Spirit animals are protectors and guides from the spirit realm, they appear at various stages of our lives to offer assistance, bring warnings, offer comfort and help you find solutions to difficult problems. These spirits may also teach you to embrace important aspects of your personality, such as courage, playfulness or transformation. While various spirit animals will show up at different points of your life, there will be a single animal that you are connected to who will consistently be part of your lifelong journey.
Sometimes your spirit animal will bring you an important message, when this happens you must pay close attention to your surroundings and listen to whatever they are trying to tell you. The message may be about a place, our lives, other people, which job to apply for, when to make a move, when not to make a move, who to marry or who not to marry. Many times, spirit animals will bring messages from deceased loved ones from the spiritual realm.
Each spirit animal comes with its own unique talents and gifts, if your spirit animal is a bird, then it will encourage you to break free from all the things holding you back in life. If your spirit animal is a dolphin, embrace your good nature and playfulness. The owl has great insight and will lend you its ability to see what may be hidden from plain sight.
Spirit animals will direct you to new ways of living in our world and even to open your eyes to receive the support of the spirits that are available but invisible. You may notice that the same animal appears frequently in your life, this phenomenon is known as synchronicity and means that the spirit animals are communicating with you.
Sometimes certain spirit animals appear that you don’t expect, even though you feel a strong connection to wolves or tigers you may constantly see salamanders or possums, don’t ignore these animals, the spirits can appear in many forms and still have an important message to pass on to you. If you are not listening to the message your spirit animal is trying to tell you, they may appear inside your dreams, if this happens then the message is important and you need to pay close attention to the smallest details.
it is easy to tell when your spirit animal is trying to get your attention, they will suddenly appear everywhere, you will see it in magazines, on tv, on the radio, in your dreams, on billboards and your friends will suddenly start taking about it. These are a few of the ways your spirit animal will use to get your attention. Once the message has been delivered, you will stop seeing the animal. Once you learn the different ways they appear to you, you will recognise them quickly and intuitively know when the animal is trying to connect with you.
You don’t need to wait for a message, you can still call upon them in a time of need because of the special connection you share. Spirit animals can also be mythical being, so your guide can be a unicorn, phoenix or a dragon.
Depending on who you are speaking to, spirit animals are called by many different things, such as totems, familiars, guardians or power animals.
Finding Spirit Animal
For some people knowing their spirit animal comes to them naturally, there will be an animal they have been drawn to for as long as they can remember. You may have always been drawn to wolves or foxes, these connections you feel towards specific animals are likely your subconscious mind knowing the deeper kinship you have with these animals. For others they will notice an animal that appears frequently throughout their life, such as cats appearing when you’re outside and joining you on your walk. Simply be open and receptive to the animals that repetitively show up in your life.
If you have never had the inner wisdom of what your animal or spirit is, sit down and focus on your favorite animals and see which ones resonates the most. Look within and get in touch with your subconscious, you will find a spiritual connection with a specific animal. Once you find your animal be prepared to recognize the signs, symbols and messages your spirit animal will send you.
Meditation is a good way to get in contact with your spirit animal, sit quietly and meditate, focusing entirely on your animal, once you connect, they will offer guidance. This can take practice but will become easier over time. Dreams are another good way to contact your spirit animal, after meeting in the dream realm your memory will fade when you wake up, so it is important to write down all the details you remember.
Knowing Your Spirit Animal
Once you tune in to your spirit animal, you can call upon it whenever you need to and you will receive strength and guidance, also great comfort as your animal walks with you through your life. It is a good idea to have a picture or statue of your spirit animal, just looking at a picture, or looking at and touching a statue of your guide will give you strength. Awareness will be empowering.
Magic with Spirit Animals
While most witches work with animal familiars, many also work with spirit animals, this is done by choosing a particular animal, and taking into consideration its inherent energies. Each animal has particular characteristics that can enhance and empower, all magical and healing work. By understanding the archetypal energies associated with each animal, you can align with the soul of the animal you choose and work together in harmony. You may wish to work with one particular spirit creature, or to summon the one with the qualities required to empower and enhance your work.
Alligator – Strength
Ant – Industriousness
Antelope – Speed
Bat – Intuition
Bear – Knowledge – healing
Beaver – Beginnings
Bee – Co-operation – community
Bird – Rising above – freedom
Butterfly – Transformation – love – balance
Cougar – Leadership
Coyote – Quick thinking
Crane – Balance – dignity
Crow – Resourcefulness – magic
Deer – Wisdom – peace
Dog – Loyalty
Dolphin – Communication – harmony
Dragonfly – Creativity – skill
Eagle – Power – healing
Firefly – Illumination
Fox – Cleverness – discretion
Frog – Peace – love – healing
Goat – Diligence
Hawk – Awareness – honesty
Hedgehog – Protection
Horse – Transformation – change
Hummingbird – Beauty – movement
Lizard – Releasing
Loon – Communication – serenity
Mouse – Illusion – charm – charisma
Otter – Joy – balance – uplifting
Owl – Wisdom – healing – insight
Peacock – Self-assurance
Pelican – Abundance – fortune
Porcupine – Humility
Quail – Group harmony
Rabbit – Overcoming – protection – luck
Ram – Determination
Raven – Mystical exploration
Salmon – Persistence
Seagull – Freedom
Seahorse – Nourishing
Seal – Tranquility
Snail – Perseverance
Snake – Power – protection
Spider – Connection
Squirrel – Honesty
Swan – Nurturing
Turtle – Knowledge – healing
Whale – Intuition
Wolf – Loyalty
Spirit animals possess the knowledge and traits of their species and when you are in touch with your spirit animal you can ask the animal for assistance. It is believed that all animals have healing and inspirational powers and that you can bring their energies into you. The Native Americans believe that when a person is born, an animal’s spirit enters into that person, it is meant to provide wisdom and protection.