Identifying Animal Tracks
Symbolic Meaning of Animal Prints
Animal Tracks: Meaning and Symbolism for
Spiritual Awareness and Totem Connections
Identifying animal tracks takes our exploration of animal totems, and Native American animal symbols one step
further by broadening our uderstanding and respect for the animal spirits we call upon.
Tracks tell a story about the ones who left them. Identifying animal tracks opens up a
that tells the reader about the life of the animal. Furthermore, tracks are spirit
shadows of a physical self and by understanding them, we become joined to the animal spirit we are observing.
It's good to know these animal characteristics. It shows respect to Mother Earth, and
respect to the animal. The more we know, the more we are able to work together with
our totems in a mutually supportive relationship.
Identifying animal tracks in a spiritual sense sends a message to the energetic animal realm. Our focused attention indicates a genuine interest and trust in the wisdom animals can impart to us. Our search for deeper meaning through animal tracks signals our faith in the beauty and knowledge the animal kingdom holds.
Native American wisdom views animal tracks as shadow prints on our lives - left by the spirit
of the animal.
In that same tradition of thought, I'm offering symbolic meaning of animal prints, and included some points of contemplation for each animal because identifying animal tracks is made even more profound when we understand the messages each animal has to give us.
Symbolic Animal Track Meanings
Identifying animal tracks of the Badger indicates a need for us to deal with creative
powers. Tenacious, fierce, and wildly effective in its pursuits, the Badger reminds us that
all things are possible when we tap into the creative power that is accessible to all of us. Learn more about badger animal symbolism here.
Also see Badger Tattoo Meanings
Bear tracks indicate reflection and self-observation. Hibernation is also a form of self-
reflection. We all need to undergo times during our day and our lives to do as the Bear
does. When we cross paths with the Bear, we should envelope ourselves temporarily in
solitude and silence with a goal for rebirth and self-understanding. I've written a brief review of bear symbolism here.
Also see Native American Bear symbolism
Identifying animal tracks of the Bobcat indicates a balance between body, mind and
spirit. The Bobcat is also naturally very powerful. This tempered with balance is a sign
of a true leader. When we cross paths with the Bobcat we are encouraged to contemplate
our capacity for leadership. Are we leaders? If so, are we good ones? If we have not
chosen to be leaders in our lives, then the Bobcat asks us to take a moment to give thanks
and respect those who in our lives who are. For more information, go to my
Bobcat animal totem page.
See interpreting symbolism of domestic cat prints here.
Dog tracks indicate servitude, loyalty, compassion and respect. Long
viewed as the guardian of ancient knowledge, along with being man (and woman's) best
friend, the Dog holds endless lessons for us. Specifically, when our paths cross with the
Dog, we must be mindful of ALL paths we cross. In short, as the Dog's compassionate
heart overlooks human weakness, so too should we as humans overlook faults within
each other. For additional meaning of the Dog, check out my Dog Symbolism Page
Identifying animal tracks of the Duck indicates a need for patience and calm. When our
paths cross with the Duck, we must take a moment to appreciate the simplicity of the
moment. Observing in this matter is where we find patience, and where solace can also
be found. Also see my Celtic Animals page, where duck symbolism
Identifying animal tracks of the Elephant indicates strength, enormity, and silent wisdom.
Honored over the ages in many cultures for its intelligence and power, the Elephant's
importance in our perspective is as large as its size. When we cross paths with the
Elephant we must keep in mind that size does matter – but not the way we might first
think. It is how we USE our size that matters. Specifically, it is the size of our silent
knowing, or spiritual presence that will move the perceived obstacles in our way. Click here for more symbolic information on the elephant totem.
Fox tracks indicate observance, and family affairs. The Fox is very family oriented, and
will always attempt to lure intruders away from the den when there is evidence of a
threat. Also very observant of the behaviors of others around it, the Fox rarely misses a
trick. When we cross paths with the Fox, we are reminded to take stock in the treasure
found in our family ties, and give thanks for our family. Further, the Fox urges us to
observe ourselves in relation to family. Is there family tension? If so, why? In calmly
observing our own behavior and that of our family members we can also begin
understanding and learn forgiveness. More information on the symbolic meaning of the fox found here
Identifying animal tracks of the Goose indicates single-mindedness in
purpose and deed. The Goose is quite a determined creature, and when our paths cross
with the Goose we must observe our lives for areas that we have been lax. See more about the Goose here.
Identifying animal tracks of the Muskrat indicates resilience, detachment and adaptability. Muskrats have many
attributes such as inhabiting both land and water, able to adapt to surroundings, being
relatively waterproof, and having a knack for going about their business undetected.
Given this, when we cross paths with the Muskrat we are encouraged to tap into our own
ingenuity and adaptability when dealing with our present circumstances - realizing that
everything has a potential for positive outcome (no matter how bleak appearances may
Opossum tracks indicate cunning, sharp wit, but more importantly - detachment. The
Opossum is capable of using its intellect and intuition to get itself out of the stickiest
situations. And if all else fails, it plays dead. When our paths cross with the Opossum,
we must realize that even with all of our cleverest plans and highest intelligence,
sometimes we have to "play dead" to get our desired results. In short, sometimes the best
way to handle a problem is to step away from it temporarily. Learn more about possum meaning and symbolism here
Identifying animal tracks of the Porcupine indicate innocence, faith, and wonder. The
Porcupine rarely instigates trouble, and has few natural enemies. This being the case, it
lives in a state of wonder and child-like innocence. Further, it realizes that all things are
for the better good of Mother Earth, and provisions will always be met. Should we be
fortunate enough to cross paths with a Porcupine, we would all do well to heed these
qualities of trust and wonder for ourselves. Read my personal experience with Porcupine Magic here
Raven tracks indicate a message to us beyond time and space. Long revered for being a
great bearer of magic, the Raven transports the energy of messages and healing to its
intended destination. When our paths cross with the Raven we are encouraged to change
our perspective and admit to the magic around us as well as within us. For more on the symbolic meaning of Raven from a Native American perspective click here for my blog post.
Also view Raven Symbolism here.
Identifying animal tracks of the Turtle is to identify Mother Earth herself (see Mother Symbols).
The Turtle teaches us to stand with both feet firmly on the ground as we connect to Earth. Further, it
shows us how we can protect ourselves – and that's it is acceptable to withdraw ourselves
from conflict when the occasion calls for it. When we cross paths with the Turtle, we
must focus on being grounded. The Turtle also beckons us to take things slow and easy
for the time being. All things will happen in good time. See more about the turtle here.
Wolf tracks indicate the presence of a teacher, and spiritual energy. The Wolf is
connected with Sirius, the star in the Canis Major constellation, where from the teachers
of ancient times originated. This being the case, the Wolf is a symbol of mentoring,
teaching, and wisdom for us. Additionally, it's connection with Sirius, along with its
nocturnal habits of howling at the moon make the Wolf a largely spiritual teacher. When
we cross paths with the Wolf we are urged to be aware that we are all teachers to
everyone we meet. In a single sentence we can teach love or hate to all those we
encounter. For more information on Wolf symbolism, go to my Wolf Totem Meanings Page.
Final Thoughts on Identifying Animal Tracks for Totem Connections and Spritual Awareness
Keep in mind, animals can leave their tracks on our souls and psyche's more profoundly than on our physical path. This is a neat concept to ponder.
Why? Because an animal track is a story left behind about the journey a creature takes...likewise, the spirit of an animal can impress upon our hearts, and leave its energetic signature upon our own spirit. In other words, be open to the non-physical tracks your animal totem leaves behind in your experience. Animal energy has a powerful way of communicating intense messages if we're open to receiving them. It's up to us to clear the trail so our animals can have an easy passage through our spiritual wilderness.
I hope you have enjoyed this page on identifying animal tracks. Be sure to click on the links at the end of this page for more symbolic animal meanings. With that, I bid you happy tracking, and animal blessings. :)
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as 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!