Posted by J. Roslyn Antle on 10/19/2014 to Occult Weekly
Spirit Animals, or Power Animals, are a form of Tutelary Spirit. They serve a similar function to Guardian Spirits, Guardian Angels, or Spirit Guides. Seeking out your Spirit Animal is a proud tradition of many Native American and Shamanic Cultures, and if you choose to seek one, you must do so with the utmost respect, especially if you are not from or immersed in that culture. A Spirit Animal is not necessarily your favorite animal, or an animal from your Eastern or Western Zodiac Sign. For instance, you may be a Tiger and a Taurus, but don't expect a Tiger or a Bull to be your Spirit Animal. Often, a Spirit Animal is a representation of who we are not based on the Stars under which we were born. Remember: You do not choose your Spirit Animal; Your Spirit Animal chooses you.
Spirit Animals will usually visit you when you are out of your normal state of mind. Their visits are rarely conventional, as they will most likely appear in dreams, daydreams, or other altered states of consciousness. They may also come to you in physical form, so pay attention to multiple unusual encounters with an Animal, or unusual behavior in an everyday circumstance.
Ways of finding your Spirit Animal:
Be attentive to your dreams that feature animals.
If an Animal is repeatedly appearing in your dreams, take note! Your Spirit Animal could be visiting you in dreams as an aspect of yourself. They will often appear in the shape of an Animal, though it is your own intuitive guide showing you the way.
Meditate with the intention of finding your Spirit Animal.
Using Concentrated Meditation, focus your thoughts on meeting your Spirit Animal. Begin an inner journey, and allow yourself to perceive your inner world as you would the outer world. When the time is right, your Spirit Animal will appear.
Meditate upon a specific animal you've encountered.
If you meet an Animal with whom you feel a deep connection, do not brush aside that feeling as inconsequential or random. There is a reason that your spirit is resonating with the Animal. With that feeling and that intent in mind, enter your inner world and focus your thoughts on that animal; they just might be your Spirit Guide.
Watch for repeated encounters with the same Animal, either in physical form or in dreams.
The world is full of patterns, so it would do you well to pay attention to the patterns that form in your life. If there are repeated encounters with a particular species that seem out of place in your everyday life, or if your dreams continually have you encounter an animal, or even a combination of both, you may have found your Spirit Animal. Meditate upon it, and perhaps you will find your answer. Even if you don't, there are still valuable lessons to be learned from the experience.
Be attentive when an animal displays unusual behavior; it may be your Spirit Animal attempting to get your attention.
If you encounter an animal whose behavior seems uncharacteristic of that species, then perhaps it could be your Spirit Animal reaching out to you on the physical plane. Do not disregard any experiences with animals as happenstance; they could very well have purpose, and you will miss the connection entirely should you simply brush it off. Do not leave an unusual encounter up to chance! Take the moment and seek out your Spirit Guide.
Once you find your Spirit Animal, take the time to get to know them as intimately as possible. Observe it in the physical realm. Interact with it in the Dream Realm. Learn about the animal to the best of your ability through research and other media. Then reflect upon how those animal traits relate to you, either in your current behavior or in something you wish to emulate. How does the Spirit Animal connect you to your experiences in life? What does the life of the Animal do to warn you about potential events in your future? What parts of this Animal's traits inspire the parts of your personality that you've perhaps left dormant? Remember, the Spirit Animal is a guide and a reflection of the innermost you.
My blessings upon you,
J. Roslyn Antle
High Priestess, The 7witches Coven
The 7witches Coven
So,if ive always been drawn to more than one , ex:Bengal Tigers, Wolves, and of course dogs. So, how will i understand which one if any is relative to being my guide?
Hi. Just thought you might like to know that I have a black leopard (Panther) that seems to be at my side a lot. I also have two spirit kittens that play in my home. I named one Spirit and the other one mystic. Happy Samhein to all in the covenstead. Blessed be to all and someday we might merry meet. Lady Linda, Adept and high ranking High priestess of the Dianic order of the lunar night. An it harm none so mote it be. Blessings and light.
I will try this as I have always been curious what mine would be. Thank you so much for this information.
I had a dream abouts cats lastnight. I found 2 orange tabbys and a brown kitten all very small and skinny to the point where you could see their rib cage so I took them in and gave them sofood and water and a warm place to stay. Does that mean anything?
I had a dream abouts cats/kittens lastnight. I found 2 orange tabbys and a brown kitten all very small and skinny to the point where you could see their rib cage so I took them in and gave them some food and water and a warm place to stay. Does that mean anything?
Is a nice idea I will try it
can you only find your spiritual animal from dream?
A very interesting and insightful topic, thank you so much for sharing it. Is it possible to have more than one Animal Guide in both the physical and astral realm?
I JUST TWO SAY THANK YOU FOR EVERTHING )o(
I ADORE AND LOVE ANIMALS MY FAVORITES ARE DOGS CAT AND I THINK MY SPIRITUAL ANIMAL IS A LION I SEE HIM IN MY DREAMS AND I THINK TO MY SELF THAT THIS IS STRANGE BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A FEMALE I REALY DONT KNOW THE SENCE OF IT PERHAPS ITS IS SOME THING THAT I NEED TO GROW THROUGH.I DONT KNOW WHY GOD HAD CHOOSE THIS ANIMAL FOR ME BUT I FEEL VERY BLESS AND HANDNORD
I have neither a particular affinity nor aversion to any particular animal or animals in general and over the decades there have been a lack of dreams that I could recall after I woke up of those only one involved a possible animal and even then it was only a possibility. I was in my early to mid teens.I dreamed I was walking home from the roller rink after midnight as was my habit Friday and Saturday night and just outside the city limits the highway ran along the river and I remember walking around what I thought was a truck tire laying beside the road. The next day someone was asking me about a tire to build a swing out over the river and I remembered seeing the one the night before. I took them to the spot where it had been but it was gone and there was a path through the tall grass down to the water. Thinking someone had rolled the tire over the bank into the river we followed the track down to a 12' wide strip of sand of sans between the bank and the water's edge where it became clear that the track we were following was not that of an old truck tire but a large snake! AZs I said there have been others I remember but in the past couple of decades it is as if I i were looking at them in a shattered mirror and only seeing fragments and distortions.
I always dream of goldfish and puppy, is it possible that one of them is my spirit animal?
Hi, I have chosen 2 cats that I want as my spirit animals, and I plan on getting some catnip to help out lol, but can any of yall recommend a particular incense that I should get and thank you in advance :)
I think mine might be a Raven when I see one its usually with other Ravens..death tends to follow after I've seen one...i think I'm Black Angel of Death...
I have in the past couple years felt close to the bear as my spirit animal. However last night I had a powerful dream about my dogs protecting me and my family. I've never dreamed about my dogs that I can remember. So, how can I tell if this is just a dream about my dogs or if dog is not trying to tell me that it's my spirit animal?
I have had 2 dreams of a blank panther, in which one was of a sexual nature, the panther being a male. but in this realm i feel a connection to the hawk. I also seen to have the ability to connect with all kinds of animals here, and many find me for solace. this is one of my jobs here i have been given.:) <3
I frequently walk in the woods around my home with my dog. For several years, a doe with her faun (at times twins) will seek me out. We seem to have a maternal connection.
BB to all I will try one find my guide Many thanks 💖
I have a dream last night about a puffadder and a dog.i'm confused i don't know which is mine.
tall nd black in beauty
Since I've been a small girl, I've dreamt of running through the woods and snow, endlessly. Every week I'd dream at least twice of running through the snowy woods until last year, (10th year of dreaming this) I finally dreamt that I stopped running, and I found myself to be... Howling. Since then I've gone on a journey to see what this means. Finally, I dreamt that wolves surrounded me, playfully and hunted with me, I wondered, why do Idream as if iI were a wolf... This year, i met wolves, I work with them every Friday... And as I suspected. They have bonded to me quickly, my partnersin this sanctuary are shocked by how well the wolves have communicated with me and bonded in such short time. Does this mean that I may possibly have been a wolf in the past or my spirit animal is very well a wolf? Or both?