Lynx Symbolism & Meaning
Are you seeking insight into a problem? Do you have trouble seeing people for who they really are? Lynx as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Lynx teaches us to speak little, listen, and how to see the underlying truth in all things. Delve deeply in Lynx symbolism and meaning to find out how this animal spirit guide can illuminate, guide, and assist you.
Lynx Table of Contents
- Lynx Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Norse, Himalayan, & Egyptian Symbolism
- Lynx Dreams
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Lynx Symbolism & Meaning
“In southern settlements, where the Lynx is little known, it is painted as a fearsome beast of limitless ferocity, strength, and activity.”
– Ernest Thompson Seton
Lynx Etymology: There is an Indo-European root word for Lynx that derives from light and Lucina/Luna (the Moon Goddess). There is also the word lewk (bright light), alluding to the Lynx’s glowing eyes at night. It is interesting to note that Pliny felt that Lynx had the greatest clearsightedness among four-legged creature.
Some people call the Lynx the silent witness. It’s rare that you see them as they observe all of human and nature’s interactions. They can see us very well, have amazing instincts and listens intently. Spiritually this is a lesson for us in observing (spiritually and mundanely), understanding that there is more to the world than the first layer we see (do not be deceived) and moving gently through situations as necessitated.
The Lynx has a tight body, bobbed tail and tufts of hair on the top of each ear. These look a bit like an antenna, perhaps giving Lynx spiritual reception to the mysteries and messages from the Divine. Those ears help Lynx pinpoint specific sounds, so the correlation is apt. There is just something unique about the Lynx that resonates with the idea of secrets on earth and those in different realms.
The design of Lynx paws helps with stealth and warmth. They’re covered with thick fur, and they also have retractable claws. These help the Lynx climb trees. Can you imagine the surprise when a Lynx jumps down from his hushed perch on an unwary dinner choice? Our lesson here is knowing when we need to move into unexpected spots in life to achieve our goals (also, be careful when you use those claws). Additionally, the Lynx can jump upwards of 22 feet; this could give Lynx associations with the Air Element. It’s certainly not Water as Lynx really aren’t fond of swimming even though they can do so adeptly.
As kittens, you would not recognize the Lynx’s wild nature. They are frisky and impish, often chasing each other. They climb everywhere akin to an overgrown hamster. This interaction has a purpose; however, the childlike energy helps them strengthen basic skills that help them outwit predators and hunt effectively. What can your inner child teach you?
Lynxes have their own proverbial Wheel of the Year. It begins in spring with mating season. The Lynx is not monogamous, but this improves the chances of bearing young. Just over two months later the kittens arrive and nurse until they are two months old. Come summer Lynx has far more variety in its prey. If they catch more than they can eat, they put away the leftovers for another day.
By fall the kittens are ready for hunting lessons; this is a family activity. In winter the kittens stay with their mother, finally going out on their own around ten months of age. There really is no time of year when you won’t find the Lynx active, although it will stay in its den during severe weather conditions.
Keywords and characteristics of the Lynx Spirit include transformation, stealth, spiritedness, skill, patience, instinct, guidance, enigmas, the occult, devotion, certainty, alertness, and comprehension.
Perhaps the most seductive aspect of lynxes is their expressive eyes. It’s like looking at one of those paintings that seem alive to the point that you cannot look away; this may give Lynx two other meaningful symbols: hypnotism and temptation.
For the Astronomers out there, there is a constellation of the Lynx. The stars are so faint it is said that you must have Lynx eyes to perceive them. There is a story in Africa that speaks of the Morning Star, a Hunter, who fell in love with a Lynx. This relationship eventually resulted in a celestial array.
Another notable honor for the Lynx was the Academy of Lynxes established in 1603; this was a scientific society for the greatest minds. Among the great thinkers, Galileo was a member. The reason for the name comes from the Lynx’s eyes, which examine all the mysteries of life. The emblem for this order was a scene where the Lynx battles Cerberus who guards the underworld. The symbolism here is that the Lynx can see through any lies and discover those things for which humans crave understanding.
Lynx Spirit Animal
When Lynx Spirit Animal comes to you, it is often a warning of deception. Something is not as it seems, and the truth is elusive. If you are making a decision, slow down and re-read any paperwork.
Alternatively, you could be fooling yourself about a situation. If you are looking at someone or something through rose color glasses, it’s time to take them off. In the long run, this eases some of the pain of accepting things as they are. Listen closely to what people are saying – not just on the surface but also implications and energy just below that.
The Lynx Spirit Guide sometimes comes to those people who have forgotten the benefits of playing. Our world is filled with stressors. A little light-hearted mischief lifts the spirits. It makes you feel lighter and actually provides a little perspective.
Have you recently discovered a psychic ability like second site (astral vision, Clairvoyance)? Lynx is the perfect partner for growing those skills. He is one of the main Seers among Animal Guides. Take his consult seriously.
Lynx Totem Animal
Those born with the Lynx Totem Animal are patient. They know that timing is everything. In a situation where the opportunity lies, they will wait, watch and then pounce toward perfection. The Lynx Totem can make other people ill-at-ease. The way the Lynx sees right through airs can topple any act a person puts on. Balancing this, people know that Lynx can keep a secret very well.
If this is your birth totem, trust your intuition. When you don’t listen you get lost, and that handy vision fails you. Sometimes it helps to take alone time for gathering your thoughts and sorting things out.
In relationships, you are always the lighthearted, flirtatious one. Those you circle with love this characteristic in you. It seems as if you can find a silver lining anywhere and even make it funny.
Walking with the Lynx means you are a great listener. The phrase “you have two ears and one mouth” could well be Lynx’s mantra. Better still you have a knack for truly discerning what a person is trying to say, even if they’re not communicating as well as they might like.
Lynx medicine includes a teacher mode. People may feel drawn to you when struggling with spiritual questions. Stick to what you really know (only the truth, which is your language of love).
Early in childhood, the Lynx exhibits strong emotional awareness. This little one will have insight well beyond their years; this continues growing well into adulthood. There is a thirst in the Lynx totem for seeking out things that would stop others in their tracks. Lynx people want that deep inner knowing that gives certainty, especially in decision making.
As one born under the Lynx Totem, you are pretty hardy. Fitness and the survival instinct come naturally to you. Winter? Ha! You live for it. You can dance over the snow like a ballerina. In fact, you seem to float.
When you do not wish to be seen no one can find you. Do not play hide-n-seek with a Lynx person. You’re in for quite the challenge.
Lynx Power Animal
Reach out to Lynx Power Animal when:
You have trouble trusting your gut, and often brush it off.
There’s a sense that someone isn’t telling the truth, or a situation holds deception.
Making a promise you truly want to keep, particularly if it includes honoring a secret.
Exploring psychic gifts, particularly clairvoyance.
You’re tempted to act before really thinking things through. Be patient.
Life seems overwhelming, and you really need to get away and listen to your Higher Self.
Seriousness becomes a 24-7 state of mind. It’s time to grow a sense of humor.
Augmenting your awareness of other realms and the beings who abide there (the Fey, Angels, etc.).
Attempting to assert your independence without being overbearing.
Native American Lynx Symbolic Meanings
Lynx plays different roles in Native American stories. Overall the Lynx Spirit has the gift of true seeing and observation. He is the master of sensing those things that others do not see. Northwestern tribes see Lynx as a hunter symbol as well as civility. Conversely, Northeastern tribes put Lynx in a villainous role.
The Blackfoot language describes lynx as a powerful bobcat; this may be due to the fact that while people knew of the lynx, it was rarely sighted, where the bobcat was far more observable. In Mohave teachings dreaming of the Lynx means that person will perform amazingly well in the hunt.
In Ojibwe, Shawnee, Cree and Algonquin myths there is a creature known as the Great Lynx or Water Lynx. The description of this spirit says it has physical characteristics of a dragon and a cougar. The Water Lynx is a normal size but has a long copper tail. Of course, details vary between oral traditions. This particular Lynx, although master of all water creatures, has the duty of protecting the copper in the Great Lakes. Should one take it, it was a great taboo and could lead to disaster.
Norse, Himalayan, & Egyptian Lynx Animal Symbolism
Norse mythology portrays Lynx as a companion to Freya. As a Warrior Goddess, her chariot often had a Lynx Lead who helped win battles thanks to foresight and keen vision.
In the Himalayan regions, the Lynx goes by the title of ghost cat because it is so puzzling and difficult to see. Come winter Lynx is in its greatest power, blending into the snow as if to disappear; this is one time when Lynx has a strong connection to the Water Element.
One of the aspects of the Cat-Faced Goddess Mafdet had a war-like characteristic that was illustrated in iconography as a Lynx. At this time, Lynx was among the smaller wild cats in the region that lived just beyond the farms along the Nile plain. Mafdet oversaw judgement, and the Lynx symbolized power over transcendental evil powers (often Apep, the God of Chaos, shown as a huge serpent).
Mafdet has an important role in meting out legal justice. She also protected sacred places from venomous animals. It is felt that while in the form of a Lynx or other great cat she also had the job to protect sacred spaces from these creatures; this also extended to Ra in writings of the Old Kingdom since his weakness included snakebites.
Seeing a Lynx in your dream represents secrets that you or others hold that must come to light before they hurt someone or cause chaos. Alternatively, it can represent people with sweet words but bad intentions (sometimes manifesting as gossip).
If a Lynx runs away in your dream, a victory is forthcoming along with a little luck.
A pacing Lynx implies you are being impatient about something but still need to wait it out.
Lynx Symbolic Meanings Key