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If you’ve wandered onto this page you’re likely looking for spiritual juju which can only be found in the energies of the animal kingdom.

You’re not alone. Spiritual seekers through all of history recorded their interactions with animal energies and medicine. They strove to build strong relationships with animal archetypes as a way of broadening the human experience with the natural world and its gifts.

Spirit, Totem and Power Animals are messengers from the world of Spirit, the collective conscious, Source, etc.

They show up in our awareness when the time is right, gifting to us a gentle reminder that we are connected us to their divine energy and can call upon it to achieve our highest and best life.

More importantly, these creatures become teachers, guides and advisors when we most need it.

Any living thing can potentially become a Spirit, Power or Totem Animal because of the inherent symbolism in that creature.

Let’s take an example. When you think of a bird you probably immediately think of flight. So from the get-go the bird spirit speaks of movement, often quick.

Take this one step further.

What about the color of the bird, the direction in which it’s flying, whether or not it tweets etc. Each of these simple things gives the bird more potential symbolic value.

As you learn about spirit animals, power animals and totems you will begin discovering many of these values and how they pertain to not just your spiritual path, but also daily living.

As you work with spirit animal guides you’re able to tap into a whole new level of awareness of the world in which we live and our own inner spiritual landscape.

This landscape is where the energy of spirit creatures manifest, bringing assistance, insights, and aptitudes that you need at that time.

Tribal animism went one step further, however, and began thinking of animals as messengers and symbols from Spirit that foretold of something or provided guidance.

That’s how Animal Totems and Spirit Guides began. If the local village Shaman saw a stag in a dream the night before a hunt, he might tell the hunters that Stag Spirit has shown him a successful expedition.

Spirit, Totem, & Power Animal Definition – and Familiars, too!

Most books and websites refer lump Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals together and refer to them simply as “Spirit Animals”.

Through my research and personal experience, I don’t find this to be an accurate description of the role these beautiful and giving creatures play in our lives here on Earth.

Certainly, the symbolism, meanings, and sacred messages that we perceive come to us from the animal world are a conglomeration of ancient myths, observation of animal behavior, stories of personal interaction, etc.

In this, any part of an animal’s “symbolism” could be applied to their definition as a Spirit Animal, Totem Animal, and Power Animal – and that of your “Familiar” as well.

It is up to us to determine what and when this symbolism and meaning makes sense in our present moments, past experiences, and future endeavors.

However, that said, the lessons from each type of animal spirit guide – how they affect us energetically – are very different. Applying those lessons and energies are, also, different processes.

And we haven’t even begun to talk about animal communication! LOL

Below are definitions for Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals – and Familiars.

Spirit Animal Definition

Perhaps a particular animal keeps appearing in a dreams, TV shows, advertisements, coming up in conversations, etc. This is your Spirit Animal.

Effectively a Spirit Animal represents characteristics or abilities you currently have, that you hope to develop, or something you should start working toward.

Returning to the example of the bird, perhaps you’re about to move, or perhaps you need to loosen up and become a little more liberated (spread your wings!).

Spirit Animals also deliver messages regarding persons, places and situations in our lives. “Do or don’t marry”, “Go for that new job”, “Slow down or speed up”, etc.

Totem Animal Definition

You know that Flamingo collection that keeps growing because you just can’t help yourself? You must buy every Flamingo anything you can lay your hands on?

Yep, that’s a totem.

It’s an animal whose energy simply “speaks to your spirit”.

Native American tradition tells us that your totem stays with you, or your family, for life. As you grow and change spiritually, the meaning of that totem likewise grows in your awareness.

Power Animal Definition

In indigenous cultures, elders teach children how to “become” a tiger when they are hunting food, “become” the otter when they need to be more playful, “become” the hawk so they can have a better overall view of a situation and see things more clearly.

This is Biomimicry, Biomimetics and what we label as “calling in your Power Animal“. Because we are all connected and because humans are, in fact, animals, each of us houses the knowledge and power of all living things in our DNA.

Hence, we can invoke or call forth the mental, emotional and physical energy of any animal and do so at will.

Animal Familiars Definition

Another animal spirit connection is the Familiar.

Unlike other types of animal guides, this is usually a living creature that bonds closely with a human counterpart and assists with metaphysical pursuits.

The cat that rolls around the floor every time you cast a circle is very likely your familiar. The bond between you and your familiar is often very deep and one built on respect.

Familiars are not simply “pets”. They are “animal soul mates”.

Animal Spirit Guides are Beautiful gifts

So, what animal spirit is calling to you? What does it mean?

Maybe you’re glimpsing a piece of your personality that’s developing or needs restraint. Or that creature can be a manifestation of emotions and situations of import.

Then too, perhaps you have meet a spirit guide or teacher that will take you on a merry chase toward enlightenment.

Look up the animals speaking to your heart here in my Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal Meanings and Symbols Guide.

In the meanwhile, release your inner Beast and use these lessons from nature to help you grow closer to nature and your very own soul!

55 thoughts on “Spirit, Totem, & Power Animal Meanings

  1. Heather LoCastro says:

    My very best childhood friend and I have recently been reacquainted and catching up on lost time. We picked right up where we left off. That being said, I’m currently visiting her for thanksgiving. As we were driving home together, we both were stopped by TWO red tailed hawks TOGETHER. I’ve NEVER experienced anything like this. I was just wondering what it means or represents.

  2. Elizabeth Wickett says:

    Honestly I know what my spirit animal is… But I have no idea what my Totem or power animal is… How can I find out…. Because I have no idea what I relate with.. Is there a Quiz I can take too figure that out??

  3. Jay Hitchcock says:

    Learning as I go. I am of the bear clan since the early 1700s family immigration from Ireland. I have the mountain lion spirit animal and my snake is always looking at me. Looking for meaning

  4. Debra smith says:

    Fell in love with this deck i ordered it last sept cant wait to receive it. Its worth the wait best deck ive seen. Also the art work is amazing. beautiful deck

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