🐱 CAT | independence, adventure, curiosity, mystery, intuition
🐶 DOG | loyalty, unconditional love, trust, protection, bravery
🐬 DOLPHIN | harmony, communication, cooperation, fun, freedom
🦅 EAGLE | resilience, adventure, healing, spirituality, focus
🐘 ELEPHANT | strength, loyalty, honor, gentleness, confidence
🦊 FOX | cunning, agility, intelligence, perception, luck
🐸 FROG | change, peace, healing, abundance, mindfulness
🦗 GRASSHOPPER | innovation, idealism, prosperity, wealth, change
🐴 HORSE | passion, determination, freedom, endurance, adventure
🦁 LION | courage, leadership, pride, authority, enthusiasm
🐭 MOUSE | details, modesty, stealth, insight, down-to-earth
🦉 OWL | wisdom, secrecy, observation, security, stillness
🐰 RABBIT | fertility, prosperity, spontaneity, family, sensitivity
🕷 SPIDER | skill, agility, balance, creativity, patience
🐯 TIGER | bravery, power, confidence, emotion, vitality
🐢 TURTLE | patience, longevity, wisdom, truth, understanding
🐺 WOLF | cooperation, instinct, intelligence, spirituality, protection