How to find your spirit animal 2017-11-02T14:23:01+00:00

How To Find Your Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor
Everyone has a spirit animal. Here are tips on how to find, connect and develop a meaningful relationship with your spirit or power animal. Whether it’s through day dreaming, meditation, observation in nature, there are many ways to find out what your spirit animal is. Keep in mind that you are likely to develop relationships with several power animals that will guide you during various phases of your life.

Rule #1: Let your spirit animal choose you

There are many ways to find which spirit animal is linked you. When starting on the path of discovery, it’s important to remember that a spirit animal cannot be chosen. It “chooses” you.

 

In most cases, spirit animals will be most present when you journey out of your conventional state of mind, such as during meditations, day dreams, night dreams, or other altered states of consciousness.

They can also come to you in their physical form. You will notice them because of an unusual behavior or multiple encounters in a short time span.

Ways to look for your spirit animal

Finding your spirit animal can lead you to try different approaches. Here are some of the most common ways to get started:

  • Look in nature and observe around you. Pay attention to animals and their behavior.
  • Be attentive when an animal appears in your life in a way that is noticeable, when it has an unusual behavior; it may be a spirit animal trying to grab your attention
  • Watch for repetitive encounters with the animal either in its physical or symbolic form (as object or image)
  • Read books on animals and reflect on an animal that is standing out
  • Meditate either with the general intention of finding a spirit animal or on a specific animal you’ve found ealier
  • Be attentive to dreams featuring animals
  • Process of journeying (for instance visualization accompanied with sound, shamanic drumming)

 

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Finding you spirit animal in dreams

Animals in dreams are common manifestations of unconscious imagery and guidance. If the animal in your dream is a power or spirit animals that has guided you in the past, pay particular attention to the message your dream delivers.

Animals in dreams whether they are spirit animals or not typically represent:

  • feelings that have not been fully acknowledged yet by the dreamer
  • aspect of the personality or feelings considered as “wild” or hard to control;
  • basic instinctual drive or emotions;
  • an event or person’s influence in the dreamer’s life
  • intuitive guidance using the shape of an animal spirit guide

How to find your spirit animal through meditation

Meditation provides an effective way to connecting to your spirit animal. We use the term “meditation” is a loose way to designate means of relaxing and using active imagination to visualize and “journey inwardly”. Set your intention for this inner journey to connect with one or several animals.

Using meditation allows you to drop into a different state of mind or altered state where you are more receptive to the energy and intuitive wisdom of the animal spirits.

What to do once you have found your spirit animal

Here are a few things you can do once you think you have found your spirit animal or know what your spirit animal is.

  1. Learn about your spirit animal as much as you can: Observe it when you see it in physical form, learn about it in books or in other media, feel it, imagine it.
  2. Quickly list the qualities or attributes of the animal you feel could be your spirit animal. Don’t think about it too much, just respond to these questions as quickly as you can, then ask them again and see if you can find more associations:
    • How do the animal traits relate to you?
    • How does the animal and what it represents connect to experiences you have or had life?
    • If your spirit animal had a voice, what would it say to you right now?

Spirit animal questionnaire

Here are a few possible directions to find your spirit animal and figure out what kind of connection you have with it or what message it’s conveying to you. The following questions are applicable to any animal.

How do you feel about the animal and its presence?

If you met your spirit animal in person, how did you feel then? Go back to the roots of the emotional charge of the moment: Were you scared? Did you feel threatened? Were you happy to see your spirit animal?

Are there connections between your spirit animal and situations or events in your life?

Are there connection between how you feel about your spirit animal and feelings you have in other areas of your life? Observe if new emotions or associations emerge, as they may have been out of your awareness until now.

The spirit animal could represent your feelings, but also a person, an event or a situation from your past or present life.

What qualities do you personally associate with your spirit animal?

Look at the characteristics or traits or imaginary qualities or symbols you typically give to your spirit animal. This is a good starting point for the creating meanings and developing a stronger connection with your animal spirit guide or guides.

How is the animal typically portrayed by society or spiritual traditions?

You can also look at conventional images or general cultural meanings that are typically attributed to your spirit animal. Spirit animals can be imbued by this generic meaning. Include this perspective in the exploration to find your spirit animal or use it to complement your understanding. Spirit animals often offer puns or a play on words to reveal a deeper message. Be sensitive to this type of association when you try to find the meaning of power animal.

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20 Comments

  1. Anonymous January 7, 2018 at 2:15 am - Reply

    I think my spirit animal is a turtle or a bear…I wanna be a marine biologist and I have a turtle necklace…. I’m independent, tough and patient… yet so are bears…

  2. Kay January 3, 2018 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Is it possible I have more than one spirit animal? I would always get spider trinkets and things as presents and I’m more in tuned with my creative side. However as a child i saw snakes a lot. Even in my dreams I see them. Whenever I have bad dreams a snake would appear and protect me.

  3. SEAWOLF December 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I think I have three spirit animals because people read my veins on my hand and they are bunny,wolf, and cat.

  4. Tiffanny December 23, 2017 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I thought my spirit animal is an owl. I met 2 owls when I was 12 and I can talk to them by body gestures. Then I take this quiz now ( I am now 13 ) and BOOM……
    I got an owl!

  5. Alex December 23, 2017 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I feel like mine is really different from others in the comments, but I always related to them in a weird way. Furthermore, I believe this animal and I have a mutual respect for each other. I believe mines a bumble bee.

  6. Zoe December 19, 2017 at 12:56 am - Reply

    I know my spirit animal is a wolf, I don’t need a test to tell me this. I feel a deep spiritual connection with wolves. Me personally, i’m a free spirit, i’m not just saying this to be edgy but for years now i’v always seen the hidden beauty in the world, I see what most don’t. I desire to be free, both in spirit and physically, I dream of being in the woods one day. Most people would like their spirit animal to be something similar but you can’t just choose a spirit animal because you like a certain animal, you have to relate and connect with that animal, even if you haven’t seen it’s behavior in person.

  7. Anonymous December 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    my mom (who you should listen to) said that you shouldn’t let a quiz tell you what you are. what u think u r is what u probably r

  8. Anonymous December 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    i hate meditating

  9. Anonymous December 17, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    my spirit animal is a snake but I think it is a wolf more…
    I think I will take the test again

  10. Anonymous December 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    After reading i feel a slight pull towards tigers, not so much as butterflies( took quiz multiple times, butterfly was the majority with 3 and tiger with 1)

  11. Anonymous December 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I feel like I dont have just one spirit animal. depending of that is going on in my life I get visits from different animals. when I look up what they represents I find it to be exact to what I’m going truew. I’m pless by there presence in my life each have a message.

  12. Anonymous December 5, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I found my spirit animal! it’s depression

    • Anonymous December 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Holy shit, it’s mine too!

      • Anonymous December 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

        shush

  13. Shelli December 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    One of my most important spirit animal’s chose me when I was ten. I was bitten on the left heel by a baby rattlesnake outside the door of my parent’s bedroom. I am now sixty and would like to think that the snake’s spirit is still with me…

    • Anonymous December 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      very interesting

  14. anonymous December 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    after reading this I am sure my spirit animal is a tiger. comes in my night and daydreams, same calmness and at the same times aggresion

  15. Anonymous November 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    After reading this, my spirit animal is most definitely either a fox or owl..

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