What's Your Spirit Animal? Here's Exactly How To Find Out

In the Native American tradition, spirit animals are an embodied form of a spiritual guide. Spiritual guides can present themselves to us whatever way we are willing to see them, and it is natural for people to connect with theirs through the face of a familiar animal. You may find that you have one main power animal, or you could feel close to many animal spirit guides. Your animal guide(s) hold a particular quality that could help you navigate life with a bit more ease, faith, and confidence.

Not sure what your spirit animal is or what messages it's trying to send you? Here are some resources to help you find out.

A few techniques for discovering your spirit animal:

1. Pay attention to your dreams.

Our dreams are intimately connected to our waking lives, so every time you see an animal in yours, write it down the next morning. Is there any particular animal that comes up again and again? That could be your spirit animal. 


2. Think about your past connections to certain animals.

Your spirit animal may have been your favorite animal from growing up, a beloved pet, or just a wild animal that you always crossed paths with when you were younger.

3. Journal about the animals that you feel drawn to.

Sit down and do a quick 5-minute meditation to get quiet and make room for your intuition. Then, consider one animal that has a special significance to you. Ask yourself: If this animal were my guardian spirit, what lessons could it be trying to teach me about my personal power and inner strength? Spend a few minutes journaling on the answer.

Complete this exercise multiple times for as many different animals as you wish. Then, come back to your journal after a few days away and see which animal and lessons resonate the most with you.

Once you've identified your spirit animal, you can start to listen to it.

Spirit animals teach us about ourselves. They are thought to emanate the traits and strengths that we should be honoring more in our own lives at a certain point in time. (Note: For that reason, your spirit animal may very well change over the years!) For example, if your spirit animal is a crow, you could benefit from channeling the tenacious hunter's energy inside of you.

One way to remind yourself of the qualities of your spirit animal is with a physical representation of your guide—be it a photograph, statue, or painting. In many Native American tribes, these are known as animal totems, and they are deeply sacred and passed down through generations. 

Every time you are touched by your spirit animal—whether you interact with it in real life, see it in a photo, or hear someone else talk about it—you can use it as a reminder of the importance of its unique qualities.

A list of common spirit animal & their core qualities

Here is a brief introduction to animal meanings for some common guides:


Araignée : Patience, réceptivité, énergie féminine, créativité, ombre, destinée.


Chat : Patience, indépendance, esprit d’aventure, courage, curiosité.


Chouette : Intuition, sagesse, vision de l’invisible, monde spirituel, annonce du changement.


Coyote : Inattendu, équilibre entre sagesse et humour, ruse, adaptabilité.


Libellule : Changement, adaptabilité, joie, émotions, magie de la nature.


Loup : Intelligence vive, appétit de liberté, connexion instinctive, sentiment de menace.


Ours : Force confiante, action, leadership, guérison, solitude, calme, repos, forces de la Terre.


Papillon : Transformation, renaissance, légèreté de l’être, espièglerie, recul, psyché.


Serpent : Opportunité de guérison, transformation, force de vie, énergie primale, guide spirituel.


Cerf/Biche : Douceur, innocence, sensibilité, intuition, vigilance.


Cheval : Motivation, fougue, énergie sexuelle, émotions fortes, instincts bridés.


Corbeau/Corneille : Magie de la vie, destin, intelligence, courage, adaptabilité, manipulation.


Grenouille/Crapaud : Purification, renaissance, fertilité, transformation, sagesse.


Lion : Force, courage, colère, menace perçue, tension ressentie.


Mouton : Innocence, douceur de vivre, vulnérabilité positive ou négative, norme sociale et valeurs familiales.


Panda : Paix intérieure, détermination, force tranquille, chance, sagesse.


Renard : Sensibilité développée, lucidité, discernement, rapidité, activités nocturnes, rêves.


Tigre : Volonté personnelle, détermination, courage, agression, colère, imprévisibilité, rejet.


Tortue : La Terre, calme, souveraineté, lenteur, persévérance, stabilité, sagesse.