Many people believe that spirit guides are an essential tool in guiding you through the trials of everyday life, as well as helping to point you towards the path you’re supposed to be on.
In this article we’ll look at how to identify your spirit animal by your birthday, according to the Zodiac.
Some Zodiac signs have a few potential spirit animals each, so we’ll go through each one to help you find your specific spirit animal.
You can also use these guidelines to help you find out if a certain animal is meant to guide you or not, as the only person that can really tell you what your spirit animal is, is you.
Let’s take a look.
What Is A Spirit Animal?
Spirit animals famously form a huge part of Native American folklore and spirituality.
They’re often thought of as spirits which take the form of animals, acting as a protector and a guide throughout a person’s life.
For the majority of the time, it is believed that spirit guides work goes unseen, until you desperately need their guidance, and then you will be able to feel their presence.
Some people believe that they act as a sort of mirror for us, showing us our own strengths and weaknesses, which will help us in making the right decisions and choosing the right path.
It also makes sense that your spirit guide mirrors your personality traits and what you hold dear.
If family, community, and loyalty are traits you live your life by, for example, your spirit animal may be a wolf,
How To Identify Your Own Spirit Animal
There are different ways of identifying your spirit animal. Most people use the zodiac as a jumping off point, and some people include their birth year to make it more specific.
It’s important to note that identifying your spirit animal isn’t as easy as finding your zodiac sign, for example.
This is because it’s not as clear-cut, as your spirit animal is not solely dictated by your birthday, but it is a good place to start, as it gives you several options.
You also need to consider, out of the possible spirit animals related to your zodiac, which spirit animal you feel drawn to, what traits you share with them, and what you think represents you the most.
So let’s find your spirit animal, shall we?
Spirit Animals By Zodiac Signs
Aries: March 21 To April 20
The Aries star sign features the element of fire, and its planet is Mars.
While the zodiac animal of Aries is the ram, this animal is rarely thought of as a spirit animal.
Instead, there are several, wildly different animals to choose from. Born under the sign of Aries, your spirit animal could be a dove, a fox, a bat, a hawk, or a cheetah.
The dove is a famous peace symbol, and if you feel drawn to the dove, you likely avoid conflict at all costs, and take a serene approach wherever you can find one, and you don’t waste time and energy worrying about the small stuff.
If you feel you’re more of a bird of prey than a peacemaker, the hawk may be your spirit animal.
The hawk brings balance to the fire element in this sign, and tempers its heat with a keen eye and patience above all things.
The bat has a unique perspective, and often finds solutions where others fail.
Curious, independent, and watchful, the bat uses its sharp instincts and wisdom to push past any obstacle.
The cheetah moves fast throughout life, totally focused on a single goal with all the force of its will before moving onto the next.
If the cheetah is your spirit animal, you command a powerful presence which makes people listen, and focus. You know what you want, and more importantly, how to achieve it.
The fox is clever and wily above all, able to move through obstacles with ease, and possesses a charming nature which is used to its full advantage.
Taurus: April 21 To May 20
The element of the Taurus sign is earth, and Venus is the chosen planet of this particular sign.
The bull is the zodiac animal of Taurus, and like the ram, this animal doesn’t usually come up when people talk about spirit animals.
However, there are many other possibilities. Taureans may have the bear as their spirit animal, the elephant, the polar bear, or the beaver.
The elephant as a spirit animal is a gentle giant, with a lot of nurturing love to channel. But they also possess a great deal of power which others are drawn to.
If the elephant sounds right to you, you find it easy to move into a position of authority and power.
To some, Taureans have a ‘bullish’ nature, which is balanced out with the spirit animal of the beaver.
The beaver grounds the inherent willful nature of this sign, and embodies hard work, patience, and adaptability.
The spirit animal of a polar bear hardly ever turns to anger, but when it does, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Those who are drawn to the polar bear are loyal and trustworthy above all else, while also balancing practicality and creativity.
Bears are one of the most apt animals for this sign, as they embody the element of earth very well.
A bear spirit animal embodies power, resilience, protection, and a constant nature.
They can be quicker to anger than the polar bear, and always base their life on a solid foundation to work up from.
Gemini: May 21 To June 21
The Gemini is known as being one of the most energetic signs, and features the element of air, and the planet Mercury.
In terms of spirit animals, there are four to consider. The deer, the frog, the squirrel, or the dolphin.
You might be surprised to know that the deer could be the spirit animal of such an energetic and outgoing sign, but the deer embodies a peaceful element, taking pleasure in all of life’s little quirks.
As a spirit animal, the frog appears when life looks like it’s about to turn inside out, and embodies flexibility, adaptability, and being unfazed by changing circumstances.
The dolphin embodies joy and playfulness, which is balanced with an equal love of knowledge and curiosity.
People who have the dolphin spirit animal have a large social circle, and get a lot out of being with others.
The squirrel is a meticulous planner, a resourceful, mischievous and creative creature which adapts to its environment, recognizing what it needs, and stockpiling it for later.
Cancer: June 22 To July 22
The Cancer sign is ruled by the moon, and features the element of water.
There are several possible spirit animals for the Cancerian, (and we disregard the crab as a spirit animal in this case) including the woodpecker, the rabbit, the tortoise, or even the moose.
Woodpeckers may seem angry at first, always drilling away at trees, but as a spirit animal, this bird does not hold on to negativity, and lets go of anything that doesn’t serve it.
Rabbits are known for being extremely sociable, and playful, despite their shy nature, and are often seen as a symbol of friendship, and intelligence.
If you feel drawn to the rabbit as a spirit animal, they are a guide to move away from irrational fear and unnecessary worry, and to focus on knowledge and creativity.
Tortoises are slow moving creatures, and embody a sense of calmness and stability, and a nurturing nature.
They try to avoid arguments wherever they can, even if it would be easier to get everything out in the open.
Moose are powerful beasts. As a spirit animal, they can be a little unpredictable, either erring on the side of caution, or taking a large chance. They value loyalty above all else.
Leo: July 23 To August 23
The Leo is ruled by the sun, and features the element of fire.
There are many different options for the Leo as a spirit animal, including the zodiac sign itself, as well as the eagle, the dragon, the salmon, or the jaguar.
The lion is a fierce beast, but also has a very strong connection to royalty, and nobility. It is a great protector, and remains resilient against any problem, embodying a great strength of will as well as loyalty.
Eagles are majestic birds, and soar high into the clouds. They are courageous, noble and loyal, and represent leadership.
Salmon are intelligent fish, and are able to swim upstream through difficult obstacles. They are persistent, and possess a great deal of energy.
Jaguars are fiercely protective of their territory, and are fearless hunters. They are passionate, but they also practice a lot of self-discipline and patience.
The dragon is the element of fire, bravery, and embodies leadership, creativity, intelligence, and power.
Virgo: August 24 To September 22
The Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and features the element of earth.
Under this sign, your spirit animal could be the hummingbird, the mandrill, the bear, the fox, or the bee.
Hummingbirds have an amazing ability to fly backwards, and they are highly social, hopeful but wary creatures. They are curious and inquisitive, and enjoy learning new things.
Mandrills are intelligent and brave, and like to explore new places. They are also quite friendly, and love to play with other animals.
Bears are wise and patient, and can be stubborn or irritable when they want something (see also What Does It Mean To Dream Of A Bear Attack?). They are also very loving and caring.
Foxes are cunning, charming, and intelligent. They know how to turn any situation into an advantage.
Honeybees are extremely industrious, and enjoy working hard. They are also very kind and generous, and they care deeply about others.
Libra: September 23 To October 22
The Libra is ruled by Venus, and features the element of air.
Your spirit animal might be the raven, the swan, the jellyfish, or the gray wolf.
Ravens are clever, and have a keen eye for detail. They are very observant of others, and enjoy finding patterns in life.
Once annoyed, they do not forgive easily, and they don’t forget.
They have a strong sense of justice and morality, but this spirit animal also encourages you to gather the facts before you make a judgment.
Swan’s are graceful, elegant, and beautiful creatures. They are also very sensitive, and enjoy being around people who appreciate them. Even when rattled, they appear calm.
Jellyfish are mysterious and highly adaptable, and feel energized by the element of water.
Gray wolves are smart, and very intuitive. They make the perfect part of a team, and are strong idealists.
Scorpio: October 23 To November 22
The Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto, and features the element of water.
Under this sign your spirit animal could be one of the following: the tiger, the scorpion, the snake, or the phoenix.
Tigers are powerful, territorial, and nurturing. They are proud, playful, independent, and are slow to trust.
Snakes are very aware of their surroundings, and they prefer to live in harmony with nature. They are very patient, wise, and always think strategically before acting.
The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth and transformation, of wisdom and long life, and also embodies both vulnerability and strength.
The scorpion is resilient, patient, and observant. It takes any opportunity it sees fit, and has a great deal of influence.
Sagittarius: November 22 To December 19
The Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and features the element of fire.
Your spirit animal under this sign might be the cat, the owl, the wild horse, or the monkey.
Cats are clever, loyal, and protective. They are also very affectionate, and enjoy independence.
Owls are wise, and always search for the truth.
Wild horses embody willpower, the freedom to choose, and adventure.
Capricorn: December 20 To January 19
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and the element of earth.
While the sign’s animal is a goat, the spirit animal could be a reindeer, alligator, goose, or elephant shrew.
Reindeer are brave, resourceful, and adventurous. They are also very reliable, and enjoy helping other people.
Alligators embody determination, patience, and great power. They can be quite scary if they are angry!
The elephant shrew is incredibly hardworking and organized. They put family life and their responsibilities above all else.
The goose draws your attention to the need to keep the balance of exploring your inner self, while staying true to the outside world and keeping a clear perspective.
Aquarius: January 20 To February 19
Aquarians may have the spirit animal of the spider, the turtle, the dolphin, or the otter.
This sign is ruled by Uranus, and the element of air.
Spiders are curious, patient, and inventive. They feel secure in their own company, which can come off as stubborn or unsocial, but this is not the case.
Turtles are thoughtful, and enjoy living in harmony with nature.
Dolphins are intelligent, and enjoy a great wealth of play and knowledge.
The otter symbolizes great skills in different aspects of life, many of which are unique.
Pisces: February 20 To March 20
This sign is governed by Neptune, and the element of water. Pisceans may have the deer, the wolf, the seahorse, or the dog as their spirit animal.
Deer are gentle, kind hearted, and compassionate. They are also very creative and artistic.
Wolves are strong-willed, loyal, and enjoy social ties and responsibilities.
Seahorses are wise, greatly protective of their family, and have a wealth of compassion, which can make them vulnerable to others.
The dog as the spirit animal has a great deal of loyalty, devotion, and unconditional love.
As you can see, there are more than a few possibilities when it comes to your spirit animal.
The key to getting it right is exploring each option, meditating on the values of each, making sure to choose the one you are most drawn to, and the one you feel represents you the most.
Once you’ve found your spirit animal, it will help guide you through decisions and difficult times in life, making sure you stay true to your path.