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Animal Spirit Guides: Symbols & Meanings

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Natural stones are carved into figurines to help connect with the animal's spirit energies. Use these animal carvings in your meditations and crystal healing practices to align with the attributes that you seek.

Click to learn How to Find your Spirit Animal or check out the metaphysical meaning of each animal below. 

Animal Symbolism & Meanings

Connect with the power of your spirit animal when you use these crystal figurines for meditation and shamanic journeying. Benefit from the energy of your new buddy- be it the virility of the bull, cunning nature of the cat, or prosperity of the pig. 


Alligators and Crocodiles are water animals which help us to dive into our emotional words and find the strength to go through our lives with a balanced energy. This creature is hidden and in control of its environment, never wasting energy on the unnecessary.


Armadillos are well known for their armored shells, reminding us to protect and guard our inner selves. Armadillos display detachment and objectivity, great attributes to have in a world full of different attitudes and stances. These attributes allow us to see the big picture and consider all sides of a situation with neutrality.


Bats have been misunderstood because of their connection with death. However, they symbolize the death of the parts of us that are no longer serving our life's goals. Bats remind us to let go of the irrelevant and move forward, staying balanced in the present moment. They encourage spiritual growth by letting go of ego and nurturing personal growth.


The bear crystal symbolizes thoughtfulness, independence, and reflection. When we are overwhelmed with everyday life, our bear spirit animal reminds us to take a break, relax and regenerate. We can take a step back, meditate and contemplate on our priorities.

The bear crystal also reminds us to be self-sufficient, rather than relying on or blaming others, we should take control of our lives and quickly learn from our lessons. Wear bear jewelry or hold a bear crystal figurine to focus in on this mighty creature's spiritual energies. 


Keep gem carved birds with you to access the animal's spirit energies. Birds symbolize inspiration, freedom, and spirituality. Flying close to the sky, birds serve as messengers from heaven. In Feng Shui, birds bring new opportunities. Place gem carved birds in your healing space, office or hold the figurine during meditation and law of attraction.

Duck figurines remind us of our multi-faceted talents with their own ability to fly, walk and swim. These birds represent sensitivity and honesty. Ducks can be graceful when at peace, but aggressive when confronted with unwanted energies. Collect duck figurines to access your potential and appreciate times of peace and serenity.

The owl is associated with wisdom, foresight and sacred knowledge. The owl spirit animal allows you to see beyond the mundane to the true meaning of words and actions. The owl, like bats, is the announcer of death, but this is a symbolic death of the unnecessary aspects of your life, making room for change and transition. Keep the owl spirit animal with you for the capacity to see beyond deceit, illusions, and masks.

Keep penguin bird crystals to remind yourself that you too can evolve and adapt to your environments while remaining unique and independent. The penguin is a bird who does not fly. The penguin shows us that we do not have to conform to the mainstream, but can instead follow our own dreams without worrying about the norm. Penguins are also very social creatures, thus  wearing or holding the bird's figurine encourages us to work together and cultivate our relationships for a fulfilling life.

Roosters are used to ward off evil, waking up early in the morning to disperse the darkness with their crow. The Rooster is courageous and confident as king of the roost. Rooster bird figurines are used for career advancement representing the sharp and efficient early morning mindset. Carry or wear Rooster bird crystals for the animal's spirit energies.


Keep Buffalo spirit animals with you for a sense of peace and a feeling of content. The Buffalo lives in harmony with the world around it, moving slowly and enjoying the path of life. Buffaloes helps us to connect with Mother Earth and Father Sky. Buffalo spirit animals teaches us to be grateful for everything we have in order to attract more of what we desire. 


Bulls have been worshiped in many cultures because they are icons of virility, power, and regal presence. 


Wear or keep the stone Butterfly with you through your life journeys. Through all of the struggles and lessons, the Butterfly helps us positively through our transitions. Butterflies are the ultimate symbol of transformation. These beautiful animals remind us to improve ourselves while keeping faith in the universe.


Place Cat carving figurines facing the front door as the guardians of your home. Cats are said to be the secret keepers of the vast knowledge of the metaphysical world. Meditate with Cat carving figurines to access this mysterious knowledge with grace and serenity. 

Cats symbolize independence, cleverness, and curiosity. The sometimes aloof nature of the cat reminds us to step back from an emotionally engaging situation and look at the big picture.

  • Lions are the majestic leaders of the wild. They symbolize power and wisdom. The Lion is an old soul, reminding you to forge into the future having overcome the lessons of the past. The Lion shows you how to harness your inner strength and trust your instincts. 


If you are seeking to tone down your aggressive nature, the Deer is your guardian animal. Deers represent a kind and gentle energy. Embodying the Deer's energies allows you to calm your emotions and connect with your Higher Self. Use Deer crystals in your meditations. Place them in your space to relieve anxiety and anger. 


Collect Dinosaur crystal healing stones to help you move forward and let go of old baggage. Dinosaurs remind us to clear our minds of old habits and issues. The Dinosaur represents fearlessness with stealth or thinking before acting. Meditate with the Dinosaur crystal to clear your mind to focus on the present moment.


Place Dog carving stones facing your doors or windows for protection of the home. These animals provide a protective energy based on determination to guard their comfort zones. Dog spirit animals symbolize loyalty and friendship. Wear or meditate with Dog figurines to remind you to care and listen to others if you want to strengthen your relationship with friends and family.


Meditate with Dolphin crystal healing stones to connect with this loving animal's spiritual energies. Dolphins are much more evolved than many of us humans in terms of spirituality, brotherhood, and love. Dolphins remind us to focus on qualities like generosity, playfulness, harmony, intelligence, and friendship. Dolphins live a dual life as both fish and mammal. Using Dolphin crystals in your practice can help you to harmonize the worlds of spirit and earth.


The Dragon symbolizes a strong male yang energy. Associated with Emperors, wearing the Dragon crystal represents power and majesty. In Feng Shui, Dragon carving crystals can be placed in the Fame area of your home or home office to connect with fame, reputation and career. If you have a green Dragon carving like Jade, place it in your Health corner for physical strength.

Dragon Turtle

The Dragon Turtle is a celestial being from Chinese legend. Dragon turtle carvings represent prosperity, success, power, longevity, determination, good luck, and courage. Place the mythical creature in your space for positive Feng Shui energy. 


Elephant figurines are an ancient symbol of strength and majesty. The gentle giant is the largest land animal on earth today, but its energy is kind and wise.

In Feng Shui, the Elephant figurine brings good luck, wisdom, and fertility. Elephants with their trunks up especially call in good luck. Elephants intertwining their trunks with another symbolize love and friendship. Elephants with their trunks down symbolize strength, pushing through obstacles and warding off enemies.


Fish represent abundance, schooling, going with the flow, and the water elements.


Keep Fox figurines around for guidance when you feel lost and overwhelmed. The Fox teaches us to use your wits in dealing with obstacles in our life. The Fox reminds us to be vigilant against tricksters and deceptive relationships.


Frog carvings help you to connect with the earth and all of its beauty. The Frog can jump an incredible distance, helping us to realize that we too can make it through tough times and come out winners. Wear stone Frogs to bring you good luck throughout the days and comfort during your travels.


Giraffes have an advantageous view from the top thanks to their long necks, symbolizing their ability to see the big picture. Meditate with Giraffe figurines when you need to remove yourself from being bogged down with the mundane details of your situation. Giraffe animal figurines also represent gracefulness in action. Wear Giraffe symbols to connect with their graceful and patient energies.


Hedgehog stone animals symbolize rejuvenation and spring. The nocturnal creature also symbolizes intuition, psychic ability, prophetic dreams, and visions. The Hedgehog's quills are soft when it is happy, reminding us to enjoy life and let go of the stress and fear represented by the needle-like quills of a scared Hedgehog. 


Hippos symbolize a combination of intuitive water energies and practical earth energies. Hippo figurines remind us to keep grounded to this Earth so that we may properly deal with emotional imbalances. These great creatures  spend most of their time in water, which links them to the spiritual, artistic and healing aspects of life. Wear Hippo jewelry or meditate with Hippo figurines to connect with your creativity.


The Horse reminds you to let your spirit roam free and trust your intuition to break away the obstacles in your life. When not running wild, the Horse is a social being, representing an energy to adapt easily in different circles. The mythical Unicorn symbolizes endless strength and ultimate purity of heart.


Iguana figurines remind us that "everything comes in due time," so we can relax and enjoy the journey of life. When unwanted energies present themselves, the Iguana is quick to escape or camouflage into its surroundings, teaching us to adapt and survive. Iguanas in your dream or popping up in your life tells you that what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.


Lizards empower us with sun energies. They remind us to seek the healing energies of the sun for grounding, relaxation and physical regeneration.


Monkeys represent intelligence, playfulness, and caring.


Pigs symbolize fertility and abundance, reminding us to celebrate life and share with others. Place stone Pigs in your Money Corner to attract luck in financial matters. Pig symbols are great to use with Law of Attraction practices.


Porcupines help you overcome grief, guilt, and depression to renew joy and imagination. 


Rabbits symbolize luck, happiness and a positive outlook on life. Keep carved Rabbit stones with you to remind you of how fun life can be. Rabbits are always on guard, if they sense dangerous obstacles, they will hop away for greener grounds. Carved Rabbit stones make great gifts for those who need a lift in spirits and a leap forward in their lives.


The Rhino has a deep connection with the Earth, roaming open expanses in deep contemplation. The large animal provides us with grounding energy, symbolizing confidence, steadiness, and solidity. Bring Rhino figurines into your life when you feel empty, spacey or in need of some substantial power. 


After accidents, Salamanders are able to regenerate limbs and tail, thus symbolizing regrowth and renewal. The salamander reminds us to keep going through the losses we may experience in this lifetime. 


Snakes are connected to primal energy, operating from pure instinct. Snake carving crystals remind us to trust our intuitions. Snakes shed their skin, representing our ability to let go of our inhibitions and focus on our subconscious and true selves. Wear snake symbols or meditate with snake carvings to access your Higher Self.


Spiders represent mystery, power, and growth. Excellent animal spirit guide for shamanic journeys and feng shui.


Squirrels remind you to balance fun and work. They are all about practicality, going about their business gathering their winter fare, but also all about playfulness as they chase each other up and down tall trees and telephone lines. These guardian animals are energetic, taking full advantage of each moment of life. 


Turtle figurines represent the ability to stay grounded even in chaos. They remind us to slow down, pace ourselves and follow our life's path in peace. Turtles are associated with yin or feminine energies of calm harmony. Wear Turtle symbols to connect with this harmonic energy or meditate with Turtle figurines for a peaceful state.


Whales symbolize our emotions, from what we show on the surface to the true feelings in the depth of our soul. Use Whale figures in balancing the emotions and coming to terms with your past.


The mighty wolf represents our inner selves. Although we may now classify ourselves as civilized animals, the wolf helps us get in touch with our raw, primal nature. The wolf is a symbolism of untamed freedom. Wear wolf jewelry to bring out this unbridled energy. 


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