Animal Spirit Guides


“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals; for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars, and the sun, and the moon, man should learn. Tirawa spoke to man through his works.”
Chief Letakots-Lesa, Pawnee Tribe

Spirit Animals, Power Animals, Animal Totems

Used extensively in shamanic tradition, animal spirit guides areanimals in spirit who assist us as all spirit guides do, often representing and sending messages through means of certain animal types because of the traits they posess.

Animal spirit guides may manifest in different ways. On one level, you may connect with a spirit animal (also known as power animal or, in some cases, animal totems) through meditation and they may assist you in the same way that angels and your personal spirit guides do. We may call on these animal guides to help us when we need assistance with a situation or personality trait that may be best represented through the traits that animal posesses. For instance, because the eyesight of the Hawk is so good, we may call on Hawk to assist us when we need to focus on or gain clairity on a specific situation.

We may also receive messages from our spirit guides, animal or otherwise, though the living embodiment of earthly animals. Animals may be sent to cross your path to deliver a message relating to that animal’s traits. Using Hawk as an example again, if Hawk crosses your path, your spirit guides may be telling you to ‘step back and look at a difficult situation from a different perspective,’ or to remind you to ‘stay focused on your goal’.┬áSo be aware of the animals who present themselves to you. Call on them when you need guidance. They are as pure of heart in spirit as they are in body.