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We speak of animal spirit guides with the highest of regards. They are no different than a human looking spirit guide.

An animal spirit guide is choosing to take on the form of an animal to teach you about a part of your own psyche. In doing this, the person may dream, vision, or see in their physical reality this spirit encased as an animal, multiple times. For instance, you may wonder, “why do I keep seeing hawks?” These animal spirit guides are temporary and will guide your journey for a time while they are needed.

There are also animal spirit guides that will be more permanent and take on the animal form of something that aligns with your spirit and who you are. This is done in a way, as to connect to you in your world.  If you work in the unknown realms of magick or intuition, you may have a bat or black panther as a spirit guide. Revealing itself to you in times of meditation or journey.

The idea of an animal as a spirit guide is not just a new trend. This is an ancient Shamanic view. These traditions are natural and run through every culture. You all once lived in the natural world. Now, as your consciousness re-awakens to its more natural way of seeing, these animal spirits will show themselves and begin working with you and for you.

In their animal state, there is a primordial communication that can be utilized in developing and evolving your subconscious mind. This is done rather than engaging the conscious left-brain forms of communication.

The symbolism given by the animal spirit guide may not seem clear at first. It is possible to automatically write with this animal and receive a message just as you would a human looking one. Their consciousness will help you to feel into your body for answers as opposed to relying on just your mind. Often, this is how the animal spirit guide works. Utilizing your dream state to effect a change in the subconscious and even unconscious levels.

1. Dreams

Dreams are a great way to begin a relationship with an animal spirit guide. Before going to bed, ask them to come into your dream and show themselves. The more specific your intention, the easier it will be for them to reach you in the dream state.

2. Meditation

Meditation is the second way to ask for a spirit guide to come in. Working with an animal spirit guide, you will want to go into a natural setting that is in the subconscious. Use ground pathways in a forest. Picturing yourself “falling” into a natural setting is another powerful way to choose to start engaging with your spirit guide. Once you are there, meet the animal spirit guide and engage in a dialogue.

This dialogue may seem like yourself at first. Follow the animal spirit guide and expect to get more of an impression from them through pictures or feelings. You can translate it into words later.

3. Noticing them in your waking world.

Animal spirit guides love to show up in real time within your waking world.  Often, when you are experiencing life changes and need some guidance. The animal may show up in strange unexpected places to call your attention to their consciousness. If a more particular animal crosses your path, look up what the spiritual meaning of the animal is. This will help you to de-code their message.

4. Intentionally calling for an animal spirit guide.

Just an intention to work with an animal spirit guide will start the process. That intention will go out, and you can then expect to see them in a dream, meditation, or your waking world.

5. Choosing a specific animal spirit.

You can specify a more particular animal to work with. What is their medicine? How can they assist you? Choose one and then see if they will come forward. Just know that if this is not the one you are meant to be with at this time, another one may show themselves first.

Make sure you are wanting to work with the medicine that they have to offer. If you choose coyote just because you like them, be prepared to be working with your ego. You can’t change the way the animal spirit functions with your consciousness, so be clear of what medicine they have to offer.

6. Put a picture of your animal spirit on your altar.

Placing a painting or picture of your spirit animal on your altar is a great way to work with them. Animal spirits love their image and what it invokes in you when you look at them through their physical, worldly form. Place a picture on your altar and use it when you are meditating or focusing in your altar’s space. Another way is to light a white candle with intentions of asking the animal spirit to purify you with their medicine.

7. Pets

Pets are in your everyday lives. They are just as much of an animal spirit guide than any other. What do they have for you? Start turning your attention to your pet and see what they might teach you. If you’re a person that has multiple pets, you are most likely an intuitive person that enjoys the many animal spirits around you. Serving as a reminder of your different parts of self.

There are many things spirit animals are capable of. Without limiting them or yourself, begin the exploration of your primal spiritual nature.

Love is sent without constitution dear physical angels.


Trance Channel, Clairvoyant Healer and Spiritual Teacher, Lori Camacho, has been serving others with her gifts of clairvoyance and vibrational healing abilities since 2003. It was in 2007 that Lori began to spontaneously vocalize Raina, the wise consciousness she had memories of communicating with as a child. Together Lori and Raina have created many workshops, classes and writings. 

One Comment

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve never thought to incorporate the animals into my altar space! When I was first awakening falcons and owls were showing up like crazy. I didn’t know about spirit animals or animal medicine at the time and thought I was losing it. Especially when I would see an owl midday! After reading your post, it I really want to bring a picture of a falcon or owl into my workspace. They mean so much to me now and have been so instrumental in my personal growth. – Nicole

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