Confused About My Animal Guides

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Confusion About My Animal Guides: Answers About Your Animal Totems

Answering Questions About Animal Guides

This article is built around a question about animal guides. Avia answers the following question from Kendra:

“I’ve always been told several different things about animal guides.

First, your animal guide comes in your dreams and usually bites you.

Second, its an animal you’ve been attached to since childhood.

Third,you have more then one animal guide and last your animal guide is the animal that shows itself to you regularly.

Me personaly has been emotionaly attached to Sea Otters since as far back as i can remember. But i always see Raccoon’s and when i feel like i’m having a bad day and hear an owl coo, my day is gonna be alright.

Plus on your site the owl and the crow fit my personality pretty much perfectly. Whenever i look at either of these animals i feel a connection, but how do i know if these three animals are all my animal guides?

Avia’s Response to
“What’s My Animal Guide?”

 Hello Kendra,

Thanks for sharing your story!

I would be wary of anybody who has pat, hard-and-fast rules about identifying an animal guide. That includes me.

When I write about animal meanings, it’s never cut-and-dry. You’ll never catch me saying “this is the way it is – and that’s that.”


Because linking up with our animal guides is a personal thing. The experience varies from person-to-person.

Think on it…there are 6 billion people on this planet – each one as different as the next. Furthermore, there are goodness knows how many animals on this planet – and they are all unique too.

No wonder you’re experiencing confusion.

This is my experience…

Animal guides show themselves when we are open to receive them, when we ask, and when we consciously make an effort to communicate/connect with the energy of the animal realms.

I have talked to many people who have several totems throughout their lives – myself included. Others tell me they have multiple animal guides – myself included. Still others share that some animals come-and-go throughout the years of their life – I ditto that experience too.

So, Kendra, I would love to say “this is the one – this is your animal totem for sure!” But I just can’t. It’s not how I was taught. My education in the realm of totemism formed my belief that totem identification is like choosing a friend, or a mate – it takes heart, soul, thought – it takes an investment in time and energy. It’s a partnership.

Coming to know our totems is also a two-way street. It takes an openness to receive information from our animal guides, as much as it takes our reaching out to know them.

Please don’t mistake this response as harsh or unkind. Far from it. It comes from a place of concern and care that I write these thoughts.

And hey, please check out the links I’m going to give you below – I wrote them with the intent to eliminate confusion about our animal guides, and help with understanding how these neat relationships work on an energetic level.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your post. And feel free to comment over time – updating me and other readers about your progress.

Brightly yours,

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Meditation and Animal Totems

Did you know meditation is a key tool to help you discover and/or strengthen your connection with your animal totem? Yep. This article gives how-to’s on totem connection. Learn more about meditation with your animal totem here.

Animal Totem Meanings

Animal totems play huge roles in our lives. They aid in self-discovery and capture our imagination, giving us incredible avenues of self-expression and awareness. Get the whole list of all animal totems and meanings here.

An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time, and mass societal opinion. What’s cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, “Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder.”

Having said that, it’s in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I’ve got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ?

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It’s a language that is universal and everywhere. It’s super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!