It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. Mark Twain
Animals As Spiritual Beings
Animals have been honored for their special powers throughout history.
Ancient cultures depicted animals in art and by wearing fetishes in the hope of capturing some of the spiritual essence to use in everyday life.
Even today, in our societies that are far removed from nature, animals are used to convey certain qualities by association.
Sports teams are named after strong and fierce animals such as the Seahawks, Bears and Wildcats.
Jaguar, Impala and Thunderbird are automobile names that use animals to invoke speed, strength and majesty.
Societies as well as individuals have associated themselves with various animals in the past, and continue to do so today. The difference is today many people are unaware of the power that animals hold on the spiritual level.
What’s Your Animal?
Do you have an attraction to a certain animal or even a few of them? Do you collect art or trinkets that depict your favorite animal?
Most of us have pets of some kind. I have two dogs, five cats and six chickens. Our pets are often different than our spirit animal. I write this blog with a stuffed monkey and you’d think this is my spirit animal… Monkey isn’t my spirit animal though…Crow is.
Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated with crows. This fascination has followed me in to adulthood and I now have crow art on my walls, crow fetishes and sculptures and even a crow tattoo.
As I’ve grown older I’ve become more crow-like in my ways. No, I don’t fly around cawing… I’ve taken on more of the attributes of Crow the spirit animal.
As shared on this website:
Crow is the left-handed guardian. Crow knows the unknowable mysteries of creation and is the keeper of all sacred law. Crow guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease” or illness. You can rest assured when ever crows are around, magic is near by and you are about to experience a change in consciousness.
Crow can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form.
If you have a crow as a totem, you need to be willing to walk your talk and speak your truth. You must put aside your fear of being a voice in the wilderness and “caw” the shots as you see them. Crow is an omen of change. If he keeps appearing to you he may be telling you that you have a powerful voice when addressing issues that you do not quite understand or feel that they are out of balance.
Crows are the bringer of messages from the spirit world, and is thought to dwell beyond the realm of time and space. When you meet crow, he could be telling you that there will be changes in your life and that possibly you should step by the usual way you view reality and look into the inner realms …walk your talk…be prepared to let go of your old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing yourself and the world.
Think about what animals you’re drawn to, or have been drawn to in the past. I’m sure you have an affinity for a certain animal and you just haven’t thought about it as a spiritual connection.
In our next post, we’ll share an exercise with which you can discover what your spirit animal is, and learn what each animal represents.
As humans, we’re tied to nature on all levels whether we acknowledge it or not. You may be surprised what your animal is, and how much you have in common with its archetype.