Animals and humans exist in the physical and spirit world together. The spirit world is comprised of spirit guides, angels, archangels, ascended masters, departed loved ones and animal spirit guides or totems. In Shamanism the animal guides are known as power animals. Shamans receive a specific power animal from the spirit world that travels with them offering insight, guidance, and help with their shamanic duties. It is important to honor the knowledge and wisdom that each different animal imparts. In Native American cultures, spirit animals are also referred to as animal totems. Both the animal totems and power animals are considered to be spirit guides. You do not have to be a shaman to take advantage of your natural connection with animals. Sometimes a spirit animal picks you and sometime you are innately drawn to your spirit animal.
Here is a keyword list of spirit animals and their meanings.
Alligator: survival; fighter.
Ant: industrious; community; self-sacrificing.
Bat: death/rebirth; initiation; intuitive.
Bear: Strength; power; renewal; wisdom.
Beaver: resourceful; hardworking; constructive; ambition.
Bee: alertness; community; industry; sexuality; abundance.
Buffalo: abundance; leadership; life flow; unity with Earth.
Butterfly: avatar; metamorphosis; soul; courage to change.
Cat: mysticism; awareness; stealth.
Cougar: philosopher; power; spiritual leadership.
Coyote: adaptability; humor; trickster.
Crab: tenacious; commitment; seclusion.
Crane: knowledge; arcane wisdom; vigilance, balance.
Crow: ancient wisdom; bold; diviner; magic.
Deer: grace; beauty; innocence.
Dog: loyalty; tenacity; community.
Dragonfly: agility; dreams.
Duck: trustworthy; social; unassuming.
Dolphin: community; harmony; joy; love; peace; playfulness.
Eagle: courage; healing; divine messenger.
Elephant: longevity; remover of obstacles; good fortune.
Elk: endurance; explorer; roamer; strength.
Fox: adaptability; cunning; skill; wily; awareness.
Frog: love; transformation; abundance; healing.
Goat: virile; agile; stubborn; determined.
Goose: protector; reliable; territorial; safe return.
Hare: power of observation; wisdom; fertility.
Hawk: spirit world messenger; cunning; protector.
Horse: endurance; independence; travel.
Hummingbird: energy; wonder; swift action.
Koala: dreams; connections; memory; pleasure; magic; trust.
Leopard: shape shifting; magic work.
Lion: nobility; courage; health; vitality; king.
Lizard: renewal; transformation; ancient energy.
Loon: serenity; faithfulness; dreams realized.
Lynx: inner knowledge; occultism; secrets.
Moose: confident; head strong; arrogant.
Mouse: family unity; resourceful.
Orca: intuition; power of song; family unit; creation.
Otter: compatibility; sharing; play.
Owl: between worlds; divination; truth; visions; wisdom.
Panther: hunter; stealth; solitary.
Pelican: Storage; readiness; renewal.
Penguin: storage; dedication; self-sacrifice.
Pig: expressive; intelligence; sincerity.
Rabbit: alert; abundance; organization; unity.
Raven: altered states; battlefield; espionage; mystery; secrets.
Rhinoceros: ancient wisdom; aggressive defense.
Roadrunner: agile; quick; cleaver.
Salmon: ancient wisdom; determination; courage.
Scorpion: defensive; power; nimble.
Shark: survivor; fearsome; praetor; powerful; ambitious.
Skunk: self-protective; fearless; self-esteem.
Snail: perseverance; determination; grace.
Snake: cycles; rebirth; regeneration; renewal; wisdom; wholeness; magic.
Spider: creativity; dreams; fate; weaver; story teller; dark powers.
Squirrel: resourceful; prankster; trusty; playful.
Swan: commitment; loyalty; majesty; protective.
Toad: prosperity; messenger.
Turkey: shared blessing; originality; artistic; harvest; bounty.
Turtle: Earthy; grounded; longevity; protection; shelter.
Whale: creative; inspiration; intelligence; life enhancer.
Wolf: family bonds; unity; Earth wisdom.
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