California Coyote

I encountered the coyote pictured here crossing my path on a foggy January day just as the sun was setting; just me and the coyote. If you’ve ever encountered a coyote in the wild, you’ll notice that they don’t tend to run off as most other wild animals do. They just stand their ground and inspect you, sizing you up, and staring you down. From what I read, for the indigenous people of North America, the coyote is supposedly a good luck symbol reminding us that we can rely on our wits in order to handle a changing situation or other difficulties. The coyote is here to remind you that even if you don’t feel it, you actually have the capacity to handle any situation you find yourself in. Instead of getting emotional or overwhelmed, the coyote spirit reminds you: Use your wits.

Apparently, the coyote totem, or animal spirit, is also a good luck symbol used to remind us to lighten up and stop being so serious. The coyote is fully aware of the problems in the world, but that doesn’t stop it from playing games and having a good time.

What I’ve been told is that if a coyote crosses your path or captures your attention, whether in real life or not, pay attention. There are no coincidences. The coyote spirit animal could have special messages for you. Again citing our indigenous people and Native American traditions, you don’t necessarily choose your spirit animal. Rather, they select you. This might happen during a vision quest or another powerful experience that affects the course of your life. For Native Americans, your spirit animal serves as a guide who can help you as you navigate your soul’s journey.

Well, in this case, I was not on a vision quest or searching for answers, was just on my way home from work. I will say the experience was somewhat powerful to me, in that the Coyote literally crossed my path, seemingly coming out of nowhere, there was no one else around, and it stayed close to me staring at me for quite some time; really until I chose to leave. So, at this point, I’m good calling the Coyote my spirit animal and using this experience to remind myself to lighten up, not be so serious, and embrace change. Sure seems like sage advice to me. Thank you Coyote spirit!

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