Animal Totem/Spirit Meanings
ALLIGATORS/CROCODILES
Primal energies of birth, motherhood and initiation.

ANT
Patience, stamina, community, mindedness, strength, endurance, efficiency, persistence, productivity,
courage, the importance of community, industriousness, order and discipline.

ANTELOPE
Speed, adaptability of the mind, knowledgeable action, rapid growth and grace.

ARMADILLO
Knowledge of boundaries, objectivity, personal protection, discrimination and empathy.

BADGER
Aggressiveness, persistence, centered, bold self-expression, reliance and the keeper of stories.

BAT
Releasing old habits, new growth, rebirth, transition and initiation.

BEAR
Strength, introspection, self-knowledge, stability, durability, healing, introspection, maturity and
leadership.

Brown Bear ~ caution bravery, fairness, organization, curiosity, leadership and awakening the power of
the unconscious.

BEAVER
Balance, alterations, building, shaping, security, contentment, industry, balance, affection, patience and
the building of dreams.

BEE
Service, gathering, community, fertility and the honey/sweetness of life.

BEETLE
Resurrection.

BLACK BIRD
Understanding of the energies of Mother Nature.

BLUEBIRD
Modesty, unassuming, confidence and happiness.

BLUE JAY
The proper use of power

BOBCAT
Silence and secrets

BUFFALO
Abundance, prayer, healing and good fortune.

White buffalo - spirituality, selflessness, generosity, hop, ancient wisdom, manifesting abundance through
right action and prayer.

BULL
Fertility

BUTTERFLY
Transformation, the dance of joy, courage to change, balance, grace, growth, evolution and to experience
joy.

CANARY
Power of song and voice and heightened sensitivity.

CARIBOU
Travel mobility

CARDINAL
Renewed vitality through recognizing self-importance.

CAT
Grace, independence, sensuality, psychic vision, mystery, magic and independence.

CHICKEN
Fertility and sacrifice

COUGAR / MT. LION
Balanced leadership, cunning, wit, initiative, speed, grace, territoriality, mystery and coming into your
own power.

COYOTE
Humor, trickiness, adaptability, reversal of fortune, wildness, survival, creativity, wisdom and folly.

CROW
Council, intuitive, knowledge of the universal laws, assertiveness and the secret magic of creation is
calling.

DEER
Gentleness, sensitivity, alertness, peace, sensitivity, grace, creativity, heart and Spirit connection,
gentleness, innocence and gentle luring to new adventure.

DOG
Loyalty, courage, unconditional love, faithfulness and protection.

DOLPHIN
Harmony, love, wisdom, connection with self, purity, lightness of being, communication, intelligence,
spiritual attunement and the power of breath and sound.

DONKEY
Wisdom and humility.

DOVES
Feminine energies of peace, maternity and prophecy.

DRAGONFLY
Refinement of skills, illusion, need for change, relentlessness and the power of light.

DUCK
Emotional comfort and protection.
Female - mothering energy. Male - coping with stress.

EAGLE
Spiritual enlightenment, clarity of vision, transcendence, spiritual messenger, inspiration, illumination of
Spirit, healing and creation.

EARTHWORM
Regeneration, stamina, self-healing, transformation and earth healing.

ELEPHANT
Memory, learning ability, health, good luck, ancient power, strength and royalty.

ELK
Stamina, friendship, pride, power, majesty, confident, strong, joyful, agile, wise, responsible, strength
and nobility.

FALCON
Accuracy, rapid progress and restraint.

FIREFLY
Illumination, understanding, the life force, continuity, wonder, light and darkness.

FOX
Cleverness, adaptability, cunning, subtlety, discretion, feminine, magic of camouflage, shape shifting and
invisibility.

FROG
Emotional healing, cleansing, peace, evolution, mystery, transformation, humor, communication and
transformation through water and
sound.

GIRAFFE
Farsightedness.

GOAT
Tenacity, diligence, surefootedness and seeking new heights.

GOOSE / SNOW GOOSE
Safe return, love of the home, beauty, tradition, transmitting, receiving, ceremony, gregariousness and
the call of the quest and travels to legendary places.

GOPHER
Gathering and preparation for the future.

GRASSHOPPER
Uncanny leaps forward

GROUNDHOG
Mystery of death without dying, trance and dreams.

HAWK
Messenger, truth seeker, clear vision and heighten awareness. Red Hawk - awareness, insight, truth,
adaptability, prayer, openness, visionary power and guardianship.

HEDGEHOG
Self-preservation.

HORSE
Inner power, freedom, safe movement, travel, power and freedom.

HUMMINGBIRD
Beauty, wonder, joy, agility, precision, lucidity, energy, vibrancy, grace, clarity, healing, tireless joy and
the nectar of life.

LION
Association with the sun, courage, nobleness, prosperity, assertion of the feminine and the power of the
female sun.

LIZARD
Caution, regeneration, renewal, growth, adaptability, optimism, good cheer, subtlety and perception.

LOON
Communication, serenity, mystery, transformation, fidelity, maneuverability, lucid dreaming, re awakening
of old hopes, wishes and dreams.

LYNX
Subtlety, silence, secretiveness, elusiveness, secrets, vision of the hidden and unseen.

MANATEE
Serenity, gentleness and trust.

MOOSE
Self esteem confidence, strength, spontaneity, unpredictability, primal feminine energies and the magic of
life and death.

MOUSE
Scrutiny, caution, success, awareness of danger, illusion, charm, introspection, perception, innocence,
trust, resting, acceptance of others and attention to detail.

OPOSSUM
Peaceful alternatives, deceptions and the use of appearances.

OTTER
Playfulness, efficiency, female energy, healing power of laughter, nurturing, prophetic, noble, curious,
humanitarian in nature, joy and sharing.

OWL
Wisdom, insight, psychic vision, old wisdom, knowledge, paradox, femininity, mystery, vision, the mystery
of magic, omens, silent wisdom and vision in the night.

PANTHER / LEOPARD
Reclaiming ones true power.

PARROT
Sunshine and color healing.

PEACOCK
Resurrection and wise vision.

PELICAN
Renewed buoyancy and unselfishness

PIGEON
Romantic love, loyalty, peace, innocence, return to the love and security of home.

PORCUPINE
Self-protection, memory, security, innocence, humility and renewed sense of wonder.

PRAYING MANTIS
Power of stillness.

QUAIL
Protectiveness, group harmony, group nourishment and protection.

RABBIT
Conquering fear, safety, gentleness with self, dealing with fear, growth, innocence, creativity,
productivity, self-actualization, fertility and new life.

RACCOON
Curiosity, skillful investigation, playful energy, merriment, openness, cleansing, wellness, tenacity, humor,
dexterity and disguise.

RAM
Seeking new beginnings.

RAT
Success, restlessness and shrewdness.

RAVEN
Prophecy, clairvoyant vision, magic, mystery, exploring the unknown, very wise, teaches people
spirituality, intelligence, community, duality, balance, ancient wisdom, shape shifting and creation.

ROBIN
Spread of new growth.

SALMON
Determination, persistence, trust strength, determination, willpower, loyalty and tradition.

SANDPIPER
Quickness, foraging and scavenging.

SEAGULL
Observation, swift action, opportunity, carefree attitude and versatility.

SEAL
Contentment, active imagination, creativity and lucid dreaming.

SKUNK
Reputation, self-preservation, respect, sensuality and self-esteem.

SNAKE
Transmutation, fertility, regeneration, life force, sexual potency, mystery, adaptability, femininity,
transformation, healing, rebirth, resurrection, initiation and wisdom.

SNOW LEOPARD
Overcoming our own demons, haunts, renewal of vision and vitality.

SPIDER
Creativity, balance, interconnectedness, industry and the weaving of fate.

SQUIRREL
Planning ahead, playfulness, trust, activity and preparedness.

SWAN
Grace, faithfulness, commitment, awakening the tree beauty and power of the self.

TIGER
Caution, appropriate timing, stealth, passion, power, devotion and sensuality.

TORTOISE
Ancient wisdom, experience, patience and endurance.

TURKEY
Setting limits, appreciation, renewal, shared blessings and harvest.

TURTLE
Protection, longevity, healing, symbol of the bounty of mother earth, ancient wisdom, stability,
motherhood and awakening to opportunities.

VULTURE
Resolution of problems, purification, death, rebirth and new vision.

WEASEL
Stealth, seeing beneath the surface, supernatural power, sly, secret circumvention and or pursuit.

WHALE
Intelligence, self expression, intuition, relativity, importance of observing, knowledge based on experience,
harmony with the environment, strength, patience, realize the magnificence in all things, creation, power
of song and awakening inner depths.

WOODPECKER
Sacred heartbeat, rain caller, growth, fertility, cleaning power of rhythm and discrimination.

WOLF
Eliminating weakens, commitment, family loyalty, teaching skill, love, healing relationships, fidelity,
forgiveness, intimacy, community, generosity, compatibility, guardianship, ritual, loyalty and Spirit.

ZEBRA
Power, alertness and community.