Think of a special encounter you’ve had with an animal or perhaps a reoccurring dream. Maybe a certain animal coincidentally shows up in your life at a significant time, or perhaps you’ve had an affinity for the eagle, elephant or fox since childhood but don’t know why. This closeness, this connection is more than coincidence – it’s the power of animal spirit guides - sometimes called “spiritual animals”. According to ancient cultures and shamanic beliefs, 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.
Ancient cultures and shamans throughout history have looked to the animal spirit as a guide, pathfinder, or messenger sent to protect, enlighten, and show us the way. They are also believed to reflect characteristics, qualities, and traits that we embody – are you inherently gentle and peaceful like the doe? Or magnetic and social like the firefly - shining your light everywhere you go? Tuning into your stillness and discovering your animal spirit guide can bring forth wisdom and holistic connection, and believed to teach us about our deepest selves through self discovery and the magic of nature.