I first became familiar with the term spirit animal when my boyfriend told me how he was spiritually connected to the Weavil beetle and that it has been an animal that has recurrently visited him at times when there have been big changes ahead. He explained it to me like this:
In South America, Shamans would meet their spirit animal to guide them through the other realm and it would show them things that were going to happen or show them that they would have some difficult decisions to make in the future. And so if they came into contact with their spirit animal in regular life, they would know that it was a sign that a big change or event was going to happen.
I'm not entirely sure what my spirit animal is, my boyfriend found out what his was through having very vivid and recurring dreams about them and obviously, meeting them at pivotal points in his life. They often but not always, have similar or complimentary qualities to you, which is how all the online quizzes identify them for you!
I think I identify most with cats, I feel connected to them and we share some of the same qualities such as independence, being selective, mysterious and intelligent. 'Cats are extremely independent and combine a high degree of sensuality with a deeply psychic and spiritual nature. It is impossible to own a cat. They may allow you to take care of them and give them love, but only on their terms. Cats come and go as and when they wish to.'¹ Which pretty much describes me! I definitely don't do anything I don't want to do, which is probably why I've been a freelancer for so long!
My boyfriend agrees with me. He seems to think I have a bond with cats that a lot of people don't have, to prove his point, he mentioned that his cat, Morewenna, who is usually very flighty with new people and runs off, was instantly happy and at ease around me :) What do you think your spirit animal is?
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