What Is Your Spirit Animal?
I had been waiting for ages with excitement for this wolf spirit mala to call itself to be made. It has a whole team of crystals supporting it, such as magnesite, fancy jasper, labradorite, electroplated crystal, electroplated hematite and a little feather charm around the back. It was certainly worth the wait. ♡
Have you ever wondered what your Spirit Animal might be?
What About Spirit Animals?
In certain cultures and spiritual systems, there is a belief that we each travel with a cadre of spirit guides, which also includes animals.
A spirit animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal relationship to an individual. Other names might be animal guides, spirit helpers, spirit allies, power animals, or animal helpers. It is believed that you do not choose the animal, rather it chooses, or has already chosen you. The animal is there to provide “medicine” to the recipient in the form of guidance, lessons, protection, power, or wisdom. Shamans worldwide have relied on the guidance, wisdom, and symbolism of spirit animals for thousands of years.
You can have one or several spirit animals throughout your lifetime. They can come in and out of our lives to give us guidance, teach us about ourselves, and help us maintain balance. The timing and direction we are headed on our path, a specific occasion that may arise, phases of life, or tasks that need to be completed along our journey will dictate what animal steps forward to help.
An animal can bring us a message in several ways. We can physically cross paths with the animal, we can dream about it, it can visit us in our meditations, or we might have it as a pet.
Your spirit animal often represents qualities and attributes that you may see in yourself. On a base level, you want to understand the general vibe of the animal and look at it as an archetypal figure in your life; a symbolic representation of you. You may never personally interact with your animal, like a tiger or whale. But pay attention to the details of specific behaviours, character traits, habitat, diet, social status. Are you group-oriented, a loner, nomadic, sedentary, etc.?
How Do You Work Out Your Spirit Animal?
Quite simply, ask the animal to show itself to you.
Notice repetitive encounters with an animal within a physical interaction or in a symbolic form. Typically an animal might appear to you over and over again in an obvious way. For example, perhaps you almost hit three deer on three different encounters over the course of the week. Then, you turn on the TV, and the Discovery Channel is featuring migration patterns of caribou. You walk into a store and there are antlers decorating the wall. Someone compliments you on your “doe-eyes”. Disney re-releases Bambi and you see advertisements for it everywhere. The medicine of deer is trying to speak to you.
Let your spirit animal choose you or come to you during meditation, dream time, or other altered states of consciousness. Set the intention or ask the animal to show itself to you, you could use a deck or a book.
Meanwhile, are there animals that have resonated with you since childhood without any familial attachment? Are there animals you feel drawn to without any logical explanation?
Wolf Spirit Animal
The personality traits of the Wolf are those of powerful instinct, intuition and high intelligence. The Wolf roams the wild with a thirst for freedom, working within a social environment.
Young wolves on the brink of sexual maturity will sometimes be driven away from the group by the alpha males of the pack, losing all of their social connections. These ‘lone wolves’ must learn to fend for themselves, without the help of any social group: they must become stronger. Hence our name “LonerWolf”.
Wolf Spirit Animal Meaning
Ancient cultures and indigenous people believed that animals and humans shared the same spiritual essence between each other. They also believed that these animals are attracted to us and present themselves to us in specific moments of our lives to reveal messages.
The Wolf Totem symbolizes:
- Strong connection with your instincts or intuition.
- High intelligence.
- Loyalty and communication.
- A deep desire for freedom.
Native American Indians perhaps had the greatest symbolism for wolves. They modelled themselves after the Wolf in hunting methods, cooperation and efficiency, valuing them as proud hunters, loyal friends and intelligent teachers. They also thought of the Wolf as a spiritual pathfinder, which symbolized intelligence and leadership.
A Wolf possesses a high intelligence and strong instincts, and these have been observed in their hunting strategies, habitat creation, and migration habits.
When a Wolf presents itself as your spirit animal, it could be an expression of your sharp intelligence and strong instincts. When the Wolf appears, either physically, through meditation or through a dream, it’s often a way of telling you that you’re either using your intelligence and instincts well to solve a challenging life situation or that you’re not using them at all.
The Wolf represents the pathfinder. He is a guide that helps you to discover when you are being misguided or led correctly when using your instincts.
Having a Wolf as a power animal serves to emphasize your levels of trust or mistrust in your instincts and intuition. Totem animals, as a whole, make you aware and introspective of your current emotional state, and wolves can serve as omens or guides to show you that which is making you emotionally unbalanced.
When the Wolf shows up in your life, look closely and listen carefully to what your intuition or instincts are telling you.
Now let’s talk about the crystals used.
Magnesite instils deep peace during meditation. Placed on the third eye, this stone enhances visualisation and imagery, and can promote dynamic and revolutionary ideas. It assists in producing an opening of the crown chakra.
Fancy Jasper is a wonderful stone for bringing wholeness and healing to an environment or situation. It is said to intensify and lighten feelings of well-being, helping you to lighten up and enjoy yourself more. It can also relieve fear, guilt and frustration, building inner strength and confidence.
A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition – promoting psychic abilities.
A “stone for the mind”, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought. Hematite utilises the magnetic qualities of our yin-yang energies to balance the meridians within the body and to provide a stable equilibrium between the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system.
Symbol meaning of feathers deals with ascension and spiritual evolution to a higher plane. Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit, and to express their celestial wisdom.
Inuit hand carved wolf totem.
I am just in ♡ with this mala.
Wolf blessings, Justine xxx