Gifts: Guardian of the Divine. Nobility. Vigilance. Ruler of all creatures. Flight and groundedness. Integration. Protecting a valued treasure.
Challenges: Arrogance. Hyper-vigilance. Constantly on high alert. Being over-protective.
Griffin (can also be spelled Griffon or Gryphon) is a “mythical” creature, like Dragon, Unicorn, Ouroboros, and Phoenix. In spirit animal world, there is no such thing as “mythical.” All creatures are possible. If you can imagine it, it can be yours.
Historically, Griffin has been depicted with the body, tail, and hind legs of a lion, and the head, wings, and front legs of an eagle. (You may find variations on this theme.) Being half “King of the Beasts” and half “King of the Birds,” Griffin symbolizes “Ruler of All Creatures.”
As Ruler of All Creatures, Griffin truly rules its realm—setting boundaries, determining who may come in, establishing the purpose and the mission of the realm. Use this gift of wise majesty to define and rule your realm. You get to decide who enters your realm. You get to decide the purpose of your realm. You get tochoose how to navigate obstacles. And you get to choose to close the realm to fear.
As a halfbreed—literally a hybrid creature—Griffin symbolizes the integration of dualities. Contained within us all are both good and evil, passion and apathy, love and hate. Griffin teaches you to accept all that you are, not cutting off a piece or pushing an aspect into the shadows. Even when your dualities make you an anomaly in the world, don’t hide your true self. Would the Lion half allow Eagle to bury it? Would the Eagle half allow Lion to disguise it? Cut off your Eagle head, and Lion cannot live. Cut off your Lion body, and Eagle cannot live. Use this power of integration to accept yourself fully as you are. What makes you different makes you You.
When you discover your own true gifts that fear has been masking, use Griffin to protect this precious treasure. Griffin is the master of guarding the treasure. When you accept yourself as the treasure you are, Griffin will be there both to protect you and to empower you.
This guarding the treasure can turn into irrational over-protection, giving into the fear that your treasure will be lost or taken. With Griffin, you may hold on too tightly to your ideas, your creations, and your loved ones, fearing that they will be taken from you. Loss is a potential reality, but loss does not mean that Griffin failed at its job. Remember that the real treasure Griffin is guarding is the treasure within you, the one that can never truly be lost.
I know very few people who have Griffin as a natural spirit animal—or even who have Griffin show up as a temporary spirit animal. Surprisingly—to me anyway—most of these people reject Griffin. Well, they tend not to reject the “guarding the treasure” part. They reject the the “Guardian of the Divine” and the “Ruler of all creatures” parts. Essentially, what they reject is “ruler of yourown realm.” When you consider the profound power of ruling your own realm, and having that realm be as immense as it is, it is actually no wonder that Griffin people reject Griffin. They are attempting to reject Griffin’s power—their own power. It is like when Spider was my shadow animal because I was rejecting its power of “weaving your own reality.” Subconsciously, that felt like too great a power, too great a responsibility. With such a power—just like Griffin’s power—you have no more excuses. If Griffin is you spirit animal, ask yourself what part of yourself you are rejecting. What are you afraid of within yourself? How is cutting off your power cutting you off from your true Self?