I Have an Animal Guide?
believe that each person has one and possibly more (one guide being the most
commonly held belief), personal animal guides that they can rely on. Most also
believe that they can access other animal guides for help in areas where their
personal guide(s) are not as strong. However there are also some who believe
that anyone can access guides for help, but each person does not have a specific
one. Believe whatever feels right to you.
Before you decide that this is a wonderful idea and that you should have 365
personal animal guides, one for each and every day of the year, and want to run
out and meet them all, think about this. I was once told that those who meet
many personal animal guides in their life are not to be envied for they are the
ones who need the most protection and guidance.
However that does not mean that you cannot call on different guides for help
when you need the specific type of help they can offer you. It also does not
mean you cannot have more than one personal guide. I just wanted to throw in a
word of warning; too much candy can make you sick after all. So if you suddenly
find a flock of animal guides at your side at all times, look at what you are
doing and where you are going in your life. Perhaps you have some decisions to
How Do I Meet My Animal Guide?
Patience, patience, patience... Animal guides are not owned by anyone, even if
some might be called pets. It is their choice whether or not to make themselves
known to you at any particular time. You may ask nicely, but you can never force
a meeting. Most often your guide will reveal itself in its own time. Just
because they do not appear the first time you try to contact them doesn't mean
you should give up. Keep trying every so often and when they feel the time is
right they will show themselves.
There are three ways you can meet your power animal or discover which animal
medicine is right for you. First, you could just wait until the guide decides
that it is time for it to show itself. Second, you could write and perform a
ritual to call and ask for the assistance of the animal that would best assist
you in your present magickal workings or be of help in resolving a conflict in
your life or simply ask that a guide make it known to you. Finally you could opt
for the method of entering a meditative state (for example a shamanic trance,
astral travel or lucid dreaming) and meet the animal in the spirit world.
When the ritual technique is used, you will most likely see the animal in its
natural form or it may appear in your life through seeming coincidences sometime
after the ritual. There may be a synchronistic conversation where the topic is
of the animal, or you find a book about the animal, images of it keep popping
up, etc. When you catch that first glimpse of that particular medicine, you will
know it in your heart.
If you meet the animal in the meditative astral state, converse with it and ask
its help. Anything is possible in the astral, so ask questions and get to know
your new partner.
If you have seen the animal after a ritual, plan sometime to go into the
meditative state to cement your relationship, get to know the animal and the
wisdom it represents.
It is important to remember that in many cases, we are chosen and not the one
making the choices when it comes to the alliance with an animal spirit. We may
wish to seek the wisdom of a particular guide but others will show up instead.
Remember to be receptive to any or all who appear because they all have
important lessons or wisdom to impart. It is also possible that before we can
progress to our next level of understanding, we must first resolve or overcome
some underlying issues that we may not be fully aware of or are denying within
ourselves. Once you have met and began your relationship with an animal spirit,
what do you do with it? Power animals are great advice givers, often
representing aspects of our higher selves that we haven't been paying close
enough attention to. In a meditative state you can ask for their assistance on
problems that have been nagging at you. At times, it is also necessary to seek
the assistance of more than one power animal at the same time to maintain
balance, as is the case between Badger and Deer.