Symbols & Meanings

Many Native American creation stories credited animals with the origin of the universe, because animals were considered ancient and humans relatively new to the earth.

So it was only natural to turn to animals for knowledge and wisdom. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.

Spirit Animal Meanings…

  • Alligator

    stealth and a fight for survival.

  • Ant

    teamwork and overall perseverance.

  • Armadillo

    carries protection at all times, empathy, discrimination.

  • Badger

    aggressiveness, passion and drive.

  • Bat

    The guardian of the night.

  • Bear

    Strength and introspection. The spirit of the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help the self or others. A strong symbol for women.

  • Bear Paw

    Good omen, symbol of direction and power.

  • Beaver

    a hunter and gatherer.

  • Bird

    are free, light-hearted.

  • Bobcat

    clear vision, vigilance.

  • Buffalo

    the provider, wisdom, renewal.

  • Butterfly

    symbol of metamorphosis, everlasting life.

  • Cat

    guardians of the spirit, self-sufficient.

  • Cougar

    power, leadership, and swiftness.

  • Coyote

    The trickster.

  • Crow

    A carrier of souls from darkness into light, keeper of spiritual law, carries prayers.

  • Deer

    family protection, patience.

  • Dog

    Heals emotional wounds.

  • Dolphin

    A symbol of kindness, has the nature to be playful.

  • Dragonfly

    Considered a messenger. Symbolic meaning of change and transformation.

  • Eagle

    Freedom, courage, considered the protector, carrier of prayers, visions & spirits.

  • Eagle Feather

    Sacred pieces of spirit.

  • Falcon

    Assists in soul healing.

  • Fox

    Cunning, intelligent.

  • Frog

    Symbolizes renewal, fertility.

  • Hawk

    The great messenger and observer of the sky.

  • Horse

    Healer, Journey guide.

  • Hummingbird

    devotion, permanence and eternity.

  • Lizard

    Promotes dreaming, agility, and conservation.

  • Mole

    Guardian of the lower regions; connects with the energies of the Earth.

  • Mountain Lion / Cougar / Puma

    Wise leadership without ego.

  • Mouse

    Humble, generous and innocent.

  • Owl

    Guardian of the home symbolizes the souls of the departed.

  • Otter

    a symbol of laughter and curiosity.

  • Parrot

    Considered bringers of specific prayers.

  • Pheasant

    Symbolizes warning and concealment.

  • Polar Bear

    communication with the spirit; creature of shamans, mystics and visionaries.

  • Porcupine

    Symbolizes gentle innocence and trust.

  • Possum / Opossum

    Proper use of deception, sensibility.

  • Quail

    finds peaceful solutions to peril.

  • Rabbit

    Symbolizes fear and overcoming limiting beliefs.

  • Raven

    Sometimes considered a trickster like the coyote. It is also known to be a teacher, hoarder and the mark of a shape shifter. He is creator, deity, clown, caretaker and mischief-maker.

  • Shark

    A great symbol of survival.

  • Skunk

    self-respect, self-confidence.

  • Snake

    healing and fertility rites, symbol of rebirth.

  • Spider

    symbol of creativity, creates something from almost nothing.

  • Swan

    The symbol of total grace, serenity, and innocence.

  • Tadpole

    fertility, change, and renewal.

  • Turkey (Earth Eagle)

    honors Earth Mother, bountiful harvests.

  • Turtle

    powerful symbol for women, fertility, long life, perseverance, mother earth.

  • Weasel

    cunning, ingenuity, revenge.

  • Wolf

    teacher of new ideas and wisdom, pathfinder.

  • Wolf Print

    tracking and movement.