Spirit Animal Bobcat
Gifts: Patience. Solitariness. Intelligence. Ferocity. Thriving through transitions. Resilience.
Challenges: Too much change and lack of stability. Scaring away connections and intimacy.
Bobcat is a master at guiding you through periods of transition. Physical bobcat is crepuscular, meaning it is most active during the several hours around sunset and sunrise. These transitional periods of each day symbolize the bigger transitional periods of your life. Bobcat does not merely make it through transitional periods, it thrives during these periods.
The message for you is that great learning, growth, and abundance can occur during periods of transition. Bobcat is fierce and fearless, reminding you not to resist transitions out of fear, but to enter them with courage and determination.
When you avoid change, you avoid learning and growth, and often abundance. Fear of change—the belief that you are unprepared for change and that change will be disastrous—keeps most people stuck, in poverty mindset and in self-sabotage. Bobcat is supremely confident in its own ability to thrive. Bobcat trusts thattransition does not mean disaster and does not herald a moving from good to bad or from better to worse. Change simply is. It is your judgment of it that makes it “good,” “bad,” “better,” or “worse.”
Physical bobcat is a solitary creature whose home and hunting range may overlap with other bobcats but who still lives and hunts alone. The message for you is not that you must be a loner but that you can count on yourself. Rather than waiting to be rescued or even assisted, harness Bobcat’s independence for yourself. Don’t wait for anyone or anything. Don’t let having to go it alone be an excuse to deny your power. Bobcat reminds you that you are all you need.
A challenge of Bobcat is that you are susceptible to becoming a sort of change junkie. You may seek change even when it’s not needed. You may abandon yourself and your current situation as an easy way out of a problem, rather than facing the problem and working on actually solving it. Balance this Bobcat energy by remembering that change will find you. You don’t have to seek it out.
Bobcat’s natural solitary nature and ferocity can easily scare off people. Physical bobcats have an almost demonic growl that rattles even me, a devout cat-lover. Too much Bobcat energy in you can send out vibes of growling, whether you consciously intend it or not. When you place too high a value on your solitude and self-reliance, you will naturally repel people. Bobcat doesn’t want to live in isolation. Bobcat wants to pick and choose its connections. So keep your growling in check. Otherwise, you won’t have any connections from which to pick and choose.