Gifts: Bold and direct communication. Showing your true colors. Finding the right environment.
Challenges: Being too blunt. Lacking tact. Standing out because you haven’t found the right environment.
With Toucan as your spirit animal, you are probably as colorful and outspoken as it is! What beauty Toucan brings to the world. Its colors, its song, its graceful flight—this is a straightforward beauty that is clear and easy for people to understand.
You bring a clear and straightforward beauty to the world that people can understand. This is a unique and powerful gift, as so often beauty is couched in difficulty, complexity, or drama. Toucan is out in the light, clear as day.
In the wild, Toucan’s colors actually fit in with the bright colors of its environment: the myriad greens of the rainforest, the popping reds, yellows, and blues of the other birds. In a world of increased urbanization, Toucan sticks out more than it would in the rainforest.
The message for you is to allow yourself to be bold and outspoken and to surround yourself with a community where you fit in.You’re not necessarily looking for other Toucan people. Not everyone around you has to be bright and bold. In fact, you wouldn’t stand out as much if everyone around you were commanding the same attention as you. Remember, it’s okay to acknowledge that you want and need attention. There is nothing wrong with it. And, with Toucan as your spirit animal, it’s an absolute requirement.
Toucan teaches you to be bold not only with your presence and your appearance, but also in your communication. We are taught to be so polite in our communication that fear of being rude can make you freeze up and contract to the point of being unable to communicate effectively at all. It’s like trying to bleach out Toucan’s bright colors. Maybe if you were more pastel you’d be less abrasive.
Yes, being abrasive is a risk for Toucan people. But often it’s not that you are actually being rude. It’s that people just aren’t used to someone being so direct and blunt. That is a huge gift from Toucan: to be bold and direct. It takes courage to be direct when so much of our communication today is watered-down hints and platitudes. Toucan won’t actually tolerate you biting your tongue. It’ll bite it for you just to get you to speak up!
With spirit animal Toucan, you have the gift of powerful and effective communication skills. You can deliver a message—especially through words—to a wide audience. I’m not going to tell you to practice more tact or choose your words carefully. While tact is a challenge for Toucan, it is not a Toucan strategy for effective communication. Fox uses the language of the listener to induce understanding in the listener. Not so for Toucan. Toucan tells it like it sees it. The gift for you is saying exactly what you mean. If that’s difficult for some people to accept, so be it. That’s the Toucan way.