The Meaning of a Coyote Sighting

By LJ Innes


Transformation Through Self-Reflection

The coyote is often thought of as a trickster, a joker, and even a shape-shifter, but he is also revered, especially in Native American culture, as an important messenger of personal transformation through self-reflection. A coyote sighting is generally a message to take a look within, to not take life too seriously, to lighten up, and to learn to laugh at ourselves and even our mistakes. Coyotes also remind us that anything we do to others will come back to us—good or bad.

Your Totem or Spirit Animal

Generally speaking, your totem or spirit animal is one who resonates with you in your mind, body, and spirit. You connect with your totem animal—when you see it or hear it, it makes you stop and take notice. It’s a feeling of having an affinity and understanding towards that particular animal or animals. Yes, you can have more than one animal you feel akin to in different ways.

If the coyote is your totem animal you are able to accept and adapt to new and changing situations perhaps more easily than others. You have the wisdom of the ages, yet you know how to roll with the ups and downs of daily modern life. This is a blessing, especially in such an unpredictable and ever-changing world. Think of the many times that man has tried to rid himself of the coyote, but the coyote is cunning and able to adapt in order to survive. Coyotes are also very family and pack-oriented and they work together to live through even the greatest attempts to eliminate them.

A Shamanic View

Animals are messengers. The spirit world can send us messages through birds, animals, insects, amphibians—through all of its creatures seen and unseen. However, it is up to us to notice when they have a message [keep reading]

Follow the coyote (and the complete article) to it’s proper den on the blog.

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