Spirit Animal Fox
Gifts: Cleverness. Intelligence. Play. Adaptability. Speaking many languages.
Challenges: Becoming so adaptable that you forget who you really are. “Too clever for your own good.” Not taking things seriously enough.
Fox is highly clever and adaptable, able to fit in with just about any group it chooses. With Fox as your spirit animal, you can communicate with different people from different backgrounds quite easily compared to most other people. This is Fox’s gift of speaking many languages. You may or may not be able to speak French and Japanese and Swedish and Swahili. But you can adapt your communication style so that anyone can understand you. Speaking to be understood and listening to understand. This is a rare gift that most people do not possess.
Physical foxes are both predators and prey. Fox is particularly adept at blending in when necessary—sneaking up on what it wants and becoming invisible in the presence of danger. Fox knows that it can trust its own gifts and abilities to face fear and evade danger. For you the lesson is to trust yourself, not live inconstant fear or exhaustingly heightened alertness. Trust that your gut will alert you, your wits will solve the problem, and your quickness will enable you to take appropriate action.
People often resist having Fox as their spirit animal because of its Trickster qualities. Fox is portrayed in fables as a braggart, a snob, and a flatterer. Who would want to be seen as any of that?! Those characteristics all come from the challenges of Fox, not from the true power of Fox. Fox brags when it feels insecure. It turns up its nose when it fails to reach its goal. It flatters in order to manipulate others to give up what Fox covets in them.
The true gift of Trickster is not selfish manipulation. It is disruption—for awakening, for change, for progress, for evolution. The power of Fox is to disturb the status quo when it’s time for something better. True, many people don’t want the status quo to change. They fear change; they fear the unknown. As painful as the status quo may be, they have no guarantee that change will be better. That makes Fox’s job really difficult. How do you make someone who’s completely committed to this way accept that that way is actually better?
With Fox, you don’t make them; you convince them—with your cleverness, your flattery, your ability to speak their language. Using their words, their values, and their perspective, you persuade them to actually desire the change they once feared. That’s trickery and connivance, you may cry. That is the ragged edge you walk with Fox. It is your choice and your ability to stay on the side of benevolent persuasion—or to cross the line into deceitful manipulation.
Here’s a secret to working with Fox: The benevolence comes from accepting your power; the manipulation from rejecting it.