Have you ever felt a deep connection to a particular animal? Perhaps you find yourself drawn to its characteristics and feel a sense of familiarity with its behavior. This may be a sign that you have a spirit animal. Discovering your spirit animal can be a fun and enlightening experience that can bring you closer to nature and yourself.
So how do you go about finding out what your spirit animal is? Here are some steps to help you on your journey:
Connect with nature
The first step in finding your spirit animal is to connect with nature. Spend time outside, whether it’s in a park, a garden, or a forest. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Pay attention to the animals you see and the feelings they evoke in you.
Meditate or journey
Meditation and journeying can help you connect with your inner self and the spirit world. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Allow yourself to relax and let go of any thoughts or distractions. When you feel calm and centered, imagine yourself in a beautiful natural setting. See yourself walking through a forest, a meadow, or by a river. As you explore this space, ask the universe or your higher self to reveal your spirit animal to you. Be open to any images, feelings, or messages that come to you.
Pay attention to dreams and visions
Your spirit animal may reveal itself to you in a dream or vision. Keep a dream journal and write down any animal symbols or encounters you have. Look for patterns or recurring themes. You may also receive messages from your spirit animal through synchronicities or coincidences. For example, you may see the same animal several times in a short period, or you may hear its call or see its image in unexpected places.
Research animal symbolism
Many cultures and traditions have assigned meanings and symbolism to different animals. Research the animals you are drawn to and see if their traits and characteristics resonate with you. For example, if you feel a connection to the wolf, you may find that it represents loyalty, intuition, and a strong sense of community. If you feel drawn to the owl, you may discover that it symbolizes wisdom, intuition, and the ability to see beyond the veil.
Ask for guidance
If you are still unsure about your spirit animal, ask for guidance from a trusted spiritual teacher or guide. They may be able to help you interpret your dreams and visions, or offer insights into the animals that appear in your life. You can also do a tarot or oracle card reading to gain clarity and guidance.
Once you have discovered your spirit animal, it’s important to honor and connect with it. Here are some ways to do so:
Learn about your spirit animal
Research your spirit animal and learn about its behaviors, habits, and symbolism. Understanding your spirit animal can help you better understand yourself and your own strengths and weaknesses.
Connect with your spirit animal in nature
Spend time in nature and imagine your spirit animal by your side. Feel its energy and presence as you walk, meditate, or simply enjoy the beauty around you. You may also leave offerings or tokens of gratitude for your spirit animal, such as feathers, stones, or herbs.
Incorporate your spirit animal into your daily life
Incorporate your spirit animal into your daily life in meaningful ways. For example, if your spirit animal is the bear, you may surround yourself with bear imagery or wear a piece of bear jewelry. You may also incorporate the bear’s traits into your life, such as strength, courage, and introspection.
Call on your spirit animal for guidance
When you need guidance or support, call on your spirit animal for assistance. Visualize your spirit animal and ask for its wisdom and guidance. You may also choose to do a meditation or journey specifically to connect with your spirit animal and receive its messages.
Discovering your spirit animal can be a powerful and transformative experience. It can help you tap into your intuition, connect with nature, and gain insights into your own strengths and weaknesses. Remember to approach this process with an open mind and heart, and be patient and persistent in your quest. Your spirit animal may reveal itself to you in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Embrace the journey and enjoy the adventure!
Danny is the co-owner of Soul and Synergy, LLC with his husband Terry in Eau Claire Wisconsin and editor of The Divination Society blog and journal. As an accomplished Tarot Card reader, Danny oversees the divination services in the store. Danny has a bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a master's in Business Administration. Danny is also a certified Reiki Master and an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church. As an instructor for Basic Tarot and an Advanced Masterclass in Tarot, Danny's passion is teaching others about the value of learning about divination in its many forms.