How To Improve Relationships
with Tarot Animal Signs
I’m on the phone with my friend Tim. He works outside in nature, everyday. To him, seeing a deer followed by a fox is just the normal course of a day. But, since I happen to be on the phone with him when both animals cross his path, and those animals are far from normal in my daily life – both of them can be considered animal signs.
In this blog post, I'll talk about how to use animal signs to get valuable information to improve your relationships, and how to use Tarot animal totem cards to assess the people in your life.
What are animal signs?
Animal signs can be used to help you with questions you are dealing with in life. The way this works, is that the Universe, precisely when you need it, will send you the animal to answer your question. You interpret the answer based upon your personal knowledge and impression of that animal, so it can be a quite unique meaning for each person. Our guides know our animal associations and speak to us in this language in a way that we will understand. If you have associated the squirrel with cherries because you once saw a squirrel eating a bowl of cherries, then cherries will be part of your personal animal language. Other people however, will not associate squirrel with cherries so that will not be part of their animal language.
Key to this practice of interpreting animal signs, is the unusual occurrence of an animal. If I were to see a roadrunner here in the Mohave desert where I live, this would not be considered an animal sign, because I know the same roadrunner comes around every single day at about 2pm.
The unusual occurrence of animals in our life, those can be interpreted as signs. They can tell us a lot about our lives, and the people in them.
So, to tell you the truth, on this day that I was on the phone with Tim, I wasn’t having the best time with one of my friends. I was doubting their authenticity and sincerity. The last couple days I had been lost in thought a bit, about what to do in my situation. As much as I try to refrain from labeling things in my life with these words, I felt taken advantage of, and a little lied to.
Coming across Fox as an animal sign, told me that my instincts were correct – this person is ‘sly like a fox.’ I shouldn’t take it personally if they take advantage of me, as it’s just their character.
What can you do? Life is like that sometimes.
Some people are like spiders, weaving webs of intrigue and mystery,
Some people store nuts away for the future,
and some people will stick their horn straight up your ass if you're in the way.
In this case, I had a fox. All right.
And the baby deer? Maybe that was me.
Maybe I’m new in this certain situation. I have an innocence about me in these circumstances.
You have to think of the animals in the light of your question or circumstances at the time.
Just because I saw a deer doesn't mean that deer is my personal animal totem; that's something different. It is an animal sign though, because it was an unusual occurrence of an animal in my life. In this situation with my friend, I’m kinda in uncharted territory, so deer says that maybe I’m being a bit naïve.
Allright. Fair enough.
So what do I do with that information? Well, I can #1 – stop taking things personally.
A fox is a fox is a fox. It’s not like I’m going to change the person, and it’s not like they just suddenly decided to be sneaky. This person has been sneaky their whole life. It's important to call something by it’s proper name. If I were to say this person had the energy of an ostrich, that would not be correct. This person isn’t hiding from the facts because they’re in denial, this person is using the facts to their advantage and outsmarting others for their own personal gain. That’s a totally different animal!
You see, animals are something that can help you discern the character of the people around you. Not the personalities that they’d like you to see, the personality parts of them that are immutable – the personality traits that they probably gained before age 5. These immutable characteristics are their way of relating to the world. It’s their belief system, it’s the programming that they’ve had & will always have; the lens they see the world through.
So someone with a fox totem, would do better with someone with a similar outlook as them so as to avoid disagreements and misunderstandings. But, that being said, there are always things you can learn from everyone in life. A different outlook means a different set of experiences to learn from.
You can double your knowledge, especially when hanging around your opposite in life.
For learning, it’s kind of brilliant. You are going to learn, hey – not everyone is like you. And this is what these other people are like. So just because someone is the opposite animal totem to you doesn't mean that you shouldn't associate with them. On the contrary, different types of people enrich our lives.
Think about who's in your life -
When you’re home at night tucked into bed, do you really want to worry that your partner is stealing your purse? If you are also the type of person to steal a purse, this might not be a deal breaker for you. You know that you’d take their purse too while they were sleeping so you are generally more careful with your belongings around others and probably wouldn’t leave it out in the first place. You guys would probably be compatible in close quarters such as close friendships or intimate partnerships.
But if that is something that will bother you in your daily life, best to find someone with a more compatible value system to yours to be close friends with, or have an intimate partnership with. Someone who also thinks it’s uncool to steal peoples purses.
So back to the example of my friend who’s the fox, and me as the deer.
The other thing I can do with this information is #2 – stop being naïve and protect myself.
This person isn’t suddenly going to be altruistic, they aren’t going to share their lunch with me because it’s 'the right thing to do.' In other words, I can stop projecting my outlook onto them. They are operating from a different guidebook.
If I leave my lunch out on the counter, I can fully expect the fox to come upon it & eat it.
The fox is going to figure that if I didn’t want my lunch stolen, then I wouldn’t have left it out. They will simply see it as, why am I being so stupid because to them, that would be idiocy. And, oh no too slow - maybe I will learn not to leave my lunch out in the future. If I don’t learn that, then it’s simply more lunch for the fox.
The thing is - it’s unlikely too, that I will stop leaving my lunch out thinking that no one would be so rude to eat it.
We don’t get to change our innate nature either – we are who we are.
But - if I’m smart, and going to learn from the universe’s signs for me in this situation – I will change my behavior and stop leaving my lunch out when I’m around a fox. So there ya go.
So does this mean foxes are jerks and I’m a shivering deer baby?
Nah. Foxes are kinda awesome in their own way and have their own charms.
Each animal is neither all good nor all bad, just like we as humans are neither all good nor all bad.
Check out how adorable foxes are :)
Foxes know how to have fun too – doesn’t this guy look like he’s having fun?
And deer, can be scary. Have you ever stumbled upon a herd of deer unexpectedly while hiking? If you have, you will never think deer are pussies ever again because they are kind of terrifying like that?
I mean, lookit this guy. Holy shit. And when I was hiking that one time, there were about 8 of these guys. Staring at me. Just like this. Shit your pants much?
I’m good. Um. I think I’ll go the other way ‘round.
So what happened with me & my fox-like comrade?
Well, none of your business my friend. I tell these stories about myself, so I don’t use identifying information about my Tarot clients or friends from real life. But at the same time, I think there is power in using real stories, so I do use real stories. Stories hold lessons and life, bursting from all their seams everywhere.
So the details of this don’t really matter all too much, only that I used animal signs to glean insight into my life and so can you.
Tarot Reading Techniques
Calling a thing by it’s correct name is a skill that will get you far in life.
You can use animal signs to evaluate the character of friends, acquaintances, and dating prospects using animal totem Tarot cards.
I commonly use this technique with clients of drawing one card to represent the energy of a person. Once you've done that, you use your personal language of animals to ascertain a person's intentions towards you and general character. You would be amazed at how accurate this is.
One day, I really hope to create my own Animal Tarot deck to further illustrate my reading techniques & love of animals. In the meantime though, you can check out the Animal Wisdom Tarot or any of the other animal oracle decks out there.
What animal totems do you think the people around you carry? Do you think people may see their totems differently than you do, ie, do you think they might not see themselves as a fox for instance? Do you think they would imagine that their totem was something more honorable or majestic? Do you think deer people imagine themselves like the intimidating buck or like the shivering little baby deer?
If your friends had to assign an animal totem to you to reflect their impression of your character, what do you think they’d assign to you, and do you think you would agree with their assessment? What about if people at work assigned you an animal totem to reflect your character, would it be the same one that your friends assigned you?
Do you use animal totems in this way in your life?
Let me know if this article helped you to think of animal totems in a new way.
If you want your own personal Tarot cards read using animal totems, I’ll be happy to check out the ‘animals’ in your life too.