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. Samone March 10, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Hello, thanks for writing this post!

    I’m growing in my spirituality and have been going out and opening up to nature. Trying to learn animal communication too.

    After my hike today (mini hike) I drove past this “park” that I’ve always wanted to check out but I always got a feeling to not go there. I checked it out, and it was nice. I saw this gray coyote fox like a wolf get up and slowly walk through the leaves, I saw it for brief moment then I freaked out and ran towards this abandoned blue house. I had no idea where I was going, but luckily there was a way out. I had to walk all the way around main street to get back to my car lol.A part of me wishes at that moment I wasn’t so nervous, but you can never trust a wild animal right?

  2. anonymous March 1, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I got coyote for the quiz but I think i have much more spirit animals inside me and i looked at all of them and i have like 80% inside me

  3. cody marsh January 5, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

    my nickname is coyote plus they will not hurt me or any one that is family or friends

  4. John December 22, 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I took two pictures today of the wilderness. Both from different spots (Chumash territory- Ascending Coyote). My shadow is in the middle of the pictures, to my right is the shadow of a coyote who is facing me. There was nothing behind or beside me when I took the pictures and didn’t notice the shadows until I sent the pictures to my daughter. Magic?

  5. Carolyn December 7, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    My father has been on hospice for three months at home. This past Sunday my daughter called me to come outside with her at my father’s home. We went outside and there were 2 beautiful coyotes in the road, we looked at them and they stood and looked at us and then they walked away. I told my daughter that was a sign. 4 hours later my father passed.

    • Leah WESSELMANN April 4, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Beautiful sigm from our dear coyote friends…. I love them so…..blessings to your dad…

  6. Jessica Stuchel September 29, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Hi! I saw a coyote at 5:30 this morning walking my dogs. It is dark out and i saw it under the streetlight down the street without knowing what it was. Then it disappeared in the dark was between the street lights and reappeared trotting into the streetlight by my house coming towards me and my dogs. I was close to my house and ran back inside. Is this an omen perhaps? Today my husband and i are signing divorce papers after an unhappy marriage, and he is also moving out. I was scared seeing the coyote at first but now feel lucky to have witnessed it’s beauty.

    • ktea December 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      they are messengers of new beginnings and endings!

    • fbhvbmngbv May 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Hi my spirit animal is a coyote i love coyotes!

  7. Eugene September 19, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I saw a coyote while power walking about 1:00 am, I felt this was strange because I live in Chicago. I’m certain this was the same animal I saw on a different occasion while power walking at the lake front around 5:00 pm. I hear coyotes are tricksters. What does it mean to see a coyote on more than one occasion?

  8. Icewolf August 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I really want to connect with a spirit animal. It may be a fox, wolf, or coyote. I live in an area filled with coyotes, and have seen them. I also take things seriously, and a coyote may help me. Can you help me find my spirit animal?

    • Anonymous September 7, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

      If you have any of the abilities listed above then you are most likely going to connect with that spirit animal. So I would say test out your abilities to the best of your capability.

  9. Sonee August 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I saw a coyote this morning walk right up to my window. What is this mean.?

  10. peggy barry June 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    When my family gathered around my mothers burial spot, my grandson was sitting nearby on a bench. Suddenly a young coyote ran across the cemetery just a few yard from us. He shouted LOOK…the young coyote ran into some shrubs.Then maybe twenty seconds later he ran by us again but this time he was joined by another young coyote. As they dashed off we were so excited and awed by what we had seen.My sisters and I believe it was the spirits of our parents,joined at last living together in heaven. This is a true story…I live in Dallas. The cemetery is surrounded by busy highway and a giant mall.This memory will always be with me.

  11. Katie June 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    What does it mean when you get 3 animal messages within a four hour time frame? Pigeons, deer, bats. Thanks if anyone knows. I went to feed the coyotes in the woods( I know I shouldn’t, but I do t do it often)… And I saw all these animals.

  12. Katie June 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    My Farher passed away a month ago. He was a strong man who put family first, and I will miss him, and I do. I had the most Bizzare visit at the cemetery. I went to visit his grave, and to hang a bluebird box we had made together on the tree that shades his grave. I was sitting on his grave and eating the cup of yogurt I had packed for my lunch,when out of nowhere,a coyote walked up. We made eye contact for a few seconds before it turned and continued walking over the cemetery. I was quickly trying to get my cell phone out of my pocket, as to take a picture, but as soon as I took it from my pocket, the coyote had vanished. As I turned around to head back to my Fathers grave after going a few feet to see if I could find the coyote, two Canadian geese waddled over into my field of vision. I wonder if it was my Fathers spirit speaking to me through the coyote and geese? I will always hold the sighting and the gaze of the coyote close to my heart. I hope my Father is happy. I hope I hear from him throughout my life.

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