Sometimes, we get so bogged down trying to fix and maintain everything in our lives, including ourselves, that nothing is fun anymore. We become automatons, just punching the clock and checking the boxes. We lose touch with our spontaneous selves; our own inner animals. Reconnecting with your inner spirit animal is a way to let yourself out of the closet and start feeling alive again.
The spirit animal chosen for each sign is meant to remind us what’s inside – that part of us never meant to be anything but free. The animal for your sign doesn’t have to be “it”, could never completely be it, but it’s a starting place for acknowledging and loving the heck out of whatever makes up your wild spirit.
While your sun sign symbolizes your sense of purpose in this life, your spirit animal reflects your natural way of engaging the world to live out that purpose.
Your sun sign is the type of fuel your vehicle runs on. Some people refer to the rising sign as a mask, but it’s way beyond that. It’s the way you instinctively react to things and your sense of “I” or self-image.
Basically, our spirit animals just show up without thought or intention, especially when we’re under stress or taken by surprise. In many ways, it is your defense strategy, but if you consciously work with it, it’s the most natural and effective way you can approach almost any situation.
Your spirit animal is your personal “I am” declaration from the moment of that first breath, and it never leaves you, no matter how old you get. It’s primal, preverbal, preconditioning, and powerful! So… what’s your animal?
RISING SPIRIT ANIMALS – FROM ARIES TO PISCES
ARIES THE WOLF
You’re learning about and discovering your inner-self and inner power. Wolves stand for growth, trust, guardianship, instinct, intuition, and adaptability. Their medicine teaches how to avoid unnecessary confrontation. A fierce predator, wolves trust their instincts and are not afraid to take action. Wolf reconnects you with your wild spirit and reminds you that you are in charge of your life.
TAURUS THE PIG
You’re learning to enjoy the simplicity and abundance of life. Pigs are symbols of wealth, luck, determination, prosperity, and swift motion. Greek goddess Demeter kept a sacred pig that becomes a symbol of fertility. Pigs are intelligent, friendly, and naturally clean. They know how to make themselves comfortable, and when free from factory farms, spend hours exploring, relaxing and playing.
GEMINI THE SWALLOW
You’re learning about perspective and to be flexible as you change course on your journey. Swallows display impressive aerial acrobatics to catch insects. They symbolize speed, problem-solving, happiness, self-discovery, and connection. It’s said that seeing a swallow three times means it has a spiritual connection with you. Just watching swallows can bring about new insights and renewed playfulness and joy.
CANCER THE SALMON
You’re learning to find your true home and a genuine sense of belonging. Swimming upstream, like salmon during spawning, symbolizes spiritual evolution. Nothing can keep them from returning to the place they were born. Salmon reminds us not to give up, to be strong, and not to always just go with the flow. It’s important to honor our roots and know where we come from, but also necessary to let go, grow up, and go on.
LEO THE KINGFISHER
You’re learning to trust and follow your heart to manifest your destiny. Kingfishers are stunning bright blue and green in color and their dark crest symbolizes royalty. Kingfisher medicine teaches us when to act – when to dive straight into that activity or love. Kingfishers are associated with warmth, sunshine, abundance, and love.
VIRGO THE RAVEN
Ravens are notoriously smart and clever. Just like the Virgo, they are analytical, and determined. However, they balance their calculating side with their loving side, and have a fierce loyalty only a canine companion could rival. Ravens love for life, just like you, dear Virgo. Never fear, spread your wings and fly.
LIBRA THE DOVE
You’re learning to find the sweet spot of balance between the extremes. Dove is known as a spirit messenger that bridges the sky and earth, or the spiritual and physical realms. The dove is Aphrodite’s bird, symbolizing peace, beauty, hope, and love. Dove vocalizations are calming and remind us to release emotional disharmony.
SCORPIO THE CROCODILE
You’re learning to tap into your most primal energy and step into your own power. Crocodiles are known as the keepers and protectors of all knowledge and teach us to go deep for the truth, even when it’s cold and dark. Crocodile medicine connects us with unbridled creative forces and the transformative cycle of creation and destruction.
SAGITTARIUS THE ELK
You’re learning the impressiveness of your true nature. Elk symbolizes stamina, strength, energy, passion, nobility, and wisdom. Elk reflects a time of plenty and a state of gratitude, optimism, and simply feeling good about life. Elk also teaches us that to keep the journey going, a long and steady pace is the best choice.
CAPRICORN THE BEAR
You’re learning to be a leader, in your own life or otherwise. Bear stands tall and has earned our respect – its medicine helps us be our fullest and strongest selves. There is no need to play small and you are up to the task! Bear teaches us to follow our vision, to stay grounded in the physical, and be secure in what we’re doing. Bear calls us to stand our ground, make good use of resources, and protect others when the time calls.
AQUARIUS THE ZEBRA
You’re learning the balance between just being yourself and being part of the group. Zebra symbolizes individuality, agility, speed, and objective insight. Zebra medicine helps us come up with creative ways of looking things, incorporating all the shades of gray. Zebra reflects a willingness to experiment and explore the mysteries.
PISCES THE LIZARD
You’re learning to turn inward and listen to what your heart is telling you. Lizards symbolize objective detachment, letting go of the past, listening to your intuition, and paying attention to dreams. Lizard medicine teaches us to slow down and withdraw from the rat race long enough to reimagine our reality. Lizards spend most of their time alone and teach us the blessing of solitude and introspection.