I get a lot of questions about animal spirits.
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What is your animal spirit, guide or totem?
Learn the wisdom of over three hundred of these spiritual teachers.
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Alligator/Crocodile’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Maternal protection
  • Connection to the earth mother
  • Protection from manipulation
  • Understanding deceit
  • Revenge through patience
  • Initiation
  • Understanding weather
  • Access to ancient knowledge

Antelope’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding the conversation of death
  • Value of strong survival skills
  • Ability to leap over obstacles
  • Swiftness
  • Gentleness
  • Connection to the earth

Armadillo’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding your personal boundary
  • Respecting the boundaries of others
  • Carrying your protection with you at all times
  • Understanding your vulnerabilities
  • Empathy
  • Discrimination

Baboon’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Defense of family
  • Sacred to the God Thoth (God of wisdom)
  • Sacred to the God Hapi (God of the Nile

Badger’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Keeper of stories
  • Bold Self-Expresssion
  • Aggressiveness
  • Single-mindedness
  • Passion
  • Cunning
  • Revenge
  • Perseverance
  • Control
  • Antidote to passivity or victimization
  • Persistence in the service of a mission
  • Groundedness
  • Knowledge of the earth
  • Earth magick and wisdom
  • Creative action in a crisis
  • Protection of rights and spiritual ideas

Bald Eagle’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Swiftness
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Wisdom
  • Keen sight
  • Illumination of Spirit
  • Healing
  • Creation
  • Knowledge of magick
  • Ability to see hidden spiritual truths
  • Rising above the material to see the spiritual
  • Ability to see the overall pattern
  • Connection to spirit guides and teachers
  • Great power and balance
  • Dignity with grace
  • Ability to see the “big picture”
  • Connection with higher truths
  • Intuitive and creative spirit
  • Respect for the boundaries of the regions
  • Grace achieved through knowledge and hard work

Bat’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Shamanic death and rebirth
  • Pollination of new ideas
  • Transition
  • Initiation
  • Viewing past lives
  • Understanding grief
  • The use of vibrational sound
  • Camouflage
  • Invisibility
  • Ability to observe unseen

Beaver’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Maintaining the ability to be productive in all ways by not limiting your options
  • Being persistent
  • Using available resources
  • Using alternate ways of doing tasks
  • Master builder of all things
  • Not damming the flow of experiences in life
  • Achievement through completion of tasks
  • Understanding dynamics of group work

Bee’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Connection to the Goddess Diana
  • Understanding female warrior energy
  • Reincarnation
  • Communication with the dead
  • Helping earth-bound spirits move on to their proper place
  • Concentration
  • Prosperity

Black Panther’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Astral travel
  • Guardian energy
  • Symbol of the feminine
  • Understanding of death
  • Reclaiming ones power
  • Ability to know the dark
  • Death and rebirth

Black Jaguar’s Wisdom Includes :

  • Keeper of the circular time continuum
  • Gatekeeper to the Unknowable
  • All wisdom listed above for Jaguar

According to Mayan beliefs, the journey of the sun across the sky and the darkness of night stood for the eternal journey of human consciousness and its transformations. The sun at midday was compared to the Eagle, flying high in the sky. Then it plunges below the horizon, just as we plunge into the dark where we face our spiritual challenges and are transformed. The hidden sun was said to be Jaguar, whose spotted skin symbolized the stars glittering in the night sky. Thus, it was called the “Jaguar Sun.” Jaguar is the earth father. As earth father, he presides over the sacred power in the earth and the animals who live upon it. The force that lives within the mountains, which gives them their volcanic and transformative power, is the same underworld source of power and energy as the Jaguar Sun. The Mayan word for Jaguar is IX (pronounced eesh).

Buffalo/Bison’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Earth Creativity
  • Feminine courage
  • Abundance
  • Knowledge
  • Generosity
  • Hospitality
  • Sharing work
  • Courage
  • Strength
  • Challenge
  • Survival
  • Giving for the greater good
  • Formulating beneficial plans

Bull’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Being alert to danger
  • Contentment
  • Cow: Connection to the Great Mother Goddess
  • Love
  • Connection to the grasses
  • Sharing through community
  • Bull: Ability to stand your ground

Butterfly/Caterpillar’s Wisdom Includes:

  • The power of the whirlwind
  • Reincarnation
  • Transformation
  • Transmutation
  • Magick

Camel/Dromedary’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Learning to walk in the shifting sands of time
  • Understanding the vastness of space
  • Ability to save for future use
  • Understanding the value of water as a life force
  • Transforming the burdens we carry

Cardinal/Redbird’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Courtship
  • Fatherhood
  • Understanding the power of the wind
  • Finding your soul song

Caribou/Reindeer’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Connection to home over long distances
  • Power of wandering
  • Protection while traveling
  • Social skills
  • Retention of ones power in group situations
  • Ability to go long periods in the dark

Cheetah’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Brotherhood
  • Elusiveness
  • Ability to focus intently on something for a short period of time
  • Swiftness
  • Self-esteem
  • Accelerating time
  • Keenness of sight

Chickadee’s Wisdom Includes:

  • The bird of truth
  • Truthful expression
  • Understanding the power of small things
  • All aspects of attitude
  • Use of voice

Cow/Bull’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Being alert to danger
  • Contentment
  • Cow: Connection to the Great Mother Goddess
  • Love
  • Connection to the grasses
  • Sharing through community
  • Bull: Ability to stand your ground

Crow/Rook’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Guardian of the place before existence
  • Ability to move in space and time
  • Honoring ancestors
  • Ethics and Ethical behavior
  • Carrier of souls from darkness into light
  • Working without fear in darkness
  • Guidance while working in shadow
  • Moves freely in the void
  • Understands all things related to ethics
  • Shapeshifter

Cougar/Mountain Lion/Puma’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Using leadership power wisely and without ego
  • Balancing power, intention, strength
  • Gaining self-confidence
  • Freedom from guilt
  • Cunning

For the Zunis of Turtle Island (Southwest United States), Cougar was the Master Hunter, known for its high intelligence, its knowledge of other animal and life forms, its physical prowess, its strength of will, and its intuitive ability. Cougar sees the maintenance of its territory as essential for its survival. Poshaiankia, the father of the Medicine Societies, designated Cougar the duty of carrying messages from humans to the higher spirits, because of this animal’s personal power, superior knowledge, strength of will, and steadfastness. Therefore, Cougar represents the link between ourselves and the most powerful spirits in Zuni Mythology: Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the Originator of All.

Coyote’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding that all things are sacred–yet nothing is sacred
  • Teaching that only when all masks have fallen will we connect with the Source
  • Intelligence
  • Singing humans into being
  • Childhood trust in truth
  • Teaching us how to rear our young
  • Brings rain
  • Ability to laugh at one’s own mistakes
  • Placing the North Star
  • Shape-shifting
  • Teaching balance between risk and safety
  • Illumination
  • Stealth

Damselfly/Dragonfly’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Mastery of life on the wing
  • Power of flight
  • Power to escape a blow
  • Understanding dreams
  • Power of light
  • Breaking down illusions
  • Seeing the truth in situations
  • Swiftness
  • Change
  • Connection to Dragon

Deer/Hart’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Gentleness in word, thought and touch
  • Ability to listen
  • Grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance
  • Understanding of what’s necessary for survival
  • Power of gratitude and giving
  • Ability to sacrifice for the higher good
  • Connection to the woodland goddess
  • Alternative paths to a goal

Dingo’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Reborn Human Soul
  • Assistance in hunting
  • Finding warmth in cold situations
  • Companionship
  • Tracking skills
  • Loyalty
  • Understanding silence
  • Finding the truth
  • Protection
  • Willingness to follow through
  • Correct use of intuition

Dolphin/Porpoise’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Knowledge of the sea
  • Patron of sailors
  • Change
  • Wisdom
  • Balance
  • Harmony
  • Communication skills
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Understanding the power of rhythm in your life
  • Use of breath to release intense emotions
  • Water element magick

Dove/Pigeon’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Brings peace and love
  • Understanding of gentleness
  • Spirit messenger
  • Communicates between the two worlds

Duck’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Grace on water
  • Water energy
  • Seeing clearly through emotions
  • Spirit helper of mystics and seers

Elephant’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Strength
  • Royalty
  • Connection to ancient wisdom
  • Removal of obstacles and barriers
  • Confidence
  • Patience
  • Using education opportunities

Falcon/Krestal/Merlin’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Assisting in soul healing
  • Accompanying the soul back to the soul world
  • Teaching swiftness
  • Learning the aerobatics of life
  • Controlling speed and movement
  • Understanding magick

Flamingo’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability to filter soul lessons from emotional waters
  • Understanding the language of color
  • Ability to maintain soul purpose in group living
  • Understanding how to maintain balance

Fox’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Shapeshifting
  • Cleverness
  • Observational skills
  • Cunning
  • Stealth
  • Camouflage
  • Feminine courage
  • Invisibility
  • Ability to observe unseen
  • Persistence
  • Gentleness
  • Swiftness

Frog’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Reminder of common bonds with all life
  • Singer of songs that celebrate the most ancient watery beginnings
  • Transformation
  • Cleansing
  • Understanding emotions
  • Rebirth

Giraffe’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Sees far into the future
  • Ability to reach things that are unreachable to others
  • Communication
  • Intuition
  • Ability to remain above the fray

Goat’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Abundance
  • Independence
  • Surefootedness
  • Removing guilty feelings
  • Understanding nature energies and beings
  • Seeking new heights
  • Agility

Goldfinch’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding the value of change
  • Ability to resolve family conflicts in a healthy manner
  • Creating balance in dealing with different peoples
  • Understanding the power of voice

Goose’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Movement along ones soul path
  • Understanding the power of community
  • Assisting others through illness
  • Happiness

Grouse’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Standing at the door of the Great Spiral
  • Understanding the circular nature of time
  • Dancing the sacred dance of life
  • How to travel through the Great Spiral
  • Understanding and working with cycles

Gull’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Spiritual messengers
  • Communication with deities
  • Behaving responsibly
  • Ability to see from above situations
  • Friendship

Hawk’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Clear-sightedness
  • Being observant
  • Far-memory
  • Messages from spirit
  • Guardianship
  • Recalling past lives
  • Courage
  • Wisdom
  • Illumination
  • Seeing the larger picture
  • Creativity
  • Truth
  • Experience
  • Wise use of opportunities
  • Overcoming problems

Hedgehog’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Wisdom of the female elders
  • Fertility
  • Defense against negativity
  • Enjoyment of life
  • Understanding weather patterns

Heron’s Wisdom Includes:

  • All aspects of diversity
  • Self-reliance
  • Boundaries
  • Exploration
  • Self-esteem
  • Balancing multiple tasks

Hippopotamus’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Proper use of aggression
  • Ability to move gracefully through emotions
  • Mother-fury when necessary
  • Birth of new ideas
  • Protection of family

Horse/Pony/Mustang’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Power
  • Stamina
  • Endurance
  • Faithfulness
  • Freedom to run free
  • Control of the environment
  • Awareness of power achieved with true cooperation
  • Interspecies communication
  • Expanding one’s own potential abilities
  • Friendship and Cooperation
  • Travel
  • Astral travel
  • Guardian of travelers
  • Warns of possible danger
  • Guide to overcoming obstacles

Hummingbirds’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability to heal by using light as a laser from mouth
  • Endurance over long journeys
  • Ability to fly into small places to heal
  • Joy
  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Dignity

Hyena’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Knows the secrets of the wild
  • Understands how to control epidemics
  • Adaptability
  • Patience
  • Perseverance in hunting
  • Strength
  • Understanding the value of cooperation
  • Connection to the Vulture
  • Defense of boundaries
  • Communication in dark spaces
  • Singing ones soul song
  • Understanding the value of community

Jackal’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Astral travel
  • Accessing past lives
  • Connection to the constellation Orion
  • Understanding the use of opportunity
  • Ability to see in the dark
  • Connection to the Pyramids of Egypt

Anubis, Egyptian god of the Dead, had the head of a jackal. Anubis guided the souls of the dead to the Judgement Hall of the Otherworld where the souls were weighed for truth on the scales of Maat. He was considered essential in the rituals of Isis and Osiris.

Jaguar’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Seeing the roads within chaos
  • Understanding the patterns of chaos
  • Moving without fear in the darkness
  • Facilitating soul work
  • Empowering oneself
  • Moving in unknown places
  • Shapeshifter
  • Psychic sight

Jay’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding how to use power wisely
  • Warning
  • Courage
  • Ability to check on future trouble spots

Koala’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability to climb over obstacles
  • Recognizing the value of slow movement
  • Ability to remain above the fray
  • The power of yoga
  • Helpful advice giver

Lemur’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability is access the knowledge of the forests
  • Seeing the unseen
  • Ability to grasp concepts above the static of life
  • Understanding how to remain above the fray of life
  • Ability to navigate through the forest

Leopard’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Stalking
  • Approaching someone unseen
  • Movement in shadow worlds
  • Communication with plant kingdom

Lion’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Brotherhood
  • Letting go of stress
  • Strong family ties
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Energy
  • Self fullfillment

Lizard’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Detachment from ego
  • Power to regenerate that which is lost
  • Facing fear
  • Controlling dreams
  • Moving in the otherworld

Llama/Guanaco/Vicuna’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Overcoming materialism
  • Moving over hurdles
  • Comforting others
  • Withstanding cold

Lynx’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Keenness of sight
  • Divination
  • Developing psychic senses
  • Keeper of  all secrets and mysteries
  • Movement through time and space

Mantis’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability to manipulate time
  • Power to move between moments
  • Understanding of the circular nature of time
  • Power of stillness
  • Female warrior energy
  • Attack strategy

Mole’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Guardian of the lower regions
  • Connection with the energies of the Earth
  • Knowledge of herbs, roots, minerals, seeds, rivers, and other hidden bounties of the earth
  • Ability to turn inward
  • Introspection and blindness to all but light and dark in the material world
  • Love expressed in nature
  • Sensitivity to touch and vibration (the kinesthetic sense)
  • Understanding of energies and fluxes

Moose’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Acknowledges the truths that have been denied by the soul
  • Movement to and from the soul world
  • Movement in the void
  • Finds the parts of the soul that have been hidden
  • Building self- respect
  • Strength
  • Wisdom
  • Bridge to the elders
  • Unseen speed

Mouse/Lemming/Vole’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Examines life’s lessons
  • Shyness
  • Quietness
  • Understanding details
  • Seeing double meanings in things
  • Invisibility
  • Stealth
  • Guidance in signing contracts
  • Discovery
  • Ability to be unseen

Opossum’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Proper use of deception
  • Use of appearances
  • Sensibility
  • Guidance to uncovering talent, psychic or physical
  • Gaining wisdom
  • Recovery

Orca’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Creator of the Cosmos
  • Having the ability to convert raw matter into stars, planets, etc.
  • Freeing the soul from the physical body
  • Controlling rainfall on Earth
  • Using the vibrational energy of song to heal
  • Assisting humans in finding their soul’s song
  • Soul memory
  • Seeing the unseen
  • Teaching the ability to seal soul fissures and energy leaks

According to coastal Indians, Orca was created by the hunter who carved a “blackfish” out of yellow cedar and commanded it to kill his wicked in-laws. Orca tore the men to bits and returned to the Tlingit man, Natsalane, who then ordered the sleek animals never again to prey on humans. And, to this day, Orca, the top predator of the sea, doesn’t eat people. Indeed, the Tlingit people of southeast Alaska consider Orca a custodian of the sea.

Otter’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Woman’s healing wisdom
  • Sensibility without suspicion
  • Guidance in unmasking talents
  • Psychic awareness
  • Faithfulness
  • Recovery issues
  • Understanding the value of playtime

Owl’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Stealth
  • Secrecy
  • Silent and swift movement
  • Seeing behind masks
  • Keen sight
  • Messenger of secrets and omens
  • Shape-shifting
  • Link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light
  • Comfort with shadow self
  • Moon magick
  • Freedom

Peacock/Peahen’s Wisdom Includes:

  • All aspects of beauty
  • Immortality
  • Ability to see into the past, present, and future
  • Dignity
  • Self-confidence
  • Rising out of ashes

Pelican’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Proper use of abundance
  • Control of ego
  • Recovery from loss
  • Ability to float through emotions
  • Ability to return from the edge of extinction

Penguin’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Fatherhood
  • Understanding female energy within the male
  • Waking dreams
  • Astral Projection
  • Patience
  • Endurance

Polar Bear’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability to navigate along the Earth’s magnetic lines
  • Introspection
  • Solitude
  • Expert swimmer through emotional waters
  • Finding one way back from the brink
  • Ability to find sustenance in barren landscapes
  • Strength in the face of adversity
  • Communication with Spirit
  • Dreams
  • Death and rebirth
  • Transformation
  • Creature of dreams, shamans, mystics and visionaries
  • Defense and revenge

Porcupine’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Innocence
  • Trust in Spirit
  • Renewed sense of wonder
  • Creating your own path
  • Protection of boundaries
  • Defense when threatened
  • Allowing others their path
  • Non-interference

Rabbit/Hare’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Guile
  • Paradox and contradiction
  • Living by one’s own wits
  • Receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages
  • Quick-thinking
  • Humility
  • Moving through fear
  • Strengthening intuition

Raccoon’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding the nature of masks
  • Disguise
  • Dexterity
  • Seeking guidance and confidence
  • Questioning without fear
  • Balancing curiosity

Rhinocero’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Learning comfort in solitude
  • Connection to ancient wisdom
  • Knowledge of self
  • Proper use of ancient wisdom
  • Trust of instincts

Roadrunner’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Proper use of speed
  • Understanding rapid change
  • Agility
  • Evading capture through quickness

Sea Eagle’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Carries souls back to the dreamtime
  • Soul world memory
  • Retrieves lost soul parts
  • Oversees soul retrievals

Seal’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Protection during change
  • Lucid dreaming
  • Protection from danger
  • Movement through emotions
  • Creativity

Sheep/Ram/Ewe’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Maintaining balance in dangerous situations
  • Confidence in ones abilities
  • Fertility
  • Courage needed to maintain balance
  • New beginnings
  • Abundance
  • Assurance in new areas

Skunk’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding how to “walk your talk”
  • Reputation
  • Sensuality
  • Understanding energy flows
  • Self-respect
  • Courage
  • Will-power
  • Self-confidence

Snake/Serpent’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Messanger of the Rainbow Serpent
  • Elusiveness
  • Manipulates lightning
  • Transmutation
  • Exploration of the mysteries of life
  • Primitive or elemental energy
  • Protection from religious persecution
  • Goddess energy
  • Psychic energy
  • Creative power
  • Immortality
  • Connection to or forms the magic cord by which the shaman travels to the soul world

Spider’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Master weaver
  • Weaver of the web of fate
  • Wisdom
  • Creativity
  • Divine inspiration
  • Shapeshifting
  • Understanding the patterns of illusion
  • Female energy for the creative force of life

Squirrel’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Ability to solve puzzles
  • Resourcefulness
  • Quick change of direction
  • Storing for the future
  • Balance in giving and receiving
  • Power of rest during times of non-movement
  • Warning
  • Discovery
  • Change
  • Avoiding danger by climbing to a higher place

Snow Leopard’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding one’s shadow side
  • Trusting one’s inner self
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Ability to stalk
  • Understanding the power of silence

Swan’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Awakening the power of self
  • Understanding dream symbols
  • Seeing into the future
  • Understanding spiritual evolution
  • Developing intuitive abilities
  • Divination
  • Grace in dealing with others

Tiger’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Power
  • Energy
  • Strength and will-power in the face of adversity
  • Acting in a timely manner
  • Action without analysis

Turkey‘s Wisdom Includes:

  • Sacrifice of self for a higher purpose
  • Understanding the gift of giveaway
  • Honoring the Earth Mother
  • Harvest bounties

Turtle/Tortoise’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Symbol of the earth
  • Connection with the center
  • Navigation skills
  • Patience
  • Self-boundaries
  • Associated with the feminine
  • Power to heal female diseases
  • Respecting the boundaries of others
  • Developing new ideas
  • Psychically protecting oneself
  • Self-reliance
  • Tenacity
  • Nonviolent defense

Vulture/Buzzard/Condor’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Death and rebirth
  • Prophecy
  • Love of the Mother goddess
  • Knowledge concerning the death of a loved one
  • New vision
  • Purification

Weasel’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Stealth
  • Cunning
  • Ingenuity
  • Revenge
  • Keen observation
  • Ability to see hidden reasons behind things
  • Power of observation

Willie Wagtail’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Camp protector
  • Brings messages about relatives
  • Protector of lost children
  • Patron of child care providers
  • Teaches the proper use of gossip

Wolf’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Facing the end of one’s cycle with dignity and courage
  • Death and rebirth
  • Spirit teaching
  • Guidance in dreams and meditations
  • Instinct linked with intelligence
  • Social and familial values
  • Outwitting enemies
  • Ability to pass unseen
  • Steadfastness
  • Skill in protection of self and family
  • Taking advantage of change

Woodpecker/Sapsucker’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Connection to the earth
  • Ability to find hidden layers
  • Understands rhythms, cycles and patterns
  • Warnings
  • Prophecy
  • Associated with thunder
  • The Earth’s drummer
  • Pecks away at deception until the truth is revealed

Zebra’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Balance
  • Seeing in black and white
  • Clarity without filters
  • Power
  • Sureness of path
  • Maintaining the individual within the herd
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