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Panther Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Panther Spirit Animal

The panther spirit animal is powerful and protective. The panther symbolizes courage, valor and power. If the panther is your power animal, you are blessed with a fierce guardian. The panther is the symbol of the mother, the dark moon and the power of the night. This totem animal encourages us to understand the power within the shadows and to acknowledge these powers to help eliminate our fear of the dark and unknown.

What is the meaning of the panther spirit animal?

Common symbolism for the panther is…

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


Individuals who have this animal totem, are highly intuitive and artistically inclined. If panther has appeared in your life, it is time to release your passions, live your dreams, discover your desires and begin a new chapter in your life. This spirit animal welcomes you to expand your awareness, eliminate fears and become a whole new person as you are guided and protected.
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Panther spirit animal, symbol of death and rebirth

As an ancient and powerful spirit guide, the panther signifies darkness, death and rebirth. This totem is the symbol of power, beauty and grace. If the panther has showed up, it invites you to befriend the night and work through your fears. Remember that from death, we are reborn.

Panthers are comfortable keeping to themselves and find themselves connecting with other solitary individuals. Panther listens closely, but only shares just enough information to keep curious minds content. Women who have this power animal often find that they raise their children alone either because of divorce or another circumstance.

Often panther will enter you life to help you awaken your inner passions, unbridle expressions and tap into suppressed talents. It is a signal to reclaim your power often after a period of pain, suffering and death on some level. This could mean that an old issue may finally be resolving, old wounds may begin to heal. Once this healing takes place, reclaiming your power is possible.

Panther spirit animal and astral travel

Panther medicine gives a broader vision and deeper vision spiritually beyond the physical realm. This enhanced perspective allows individuals to see things from a distance or through close examination. Clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life and dimensions may develop. If panther is showing up then you should trust your thoughts, inner voice and the messages that are showing up in your life.

Panther will assist you on your path sometimes in the form as a mentor or teacher. Panther medicine holds the secrets of worlds that are unseen and linked with lunar energy. The darkness of night holds the truth of creation.


Panther Spirit Animal

Panther spirit animal represents the feminine

Just as the feminine, the panther has acute sensitivity. The hairs on their body allows them to pick up subtitle vibrations. This is important as it indicates the need to pay attention to feelings and the messages that arise from these feelings. Touch is significant to your path to help awaken your concealed gifts. The panther’s smooth and sensual coat is connected with sexuality. It may be time for your to resolve old sexual issues and embrace your sexuality fully.

Reflective Questions

It is time to pay attention to the strength of your inner being, internal fortitude, spiritual strength and valor. Consider your darker side, analyze and determine your motivations.


What does my Shadow Self want me to know?
Are my current passions helping or hindering me?
Am I on the right spiritual path for myself?
Do I have latent desires I am suppressing?
Is placing other’s needs before my own to the point of where I am neglecting my own needs?
Am I mindful of my emotional and physical movements?
Am I defensive? Who, what and why am I being protective?

Dreaming About The Panther

While some interpretations of the panther interpret it as a symbol of an enemy, the panther is also a symbol of the protector. Panther can be a powerful ally that can protect you in the dream realms.

Panther embodies not only power, strength and courage, but grace and beauty as well. The panther may be reminding you to find and check in with these qualities yourself. If you are a woman, panther may be reminding you that you do indeed posses the characteristics as panther herself is often a symbol of the feminine. Can you embody beauty and grace at the same time as strength, power and courage?

Panther Affirmation

“Panther, let me know your silent wisdom. As my perception expands, I will find a wealth of insight awaits me.”

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72 Responses to Panther Spirit Animal

  • Luke
    i had a dream the other night that i was at a house party but i didn't know were, there was too much noise and people so i sit in a hall way because i felt scared and confused and after a minute of sitting in the hall way these 2 black panthers with both a purple auras around them calmly walked up too me. but i wasnt scared if anything it made me at peace, i felt protected and safe and also loved and prepared for a situation i didn't know of i think there was a message being sent to me, i feel as tho the dream is teaching me to respect and think before assuming, to let go, to trust because one of the panther trapped my arm in its mouth and i didnt want to fight or else my hand would have got chopped off so i showed it love and affection and it let go and the 2 panthers laid in my lap with there heads and i peacefully fall asleep in the dream white patting them and then i woke up.if anyone has an idear of what this means please reply to this thankyou.- Luke
  • Dontaneous
    Often times I dream that I am a black spirit panther with red eyes that eats evil spirits. That is why I identify with this spirit animal. I don't think a test will show you your spirit animal. Its something that you know you are. However, some of the details in the spirit animal description surprise me. I love the darkness of the ocean at night. Also I am very protective of the people I love. I can sense the spiritual as well as the physical. And I am at peace with my fear. Granted I am not stupid fear is a huge warning sign but it doesn't have to control you. I like walking in my house in the dark feeling the spirits in the house. I know that if they step out of line I could just eat them ;). P.S. Don't worry about the spirits once they are devoured their energy is drain and in their weaken state they are able to move on. Thus completing the circle of life after dead. However, they are still afraid of me because like most people they are afraid of the unknown.
  • Mark H Saunders
    Thank you for the insight! Very helpful!
    • Anonymous
      boi
  • Ashley
    Help I saw a big white cat in a dream, it said it was a white panther and it was my guide. I don't know if this animal exists but what would it mean?
  • Beefjerkyclaw
    I transcend through jipsy sun and rainbows ride the black cat train in the cold November fog Scorpio stung my back one time it felt like a ant bite and I lived. Can I post a pic of myself ? Please...
  • Chris in Cali
    There is some connection between the Leo zodiac sign and the panther. I spent some time with a Leo and got to know him pretty well, an intense study of the Leo personality. Everyone knows that a Leo is "the lion" they represent the masculine warmth of the sun, during that time i could sense his spirit animal was a wolf, and then later a panther. My spirit animal is a horse or pegasus, so i have a bit of a nervous disposition and lightening fast reflexes. When something surprises me or scares me, my nature is to bolt. He could sneak up and come around a corner silently and scare me and I would about jump out of my skin so often. he could walk on rocks or misc noisy objects on the ground and not even make a sound at all. Just like a cat he knew how to use all his skills and traits perfectly. There is a wildness to a Leo and they have some connection I dont understand with life and death, they often find themselves making a difference in someones life, saving them and keeping them alive. The panther is the dark hidden alter ego of the leo that has a feminine energy but still the strength and ability to hunt and survive in the jungle at night.
    • Anonymous
      I'm a Leo and this too is my spirit animal.
    • Anonymous
      boi give me your neck
  • Panther momma
    Anyone interested in forming a group of powerful, beautiful women please join me here. When we are seen and when we feel safe, we heal and bring light from darkness.
    • Ponny444
      I'd be interested in living with a group of powerful panther women. Bet they'd show me a few tricks!
      • Ponny444
        I'd be interested in living with a group of powerful panther women. Bet they'd show me a few tricks! I have to create an email now.
  • white-knuckle
    I have seen two panther (the mountain lion variety) footprints hiking this past summer. One was deep in a rain forest and one was high up in elevation in a place plentiful with mountain goats. I challenged myself to solo camp (the first time I did) and went on a hike the next morning. A search and rescue operation was going on and it really struck my nerve. They ended up finding the gal who had taken a tumble and slept in a hollowed out log. I had a couple people express how I shouldn't be hiking alone, like she had been. It had been pouring the whole night and in the morning it was wet and foggy, but not rainy. I set off in the woods, and the first or second person on the trail. Someone else was hiking but they may have been hiking a thru-hike which forks less than a mile in. I felt my spirit soar on the cliffs above a valley. You couldn't see the views but you could feel the openness. I felt this openness through out my whole body. When I got up to the meadows, I thought I saw a panther retreat from some bushes. I took my bear spray out, ready to stand my ground, if needs be. I didn't hike much further, as I did reach my destination and going further meant surely being deep in the wilderness alone. In areas with glaciers, and snow patches, and at the Mountain's mercy. On my way back down I had a vision of a cougar. I am not sure if I imagined or really saw what I was seeing. It was unlike a scenario I ever dreamed up. I always imagined them, up above me, and dominating me. I imagine them hiding, crouching, and watching. I imagine them blending in. This cougar was below me and up above the big beautiful drop off that made my heart sore. It was laying down, relaxed, and showing it's belly. It seemed full and content. I only watched it from my peripheral. Not wanting to look like I saw it, but also watching how it watched me. It was just relaxed unlike, I never imagined it to reveal itself to me. It was so beautiful if I could paint, I would paint it. As a solo hiker, they are what scare me the most. My life is marked by their existence. I moved out to cougar country when I was 12 and took to the trails when I decided that peace was more important than the chance of getting hurt. I found the ultimate peace when I was by myself in the woods. It also has been empowering to me. I even hiked at night alone like a jaguar. I googled what it means when a cougar reveals itself to you, and came upon some articles about it being a spirit animal, and a symbol. The vision I had brought me here. I am highly artistic, and love nature. My art is nature. I never realized that what scares me the most, I share similarities to. That perhaps a cougar would be curious about me, not because it saw me as prey, because it saw that I was alone, like it was alone. I feel that if I can overcome my fear of them, I can truly connect with the woods like never before. I just don't know what that means. If it means disregarding or being hyper aware. Or both.
  • J
    May love, light, peace, happiness, strength & self healing grace the consciousness of everyone on this page, in all ways. Dear Panther Sisters, OUR suffering has led to OUR greatest strengths. We are now open to OUR own power. We may have been silent in OUR pain, but we are now exemplatory in OUR voices. May OUR higher selves continue to hold us. Godspeed.
  • Caroline
    I had a dream about a panther trying to protect me and I noticed that there were some things I need to be protected from things dose that mean a panther could be one of my spirt animals
  • girls5by5
    I feel my spirit animal clawing to get to the surface, the comfort of darkness, and my primal instinct making me want be want to sink my teeth into someone, i never imagined i had this my power. I understand that's what it is now, i would never hurt anyone despite what i feel but i know that i can protect myself and my family and thats what this gift is.
  • Panther
    Felicha, I had a terrible life, too. I was vulnerable and abused, too. One day, when I could, I decided no more. And I began to clear out the things and people that were draining and hurting me, and I started to make small steps to accomplish things that could help me. I also decided to stop giving people who feed on our vulnerability any more chances to feed off of me! And then Panther appeared. She visited in my dreams and is now my best friend. There is one God, Father of all, who lives over all, through all and in all. I believe that He sent Panther to me, to help me and protect me, and to make me STRONG! I know that one day it's possible for all of your pain and suffering to heal, and that all of those scars can become your beauty marks, and you will have a soul that knows suffering and how to heal from it! This is a gift you will have to give others, when the time comes. I know it's possible for all of the pain to turn into joy. One day, I think, you will find your way to a place where you know why all of these hard things happened to you, and you'll have learned how to free yourself from all of those horrors, and in your freedom you will feel love, joy, strength and security. Nobody has the right to harm you. Ever. For any reason. God bless you, and know that He is there for you.
    • Anonymous
      Beautiful, kind words ❤️
    • Pamela
      This comment really moved me. I found this thread of comments because I looked up Panther because it came to me in a dream. It was there with me everywhere I went in this dream. I would look over my shoulder. It was there. I have been through very difficult things in my life for very long periods of time. This dream came at the lowest point of my life. It definitely felt like I was being told something. There was absolutely a message. I enjoyed your comment as it helped me understand Panther and its meaning and message. This is a death in some ways and rebirth after years of suffering. Thank you so much
  • Felicha Hammond
    I'm 18 years old and I was 12 years old I went to my first group home I had been in foster care since I was 7 years old both my parents have mental health. both my parents have schizophrenia, my mom has borderline personality disorder, and my dad has bipolar, depression and ocd. I lived with my mom up to seven years old. Raising my 2 autistic brothers and infant sister. We were never fed or bathed mom always had men coming in and out of the house I had to steal food for my siblings and my self because of my moms dibilitating mental health and her always going in and out of jail me and my siblings were apprehended by c.a.s because of her abuse and neglect. We were all seperated. I grew up without my family and was abused in every way you can imagine in the system but they didnt care cuz at the end of the day they got there money. My firat foster mom was an alcoholic and claimed me as crazy i was in and out of psyciatric units my whole childhood getting cat scans and m.r.i's i tried to run away from her abuse and shed call the cops on me i was seven years old and didnt have the vocabulary to defend myself i tried to tell the cops but she would ckaim me as crazy then they would take me to the hospital. I missed alot of schooling growing up because of that eventually she didnt get the answere she wanted and took me to a therapist who then refered us to a psyciatrist who prescribed my high adult dosages of anti psycotics which screwed me up because the doctors at the hospital said my brain was fine. When i went on those medications it made me go crazy i was suicidal. When i was 12 i moved to my second home a d she got me off of the medication after a physician yelled at her and acused her of trying fuck me up. Anyways i went to a home after that then another one then moved and finally landed myself in my first group home i was still 12 my worker moved me out there and told me this was the only place that would take me and that no one else wanted me. While i lived there i did art therapy with this nice elderly lady who also believes in what i believe in chakras and healing and she taught me alot i also looked deep within her eyes and seen her many lives. She said i jad a gift and i wasnt sure what she quite meant and everytime i saw her she would clear my energys and told me to believe in myself which was difficult to do cuz i always thought i was doing it all wrong and wanted her to do it she taught me about protecting myself spiritually and one day she guided me through a visual imagery but it was diffrent cuz it was a spiritual travel and i found myself face to face with a huge black panther in a peaceful greenery full of trees and it jumped on to this big rock and we looked intensily at each other and i felt safe cuz i knew it wouldnt hurt me it was there to protect me. I didnt quite understand it all. One day the lady moved out of the country i moved to my second group home where i was brutally abused, starved and robbed i defended those girls they layed bleeding unconcious on the floor i tried to defend them and myself but to no prevail my facisl bones were broken i had my head cracked open daily and one of the girls now has perinant brain damage from it all. This other girl was brutally beaten while she was sesiuring. I was chased out onto the roof and thrown off i watched a friend get hung off a tree by a belt ariund her neck and beaten and i tried to beat then off of her. I was almost drowned underneath the frozen pond on property then was left outside with no jacket or shoes. They burned all my family photos in front of my face telling me my family never loved me i was told to go kill myself everyday cuz i was a mistake. That know one will believe me or love me. I fought back and was put in jail after they smashed my head through a window I was bleeding all over the ground they were coming after me and i ran into the kitchen and grabbed to forks in my hands and told them to stay away from me but they knocked me unconcious and cleaned up the blood before the cops came. My face was broken even though the cops could visibly see my circumstances he charged me because when your a kid in care you are labled and discriminated know one likes you, your a horrible person, and its always ALWAYS! your fault.no teachers no kids no one likes you cuz your a group home kid. I was in and out of jail from 14 to till now im 18 i was thrown around chucked drugged i was on some nasty stuff meth opiates heroin you name it i hated my reality when i was 16 i was in jail, and i thought of my family telling myself i will do everything i can to see them again. My worker came in a week later after i thought about my mom i was wondering how she was doing i necer stopped thinking about her and my aiblings for an instant my whole life i akways thought about them worried about them even though we never saw each other. My worker came into the jail and told me my mom had died she fell 11 stories in toronto she commit suicide. I thought my worker was lying to me i yelled at her and cried and said she was lying i was so indenial i was also in jail so i never got to go to her funeral which nade me feel even worse cuz i wanted to pay my respects. And i was refused. I blamed myself and secumed to the thoughts that were drilled into me from workers telling myself my mom hated me she never loved me if she did she would have hung on to life. I needed to see her one last time. I was released to a group home then arrested then placed in a group hone again they took me on my birthday to the wrong city and wrong grave site they did that three times. I was angry when i was told they cremated her. It did not sit well with me knowing my mom had been turned into ash, dust, nothingness. Everyone on planet earth deserves a proper burial there should be no fee its out of respect of the deceased. They had finally brought me to her grave and i layed in front of the grave crying i felt as if i was being comforted or embraced i felt like my mother geld my in an embrace one last time. Aftersome arrests and aging out of care i became homeless hopping from shelter to shelter I was robbed of everything I owned and only had the clothes on my back even homeless i continued to give to others even though i had nothing myself i turned to drugs meth, opiates, heroin, I was raped and taken advantage of. I also used hydro morphes. I met a guy and we got together he abuseme because i was so vulnerable and had know where else to go he knew I'd go back to him he abused me destroyed my thing kept me locked in I wasn't allowed to go out I was making money at this point and all my money had to go to him he was controlling, possessive, and aggressive. Im now 7 months pregnant with his child and we got into demestics and now we have a no contact order he is doing drugs and doesnt want anything to do with the baby and i have no family to support me either i will be raising this child on my own. But i am making money not alot but im somewhere im clean and sobre i am having a beautiful baby girl in early september im alot better off than i was and im fetting community supports for me and my baby to ensure my baby has everything she needs and that i can be the best mother i can possibly be for her so that she will never have to endure anything like that. I had looked up my spirit animal in the past but this page was very helpful in understanding more about it i truly believe this is my animal everything thats written pretains to me perfectly thank you
    • Julie Thomas
      God Bless you Sweet heart... Know that God loves you which i m sure you do but pray to him for guidance and direction. I will pray for you too. All he wants is for you to come to him. He has been with you always. I have a similar story and didn't always think God was there but he was. Always, even through the abuse. He has a purpose and plan over your life. What the devil meant for evil God meant for Good. May the angels bless you and your baby and family. Always, julie
    • Soulfulaura
      It's 2am and I came across this site to learn more about my spiritual animal, then something told me to look through the comments, I came across your story and honey you are a true Panther! Your story shall live forever baby girl. Stay up ! Forever
    • Panther
      p.s. Felicha, I wrote you a message above, but I wanted to say a little more. Panther will have a different message for everyone, I think. And I don't know how Panther plans to work with you, exactly. I just wanted to mention a couple of things that helped me work better with her, in case it makes things easier for you. first, I learned that I lose my power when I use substances (alcohol,medications or drugs). Second, I become more powerful and effective whenever I act out of love and respect for myself, and the good of all (instead of living on anger, hatred, bitterness or whatever that makes me try to change or overpower other people). I had to learn that I am not what other people have done to me. I am what I do, what I choose, and how I feel. What other people do or don't do is about who they are and all I can do is work to get myself to higher ground, and let God's justice work things out. For what it's worth, each time that I had a chance to take vengeance on someone who hurt me, and didn't do it, God took care of the abuser in ways so awesome that I really couldn't explain them. I just mean that when you are dealing with sociopaths, narcissists, con-men, abusers, rapists, there IS a just punishment that's just waiting to come to them. If I don't try to play God, and if I give all I can to just taking care of my own business, God brings about justice in ways that are so much better and more powerful and miraculous than anything I could have ever pulled off on my own. Our strength is for building ourselves up, and, hopefully, building up the good in others. the more we do that, the safer we get, I think. I'm still not out of trouble in my life, or where I want to be, or even healed from all the harm I endured, but this is what i have seen so far. I hope you find your way to becoming stronger and more beautiful for every ounce of abuse you suffered. Sometimes I think that the more we suffered, the more beautiful and compassionate we can become.
      • Kimberly Linker
        Amen sister!
    • Raj
      I cried when I read your story but I have no doubt in my mind that despite of all unimaginable hardships, He is still watching you and he cares for you. Just surrender and wait on him to send his healing spirits svd angels to uplift you and heal your wounds. Find a compassionate Shamanic practioner and I am sure you will find some help from God through that Shamanic practitioner.
    • Ayauasca
      Felicia <3333 I cannot even begin to put into words how moved I was by your story ;' Have you ever tried Ayahuasa? It's a sacred healing plant, you may want to research it, it truly is phenomenal healing, mystical plant! They often refer to it as a 'she' ~ Mother Ayahuasca. YOU ARE AMAZING & I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE DAY WHEN YOU FEEL FREE AND UNCONDITIONALLY LOVED, FOR THE CHILD OF GOD THAT YOU ARE! I love you Sistar - with the Heart of *Oneness* :)))
    • Anita
      Dear Felicha I read your story and I hope you are well with your baby. You deserve everything good for the pair of you - keep working for it. Love, Anita
    • Lovemore
      Dear Felicia, It has been sometime since your post but I was looking up panther medicine and saw your story. I just can't help but wonder how you are doing and your sweet baby girl as well. I don't know if you will ever get this message but for some reason I could not leave this site without reaching out! Lovemore
    • Ponny444
      'I saw my father, well he still gets drunk a lot 'Don't really know him 'Well, he's the only one I got.' 'Saw my mother, she couldn't look me in the eye' She was crying, and I did not ask her why' From- 'Old Black Train' That son-of-a-bitch is going to break me out of a certain death-lock. Unbelievable! P.
      • IceQueen3568
        🤣🤣🤣 F%#*!

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