What's your spirit animal?

#21
Every time I meditate on the subject and seek my spirit guide I find a dragon, often in a cave. It is cold cave lit with very little if any light. Other than that is the same dragon in a forest around dusk, or after night. He is nearly black with some shades of grey through his scales. Often quite enigmatic in what he will tell me.
 

Charias

Wandering Wolf
#27
I'm not entirely sure, but my gut says my spirit animal is an orca. I've seen them in dreams for as long as I can remember, as far back as childhood, and I've always felt a kind of affinity for them that's nothing like a kintype or even a hearttype. I've tried meditating on it before to see if I could find anything else, but my mind's so busy lately that it's hard to focus... and even harder to find time where I can just sit and relax without being disturbed. Except at night, but then I always fall asleep!

I've had a few other guides/companions who either stuck around temporarily, or who I only see very occasionally. There's the lynx I spoke to when I was 12-13, though I'm not sure whether she was a spirit or more like a daemon (in hindsight, I see her more as the latter). Then there was the northwestern wolf who showed up around my awakening, so when I was 14-15. There's also a 12-point red deer stag who I've seen occasionally in dreams and meditation since I was 12 or so, but he's never spoke or really done anything besides stare at me ominously.

Oh, and there's the snakes - though they're more symbol than spirit.
 
#28
Do you have a spirit animal etc? Feel free to share your experience/opinion and so on
Not a guide really, but who I am. My spirit is that of a dragon, my "human" side which an otherkin would normally have to shift from...has been consumed...now i'm a dragon, through and through, I speak as one, I breath as one, My personalaty is that of my spirit...although the dragon well...wyvern sub species at least...is young, and being a wyvern as opposed to a western dragon, i'm not as bright as them I openly admit, but still I try.
 
#29
I have had a few run ins with animal guides or spirits--some of whom entered through the gateway and were system members for a time, and some who show up in the material world as an omen. I think I had commented on this before Apathren, green snake, had entered the system.
So now I write this after they've already left.

I have recently had the great benefit of giving funeral rites to a Barred Owl. She lived in the southern region of my home forest, and died trying to take the easy spoils of road kill. It came at a greater cost than she could know. A friend, who lives at that roadside, collected her body and brought her to me so I could give her back to the forest.

At the funeral, I entered trance and spoke with the owl so I could know whether she had any specific wishes or gifts to make of her body. She requested daffodils for her bones, that I must give her the first flush of flowers before I may take any gifts from her body.
After the funeral was completed, she came to my next trance and brought me secrets. She came on behalf of the moon--for context, I have a system of worship SORT of like maiden/mother/crone, except it goes Sun/Earth/Moon and isn't about the human fertility cycle, I know the name and persona of the sun well, know only a little bit about the Earth, and know absolutely nothing about the Moon--the owl introduced me to the moon. In effect, she told the moon I was worth speaking to because I had given a kind and respectful funeral. In her time near our home, she watched my practices and felt I was ready to know one or two things about the moon.

The barred owl was a short-term animal spirit guide who led me to greater understanding of a divine archetype after an exchange of equal gifts and effort.