How to Find Your Spirit Animal – The Complete Guide

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How to Find Your Spirit Animal – The Complete Guide, is intended only for those who are truly ready to take the journey.

It’s a powerful path to walk and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

There are many different ways to find your spirit animal.

My complete guide offers tons in-depth information on this process.

As I learn more, I’ll share more so bookmark and keep checking back for updates!

Are you ready to meet your guide?

I’ll bet you are. Or your spirit animal would not have guided you to my website! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why Find Your Spirit Animal

Finding your spirit animal can radically change your life in countless, positive ways.

Working with your animal spirit guide’s ‘energy’ or ‘medicine’ can help enhance your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual abilities.


When you find your spirit animal you’ll have a choice to make – either accept its messages and act on them or walk away.

Should you accept your animal spirit guide’s messages and act on them you might find your whole life transforming.


Because finding your spirit animal and truly integrating its energy, medicine, and lessons into your existence is a spiritual awakening.

Relationships, careers, thought patterns, tastes (food, drink, clothing, music, and more) – anything which no longer serves your highest and best interest will fall away.

When you find your spirit animal, you begin to understand there are worlds beyond the material one in which we live. Your 6 senses can become sharper as you start using natural instincts to “think”.

This can seem a little overwhelming but if you weren’t ready for transmutation, if you weren’t ready to live a better life, you wouldn’t be searching for your spirit animal and you wouldn’t be reading this article.

Finding your spirit animal can help you discover the…

  • Courage to leave a toxic relationship, ask for a raise, go to college.
  • Ability to communicate more effectively or speak your truth.
  • Path to tune into your psychic or intuitive self.
  • Strength to kick depression or addiction and find your joy.
  • Wisdom to make tough decisions.

Everyone has times in their lives when they need help. Spirit animals can help us when we are;

  • Fearful– It can be much easier to find courage if we come to know the Tiger spirit animal and trust that it has joined our posse.
  • Sad – The playful Otter spirit animal can have us giggling in no time!
  • Angry – Peaceful Panda spirit animal can help talk us down off the proverbial ledge.

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How do Spirit Animals ‘Work’

First, and most importantly, your spirit animal is not separate from you. Its energy and spirit is now and has always been part of you – of your basic nature. After all, humans are animals.

So, in some ways, you are your own spirit animal.

Wait a minute. Spirit animals are entities that are supposed to mysteriously show up and deliver messages when we need them, right?

Oh, if that were only true.

If only outside forces would show up throughout our lifetime and save the day! We could just sit back and enjoy the ride.

But, in the many years I’ve been researching spirit animal guides, energy, and medicine, I’ve come to know it doesn’t work like that.

Though we have animal spirit guides who do appear in our hour of need, it’s our own soul who cries out to the animal kingdom for help. Animal spirits hear those pleas and rally around us to offer protection, hope, healing, and wisdom.

Technically speaking, our spirit animal chooses us. However, because we subconsciously ‘ask for help’ we are why they show up.

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How Does My Spirit Animal Find Me?

Science gives us evidence that DNA matches can be found between humans and many other animals – even plants. This means living things are infinitely intertwined.

The Native Americans call this relation ‘Wakan’ and ‘Wakan Tanka’.

To the Native Americans, everything has its own spirit (Wakan) but all share the same spiritual essence (Wakan Tanka). This is why Native Americans refer to animals as ‘peoples’.

Because of this intricate connection, when your soul sends out an S.O.S. all other living things hear the signal. The name for this is the Non-Local Universal Mind.

At, you can check out the awesome (and extensive) article about the non-local mind.

This concept is easy to understand if you think of the famous Star Wars quote, “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror…” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

So, when you need help or guidance all animals hear your heart and the appropriate creatures appear.

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Why am I Trying to Find My Spirit Animal

When one is called to connect with their spirit animal it’s a sign they’re ready to evolve into their ‘true or authentic self’.


What does our “true or authentic self” have to do with spirit animals?

Earlier, I pointed out that your spirit animal is a living part of you because all animals are related.

Just like a child will have the same traits as its mom and dad (red hair, brown eyes, or like/dislike broccoli, etc.) we are, literally, related to all other living things.

What this really boils down to is that part of you is a tiger, a snake, an eagle, a cricket, etc. Even if only in a minute sense, you have cellular memory of what if feels like to be any and all animals.

When you are called to find your spirit animal, you’re really searching for the part of your own animal spirit which has been fragmented, injured, or lost. This is why some Shaman specialize in a thing called “soul retrieval”.

The idea of ‘soul retrieval’ is that as our spirit suffers trauma, little parts of it break off and are left along the soul’s path through each lifetime in which it incarnated.

Your true or authentic self is not angry, depressed, or weak. The real you is whole, strong, and happy!

A true Shaman (of which there are very few) will enter an altered state of consciousness and travel back down your path, gathering those broken parts of you to ‘bring back’ – helping you to return to strength and wholeness.

By finding your spirit animal, you can act as your own Shaman and rekindle your personal power.

Now, on to how to find your spirit animal!

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Methods for Finding Your Spirit Animal

There are any number of ways to find your spirit animal.

  • Pay attention to what animal or animals keep showing up in songs, pictures, movies, books, conversations, etc. Trust that if Red Cardinals, Horses, Crickets, etc, keep appearing to you, they are trying to help you in some way.

  • Meditation & journeying involves attaining an altered state of consciousness and the use of deep imagery or visualization with the specific intention of meeting your spirit animal guide(s).

    These methods can be guided (spoken, drumming, music with vocals) or it can be non-guided (silence, nature sounds, instrumental-only music). Below in the meditation directions you’ll find one of my favorite instrumental meditation tracks.


  • Dreams about animals. Humans often do not believe they are receiving messages from their spirit animal guides so they will come to us in the dreamstate. Often, it is much easier for folks to trust their dreams rather than their own intuition during waking times or meditations.

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Spirit Animal Meditation

If you are committed to finding your true spirit animal, mediation may provide some surprises. Try your best to be open and trust that the “right” animal spirit guide(s) will present themselves to you.

Do not be afraid if a sick or injured animal appears to you. Remember, your spirit animal is the guide who shows up when you need him/her most.

Perhaps you are feeling lonely and don’t know how to make or keep friends. An injured Dolphin may appear to you. Dolphins are social creatures who represent community. Dolphins are well known for befriending many different species – often times saving their lives.

In this case, maybe the Dolphin appears to let you know that to have good friends, you must first be a good friend.
Maybe Dolphin has come to remind you that laughter is healing and it’s time to lighten up.

One spirit animal meditation technique is to focus on one chakra at a time and take note of the animal(s) which show up for each chakra. This method is a bit advanced so I have a complete guide coming out soon.

If you find yourself confused about why a particular animal came to you, look up it in my Spirit Animal Meanings database.

Spirit Animal Meditation Step-by-Step

  1. Turn off all electronic devices and make sure you can’t be disturbed.

  3. Create & protect your sacred space. You can use prayer, crystals, ask the 4 directions (east, south, west, & north) and Mother Earth and Father Sky to join you. Full directions on this are below

  5. Sit or lie in a position which keeps your back straight. This helps the energy or Chi flow uninterrupted.

  7. If you are using sound, turn on the water fountain, nature sounds CD, music, etc.
  8. Many thanks to YogaYak for creating such amazing music for the world to enjoy.


  9. Relax and breathe. Allow your body to release all tension, beginning right above the top of your head – then slowly moving down until all negativity and stress flow out through your feet and into Mother Earth.

  11. When you feel ready, invite your spirit animal to come forward. Don’t panic if an animal doesn’t immediately appear. Trust is needed at this time.

  13. When an animal appears, welcome it and thank it for coming.

  15. Ask the animal if it is your animal spirit guide. If it replies with a yes, ask what messages it has for you. Let your animal helper know you want honest messages – even if they are a little hard to know.

  17. When your spirit animal is finished delivering its messages, ask if there is anything you can do for it in return.

  19. You’ll sense when the session is nearing its conclusion. Thank your spirit animal for showing up and tell him/her, honestly, if you will integrate its messages into your life.

  21. As you are comfortable, return to the physical world.

  23. Thank the 4 directions, Mother Earth, and Father Sky and release their energies.

  25. Take time to journal the experience. Include all details that you can remember. This is a vital step. It’s not enough to meet your spirit animal and, then, forget him/her/them. It’s helpful to revisit your guide’s lessons until you no longer need its medicine.

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How to Protect Your Sacred Space

It’s important to create a protected sacred space before you start the spirit animal meditation. Remember, when you meditate you are in an altered state and you want only peaceful and loving spirits to contact you.

One of the best ways to create a protective field of energy around yourself is to call in the 4 cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west.

Below is an example of a prayer/affirmation/spell (they are all the same thing) you can use to call in the four directions. When the meditation is over, thank the four directions/Mother Earth/Father Sky and bid them farewell.


Spirit of the East, direction of new beginnings and home of the winds. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the East.

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Spirit of the South, direction of passion, creation, and inspiration and home of the fire. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the South.

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Spirit of the West, direction of the harvest and home of water. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the West.

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Spirit of the North, direction of stillness and introspection and home of the deep earth. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the North.

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Spirit of Mother Earth, thank you for holding us all in your fertile womb. I am grateful for the life you provide to all. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of Mother Earth.

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Spirit of Father Sky, thank you for shining your daylight so that all living things can thrive. Thank you for the glowing moon and stars. These light our way so we can always be reminded of angelic realms, even in times of darkness. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Father Sky.

It is begun.

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What to do After You Find Your Spirit Animal

Once you find your spirit animal, learning to integrate its teachings into your world can be exciting and sometimes a little confusing or scary. Understanding Biomimicry can help.

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating natureโ€™s time-tested patterns and strategies. –

That’s a fancy way of saying that we should look to nature and mimic its systems because doing so will help us live a happier and more sustainable life.

Scientists! They are so…scientific sometimes, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you a police person, fire fighter, or in the military? Do you need to move stealthily through a potentially harmful situation? Learning to mimic the cautious, then decisive, and lightening fast movements of a Cheetah might help.

Are you on a sports team and need to learn how to aim more accurately? Learning about the incredible eyesight of a Hawk may help.

Do you work at a child care center and need help learning how to corral all the kids in after recess? Maybe taking a look at how herds of horses move as a single unit can help.

Though the video below focuses on plants (they can be spirit guides, too!), take a minute and watch it so you can better understand how finding your spirit animal does little good unless you put its spiritual messages to use.

Learning all you can about your spirit animal guide’s habitat and behavior can really make the difference in being able to learn and grow from the guidance it gives you. As you learn more about your animal spirit guide, lessons you hadn’t originally known or realized will present themselves.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think or how else I can help! Also, feel free to contact me!

***Special Note***
Sacred artwork for the the featured image was graciously supplied by visionary artist Autumn Skye-Morrison.

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62 Responses

  1. Kellie Brown

    What is the significance of finding an owl in the middle of an on ram to the highway? It was breathing and was scared with his head tucked in. I stopped and got out of the car I wasn’t sure what it was yet. Another car stopped, Anthony was his name and he got out too. It was Friday night so we were trying to figure out who to call. So I guided traffic around the owl as another car stopped and called animal control. They said for everyone to get away from it, that it is dangerous could have rabbis, yada yada yada, whatever. They left we ran out of ideas on who to call. The owl sat up and looked straight into my eyes. I could not leave that owl in the middle of the road. I connect with the owl on a psychic level I r something I can’t explain it. So we decide one of us is going to wrap something around it and move it ourselves, Anthony said he’d do it because I had my daughter with me in case it did freak out. Well I seen he was real nervous and I said wait let me do it you are nervous animals can sense that let me do it…. I know he isn’t going g to freak out or hurt me. So I borred his jacket so I could use my leather coat to pick him up, so I gently put my coat over him and scooped him up in my arms and walked him across the roads and sat him down far enough he wouldn’t get hit by a drunk driver that hit the curb or something. Pulled my jacket slowely off his it caught his wing and he calmly let it down and tucked his head back under. On my way home I made it so I exited on that side of the exit Ramp so I could see if it was still there…. He was…. But I got out he was still breathing and acted as if he was sleeping, or resting. I came home thought about taking him a blanket and water… I couldn’t find any info on if that would help… Also my boyfriend wouldn’t let me leave with the car to do this. So I went back in the morning and he was gone, so I think he rested and was able to fly off. There was no blood he didn’t seem to be real hurt I got pictures. So this is what led me to this. If he was still there in the morning I was going to take him with me. Why was this naturally aggressive creature so tranquil to let me pick it up without even a sound? Why was in in the road I doubt it flew into a car…

    • Hi, Kellie;

      First, thank you for being such a wonderful person and stopping to help that poor Owl! Undoubtedly you saved its life!

      I’ve been working with animals for all my life and you are absolutely correct – they do know when we are trying to help them. From a symbolic point of view, seeing an Owl with its head tucked under his wing could be a call that you are “hiding” from things that you need to “see”. Owls’ eyes can instantly go from telescopic to microscopic so their symbolism is very much about ‘true seeing’ or ‘psychic sight’.

      Here’s my article about Owl Symbolism & Meaning – as well as Owl as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal. Hope it helps you understand your connection to Owls. They are such powerful animal guides and allies!

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Stay wild!

  2. Christiana Jaramillo

    Hi last Saturday me n my nephew went out to drink but made a few pitstops as we turned the corner on the 1st pitstop at his acquaintance’s house I felt uneasy the i was startled it was pitch dark but the house lights u could see a owl crossed our paths but at the same time like tried to catch his self as he bounced off the car and flew off. I have never seen a owl that close up but I haven’t been feeling right since. I cant stop wondering what happened to it is it ok and his buddy said that was a bad omen and I know but in native culture I am born on Dec 16 th that also means good I dont know but I feel that something was supposed to go wrong but its not yet or meant for me because it crossed both our paths but his 1st. Holy cow ! ????

    • Hi, Christiana;

      That is certainly a big omen! But, it’s all good!

      Over the years, I find that when animals really “crash” into our awareness it’s so that we will pay extra special attention to their messages.

      This could be a literal message from Owl spirit. You and your nephew went out to “drink”. If you were drinking alcohol and an Owl crashed into your car, it could be the animal spirit guides trying to tell you not to drink and drive.

      Also, Owls are very psychic animals. If you felt uneasy but didn’t act on moving away from whatever made you feel uneasy, maybe the Owl showed up to help remind you to follow your instincts.

      It might help you to read about Owl Symbolism & Meaning.

      Sure hope that helps!

      Stay wild!

  3. Christiana Jaramillo

    His buddy offered me a drink but their is something about this guy his energy is bad or just off but I know better. I dont trust this individual at all. I brarely trust anyone after all Im born under owl and I know better.

  4. Kelly

    What does this megalodon dream mean ? I’m in a very still very calm ocean. Its so clear. I’m underwater facing an standing upright megalodon. Were just staring at each other. I’m watching a couple hundred feet away the two of us just being still and staring. I look so small. I wasn’t scared. There were no other fish or sea creatures around. We just were very still and staring at each other. I don’t mean to repeat myself but it was just weird.
    Thank you,

    • Hi, Kelly!

      Wow. That’s a big dream! A Megalodon? And you weren’t afraid? You’re a braver person than I am! LOL

      OK, so any dream involving water symbolizes our deeeeepeessttt emotions. ESPECIALLY when we are in the water. Since the water was clear and calm, that tells me you are feeling balanced, strong and clear on all things in your life.

      Megalodons are an ancient ancestor of Sharks. It’s very interesting you were staring at each other. In Shamanism, it’s said that other humans/animals in dreams are really a reflection of our ‘self’. Sharks know what they want and take it. They have no fear and make no apologies. So, are you trying to face fears within?

      Maybe take a few minutes and read my article about Shark Symbolism & Meaning. Spirit Animals can come to us in dreams. It is possible the Megalodon is your Spirit Animal at this time.

      Sure hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  5. Victoria

    I don’t know if anyone would see this and know what to say… I’m a little nervous about talking about this on a public website, but I need answers and am going through a hard time in my life right now… Okay, so I am very “superstitious” and have seen ghosts all my life. They just come to me. I know it sounds weird, but its true and sometimes its just hard to cope with. First, I was saved by a guardian angel when I was around two, I fell into a ten foot deep koi pond and almost drowned when he pulled me out and sat with me as I calmed down. I just felt so safe with him and when I calmed down he walked away and disappeared, and I went in to my house and my parents said I described him so perfectly. That was my earliest memory of ever seeing a ghost and it just got more and more frequent from there (I’ve grown up with lots of animals and they have always stayed with me). Just recently though, a couple weeks ago, I met another animal spirit and it really got to me. We had a stray kitten wander onto our property and wipe out our bad rat problem, so I named her and fed her with my mother. She just had kittens in our garage (all are safe and are looking for good homes) and so we started feeding them too. One day, she just stopped entering the garage (we left a window open for her to come and go in the colder days) and the kits started eating the food more and more. We hadn’t seen the mother in a week and were starting to get worried. Then suddenly one day, I just felt as if I had to go sit in the front yard, so I did. When I sat down, I saw movement at the end of the yard. She was sitting there, looking sad and tired, just looking at me, so I ran inside and got some food for her since we hadn’t seen her eat at all. When I came back, she was closer and when she saw me, she didn’t run at all. It was strange for her not to run as soon as she saw me, so I sat down and showed her the food. She didn’t even look at it, just at me, straight in the eyes. She gingerly turned and walked so slowly away and around the house toward the side yard, so I followed so I could put the food closer to her where she could smell it, but she had just disappeared, I now know that she was trying to show me something. Fast forward to another week later, and I hadn’t seen her since then. I was with my dog in the front yard, when she suddenly stopped what she was doing, looked up, and started behind a giant pine tree in the side yard. She wouldn’t come when I called her, so I followed. Once I rounded the side of the tree, my heart dropped. There was her pure black fur scattered around with nothing but a hip bone and her ribs in the center. They looked to be a week old (the black fur was turning grey and the slight pieces of muscle still on the bones were dry). I know enough anatomy to know it was a cats and they were her size. I saw her in a dream that night and she was saying goodbye and thank you to me and her kits, telling me to take care of them. The next night, I saw her walking from the kits (they’re on the front porch since my dad doesn’t really like cats) and back into the darkness. That was the first night the kits weren’t crying. That was the last I saw of her, but I know she’s still around near the kits, who all look like her, especially the one little female that has her exact, beautiful, almost red eyes. I don’t know why spirits come to me, and I’m not trying to look cool or brag or anything. We also live in a house inhabited by three human spirits (that we know of). I’ve noticed that they warn me when something’s about to die, down to the smallest thing like my fish. They appear in my room at night as shadows just looking at me and I can feel their presence whenever I come home and It only gets stronger the closer we get to their day. For example, I lost my mare last year and I had seen them for a full two weeks, and when we went to her on that horrible night, (we board them and she coliced) I smelled death on the way there and it wasn’t there when we went back home. I have been fighting an unknown illness for the past eight months so this is all I can think about while on bad days and I happened across this. I am thinking of finding my spirit animal to hopefully receive hope and strength to get through whatever I am going through right now and to heal my fragmenting life. I’m posting this because you seem to know a lot about spirits and I hope to maybe get some answers to why they come to me. And one final thing, I am, for the most part, fine with seeing them and don’t really want them to stop. It can just be hard when they are things and loved ones that I really do care about coming to me once they’re gone. I hope to hear back from you!

    • Hello, Victoria;

      Please know you are at home here and this is a safe environment to express your feelings. Conversations about all things spiritual/metaphysical/paranormal/supernatural are most welcome and encouraged here.

      I am sorry you are going through a rough time. Hopefully, I can be helpful in some way.

      Before answering your question of “why spirits come to you”, it’s important that you know I’ve been a professional psychic medium for many years. My story can be found on’s sister website –

      It’s very clear spirits come to you because you make them feel loved and protected. Additionally, you have created an open channel for them to “get through” on. As long as you are making sure not to allow negative energies in and are routinely cleansing your energy field all should go well.

      When folks are so sensitive that they can “smell death”, this particular psychic ability is called “Clairolfactance”. Maybe spirits are coming to you because you are being called to do some kind of psychic or energy healing work. Only you will know if that’s what is happening.

      It can be very emotionally draining to see and hear from spirits on the other side. Knowing those we love are someplace else where we can’t hug or touch them can be heartbreaking. It doesn’t take a psychic to see you are a sweet, gentle soul and, so, it’s easy to understand why this is extra tough on you.

      With your permission, I’ll send good energy your way.

      Stay wild,

    • Veronica Dart

      I would love you to be my friend . I have similar things going on here too. I think you have a kind soul!

  6. sandy

    Ok so 3 days ago we were working on my car in our backyard. All of a sudden this raven lands on the roof of my car. He did this 3 or 4 times. I had my son get a piece of bread and feed it to him. He did the raven took one bite then flew away. I had a similar encounter with a raven at a small zoo. On a fieldtrip with my eldest daughters class about over 20 years ago. There was a large raven whom locked eyes with mine and would not look away. He turned his head 180′ to look at me. I thought this was weird but i was more curious than frightened. Are ravens a bad symbol? My boyfriend seems to think I neeed to go to church. We are in the midst of a bad break up and I am not taking it well. Should I accept that its negative? Am I evil carrying an omen? I dont see myself as negative or evil but he also says that the aura in the house has changed now that my youngest daughter and I are gone.
    Thank you, Sandy

    • Victoria

      Hey Sandy! Don’t worry, Ravens and crows are not bad omens. It’s just the fact that they are black in color, which man used to think was inpure and the fact that they scavenge for food and eat anything, including dead things, that people thought they were omens of death and other things. They are actually very wise creatures that pass knowledge down to their offspring. I’ll let Bernadette tell you about the spirituality of them. I just wanted to reassure you that they are not bad creatures or omens at all. That’s just man’s ignorance

    • Hi, Sandy!

      Victoria is absolutely correct! Ravens and Crows are not bad omens. In fact, they are some of the most powerful positive Spirit Animal Guides!

      If you read my article about the Raven Spirit Animal, you’ll find that Ravens come to us during our most troubling times. Raven energy and medicine is about helping us transform and fly through the fray unharmed.

      Black is the color of death. But death is not literal, it is a metaphor for change. Given that your breakup is not going smoothly it could feel like a “death” and Raven has come to help you find laughter again.

      Maybe your Aura is muddy right now. When we go through hard times EVERYONE’S Auras can get murky. But it’s only temporary so don’t let anyone bring you down! And certainly don’t let anyone convince you that you are evil!

      With your permission, I’ll send you good energy!

      Hope this helps!

      Stay wild,

  7. Cami

    I had this strange dream, where i was falling and landed in this snowy pine forest. A bear came and sniffed me, and strangely enough i wasn’t panicking. The brown bear picked me up and ‘passed’ me to this gigantic eagle, who flew me to a pack of wolves. (this isnt making much sense). And the wolves looked at me and led me to this opening in the sky (it was a long, twisting walk) which was my home. Does this dream mean anything?


    • Hi, Cami;

      Your dream is incredible! Soooooo much symbolism and so, so powerful!

      Symbolically, Pine Trees are a direct line to heaven and the gods. Pinecones have always represented human enlightenment and our psychic senses as they are tied to the Third Eye and Pineal Gland.

      Bears represent the time when our soul is still (hibernation). But, Bear “sniffed you” and decided you were ready to fly toward the heavens so handed you over to the Eagle.

      Eagle energy tells you it’s time to see the big picture. And, Eagle symbolism is SO much about “talking to spirit” because they are the animal who can get “closest” to the heavens.

      Finally, Eagle delivers you to the Wolves and they lead you “home” – and home is high up in the sky. Wow! Amazing! See, Wolves are highly intuitive animals. Their psychic senses are uncanny. And, they have incredible communication skills.

      What it all sounds like to me is you are being called in a BIG way to develop your intuition and, perhaps, use it in service to others.

      For more clarity on each animal’s symbolic meaning check out the following links:

      Bear Symbolism and Meaning
      Eagle Symbolism and Meaning
      Wolf Symbolism and Meaning

      Hope this helps.

      Stay wild,

  8. Josh

    okay so 3 days ago i had the weirdest dream of my life.
    I was on this tall hill at night, with an aurora borealis lighting up the sky. the lights were really close to me, and i touched it. miliseconds later, this gigantic raven spirit turned me into a bear ( i only realized that later) and threw me into this river, which carried me to this forest. when i woke up, (i was knocked out in the river) i saw this shaman lady staring at me and when i saw her i kinda freaked out (you would be too) . she calmed me down by throwing her shoe at my face and i said like ow! seriously, what was that for, lady? she was like: sorry Josh, but i dont speak bear. (that was the moment i realized i was a bear) she said my guide would lead me home, and she disappeared. so i tried to walk, first on my hind legs as i wasnt used to being a bear, fell flat on my face, and used my front paws instead. (imagine walking with arms longer than legs). turns out my guide was a shrew. a very talkative shrew. but he knew the way, and led me home.

    • Hi, Josh!

      Wow! There is so much going on in your dream! Without knowing you and more details of the dream this is a challenging one to interpret but some of my first observations are:

      1. Shoes symbolize travel. Bears are notorious for hibernating. So, that could be a duality. Meaning, it’s time for you to get moving but maybe you don’t want to come out of your cave.

      2. It is a woman show throws the shoe at you. And, she’s a shaman – this means she’s a powerful woman. Whether platonic, familial or romantic, is it time for you get going on your relationships with women? Do you “hide in your cave” from them?

      3. The Shrew you mention I assume is a Mouse because you used the gender qualifier of “he”. And, even though Shrews do not hibernate they do enter Torpor (a state of decreased physiological activity in an animal). Is this a sign that you need motivation in your life?

      4. Your being taken to a place where you do not know the way home is a big deal. Do you need some direction in your life at this time? Plus, the lady talked to you and you understood her but she did not understand you. Is communication difficult for you at this time?

      I’m unclear what the Raven and the aurora borealis have to do with all this but I’ll keep thinking about it and if I come up with anything, I’ll let you know. If anyone else has thoughts on this part of Josh’s dream, please chime in!

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

    • Victoria

      Maybe the Raven is a sign of loss/death/relationship with someone that isn’t right for you and it’s telling you that you need to let go or you’re too stressed and need to relax and have fun. The arora might be a sign that you’re not alone and are being watched over by the spirits in the sky in a dark time that’s symbolized as the night that will always dawn (I always believed that they are the souls of the lost dancing in the sky and watching over us). These were just my gut instincts that sounded right and I thought I’d continue where Bernadette left off. Hope this helps!

      • That all makes total sense! I LOVE your thoughts on the aurora borealis symbolism and what it might mean for Josh! Beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to help out!

        Stay wild,

    • Donald

      The Raven represents Change. Being on a hill … I have to think he was in a moving vehicle as a passenger … otherwise he would not have the freedom of movement to try to touch the aurora borealis … This turns out to be the headlights of the oncoming traffic.

      The vehicle was in the passing lane an met another vehicle … The RAVEN (TransferTruck) … is when the change begins … the moment of impact … he turned into a BEAR … (perhaps he is athletic an really strong in body … just get the impression that his physical ability concerning endurance is strong.

      The impact pushed his vehicle into a canal/river and knocked him out.
      Good samaritan who saw the accident … pulled him out of the water …

      When he woke up … the rescue team was there and was rendering assistance … he was dying … the shoe is the oxygen mask … as he was being stablized …but conscious … from there he was told of being transported to the hospital …

      Injuries severe … doctors saved his legs … but the injuries would leave him paralyzed and he would be wheel-chair bound … using his hands to move around with now.

      His Therapy Specialist would help and encourage on his long road to recovery … show him life is worth fighting for … and left an everlasting impression that would guide him in accepting the change.

  9. Victoria

    Hello again. I know I already commented, but I noticed how everyone was posting their dreams too so I thought I’d post my own. I’ve been having dreams lately where I kind of live out someone else’s life, kinda like I’m reading a book and not in control of the story, and I almost always have a black panther as a friend in them. I follow them and vice versa and the dream ends when the person I’m ‘following’ finishes their quest or dies. I’ve been writing them down like a book lately and it just feels like I need to. I don’t know why panthers would be in my dreams at all, but I get horses and dogs since I have three of each. I don’t know if it’s spiritual or not either

    • Hi, Victoria;

      I’m working on getting the Panther Spirit Guide article up today. I’ll post it here and, hopefully, it can help give you some insight. I’m still thinking about your dream and will post some thoughts later.

      Stay wild,

  10. Lee Ann

    For the past few days there has been a butterfly ‘haunting’ my home. It all started 4 days ago.
    I just had a feeling I should go out, so I did. As I was on my doorstep, two butterflies showed up. They were flying circles around each other and seemed happy but then they flought into a water sprinkler and one of them fell down. The other one escaped as he flew higher, but didn’t fly far away.
    A few moments later I went to save the one that was staying on the ground and was about to get washed by another round of the sprinkler. I put her on the grass a few meters away from the sprinkler hoping the sun would dry her and left.
    About ten minutes later I came back to my home and noticed that the wet butterfly was still there and the other butterfly was flying around her. The butterfly on the ground wasn’t moving so at first I feared she was dead but as I went to check I noticed it was still moving, very slightly. I now moved her next to a puddle. I was thinking that maybe it needed some water to drink and left her there. I saw the other butterfly flying around her as I went inside my house. Later that day it started raining.
    Next day I went to check on the butterfly, but she wasn’t there. The other butterfly had also disappeared. I was a little worried, but hoped for the best. As I was reading inside my home, I heard a weird noise near the window. There was a butterfly trying to get outside. He had probably flown in through an open door, so I guided him back out. I believe he was the same butterfly I had seen the day before. During the day this happened again twice and my sister told me she had seen two butterflies at once so I thought that maybe both of them were the ones I saw the day before.
    I have seen the male butterfly inside my home again about four times. Once I tried to follow him but he flew to the next garden so I couldn’t get farther.
    Are the butterflyes trying to tell me something?
    Was it some kind of a test?
    Was he thanking me for saving the other butterfly?
    I have also noticed that other bugs have started to appear in my room. It feels like they are thinking of me as their friend.

    • Hello, Lee Ann!

      What a lovely encounter with Butterflies! And, thank you for being such a gentle soul that you took the time to rescue an “insect” – plus worry about their safety and feelings.

      As you likely know, Butterflies symbolize transformation. So, I wonder if you are going through major changes right now. Also, the loyalty of the Butterfly who was unharmed really strikes an emotional chord so maybe it’s time for you to pay special attention to who stands by your side through thick and thin – and who doesn’t.

      All that said, I get a healing vibe from you. Maybe you work in or around the healing arts/medical profession – or maybe you would like to do healing work. I don’t think the Butterflies came to test you as much as to let you know you’re on the right track.

      Take a look at my in-depth article on Butterfly Spirit Animal Totem and perhaps you can get more insights into your lovely Butterfly visit!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  11. Absolutely fascinating! Thank you.

    • Hi, Samara;

      So happy you enjoyed it! In the next couple weeks my article on how to find your Spirit Animal by birthday will be ready. I’ll post it here for you when it’s published!

      Stay wild,

  12. Kimberly


    I just started a new job and also got a new puppy a chocolate lab with so much energy. I didn’t know what to do with her while I worked since, I received the job out the the blue after a scary time unemployed. Once I started the job come to find out one of my co-workers brought her dog to a doggie daycare on a horse farm right on my way to work. I started bringing my Willow Moon to the doggie daycare and all I saw was horses, when I dropped her off and picked her up and thought how beautiful they were and how powerful. I then watched Lord of the Rings again and saw Shadow Flax the white wizards horse and I felt such freedom and peace. All these instances one following the other. Then last month during the Kentucky derby I felt myself in such an emotional state, not bad but I was more sensitive, I found my self watching the derby, tons of horse movies and then the movie Secretariat came on and I found my self crying as he was running his race and he just kept running as his heart felt free and fulfilled and his journey coming full circle and I felt such a release of pride and freedom. To go, go chase that dream and when the movie was over I felt so silly but wondered by I am so attracted to the free spirited horse. Even now when I type, I am emotional as water fills my eyes and I don’t have a clue why but I know it connects to me some how as I am still finding my way. Thank you for listening and for sharing information I know truly helps me on my journey.


    • Hi, Kimberly;

      Thank you for your heartfelt post. And congratulations on your new job!

      Having grown up in Ocala, Florida I completely understand your emotional connection to horses. And, since I’ve seen LOT about a zillion times I totttallllyyy know how you feel when you see Shadow Flax! LOL

      As for why you get so emotional when you see Horses running wild and free, well, I think most people’s souls respond to true freedom. No matter how conditioned humans are, we are still animals – and animals were never meant to be caged.

      My theory is that our soul, our consciousness doesn’t live inside our human body. So, in essence, “we” are “trapped” inside our bodies while we live this human life.

      Seeing Horses may remind you of the time before you incarnated into this life – a time when the real or whole “you” was a free spirited roamer of the universe. The tears may be because your soul remembers what it’s like in that place – the place of pure love.

      Life on Earth isn’t easy, no matter how good a person has it. We are all living the hero’s journey. Movies like Secretariat inspire and motivate us to keep chasing our own dreams even when we think all is lost and we can’t go on – exactly like how you went through a scary time of being unemployed but now have your own victory because you got a job.

      Finally, never E.V.E.R. feel silly because your heart is gentle and you cry at movies (or writing emails). ๐Ÿ™‚ If the rest of us were honest, we would admit that we bawl like babies at the very same things!

      Stay wild,

  13. Melanie

    Hi there,
    Today at my job 3 people came in that had just gotten bee stings. They were panicked and I offered them some advice on what to use to help ease the discomfort. A coworker pointed out how strange it is that in one day that many people came to me with bee stings and suggested I look up bee totem when I get home.
    I got home and sort of forgot about it, now this is where it gets a little crazy. I go upstairs to use the washroom and in the toilet is a beautiful bumblebee struggling to stay a float. I was scared but still quickly rushed to grab a cup and scoop it up, letting it free outside. When I came back in I googled bee totem and came across your site. Im still blown away at how this bumblebee ended up in an upstairs washroom…

    p.s I am enjoying the website and appreciate the effort you have put into responding to really creates a sense of community and connection.

    – Melanie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello, Melanie!

      Wowwwwww! That is some seriously big Bee energy surrounding you at this time! What really jumps out to me is that the 3 co-workers came to you for help and then there was a beautiful Bumblebee who also needed your help! Are you a medical professional? Are you being called to be a healer whether body, mind or spirit? Maybe you are being called to “save” – like work with a charity or as a paramedic, etc?

      Especially during this time in history Bee as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal is, well, powerful stuff. Bees are dying by the zillions. It’s such a huge call for us to wake up and heal this earth. In this, we heal ourselves. Make sense?

      Or, maybe you’re being called to be a Beekeeper! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you so much for the kinds words about This site and all the Wild One’s who visit are my heart!

      Stay wild,

  14. Melanie

    Thank you Bernadette!
    I felt as though your message spoke directly to my heart. I never write in comment sections but something about your website and your genuine care in responses drove me to share this on the site and I am incredibly grateful that I did. I am not in a medical profession but I suppose it is something I have dreamt of. This year I applied to Midwifery (a competitive field to get into) and despite my efforts I did not get accepted into the programโ€ฆit left me crushed and discouraged. The day before my bee experiences I had been reconsidering my path towards Midwifery and felt that spark again..feeling as though I should try again. A very scary and uncertain path..but perhaps the bee came at the right time in combination with your words to show me what I’m bee-ing called to do and if I adapt I can make what seems to be impossibleโ€ฆpossible.


    • Hello, Melan-bee!

      Right this very second I am sending you a big hug!

      Midwifery is such a sacred calling. In Gainesville, Florida (where I live) we have an incredible mid-wifery school and most of the students would come to the metaphysical store I owned here so I know what amazzzinnnggggg women they are – YOU are!

      Melan-bee, my mother wanted to be a hairdresser but she failed the final written exam and had to take the whole course again. But she did and turned out to be a great cosmetologist. Making herself double down and try harder once she “failed” the first time, led to her having the courage and confidence to go to POLICE ACADEMY at 50 years of age! She couldn’t scale walls but turned out to be an expert markswoman!

      My niece who already had a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University AND who already had 4 years of experience working in ER at our big teaching hospital – Shands – got turned down for nursing school FOUR TIMES! It was insane! But, guess what? She kept trying, got in, was #1 in her class and got tons of job offers at more than top pay!

      Honey, when you have a calling like being a mid-wife – that is not a coincidence. For some reason the universe wanted you to get turned down the first time so you would HAVE to go through the process again. But, there’s no way the universe dangled a carrot in front of you only to snatch it away like, “Haha, just kidding.”

      Shake it off! Do some energy clearing! And you go bee the best darned bab-bee deliverer there ever has been or ever will bee!

      Oh, and make sure to call on your Spirit, Totem and Power Animal energies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Stay wild,
      ps Thank you so much for your sweet sentiments about This site is my heart and it’s so wonderful to know it’s helping folks just like you!

      • Melanie

        Thank you so much Bernadette!
        I am feeling inspired in so many ways and am finding much comfort in knowing bee energy is surrounding me right now! To honour my spirit animal I decided to put together a “seed bomb” workshop for this fall where we will make wildflower seed balls to distribute around the neighbourhood. I hope to encourage people in my area to take steps to help save the bees and other pollinators and learn what plants are most beneficial.

  15. Grace

    About 4 years ago, I was having an attunement done by a Reiki Master (her name is Lynn) as I just finished my level 2 training. Lynn was able to see everyone’s spirit guide (there were about 7 of us in the class), and she was unable to see mine, but she did tell me that she saw my spirit animal, an otter, that was peeking over my shoulder.
    I have had a psychic reading done about 2 years ago, and I was told my spirit guide is Native American, and her name is Otter. I did not mention my Reiki training or attunement to the person doing my reading.
    I don’t recall having dreams or seeing otters at any time, on most occasions I have seen deer (doe and fawns) as well as hedge hogs as I am driving. I did have one encounter that happened a while back- I was walking my dogs in the very early morning (the sun was not up) and we passed a fox (it was a few yards away from us- I thought at first it was a shaggy cat). My dogs did not bark nor did the fox, but we stood there staring at this fox who was staring back at us. This lasted for almost 5 minutes, then the fox went on its way.
    I guess I am asking could my spirit animal indeed be an otter?


    • Hello, Grace;

      Ooooo, you’re going to be an energy healer! How cool is that?!!! Congrats! I wish you so much success!

      OK, so here’s what strikes me about your Spirit Animal and Totem Animal:

      Though I absolutely believe that psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, energy healers, etc. can see other people’s Spirit Animals (after all, I’m a professional psychic medium) – I think it’s most important for one to make a personal connection with their Spirit Animal. Meaning, have you met your animal spirit guide or are you relying solely upon what other’s have “seen” for you?

      If you take some time and work through my How To Find Your Spirit Animal, you might find that your Totem Animal is the Otter but your Spirit Animal may be completely different. I’m betting that Fox was actually your Spirit Animal – at least at that moment in your life.

      Since you are training to be an energy worker it will likely be very, very easy for you to meet your Spirit Animal. Also, I’m betting that when you experience this personally it will be extremely powerful.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

      • Grace Nixon

        Hi Bernadette!

        Thank you so very much for your response. Actually, I have not seen my animal spirit, and I am told what others have seen. However, when I looked at my birth animal (Native American birth sign), I was so excited to see it was a wolf! I have always been fascinated by wolves- its hard to explain- but I felt instinctively that I “knew” I had a connection to wolves.
        I will definitely work through your guidance in finding my spirit animal.
        Again, thank you!!!

        • Hello, Grace!

          You are most welcome! Look at that! You instinctively knew all along who your Totem Animal is! Awesome! Let me know how finding your Spirit Animal goes, OK?

          Stay wild,

  16. Lupe

    I would also like to share my experience I can feel death around me if something bad is coming to me I felt that many times with my ex husband he took me to several abandoned places and felt the urge and a voice to leave as fast as I could and I told him that I felt that someone was trying to hurt us to make him stop and it worked several times divorced him after 12 years I could feel his evil energy,after five years I met someone else and this person seemed all wholesome church going it turned out he was bisexual and was poisoning me to take possession of my house I felt the urge to start detoxing with herbs and distilled water and slowly regained my health back I could feel it and mentioned that to him ! Would never say a word happy he’s out of my life. But I still feel danger around me! Often times I have a bird coming inside the house and leaves and other times in another house another one comes inside the chimney and starts singing so I recorded his beautiful singing, however I went to the other house last week is a place in the mountains with huge pine trees that is so calming just to see them In the meadows and it makes me feel peaceful this is where this one bird comes in sometimes didn’t see him coming and I left and the bird was left inside I since I only go there once a week i found him dead inside and two more outside the side porch .The shangrila doesn’t feel peaceful anymore I sense danger now and the place was infested with flying moths and I used a fogger to get them out and there were millions on the floor dead after that the same day coming back lost control of my car and by a miracle my daughter and myself ended on a ravine 50 feet away without a scratch and the car only a minor scratch 3 passer by helps us get out, thankfully we were alive and well! yesterday as I get out of my car almost stepped on a double black diamond rattle snake my instinct made me look down and there it was looking at me turned its head to watch me for about 5 minutes and went away. Is this a sign for me I know I have a guiding spirit protecting me I have felt this for many years how do I connect during the solstice I could feel this energy healing me and with the double blue moons during the summer I feel I am ready for change but don’t know how or where to begin would love to know what you think and which is my animal spirit. Thank you for your inspiring insights. I love dogs and my animals are strays that I rescued.

    • Hello, Lupe;

      You are most welcome! Thank you for visiting When stray animals “find” us, generally speaking, they are our Spirit Animals. It sounds like you are a sweet soul who loves nature and animals so you will likely connect with many different Spirit Animals during your lifetime!

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  17. Kesha Monique

    Greetings I am a first time visitor and I am very moved by all the stories I’ve read. I’d like to thank everyone for sharing. I guess my spirit animal/totem feels I’m ready to be awakened cause I was led here out of curiosity. I Love nature and birds of all kinds seem to be attracted to me. I had an experience were a huge eagle flew right in front of me wings spread wide open and scooped a tiny animal up (I think it was a mouse). That very same day a saw a group of yellow canary’s, finches, and cardinals. However, the most exhilarating experience that I witnessed that day was a tiny Hummingbird that stood right in front of me and stared at me eye to eye. I could see it’s wings moving as if in slow motion as I stood still just watching. Neither of us were scared (me or the bird). It was so beautiful. Since then birds seem to follow me everywhere. I’m always keeping food around so I can feed them. At the train station even pigeons come to me and I feed them. At my house I’ve had to get a couple of bird feeders cause birds have been coming around. But that’s not all. I’ve got a Lizard family they are so adorable. They are the little small ones like meshu in the movie Mulan. I took my granddaughter to a animal nature preserve and we fed the animals. A squirrel came up to me and I gave him some food and he was so polite. It’s so weird. I saw an injured baby goose so I got my children and we 4 got a towel and wrapped it up and took it to the preserve to get help. I also get visits from butterflies. The butterflies are so beautiful. Sometimes I feel like they follow me. Now I also have a love of horses and dogs. I have a chocolate lab who is 18 and the most loving, playful, and sometimes stubborn dog ever but so faithful. I’ve even had a horse to pull on my clothes like she wanted me closer to her, it was so sweet. I’ve also had encounters with rabbits. I’ve even had a dream where I was in a field of rabbits all around me, young, old, all different colors and they all looked up to me. When I moved they moved. When I spoke they listened. So I know it seems I’ve said a lot but I feel like the animal kingdom is trying to get my attention but what does it mean and what do I need to do? Thank you in advance for helping me to get clarity. Also just to share my health has been battling me for years now. I’m a breast cancer survivor, I’ve had back, neck, and heart surgery. I’ve my esophagus enlarged due to a blockage in getting food to my stomach. I’m in chronic pain daily. I’m mentioning this just in case it has something to do with all the animals. Anyway, Peace, Love, and Light! Eagerly awaiting your blessed reply! Love you!

    • Hello, Kesha;

      Welcome! And, thank you for sending love my way. I’m sending tons of love right back to you!

      How beautiful your connection to the animal kingdom is! However, it doesn’t surprise me because animals can feel a natural caretaker – which you are. A big telltale sign about just how much you take care of others is the Rabbit dream. Rabbit symbolism is all about family, family, family! I think in the dream you represented Mother Earth – the mother of all families.

      So, perhaps some of your health issues might be related to how much nurturing you do for others but maybe you don’t practice “self-care or self-love”. Now, that is not to say that you don’t love yourself. What that says is that when we turn our attention to the needs of others far more than we attend to our own needs, sometimes our well can run dry. For instance, Nurses see a very high incidence of breast cancer. They give and give and give – from the heart. But, that can burn out the Heart Chakra area if we are not careful to replenish the energy.

      Do you remember the scene in Cinderella where the animals made her beautiful gown and helped her get to the ball? Maybe the animal kingdom is trying to tell you to take time for yourself. Get your hair and nails done! Get a massage! Let someone cook you dinner for a change! Remember, when we find fulfillment by being in the service of others, but we don’t allow others to ‘do’ for us – we are not allowing them to experience the same joy we feel when we help someone.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  18. Josephine Mann

    In the music video above, I instantly fell deep into my mind, my vision started blurring, and in my mind’s eye I saw a herd of giraffes pounding their way through a rainstorm. I was lifted up by them, they were so powerful but gentle like your database says. When I asked what messages it had for me, it just lifted its head up to the sun, looking like a crowned, black shadow. I felt no more connections to humanity, and since I was seven, I’d been planning to live in the wild and be an Indian. Is the giraffe my spirit animal?

    • Hello, Josephine;

      Wow! That’s powerful stuff! It sure sounds like Giraffe is your Spirit Animal based on that intense experience! Maybe take a few minutes and read about Giraffe Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal and see if it resonates with you.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  19. James

    I don’t know if you’re still reading this. I’m sure you’ve got a lot going on. I’ve been up all night reading and re-reading and trying to understand what I can.

    I found out a long time ago that my spirit animal is the Fox. It’s been a long bond in the process, and I see them everywhere. Coming home from work the unthinkable happened – I hit my patron animal with my car. There was no way to avoid it and ultimately I moved it off the road out of grief for what happened, having sat with it for a good few minutes until he / she passed away. I went back a while later to check on it and decided I’d take it away and bury it myself as some manner of tribute / respect for the creature. But, still, I can’t shake that horrible feeling of the animal I am strongly linked to being hit and killed by me – even if only an accident. The guilt of it is destroying me and I feel in some way even if I did nothing wrong that I’m still responsible.

    I don’t know how I should even interpret this. I’ve loved Foxes for so long and always done my best to honour them.

    • Mari

      James, my whole body responded to your story. I feel your pain and anguish.
      The way you handled this accident and stayed with the Fox and then proceeded to honor it by burying it was really beautiful. You obviously have a huge capacity for deep feeling. I am so sorry you had to go through this! Bernadette will have some understanding about what this whole incident may mean for you, but Iโ€™d like to share a story here about something that I experienced that helped me remember a very important truth…suffering does happen. On one of my walks, there was a little mouse, just sitting there in front of my feet. It was the cutest little thing, small and brown, with a very long tail. I could tell it was injured or at least in shock, probably from having been hit by a bike. It didn’t really respond too much to me being close, and I have seen other creatures like this before, who are injured and then they can’t get off the path and they get hit again by another bike. It’s a very tough world out there for little animals trying to cross the bike path! So I tried to encourage it to get to the grass by gently nudging it with a little stick I found. At one point it looked up at me and I could see it was in pain. It was trying to move, but couldn’t. So I carefully picked up this tiny little mouse, only the size of a small walnut, and tried to put it in the grass on the side of the path. Feeling my hand, it jumped off into the grass with it’s big hind feet.
      That led me to see that it was probably a Meadow Jumping mouse. As it gingerly moved into the bushes, I said a prayer, hoping it would not suffer too long. I was keenly aware of this small mouse’s suffering, and how there was probably little I could do about that. I think there was a real big message for me here about how suffering does happen and sometimes all we will be able to do *is* say a prayer, and try to find the most comfortable way for the suffering to take place. James, you had no intention to harm the fox that crossed your path. Your intentions with this animal are clear, and they are not about causing harm. I sometimes think things happen to us that we cannot understand in the moment. I hope you can find some understanding around this painful experience.

      in peace, Mari

  20. guia

    Last night (30 Sept 2016) at 10 pm…I went out to seek the black moon amidts the glittering stars. I did not see the black moon… what i saw was very strangely is a very bright formation of white clouds covering only the roof of my house. it was a very white shaped- elephant with very striking eyes like a wolf with a hint of blue eyes. It is so beautiful…I went to get my phone to take a picture but it completely smeared out.
    Then this morning, I turned the TV on and I was greeted by a balloon shaped elephant. I was wondering if this is my spirit animal and do you know what it means…. I am somewhat confused because, I encountered a praying mantis two weeks ago inside our sealed office building and greeted me on my path at the 4th floor stairway. Any advice..please?

    • Hi, Guia;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Wow! There are so many animal spirit guide messages for you! First, perhaps take a few moments to read about Elephant Symbolism & Meaning. I definitely think that 2 Elephants showing up – especially because they both were ‘in the sky’ – is a sure sign Elephant energy is talking to you.

      As for the Praying Mantis, its symbolism and meaning is powerful. African Bushmen believed the insect to be a symbol and manifestation of God. The word “mantis” is a Greek word that means “prophet” and prophets have ‘mystical’ or spiritual ‘powers’.

      So, now you have 2 Elephants which came to you from the sky and a Praying Mantis. It sounds like maybe developing your psychic self and/or really digging deeply into the world of spirituality are a couple of the messages your Spirit Animals are trying to bring into your awareness.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  21. Chantal

    I have a story of something I thought was quite incredible happen to me at the beginning of the summer.
    my husband & I and a group of family & friends went to a provincial park about 4 hrs North of our home. We camp at this park every year and have a grand time! This year was especially spectacular because on our 2nd night there I decided to go for a walk with my camera to capture the beautiful sunset on the dock. One my way back from the dock I heard a screeching noise.. from a few different locations around me.. so I went searching.. What I found were 3 fledgling bard owls! As I photographed them I could hear the parents calling from not far behind me.. what an amazing sight! Later on as we were sitting by the fire someone spotted something out of the corner of their eye just slightly out of the light of the fire.. they thought it was a rat but it turned out to be a tiny & most adorable baby snowshoe hare! Being the animal lover I am & still kid at heart I wanted a closer look.. I crouched down on all fours and down further onto my elbows so that my hands could stretch out.. the bunny hopped around a bit and was coming closer.. he jumped on my arm and stayed quite a while.. I was assuming because of the body heat but I was so excited.. we let him go about his business and he disappeared into the darkness.. for the next few days we did not see him again but we continued to observe the owlets and parents here and there through the park.. at one point I think one of them was trying to tell me he’d had enough of my camera.. as soon as I put it down he relaxed .. and thankfully because he was looking quite mean as he got his wings going as he looked like he was going to come barreling right at me.. I know this might sound surreal but I assure you I’ve got the photos to back it up.. anyhow.. later in the week it was a rainy day & we chose to stick around the trailer & take a day off of fishing.. Around supper time that day we heard some commotion coming from just outside of our site.. turns out it was a red squirrel and a baby snowshoe hare (not sure if it was the same one.. but definitely the same size) had gotten into a squabble.. I went to check it out and saw that the poor bunny had a cut somewhere on his face/ear.. I looked back at my husband (who’d not wanted anything to do with me being near them….yes I know.. they ARE wild animals and we shouldn’t interfere with them but THEY’RE SOOOOO CUTE!) when I told him what had happened and he was bleeding he gave me the ok to try & help.. I crouched down much the same way as the first day we’d encountered one of them and wanted him to decide to come to me if he wanted.. my hand was no more than a foot from him and he was looking at me.. I was in full raingear with my hood on and was solely focused on this poor little injured baby… everyone was watching from under the tent… out of nowhere all I see is a giant flash of white……..then the bunny was GONE! They watched it all from under the tent.. I was flaberghasted! in shock! I stood up and looked up into the tree & the owl was looking back at me with the baby bunny now in it’s mouth.. I was so upset about this turn of events that I disappeared for what I thought was only 15min but it turns out I was gone more than an hr.. I feel so horrible for this poor little rabbit.. the joke was that I was pointing him out to the owls and that the owls would follow me for their next meal.. I’m still so sorry I wasn’t able to help him :'(

    is this just a fluke or is there meaning in this??? were they trying to tell me something????

    thank you for your time..

    • Hi, Chantal;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      This is one of the hardest lessons we have to learn about – wild animals are, well, wild.

      Believe me, I feel your pain and I’m sending you a big hug! My husband and I live on 8 acres and we have many wild animals who visit. And, there’s a Hawk family who lives in one of our trees. Occasionally, I see them pluck a little critter from the ground and I always rush to try to save it. My husband is like yours in that he says, “It’s nature. Don’t try to control it.” But, every time I see this, I cry – can’t help it.

      I try to feel better by reminding myself that all living things have a sacred contract. That we all signed up for the lives we lead – even that little bunny. Maybe this ideology could help you, too.

      Stay wild,

      • Chantal

        Hi Bernadette!

        I’m glad you made it home safely.. I heard it was quite the storm..

        I can see the ideology of it all, unfortunately it doesn’t make it any better on the heart.. I’m a complete mush ball..

        I wasn’t sure whether or not there was some significance to it all..

        I have attached a photo of the owl that got upset with

        I also wanted to ask you…. I tried to do your quiz to find my spirit animal but I found myself lost on the first question … I was almost torn… I am more than one of the options.. :o(

        any thoughts??

        Thank you for your time Bernadette

        • Hello, Chantal;

          OK, I’m always very honest but I’m going to be what I call ‘vulnerable honest’ – which is why it took me so long to respond to this…

          Folks look to me to help them spiritually navigate ‘life’. And, I absolutely believe in the ‘ideologies’ I speak of – in this case, sacred contracts. But, I’m with you. When I see any living thing hurt or suffering I turn into a big ol’ mush ball.

          The animal kingdom, while full of compassion and nobility, can be a very harsh and dangerous place. Daily, I wonder why it’s been engineered that way. So, I’m working hard to find a way to support the spirit of those who turn to me when they are hurting but, in all vulnerable honesty, I feel the exact same way. Sometimes, no words or hugs (or adult beverage) can lessen the pain. Sometimes, only time can soothe the mushiness of a situation.

          So, I am sorry that I don’t have the words that can help relieve the pain you’re feeling.

          That said, I do believe we never, ever, E.V.E.R. experience anything without there being significance to the event. Case in point – my mother was killed. This propelled me into becoming a professional psychic medium and doing the spiritual work I do today. Only you will be able to discern why ‘the bunny incident’ occurred in your life and what to do about it.

          I’d love to see that picture. It didn’t come through.

          On the Spirit Animal Quiz – Just like our astrology chart is a mix of many zodiac sign influences, so can our Spirit or Totem animal ‘personality’. For instance, I have all the personality traits of a Scorpio and a Snake (my Chinese Zodiac sign AND my Native American Zodiac Sign). But, I also have always heavily identified with Bears. Even my name, Bernadette is the female counterpart to the male French name “Bernard” – which translates to ‘Brave Bear’.

          Sure hope that helps!

          Stay wild,

  22. Angelique

    Good Morning on Sept 23, 2016 I was out hunting with my boyfriend and his brother. On this evening it had just finished snowing and raining. On our walk we spotted an owl that flown and rested on the tree branch. We all looked at the owl and positioned ourselves to get a better view to take a picture. After a few moments and the picture was taken the owl flew into the brisket sky. I can’t recall if after we saw the owl or before there was a feather at my feet that was white/gray with a light black tip a was wet being that it had just rained/snowed, I pick up the feather and placed it in my pocket.

    I recall telling my boyfriend that that day Sept 23 was my cousin stevie’s Birthday whom had just pasted in March of 2015. What is your take on this?

    • Angelique

      I also forgot to mention that often times a black cat will cross my path sometimes twice a day and sometimes once in a while. What does that indicate?

      • Hi again, Angelique;

        Cat energy is powerful stuff! I know you’re talking about a pet cat but it might help if you took a look at the symbolism and meaning of Tiger, Panther, & Lion.

        Hope that helps!

        Stay wild,

        • Angelique

          Hi there thank you. No they aren’t pet cats of mine they are just random cats that cross my path.

          • Hello, Angelique;

            Cats crossing our path could mean so many things – especially Black Cats. See, Black Cats are the least adoptable Cats. In shelters and Cat rescue organizations fewer than 20% of Black Cats ever get adopted based on the ridiculous superstitions about them that have been handed down through generations of misinformed souls. So, perhaps Black Cats are crossing your path to let you know that you deserve love no matter what other’s may think and that even when others have misconceptions about you – stand strong. You know who you are and that’s all that matters.

            Hope that helps.

            Stay wild,

    • Hi, Angelique;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Because I’m a professional psychic medium, I can tell you that I’ve heard thousands of stories just like yours – where folks find feathers just as they are thinking or talking about a loved one who’s passed over. Feather symbolism is about ascension, moving to a higher plane of existence. My belief is that our soul family sends us feathers to let us know they are not dead – they’re just in a higher plane. I’ll bet your Stevie was reaching out to you and the whole family.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  23. maxine brooks

    Is it possible to have more than one spirit animal? I have a feeling of real connection with wolves, so much so that I had to make my own comforter and bed skirt with wolves on it…. And when I paint I always paint a native bear…. but I also had a relationship with a crow, I named Broken Wing for over 2 years until a neighbor shot him, I was crushed….but I have also had several encounters with rabbits throughout my life….Thank you so much for this wonderful site….I send you peace and love and white light….

    • Hi, Maxine;

      Yes! It sure is possible to have more than one Spirit Animal! Gosh. I am so sorry about your Crow. I’m sending you a big hug and sending Broken Wing tons of love and light!

      It’s always so great to know when folks like so thank you for taking the time to let me know and thank you for visiting!

      Stay wild,

  24. Emilie

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚
    Okay I have had these dreams/experiences the last 3 years and I really don’t know what it means, other than it is about my two favourite animals. I hope you can help me understand them ๐Ÿ˜€

    I have always loved dogs and wolves, and my fascination of especially the wolf has grown a lot in the last 3 years. I has always studied them (read and observed them) and after I started working and training with the dogs, I experience it more often.
    I have taken the dogs (sometimes the wolves) behavior to me and in some situations I do what a dog or wolf would have done. Example: When I hear a siren, I put my head tilted and listening. When a person I dont like or a person I think is scary past me, I begin to growl at them, like from deep in the throat. When my parents or a person I haven’t seen in a long time come, I just have the feeling that i want to wag with my not existing tail and I want to squeak of joy. When someone is knocking on the door, I want to bark and last but not least when I am playing with my tennisball, and the person who shall throw it to me is slow, I begin to squeak like a begging to the person.
    I have always been really good at dog and wolf sounds, and I just feel like I want to use them as communication(I really don’t know why).

    Now to my special experiences with some wolves. I have been in different zoo’s a lot of times but in two spesific zoo’s I have experienced some really cool moments with the wolves.
    In the first one (2 years ago) I was in the zoo with some friends. They walked over to see the wolves before me(I looked at the bears). They tried to howl to the wolves, but nothing happened. The wolves walked around like they normally do. I came over to see what they were doing, and they asked me if I could try to howl. Before I howled I said ‘ hey buddy’ to the wolf nearest. Then I howled, and the wolf sat down and tilted it’s head. The other wolves in the pack stopped walking and looked in my direction. I thought it was really cool and I just looked at these beautiful creatures. I said goodbuy to the whole pack and walked over to the next animal.
    My second experience was this summer. We were in a little wolf park(driving in a car) and the wolves was just normal. When we were out again, we walked over to a big glass window where we could stand face to face with the pack. Half of the pack was there, because of a dog some of my friends had brougt. The wolves followed the dog and when the rest of the pack came, the Alpha male came close up to the window. My friends took the dog really close to the window, and he started growl(normal behavior). We moved the dog away, and then the moment came. I sat close up to the window right infront of the Alpha, taking pics of his eyes and head. He looked right at me and when I sat down, he lay down looking at me on this not staring way. I took my hand at touched the window, were his fur was at the other side. When my hand came down to his paw, he took the paw halfway up on the glass(almost like I did). Again really cool.

    My last experience maybe is more like a dream or imagination,but it is happening really often. I sat in the train, and drove through a forest. Out of my eye I see this really beautiful dark and light grey wolf, running beside me. I can see his track, between every single tree infront of him. He just follow me. The weird thing is that we don’t have had wolves in this area of the country in 500 years.
    But I see te same wolf when Im walking in the forest alone or have to overcome a obstacle. He do it with me and when I run in the forest, I have this feeling of the forest floor under my (not existing) paws. Again he often is beside me, and I can see both his and my own track, we have to run in.

    I know it was long, but when I try to talk to people about it, they laugh at me and say that I have been too much with the dogs:-(.So I had to came out with it, and I thought you were the right to ask about it.

    Thank you for your time
    Emilie ๐Ÿ˜€
    Ps sorry for bad english, I am not the best at it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Skalk

    Ok, so I just happened to stumble onto this gem of a website while I was searching for ways to find my spirit animal. Being an atheist I have always been really skeptical about most things spiritual etc. but on the other hand I have always felt some kind of connection to nature that makes me feel comfortable and at home. I have read on some websites about spirit animals and have taken some quizzes, but I doubt that they are even remotely reliable. Thus far I think this website has been the most helpful and seems “legit”. Now in the hope that I would get a reply from someone I will post some characteristics of myself. I really hope I can find my spirit animal or at least find some sense of belonging or spirituality, because just believing in nothing makes me feel empty (and no I will never believe in a god like the christian one etc.). First of all I hate feeling like a sheep, meaning I don’t like following other people blindly without asking questions. I always ask questions and I will do the exact opposite of something if someone tells me to do something in a condescending way. Also I hate( I use the word hate a lot, if I feel strong about something) feeling, or appearing weak in front of other people and even when I’m alone. I am attracted by darkness a lot, and most of the times I find comfort in it (when possible I sleep at day and do work at night), but at times it scares me so much which is weird. I also love wolves and I thought they could be my spiritual animal, but seeing as most people love wolves and how strong and mysterious they are I doubt if it is true. Some quizzes I have taken says my spirit animal is the crow (which I love), but I don’t know. Sorry for the extremely long and tedious message, but I hope that someone can shed some light on the subject for me, because I really feel I need to make a change and feel I need to “feel” more attached to myself and nature. Thank you.

  26. Steven Vela

    I don’t know if this means anything but today after a couple days after reading this article I got home from school with my sister and father and while walking up to the house I was the only one that noticed a cat sitting like a couple feet in front of me he was grey and white and he stared at me I walked toward it and it backed off just a little but then sat there my sister started walking toward it calling it and I walked into the house the cat started rubbing against her leg and was really friendly I just wanted to know if this meant anything.

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