Lessons From the Fox

After some introspection and reading tonight, I have come to understand that the fox has become an important symbol for me for very good reasons.

Foxes are most active at dawn and dusk. They also make their dens along the edge where a forest meets open fields. This makes them creatures of in-between times and in-between places. This is very representative of a sort of transitional state, much like the one I find myself in now. My place of residence is not permanent, but I am unsure of where to seek a permanent residence. I am approaching the end of my financial aid due to sickness, but I am unsure where my next place of employment or income will be. So I will be remembering the clever fox when navigating the coming weeks and months.

Always be mindful of your surroundings: rather than stirring large changes to my environment, instead adapt myself to the surroundings or circumstances. Use the cleverness, quick-thinking, and adaptability of the fox to reach my goals without disturbing the environment around me.

One tidbit of wisdom is to be aware of my own habits, and then attempt a different angle of action when dealing with new circumstances. Trying something new may reveal an effective alternative to the old habit.

When attempting to make decisions, step back and view the situation as a whole. Allow all the tiniest details to become clear, until I have the most complete picture of all sides of the decision to be made. Then look for the subtle route, the one with least resistance, the least impact.

When attempting to solve problems, be persistent in analyzing the problem as wholly as I can, and consider as many possible solutions as I can. Failing that, have patience to wait it out, as the problem may be a matter of time.

Learn to make the most of the situation I am in, seeing it for what it is, rather than what I wish it to be. Be resourceful, as sustenance can be found in unexpected places. Instead of resisting the situation, use my adaptability and cleverness to make the best of things as they are.

While not necessarily a social butterfly, the fox can use their intelligence, cunning, observation, and adaptation to “fit right in.” Otherwise, I already know I am a quiet observer who can sort of exist unnoticed at a gathering.

These traits can leave me seeming emotionally distant or detached. This also makes me very flighty and I’ll change my mind on a whim, which is very frustrating to more grounded individuals.

The clever and insightful mind can, if one is not careful, earn the label of manipulative.

Always remember to look beyond the ego and see the world around you. Consider what impact my actions have on others. Listen before speaking and listen carefully, as my sharp mind may hear things that others are missing.

Foxes in the wild are generally monogamous, but only pair off for mating season as they spend most of their time solitary in their own territory. They are also known to stay in tight family units, where one parent will care for the young while the other hunts. If the mother is killed before the kits are fully grown, the father will remain with them and protect them and try to raise them on his own. This translates to mean that I should always remain loyal to my family (“adopted” or not), and through whatever adversity, no matter how hopeless the future may seem, to never back away from their side. It also speaks to my rather uncuddly demeanour with not just boyfriend, but most people. I am very loving and caring, but not in an overly snuggly way. But the lesson that I want to highlight now is this:

I am loyal. I am persistent. I am clever. I am working on being patient. We haven’t tried every solution, we haven’t thought of every detail. So I am saying this now, on the record: boyfriend, you are still my boyfriend. You will remain my boyfriend as long as you’re willing to be persistent, patient, and loyal with me. I love you.

The whole theory behind this exercise was just to see if my fox sightings and sudden fixation had any relevant themes in my life as it is. Turns out, quite a bit. I don’t believe there are magic animal spirits watching over me or guiding me. I’m not a mystic. But I do know that the symbolic traits of the fox, no matter how contrived, have given me some good things to think about. I’ve been in this panic, not sure what was going to become of me, where I was to live, where my bank account was going to get refilled from, or whether or not I could rescue the romance between boyfriend and I. But I feel like I have some focus, and some new ways to conduct myself in order to make better use of the situation I’m in. I approve of this symbolism.

Fox Funny


Fox As a Spirit Animal: Reference Material

This post is throwing together some material about what others have to say about seeing the fox as a spirit guide. I have included links to the source articles in the titles of each section. Those are just links to where I found the material, I’m not here to start a war over who originally wrote something (although if you leave me a link to your source material, I will happily include it as well!).


Fox Animal Symbolism and Meaning

In China, fox animal symbolism revolved around the afterlife. Lore has it that a fox sighting was thought to be a signal from the spirits of the deceased.

Fox animal symbolism takes a turn of intelligence in the Celtic realm, as the Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honoured for its wisdom. The Celts understood the fox knows the woods intimately, and they would rely upon the fox as their guide in the spirit world.

In Japan, the fox was considered one of the rain spirits, and a messenger of Inari the rice god. Here the fox also symbolizes longevity and protection from evil.

In Native American lore, fox animal symbolism deals with two interpretations. One perspective (Northern tribes) observes the fox as a wise and noble messenger. The other (Plains tribes) views the fox as a trickster playing pranks, or worse – luring one to demise.

Overwhelmingly, cultural consensus on fox animal symbolism deals with themes like…

Fox Animal Symbolism and Meanings

  • cunning
  • strategy
  • quick-thinking
  • adaptability
  • cleverness
  • wisdom

It is noteworthy to observe the fox while it is on the hunt. We see its entire body is pointed like an arrow – straight and tightly aimed. This is a symbolic message for us to set a determined, and powerfully focused mindset in order to “hit the target” of our desires.

Red Fox Meaning – Solar Attributes

The red in the fox is representative of a solar emblem. As a solar emblem the fox animal symbolism deals with:

  • passion
  • desire
  • intensity
  • expression

The fox encourages us to think outside of the box and use our intelligence in different, creative ways. The fox also brings us a message to try to approach our circumstances differently that we normally would. Be aware of some of our habits, and try a different angle of action.

The fox also a reminder that we must utilize all of our resources (seen and unseen) in order to accomplish our goals. Sometimes this means calling upon some unorthodox methods.

Furthermore, the fox is a sign to be mindful of our surroundings.

Phenomenally effective shapeshifters and incredibly adaptable, the fox beckons us to not make too many waves but rather, adapt to our surroundings, blend into it, and use our surroundings (and circumstances) to our advantage.

Other generalized fox symbolic meanings deal with…

Qualities the Fox Totem Facilitates

  • focus
  • determination
  • right-action

It should be obvious from this summary that fox animal symbolism goes far beyond what we may see on the surface. On the contrary, the fox has an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom to share with us if/when we are willing to be still for the teachings.

Spend some meditative time with the spirit of the fox – odds are you will be amazed at the powerful insight this regal creature has to offer you.


Fox, Power Animal, Symbol of Camouflage, Quick Wit, Cunning, Agility, Magic

Foxes are seen as power animals / totems throughout the world. The Chinese believed foxes could take human form. In Egypt the fox brought favour 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 amongst 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 demeanour 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’s Wisdom Includes

  • Shape shifting
  • Cleverness
  • Observational skills
  • Cunning
  • Stealth
  • Camouflage
  • Feminine courage
  • Invisibility
  • Ability to observe unseen
  • Persistence
  • Gentleness
  • Swiftness

Fox Spirit Meaning, Symbols, and Totem

Fox Spirit Symbols:

  • Cleverness
  • Cunning
  • Intelligence
  • Observation
  • Stealth
  • Camouflage
  • Invisibility
  • Diplomacy
  • Deception
  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Swiftness
  • Adaptation
  • Wisdom
  • Healing
  • Unpredictability
  • Creation

Fox Meaning and Medicine:

The spirit of Fox brings with it many different meanings. If the Fox totem has snuck into your life recently take a moment to stop and reflect on some of the following messages:

Camouflage, Observation:

Have you recently attracted unwanted attention, have you become disorganized and indecisive? The most prominent characteristic of the fox guide is its ability to become one with its environment. If you’ve stepped into the middle of an argument or difficult situation it may be time to reduce your presence and role in the confrontation. Step back and evaluate the situation from a distance, be silent and observe the minor details. You’ll soon find that pressing into these matters creates resistance, the details should reveal a more subtle route of influence, take it, and you’ll find success.

Persistence, Patience:

Is the solution to a problem evading you, have you rushed into an important decision? Fox spirit is the grand problem solver, this totem’s appearance in your life carries great meaning. The spirit will guide you to solitude and silence until the way out is shown. Like a fox breaking into a chicken coop hit the problem from every angle. Failing that, sit back and wait. Wise old fox spirits will often lay unmoving for hours, playing dead. Curious scavengers that come to investigate find themselves a nasty surprise. The meaning here is that a healthy combination of persistence and patience will strike a balance that picks apart a problem until it is solved.

Diplomacy, Deception:

Is a person in your life being difficult, or is someone sticking their nose in your personal business when they shouldn’t? The fox guide is one of the most cunning in nature. Pursued foxes will double back on their tracks, cross waters, and climb trees in order to deceive their hunters. Foxes have also been observed dancing about playfully and confusingly nearby prey all the while inching closer and closer. The meaning here is the illusion of paying no attention to their prey until the final moment and pounce, it’s over. Failing clever tactics the fox guide brings the message of diplomacy. Camouflage works perfectly for fading away, but also when blending into a social situation. Swallow your pride, try flattery, conform to the desires of your quandary and you’ll find them more and more likely to see your point of view without so much as an argument.

Cleverness, Adaptation:

Are you having trouble adjusting to a new living situation or job, do you feel like you’re barely scraping by? When sly fox totem crosses your path it can be to open your eyes, to make you clever enough to see a situation, not as you wish it to be, but as it IS. Foxes are experts at finding food anywhere; they eat rodents, berries, carrion, insects, eggs, garbage and more. When a situation or environment is difficult don’t be stubborn, be fluid, and adaptable, you can find sustenance in the oddest of places. Don’t resist your situation, use the symbolism and medicine of adaptation and cleverness, you have all the tools and resources you need to turn money, career, or living difficulties around.

People with Fox Totem are…

  • Crafty
  • Socially Accepted
  • Intelligent
  • Great Listeners
  • Unpredictable
  • Adaptable
  • Very Perceptive

The Good:

Like many totems in the canine family Fox people are intensely loyal. In nature foxes typically mate with a single partner or are monogamous. This companionship however is typically only during mating season and foxes spend the majority of their time in their own separate territory.

Fox people are often a joy to watch or be around. They can be energetic, outgoing, personable, and very flattering. Conversely, fox people can also be withdrawn (see below). While not exactly social butterflies fox people can use that sly energy, their keen sense of camouflage to “fit right in”. People who possess the power of the fox are great quiet observers and are skilled at remaining unnoticed. This means that they blend into their environment, moving around unnoticed in any kind of company and society.

They can adapt and portray themselves as whoever they need to be in a given interaction. This affinity for fitting in often means fox people are jacks of all trades, taking interest and educating themselves superficially in great number of areas while mastering none. This allows them to chat or small talk with ease whenever they care to. This doesn’t mean fox people are disingenuous, people with this totem often really do care and take an active interest in the feelings of those around them.

The intelligence or cleverness of fox people can’t be understated. People with this totem are very creative problem solvers and can seem eccentric because they are quick to think outside the box. Quick thinking or wit is definitely common tool for a fox person. This quick thinking can translate into “fast talk”, or the ability to talk your way into our out of situations by confounding or confusing others. This, and their problem solving, allows fox people to excel in careers and professions of all shapes and sizes.

While young people with this totem often rely on their physical traits of agility and quick thinking, an older fox recognizes that there’s a great deal going on behind the scenes and leverages this wisdom of details to their advantage.

The Not so Good:

As mentioned above, despite being socially adaptable many fox people can be emotionally distant or detached. Playing the role of quiet observer or blending constantly into the background is not uncommon. This distance may be a conscious or unconscious choice and used as a defensive mechanism to protect from the pain or disappointment of difficult relationships. Another defensive mechanism is the fox person’s fluffy coat which exaggerates this totem’s stature. Fox people may talk themselves up or misrepresent their deeds as being greater than they actually are in order to gain favor in others’ eyes.

Fox people can be very flighty or airy and can change their minds or direction on a whim. This can be very frustrating to more grounded individuals as it can be hard to keep pace with the capricious behaviour of this totem. Also, consider that many with this totem may be a “devil’s advocate” or be difficult because they enjoy “the chase” or leading you around by the nose. Because of their clever and insight fox people who aren’t careful can be viewed as manipulative or tricksters.

Fox’s Message:

Fox brings the message and symbol of camouflage and cunning. The fox totem guides us to use our instincts and creative energies. When we learn to blend into our surroundings and to observe with all of our senses we will be able to anticipate and create the future as we wish it to be.

Lessons from Fox:

  • The Fox Totem conceals a lot of medicine and good in its little den. Knowing the Fox Spirit and its ways will help you maintain balance and harmony in everything you do. This power animal is renowned for its superb senses.
  • The Fox has a heightened sense of smell. As a power animal and spirit guide, the Fox will help you to sniff out subtle things in life and alert you to unpleasant and difficult situations.
    Fox’s keen eyesight carries a message that may teach you to see beyond your ego and to be able perceive the Spirit realms. Look carefully for there is a whole separate world within your gaze.
    The Fox has sensitive hearing, it is said that he can hear a mouse from over a hundred feet away. The symbolism here is that listening is often more important than speaking. You may also be able to hear the whispered messages of the Great Spirit.
  • The Fox has great instincts and is physically and mentally agile. These features symbolize ways to respond quickly to situations by using the power of inner instincts and innate wisdom.
  • The body of the Fox is quite small in comparison to its canine cousins, but its thick fur coat offers good protection and gives these little guys the appearance of being much larger than they actually are. Focus on your natural gifts, and consider how your appearance affects perception.
  • Fox spirit comes out of hiding right before dawn or at dusk and often hunts under the cover of darkness. By living between light and darkness, the Fox can perceive both worlds. Notice these transitions, and consider how we all live in different worlds.
  • They are masters of camouflage. The fox teaches how to grasp the concept of unity with our surroundings and how to use this knowledge wisely on all levels. Being in harmony with one’s surroundings is important to people who carry this medicine.
  • Lastly, Fox totem guides us to good eating habits – not from what it eats, but from the way it eats. The fox is a grazer; it eats small amounts throughout the day and will store any food that is in excess. The Fox spirit is not a picky eater and readily accepts whatever is available. This is a great lesson, as eating small amounts frequently will keep your metabolism burning at a steady rate and give you lasting energy.

Fox in Dreams:

The Fox spirit appears in our dreams to inspire creative energies and instill an overarching awareness. The different ways this animal appears bring many different meanings.

  • If the fox totem is on the edge or your vision, or barely glimpsed in your dream this means that there is something you need to pay attention to, something that has been evading your grasp.
  • Foxes that quickly disappear or are seen from hiding places means you should conceal your motivations and actions, be discreet and avoid notice.
  • When the fox spirit is friendly, or acts very similar to a dog this is a message and symbol to embrace the traits and qualities of this power animal.
  • If you are afraid of the fox or it seems somehow hostile this can represent one of two things. A fox symbolizes a person in your life that is causing you grief by being manipulative or difficult. Alternatively, you are ignoring important details and it’s time you pay attention!
  • When a fox appears mysteriously, at night, or it pauses in the distance and looks at you, it is a message and symbol to take some time to ponder some issue or reflect upon your life.

Cultural Symbolism:

Foxes have been deified, demonized, and revered in cultures throughout time and history. The fox’s traits and features are so strong and symbolic that most peoples have been quick to recognize this power animal as deeply significant and carrying important meaning.

Native American:

The Apache tribe credits fox with bringing fire to humans, and many Native American Tribes saw this spirit totem as a protector and healing symbol. Several Native American tribes also believed foxes were powerful shape changers that would take human form.

Celtic:

Many Celtic and Gaelic tribes revered the fox as a master of the woods and a symbol of the guide.

Greek/Roman:

Ancient Romans and Greeks regarded foxes as fire demons. One story tells of a giant fox, the Teumessian Fox, sent to earth by the gods as a punishment to be pursued without ever being caught.

Egyptian:

Egyptians wore fox furs to gain favor with their gods, and there are many stories and legends that sprung forth from Mesopotamia and the surrounding regions.

Chinese:

The Fox can take on human form according to Chinese and if given the proper attention can bring good fortune. The fox also symbolizes cunning and long life.

Christian:

Christian myth often associates foxes with the devil. Because its depredations damage the vines and grapes which symbolize the church, the fox symbolizes those who spread heresy, and persecution. In Luke 13:32, Jesus calls Herod a fox. Jesus warns those who would walk with Him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Mt. 8:20; Luke 9:58).

Japanese:

The Japanese fox or Kitsune has a deep routed and complex mythology. They believed foxes were powerful magical and intelligent beings. Foxes also became associated with the kami, or spirit, of rice and fertility.



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