What is a Spirit Animal and how do we incorporate them in our lives?

Kassi Gregory


Animals play an important part in Shamanism, which is one of the oldest healing traditions; they honor the wisdom and knowledge that each animal can teach.

Shamans call these animals Power Animals. In Native American traditions, the medicine men and women would work closely with spirit animals and they are more commonly known as animal totems and Power Animals are both considered as spiritual guides

These animals always come into your life for a reason, and sometimes they aren’t animals you would necessarily choose yourself.

Animal Spirit Guides Categorized by Natural Habitats

Spirit Aminals and Animal Spirit Guides can be grouped into their natural habitats; for example, the Whale, Shark and Octopus are water animals. Elephants, Cats and Pandas are land animals. Avian animal guides include all birds, whether or not they can fly. Reptilian and insect animal spirits are self-explanatory. However, each of these groups indicates a theme to their healing, knowledge, and healing.

Land Animals relate to the physical world and grounding

Birds relate to strength, freedom and desire.

Water Animals relate to your spirituality and spiritual development

Reptiles relate to the inner-self and outer-self

Insects relate to your determination and persistence.

Animal Spirit Guides Categorized by the Spiritual Role

Animal Spirit Guides come to us for many different reasons, but they usually have a reason that can be group into life-long guides, messengers, tests or journey based guides.

Life-long – The life-long guides are with you for your lifetime, and are a reflection of you, your spiritual path and what you are like as a person.

Messengers – Messenger Animal Guides come to you with a warning, message or knowledge to impart and with say with you until their job is complete.

Tests – Animal Spirit Guides can appear to test you, and these are sometimes known as “Shadow Spirits” and when they appear in your life, they are likely to scare you or make you feel nervous, anxious and apprehensive at the start, but by the time their part in your journey is over you will understand more about your limits, and the energy of that animal. 

How does it feel working with your Totem

When you are working with Animal Spirits you need to keep in mind the nature of that creature, are they the ultimate survivalists, are they predators, are they social creatures, or the loners? Are they physically powerful, or are they gentle creatures? Are they scavengers or hunters?

All of these things will help you understand why the animal has appeared in your life, and maybe even guide you when you are trying to determine your own spirituality and the path you are walking.

You get chosen by the Totem not the other way around

One thing you must always keep in mind when you are seeking an animal guide; you don’t get to choose what your spirit animal will be. It could be anything from a bear to the bumblebee, or from a shark to a snake. They may not stay with you for very long, or they may stay with you through certain situations and leave once they have completed their tasks. But don't be afraid if its something unexpected. Or Spirit animals have yang and yang, its how you react to the animal that comes to you to help determine what that animal means to you. Like Snake, many people fear snakes, but snakes are usually about renewal, mother natures assistance, shadow self-cleansing and center and balance.

You may find that life-long spirit animals are quietly supporting you while others spirits come and go. You may feel drawn to a certain animal more than usual, you may notice a certain animal appears in your dreams, through reading books or the media and if you are very lucky you will actually be able to see the animal on this plane with your own eyes.

Whatever form the animal takes you need to remember to be open to its message, it’s voice and its energy and its assistance, like all spirit guides they are here to assist you. 

Whatever animal you find, keep in mind that they came to you for a reason and will guide you, protect you, test you, or be a messenger from the spirit world.

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  • Your Welcome Reba,
    I believe we are all curious about what our spirit animals are and how they influence our lives.
    But there is not a lot of informative information out there to allow people to learn how to become intimately with their spirit animal. :)

    kassi Gregory

  • Thank you, Kassi, for this explanation of Animal Spirit Guides. I find it quite wonderful that you clarified about land, water, air, etc., and about lifelong vs. messengers, etc. People often lump it all together and the distinctions you illuminate are really helpful.

    Reba Linker

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