To investigate the theme of totem animals it is important to talk about the fox, considered one of the best totems ever. Let’s learn more about the meaning of a fox as a spirit animal, dream interpretation, and more.
The list of totem animals is very long, but the fox holds a position of primary importance, as you’ll see below.
Meaning of a Fox in Esotericism
A fox is associated with awareness and high reactivity, both physically and mentally. In fact, we have said that cognitive abilities are strengthened and in the same way the ability to evaluate analytically.
The fox then often appears in dreams and is even associated with the so-called dream work. People who have their own fox as a guide or as a totem are individuals who tend to feel good if they have to do nighttime activities.
What is the message of a fox totem?
The fox as an animal totem has always been appreciated. When it becomes part of a person’s life, it brings with it the speed of action and above all the need to act. There are times when you might be hesitant about doing or not doing a certain action, so the fox comes to the rescue and pushes you to commit yourself to do the action.
It has the ability to assess the circumstances analytically and to act quickly according to the situations. The same capacity is offered to those who have it as a totem, together with an invitation not to let themselves be intimidated, to act for their own interests, and to overcome difficulties.
It also invites you to use cunning to make the best for yourself, but be careful not to damage others. Only in this way can positive cleverness be exploited, because it would not be correct to obtain advantages to the detriment of others.
Fox Symbolic Meaning in Dreams
At this point one might ask what it means to see a fox in dreams. When a fox appears in your dream has a positive value and it means you are and to exploit in the most appropriate way its analytical and cognitive abilities to make decisions.
Definitely having the fox as your guide animal means getting away from immobility and embracing instead the idea of acting quickly, aware of the importance of not wasting time, since in many cases there is not much time to make the right choice.
Symbolism of Fox in Different Cultures
The symbolism of the fox is ambivalent.
- In the East it is seen as a benevolent creature that brings wealth and prosperity. In the West, because of the red mantle it recalls desire, sensuality, sin.
- In Japanese culture it embodies the spirit of rain (messenger of Inari Ōkami), protects people from evil and symbolizes longevity. But it is also considered a shapeshifter spirit capable of assuming female features to seduce men, in fact the term “huli jing” (fox) is still used today to refer to a faithless woman.
It also symbolizes luck (kitsune in Japanese means good luck), opportunities.
- In China, seeing a fox reveals the presence of a ghost. It also serves as a mirror to men’s thoughts. Its role is to discover their innermost desires and make them aware of their actions’ responsibilities. It represents a second consciousness.
- The Celts invoked her as a guide to enter the spirit world and were held in high regard for her knowledge of the woods.
- Native Americans (especially northern tribes) claimed it was a benevolent spirit and gave the invisibility and the ability to prophesy; the tribes of the Great Plains believed that the fox deceived people even leading them to death.
- In Egypt the presence of a fox indicated the favor of the gods.
- In Persia it was considered a psychopomp animal, able to lead the dead in the afterlife. The Apaches claimed that it had given fire to men.
- In Mali, among the Dogon, the fox is the god of the desert and embodies the forces of chaos.
- In Mesopotamia it was sacred to the Earth goddess Ninhursag who formed with the god An the cosmic Mountain “An-Ki”.
- The Moche in Peru believed that the fox was a warrior who used his mind to fight.
Invoke its power when you feel lost, confused and you need to find the smartest solution to a problem if you want to get around obstacles rather than face them directly.
This animal comes out at dusk when darkness and light merge and this is associated with the world of fairies and ghosts. If it is your totem you may feel more creative at night and have a particular connection with the world of dreams.
It evokes the “femme fatale” the woman who attracts and repels a man just as easily.
This is because the female fox draws the male (the same every year) thanks to its scent when it is ready to mate and then moves it away to raise the puppies alone.
A Symbolism of a White Fox Explained
The white fox is a very capable huntress and knows how to camouflage herself: she invites us to act with cunning and wait for the right moment to hit an opponent.
It has a special bond with the world of Spirits and asks them to pay attention to their signs.
A Symbolism of a Red Fox Explained
The red fox is connected to solar symbolism and represents passion, desire, expression of creativity and intensity in feelings.
It reminds us that it is important to use all available resources to achieve our wishes. When it appears in dreams it will be useful to ask oneself who is subjugated in a magnetic way since it is the most astute animal that charms its victims with its charm.
It is likely that it wants to show us a rival ready to steal what it envies us in an unexpected way.
Unforgettable, the fox of the “Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who pronounces a phrase of shocking beauty in the story: “You can only see with your heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye”.
How to connect with it?
To connect with it, make sure you use your mind and your intellect to solve things out. Be analytical and not too emotional. Make plans and stick with it.
The energies associated with this spirit animal can help us in many different ways and situations:
- Cunning, intelligence: the ability to solve problems quickly, brilliantly, and creatively. A fox, in this sense, can be a guide animal when you are in trouble; its presence in dreams can suggest you try new paths, to think outside the box.
- Deceptions, manipulative people: beware of false friends, women or men who pretend to be honest to deceive you.
- Adaptability, reactivity: it is an animal that has adapted to living in very different natural environments, from the north pole (polar fox) to deserts (fennec).
- Cruelly persecuted victim: fox hunting can be a symbol of ruthlessness against a person.
Ask the fox for some guidance if you feel you are missing the motivation and the strength to do it.