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Animal Symbolism Handout

Article by Justine Melton

Hello Friends. Below you will find a basic animal symbolism sheet that I like to give to both clients and Reiki students. When you start to enter the Reiki world you may find that the universe starts to communicate with you in a variety of new ways. One of the most routine ways is through animal symbols.

The sheet I am sharing with you is very popular in my own group and I hope that you find it useful for your practice. It is a very basic info sheet that allows the reader to get a quick overview of animal symbolism meanings. If they notice one animal calling out to them they can then research that one particular animal further. I hand it out in Reiki 1 or to any client who shows an interest in signs/symbols from the Universe.

Reiki 1 Animal Symbols From The Universe:

♦ Bees: Time to get busy so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
♦ Dove: Love, messages from above, peace
♦ Dog: Loyality, unconditional love
♦ Raven: Synchronicity, magic
♦ Cat: Set healthy boundaries, get back up and live life after a set back
♦ Butterfly: Beauty

Animal Symbolism Handout For Reiki Class

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♦ Dragonfly: Transition
♦ Bear: Time to embrace personal power, courage
♦ Owl: Warns of deception, ability to see the truth of any situation
♦ Deer: tread lightly and take a gentle path
♦ Stag: pride, leadership
♦ Lion: protector, bravery
♦ Hawk: power of observation, lead others, visionary
♦ Elephant: steadfastness, mindfulness
♦ Fish: Fluid emotions
♦ Mermaid: feminine power, embracing your sexuality
♦ Horse: Inner strength, allowing help from others
♦ Eagle: Freedom, power, divine intervention, messages from above
♦ Spider: Creativity, use your creative powers
♦ Worm: No backbone
♦ Wolf: Can warn you of someone trying to deceive you (acting sly), sharp instincts
♦ Humming Bird: Strength and grace, making the most out of nothing, joy
♦ Snake: Sheading illusions and limitation
♦ Whale: being in touch with your true reality, listening to your inner voice
♦ Cow: Abundance
♦ Frog: Transition

Sending you all love and light.

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Justine Melton
Justine Melton

Justine Melton is a Reiki Master/Teacher and an Intuitive Counselor. Reiki came into her life and changed it in amazing ways. It is her passion now to bring Reiki to others and help them to heal in a holistic way. Justine is lucky enough to be an Empath, Clairaudient, Clairsentient, and Clairvoyant. She is able to use these gifts with Reiki if asked to give extra messages during a session for the client’s highest good. You can follow Justine on her website SerenityOfTheMindAndSoul.com and on Facebook at Serenity of the Mind & Soul.

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  • Shubhangi M.Rane July 9, 2015, 5:50 am

    Thanks a lot Justine !!

  • Maria July 9, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Interesting! Now you got me wondering on something connected with symbolism: what exactly do skulls symbolize? When I was younger, I associated them with death and creepy things, but through the years, and after being attuned to Reiki, I find they symbolize changes and transformation. Is it a bad thing to wear them on us in the form of jewelry, for example? I’m a rare combination of a heavy metal fan and Reiki practitioner and tend to keep those two aspects of me separately.

    • Silvia January 10, 2018, 10:11 pm

      Maybe look into the Crystal Skulls of Atlantis, you might find a spiritual connection there

  • Meg July 9, 2015, 5:53 pm

    Interesting. I had a weasel run up to me today at work. Wasn’t afraid at all. Was odd. I wonder what weasel’s signify.

    Ps. I work outdoors :p

  • Marianne Nilsson July 9, 2015, 8:43 pm

    Thank you

  • S G ANAND July 10, 2015, 11:03 am

    what for lizard . ?

    • sonia April 1, 2016, 5:16 pm

      lizard in dreams shows that you are having tension. if for symbolism the message is stop fear and move fwd

  • trivia August 26, 2015, 9:31 pm

    trying to download the animal reiki chart and I am prompted to subscribe. (I already am a subscriber). It then realizes this, but I still can’t download the file!

    • trivia August 26, 2015, 9:33 pm

      no worries. the handout was sent to my email. that said the website still tried to inform me that I needed to register and never said a download link would be sent to my email.

  • V. Carlson August 27, 2015, 5:45 pm

    I’m attempting to download your Animal Symbolism Handout, but when I try, it brings up a pop-up which says “This chart is available to all our newsletter subscribers. Please subscribe below (it’s free):”. I am already subscribed, but went ahead and put in my email, and clicked “Get started here”. It just takes me to a page that tells me that I’m already subscribed, but doesn’t give me any links to download the chart. I had clicked the download link from the e-mail that I received as a subscriber, so that wasn’t helpful either.

  • Reiki Rays August 27, 2015, 10:40 pm


    Sorry for the confusion. Yes, the chart is sent in email, even though the page says you’re already subscribed and nothing else.

    We’ve just changed the behavior though, so subscribers can download directly now.

    Thank you!

  • Emily August 29, 2015, 1:35 pm

    I accidentally hit and killed a baby deer on the highway the other night. I see that deer symbolize to tread lightly and take a gentle path. Wondering how all this applies.

  • Rachel Burkhardt March 18, 2016, 5:22 pm

    This is timely for me as i have been receiving Brother Bear in my dreams and he/she is being associated with a person i know. I have made arrangements to see my old friend but do not yet know what this is all about. Since making the arrangements i have had no dreams for a few weeks now but we will not be getting together for another 7 weeks. I can hardly wait to see what aspires.

  • Samsara Shanti July 12, 2017, 7:27 pm

    thanks like it

  • Justine January 8, 2018, 12:16 am

    Thank you all for your kind words. If you are wondering about a specific animal simply google it and see what different things are said. Which ever one speaks to you is the message that is meant for you! 😀💕 -Justine

  • Rosa Ventura December 20, 2019, 11:41 pm

    Thank you for your input on animal symbolism. I have seen a Fox out east in Suffolk County N.Y., I will not say where, someone is keeping it as a pet and got away for a while. It was beautiful. It was looking right at me, and afraid it got away. I am asking what is the symbolism of a fox?

  • Kylie July 18, 2020, 1:11 am

    This is so helpful! I have had animals come up in Reiki sessions, and you are the first person to ever give that animal link for me. I use Oracle cards as well in my own personal practice, so I often looked back at my Spirit Animal decks for more insight there. I love this quick chart.

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