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Spirit Animals: The Fox

The fox is often associated with the figure of the trickster, but as a spirit animal, it can also turn into a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. If you follow the fox totem wisdom, you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations.

By Ina Woolcott

Foxes are seen as power animals / totems throughout the world. The Chinese believed foxes could take human form. In Egypt the fox brought favor from the gods. There was a fox god in Peru. Foxes aid the dead get to the next life in Persia. The Cherokees, Hopi and various other Native American Indian tribes believed in its healing power, the Apache credited the fox with giving man fire.

Fox is among the most uniquely skilled and ingenious animals of nature. Being a night creature, fox is often imbued with supernatural powers. Foxes are usually seen at dawn and dusk. Dusk starts off their day, and the dawn is its ending. This is the time, when the world of magic and our every day realities cross paths. Foxes live on the edges of forests and open lands, the border areas. As fox is an animal of the between times and places, it can be a guide into the faerie realm. Fox has a long past of magic and cunning associated with it. It can move in and out of circumstance restoring order or causing confusion, depending on the occasion.

There are various species of fox, but they all share the extreme cleverness and cunning that paved the way for the expression, “sly as a fox.” Fox urges us to develop the art of camouflage, invisibility, and shape shifting. They are agile, skilled, and unpredictable.

Fox’s power lies in not being able to outrun the hounds, but to know in advance when they will be out hunting. They then use their ability to camouflage. When we learn to detach from our surroundings and to use all our senses to be observant, we will also be able to anticipate and create the future. A fox being followed by hounds will run across the tops of walls, cross streams diagonally, double back on its trail, run in circles – in short, do anything to break the trail of its scent. Fox has the amazing ability to outwit both predators and prey. Fox shows us how to slip out of unpleasant situations quietly and unnoticed. Those with fox as a spirit guide are frequently smart and witty but must remember to keep their crafty and clever demeanor balanced or it could backfire. Fox can also show you that your actions may be too obvious and the need to learn to be more discreet. Fox is a wise, potent, teacher for those who choose to live conscious and deliberate lives.

Due to their ability to blend into their surroundings, foxes are generally viewed as sly and cunning beings. Calling someone foxy is not always paying them a compliment, it can also mean that they are tricksters or liars.

Interestingly, the word cunning, originates in the Old English word, kenning, which means to know, especially as applied to seeing something which isn’t visible straight away. This can be related to the fox’s superb sight and their ability to anticipate.

Fox can show us the skills necessary when it comes to handling people. The ability to camouflage can be deduced as being able to take a step back and view an interpersonal situation with detachment. This includes opening up the less obvious senses, such as intuition.

Often the underlying basis of a situation may seem obvious, but instead of making a quick judgment, listen closely to the outer and inner senses. Then you may perhaps get a completely different picture of what is going on. When the outer situation and the inner senses don’t match it is wise to handle like a Fox, to trust ones intuition/instinct/inner voice, and to lay low.

Just like the wolf, the fox partner’s for life, and is very devoted to its young. Many of its clever hunting techniques are keyed to acquire food for the helpless young and the nursing vixen. This is am important element of the foxes power. Similarly, our own awareness, and flexibility can be used to greater ends, not just to serve ourselves.

Fox’s Wisdom Includes:
Shape shifting, cleverness, observational skills, cunning, stealth,
camouflage, feminine, courage, invisibility, ability to observe unseen,
persistence, gentleness, swiftness, wisdom, reliable friend, magic,
shape shifting, invisibility.

Fox can teach us to control our auras so we are more able to live in harmony with the world and others.

If fox is your power animal, learning to be invisible is very important in your life. Picture yourself blending in with your surroundings, becoming part of everything. Be extremely still and quiet. With practice and patience you will be able to go unnoticed even at a party or in a crowd. Fox also teaches good eating habits, as they eat small portions frequently. You have probably heard the suggestion that this is better for our health.

If fox is your power animal, pay attention to the way it moves and follow its lead. This is a powerful guide to have and those that have it to should learn to use its skills for the benefit of all, including themselves.

Fox Symbolism

The symbolic meanings associated with the fox are:

  • Physical or mental responsiveness, increased awareness
  • Cunning; seeing through deception; call to be discerning
  • Ability to find your way around, to be swift in tricky situations
  • Affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work

Fox spirit animals and responsiveness

When the fox appears in you life as spirit animal, it encourages action and quick, swift moves. You may be called to take action in a way that shows your adaptability and ability to move quickly through obstacles and resistance.

Being inspired by a fox totem, you can work at developing the sharpness of your mental skills: Analytical intelligence, power of deduction, observation can come into play more powerfully in how you deal with daily matters or bigger projects.

The spirit of the fox may also imply that you are sharpening your physical alertness and responsiveness.

Fox spirit guides and deception

The fox is known for sneaking into homes and getting away without being caught. Because of it’s characterized by its cunning ability, this animal has acquired the image of trickster in a number of cultures.

When the fox appears in your life, it may indicate that you need to pay attention to people or circumstances that may be deceiving or tricking you into going down a path that does not necessarily serves you. This spirit animal may call you to be more discerning in relationships, whether it’s in business or friendships, or in choices you make for yourself.

Following the fox totem wisdom, look for any area of your life where you may be cunningly led to do something else than you would in all reason do. Use discernment in your choices and actions.

Fox totem wisdom and the ability to find your way around

The fox as a spirit guide offers good teachings about getting around obstacles instead of confronting them head to head. You might find that you could renew or be smarter about how you deal with areas of resistance in your life or projects.

Having the fox as spirit animal, you may be guided to learn from lessons in a way that may feel like you are being challenged or sometimes even being tricked. To make the most of the fox totem wisdom, keep a strong sense of humor and be smart of the lessons you learn.

The power of the fox is a great support to develop your ability to find the sharpest and smartest solution to any problem. Call on the fox guidance when you feel lost and need help finding you way.

Fox spirit animal and nocturnal habits

Foxes are most active at night, but also are day animals. By affinity with the animal totem, you may like to be active and bring your creativity to its peak during night time as it gives you the space to be closer to your natural state.

Working with dreams is a particularly useful practice for those who have the fox as a spirit guide. The affinity with the night activities supports the connection with the dream world.

Fox animal symbolism and traditions

The fox is often associated with the dark side of magic. In a lot of cultures, seeing a fox as you start a new project or endeavor is a bad omen. In some Native American belief systems, this animal represents the practice of negative sorcery and the dark manipulation of magic powers.

The fox has long been considered as a witty, quick and intelligent. In some European traditional tales, he’s the character who outsmarts humans and other animals alike and gets away even in the trickiest situations.

The fox brings the totem gifts of: Cleverness, agility, and play.

The fox brings the energies of: Mischief, magic, and opportunity.

The fox brings the animal magic of: Charm, curiosity, and luck. 

Nimoy and Rain joining in an afternoon howl! 

These two live as a pair, but it is a platonic match, or affectionate at best. Nimoy is neutered, so they will not mate. A true sanctuary does not condone breeding in keeping with the idea that more animals living in captivity is exactly what we DON’T want. However, pairing is important, particularly for wolves, because they are extremely social animals that build complex relationships much like people do. In the wild, wolves typically mate for life. Although Rain and Nimoy won’t be making little Raindrops anytime soon, they definitely love each other and are very happily paired. 

Chaos Theory Predictions

SPOILERS BELOW!!! If you haven’t seen chaos theory yet don’t read unless you want spoilers!!

Ok so now Max and Victoria are friends. And it seems as though they’re good friends. Victoria shows genuine concern for her and they’re sitting next to each other in that little circle. Victoria also really cares how Max feels about her, desperately asking if Max is still angry at her (how genuine this may be is up to interpretation).

How did this happen? I believe that William’s death affected Max severely. We saw how it changed Chloe, it’s possible that Max was bubbly too. It’s possible the accident made her very withdrawn and nervous plus she actively cut off ties to Chloe, which could tell us that she wanted to forget it ever happened. With William having never died, Max would retain her personality give or take various changes that normal teenagers go through.

Victoria doesn’t like Max because she finds her shy and withdrawn attitude to be fake and put on for attention. It’s possible Max is still reserved it’s also possible that she would be quicker to open up to and be confident with Victoria. Victoria and Max have a lot in common, much more than either of them realize. Both are nerds, both care what other people think, both of them love and excel in photographer and they both take killer selfies. Max is very daring and funny once she opens up to her friends.

Ok, so now what I think is going to happen. Ever since the beginning, Victoria has seemed to be more than just a bully. She has motives for what she does that are more than just liking attention, she has ambition and passion and at the end of episode two she is shown sobbing in her room.

I think it’s highly likely that Victoria and Max will team up. Victoria has the potential to replace Chloe as the partner in crime. Victoria is smart, she has resources and she’s just as daring and tough as Chloe is.

Tried super hard to find it, but there is a post on tumblr that explains spirit animals. (Please send me the original post if you happen upon it I will keep looking for it). In this post it is explained that perhaps Max’s spirit animal is not a doe as the personality of a doe and Max do not match up at all. The post goes on to say that it’s possible the Doe is Max’s protector… And the character most likely to have a doe as a spirit animal is Victoria Chase (the doe possesses traits of being vain and self centered). Either way, it’s made obvious that Chloe will never receive the ideal life as chaos and suffering follows her no matter what. Though honestly, I say the timeline with her father is much better. She might be disabled, but she still retains her optimism and happiness.