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Animal Symbolism: Meaning of the Fox

Fox animal symbolism and fox meanings

Fox Animal Symbolism and Meaning

There is a good reason for the old adage: "clever as a fox". In truth, these creatures are extremely clever, and remarkably resourceful. From hunting strategies to camouflague - the fox gets about the business of living life with sass and class. What's more, the fox is a jaunty critter. Observe them in the wild, and you can't help but think everything is a big joke for the fox, and their whole world a playground. Indeed, many myths (Native American comes to mind) designate the fox as a jester or trickster, as you will read further in this article. Whatever has brought you to this page of fox animal symbolism - I hope you come away from this article with new insight into this uncommon, lively beastie.

In China, fox animal symbolism revolved around the afterlife. Lore has it that a fox sighting was thought to be a signal from the spirits of the deceased.

Fox animal symbolism takes a turn of intelligence in the Celtic realm, as the Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honored for its wisdom. The Celts understood the fox knows the woods intimately, and they would rely upon the fox as their guide in the spirit world.

In Japan, the fox was considered one of the rain spirits, and a messenger of Inari the rice god. Here the fox also symbolizes longevity and protection from evil.

In Native American lore, fox animal symbolism deals with two interpretations. One perspective (Northern tribes) observes the fox as a wise and noble messenger. The other (Plains tribes) views the fox as a trickster playing pranks, or worse - luring one to demise.

Fox animal symbolism and fox meanings

Overwhelmingly, cultural consensus on fox animal symbolism deals with themes like...

Fox Animal Symbolism and Meanings

  • Wisdom
  • Cunning
  • Strategy
  • Cleverness
  • Adaptability
  • Quick-thinking

It is noteworthy to observe the fox while it is on the hunt. We see its entire body is pointed like an arrow - straight and tightly aimed. This is a symbolic message for us to set a determined, and powerfully focused mindset in order to "hit the target" of our desires.

Red Fox Meaning - Solar Attributes

The red in the fox is representative of a solar emblem. What do I mean by that? Simple, the fox is metaphorically aligned with the sun. In countless legends and myths, the fox and the sun are closely connected. As a solar emblem the fox animal symbolism deals with:

  • Desire
  • Passion
  • Intensity
  • Expression
Fox animal symbolism and fox meanings

The fox may have a reputation as a trickster in many myths, but this critter doesn't joke around when it comes to executing clever strategies for survival.

The fox encourages us to think outside of the box and use our intelligence in different, creative ways. The fox also brings us a message to try to approach our circumstances differently that we normally would. Be aware of some of our habits, and try a different angle of action.

The fox also a reminder that we must utilize all of our resources (seen and unseen) in order to accomplish our goals. Sometimes this means calling upon some unorthodox methods.

Furthermore, the fox is a sign to be mindful of our surroundings.

Phenomenally effective shapeshifters and incredibly adaptable, the fox beckons us to not make too many waves but rather, adapt to our surroundings, blend into it, and use our surroundings (and circumstances) to our advantage.

Other generalized fox symbolic meanings deal with...

Qualities Of The Fox Totem

  • Focus
  • Right-action
  • Determination

It should be clear from this summary that fox animal symbolism goes far beyond what we may see on the surface. On the contrary, the fox has an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom to share with us if/when we are willing to be still for the teachings.

Spend some meditative time with the spirit of the fox - odds are you will be amazed at the powerful insight this regal creature has to offer you.

If you found these fox symbol meanings helpful on your path, you may also be interested in the symbolic meanings of the coyote.

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In closing, I hope you enjoyed these thoughts on fox animal symbolism. Be sure to click the in-site links in this article for more animal symbolism. As always, thanks for reading!

May all your fox encounters invigorating and insightful.

Brightly,

Avia

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Avia Venefica

About the Author: Avia Venefica has an undergraduate degree with a focus in anthropology and art. She has also been an understudy in several tribal and spiritual organizations around the nation. Avia is the author of several publications concerning esoteric wisdom, and makes herself available for public speaking/presentations on symbolic topics.