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How to Find Your Spirit Animal
The Complete Guide

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! 🙂

Table of Contents

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 as well as Mother Earth and Father Sky. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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 nature’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? 😉

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.

446 thoughts on “How to Find Your Spirit Animal – The Complete Guide

  1. Amanda Summers says:

    Thankyou your explanation has revealed that I already know my animal. I just didn’t understand before. So many things that have happened in the past now make sence.

  2. David James says:

    Thank you for this. What an enlightening and encouraging article! I loved what you shared about all Creatures being connected and how they can respond to our cry/need for help. This reflects what Mother Nature intuitively communicated to me recently when I was in a local green space

  3. Carleen says:

    Excellent read with the pieces of information making it fun to explore..I seem to have multiple beautiful helpers in my life feeling some connection with all..thank you!

  4. Kaila says:

    So lately I’ve been going through a rough time, and have felt very alone and hopeless. And a few nights ago I had a dream where I was on a gorgeous island, that had like a grand canyon effect to it, with pools of amazing turquoise water that seemed to light up. And I was walking with my mom, and my best friend and her mom, we all are incredibly close, and we were walking on the side of one of the mountains. Then I looked down, and I saw a humpback whale start emerging from underneath the sea until its head and face was above the water, and started basically calling and singing this beautiful song of happiness and love and light. Then a few more came, and multiple orca whales were dancing and jumping to the song. It was the most beautiful things I have seen and the song just seemed to fill me with just pure happiness and love and content, something that I haven’t truly felt in awhile. I woke up and googled what it meant, and the more I read about it the more connected I felt with whales, which led me to your page. I have never really been too connected with them, but I did go on many whale watching trips when I was around 4 or 5, and did have a small obsession over beluga whales when I was around the same age, due to the song baby beluga. I’ve also had a deep connection with horses for most of my life, and I still feel that connection, just not as strong. I also keep seeing whales swimming whenever I try to meditate, as well as a white horse. I doubt myself a lot, so can you help me? Do you think that horses and whales are my spirit animals?

  5. William G Cifers says:

    I am approaching 60 years of age. Over a year ago, I had a profound and very disturbing dream. Prior to this dream I had no knowledge of a particular event. This dream was absolutely lucid, the smells, the sounds, the ultra-realistic visualizations, the emotions, and most of all, the bonded relationship. I was to later discover, after much research, this was the “Sand Creek Massacre.” From my early youth I have had a stirring feeling for and of the people of the First Nations. There is much more the this dream or vision, in great detail. I am a hobbyist photographer. During one hike in the Shenandoah, I experienced a very strange occurrence. I was hiking down to photograph a waterfall. A man passed me as he was on his way off the trail. He said to me (I had never met the man prior and did not know anything of him), you will have a special experience at the falls. I was sitting on a rock in the shallows of the run-off of the falls setting up my camera and composing my shot. Some people standing near starting pointing at me. I apologized and told them I would be out of their way shortly. One lady said to me “no, look behind you.” With my camera still in my hands, I very slowly turned around and there was a Black Vulture standing on a large boulder about 3 feet from me. It was making direct eye contact and did not stir. I took photos of it and it did not flinch. I captured my shot and slowly moved away from the observing spectator, which did not leave or look away from me. I walked further down the trail. The same Black Vulture followed me, gliding over my head so close I could hear and feel the wind from its wings. It landed right beside me (within about 2 feet). I have photos to offer. As I proceeded further down this trail, this very large Black Vulture continued to follow me. As it began to get dark I started my trek back up the path. I did speak to this animal that clearly had something for me or wanted something from me. I said “I am not sure who you are, but it is nice to meet you and thank you for the company. I must leave now.” It did not follow me up the trail. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me at my email. Thank you.

  6. Kev Freaney says:

    This explains why most animals are not scared of me.

  7. Lara Jeanne says:

    My entire life Ive been a cat person. But I think protective spirits incarnated in dogs twice to protect me as a child. I was told a Doberman mothered me in the year after my fathers death, when my mother was lost to grief. This would be my second year of life. At age 8, I had a special connection to a chocolate lab during a time of horrible abuse.
    Im 42 now and suddenly, in last year, 3 lost dogs have tried to come home with me. One was two houses away and only I could guide it back to owner. Not sure what this means.
    Ive had multiple crow interactions in last few years that recently nearly stopped.
    Then yesterday a chicken. It was loose in my yard, haldf a dozen strangers with a net chasing it. I crouched under the bush it huddled under and clucked at it. It chortled back and approached me. Eventuall I found its owner and led it home to her yard by taking a few steps, turning around and gently clucking and waiting for her to follow before moving forward. This only worked when my roommate and her owners wife hid. Even their long shadows cast by afternion sun had to be out of sight.
    I wss quite surprised. I had been ablevto communicate with horses, dogs, and cats since childhood, and was slightly sble to get crows to respond, but had no idea I could “speak” chicken. Never even liked them until I looked into her eye yesterday, projected energy of calm and safety toward her, and SAW that tangible moment when she relaxed and felt safe. It was such a moving experience I decided to research “chicken spirit animal” today and WOW. ….Thank you. So, so much synchronicity in the interaction.
    Also, had no idea its a bit rare to have spiritual encounters with animals in waking life so often. Id forgotten sonehow, but I used to always get called an Old Soul as a kid. I used to attract animals and babies like moths to a flame. When that light was gone, and I stumbled in darkness, how did I forget it had ever even existed? But I did! I didnt remember it until it wS back. The light that babies and animals were always drawn to came back at sone point in last 2 years, and only then did these encounters return. Im lucid again!
    Thank you so much.

  8. rose says:

    will you help me find my spirit animal cause I think I’m ready.

  9. Chandra says:

    Can you have more than one spirit animal?

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