The first Spirit Animals that I connected with were butterflies and bees. Yet, I’m pretty scared of insects in general. Butterflies make me nervous because they are a bit unpredictable because they fly everywhere and anywhere. They also move too fast for my liking. As for bees. Boy, let’s not even go there. Let’s just say, I’m terrified. I literally will run when I see one. I’ve even had a 4 year old in my class tell me: “Its ok, Miss. Just stay still. You’ll be ok. I’ll look after you.” Protected by a 4 year old. The fear is that real.
All of that being said, the appearance of these spirit animals on my path bring me some kind of comfort. This is because I have a knowing that their appearance at that specific time has a meaning. It’s significant and comes with a message for me, eg:
White Butterfly – My nan is watching over me. I saw them a lot when my nan passed away suddenly. Usually when I was feeling really sad or missing her.
Queen Bee – “Level up, Bitch. Put your crown on.” I see it when I’m levelling up or thinking about ways to do so.
As you can see each one carry a meaning that is specific to me.
HOW DO I KNOW IT’S A SPIRIT ANIMAL?
There are a number of ways that let you know the animal is likely to be one of your Spirit Animals, including:
- You see it often
- Seeing it feels relevant
- You see it at specific times/phases in your life
- You get a feeling or thought when you see it
- You see it in a dream or meditation
Most of all it’s just an inner knowing. You can’t stop thinking about it. It’s one of those situations where “when you know, you know”.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS?
There are universal and cultural meanings behind many different animals. All you need to do is type in your Spirit Animal on Google and you’ll get a plethora of definitions.
However, as with anything online, even this blog post, its subjective. Therefore, my advice is to check in with yourself. Asking yourself if it resonates with you. Once again, “when you know you know“. You’ll feel it. You’ll just know.
I would also say that when you find a source or teacher whose words and energy resonates with you then I, personally, stick to it. Making it my first point of call. Yet, still always honouring my own feeling and wisdom that comes from within.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS SPECIFICALLY FOR ME?
Look at your own relationship with the animal because this can also give you a clue to your inner feelings, turmoil or obstacles in aligning with what it is that the animal represents.
For example: I will sometimes see a Queen Bee buzzing close by yet I don’t feel scared. Whereas, there are and have been times when I am or have been scared. For me, this suggests that I’m comfortable with levelling up. Whereas when I’m scared, it suggests to me that I’m worried or anxious about levelling up. I found this empowering because I can bring my healing tools to the table and do the inner work. Or celebrate when the anxiety and fear isn’t there.
It’s really helpful to check to bring awareness of your thoughts, feelings and body in the moment. These things all bring you clues and deeper understanding when you listen and notice. You can blend your understanding of yourself with the universal definition, where appropriate. Which is powerful for your own development too as you learn to look within rather than always look outside of yourself for answers.
If in doubt, I also recommend prayer, journaling or speaking to a trusted mentor/friend/family member.
I hope that this guide helps you to make sense of the Spirit Animals you see on your journey and how to interpret what their appearance means for you. Stay connected for more tips and guidance to enlighten your spiritual awakening. Sending you much love and joy. Chanel x