Updated: May 17
Are you one of many who've never heard of a Spirit Animal Guide?
Or perhaps you've already joined the growing community of people turning towards 5th-dimension-living enabling you to live more authentically with an intuitive, trusting and more meaningful connection to yours and others needs.
In the Native American tradition, spirit animals are an embodied form of a spiritual guide that we can draw upon for strength, protection and inspiration. A natural way for people to connect with their spirit guides is through the face of a familiar animal.
Let's say you spot a fox at the end of the garden - he could've shown up to help you with a tricky situation, to remind you that you need to think and act quickly and adopt a bit of cunning to see your way through it.
Or a wolf - hopefully you won't see one of those at the end of your garden - but an image on TV, a calendar, a coffee cup - will remind you to look to yourself, to call upon your independence, to get through a certain situation.
It could even be your dog, who reminds you what a loyal kind and friend you are when others may make you feel differently.
So here are my fabulous guys: animal spirit guides:
I was born in 1962 and the tiger is my Chinese Zodiac Animal or 'shengxiao' which means 'born resembling'. Your Chinese zodiac animal does not necessarily present as a spirit guide, but one look at him and you know he's got your back.
The tiger represents willpower, personal strength and courage, so if this animal appears to you it will remind you that you have these qualities, you just need to draw upon them.
My first meaningful interaction with a spirit guide was with a dragonfly, whom I saved from certain death when out swimming one day. This beautiful creature clung onto my finger for ten minutes or more whilst I gently blew the water away. One by one he shook and lifted his wings, but did not fly away. I held my finger to my face and we looked into each others eyes - love at first sight! It was such a powerful moment that I googled dragonfly, and lo and behold discovered spirit animal guides.
Finally the spider.
I recently attended a Women's Circle. When we arrived at the meeting we were asked to give one reason why we were there. I said "I need to find my purpose". Half way through our gathering the Spirit Guide deck was handed round - I was confident I would pull the dragonfly, and horrified to see I had the spider. Not this cute guy here either, but a mother f**ker monster tarantula.
How-e-ver...drum roll.... the first line of text on the Spider card mentioned 'dharma', which, in Sanskrit, translates as purpose!
Her 8 legs remind us of the Eightfold Path which talks about the ideal way to approach life. To adopt the right Understanding, the right Intention, the right Speech,the right Actions and so forth.
The spider helps you to integrate some missing piece of your personal “puzzle” and gain a an overall perspective on your life. She also shows you how easy it is to make your home anywhere which was pertinent as at the time I was currently without one. Later that week I had spun my web in the spare room at my cousins cottage.