If you’re an animal lover, you probably notice your favorite creatures when you see them in fashion and popular culture. And if you’re like me, you need to have that new phone case or t-shirt with your spirit animal on it! Here are some items I’ve seen recently: peacocks and the always beautiful peacock feather- often seen in jewelry, leggings, shirts, skirts, neckties, phone cases; owls and foxes on t-shirts and bags. There are so many others too. What I’d like to share in this post are a few animal likenesses which are particularly popular now, and how you can easily access and work with their energies. Our four-legged, no-legged, scaled and winged sisters and brothers are here to guide and assist us.
For our purposes, let’s focus on three animals, which we all see quite often: the owl, fox and elephant. (We won't be covering little Hedgehog today, but feel free to explore Hedgie on your own). I’ll bet you have seen these creatures depicted quite frequently in fashion and other places. I have seen all these animals on shirts this year, for instance. Maybe you can name other animals you’ve seen.
First, the Owl. The owl is surrounded by millennia of superstition and myth. Cultures around the world attributed numerous magical qualities with this bird. Primarily it is a feminine symbol, associated with the moon, nighttime, reincarnation and death.
Fox is another feminine symbol. Traditionally associated with shape-shifting, dwelling in the in-between places, cleverness, problem-solving and wisdom. In some Native cultures they are seen as a Trickster.
The third animal we’ll meet is Elephant. Most of us know that elephant society is matriarchal. The whole herd protects and cares for the young. The role of grandmothers is vital. Yet the elephant as a symbol is masculine, full of physical power and strength. Their long memories are endearing to us.
All three of these beings are making themselves available to us now, which is why they’re appearing in popular fashion so often. So even if you have never worked with spirit animals or guides before, with a little patience and discernment, it’s possible to tap into the wisdom and apply it to your own life. This can be done with a simple meditation.
First, set an intention. This is critical, because you are all-powerful and everything works off of your intention. Be very specific. The quality of the information you receive is dependent on the specificity of your question/intention. Do you need clarity on a current issue in your life? Do you need healing for something in your past? Are you coming up against a block or obstacle and need advice on how to clear it?
Once you set your intention for the meditation, decide which of these animals you feel most drawn toward. It may not necessarily be the one you feel is a “favorite”, so approach this part with an open heart and set aside your ego. Then ground and center yourself. In a quiet space, sit comfortably and begin to breathe consciously and regularly, paying attention to the in and out of your respirations. This will quiet the “monkey mind”. Center your consciousness at your heart, state your intention, and ask the animal you’ve chosen if it has a message for you. It will tell you if it does. Then wait. While waiting quietly, do not focus your attention on anything. (It’s important to note here that the animal you asked may not have a message for you at this time. If this happens, you may want to try again in a few weeks, or you may ask one of the others if they have a message. Sometimes we misinterpret and that’s ok!)
You may receive the message in images, physical sensations, emotions, or words in your head. It may be a combination of several of these. We are all intuitive, and we have different ways of receiving information. The important thing is to trust it and don’t second-guess the message, even if it sounds weird. Feel free to ask for clarification if it doesn’t make sense. When you feel the communication is complete, give thanks to the spirit animal and slowly bring your awareness back into the room. I recommend journaling your experience before you get up, while it’s fresh in your mind. You never know when you may need to refer to the information shared with you by your animal messenger.
I hope this post has demonstrated just how simple it is for you to open communications with a willing spirit animal helper. If you decide to continue working with these beings, you’ll find that it is a rewarding and empowering way to shed light on your own subconscious motivations, move through challenges and provide healing for yourself. Many blessings!
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Sara Martin: Soul Transformer, Creatrix, Teacher.