Coyote Spirit Animal

Coyote Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

The coyote totem is strikingly paradoxical and is hard to categorize. It’s a teacher of hidden wisdom with a sense of humor, so the messages of the coyote spirit animal may paradoxically appear in the form of a joke or trickery. Don’t be tricked by the foolish appearances. The spirit of the coyote may remind you to not take things too seriously and bring more balance between wisdom and playfulness.

Coyote Symbolism

The coyote often symbolizes the trickster or joker. However, its symbolism is associated with a deep magic of life and creation. It can be considered as having the following meanings:

  • Jokester
  • Adaptability
  • Reveal the truth behind illusion and chaos
  • Playfulness
  • Paradoxical nature, personality difficult to categorize
  • Beware of the dark side of things and play on your resources

The wisdom delivered by the coyote spirit animal is rarely direct. The way of the coyote is to teach through ways that do not appear straightforward. It may also use subterfuge or trickery to reach its goal or deliver its message.

Don’t be fooled by the coyote’s way: In any circumstances you encounter, no matter how pleasant or clear they appear to be, there’s a hidden wisdom for you to reap. Be aware of the round about ways of the coyote totem and its teachings.


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Coyote Spirit Animal

Coyote spirit and not taking things seriously

If the coyote spirit animal crosses your way, you may be encouraged to not take things too seriously. Perhaps you need to lighten up or change your perspective about an issue or matter that has been on your mind for a while.

Call on the spirit of the coyote to support you in refreshing your perspective and lighten the weight of circumstances. Even if the coyote is often presented in many stories as a trickster and a spirit animal bringing complication to whoever crosses his path, it is a good reminder to keep things simple and open up to possibilities.

Coyote totem and teachings with a sense of humor

It’s sometimes hard to grasp the wisdom of the coyote without experiencing some unsettling or disruptive feelings. Here, serious pieces of wisdom and playfulness often go hand in hand and appearances may be deceiving. The wisdom of the coyote may appear through a joke or what shows as trickery.

There’s often wisdom in making fun of serious matters and letting go of certainties. Call on the coyote to reinvigorate an appreciation of life’s wisdom through diversity and richness. This animal totem provides his teaching with a good sense of humor.

The Coyote, the magic in life, and the unexpected

The coyote totem is symbolic of the magic in life and creation. In some traditional stories, it is associated with the dark side of witchcraft and is considered as a bad omen. The flipside of these negative associations is the spirit of resourcefulness and ability to survive.

When the coyote spirit animal shows up in your life, it might lead you to experience the unexpected more fully. Surprises await you. Pay attention, you may also find piece of wisdom in the most unexpected places. By affinity with the power of adaptability of the coyote, you may be called to be flexible and adjust to a situation that you did not anticipate.

Dreaming About Coyotes

Dreams are our subconscious minds communicating to us using the language of symbols. In Native American tales the coyote is a creator, teacher, and a keeper of magic. The coyote often represents a magical power or trickster god. Coyote can appear when you are being initiated into your next level of spiritual growth. The coyote is also sometimes considered a symbol of weakness, deception, hypocrisy. Coyote can also be a reminder not to be too serious and to keep your sense of humor.


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  1. Onna November 8, 2013 at 5:39 am - Reply

    This is a funny animal for me too get. Whenever somebody describes me they say stuff like how I am loud, hyper, and love to joke around. This is ironic because I have been struggling with depression for years now. Its odd that my “spirit animal” is also the trickster and the bringer of great wisdom at the same time. To look beyond what is clear and easy to see it a great challenge. None of my “friends” have ever managed this. I always try and make a point to look behind peoples masks and I think I fail more times than not, but to even bother to attempt this, even when you don’t manage to see things as the really are. Thats the things that define us.

  2. Anonymous October 31, 2013 at 3:40 am - Reply

    My boyfriend and I have been struggling with alcohol/drug addiction lately, since the summer more with drug addiction and have been hiding it from family members as well as friends. We’ve been going through a really rough time and want to quit. It seems this drug of choice has us in it’s grips and no matter what we do to stay sober, we fall back into this addiction hitting so many bottoms I cannot count! A few days ago, in the early morning hours on one of our runs, my bf went to the payphone to order up more drugs and just as he stepped out and walked down the side walk did he see a coyote pass him, the coyote glanced his way but really didn’t pay to much attention and carried on it’s way. Anyway just this morning as we were at it again (drugs), I was getting up to go inside from the belcony and I spotted a coyote diagonally across from me on the other side of the street as I seen the animal it looked up and met my eyes,it didn’t look away until I went inside. We live in the city, particularily in a rainforest near the pacific, so this could just maybe be us seeing a coyote in it’s natural habitat or maybe these two sitings have something to do with the dark lives we’re leading.. Anyway I had this urge iside of me to look up any significance to seeing such an animal dibbed the trickster/shape-shifter.. to see if it had any significance to our current struggle.. I am very hopeful that seeing this animal will bring us good medicine, because we have been struggling for sometime and are in need of a good miracle or blessing of such…

    • IseeYou November 7, 2013 at 2:24 am - Reply

      Get help my friend… The trickster came to you on Halloween to give you a treat. Tell your family and friends. Find a program near you. Anything! Just one foot in front of the other, one day at a time till you find another landscape, another world… If you and your BF make each other worse, go and do it on your own. Set an example for him.

      • anonymous December 1, 2013 at 7:48 am - Reply

        Thanks for your kind words and insight! I never really percieved it that way.. a treat haha.. since then I have broken my secrecy and let my family know what was happening as hard as it was, Iam thankful I did! My sister is helping with my plans for for individual treatment.. this is the road I want to choose for myself! Praying all works out for the best! Also been doing my best to abstain! Thanx again n happy holidays!!

  3. Treskidog October 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I was riding my motorcycle home from Cape Cod, it was very early on a Sunday morning, zero traffic, for some reason, I felt because it was so isolated it was ok to stop in the middle of the road to set my xm radio and mp3 player before my ride got non stop. A three legged coyote walked out of the woods right beside me and looked as surprised as I was. It was healthy and strong, we just stared at each other until it turned around and went back in the trees. I never do unsafe stuff like that on a bike or ever, I always wonder what made me stop and stand in the middle of the road exactly in that spot so early in the am, to meet a three legged coyote? Wow.

  4. God is good October 21, 2013 at 7:30 am - Reply

    In 2012 I was in a car with a guy he was supposed to be my boyfriend, but he was just a liar anyway right after we had sex for the first time I saw a coyote run past as the jerk was falling asleep in the car. I knew it meant something when I saw the coyote I even tried to get my now ex to look but he never saw it because it was so quick it disappear down the street then several days later I. found out I had herpes………. yep………… I lived with that issue for over a year and will never forget it because I remember seeing the coyote when I was doing something I had no business doing. However truth be told God has healed me of herpes I love Him so much for sparing me and for healing me this is no joke. Trust me I wish I were lying I suffered for a long time but I am glad I’m not dealing with that disease anymore. Nevertheless I will never ever forget that mainly because of sign from that coyote that night .

  5. Morgan October 11, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Just this evening, I was driving home from work. It was about 12:45 at night, and there was no one else on the freeway. A coyote came running out swiftly, and crossed my path, and I had no time to react. He was the same color as the asphalt and it happened in an instant. I hit him with my car, even though I swerved to try and miss him. Luckily I did not hurt myself and did not lose control of my vehicle. However, the coyote was NOT OK. I went back to make sure it was a coyote and not a dog. And also to see if he had any life left in him. Sadly there was blood everywhere. I cried immediately and did not know what to do. Talking about this with friends I was led to this site. I do not know what it means when a coyote crosses my path and I kill it with my car by mistake. I lit a candle as soon as I was home. Asking for forgiveness and wishing it safe passage to the next life. I am Native American as well, so this really affected me deeply.

    • lizabeth of newberg October 12, 2013 at 3:56 am - Reply

      as the animal represents illusion and the possibilities of not taking things too seriously… I sense you already know that all life is eternal, the coyote simply left his body. Being dead or done is the illusion. open up to the life eternal, even in your everyday and especially in your everyday experience. Not to make little of our life in body but to see it as transient changing and eternal. I also believe that the coyote spirit is now your guardian spirit. It is your helper, and you will be able to help others with its medicne. Take heart in the circle of life. your tears do not go unseen unoticed, spirit loves you back. blessings.

      • Morgan October 15, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

        This was one of the most touching replies to what happened the other night. This really moved me. A friend of mine said he knows how coyotes work, and what happened was not a mistake and should not be seen as a negative but more like a positive, that I probably helped the coyote as much as he is helping me. And then the very next night, he also saw a coyote run across a very populated area of the city in the middle of the night. So many things that line up just right and I think the positive outlooks on this, are the ones that feel the most correct. Thank you for this perspective. :)

        • Adam October 18, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

          A couple years back I had a Chihuahua that I named Bats. (I named her after Batman). She had a litter of beautiful puppies with my other Chihuahua, Dirk. (I named him after Dirk Diggler as well as the fact that Dirk was a German name and I wanted it to be German). I lived in the country and one night I let the dogs out as usual but I had to run back into the house to get something..I don’t remember what it was… Next thing I know, she’s gone. I know it was a coyote that killed her, and I never did find her body. Bat symbolism- death and rebirth. Coyote symbolism- jokester; and revealing wisdom and truth in a dark/playful/tricky kind of way. How did I connect it? Batman and the Joker of course.
          No judgment, no fear. I love you all.

    • coyote, your guide November 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      It is good that coyote’s death affected you. Never lose that. Stay connected to all of life and seek meaning in it. Do not think of me as dead or gone… spirit never dies. You were delayed by me and the accident. THAT was all I needed to do to change what otherwise would have happened… so, you see? All is forgiven. Stay true!

  6. Simone October 3, 2013 at 3:38 am - Reply

    my best friend and I had a falling out a few years ago. We made up recently and were seeing each other for the first time. We were driving and talking and laughing when we saw two cyotoes in the road ahead of us. as I slowed down not to hit them they were running in opposite directions, then looked at us and started running together off into the woods. what an amazing experience. such symbolisum.

  7. shawn September 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    My friend, and i where riding our bike through the wood when we got lost we decide to leave and go back in. while going back in right in front of us was pack of 8-12 big coyotes were right there. My friend said lets go as he rode back out. I want to get closer so i started getting closer, and the started coming towards me the leader much larger than the other in the front. I decide the i should get out to i was on a road going into the woods the had a fence behind me that we had crossed. When i got back to my friend i looked back and the street light that was lighting them up shut off. When we where riding my friend said take this turn and as he was saying right at that turn the pack appeared in front of us about 100ft away.

    • shawn September 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      does anyone know what this might mean if anything?

      • Eddie September 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Yes I imagine it deffinatley meant something! Sounds like an amazing experience! Maybe they were trying to trick you? You must have felt scared, but they did not attack. Maybe they are trying to change who you are or set you on a course to a greater path in life :)

  8. Mo September 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    This morning my mind was running its tapes over issues when I took my coffee and stood by the door. Right away I saw a large, healthy Coyote hunting gophers and bouncing/pouncing in a patch of brush. Quietly with my field glasses I went to the patio and watched. What I found was she had a pup hidden in the grass and was teaching it the ways of the hunt. What a blessing to be in the moment and gifted by these beings… whatever their message may be.

  9. MELLISSA September 24, 2013 at 3:28 am - Reply

    A coyote crossed right in front of me like second in front of me while i was driving over the railroad tracks i thought out loud HE’S DOING THE COYOTE PRANCY DANCE SO GRACEFUL

  10. LaLa September 13, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I was thinking about coyotes a couple of miles before I saw one last night. It crossed my path in the road…I stopped…it stopped…then went on across…I turned around and went out of my way not to cross that path. Was I right in this? Is he telling me something?

    • unega uktena September 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      any animal that crosses your path is a warning of some kind

      • J.S heart September 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

        So that means also a squirrel, stray dog, hamster, rabbit, alley cat (even though there are thousands on the street), pigeons etc???LOL
        stop trying to sound OVER-DEEP because it sounds silly!

    • Nouran February 3, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      It’s a shame that Cypress Hill or Snoop Dogg didn’t have a big hit song that came in at 4:20. These are some high times for the late 80 s/early 90 s hip-hop era, as we’ll see soon. Is another 8 seoncds of How I Could Just Kill a Man or another 14 of Who Am I (What’s My Name?) too much to ask, guys? Remaster that stuff, stat!

  11. Henri August 14, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

    My marriage has been a bit rocky lately with questions of infidelity and although I’m not a spiritual man I’ve been asking and begging for a sign and the other night I was pretty much at rock bottom and a coyote came walking up to me stopped and looked at me and carried on without crossing my path I’m sure it was the sign that I was looking for but what does it mean?

    • ElGuapo August 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      If you want it to mean something, El Guapo recommends you go coyote style. Take a trip…go wet a cactus and get a tan.

    • unega uktena September 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      that your taking things too seriously your wife probably isn’t cheating on you

    • shawn September 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      if you look at the above section i dont know it for sure. But, it say joker, reveals the truth behind illusion, and chaos. so think about whatever that might be telling you

  12. Jamie July 30, 2013 at 4:59 am - Reply

    I’ve been having dreams of coyotes, including shifting into one. The most recent one was that I was in the woods, I saw a few wolf cubs, shifted into a coyote and wandered around. Then, I came across a bear who attacked me and hunted me down. I eventually tricked him and got away, though. Do these dreams mean something or am I just being ridiculous?

    • phathed August 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      they definitely mean something! but don’t let anyone else interpret them for you. ask inside, sit still and listen to whatever comes up. they seem very auspicious to me.

      • unega uktena September 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        i looked this up because yesterday me and my ex (who is my absolute best friend in the world shares the same great love and respect for animals as i do and who i’m trying to work things out with) found a female coyote who got injured after falling through a bridge we did everything we could think of but sadly there aren’t any wildlife rescue centers around where we live so in a panic called 911 and they had to put her down…. i just wish the asshole would’ve waited til we where far enough away to not hear the gunshot

        • Mooncaat September 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

          The spirit of the coyote becomes part of your soul experience now. Cherish and honor that.

        • shawn September 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

          well you should have take it in

        • shawn September 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          It was your finger symbolic pulling the trigger

    • luxquine February 14, 2014 at 8:12 am - Reply

      Therian type coyote

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