Ancient Egyptian Jackal Spirit Guide
What is a Jackal?
The jackal is an animal that looks like a mix of a coyote, fox, and a dog. They are of the canine family and can be found mainly in Africa, Asia, and some parts of Europe. Different types of jackals include the golden jackal, black-backed jackal, and side-striped jackal (though there are more).
The jackal is not a lone animal and prefers to be in packs of between ten and thirty others. They usually mate for life and have babies of between 2 and 9 in a litter. It is said that other jackals in the pack will even help to raise the babies even during the first week or so when the babies' eyes have not opened. Jackals eat small mammals and usually kill them by a quick bite to the back of the neck.
Egyptian jackals are very special kinds of jackals, as their jaws and teeth are elongated in comparison to the other types of jackals. Many people have argued that the Egyptian jackal should actually be considered a gray wolf and not a jackal because of their teeth; however, with DNA testing now completed it has been proven that the Egyptian jackal is indeed closer to the jackal than the gray wolf.
Now that you've learned the basics of the jackal, we will be focusing on the jackal as a spirit guide and also learn some of the ancient Egyptian mythology of the jackal.
Anubis - the Jackal God
Ancient Egyptian Jackal in Egyptian Mythology
The Egyptian jackal was regarded as somewhat sacred by the ancient Egyptians. So much so that one of their main and most important gods beheld the head of a jackal. That god's name was Anubis, and he was considered a god of the underworld. He was also the god who oversaw the process of embalmification. With the head of a black jackal, Anubis can come off looking a little frightening to those who do not understand his powers. If you'd like to learn more about the jackal-god Anubis, read Daughter of Maat's amazing hub on Anubis by clicking here.
In that same regard, the ancient Egyptian jackal could come off looking quite off-putting if one is not aware of the spiritual benefits of the jackal spirit guide. The jackal, as personified or deified in the jackal-god Anubis, is a psychopomp...or what is also known as a spirit that guides the newly departed souls to the next life or world. The ancient Egyptians looked at death in a different way than most of us do today, and so they valued animals that they believed would guide the dead to the next world...which obviously included the ancient Egyptian jackal in the form of Anubis.
The Jackal Spirit Guide
So if the jackal spirit guide comes to guide you, there is no need to fear. While the ancient Egyptian jackal is directly related to death, that doesn't mean that you'll be physically dying soon. It could simply mean that you are preparing for a new phase in your life. Maybe you'll be getting a new job, or maybe your spirituality is getting ready to shift completely. Whatever that change is, the jackal spirit guide is here to guide you to the next phase.
The jackal spirit guide also teaches us to be faithful. The Egyptian jackal is an animal that mates for life, and thereby demonstrates to us how to be faithful with our spouses and family members. If you've been struggling with infidelity, maybe the jackal spirit guide has come to guide you into a phase of true loyalty to your spouse. Or maybe the jackal spirit guide has to come show you how to live on the wild side...sometimes we just need a wise, yet wild animal to show us how to lighten up and enjoy life.