Think of a special encounter you’ve had with an animal. Maybe it shows up in your life at significant times or perhaps you’ve had an affinity for the hawk or the wolf or the elephant since childhood. This closeness, this connection is more than coincidence – it’s the power of spirit animals. These special creatures are embodied spirits that present themselves to us through the animal kingdom. They carry with them symbolism and guidance meant to bring clarity and comfort.
Various ancient cultures and shamans throughout history have looked to the spirit animal as a guide or messenger sent to protect and show us the way. They are also known to reflect characteristics that we embody – are you inherently gentle and comforting like the doe or magnetic and social like the firefly? Spirit animals bring wisdom and connection, and teach us about ourselves through the magic of nature.