Spirit Animals explained

Updated: Feb 11


Spirit Animals are mostly associated with traditional and modern Western shamanic practices. During initiations or shamanic journeys, the shaman would find one or more animals that she or another person is associated with. Traditionally the Spirit Animal is used for guidance.



Spirit Animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger who comes in the form of an animal and has a personal relationship with an individual. The animal comes to give you its 'medicine' in the form of guidance, lessons, protection, power or wisdom.



Spirit Animals are divided into four types, each with its own task. You can read more about this in my blog article Four kinds of Spirit animals.

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