Spirit Animals

Spirit Animals

While most witches work with animal familiars, many also work with spirit animals, this is done by choosing a particular animal, and taking into consideration its inherent energies. Each animal has particular characteristics that can enhance and empower, all magical and healing work. By understanding the archetypal energies associated with each animal, you can align with the soul of the animal you choose and work together in harmony. You may wish to work with one particular spirit creature, or to summon the one with the qualities required to empower and enhance your work.

Alligator – Strength
Ant – Industriousness
Antelope – Speed
Bat – Intuition
Bear – Knowledge – healing
Beaver – Beginnings
Bee – Co-operation – community
Bird – Rising above – freedom
Butterfly – Transformation – love – balance
Cougar – Leadership
Coyote – Quick thinking
Crane – Balance – dignity
Crow – Resourcefulness – magic
Deer – Wisdom – peace
Dog – Loyalty
Dolphin – Communication – harmony
Dragonfly – Creativity – skill
Eagle – Power – healing
Firefly – Illumination
Fox – Cleverness – discretion
Frog – Peace – love – healing
Goat – Diligence
Hawk – Awareness – honesty
Hedgehog – Protection
Horse – Transformation – change
Hummingbird – Beauty – movement
Lizard – Releasing
Loon – Communication – serenity
Mouse – Illusion – charm – charisma
Otter – Joy – balance – uplifting
Owl – Wisdom – healing – insight
Peacock – Self-assurance
Pelican – Abundance – fortune
Porcupine – Humility
Quail – Group harmony
Rabbit – Overcoming – protection – luck
Ram – Determination
Raven – Mystical exploration
Salmon – Persistence
Seagull – Freedom
Seahorse – Nourishing
Seal – Tranquility
Snail – Perseverance
Snake – Power – protection
Spider – Connection
Squirrel – Honesty
Swan – Nurturing
Turtle – Knowledge – healing
Whale – Intuition
Wolf – Loyalty


Spirit animals possess the knowledge and traits of their species and when you are in touch with your spirit animal you can ask the animal for assistance. It is believed that all animals have healing and inspirational powers and that you can bring their energies into you. The Native Americans believe that when a person is born, an animal’s spirit enters into that person, it is meant to provide wisdom and protection.

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