Many cultures believe that each human has a spiritual bond to another being (animal or plant). Two examples are the Native American tribes, the Australian Aboriginal people. Some believe that an animal spirit follows every human through life. Some of these cultures also believe that different animal spirits show up when we need their help or message.
These guides can show up in imagery you notice a lot, or in dreams. They have many names, totem animal, power animal, spirit animal, animal spirit guide (there may be more). The meaning varies from culture to culture. While some argue that this only exists in one culture, it’s been present in many cultures through history.
I choose to see them as animal guides that represent parts of who you are, a guide that can help you through life if you choose to listen.
Knowing your spirit animal guide is a good idea
Just knowing what your animal is, and visualizing it in some way (in your mind or having an image of it) can remind you to show more of those sides about yourself when interacting with people or doing business.
Learning about the characteristics and habits of the worldly animal it represents can help you find out about hidden challenges you have and teach you things about yourself that you might not be aware of. For example show you a talent you didn’t know you had.
If you choose to connect with your spirit animal through meditation, spiritual journeying, or trance it can be a companion on your journey through life.
- Providing advice when you need it.
- Giving you a nudge or a poke to make the right decisions.
- Smacking you with a 2×4 upside the head (or giving you the classic kick in the butt) if necessary or when you don’t listen.
- Your spirit animal can also warn you of dangers and protect you energetically.
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I would love to know my spirit animal. I suspect it is a bat.
Does this sound about right?
You’re highly sensitive and very aware of your surroundings.
Sometimes you can be overly sensitive to the feelings of others.
You you have a powerful ability to see through illusions and see hidden messages.
You tend to dive straight to the heart of the matter.
You’re very social.
You’re nurturing and you have strong family ties.
You have good verbal communications skills and you use your sense of touch a lot. Quite cuddly in other words 🙂
When in a group you know how to be an active listener, giving everyone a voice.
You’re very perceptive and prone to having dreams that come true.
You’re also highly adaptable to any situation you find yourself in.
Troubles and challenges can get to you and scramble your mind.
If not, we can try to figure out what the animal is 🙂
I would adore your insight in reference to my Spirit Animal. Lately, a part of me wonders if it is a Crow. I used to fear black birds but would frel especially uncomfortable when crossed by a crow, in particular. I think it’s because my mind tells me that they are the keeper of all secrets and goals, and I fear sabatoge in the horizon when they cross. Oddly enough, if they cross to my left, the worry is a mere curiosity. What do you make of this? Is this my spirit animal, or am I misunderstanding the sign in it’s self?
Wishing You Well, Today and Always, Love and Light to You.
I’d love to talk to you about that. Maybe we could have a virtual cup of tea? If you’re interested, just go to my calendar and pick your time. You’ll find it in the menu. Crows have a special place in my heart and even though some people see them as ominous and messengers of death, I know that’s not so. They’re very smart birds, and if they were messengers of death, this whole village would have been dead in a year. I’m not sure they’re your spirit animal but they might have a message for you. There may be a change on the horizon or you’re stretching yourself too far, spreading yourself too thin.
I’m drawn to dragonflies and feel like there may be a spirit connection there
Transformation and change are very prominent words for the Dragonfly. Do you have any big changes going on? Sometimes different animals show up when we need their message or help.
I’d love to know. I did do some test that gave me Butterfly. Not sure if that’s correct though.
Can’t say butterfly is what comes to mind for me. If you want to, we could talk and see if we can figure it out
I was very interested to read your article on spirit animals since I haven’t found a lot of material on them. I’d still like more specifics on the best ways to work with mine.
My spirit animal is the unicorn. I’ve met him many times but must admit he is still a mysterious figure to me. I’ve never been able to get a clear sense of what he is supposed to represent, and being a mythical creature I can’t draw on a living animal’s characteristics to help deepen my understanding.
Any insights, thoughts or ideas you would like to share would be wonderful and most appreciated!
You have to find what way works best for you. People ask their spirit animal for help in different ways, for example:
– writing a question at the top of a paper and then writing whatever comes.
– communicating during spiritual journeying or meditation
– observing synchronicities
– asking for a message in a dream
Some use the message of the animal to be more aware of what they need to work on at that time.
For the meaning of the Unicorn, I found these links for you: