The Complete List of Totem Animals and their meanings

Complete List of Totem Animals

Totem Animal is the spiritual archetype of the various animal species and play a major role as spiritual protectors and mediums between the Natural and Spirit kingdom and human kind. Find your Spirit Animal here!  The Spirits of Animals (totem) have accompanied the very first men and women of our world and helped them connect with Nature and the Divine in order to live and maintain the Sacred Balance of our world, where everything lives in perfect harmony and symbiosis with all other species- even if this means the death of one to provide life to another.

Some believe that these spirits helped men and women to understand their capabilities of hunting, discovering, creating, swimming, building and evolving in general as spiritual and physical entities. After all it’s well documented that Great teachers, philosophers, alchemists, witches, shamans and scientists observed Nature in order to get inspired and create something that can facilitate their lives. Many People still believe and feel that every human has at least one Animal spirit, called the Totem Animal, which helps him/her connect with the Natural and Spirit World. Witches sometimes call it a Familiar, even if they may share some qualities it is not exactly the same.

This article is an aspirational goal to document in a simple and effective way the properties of an Animal Totem in order to facilitate our readers to determine their meaning and their importance in their spiritual practices.

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The meaning of an Animal Totem can be extended to interpret messages that are received from this Animal either via dreams, visions or simply by its own appearance in the person’s life. The Animal Totem can also be used as a symbol to acquire the properties that the Totem possesses. If you would like to learn more about how to identify and connect with your own personal Animal Totem you can read our article here.


Please note that this list is not exhaustive and if you feel that you would like to include an animal that you are interested in feel free to send a message either on our Facebook page or leave a message below and we will put our best effort to update the list with the information that you have requested. In addition, if there is a separate article with more information for the Animal Totem you will find it in the list and you can read more about it.

The List of Animal Totems and their Meanings

Ant Community, Working towards your Dreams, Patience, Strength, Cooperation

Badger       Defense of Beliefs, Focus on the task at hand, Self-reliance, Persistence, Strategy

Bat        Welcome Change, Diversity, Transformation, Conquer Fears, Intuition, See through Illusions

Bear       Boundaries, Creativity, Motherhood, Healing, Lunar Mysteries, Power, Bravery

Beaver    Sense of Purpose, Balance, Family, Be mindful of your Energy, Environmen

Bee       Group/Project Work, Dedication, Success, Sweetness of Life, Protection, Nurturing, Alchem

Boar       Strength, Wealth, Prosperity, Growth, Instil Action, Protection, Wildness,Vitality

Bull         Strength, Fertility, Vigour, Material Pleasures, Determination, Persistence, Vitality

Butterfly  Transformation, Light, Big Changes, Transition, Spirit Work, Expression, Creativity, Peace 


Camel  Trust yourself, Endurance, Focus on your Energy, Store for the Future, Patience, Durability, Vitalit

Cat       Intuition, Magic, Inner Guidance, Lunar Mysteries, Independence, Self-relianc

Cheetah  Grace, Speed, Flexibility, Openness, Stop thinking start acting, Freedom, Rest, Fire Magic

Condor  Divine Connection, Raise to new Levels, Transcendence through challenges, New Views and ideas, Ends and New beginnings

Cow    Nourishment, Healing, Fertility, Motherhood, Abundance

Crocodile     Face your Fears, Magic, Adaptation, Efficiency, Solar Power, Dept

Crow            Manifestation, Warning, Prophecy, Balance, Rectify Injustice, Wits


Deer          Safety, Nourishment, Gentleness, Grace, Instincts, Adventurous, Speed

Dog           Loyalty, Strong Faith, Friends, Gentleness, Creativity, Affection, Protection

Dolphin     Communication, Playfulness, Positivity, Strategy, Music and Meditation

Dove        Purity, Love, Peace, Visions, Spiritual and Physical Renewal, Hope, Self-Love

Dragonfly  Clear Sight, Balance of Mind and Emotions, Natural Magic, Awakenings


Eagle    Opportunities, Assertiveness, Positive Direction, Stamina, Resilience, Vision, Spiritual Awakening

Elephant Service, Charity, Strength, Personal Strength, Determination,  Loyalty, Divine Connection


Falcon  Clear Perspective, Attention to yourself and the environment, Awareness, Stick to your choices, Speed, Mental Clarity 

Firefly  Emancipation, Spiritual Gifts, Enlightenment, Guidance, Follow your path, Courage, Do not overdo it!

Fly        Quirkiness, Speed, Humility, Support, Survival, Change of Course, Annoyance

Fox             Fairy Magic, Intelligence, Expression, Trust your senses, Eloquence

Frog       Cleansing, Emotions, Transformation, Expression, Leap of Faith, Connection


Giraffe       Faith, Goals, Achievements, Close thinking before acting, Listen, Simplify

Gorilla       Communication, Clarity, Knowledge, Mental Powers, Clairaudience, Boundaries


Hawk            Higher Perspective, Alertness, Observation, Studies, Messages, Visions

Hedgehog    Protection, Be careful and go slow, Creativity, Joys of Life, Opportunities

Heron          Do things at your own pace, Details, Wisdom, Carefree, Responsibility  

Hippopotamus  Grounding, Imagination, Sensitivity, Follow your Dreams, Completion, Protection, Aggression 

Horse         Adventures, Travels, Freedom, Power, Patience, Compassion, Purpose

Hummingbird    Flexibility, Magic, Fairies, Joys of Life, Messages, Expression, Love, Open your Heart, Gifts


Koala       Gratitude, Prayer, Earth Magic, Healing, Shamanic Journeys, Meditation, Diet

Koi carp   Creativity, Abundance, Longevity, Survival, Mother Earth, Water Magic, Persistence, Intuition


Lion        Power, Pride, Courage, Solar Power, Decisions, Grace, Vitality


Mantis (Praying Mantis)   Stillness, Patience, Mindfulness, Martial Arts, Calm, Intuition

Monkey  Creativity, Unconventional, Social, Communication and Body Language, New Information, Mental Powers, Natural Magic, Interaction

Moth    Messages, Inner Guidance, Trust, Attraction, Romance, Lunar Mysteries

Mouse  Scrutiny, Examination, Judgement, Lack of Honesty, Rivalry, Blessings, Divine Intervention, Abundance, Gratitude


Ostrich  Clearance, Restricted view, Psychic Attacks, Speed, Effectiveness, Satisfaction, Knowledge, New Skills, Grace, New Acquaintances 

Otter       Relaxation, Playfulness, Creativity, Priorities, Cooperation, Courage

Owl       Wisdom, Lunar Mysteries, Keeper of Secrets, Panoramic View, Intuition, Protection, Prophecy, Deception


Parrot      Communication, Imitation, Speech, Gossip, New Ideas, Colours, Old Dreams

Panther   Strength, Astral Travel, Mysticism, Death and Rebirth, Aggressiveness 

Peacock  Grace, Beauty, Visions, Abundance, Wisdom, Protection, Dignity

Pelican  Freedom, Nobility, Direction, Reflection, Cooperation, Competition, Guilt

Pheasant  Spiritual Enlightenment, Protection, Vitality, Sexuality, Having a good time


Rabbit                Creativity, Prosperity, Lunar Powers, Vigilance, Intensity, Growth

Raven    Magic, Vision, Dreams, Clairvoyance, Manifestation, Confidence, Transformation

Rhinoceros   Achievement, Power, Decisions, Confidence, Boundaries, Commitment

Robin      Ends and New Beginnings, Transformation, Joy, Hope, Gratitude, Enlightenment,  Patience, Modesty


Scarab  Solar Power, Persistence, Regeneration, Abundance, Protection, Success

Scorpion  Control, Secrets, Healing, Transformation, Regeneration, Focus, Passion, Sexual Gratification, Earth Power, Darkness

Seahorse  Fatherhood, Tranquility, Emotional Stability, Grace, Transcendence 

Shark  Fear, Instincts, Ancestors, Mystery, Power, Emotional Control, Focus, Persistence

Snake  Wisdom, Magic, Earth Power, Fertility, Transformation, Fear, Healing, Intuition

Sparrow    Productivity, Joy, Simplicity, Open to Love, Awakenings, Friendliness

Spider   Earth Power, Magic, Interconnection, Traps, Healing, Creativity, Arrogance, Female Mysteries, Fate

Squirrel  Abundance, Prosperity, Fun, Honesty, Material Supplies, Resourcefulness 

Starfish  Regeneration, Opportunities, Connection with the Source, Mystery, Magic, Healing

Stork  Messages, Expression, Fidelity, Motherhood, Fertility, Prosperity, Purity

Swan  Beauty, Grace, Purity, Faith, Celestial Power, Transformation, Partnership, Natural Magic


Tiger     Passion, Vitality, Alacrity, Vigour, Strength, Royalty, Protection, Boundaries 

Turtle  Patience, Review of the situation, Determination, Wisdom, Earth Magic, Memory, Ancestors, Fertility, Self-Reliance, Protection, Endurance


Wasp  Creation, Evolution, Enthusiasm, Determination, Aggressiveness, Sacred Geometry

Whale   Collective Unconscious, Imagination, Spiritual Expansion, Akashic Records, Emotional Rebirth

Wolf  Bravery, Spiritual Guidance, Protection, Ancestry, Love and Partnership, Self-reliance


Always remember that your personal interpretation of the Animal Totem will be your first source of information. This list acts as additional guidance should you wish to see a different perspective or seeking guidance. 

Finally, should you wish to know how you can perform Shamanic Journeying with your Animal Totem you can read our article here.Enjoy the Magic!




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