Ancient Egyptian Jackal Spirit Guide

Updated on April 17, 2016
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Kitty has been communicating with her spirit guides for over a decade. She uses the lessons she's learned through them to write about them.


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.

Jackal-head of Anubis Statue
Jackal-head of Anubis Statue | Source

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.


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    Brittney Turnbo 

    2 months ago from Dittmer, Missouri

    I think that you (Kitty) should make another article for the Jackal, but have more facts to persuade readers to understand and stay hooked into your articles. I'm only 11 so I can't really understand the hook because I'm doing a research of Jackals for Social Studies and I couldn't quite understand this quite of article. So in my opinion I do really like your article, but you should add more details and explain your hook a lot more.



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    5 years ago

    Hey KTD. Love your series of animal spirit guides, I had a friend whose loved one had Jackyl headed Anubis figures appear to them, just before they suffered from a heart attack at an abnormally young age. It now occurs to me that they may have been that person's spirit guide... but this was some information I wrote back to them, in an attempt to help them reconcile these ' creatures ' that she saw around her soon to be lost friend.

    I thought it might be relevant to post it here as well...

    " You say your friend practiced the occult, and you see energies and feel them naturally. So he probably needed you if he was not as intume. Hard for me to judge that.

    You have clearly identified Anubis, not any other egyptian figures as being exactly like what you saw. This I know, most egyptian figures are part of a royal family story Isis mother, Osiris father and Horus son, the central story. The family is a bloodline story Osiris is almost comperable to Jesus for egyptian mythology (he dies is resurrected and many other similarities) he is a King of Kings like Jesus also. But Anubis (or Anubins for truly they are plural) are not part of this royal family. Look at how they are dressed, almost like royal guards, a staff weapon in one hand which has a jackyl head just like Anubis (this symbolizes them being a royal guard or military ) in the other hand Anubis carries an Ankh (this is the holy symbol of Osiris as a divine lord, just like the cross symbolizes for Jesus, the Ankh is probably the oldest symbol of immortality known) this identifies Anubis as a royal guard and more specifiically the guardians of Osiris not in life, but in transition and in the afterlife.

    Jackyls do not hunt their own food, they travel in packs, wait for a larger predator to kill an antelope eat its fill and then when the carcass is left alone, they scavenge the remaining meat and bones. Jackyls are very close genetically to dogs. Anubis has a jackyl head because he only appears to carry away the dead, dispose of the dead, bury the dead, or may appear at a time when someone is near to their time of the modern Grim Reaper without the hooded skully stuff. Although the cults of egypt are long dead religiously speaking, since Rome conquered them...but the energies were not just religious fancy. You may take this with a grain of salt...but there are older things that exist on this earth than Humans, and most of them are connected with the Dark earth energies and more specifically they are linked to the death cycle of life.

    Now I am not saying that Anubis killed your loved one, But it is my experience that Anubis of this kind of form, is very old and does not show itself to anyone without a damn good reason. Usually as a warning that the person is going to die fairly soon, And they follow and wait until the momment of death, and like the first pic you have shows...they then follow the body to its burial (ie Anubis is leaning over Osiris in his sarcofigas, or coffin - Anubis is in prayer pose giving last rites to his King of Kings, and Anubis says the words and ritual to release the soul and allow it to move on to eternal life.)

    I guess while still alive, witnessing one of these cretures is sure to be frightening, Especially if you are not the one it is waiting for. But evil, I am not sure that is what their purpose was at all. They may have even been trying to prevent your boyfriend from his fate, but they are not allowed to interfere if a person is determined to die.

    And a heart attack so young and healthy, something outside the norm was acting in his life to cause that. I don't want to upset you, so here I will stop. Again just food for thought, and maybe some clarity.

    If you do ever run into them again. All you need do is say out loud ' I am alive, and you are not here for me ... begone to whence you came '. And they will leave.

    If you prefer a scriptural resource.

    Psalm 91 (king james or whatever bible - the psalms are the same in all the translations) is the psalm used to banish all evil or spirits of the dead. I repeat Psalm 91.

    Do not make the clerical error many do

    The 23rd Psalm (Lords prayer) should never be used to banish evil or the spriits of the dead. Only say the Lords prayer aloud to other living things. It has a completely undesireable effect if you don't follow this rule.

    I know this from experience. I have studied exorcism, voudou, and enochian magicks as a kind of hobby for many years, I don't claim to be a holy man, But those basic guidelines are known to Catholic Priests, Voudou Shammins and sorcerers of any ranking.

    Well KTD. on a personal note, I think jackyls are just neato. Another great hub, from the dreamer in thee. Blessed be, like a honeybee. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    heidi - You're too kind! I have never been to this life at least. I know I've lived past lives there, though. ;) Thanks for reading!

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    Heidi Thorne 

    5 years ago from Chicago Area

    Another great hub on one of the most fascinating cultures ever! I do think some find Egyptian emphasis on death frightening. But as you note, it's more transformational than frightful. Have you been to Egypt? I would love to go and see all their ancient history one day. Maybe when I retire. :) Happy Weekend!

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    iantoPF - You should come back, I enjoy your writing TOO much and need to read more! LOL. I've found inspiration from your hubs, friend. Thanks for reading & voting. Blessings!

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    Peter Freeman 

    6 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

    Hello Kitty' I don't hang out on Hubpages as much as I used to and I certainly have not been reading your Hubs as much as I should.

    This is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I am personally more attached to the Wolf and the Dragon, I have a Dragon tattoo on my arm, but your information on the Jackal is very enlightening. I'm drawn to look more closely.

    Thank you, voted up and appreciated.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Seeker7 - Very true, many animals and their symbolism span cultures and countries on opposite sides of the world. I've always found that amazing, and yet it makes sense in that we are all one. How about the belief in dragons? Chinese believed in dragons, Celts believed in dragons, and there's even legends of huge winged creatures told by the Native Americans. Thanks for stopping by, your comments are ALWAYS loved. :)

    Vinaya - Hey, friend! Nice to see your face on here. :) So glad you find some useful information in my hubs. I love Egypt...have you been?

    Team Leader - Thanks for reading & smiling.

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    Team Leader 

    6 years ago

    Hello KittyTheDreamer,

    What a beautiful hub, thank you soo much. Your hub has a very unique and uplifting charm about it. I am smiling now...

    Your 'Team Leader'

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    Vinaya Ghimire 

    6 years ago from Nepal

    Hello Kitty,

    I always look forward to read your hubs on mythology and religious practices. There is so much to learn from your writings. I admit, I knew nothing about jackal symbolism. I very much enjoyed reading this hub on Egyptology.


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    Helen Murphy Howell 

    6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Kitty another phenomenal hub! I always think it's fascinating how peoples that are so far apart have similar animals for similar ideas. Comparing the jackal with the wolf or dog within other cultures such as the Celts, it's remarkable how similar these spirit guides are.

    For me Anubis was always one of the most fascinating aspects of Egyptian spirituality - and there is a lot to choose from!

    A thoroughly enjoyable hub and one that I've learned a lot from - many thanks once again Kitty for your remarkable hubs that teach so much! Voted up!!

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Daughter of Maat - I might have to give it a shot. Thanks for the advice, I'll keep you updated!

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    Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

    6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

    Interestingly, I was originally drawn to Greek mythology, but when I started studying paganism, I began to become fascinated with Egyptian Mythology. :D

    Hey Kitty, I think Anubis is looking to talk to you. You may try contacting him in a meditation and see what happens. Just remember, he's intimidating, but he's awesome. It's ok to feel fear as long as you don't turn and run away. He's all about facing fear!

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Really? I find that so amusing.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    phoenix - Perhaps you had a bad experience with Egypt in a past life? Just a thought...and see I've never been that intrigued with Greek or Roman mythology but have always LOVED Egyptian!

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Very good hub, Miss Kitty. I don't know much about Egyptian mythology (Greek mythology is more my forte) because for many years I felt uncomfortable about it. Don't know why. But lately I've become more receptive to it. It's funny how much Greek and Egyptian mythology have in common.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Angela - Thanks so much! You're too kind. :)

    Mr. Happy - Glad I could make you happy. And you're absolutely right about the wolf and coyote spirits. I've actually had a white wolf come to me in a dream, lay down beside me as I was dying, and then my spirit adjoined with the white wolf. Amazing dream might I add. :) Thanks for reading & sharing your knowledge.

    Daughter of Maat - Thanks for the supplemental link! I absolutely adore your hubs, specifically the Egyptian ones. I don't know enough about Egyptian spirituality but am eager to learn more. I am more well-versed in Celtic and Native American...but again, I'm eager to learn more and more about Egyptian. My dream was more fleeting than it was defined. The jackal sort of ran by me and looked at me for a minute, lingering in my mind. Then I couldn't stop thinking about it for a few days...and I decided to write this hub. That's when I remembered you had written an entire hub about Anubis! Love the way you relate the mating for life with Anubis' idea of morality...awesome!

    CR Rookwood - I agree! I just told her about my dream in the comment above, so check it out if ya'd like to. :) Blessings!

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    Pamela Hutson 

    6 years ago from Moonlight Maine

    Awesome hub, Kitty! Daughter of Maat is right, you two are on the same track here. (I'm curious about your dream too!)

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    Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

    6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

    Brilliant hub Kitty!! I'll have to link to this one, it will supplement the Anubis hub really well and explain the meaning of both the jackal and Anubis more clearly. I loved it and I totally agree that if the jackal comes to you change is coming. The jackal could also be testing you to see if you're ready to be approached by Anubis. That's what happened to me, although at the time I didn't realize it.

    The jackal's mate for life loyalty is a prime example of Anubis' idea of morality, another reason I think our hubs should be linked both ways. Well done, voted up and all the buttons (except funny of course) and shared!

    PS: I'm curious about your dream... :D

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    Mr. Happy 

    6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    "So if the jackal spirit guide comes to guide you, there is no need to fear ... It could simply mean that you are preparing for a new phase in your life." - Very well said, in my opinion. : )

    "sometimes we just need a wise, yet wild animal to show us how to lighten up and enjoy life." - I do think the Wolf Spirit can help with this too. : )

    It was interesting to read that: "The jackal spirit guide also teaches us to be faithful." I did not know that part. The Eagle/Hawk Spirit is the One who guides me towards the Divine (when I am bright enough to listen).

    This was a very well written article in my opinion. Great overall information on jackals and I loved your details about Ancient Egypt's perception on this topic. I shall share this.


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    Angela Brummer 

    6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    Beautiful and informative article. shared!


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