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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290 Comments

  1. Corina September 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    As I was driving home tonight I saw what looked like a dog cross the street but in typical fashion I knew something was different about it so I slowed down and looked and it was a full grown coyote standing there on the sidewalk staring back at me. We just looked at each other for abot 20 seconds. He even looked around, then back at me. Just as I was getting my phone to take a picture of it some jackass goes racing by me and scares It Off before I could get a picture. I am all about signs I wonder what this one means

  2. shitface August 9, 2016 at 6:01 am - Reply

    wtf my spirit animal is a deer yet i get the fucking coyote as a totem what is this universe

    • Sarah August 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      what me too. Makes no sense

  3. Ginger July 21, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I always thought that i had a strong connection with wolves but i also felt that i wasnt really connected to them. Now that i took the quiz and realized that the coyote might be my spirit animal it all makes sense!

    • Katie December 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      My reasoning is never clear, i am a good leader like a lion, i am adventurous like a wolf, i am clever like an owl, people dont understand my sense of humor,i wont rest until i have sorted out a problem. I get angry within reason that nobody understands, i hurt with words and actions are a last result, i believe very strongly in signs, i believe in angels but not in god, i believe in the old meaning of halloween but the new one i dont, i believe in karma. My name means pure but i am from 7 different places, have so many ilnesses, i believe in so many different religions, i take things so seriously people cant joke with me, i am brave and corageous but scared of the dark. At the end of the day i dont know who i am.

  4. w33ns00n January 8, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    its so seepiid

  5. Ben November 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I have always felt coyote was my sprit animal because when ever something in my life is off I have a run in with coyote. I never experience fear or anxiety around her, only an overwhelming sense of peace. I am an extreme hunter/ trapper yet every time I have coyote in a trap I release her and whenever she is on my crosshairs I can’t pull the trigger. Coyote is so majestic so honest, so pure..

  6. CJ October 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    On 9/11 i was driving through the desert on my way to work. I knew about 3 planes so far. I noticed that 3 coyotes were coming towards me from the north. They were beautiful with different colors in their lush fur. The prettiest coyotes i have ever seen. I was going about 60mph and i didn’t have time to put on my brakes, but i did take my foot off the gas. Two coyotes barely made it past my front end and the third stopped just in time. It felt very meanningful but i never have figured out the meaning.

  7. bob October 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    i have no life

    • Anonymous November 5, 2015 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Why do you say that?

  8. Ananymous September 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I took the quiz and when I found out my spirit animal was the coyote, I started to research it. My sister, decided she wanted to take the quiz too, but she ended with the butterfly. I have always been humorous, before the quiz. My mom always says at random times how funny I am. I’m also a free spirit type though. So sometimes I get in trouble with my mom.

  9. Preyote August 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I went to a shaman and my spirit animal was a coyote.

    In my dreams I am always a anthropomorphic coyote. A month or so ago I had a dream where I was a very big almost were wolf like coyote and was constantly followed by average sized coyotes along with other anthropomorphic coyotes but I was the biggest. They called me they’re prince. In real life I am female but I have androgynous look. And once in real life before I knew I was a coyote I was walking on a trail and met a real one. We both stopped and stared and the coyote bowed slowly then left. I’ve had many encounters with wild coyotes.
    What dose this mean?
    Am I some spiritual royalty or some thin? XD

    • anonymous September 13, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

      My guess would be that you are an astral shapeshifter, Preyote. Its the ability to have the astral body of an animal instead of a human when not in the physical plane. Most times you take the shape of your closest power animal. It could also mean you are just very connected to you power animal.
      For more information on shapeshifting, if interested, you can see the book The Magic of Shapeshifting.
      Xx -a random person

  10. Michael August 7, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I always loved the wolf even went out toYellowstone National Park my first character of the wolf was very unique and fun I always wanted to be a part of something in me when I was little in my menstruation are you willing to be a werewolf but now I just want to be accepted by for wolf spiritual leader from now in forever

  11. indi rc August 3, 2015 at 4:10 am - Reply

    I had a dream of a cayote.i was laying in a park/playground and everyone froze. They whispered don’t move. The cayote approached me layed on top of me and took a nap. I mean snoring hard. I felt the weight of animal as I came out of the dream.NO where has anyone explained this but they all laugh.

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