Animals are sacred creatures of this Earth, they are not below us, or above us, they are our equals. They are here to maintain the balance of life, help Mother Earth renew herself, and keep the flow of energy moving. They also have important lessons to teach us.
We see animals every day, but how do we know if they are our spirit animals?
If you keep seeing this animal or a symbol for this animal, if you suddenly become curious about them, if you have dreams about them, if you meditate and they make themselves known, that means there is a message they want you to hear.
There are wonderful resources online that speak to what these messages could be, but I like to also meditate on the animal to find the answers. Below is a personal experience with an unlikely spirit animal to show you how their energy can help you in your life.
The Wild Boar - Processing Anger and Releasing Victimhood
I am not an aggressive or confrontational person. My moon is in Aries, so I can definitely find myself huffing and puffing when in a difficult situation. However, a month ago, I found myself in a heated argument with a stranger in a public park. The details of this argument or how it escalated are not important, but these type of interactions are very rare for me. I was caught off guard, my temperature rose, I could feel the tension in my jaw and chest. I walked away but I felt so blind sided, and admittedly I felt victimized. I did not feel like I stood up for myself, I felt defeated.
I came home and could not shake it, I was furious so I began to meditate with a shamanic drumming rhythm on youtube. As I meditated, I was surprised to find the wild boar appear in my third eye. I laughed immediately. When I think of a wild boar, I think of aggression and protectiveness, but almost in a cartoonish way. I welcomed the energy of the wild boar into my aura, and I felt a release and empowerment that was unmistakeable.
The anger I felt was still there, but it did not bother me or make me uncomfortable. I was able to process the emotion, the energy of the wild boar helped me move through it, unstuck it.
I came to the understanding that it was not wrong to be angry, confrontations were nothing to fear, that they are moments where you can exercise your strength and power. Not to overpower or defeat someone, but to stand in your power, and to defend yourself.
The lesson was also not about who is right or who is wrong. The wild boar taught me not to be a victim, the stranger who made me feel upset only had that power because I gave them the permission to do so. In a moment that was perhaps trivial and silly, I came away with a lesson that I will carry with me forever.
How do you embody the energy of your spirit animal?
This can be done in many ways. I personally like to telepathically invite the spirit animal into my aura. In my head, I say “Thank you spirit of _____ for making yourself known to me. I am open to the lessons you have to teach and I invite your energy into my being.” I then imagine the animal, but instead of its physical being, it is made of light, and it comes into my body, merging with my energy.
There’s actually a very cool super hero named Vixen from DC Comics, whose power is to do exactly this. She summons the spirit of the animal, for example she calls on the rhinoceros to grant her super strength. Look her up, the visuals are exactly what I am talking about.
Research your favorite animals, or any animal that has made its presence to you known. Be open to the wisdom they can bring you.