How to Find Your Animal Spirit Guide

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Danielle Lopez is a published fantasy author, freelance health and medical writer, finance author, and certified birth & bereavement doula.


What Is a Spirit Guide?

An animal spirit guide is an animal totem (or several animals spirits) that guides and protects you through your life. They give you comfort, as well as an example of what to be in life. It is an animal that resonates with you, that you feel like you can connect to. This might often be an animal that you have often feared, yet been intrigued by. A spirit guide connects you with the earth and with nature. It is a reflection of ourselves, they represent what and who we are.

Although found primarily amongst Native American and Aboriginal people, anybody can have a spirit guide. Spirit Guides do not discriminate against sex or race. Spirit Guides are there for anyone who has a connection with the earth and with Mother Nature.

Books on Animal Spirit Guides

Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

This book is an excellent resource for people interested in researching animal spirit guides.


How Do I Find Mine?

Many people believe that finding your spirit guide requires you to be Native American or go through a Spirit Walk, this however is not the case. If you have the ability to go on a Spirit Walk, then by all means, please do! However, this option is not viable for most people.

There are actually many options for people to find their spirit guide. One method is to look up a Native American Zodiac. The zodiac will show you what animal falls under your birth date. However, this does not mean that the animal for your birth date is your spirit guide, but often times it will be an animal that represents you fairly well.

Another way to find your spirit guide is through your dreams. Do you dream often of a certain animal? Is there an animal that has always frightened you, but been intriguing to you at the same time? Most often the animal that you're most fearful of will bring you closest to nature. I personally have always been fearful of wolves. I dreamt of them often and sometimes I would dream that I was actually a wolf. I later found out that this was the wolf spirit calling me. Now I no longer fear wolves, but respect them and look to them as my spirit guide.

Take walks out in nature. Observe the animals around you. Being in nature is one of the greatest ways to find your spirit guide because the whole purpose behind a spirit guide is to provide you with a deeper connection to Mother Earth.

Look at various animals and try to find which ones seem to suit you best. Don't forget the aquatic animals, as well as insects and birds, they count too! There are so many amazing animals out in the world that you should have no problem finding your spirit guide.

The buffalo spirit guide often represents a strong personality and someone who is very goal oriented.
The buffalo spirit guide often represents a strong personality and someone who is very goal oriented. | Source

Guides and Their Meanings

Each guide has a different meaning and they can mean something different for different people. Below are a few examples of animal spirit guides and the common meanings behind their animal totems.

  • Bear: Bears teach us how to be balanced, no matter what life throws at us. They also are very wise, protective of the ones they love, and harbor incredible strength during difficult situations.
  • Buffalo: Those with a buffalo totem tend to harbor tension, so they need to be careful about finding a safe release in order to not let the tension build up until they can't handle it anymore. Buffalos are strong and protective of their tribe. They harbor incredible levels of strength and are prone to dealing with their problems head on.
  • Butterfly: The butterfly totem represents freedom, creativity, and transformation. They teach us to work closely with the earth and to try to minimize our harmful impact on the planet.
  • Coyote: Those with the coyote totem tend to be cunning, loyal, and very goal oriented. They are focused on their community, but have no qualms with deceiving an outsider if it means protecting themselves or the ones they care about. They know their environment very well and teach us to work in unity with the earth.
  • Crow: Someone with a crow totem tends to be very magically inclined. They are dedicated to following order and tend to be strong healers.
  • Eagle: A person with an eagle animal spirit tends to thrive when they're alone. They prefer isolation over community. Eagles have incredible eyesight, providing those with the eagle totem to see clearly when times are hard.
  • Fox: The fox totem prefer to keep to themselves and blend in instead of standing out amongst the crowd. They are sensitive, yet agile and capable of getting out of bad situations.
  • Horse: Those with the horse spirit guide thrive when they are left wild. They can be headstrong, but they are willing to bend for those that they care about. While they prefer to be left wild, they respond well to a partner who treats them with patience and kindness. The horse totem also represents positive change in someone's life.

The horse spirit guide can often represent strong emotions and positive change within your life.
The horse spirit guide can often represent strong emotions and positive change within your life. | Source

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  • Owl: Those with the owl totem tend to be very quiet and secretive, but when they speak, people listen to them and treat them with respect. Owls teach us to embrace the dark and to know that it isn't something to fear, nor is it something that is evil.
  • Raven: The raven totem represents mystery, wisdom, and transformation. People with the raven animal spirit guide tend to be strong teachers and are often sought out for their wisdom and intelligence.
  • Snake: Snake spirit guides represents transformation, rebirth, and sexuality. They are strong creatures with strong personalities, but they often times lash out during difficult situations. Snake totems teach us to work closely with the earth and to learn to understand the earth's vibrations.
  • Turtle: Those with the turtle spirit guide tend to be minimalists. They prefer to be on the road and to have minimal possessions or people to hold them back from their desire to travel. The turtle totem teaches us to look within and to be happy with the person we truly are.
  • Wolf: The wolf totem has a strong connection to family and their pack. They tend to not socialize well with others outside of the ones they care about. The wolf spirit guide represents strength, loyalty, and community.

In Conclusion

Remember, Spirit Guides are not meant to be worshiped. They are meant to be our equals, to bring man and nature together as one. We are not meant to dominate our spirit guide, nor are they meant to dominate us. They are there for us to work as a team, to become close to the Earth Mother.

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        5 weeks ago

        I was looking in my mirror once and was looking at my reflection but then out of my face I saw an Old man, he looked Native American and out of his face a panther. Also, while camping with friends. A Mayfly landed on a blade of grass that was near my face. The fly did a very odd thing. Stood up on two legs and used his front legs to groom itself. It got closer to me and looked right at me. The thought that came into my mind is that he was showing me his beingness. I note that I can be in my office and look down at my desk and there is a fly there staring at me. This happens far too often. So I guess one of my spirit guides is a fly and perhaps the other a panther. I also feel a affinity with deers and birds.

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        6 months ago

        im very interested in big cats. panthers and tigers. But since my father passed away in 2006 i have a crow who follows me everywhere i go. and he lets me know hes there.

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        Jake Castaway 

        7 months ago

        Most of my friend group feel connections with an animal and I have always enjoyed trying to learn more about that connection and this has helped lots. Thank you

        Is it possible to have more than one? just wondering

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        Stefany Burkhalter 

        9 months ago

        How did you guys all find your spirit animal guides

        Please tell me

        Thank u

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        10 months ago

        I love your hub. I am very intrigued by wolves i love them so much. I do dream alot about snakes though causing me to fear them even though when i was younger i have came across them and even though i was super nervous i had no problem holding them yet they dont give me very much comfort. I also really like cats including tigers cheetahs and lions so how do i know which one is my spirit guide?

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        16 months ago

        I just found out that my number one spirit guide is the snake I've always loved snakes ever since I was 11 years old, I always been intrigued by snakes, whie living in New York. when I moved to Southern California and feared the California diamondback rattlesnake. Another animal spirit guide I believe I have is the dragonfly as well as the grasshopper.

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        17 months ago

        Thank you

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        Sydney Burke 

        2 years ago

        I do not know of any animal I fear. I have a great respect for most. So which would you sugest.

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        2 years ago

        I have an eagle, crow, peacock, and an owl.

      • ThussaysNanaMarie profile image


        6 years ago from In my oyster

        Interesting perspective!

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        6 years ago

        The tiger is my spirit guide. I have met and talked with him many times and I named him Kishan. When I go outside at night my senses are keener and Kishan always goes with me. I have always felt drawn to tigers because of there smarts in "battle". This gave me the information that I needed to realize that he would not hurt me.

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        6 years ago

        I feel connected to Dolphins for what ever reason. Thank you for having the courage to share with others. I too have had an exsperience. Please read the only hub I have ever posted. You will find it comforting

        "Proof of Angels, Spirits Light Beings, Ghosts"

        Light Is Love

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        Beth J 

        6 years ago from India

        Hi Daniella!

        A great hub! I feel drawn to eagles. I'm pretty certain they're one of my animal spirit guides. Snakes have appeared frequently in my dreams all these years though I've not really felt comfortable with this. I always thought we had to be very comfortable with an animal for it to be our guide. After reading your hub, I understand that this is not necessarily the case!

        In Love and Light,


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        Danielle Lopez 

        6 years ago from Spain

        Glad you found this informative, Caroline. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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        Caroline Marie 

        6 years ago

        I love this hub. It's amazing. Very informative. :)

      • Daniella Lopez profile imageAUTHOR

        Danielle Lopez 

        7 years ago from Spain

        You are very welcome! :)

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        7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

        Thank you once again. Blessed be!

      • Daniella Lopez profile imageAUTHOR

        Danielle Lopez 

        7 years ago from Spain

        There definitely might be a connection. It's definitely something I would consider if I were you. Try to figure out exactly why it is that you fear those animals and perhaps that will draw you closer to them. Blessed be!

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        7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

        Great Hub. There are actually a few animals I fear. I fear sea life a great deal and geese as well as chickens. I think that above all else I fear sea life A LOT. And have often had nightmares about fish. I wonder if there's any connection there.


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