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Coyote Symbolism & Meaning

Are gloomy clouds of grief hovering over your spirit? Do you wish to attain higher levels of wisdom? Is trouble looming and you need assistance avoiding it? Coyote as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Coyote teaches you how to ease stress, calm the spirit, and adapt to any condition. Delve deeply in Coyote symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can aid, guide, and enlighten you.

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Coyote Symbolism & Meaning

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Coyote symbolism and meaning is incredibly complex.

There is nothing about this animal’s teachings that are simple or superficial. The symbolism of the Coyote remains enigmatic, being both a trickster yet also a teacher.

Coyote energy is a sign of trouble or good fortune. Most of all, however Coyote arrives in our lives with a smile and a song, acting as a gentle reminder that laughter is truly good medicine.

One can be both playful and wise – there is a balance in between.

The Coyote is a wild sage whose message comes indirectly. This is not a candid spirit, but one that often resorts to chicanery and jokes to get a point across. Thus, when working with Coyote you must keep on your toes.

Coyote will use every opportunity to present a piece of insight through even what appears to be a wholly transparent situation.

Coyote challenges us to think about those things that we have pushed down or hidden from others. Very often such matters impact our body, mind, and spirit even unwittingly. Recognizing what you’ve buried and finding coping mechanisms is a step toward wholeness.

Coyote also chases away gloomy clouds and negative perspectives by offering the gift of seeing life through the eyes of good humor.

If Coyote had a mantra it could well be, “expect the unexpected.” Uncertainty is part of life so you might as well embrace it like the Coyote and release what you cannot control with joy.

Coyote Spirit Animal

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Coyote as a Spirit Animal appears when we either need to remove our masks or put them on for protection. Coyote also enters the lives of those who have fallen into taking life much too seriously.

Learning to laugh at our mistakes and use them as a teachable moment can be incredibly healing and a wonderful coping skill.

Coyote may be telling you to be mindful of the risk-reward equation. Sometimes we need to play it safe, and other times take a clever leap of faith into something wholly new and challenging. It’s likely that you are about to embark on a new situation that calls for adaptation.

Finally Coyote comes to us in times when our family needs nurturing. Turn your eyes to the home front and determine who needs extra support and what proverbial elephants in the living room you’ve been avoiding.

Coyote Totem Animal

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Those born with Coyote as a Totem Animal are wise, light-hearted folk. You have no trouble laughing at life, even your mistakes.

As a child you may have been the class clown. As an adult you’ll find that odd happenstance has a way of finding you.

Coyote people like to lives simply, which is why you adapt to new things so easily. Trust is very important to you, as is your tribe of family and friends.

Coyotes find that life can be both sacred and silly at the same time. You are cunning and sometimes tempted to use your trickster energy for pranks. The key here is making sure such jokes are not vengeful or ill-conceived. Coyote follows the golden rule.

In love, you are devoted. Coyotes mate for life and diligently care for their young.

Coyote Power Animal

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Invoke Coyote as a Power Animal when you need to turn your frown upside down. If you never release stress, and only dwell on the negatives, you’ll attract more negativity. Invoke Coyote and let him guide you in making a positive transition – tapping that inner child and learning how to live playfully once more.

Another good application for Coyote energy is when you’re facing a new situation that makes you uncomfortable. Coyote shape shifts and transforms with ease. Let him show you how to reclaim your power in this space.

Native American Coyote Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans consider the Coyote a creator, an Ancestor spirit, and a trickster. As a Creator it is said that Coyote shook a blanking in all four of the cardinal directions creating land and water.

Some medicine men use Coyote for healing in a special ritual called Coyoteway. This takes several days to complete, during which time Coyote is honored in ritual and prayer.

Coyote Dreams

Dreams about Coyotes can be a positive or negative messenger.

If the creature is being sneaky that implies someone else is likewise deceiving you. A non-threatening Coyote may indicate that you need to take things less seriously. Loosen up and laugh.

Learn more about Coyote Spirit by reading Coyote Dream Meaning on!

Far Eastern Coyote Symbolic Meanings

In both Japan and China black and white Coyotes (and Foxes) are omens of good and evil, respectively. Japanese stories include references to these creatures having great magic and the ability to shape shift at will.

Coyote Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Trickster
  • Reluctant Hero
  • Playfulness
  • Adjustability
  • Adaptation
  • True seeing
  • Creativity
  • Paradox
  • Shape shifting
  • Wisdom

22 thoughts on “Coyote Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Jackson says:

    Can I make my spirt animal fight for me like can it appear behind me and can it be super fast and can it have lighting powers and can it be navy blue?

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Jackson;

      This is a very interesting question! We can sort of ‘make’ our Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal ‘do’ things – I’ll explain in a minute, but first…

      I’ve heard of many a Spirit Animal who was a ‘fantasy animal’ – Dragon, Unicorn, Winged Lion, Pegasus, and others. So, your Spirit Animal might appear and be super fast, have lightening powers, and it certainly can be navy blue.

      Now, having said that, since Spirit Animals show up when we need them, and they show up to help support us in some way, you ‘can’ ‘make’ your Spirit Animal ‘fight’ for you but that’s because your Spirit Animal is part of you – it lives inside you. So, you would really be using that animal’s energy to stand up for yourself.

      Remember, Spirit Animals are here to help teach and inspired us. Spirit Animals want us to find our own strength and independence. They have faith in you and so do I!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  2. Dee says:

    My spirit animal, according to the quiz, Coyote.
    I visioned a coyote n when I first saw the quiz.
    Is that my spidie senses? 😉

  3. Anu says:

    I’ve always loved horses and I’ve had dreams that I’ve owned lots of them. I took this quiz and I got a coyote – which on my first quiz that I ever took about spirit animals I got coyote. What does this mean? Do favorite animals count as spirit animals?

  4. Jaden says:

    I always got Coyote as my spirit animal. What doES this mean?!

  5. Nate says:

    I was at a rest stop walking around. It was dark out and very cold. I was stretching my legs and noticed a coyote walk around the corner of the building. It was a beautiful white coyote. I couldn’t see him for a few seconds afterwards. I didn’t feel uncomfortable around it, but went to the car just in case. He followed me to the car and walked around it before laying down in the grass behind us. All the while I felt comfortable with him being there. It felt more peaceful with him there. He then came up and stood right by the car window. After a few minutes I rounded up some jerky. He started to walk away and I said wait. He stopped and looked me in the eye. I threw him some jerky in the grass so he wouldn’t get hit by any cars. We then took off while he was eating and everyone was more alert and happy. I feel like I was supposed to receive a message from this, but it could just be a hungry animal. What does this mean?

  6. Heather says:

    I have always felt connected to animals of the canine family, and I always make jokes even in the darkest of times.

  7. Citychaos says:

    how do i summon my spirit animal?

  8. Lizzy Leapold says:

    This representation is surprisingly accurate. Although I do not believe in Zodiac or Sprit animals scientifically, it does create well insight as well as being fun to perceive. Thank you very much.

  9. Cooper says:

    I think you are right michael.

  10. charles william mcguirk says:

    A shaman once told me I am the Coyote. More of a Heyoka really. I was once visited in real life. A electric blue orb during a lightning storm. I was raised in Cassadaga Fl.

  11. Kathryn says:

    Is there a slecial meaning for white coyote?

  12. Ashton says:

    So a Coyote approached me just this night and stood at the opposite side of the road from me. We met glances and I naturally moved my head around at it, it copied me and then turned back to a park nearby where I live. The whole situation felt unworldy as this is the second time it’s actually happened to me where I’ve seen one and it’s copied what I’ve done (Tilt it’s head or roll it around) and left.
    What exactly would that mean?
    I’ve had similar things with foxes and even a wolf before. It’s been absolutely weird that I’ve had a connection with all three in some way or another… however with the Coyote, it was nearly six or seven meters away… is there a bad omen with that?

  13. Howlingear says:

    Hello. I’m just wondering…. can you have a dragon as a spirit animal? Because I’ve seen dragon spirit totems and it got me wondering. Also, luv your website:D

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I am interested in what a coydog symbolizes? This is the second time these coy dogs have come to my place of living and the first time gotten into the trash. Tonight they wondered around the yard.

  15. Erika Soerensen says:

    I adore them and am blessed to know they are my spirit animal!

  16. Georgene Gracious says:

    what is the meaning of a coyote coming onto ones property to die?? Thank you

  17. Barbara Watkins says:

    Two weeks ago I thought I heard an owl for the first time in the neighborhood next day approx 1/4 mile from house I saw a coyote on the side of the road that was deceased .. unusual for me as an empath I cried both outward and inward ..I still feel compassion as it enters my mind today and I shed a tear … Why? What has/is the coyote spirit telling me?

  18. Terry says:

    Back in 84 i had the good fortune to have a ‘Native American’ sponsor – he asked me about my beliefs in a higher power – when i told him i didn’t believe in one…. he said “OK, we can fix that.” A short time later he and the Shaman for his ‘Blackfoot’ Tribe took me into the ‘Ghost Wilderness’ area and but me into a sacred circle for 4 nights and 3 days ….. one of the two animals that came to me was the Coyote. I also came away with an insight into a ‘Higher Power’.

  19. Maddie says:

    What if I have never seen a coyote in my life but my close friends have seen them quite often? Does that mean something?

  20. Stephen says:

    Just after midnight three baby coyotes revealed themselves and strutted in front of me on the road I live on, I am trying to figure out the meaning behind this because there are too many coincidences related to this for it to be purely random. There is a full moon at this time and an eclipse occurred earlier tonight, not sure if that is a factor in anything but I can not just dismiss this as something that just happened for some reason. What is your interpretation of this?

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