What Is Your Spirit Animal?

Mine is the red fox. How does this relate to bookish things? More on that later …

So, the red fox is my spirit animal, I’m convinced. Not sure how this came about, to be honest. Back in the day, when friends started talking about spirit animals, I was like … “Huh? I have no idea! A bear? A whale? A wolf?”

There are plenty of articles on how to figure out what your spirit animal is, but I never spent time much time on it. The least of my worries, right?

Until just a few years ago. It suddenly became much clear to me that the cunning red fox was my spirit animal. I was drawn to this scurrying creature with its beautiful coat and cute little face. I began seeing it in the wild for the first time … in the woods in North Georgia; in the mountains of Colorado; darting along the roadside. It would appear on the television or in books. And one day it occurred to me … this is my guy!

Rear view red fox isolated on white background with bushy tail hunting through the freshly fallen snow in Algonquin Park in Canada. – Photo Credit Drago-Nika via Depositphotos.com

Spirit animals, many people confirm, are allies, protectors, guides, and teachers, and whenever the red fox shows up, I do find myself taking a moment to “listen” to the why of it all. Why did he show up right then?

The red fox is cunning, clever, intelligent, and resourceful. (Perhaps a little like me?) In fact, the Native American culture considers the red fox to be a sacred animal, a wise trickster, able to outwit predators. Certainly a valuable trait! The red fox also symbolizes the fresh starts, so when you see one, apparently you should take your shot at whatever you’ve been on the fence about. Today is the day of all the days, I imagine the red fox saying.

Close-up of a young red fox, in the snow, looking up at the camera. – Photo credit Cynbernesco via Depositphotos.com

[The red fox] symbolizes new beginnings, as the fox is one of the first animals to emerge from hibernation each spring. To Native Americans, the red fox is a reminder that even in the darkest winter months, new life always comes in time.


All that being said, as an author, I find this part of my spiritual journey quite fun and interesting. You certainly have to be clever, intelligent, and open to new beginnings as a writer … and definitely know how and when to make your move and to rise above the many pitfalls that come with the book industry. In fact, I’m in the process of adding some “fox-y” items to my office so I can really ride the winds of change.

NOTE: The information from this post is derived from countless sources, both written and spoken, about spirit animals and their meanings. If you’re interested in this topic, I encourage you to do your own research and see where it leads you.

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