Animal Meanings | Spirit Animal Symbolism

Spirit Animal Meanings

Spirit animals carry meaning, wisdom, and power. Finding out what your spirit animal or totem means is like a going on a journey. Meanings will be revealed as you deepen your personal connection with it. Here are tools to help you go beyond generic animal symbolism and connect with the true essence of your power animal.

Looking for A Spirit Animal?

Bat Spirit Animal
bear totem
Butterfly Totem
Cat Totem
Cougar Spirit Animal
Coyote Totem
Crow Totem Animal
deer animal totem
Dog Spirit Animal
Dolphin Totem
Dragon Spirit Animal
Odonata - Libellule
Eagle Spirit Animal
fox totem animal
Frog Spirit Animal
hawk totem
horse totem
hummingbird totem

Latest Animals & Their Meaning

Eagle Spirit Animal

Eagle Spirit Animal

Eagle Spirit Animal The Eagle spirit animal is an inspiring messenger. With the ability to soar to heights other birds ...
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Dog Spirit Animal

Dog Spirit Animal

The Dog Spirit Animal Dogs are canines that have been domesticated. They are descendants of coyotes and wolves. After reading ...
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Raven Spirit Animal

Raven Spirit Animal

The Raven Spirit Animal When a Raven totem has flown into your life, it signifies that magic is at play ...
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Rabbit Spirit Animal

Rabbit Spirit Animal

Rabbit Spirit Animal The rabbit spirit animal carries many complex meanings. It is associated with fear because of the rabbit's ...
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Top 5 Spirit Animals

wolf spirit animalWolf spirit animal

Animal Meaning: Intelligence, instincts, social.

owl Spirit AnimalOwl spirit animal

Animal Meaning: Access to intuition and wisdom, seer.

bear Spirit AnimalBear spirit animal

Animal Meaning: Strength, confidence, healing, grounding.

Hawk Spirit AnimalHawk spirit animal

Animal Meaning: Focus, clear vision, perspective, spirit messenger.

Fox Spirit AnimalFox spirit animal

Animal Meaning: Discernment, responsive, agility, smart.

When developing a meaningful relationship with your spirit animal, prepare yourself to explore a world where you can rely more on your imagination and intuition, rather than only using your intellectual abilities and rational mind.

How To Find Your Spirit Animal

There are many different ways to find your spirit animal:

  • Meditation
  • Going in nature and observing
  • Calling the animal
  • Process of self-inquiry
  • Writing about it in your journal
  • Imagination
  • Journeying with sound

These are a few methods among many used to find the animal or animals you have a special connection with. >> Learn more on how to find your spirit animal.

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Spirit Animal Symbolism

Animals are omnipresent in our lives whether they are pets or live in the wild, yet we often lack a clear understanding of their symbolic nature and what they could mean. When we relate to the spirit of animals, they may offer us powerful insight.

In the world of spirit animals, animals can symbolize:

  • Aspects of your personality
  • Skills or traits that we have cultivated successfully or have yet to develop
  • A situation or emotions that have recently arisen
  • Spirit animals can also offer guidance, an intuitive understanding

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How to develop a meaningful connection with your spirit animal

When we bond with an animal spirit guide, we are encouraged to:

  • Discover ourselves, get a felt sense of our strengths and weaknesses, the skills we have developed and our potential
  • Loosen up our personality and habits and open up to transformation
  • Open up to new perspectives on our relationship with nature and the earth as a whole
  • Feel the power of the animal and be inspired by its qualities
  • Call on the animal spirit to get support and guidance

Connecting with spirit animals brings new understanding about ourselves and our relationship with our world. When we cultivate our connection with animals and their spirit, we form powerful bonds with allies and guides that can help us in learning more about ourselves, engaging in life more fully and facing challenges.

Discover Your Spirit Animal

Is it the Owl or the Butterfly? Find out now with the new Spirit Animal Quiz. This free online quiz will help you find your spirit animal the easy way.

Reveal My Spirit Animal Now

The Purpose of Spirit Animals

Spirit animals carry meaningful messages and lessons for those who are listening and know how to decode them. A function of your spirit animal to guide you and bring to your attention something that needs to be acknowledged, dealt with or a skill you could use or develop further.

Spirit animals can provide guidance on:

  • An aspect of yourself that is already strongly developed or needs to be explored more
  • A situation or environment in your everyday life that has a strong emotional impact
  • A life direction you could consider or reflect on
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135 Responses to Animal Meanings A-Z

  • […] you regularly see a particular bird or animal, then look up the spiritual meaning of the creature. It may be your totem and offer guidance on the energy and characteristics you need to adopt to […]
  • […] Discover the meaning of your spirit animal Learn more about spirit animals info […]
  • […] wolf offers some of the most striking animal meanings in the realm of spirit animals. The power of the wolf brings forth instinct, intelligence, an […]
  • Rosewitha Davis
    what are opossums info. I always pay attention to any animals that cross my path or that come around me Today I found a dead teenage opossum on my deck that my dog must have gotten to last night. It is the second one on my property and it upsets me greatly when this happens.
  • raccoon
    The raccoon?
  • Rye
    I only had one out of normal experience with an animal. I'd just had an abortion an was staring at the sea when out of nowhere, an otter appeared between the waves and stared at me for what seemed like a couple of minutes. It looked at me straight in the eye, it made me feel calm and like everything was ok. Does that mean the otter is my spirit animal?
    • Regan
      Firstly I want you to know that I have never had to terminate a pregnancy, nature does it for me ( 3 healthy bio sons & 1 adopted son) but I have miscarried 2 sets of boy&girl twins & 5 girls. Not fun. I also interned at NARAL in Washington DC in high school and while I am so grateful I've never had to make such a difficult decision there are going to be 100,000's of women around the world who do have to go through the ordeal which is traumatic and painful both physically and emotionally. If it is not legal and subject to compliance like other medical procedures they will still happen and women & girls will die, suffer horrible injuries and be subject to all manner of exploitation. From one woman to another I am sorry that you had to experience that alone but I am so glad you are protected & loved by Otter! Otter is the epitome of the very best qualities of woman or more precisely feminine energy and it's physical embodiment. For example; strength,courage, protection and affection of every member of her territorial family/community of otters especially the young and adolescents. All of these feminine gifts are within the sleek, agile, swift form that is capable of out smarting predators on land and out swimming/maneuvering them in the water. Plus they have the softest fur in the world apparently though I'm 100% against hunting except for survival so I wouldn't know. Last but not least they are incredibly playful, cheeky, kind and generous. Just as wonderful a being as was ever created! I have had powerful dreams of animals as far back as 3yrs old & many inexplicable as far as adults were concerned, interactions with non-domesticated animals,birds, insects. I didn't find out my siblings and I were 20% or 1/5 Mohawk until college and that's also when I learned that all the dream and waking interactions with animals had tremendous significance. Now this is just my opinion based on a lifetime of mystical experiences with and 30+yrs of study and embracing my native heritage and the ancestors and spirit guides that have always watched over, guided and protected me and many family members but I have no doubt that the Otter Spirit which came to you specifically that day was to comfort you, share her feminine love, power, encouragement, let you know that you are never alone but always protected and cared for and also I believe she was letting you know that your little one is in her care and the embrace of your beloved ancestors who are in the world in between lives and they'll be there to greet you when you cross over. I hope I have not offended you in any way and I apologize if I did. I wish you peace and joy, Regan
  • […] As Elena Harris writes “The frog as animal spirit or totem reminds us of the transient nature of our lives. As symbol of transition and transformation, this spirit animal supports us in times of change. Strongly associated with the water element, it connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, or more spiritual or energetic.” (Her wonderful web site) […]
  • […] There is a wealth of information on animals from mammals to insects. You could also check out this site for some basic information or to get an idea of what animals resonant with […]
  • Nancy
    During meditation I was standing on a beach looking at the ocean and far off ws a mountain.i started swimming and next thing I know I'm floating on my back and to my left is a humpback whale, I stared into its eye and petted it.then a shark and a killer whale showed up,we were just floating,then a small seal showed up and I hugged it. I then started swimming to shore and sat in a lounge beach chair then a snake crawled up and framed me around the chair. I'm deathly afraid of snakes and as I was looking at it framing my chair I asked myself " why arnt I afraid?" Then tigers, gorillas,lions,a giraffe and birds showed up just standing around me.then there was this upside devdown tornado that sucked all of this down into a silver suitcase and the lid shut. I picked it up and noticed my surroundings was all dessert brown. I walked forward as if I knew where I was going then I sat the suitcase down and opened it,I stepped back and everything that went in even all the vegetation appeared all around and I'm now seeing people enjoying the animals,water. I smiled and turned around and walked away.for some reason I asked if there is anything else you have to show me,now I'm laying in a bed,everything is white and I can see I.V's going into me.i knew I was done and opened my eyes.needless to say I can't stop thinking of this and saying WOW. Nancy
    • Kristy
      Sounds like the arc and the possible demise of earth
      • Kristy
        The IV sounds like a peaceful passing into the spirit world. Amazing dream by the way
    • TheOwl
      Such an inspiring story
    • meg
      wonderful and abundant dream. in the suitcase - going with you conveniently packed and unpacked... you decide. were the iv's replenishing and refueling you? ahh... you are the dreamer and the dream, all the wonderful parts of you. without fear.
  • Amanda
    Why is there no info on the crocodile? And many other animals.
  • […] can also be established with power animals, considering that such spiritual guardians have access to a higher level of consciousness, thus providing invaluable knowledge and […]
  • […] the kids, and I made a family portrait with our “power animals” (per the descriptions on this website) that we’re going to hang up just as soon as I take my happy rear end to the hardware store for […]

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