Coyote Spirit Animal

Coyote Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, 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. kevin July 21, 2015 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I did the rest and this exactly what they told me crazy i always thought i was a wolf but i guess this close enough I’m feeling the coyete

  2. Joseph June 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    I taken the test a lot but I did not get the coyote and the coyote sounds like me I saw a coyote

  3. Kitkat June 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    One time I had a dream where I was in a misty grove filled with flowers and there were coyotes and lynxes dancing around me. Does this mean anything?

  4. Jonathan May 7, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Wolves are awesome

  5. The One May 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I got a coyote as my spirit animal. I have only seen one once, running across the road in front of me in my car. I have never dreamed of one, but the description matches me… I’m confused… SOMEONE EXPLAIN PLEASE

    • Wolfgirl May 5, 2015 at 5:20 am - Reply

      I got coyote and it describes me sooooooo much!!!!!

    • Anonymous June 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Dude it’s not ur spirit animal

  6. DW April 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    So one day i was flagging and a pack of coyotes were running around and they get as close as 30 to 40 feet. So im standing there and i look at the one I felt was leader and it looks back. We star at each other a few minutes and then it does something that looking like a bow and they turn around and run back into the woods. But as i stood there i thought i was going to be their lunch.

  7. Trinity Nicholas April 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I have no dreams about coyotes because i never really thought about coyotes at all.. i’ve never seen one because i am in new zealand and i dont know if they exist here! believe it or not.. im a class clown and i always make sure im noting over doing it on ther humour. I ACT LIKE WOLFS AND COYOTES ALL THE TIME!! IDK I DONT MEAN TO IT JUST HAPPENS! once i was looking at the moon and thought i heared a coyote howl, hmm….. maybe thats why im adicted to coyote related animals…

  8. Peggy Sweet March 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    So I’m 1/2 Cherokee. My Mom who just passed away a year and 1/2 ago was Cherokee. I had two road trips (7 hours round trip) coming up and the night before each trip, I asked for a safe trip to and from. So the day of the 1st trip we are about an hour from home when a huge Coyote runs across the road in front of us and then stands there and looks at us as we drive by. He was so big at first I thought he was a German Sheppard.
    OK fast-forward 11 days. We are going in a different direction but are about an hour out and a big Coyote runs across the road and waits for us to drive by and looks at us…..Is he my travel guide/protector? I told my brother and we figure it could be the same Coyote. The Coyotes in this area are small. My Brother asked if I was sure it was a Coyote and not a Wolf. I pretty sure he was a Coyote. So what do you make of this?

  9. Cheryl e March 6, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I live in country, on beef farm, coyotes are always running up and down my driveway. That’s why I keep my dogs in big pens rather than let them run at large like a lot of my neighbors do. We have tracked the coyote tracks and determined a family of them live in old quarry area on the property. We don’t bother them, in 15 years they have never bothered me, never got close enough to one except thru binoculars. Today as we were pulling out of our 1/4 mile long driveway to turn on main road,a coyote appeared out of nowhere and was running beside my side of the truck about 10 foot away. I was fascinated, he looked right at my face, ran beside moving truck for a good 2 minutes before he jumped in a ditch headed back towards my house. I can’t get this out of my head. Been stressing a lot, 2 days prior I was told I have liver cancer for the second time, things are not good. Refuse to believe coyote was random thing.

    • Coyote March 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      I am sorry you had to go through this. Livers suck. You may blame me if you would like, dear. But honestly… I would not wish this upon anyone, even as a guide. I was trying to tell you, “it’s okay”. And also… I was trying to tell you, “I have your buns”. And also… Its okay!!!! When you see a coyote before an unfortunate event, don’t blame me. I am here to say…. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Call on me.

  10. Coyote March 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    As the executive of the coyote franchise, i have a complaint with the pages construction. I would like my page to be hot pink with daffadils. I have sent many complaints and no one has responded. I am quite enraged. As a spiritual artist, i try my best to give my clients the “best” of my work. This is an outrage on my behalf and I will not stand for it ANY LONGER!!!

    -Coyote <3

  11. Alexis February 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    It’s funny that I got the coyote. I always have dreams with coyotes in it.

  12. Angela February 16, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I went hiking and I was far away from any people by myself. I saw a coyote come out from the distance and it came towards me and stopped and stared at me for awhile. I stopped my hiking as well and stared back at it. It was reddish in color and for some reason my fear subsided after we stared at each other for awhile. Then it sort of jogged slowly through the high grass in the opposite direction, stopping ever so often to look around.

    I wonder if coyote is my spirit animal? I saw him on a far away trail that I didn’t plan on going, but my gut told me to go there. Then my gut told me to turn around and that is when I cam across coyote in the green hill. This happened yesterday so I am excited.

    • Coyote March 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply


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