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How Do You Know Your Spirit Animal?
Spirit Animals & Animal Guides
More and more people want to know the answer to the question "how do you know your spirit animal?" Spirit animals (also known as totems or animal spirit guides) are with us all of the time, everywhere we go and no matter what we do. We have only to recognize they exist, and they will show themselves to us.
That being said, sometimes it is quite confusing for the beginner to figure out which animal is their spirit animal. There can sometimes be more than one in your life, and they could all be in your life for various reasons. But just know that you will always have one totem, a spirit animal that will remain with you for the entirety of your life. Let's learn about how to find out which animal is your spirit animal and totem.
- Animal Spirit Guides Meanings: Deer Spirit Guide
The deer is a magnificent animal for many reasons. Not only has the deer fed our ancestors on almost every continent, but they have also given us their knowledge of the land and of survival. Whether we choose to listen to that knowledge is ultimately
The easiest way of which to figure out your spirit animal is to think back to when you were a child. What was your favorite animal? Did you spend countless hours with your dog? Maybe you always had a longing to ride on a horse's back? Perhaps you even sheltered homeless cats or hurt squirrels. If you can answer any of these questions, it is possible that one of these animals is your totem or permanent spirit animal.
Still not sure? You can always ask your spirit animal to identify themselves to you. Realize that you must be open-minded to the signs, and you cannot always expect a grand entrance from your spirit animal. What I mean by this is - don't expect a zebra to show up in your driveway! That being said, sometimes your spirit animal will make a grand entrance, or perhaps they will just give you some very obvious signs.
Those obvious signs could include:
- seeing that particular animal on the TV constantly
- seeing that animal in nature (at a distance or up close)
- hearing someone talk about this particular animal
- seeing symbols of this animal or seeing pictures in books, etc.
Have you been particularly obsessed with an animal since you were young? Or maybe you've just recently become obsessed with an animal? My friend calls herself a "crazy cat lady" and laughs at the title, though she knows that she is absolutely obsessed with cats. It is more than obvious that this animal is her spirit animal.
Dreams & Meditations
Another way in which to find out who your spirit animal is - through dreams and meditation. As a teenager, I had a dream that I was in a log cabin and that I died in the hallway. A white wolf laid down beside me, and my soul went into the white wolf's body. I became the white wolf. From that moment forward, I knew that the wolf would be my spirit animal for the rest of my life. He is not always in the forefront of my soul's necessary messages, but I know that he is always with me. This dream validated that belief.
Have you had a recurring dream of a particular animal? That animal is most likely your totem or spirit animal. You can also go to sleep at night and ask your spirit animal to appear in your dreams. Or if you would like to give meditation a try, you can ask your spirit animal to come to you during meditation or in a vision. Many times you will find that it is easiest for your spirit animal to show up in your dreams or during visions, as they are in that dimension already.
Another aspect to finding your spirit animal is this - don't be surprised if your spirit animal is totally different than you would have imagined. Sometimes your spirit animal might even be shocking. I know one woman whose spirit animal turned out to be a donkey! But the donkey had some deep, meaningful things to teach this woman and so she figured out why the donkey would be her totem and grew to love it. Also, spirit animals can sometimes be mythological animals: a dragon, a unicorn, a phoenix, even a werewolf!