What is a Spirit Animal?
Simply put, a Spirit Animal, is a guardian angel that watches
over you, protects you and acts as your guide.
They are a considered a tutelary guide. “Tutelary” means to “serve as a protector, guardian,or patron.” Spirit Animals are saints in animal form. They also go by the names of power animal and totem animal.
Spirit Animals lend their power to us in the form of their innate gifts and talents. For example, a hawk lends us the power of being able to see far ahead as well as the ability to soar over our lives and get a big picture view.
Any living creature can be a spirit animal, but it is generally understood that most spirit animals are wild animals as our living domesticated pets are already in the service as our familiars. Pets that pass away can come back in spirit form to help, which would make them a spirit animal.
Animal Messengers vs. Spirit Animals
When we have a chance encounter with a living example of our spirit animal, it is believed that the living animal was either sent by our Spirit Animal or that the meeting was choreographed by our spirit animal. Living animals that visit us are considered “animal messengers” that are bringing specific guidance. When we build a relationship with a living being that is the same species as our spirit animal, we have the chance to learn more about the power our spirit animal carries.
We believe that we are separate from our animal guides. Our perceived separation from spirit animals is a reflection of the way we think we’ve taken ourselves out of nature. We can’t be apart from nature any more
than we can live without air or water. Spirit animals are an expression of who we are. Our spirit animals are already with us guiding our way on a moment-to-moment basis in the same way that our soul is always there talking to us. To hear the guidance we must we must first debunk some key myths and dispel a few dangerous fears.
By Stacey L. L. Couch