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Animal Spirit Guide Meanings: Fox Spirit Guide
Animal Spirit Guides
Connecting with your animal spirit guide can be enlightening. Understanding your guide can uncover wisdom from deep within yourself. Often the first question people ask me is "how do I know my animal spirit guide?" The answer to this question is quite simple. You don't have to seek out your animal spirit guide. Your animal spirit guide will find you.
Typically when an animal spirit guide makes itself known to you, it will appear recurrently in many different places. Sometimes you'll see them in the wild (with animals living today), sometimes they'll show up on the Television, online in articles or ads, in newspapers/magazines, in dreams, or you might even hear someone talking about it in a passing conversation. If you are open to receiving messages from your animal spirit guide, they will come to you.
Once they appear and you've realized their presence, the best thing to do is to study them. Study the mythology behind the creature, study the various cultures' beliefs of the creature. Study what they eat, their habitat, the ways they move, hunt, and mate. Keep in mind that sometimes after your animal spirit guide's message has been understood, they may disappear. And then another will appear when the next message is ready for you.
The Fox in Mythology
The fox is an integral part of many cultures' myths and folklore dating back thousands of years. With its slyness, cunning and wit, it is no wonder our ancestors either revered or were wary of this dog-like/cat-like animal.
To the Japanese, the fox (called Kitsune), was a magical and intelligent being. In ancient times, people believed the fox spirit had the ability to shift shapes and become human. The fox was depicted as a seductress and had many tails, up to nine tails in some myths. The number of tales the kitsune had was in direct relation to how long the fox had lived. The Japanese believed the fox could live for an unusually long time and the older they were the more powerful and magical they were. Some of the myths of foxes in Japan were said to have come from the more ancient Chinese myths, while some maintain that Japan has its own myths of foxes originating from Japan alone. In the early modern period, kitsune were feared in Japan and thought to be thieves and evil witches. This coincides with the witch trials and shapeshifters in early modern Europe.
In ancient Europe, the fox was most likely honored and held as sacred, but as time moved forward the fox was seen as a trickster and as a familiar of witches. Sometimes they were even burned because the superstitious people believed they were consorts of the devil (just as wolves were). However, during the time of the Grimm Brothers, a tale was recorded by the fairy tale writers called The Wolf and the Fox. This fairy tale tells of a greedy wolf living and leeching off of a hard working fox. Eventually the fox outwits the wolf...or "outfoxes" him.
Native American tales of the fox are much the same as throughout the rest of the world depending on the tribe. Some tribes viewed the fox as an intelligent and quick creature, while many other tribes saw the fox as a trickster, similar to the coyote. In Mexico the fox is portrayed as a trickster on the level as the coyote in the southern United States. There are literally dozens of legends of the fox in Native American culture, some of them in which the fox shapeshifts into human form.
Foxes can be found all over the world and most ancient cultures have stories about these cunning creatures. You may never see a fox in the wild in your entire life, but you can be sure they are there.
Fox Spirit Guide Meanings
Maybe you've been noticing the fox spirit guide showing up on the TV a lot lately. Maybe you've seen her online and in magazines. You've read a book with the fox mentioned in it or perhaps you've heard a conversation about the fox. Maybe, if you're lucky enough, you've actually seen on in the wild. The fox spirit guide is sly but knows the perfect way in which to grab your attention.
When the fox spirit guide enters your life, you are in a period of discernment. This could mean that someone is not being truthful to you, or perhaps a situation might prove to be harmful and you need the power of discernment and intelligence in your life. The fox spirit brings these characteristics to your life. He will show you how to see past the tall grass and find the truth.
One thing we think of when we hear the word fox is cunning. The fox spirit guide brings with him the ability to hide from predators and potential dangers. He also teaches us how to hunt skillfully and successfully. Maybe you need to learn a lesson of using your intuition and instincts in order to outfox someone or to rise above a sticky situation.
Let's not forget another characteristic of the fox...seduction. Think I'm crazy? Where do you think the term "foxy" comes from? Foxes are often seen as slinky, seductive characters in Asian folklore sometimes taking the form of a beautiful young woman in order to seduce an unsuspecting man and getting what it wants. Now is the time to up your love game. Fox spirit guide brings you the lesson to fully love yourself - body, mind, and spirit. Take care of your body and be empowered by your own beauty both inside and out. Exude confidence and you will draw love to you. Time to be your foxy self!
The fox spirit guide brings 3 main ideals to the forefront: cunning, opportunity, and seduction.— Nicole Canfield
© 2017 Nicole Canfield