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Animal Symbolism, By Witchipedia

What is a Spirit Animal: a Personal Guide

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

A spirit animal is a spirit that embodies all of the characteristics of the species it represents. It is usually not viewed as the spirit of a specific animal, but as an archetype of that animal.


A spirit animal, also known as a power animal or totem, is a personal guide chosen or identified by individuals to assist them on their life path or during specific life phases.

The relationship between a person and their spirit animal is a personal and profound one, often based on intuition, dreams, or meditative experiences.

Spirit animals can serve as a source of inspiration and empowerment, helping individuals tap into their inner strengths and navigate their spiritual journey.

As Personal Guides

Many individuals claim a spirit animal as a personal guide for their path or life or simply to aid them through a specific phase in their life.

In this case, the spirit animal may be referred to as a power animal, a spirit guardian, a spirit guide or a totem.

People select spirit animals (or are chosen by them) with whom they identify, who exemplify traits they wish to cultivate in themselves, or who can aid them in learning those lessons set before them in this lifetime.

As with just about any topic related to magic and magical spirituality, the fact that a spirit animal is defined differently in different traditions makes it somewhat difficult to define, but generalizations can be made.

You the reader are encouraged to chime in with your thoughts, experience, wisdom, and opinions on this subject.

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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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