Fox Spirit Animal | Meaning

Fox Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

Fox Spirit Animal

The fox is often associated with the figure of the trickster, but as a spirit animal, it can also turn into a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. If you follow the fox totem wisdom, you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations.

Fox Symbolism

The symbolic meanings associated with the fox are:

  • Physical or mental responsiveness, increased awareness
  • Cunning; seeing through deception; call to be discerning
  • Ability to find your way around, to be swift in tricky situations
  • Affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work

Fox spirit animals and responsiveness

When the fox appears in you life as spirit animal, it encourages action and quick, swift moves. You may be called to take action in a way that shows your adaptability and ability to move quickly through obstacles and resistance.

Being inspired by a fox totem, you can work at developing the sharpness of your mental skills: Analytical intelligence, power of deduction, observation can come into play more powerfully in how you deal with daily matters or bigger projects.

The spirit of the fox may also imply that you are sharpening your physical alertness and responsiveness.

It is a stupid goose that listens to the fox preach.

~ Unknown


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Fox spirit guides and deception

The fox is known for sneaking into homes and getting away without being caught. Because of it’s characterized by its cunning ability, this animal has acquired the image of trickster in a number of cultures.

When the fox appears in your life, it may indicate that you need to pay attention to people or circumstances that may be deceiving or tricking you into going down a path that does not necessarily serves you. This spirit animal may call you to be more discerning in relationships, whether it’s in business or friendships, or in choices you make for yourself.

Following the fox totem wisdom, look for any area of your life where you may be cunningly led to do something else than you would in all reason do. Use discernment in your choices and actions.

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Fox Spirit Animal

Fox totem wisdom and the ability to find your way around

The fox as a spirit guide offers good teachings about getting around obstacles instead of confronting them head to head. You might find that you could renew or be smarter about how you deal with areas of resistance in your life or projects.

Having the fox as spirit animal, you may be guided to learn from lessons in a way that may feel like you are being challenged or sometimes even being tricked. To make the most of the fox totem wisdom, keep a strong sense of humor and be smart of the lessons you learn.

The power of the fox is a great support to develop your ability to find the sharpest and smartest solution to any problem. Call on the fox guidance when you feel lost and need help finding you way.

Fun Fact:

Foxes have amazing hearing, they can hear a watch ticking 40 yards (120 foot) away.

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Fox spirit animal and nocturnal habits

Foxes are most active at night, but also are day animals. By affinity with the animal totem, you may like to be active and bring your creativity to its peak during night time as it gives you the space to be closer to your natural state.

Working with dreams is a particularly useful practice for those who have the fox as a spirit guide. The affinity with the night activities supports the connection with the dream world.

Fox animal symbolism and traditions

The fox is often associated with the dark side of magic. In a lot of cultures, seeing a fox as you start a new project or endeavor is a bad omen. In some Native American belief systems, this animal represents the practice of negative sorcery and the dark manipulation of magic powers.

The fox has long been considered as a witty, quick and intelligent. In some European traditional tales, he’s the character who outsmarts humans and other animals alike and gets away even in the trickiest situations.

Dreaming About The Fox

The fox and its ability to quietly and masterfully get into the hen house, have made this spirit animal a universal symbol of being sly, cunning, shrewd, clever, tricky and opportunistic. Therefore a fox in your dreams is often a symbol to watch out for danger from around you. There may be hidden enemies or rivals waiting for the right opportunity.

However, the fox may also be a symbol of connecting to the parts of you that are cunning and clever. Is there a situation that requires a clever solution? Is there an opportunity that is just waiting for you to take it?

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393 Responses to Fox Spirit Animal

  • Adria
    I can't say for sure but I suspect that the Fox could possibly be my niece's animal spirit guide... it just seems to connect with other possible aspects of her personality traits seen in her tarot card profile... but I don't know enough to say whether or not that's certain
  • Rosey
    I lossed my nana this morning .Before i knew she had passed i woke up around 5 am as i couldnt sleep i went to my kitchen window where i gazed for ages at 3 small fox cubs playing fighting over a bag in the back garden,this isnt unusual as i see foxes alot where i live but ive never particually liked them,even payed any notice,and usually they notice u waching them but these payed no notice even when i tapped on the window for some reason(i dont know why i even did tha,Half hour later i found out she had died .I was extremly close 2 my nana and have cared for her over 10 yrs now with parkinsons ,and my grandad who is 96 I Felt it mite mean something?
  • Robin Hagen
    Last night I had just gotten home from work. It was about 2a.m. I was sitting on my couch eating a snack before heading to bed when suddenly I see a fox walk up onto my patio and stare at me thru the patio door, I would like to add that I live in town and in an apt building. It just stared at me for a minute and then turned and walked away. This is not the first time I have had interaction with the fox. I have had a group of them stand on the side of the road and watch me until I passed them then they turn around and go back into the woods. I have had another fox run in front of me in a car down the road. Anyone have any ideas?
    • Portia
      HI I had a dream last night about fox but they were sitting afar from me doing nothing. They were black and white I would like to know what does that mean or did they have any message to pass to me
  • Joy
    I am going through a divorce and my x husband lives in same apartment complex, last night while walking my 10 lb dog Misa we had just got back to the door when I noticed a fox was literally sprinting toward me I knew I had to shew it off .. it was running very fast toward me as if it were going to attack me or Misa I clapped my hands loudly and said get out of here and it fled.. I was scared I could literally feel the presence of this fox coming toward me .. it came from down the sidewalk from where my x lives with his mother .. I am carrying him to court he isn't wanting to pay bills .. he I'm sure is irate ..
  • Katie
    My Farher, a lover of nature, was buried two weeks ago.,I went yesterday to visit his grave and spirit. Upon arriving, I lay my body on his grave and hugged the earth, and cried tears onto the grass. I love and miss my Farger. I was eating a yogurt I had packed,,when out of the Bly, a red fox walked up, stared at me for a few seconds, then walked on out through the cemetery to disappear. I feel it was a message from my Papa. I also had a visit from 2 Canadian geese while I was there. Upon leaving, I spotted on a deserted house across the highway, what I thought was a weathervane, until it moved and flew away. It was a silver tip vulture. I felt there were so many spiritual messages given to me this day. I wonder what they mean?
  • Patricio Schlafly
    A red backed Grey sided fox , apparently a young adult was sitting on my doorstep when I came home today , it quickly departed . Later in the early evening I spotted it laying down on the east side of my house .
    • sandra
      2 days ago I was driving home at night and a block from my home a fox entered under my car and I could not break because there was a car in my tale that would crash on me. I heard the car passing by it. Then I asked my husband to check if the fox was still alive because I was afraid she would be suffering in pain. She died. I felt really bad but I could have not avoided this accident. Then this morning I was driving to the supermarket, in the same block, another little fox started crossing the street in front of my car, hopefully it was daylight and I stopped for her to cross the street. I started wondering what would be the meaning of this foxes appearing to me specially the death of a fox. Any idea?
  • Julia L Clark
    My grandson who is 7 has nightmares every night that he is being eaten by a fox and is terrified any suggestions???
    • Jules
      When people have bad dreams it indicates a release in stress. Is there anything going on that he may not be fully expressing? School? Home? Friends? My guess is there is an issue that is eating at him and the fox is trying to get the bottom of it. Good luck
    • Ginger
      He is at the developmental age when children have a lot of intense nightmares, and this can go on for a little while. It may be helpful for him to know that this phase will ease up in time. That said, he seems to be expressing a feeling of helplessness in his life. Barring home issues, perhaps he is being bullied. Sometimes, often really, children don't know they're being bullied,or feel they have no recourse, or need to solve the problem on their own. They are very hesitant to talk about their experience, and cannot be pushed. I found with my own kids that touching base with teachers, observing my child's behavior, and providing opportunities for conversation with them were helpful approaches. Watch for headaches and reluctance to go to a certain place, like school, church, a certain home, etc. Finding ways to help the child feel powerful can help too. Teaching them to cook, so, make cookies together, for example, or enable one of their interests, are things I've done that have helped. Sorry for the long post, good luck!
    • Garry
      Red foxes are not a bad sign at all, and may mean the opposite, that the red fox actually wants to help him overcome a problem he has when he is awake, a school problem etc. Comfort him with the fact that most animals want to help us and he is lucky the fox wants to help him. It may take time, but you must persist. Buy fun books for children featuring nice stories of foxes , it is a phase and he will pass through it.
    • Anne
      It's an initiation to higher realms.
  • Libby Henderson-Kelly
    I have had a fox follow me twice this week. This morning it came and nipped me on my shoes from behind twice until I turned around and saw it there. It followed me watching me until another couple came along and when close ran off.
  • Pooja
    We have a pond next to our house, at morning breakfast time me and my 4 yr old saw fox passing by which I have never seen in last 4 yrs living in husband recently started new job. And after two days I saw 3 foxes in my dream , they were just passing by my house. I have seen foxes 4yrs back and after that I had issues with friends at time extreme. I am a bit concern this time. What this dream interprets please explain?
    • dana
      Trust your intuition, especially if you sense someone is not trust worthy. Observe and watch, and trust your gut when it comes to new situations is what the fox was saying to you I believe.
  • Kathy Thompson
    I have had a God that I've asked for protection,love and happiness since I was twelve years of age. I named this God Zooka. Last night I felt a person lying beside me whilst I slept (I live alone)& I felt comfortable & not worried.I then awoke saying martris. In the morning I researched this and it's meaning Fox. I don't speak polish but my father was and a translation of the word SZUKA also refers to the Fox. PLEASE help me understand this. I'm at peace with the experience however the coincidence has me perplexed. What does this symbolize?
    • James
      It can mean many things, but don't overintellectualize. If you are in peace, everything is fine. Maybe the answer will come to you, maybe not. If it doesn't, it doesn't matter. Only time will tell. No need to worry, no need to intellectualize. Until then, enjoy your life :) If you want, you can send blessings to your God. Always remember to be thankful.
  • Johanna
    Last week when I was coming from spa a fox ran in front of me across the street. This was surprising, because I live in the big city (Berlin). This place, however, is very green, lots of parks and trees. But I have not seen a fox before like this! The day was awull, because my cat died and why he died is even more awull: I feel and think that they did not take care of him in the clinic were I took him. Finally they recommended me to euthanize him and I believed. Yes, he was very sick but there were some things I just wondered... I think they killed my cat. In that clinic cats get killed snd dogs get help. There is really something wrong! I just a minute ago remembered the fox that I saw the same day. Ladt time when I was dealing with a fox - actually many of them, I did not see them but heard their voice - was when I was traveling in Sardinia in a small group and the leaders of the group turned out to be wuite dangerous sociopaths. Then, when I noticed it, I had to be very calm, pretend snd make my escape plan very carefully. They happened to have the car keyes of the car I had rented! I succeeded to escape. But really: I was cunning as well as I could. They were dangerous people! They really were, very manipulative. They really took people's money! So, what conclution to make when I now saw a fox and the last experience with the fox was what it was? That clinic is stinkng. They kill cats. There is someone who hates cats or like to see cat owners crying. In the google the opinions of that clinic were from the cat owners 1 Star - because their cats were killed (euthanized, but the owners seem to wonder, why) in the clinic, for a reason or another. Dog owners give 4-5 stars. Is this co-incidence? And now I must do something but carefully. I lost my cat for nothing, for that I trusted those people - and now I see that many cat owners are wondering as I do, what happened! Then I see a fox!
  • Jen Clark
    I had a fox visit me at night a month ago and there was one that looked sickly and hungry looking for food around our deck yesterday in the afternoon what does this mean possibly?...
    • Johanna
      I do not know about your life, but in my experience there might be manipulative people around you! They want something from you (hungry fox)! Just try to keep your boundaries very clear and do not start to argue with those people because then you reveal yourself to people to whom you can not trust and who turn your words against you and manipulate you more! Observe those people and make your actions secretly. This is what I can tell - from my experience!
  • Krista Cordovano
    Second time Ive seen a fox. Last time was a fox close by walking in Colorado (July) then just now this morning running past side of house in snow. I am facing a difficult very challenging time with my ex husband re: parenting of our children. It's been that way for a while now. I keep praying for divine interference.
  • Has the Fox chosen me?
    I'm always very intrigued by foxes. I draw them constantly, while seeing them in my dreams. However, what I find strange is sometimes their friends and other times are my enemies. I have summarized this in a plethora of ways and have found the solution possible the fox could be challenging me. Also when I was younger living in Oregon, I was sitting on a rock eating a lunchables when a fox walked right up to me and actually let me pet it in the woods.
    • Kayla
      Anytime an animal presents itself to you, take note that it is identified with you. In many ways that animal will guide you. Pay attention to their messages.
      • monique
        I have lived here for nearly 7 years. Since February 2017, i keep seeing a lone fox with red / grey fur in my garden. yesterday at 6.30pm i spotting it curled up having a nap! only waking to assess where noise was coming from them casually returning back to sleep. I do not understand why he/ she is here. I recently got 'promoted', and going through a journey of finding my voice (after being suppressed for such a long time!), A friend said seeing a fox was good luck (spiritually), prior to this comment i just looked for s logical reason as to why fox is visiting. Any suggestions please?

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