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. Sponge Bob February 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I think someones trying TO SELL ME SOMETHING!!!

  2. AnonymousPrince January 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    All my life I’ve always been able to remember my dreams until recently when I had a dream with a coyote in it. The dream was real dark but I knew where we were. It was my great grandma’s house, she died when I was like five and now her daughter (my grandma) lives there, but I don’t know why I would dream about the place I’ve dreamed of it a couple of times but really found no importance. Anyway in the dream it was real black out, I think I saw the moon a little while before the coyote but no stars. I was standing at the top of the road and across the road was a dark shadow like outline of the coyote standing between two houses. I couldn’t make out the houses but I know Ive seen them before. I didn’t see the coyote until it took a step or two into view. It was unlike anything coyote I have ever seen but it was defiantly a coyote. It was taller and had a build that was slightly bigger than that of a normal coyote. Its fur was a darker tan then usual and it had black tips to the ends of most strands. Its eyes are what got me the most though. The second I looked into the piercing yellow eyes of the creature I was stuck in a trance. I could feel myself lying peacefully on my bed as I was stuck in the trance like state, it was as if I wasn’t even in a dream. Then all of the sudden my head started pounding, my heart beat quickened, my body started trembling, my hair stood on end, and I felt like I was being watched but not by the coyote. I tried to wake up but I couldn’t I was still in my trance and it seemed like the coyote was urging me on. Finally I was able to fight the urge and jolted awake in a cold sweat. As soon as I woke all the symptoms stopped except for the feeling of being watched. i Brushed it off at first cause I was like “it’s just a dream” and then a few days after the dream I stumbled upon a spirit animal test online so I took it out of boredom and when I got the results it was a coyote. I was like “ok that’s weird” and decided to go take another one and same results. I didn’t want to think nothing of it because believe it or not I’ve had a lot of strange dreams and some of them have actually seemed to happen a week after I dreamt them. So I brushed it off again until I realized I hadn’t remembered a dream since that night and if I had even a fragment of a dream it was all dark with maybe a quick flash of something right before I woke up.

    Every website I’ve looked at doesn’t tell you what it means if the coyote stares you in the eye in your dreams. Can anyone shed some light on this or at least give an opinion before i go crazy. Please!

    • coyoboyo February 6, 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

      The coyote archetype represents intuition, especially introverted intuition. In Jungian psychology, certain personality types rely on their intuition more than others (see Myers Briggs Type Indicator). Understood psychologically, intuition is not an otherworldly power but the means of detecting patterns in the environment and formulating a more complete picture of the things going on around you. Because intuition is largely unconscious, it will appear as insight “out of the blue.” Metaphorically, your “coyote” companion is sniffing around, pawing at details, and finally pouncing on new ideas when they appear. Because your intuition is instinctive it also works in a compensatory fashion toward your ego, the conscious mind. Rest assured, if your ego ever gets away from you, that “coyote” will set you up to fail, not to harm you really but to bring you back down to earth. This experience may or may not be humiliating, which is why you need to not take yourself so seriously. This is in accord with the archetype: coyote teaches wisdom through folly. Your dream may be literally interpreted as someone watching you, but more likely it has a double meaning. Perhaps you need to observe yourself more carefully so you don’t trip up. Your coyote seemed awfully intent on breaking your trance. If you’re fixated on something, let it go. Take everything in stride. Good luck!

      • Nighteagle February 12, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

        Thank you for this wonderful explanation. It really helped. Coyote showed up in my back yard this morning and this after yesterday was filled with a number of challenges about beliefs and my own tenacity in keeping them alive and well. (not necessarily a good thing!) Your words are good.

    • Maddie February 8, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      You indeed saw coyote. Don’t worry, he’s cool. I have had dreams too where they actually happen, they are extremely random, and they are going to get stronger!!! You are fine. You are safe! I used to think i was not too. You are special as well. Your going on a journey my friend… Start calling on coyote. Believe and you will be alright, have faith. I wish i could see you, because i know you have been through ALOT. Don’t listen to anyone when they call you crazy. Your not. Believe in yourself. I wish i could hug you right now. Seriously. Coyote will help. :D this is literally the first time i have come into contact with another coyote person. I am sooooo glad. You are FINE!!! Do not use the word crazy!!! Unless its funny! I was here once too. You are in for the most wonderful thing in your life. You will be soooo happy!!! Peace sista!!!

      • Maddie (spirit fire) February 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        I have a deep answer to princes question as well as the terrible advise tee-j gave me as to my coyote dream. Im sure you meant well though. I will show you prince my dream experience. Look at the dream i needed awnswering to. That is my first coyote dream. The coyote you described looked like him. Trust me, there are plenty more fourns. To my dream, i will tell you my past. In my past… I was bullied for being coyote. I was hurt. I wanted to die. I took myself toooooooooioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo seriously. It was like i lived in my head. (I still do but its more POSITIVE.) listen to me. Do not stay in your head. Try life. Go places. Do not be ashamed for being coyote. Now… My school mascot was the ravens. I used to think my guide was raven and that dream was from raven. Now i know better. As i trusted the ravens in the dream, they threw me deep in the sea… And i called on coyote for help. Coyote caught them in the net. That means… The ravens were the teens that bullied me. He caught them in the net. They thought they were mighty ravens… But they were just dead fishes. I lended them my finger with trust. I thought i was one of them. Turns out i was coyote. Now… Here is your assignment… Find your symbolism. Hopefully this will stop all the other coyotes from going in circles too. For all of you… You are coyote. Be happy to be coyote. You are unique. You kick bootaytay. And you make me live for tomorrow. You are the reason i get up in the morning. Because you are not alone. And i know you do not know me… But i love you long time.

        Love you long time,
        Maddie (aka spirit fire)

    • Emma March 2, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

      It could be a challenge- are you afraid of coyotes or dogs? Coyote may be challenging you to overcome your fears. Learn what is in his eyes- is there wisdom, respect, or perhaps suspicion?

  3. Courtney January 15, 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    BINGO!!! RIGHT ON THE DOT YO! Never seen something so tru in my lyfe. Is me on every level. Imma jokster all the way 2 the core homie

  4. Phil January 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I had a baby coyote adopt me once. He found me 15 years ago at Tablerock in MO. I heard crying and walked back up the Corps riprap to see if somebody was hurt. What I found was a little fur ball that ran from me, then followed me when I went back to fishing. He followed me the rest of the day despite my repeated attempts to lose him. On leaving, I left a pile of cheetos and walked back to my jeep. But he hopped to when my engine fired and I saw him go out of sight in front of my car as I was wheeling back to the road. After stopping 3 times to get out and carry him back to the forest, I got out and instead of walking in front of my car he was right below my door looking up at me. I picked him up in my lap and lost all my freedom on the ride home.

    He was black for many years, just last year he started to turn reddish. He would emulate me, by balancing his butt on the couch cushion front legs out, looking over at me until he lost his balance. He would climb chain link fences. It took me a while to figure out how he scaled the wooden fence (by shimmying up a telephone pole). I even came home several times to my 3rd floor apartment to find he jumped off the balcony to run River Legacy park all day. He was ornery alright, but always entertained.

    We once ran into a bobcat on a 120 ft walking bridge. Bob sat (when I squeezed his collar) as the bobcat walked up from the mesquite at the edge of the bridge 20 ft away, dropped the cub from it’s mouth and leaned over to sniff then exchange licks with him before picking its cub back up and walking the other way. I was in shock being the bridge was only 8ft wide and this bobcat was as tall as Bob (he was about 55lbs then). I wish I could find the bicyclists that came up on the three of us and started taking pictures. Bob also introduced me to a wild deer once, a little button buck while walking out at Eagle Mtn Lake. it came up and nuzzled Bob, I was able to scratch his head and neck before he took off. I don’t know why but he had a way with wild animals.

    You were an amazing friend Bobby and you will always be remembered by those who knew you. I may have lost my other half, my connection and my ability to see the truth behind it all last week, but you will always be with me. In memories at the very least. Bobby may your spirit run wild. My little coyote. I love you.

    • Anonymous January 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Love your story, Phil!

  5. Coyote101 January 14, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Nice…Absolutely Correct

  6. Gabe December 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Ive taken many online tests and such and all of them are a coyote.As a child I had an imaginary animal friend that ran along my family’s car when we were driving.A coyote is even one of my birthdates 3 spirit animals.Although all of this happened it seems like I need to dream of a coyote for it to be my spirit animal.Is all this just a coincidence?Is the coyote my spirit animal?please help!

    • Maddie December 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Hey… My names maddie, nice to meet you!!
      If you feel like the coyote is your guide, he may in fact be. I will give you a heads up, he looks totally looks like what your not expecting. Its hilarious. He likes to rip you apart comically in dreams too, so if you have had dreams of embarrassing events from the past lately, heads up yall. Do you have a rough time laughing at yourself, but still make jokes? If so you need to laugh at yourself. In order to know true humor you must laugh at yourself. Have you been laughed at and teased in your past? That sucks… But you need to let go. I have been made fun of too because i am a weirdo. High five! Life sucks! Oh! And one more very important question…
      Do you have a big stomach? I do… It’s really funny.

      • Gabe March 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

        Thank you and yes to basically everything you said.(Including large stomach question)

  7. Maddie November 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    So… I had a weird dream that i talked to some ravens in a river, and they grabbed me and brought me to the bottom part of the river. I thought they were going to kill me, so i screamed “Coyote! Help!” And coyote caught them with a net and killed them. Then, coyote gave me a necklace that looks like a fishnet. It had a weird looking brown stone on it. And it didint fit cause im kinda tubby … Lol. I was on a wooden fishing boat and coyote sang randomly about how he has been with me since i was little.
    I dont get it at all, i know im supposed to not get it, but i feel this is my only hope to understanding what the heck this means.
    Later in the dream i was in a city with buidings and i saw crazy lightning in the sky. I thought it was awesome. I think the lightning means something important. I just dont know what it means. Please help me understand.

    Maddie

    • tee-j December 6, 2014 at 2:57 am - Reply

      I believe the coyote came to save you and to tell you to not take yourself to seriously and increase your sense of humor. The crows were jealous of your wisdom and wanted to take you away because of you. Some people in your life envy your wisdom. The lightening is showing you about the beauty all around you. I think this dream was telling you to don’t take yourself to seriously, your are wise and have nothing to prove, and to appreciate the beauty all around you.

      • Maddie December 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        I deeply appreciate the advise you have given me.
        But the lightning dreams have been occurring frequently ever since this dream. Coyote has been visiting me too. Last night I had a dream I was struck by the lightning. It was like I was awake in the dream. I was in the same room I was sleeping in. I was not expecting the lightning but I was scared as it hit me. I could feel my veins popping out. It sounded weird. I prayed to spirit as I was touched by the lightning. When I woke up i saw numbers on the wall and a weird black hole surrounded by red. It was like a giant red eye. Before this dream happened, I would have dreams with weird things in it, and they would actually happen when I woke up. It still have these dreams. One time I saw a jewelry box with a mans face on the box, he said to take a ring and keep it. He was very nice. I went to a garage sale the next day and the same man was there and he gave me a ring just like the dream. I think this is pretty coolieo that this is happening, but I would like to know why. I am wondering if I can start receiving better visions so I could possibly help others. But sadly, the visions are extremely random.
        If you could possibly help me, that would be nice.
        Maddie

        • Wolfie February 23, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

          To be honest, the description of your dreams are quite traumatizing for me, mainly because I have had my nightmares come true before. Some of my dreams are a bit strange. When I was dreaming about it, it all made perfect sense, but when I reconcile in the morning, it seems so incoherent. I had this dream that a wolf was fighting against a coyote in a clearing in a snowy forest – that’s all I can remember. It seemed to make sense at first, but when I thought about it – what’s a coyote doing in the snow? My dreams seem to be random and mismatched events glued together into a story that only makes sense if you don’t consciously think about it. I’m the type of person who refuses to believe in claims with no proof or solid evidence, but I just have this impulse to think that dreams actually mean something, even though nobody knows for sure. I have read in a psychology book that dreams consist of miscellaneous events that have taken place in your life. But what about visions that foretell the future? Dreams are beyond my comprehension. If you were to read the comments on the other animals, most of them have something to do with dreams about that animal, or an unforgettable encounter with that animal. If anyone’s a psychologist here and has done a bit of research on dreams, or someone who has a vague idea on how dreams work, would you mind telling me, whether it’s proven or just a hypothesis? Thanks.
          Wolfie

          • Coyote March 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

            Dreams are what you make them. Dreams are what you perceive. I myself refuse to believe in narrow mindedness. I myself refuse to stop thinking of possibilities. In the “past” we found the “future”. That was once the present, and this is the present now. If that is the present, then what makes this not the present aswell? I believe in the repetition of events. That event which happened in my dream was hauntingly erie. But it was a beautiful kind of erie. *cough*. Why not believe in visions?

  8. a person October 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Omgollyranchers I am alot like a cyote , and other animals.

  9. a person October 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    What does a dream of a cyote mean

    • Coyote March 10, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

      It mean cyote.

  10. Native Hawaiian Tita October 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    2:00am in the morning me and my fiancé are strolling down a path running along side the park near our apartments and we both get a feeling that something is walking behind us. We both turn around and see a large size coyote moving as if it were silent steps. It was eerie because he circled us as if he were with a pack, but he was alone. He stood and stared at us as we slowly went through the gate of apartment complex, and we slowly moved while watching him or her watch us. I had never seen a coyote before and this coyote moved so silently like a fox. Me and my fiancé hurried in towards our home and still this coyote walks through my mind every day which is what led me to search for the definition of why a coyote would enter into my life. Why? What does this mean? Was this coyote a spirit? Wow

    • Coyote March 10, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Look behind you.

  11. Harry October 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    This group of commenters needs to work on grammar and spelling.

    • Coyote February 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      I ham sory for speling bad.

  12. Erin September 8, 2014 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Anonymous June 23, 2014
    You can have many spirit animals throughout your entire life. The best thing to do is not even question if things like that are possible. Even if you already have a totem spirit if you feel something else calling to you you should just go with it

    hmm well i am wolf and connected to owl a bit, but when im with my friends i am deffenetly connected to the coyote! happy funny trickster! silly and just plain dopey! but i also know coyotes are smart

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