Spirit animals are always around us – it’s just up to us whether we believe in their power or not. Animals guide us, teach us, and communicate with us if we choose to notice these special signs from universe.
What Is a Spirit Animal?
Animals have co-existed with humans since the start of the human experience. As a result, it is no wonder that animals have had special meanings in a wide range of cultures in a wide range of places. In fact, it is interesting to note that some ancient civilizations believed that people have a special connection to particular animals, which would be their spirit animals or guides.
How Can You Find Your Spirit Animal?
Spirit animals are not chosen by interested individuals. Instead, people are chosen by their spirit animals. This makes sense because spirit animals are supposed to be something that is inherent to people, meaning that the connection has always been there.
Unfortunately, finding a spirit animal is much easier said than done, which is perhaps unsurprising when self-discovery has a tendency of being both difficult and rewarding. Generally speaking, this process happens in a sub-conscious manner. For example, interested individuals might want to recall whether they were ever fascinated by a particular animal as a child or not. Likewise, they might want to see whether they have ever encountered an animal more often than random chance would indicate.
Finally, said individuals might want to keep a dream journal so that they can document their dreams to see what animals have been appearing in them. In the end, finding a spirit animal is a matter of feeling that special connection, which can take some time but should nonetheless be doable so long as people are willing to put in the effort.
How Can You Communicate with Your Spirit Animal?
With that said, finding a spirit animal is no more than the start because there is the matter of communicating with it as well. Generally speaking, interested individuals should start out by learning more about their spirit animals, paying particularly close attention to how their spirit animal might behave, might think, and might react. At the same time, they should be using this newfound knowledge to see what lessons they can draw from their spirit animal, which can be used to improve their own life in the process. Eventually, interested individuals should become so attuned to their spirit animals that they will be able to communicate with them on a deeper level, though the process will always be sub-conscious to a significant extent.
Honour Your Spirit Animal Guide:
– Wear jewellery and clothing illustrating your totem;
– Decorate your space with pictures and other memorabilia;
– Educate yourself on its life and habits;
– Visit the habitat of your spirit guide;
– Help protect its home, contribute time and resources.
Below are a few examples of animal spirit guides and the common meanings behind their animal totems.
- Wolf: The wolf totem has a strong connection to family and their pack. They tend to not socialize well with others outside of the ones they care about. The wolf spirit guide represents strength, loyalty, and community.
- Tiger: The primary meaning for tiger spirit animals is personal strength. This spirit animal may point out to a recent event or situation that prompted you to show courage and determination.
- Fox: The fox totem prefer to keep to themselves and blend in instead of standing out amongst the crowd. They are sensitive, yet agile and capable of getting out of bad situations.
- Elephant: People with the elephant totem are brilliant and often make excellent researchers or scientists. These people have deep emotions and will respond to those feelings from a place of inner knowing.
- Bear: Bears teach us how to be balanced, no matter what life throws at us. They also are very wise, protective of the ones they love, and harbor incredible strength during difficult situations.
- Buffalo: Those with a buffalo totem tend to harbor tension, so they need to be careful about finding a safe release in order to not let the tension build up until they can’t handle it anymore. Buffalos are strong and protective of their tribe. They harbor incredible levels of strength and are prone to dealing with their problems head on.
- Butterfly: The butterfly totem represents freedom, creativity, and transformation. They teach us to work closely with the earth and to try to minimize our harmful impact on the planet.
- Coyote: Those with the coyote totem tend to be cunning, loyal, and very goal oriented. They are focused on their community, but have no qualms with deceiving an outsider if it means protecting themselves or the ones they care about. They know their environment very well and teach us to work in unity with the earth.
- Crow: Someone with a crow totem tends to be very magically inclined. They are dedicated to following order and tend to be strong healers.
- Eagle: A person with an eagle animal spirit tends to thrive when they’re alone. They prefer isolation over community. Eagles have incredible eyesight, providing those with the eagle totem to see clearly when times are hard.
- Horse: Those with the horse spirit guide thrive when they are left wild. They can be headstrong, but they are willing to bend for those that they care about. While they prefer to be left wild, they respond well to a partner who treats them with patience and kindness. The horse totem also represents positive change in someone’s life.
- Owl: Those with the owl totem tend to be very quiet and secretive, but when they speak, people listen to them and treat them with respect. Owls teach us to embrace the dark and to know that it isn’t something to fear, nor is it something that is evil.
- Raven: The raven totem represents mystery, wisdom, and transformation. People with the raven animal spirit guide tend to be strong teachers and are often sought out for their wisdom and intelligence.
- Snake: Snake spirit guides represents transformation, rebirth, and sexuality. They are strong creatures with strong personalities, but they often times lash out during difficult situations. Snake totems teach us to work closely with the earth and to learn to understand the earth’s vibrations.
- Turtle: Those with the turtle spirit guide tend to be minimalists. They prefer to be on the road and to have minimal possessions or people to hold them back from their desire to travel. The turtle totem teaches us to look within and to be happy with the person we truly are.
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