Animal Symbols

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Animal Symbols
Animal Symbols

Meaning of the Animal Symbols

Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Animal Symbols. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural and supernatural phenomena and animal designs. Native American Animal symbols and totems are believed to represent the physical form of a spirit helper and guide. Animal symbols are very special to the Native Americans. The many animals and reptiles native to North America are featured as reptile and animal symbols, many having different meanings to different tribes.

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Native American Indians – Animal Symbols Chart

Bear – The bear symbolizes courage, physical strength and leadership
Beaver – The beaver symbolizes determination and strong – will
Buffalo – The buffalo symbolizes the sacred, life, great strength, abundance and gratitude
Butterfly – The butterfly symbolizes transformation
Coyote – The coyote symbolizes a cunning trickster
Deer – The deer symbolizes gentleness, grace and survival
Dog – The dog symbolizes loyalty
Dragonfly – The dragonfly symbolizes happiness, speed and purity
Eagle – The eagle symbolizes the divine spirit, creation and freedom
Frog – The frog symbolizes cleansing, sensitivity adaptability and transformation
Fox – The fox symbolizes anticipation, observation and stealth
Gila Monster – The gila monster symbolizes preservation and survival
Horse – The horse symbolizes mobility, stamina, strength and power
Lizard – The lizard symbolizes conservation and self – protection
Opossum – The opossum symbolizes diversion, strategy and deception
Raccoon – The raccoon symbolizes curiosity, adaptability and resourcefulness.
Porcupine – The porcupine symbolizes innocence, companionship, and trust
Prairie Dog – The prairie dog symbolizes swiftness and preparedness
Scorpion – The scorpion symbolizes transformation, strength and chaos
Serpent – The serpent symbolizes chaos, corruption and darkness.
Squirrel – The squirrel symbolizes planning and the home
Snake – The snake symbolizes healing and re – birth
Spider – The spider symbolizes creativity and is the weaver of the fabric of life
Turtle – The turtle symbolizes good health and long life
Wolf – The wolf symbolizes direction and leadership and embodies both protection and destruction

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