With world animal day having just been and gone, it had us talking about our own personal connections with the other earthlings we share this planet with. You too may have always been fascinated by the concept of invoking animal wisdom, having a “spirit animal” or you may be struggling with how to connect to such an energy.
We’re big believers that the planet and its inhabitants are constantly looking for ways to communicate with us and impart their own special wisdom. It’s up to us to notice these physical, spiritual or symbolic signs and dig a little deeper into their meaning. And to listen well.
As we’ve got to grips with invoking animal wisdom ourselves, to aid in our everyday rituals and spiritual practices, we wanted to share some of that wisdom and experience with you.
Manifesting your heart’s desire
Manifestation – big word, big concept, big presence right now. Yes, manifesting your dream life is 100% what we’re here to support you with. We believe that focusing on animal energies and what they represent can really help with your manifestation practice. Seeking magic, mystery, and a higher perspective? Invite Crow energy into your practice. Seeking stability at home and enhanced communication? Mr Blackbird is your man!
But before you can start manifesting, you need to be clear about what you REALLY want. Pondering animal symbolism, connecting with animal helpers and invoking animal wisdom can help you to get clear on your heart’s desire – so you can start manifesting it.
Lea had a special experience of realising and manifesting her heart’s desire through animal magick:
3 years ago my beloved cocker spaniel Poppy was put to sleep. It’s difficult to put into words the grief I felt but, in short, I was inconsolable. I realised that I had effectively made her into a Horcrux and that a part of myself had splintered with the loss.
A few months later I joined a cacao ceremony. I spent much of the “resting” time crying quietlt to myself on my mat, wrapped in a blanket. When it came to the point of sharing our experiences, I barely managed to choke out words to the effect of my grief; I’d not been able to rest or visualise anything this time.
But I went back, and at this next ceremony, I managed to open up to the guided visualisation. Part of this visualisation was the receiving of a gift from the “cacao goddess”. My pure, full hearted desire was revealed; a little white puppy. My life was incomplete without animal companions at home.
Georgie came into our lives shortly afterwards and, it turns out, was born on the day we made the decision to put Poppy to sleep. Like me, he’s incredibly emotionally intuitive, has a chronic gut condition and loves to snuggle. He was joined by Pig, the little white puppy, six months later; somewhat traumatised by some early experiences, we’ve been growing to open our hearts and trust others together.
Gina overcame obstacles and manifested something truly magickal with some animal help
I had a reading with a psychic a few months after my Granddad passed away. We were extremely close and were always a big part of each others lives. The psychic told me he was still around me a lot and to look out for ladybirds, as it was his way of telling me that he was there.
I discovered that the ladybird is a symbol of luck and blessings. She is the master of transformation, having gone through her journey from hideous larvae to beautiful insect. She is an ally when important changes are being made and she is here to tell you to believe in yourself and be daring!
There have been multiple strange experiences with ladybirds since then, but the one that comes to mind first is the day I climbed Scafell Pike – the tallest mountain in England.
I am a wimp. I hate heights, I am terrified of falling and of hurting myself, so to go ahead with this climb was a big deal for me; I’ve been trying to feel into my fear and do things anyway. But we had got to a particular part on the mountain where the fear took over. I was sat on a rock, looking at what I had to scramble down next and holding back tears.
That’s when I saw it. We were around 3000ft up, where plants were not even growing, and directly opposite me where I had just happened to sit down to cry, was a ladybird. I instantly knew it was a sign to get my arse up off of that rock and keep going – because I was going to be absolutely fine!
Getting started with invoking animal wisdom
You might assume that you need to spend hours researching, perhaps do some qualifications or generally that this kind of wisdom is difficult to obtain. But, honestly, simply being grounded and open to receiving messages from the Universe is all you need to get started.
We both enjoy finding feathers when we go out on walks (usually with the dogs – for extra animal help). And we each have an ever-growing collection within our own sanctuary spaces at home. We do this very consciously. We don’t collect feathers during nesting season and as vegans we are keen to remind people that buying feathers online is a form of support for potentially unethical practices. Practices that cause harm to the animals we seek wisdom from.
So far, between the two of us we have managed to find feathers from Pheasants, Buzzards, Owls, Gulls, Woodpeckers, Partridges, Magpies, Jays, Swans, Crows and of course the humble Pigeon. Every time we find a new feather, the first thing we do is research the symbolic meaning of that particular bird. Simple.
Learning about and working with a spirit animal
A spirit animal is a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal, and has a personal relationship to the individual. There are other names within different cultures too such as animal guides or power animals.
There’s a wonderful guided meditation we have both experienced that has given us a deal of strength and understanding. We highly recommend it for you too, if you are just getting started. You’ll find it on Insight Timer App.
Gina’s experience of seeking her spirit animal through guided visualisation
I don’t fully remember how the meditation started but I do remember very clearly, the moment I saw my animal for the first time. Standing in a break of trees within the woods, on an autumnal, leafy floor, I could feel the animal behind me, walking closer and closer. Hearing ear a ‘crunch, crunch’ of two feet in the leaves, I remember thinking this was strange- how many animals walk on two feet!?
As I turned around, there it was. A magnificent and huge Bald Eagle stood on the ground, looking directly at me. I felt a connection to it, like it was saying hello through it’s eyes. We had a moment together and then the meditation ended.
Of course, I couldn’t wait to find out what this meant!
Bald Eagle spirit animal:
” The Eagle is a powerful animal totem that offers lessons about looking closely at the most minute of details in order to see life from a broader perspective. When this graceful hunter comes into your life, it’s time to look inward with a careful eye. Allow your heart to guide you, and opportunities you never dreamed were possible will present themselves when you least expect it.spiritanimal.info
Eagles have feet with four toes. Four is a symbol for having a solid foundation and being grounded. Those who are guided by the Eagle spirit animal are grounded. Even though the Eagle can soar to great heights, they are still strongly connected to the earth. Among being grounded and connected to the earth, those guided by the Eagle are also resilient. And in complete harmony with the spiritual aspects of their lives.
Unafraid of the unknown, these seekers accept life’s challenges with unshakeable courage, determination and confidence.
Lea’s experience of seeking her animal helper during a guided visualisation
In truth, I resisted the creature that came to me for a short while; I’d anticipated something a little more “fierce”, more like how many people have described me over the years. I did not anticipate the wild rabbit that came to me very distinctly and unfalteringly. A bunny…Who’s idea of a joke is this,?! I thought to myself.
I took the time to sit with this, did some research and reflected on how the qualities and energies of the rabbit applied to me. And I was glad I did. I now have a profound respect for these resilient creatures and am grateful for their regular appearance on my walks; their constant presence is very reassuring.
The Rabbit archetype is anything but a “fuzzy bunny” lightweight in the world of Animal Symbolism. In many myths and legends, Rabbits act as guides between Heaven, the Earth, and The Underworld. They’re a potent emblem of Shamanic journeys and may even be called upon to monitor those rituals.
In the Earth Plane Rabbit is a sound navigator, having perceptions that pilot him through the darkness. Because of this, Rabbit represents Sensitives and Seers and their psychic powers. It also symbolizes those moments in life when we must hop to or in unfamiliar surroundings, using your inner light for direction. Rabbits are creatures of the Earth, living close to the ground…What is my spirit animal
If you have ever purchased one of our intentional tools, you will know that we like to place a feather in every one of our orders. When we pack up an order we enjoy the process of intuitively picking a feather from our collection, for the intended user of the tool. We write a little note with that particular animal’s symbolism or wisdom. And so far, the message has always been a welcome and well timed one.
Sisters thank you so much for my wands, much needed. Lots of shadow work coming up for me right now. And the little love letter of wisdom attached was divine timing as always.Leyla