Giving Your Animal Guide A Name and Spirit Names

Spirit Animals

So you’ve spent a long time searching for your animal guide, and now you have found one on a totem. Where do you go from here? Well, you can spend time meditating and building your relationship with your guide, but how do you identify with it? The first step is usually to give it a name. Sounds relatively easy, but is it? Sometimes it can take a lot of effort to find that right name for your animal guide, almost as much as finding your guide in the first place

Some people have that knack for names, usually the first name that pops into their head and are happy with that choice. But remember you are building a lifetime relationship with your guide. You want that name to be unique to your guide and you. You don’t want to change your guides name a dozen times; it may actually confuse your guide and cause problems with your relationship. Would you give your dog several different names? A dog will respond to one name, one that he or she identifies with. If you call your dog different names it will confuse them and frustrate you. I think you get the idea.

Visions of Light

Most names come to you from the visions and meditations you undertake when you are finding your guide; sometimes when you call out to them. Other times the name comes from actual contact with your spirit guide, such as the colour and the texture of the fur, feathers or skin. It could come the way they reacted to you when they appeared to you, such as howling, running, flying, roaring, etc. An example could be “White Snow Wolf”, “Crouching Tiger”, “Big Running Bear” or a simple one word name, such as “Makota”, “Bluewolf”, or “Lonewolf”. I will tell you a short story about the way I found mine.

I was introduced to my animal guide in one of my visions as a young Indian boy.

I was growing up and coming of age. We always had wolves around our camp and I remember one incident when I was very young. I was always getting into things I shouldn’t have. One time I got too close to the campfire and was going to stick my hand in it. Then out of nowhere this young wolf, about a year old, grabbed my arm in its mouth and pulled it away from the fire putting his own life at risk to save me. The elders of the tribe saw this. They were astonished and amazed at the act of bravery this wolf had done. After witnessing this, the elders came up to me and the young wolf and told my parents what the wolf had done. They told them that this wolf “Is the one” to be paired up with me as my guide and companion. The elders named the wolf “Lakota”. He was beautiful with all black fur, gold eyes and was very big and strong for his age. We became inseparable, with many adventures ahead of us.

Wolfpack

This is how I got the name for my wolf guide, in one of the many visions I had. So when I had my first contact with my animal guide, which in this case was the wolf, I saw that same black wolf with the gold eyes staring at me. I called out “Is that you Lakota?” He came over to me because he recognized the name and sat down by my side. I gave him a big hug and I realized it was him I’d seen in my visions. And we have been building on this relationship ever since. You may not have had the same experience I did, but it can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for you to find that right name for your guide.

As for a spirit names for yourself, since we are on the subject of names; it can be the same name as your animal guide or completely different. The process is the same as it was for your animal guide.  Most of us are not of Native American blood so to speak, so we weren’t given a spiritual name. Your spiritual name can come from your guide, something you are or do, or from your meditations and visions.  I received my spiritual name from one of my visions and I will share with you here.

Once again, as a very young Indian boy, I remember life in my tribe when I was growing up. I used to play with the other children, but I had a tendency to wander off on my own. I just wanted to explore the world around me. I would wander off for hours at a time and my parents would start to worry and end up sending out some of the other members of the tribe to look for me. When I was found they would bring me back and I would get scolded and punished for running off. Remember, it is dangerous to be wandering off on your own, especially for a young boy by himself! The tribal elders conferred with my parents and decided to give me the name Little Grey Lonewolf“. And that’s how I earned my spirit name in real life. As time went on and I got older, I dropped the “Little” from the name and eventually dropped the “Grey” from the name as well. I now use my real first name Ken” so it has become “Ken Lonewolf”.

Animal Spirit Guide

Some of my friends just call me “Lonewolf“. Even in real life I had the same tendencies as the young Indian boy. I love to explore and seek new things. That does not mean I am a loner as the name would suggest. It actually means freedom, the ability to strike out on your own, but not forget the qualities gifted by the wolf spirit; those such as love and family and the togetherness of community.

Enjoy naming your animal guide and even yourself. Just remember, you have to live with the names you choose. Do not worry about other people’s thoughts about the names you chose, they’re not you!

Blessings on your journey and may it be rewarding and fulfilling.

Thank you Wolf Brothers,

Ken Lonewolf

Image source: Spirit Animals, Visions of Light, Wolfpack, Animal Spirit Guide

Comments

  1. Hi,my name is christo im 14 years old .My main guide is a raven ,in the beginnig i thaught i dindn’t know my guardians but i realised that since im a libra my animal is the raven but i thought about it deplie and i remmemberd that i was often dreamming of this animal ans will going to school seing a raven .in the beginning i thaught ok its a conincidence but this week a raven in particular came close to my and opened his mouth and the sound that came out sounded like Noushka so thats how i decided to call my spirit.i dont know if im crazy or anything but yeah please aswer back as soon as possible. sincerly christo.

    • Hello Christo

      Thank you for your comment and welcome to TimberwolfHQ. In response to your question, there are many ways to discover your animal totem/spirit guide. One is meditation, another is through events that occur around us. I have always felt an affinity for wolves, then after doing research on spirit animals, I found that Wolf was in fact one of my guides. Your experience is not unusual and it is quite possible that Raven is one of your guides as well.

      Please let me know if there is another question that I or my readers are able to answer for you.

      Timberwolf

      • Christo says:

        Actualy yes,yesterday I had a dream that when i was going to shcool I walked threw thé door and found myself in a sort of paradise and there was black Tiger with White stipes and it had wings like an angel. Was does this ,thank u in advance. Christo

        • Christo says:

          What does this mean*

        • Hi Christo

          We all have more than one Animal Spirit Guide throughout our life. The fact that you have encountered more than Wolf is not unusual. You will however have only one Totem Animal guide and this one will stay with you always.

          Timberwolf

  2. um i am a 19 year old boy and i started to learn about shamanism like a year ago. I am very moved by the fact that i might have a spiritual animal that has been there all my life and maby he can tell me the things my mind blocked, i have no memories of my childhood nether from 6 grade to kindergarten is like i died and was remake it sounds weird but still there are answers i need and maby my spirit animal can help me but for that i need to now whats my spiritual animal and that i dont know. Could you enlighten me with information to encounter my spirit animal pleas and thank you sincerely Nova.

  3. Hello, my name is Ulric. I have known for a long time now that my main guide is the wolf, but recently it seems there is more than one. It is hard to say if there are two or more wolves following me throughout my days. Is this unusual? or for that matter, likely? I’ve been trying for quite awhile now to communicate more clearly with my guide(s) to better understand their intent but have been had a hard time. Perhaps someone could shed some light on this.
    Much thanks,
    Ulric

  4. Hi =3
    Am not really sure if this site is still up and running, but i guess you could say i have a question and is seeking advice. When I was about fifteenish I kept having dreams about wolves and running with them, one particular one had spoken to me and told me he was my guardian, and his name Kurai or something like it.
    It had been years since that day that i keep wondering if it was all my imagination, or if he really was my ‘guardian’ per se. I keep wondering if possible how to reach him-though on certain occasions this year when i needed help in dreams and called his name he would come-but not always as a wolf. Any advice about this? am now 22 so ya.. kinda a weird request.
    Thanks again, and I’v read what you said, and it is enspiring, that’s why i decided to post here hoping to get feed back. Thanks again.

    • Night Strike says:

      Hi Kira. If you still need help, I can help you with this kind of thing. So far what I’ve read in a few comments aren’t true and I find it to be an insult to my religious beliefs. With that said, I’ll do what I can to help you out. It can get extremely confusing sometimes. It took me 4 or 5 years before things made since. XD

  5. Ken Lonewolf says:

    Greetings Valeria and welcome to Timberwolf HQ!
    Sometimes I feel like I just exited out of a time warp, I see you posted on July 29 and I just received the email notification today October 7. My apology for responding so late.
    It is very possible your Zodiac sign is a connection to your wolf spirit since it is the wolf. The feeling of this connection is your spirit guide drawing you in, don’t rush it, give it time to develop. Most people won’t speak to their guide right away until they can clearly see it. The ones who yell and scream are the ones who don’t know what they are feeling and are afraid and scared of their encounter, usually the first time around. Take your time with it and speak to it when you feel the time is right. If you need some help with working with your guide, please ask any questions you have and read Timber’s article http://timberwolfhq.com/discover-your-animal-totem/ I hope it won’t take that long to get back to you!
    Blessings,
    Ken Lonewolf

  6. Valeria says:

    Hello, I don’t really know how to explain this. I meditated on my spirit guide once and I think it’s a wolf. I didn’t speak to her but I feel this strong connection. Just today I learned the my zodiac sign is also a wolf (I’m a Pisces).
    Is it weird to feel a strong connection without having spoken to my spirit guide? I don’t know.. I feel like it’s true but I also feel like I might just be jumping into it a little quickly.

    Thank you,
    Valeria

    • Night Strike says:

      No worries Valeria. Mine is mute. Yours might be too. It’s totally normal to feel a strong connection. If it really is a spirit guide then it’s been with you since birth and most likely even before. If being mute is the case, as time goes by you might get her to talk to you by thought in both normal life AND meditation. It’s a bit tricky to tell if they’re your thoughts or hers but you’ll figure it out over time. :)

  7. Holly Jo Armstrong ~DreamWeaver~ says:

    Sarah,

    It is fine. I understand. It is very difficult when one has a question and then to not get an answer. Just know that we are all here to help each other and that at times we are also busy.

    I know that you will find your animal totem. Have faith and patience. Sometimes it takes people a little longer in finding their answers and others it happens quickly. Meditation are the best way to get to the place you need to be.

    Blessings and best of luck. Do not hesitate to ask more questions if you need further help!

    ~DreamWeaver~

  8. sorry i came off very mean and rude for that i am truly sorry.

  9. Ken Lonewolf says:

    Greetings Sarah,
    Please forgive us for the long delay in responding to your question. Timberwolf and I have been very busy as of late, keeping up with work and family, hasn’t given me the time to respond in a timely manner. I just noticed my email today (7-17-12) and my good friend Holly Jo’s response. Normally I receive email notifications if a comment was posted, but for some odd reason never got yours. Please accept our apology for the delay.
    As far as your question, Holly Jo answered it for you (Thank you Holly!) . I am in full agreement that you do not have to have Native blood to see your animal guide, nor are there age limits. A young lad found his at an early age in one of our other postings Wolf Spirit. You can browse through the comments there. I feel you are having trouble meditating and clearing your mind to open yourself up to see your guide whatever it may be. What I am referring to is that your guide may be a wolf, a bird, dog, cat, or any other animal. You and only you can find out what it is. Work on your meditation technique and read this post to help you http://timberwolfhq.com/discover-your-animal-totem/ it will give you tips to find your guide.You can also follow up with http://timberwolfhq.com/animals-spirit-power-totem/ to find out about the various animal totems and what they represent.
    Again my personal apology for not responding.
    Good luck in your quest to find your guide, and my the Great Spirit guide you.
    Blessings to you and all who read Timberolf HQ,
    Ken Lonewolf

  10. Holly Jo Armstrong says:

    Sarah,

    I response to your question dated 5/21/12. You do not have to have Native blood to find your guide, nor is there an age limit. It is sometimes difficult for people to actually meet their guides because they are not meditating or because sometimes there is fear in meeting them. What is felt in the heart and what you feel with your soul is the answer to if it is all in your head or not. Know that we are a community and if there is anything that I can do to help you or ease your mind, please let me know and I will do my best. :)

    Please know that Timber Wolf has been extremely busy and when he has the time, he will get you answered.

    Namaste
    Holly Jo
    ~DreamWeaver~

  11. this is rediculaus my first question was in MAY on the 21 i posted the same question 2 times and still haven’t gotten 1 answer

    • Ken Lonewolf says:

      Greetings Sarah,
      Please forgive us for the long delay in responding to your question. Timberwolf and I have been very busy as of late, keeping up with work and family, hasn’t given me the time to respond in a timely manner. I just noticed my email today (7-17-12) and my good friend Holly Jo’s response. Normally I receive email notifications if a comment was posted, but for some odd reason never got yours. Please accept our apology for the delay.
      As far as your question, Holly Jo answered it for you (Thank you Holly!) . I am in full agreement that you do not have to have Native blood to see your animal guide, nor are there age limits. A young lad found his at an early age in one of our other postings Wolf Spirit. You can browse through the comments there. I feel you are having trouble meditating and clearing your mind to open yourself up to see your guide whatever it may be. What I am referring to is that your guide may be a wolf, a bird, dog, cat, or any other animal. You and only you can find out what it is. Work on your meditation technique and read this post to help you http://timberwolfhq.com/discover-your-animal-totem/ it will give you tips to find your guide.You can also follow up with http://timberwolfhq.com/animals-spirit-power-totem/ to find out about the various animal totems and what they represent.
      Again my personal apology for not responding.
      Good luck in your quest to find your guide, and my the Great Spirit guide you.
      Blessings to you and all who read Timberolf HQ,
      Ken Lonewolf

  12. hi guys i think i have a problem is there a certain age you have to be to contact your spirit guide because i kinda feel like i am making this all up in my head but i dont want to be i want this to be real please reply.
    -Sarah
    P.S i have no native American blood in me is that why i am having a hard time????

  13. hi guys i think i have a problem is there a certain age you have to be to contact your spirit guide because i kinda feel like i am making this all up in my head but i dont want to be i want this to be real please reply.
    -Sarah
    P.S i have no native American blood in me is that why i am having a hard time????

  14. Hello,

    Is it possible you may never find the name of your spirit guide? I have had a spirit guide for many years and can never quite get the name. We can still cominucate but it never comes to the requirement of calling it by name. He is just always there, it’s like turning to a friend beside you to ask a question or for help.

    • Hi Alex

      It is possible that you may not know the name of your guide. It is a matter for the guide themselves to divulge their name to you. Sometimes that is irrelevant to why they have come to you and so the guide finds it unnecessary. Meditation and patience are the only prescription that will assist with this matter. However, don’t try to force the issue, you may loose the confidence of your guide altogether.

      Timberwolf

      • Night Strike says:

        Exactly! You don’t give them a name because they already have a name. Its your job to discover it. Its kind of like a test. :)

  15. Ken Lonewolf says:

    Hi Kealani and welcome to Timberwolf HQ!
    Are you a lunatic? Hardly! That feeling comes from not understanding what is happening to you and talking to people who do not know or understand what you are talking about. It is perfectly normal to feel this because it is new to you, but you will overcome this fear of not understanding what is happening to you.

    Give yourself some time to work with your guide, meditate and speak to it. It will listen to you. Gaze into it’s eyes to make a connection with it. You can see their inner soul. Once you become comfortable with it you can go on adventures and it will become your companion and guide. It is a special gift to have this happen to you.

    Can God and your inner animal work together? Absolutely yes! God created all the animals of the Earth and man was destined to be tied to them. There is nothing wrong with using animals in a positive and respectful manner. Man was meant to coexist with all of God’s creations. It is one of the Native American 10 commandments to treat Mother Earth and all of creation with the utmost respect.

    Take the Chinese monks of thousands of years ago, they studied the behavior and the movement of many animals to develop the many styles of Kung Fu that we know today. Each animal has their own qualities. The wolf has the qualities of being a tight family. Each wolf has an important role in the pack. The wolf is a teacher, being able to show and teach things to others around them. The wolf is a pathfinder, being able to try new things and to guide the pack. The wolf is a protector, keeping the pack out of harm’s way, he will do whatever is necessary to protect them. If you feel these qualities in you, you most likely have the wolf as your guide.

    Growth does come from acceptance of all forms of life and the knowing of the valuable lessons they can teach us. It is our own ignorance that we fail to see what our Creator has given us to use. Use them wisely though, and do not mistreat them for what we have gained can be easily lost.

    I truly hope you and Chazen will be spiritually bound together and you may enjoy the relationship you have created together. And enjoy your journey together.

    Blessings to all of you,
    Ken Lonewolf

  16. I love your article and the stories that you put into it…I’m kind of new at this and I all of a sudden had doubts about him last night and it has been bugging me. I don’t know if it is my crazy imagination or what. Then I discovered this site.
    The wolf that appears to me in my mind wonderings is called Chazen. His fur is as white as snow and he has brown eyes(i’m pretty sure of it). I have went on adventures with him and have daydreamed about me and Chazen fulfilling tasks that God gave us. And I’m sorry if I sound like a complete lunatic. And is this normal?! I have always loved wolves but it wasn’t until I was discovering more about myself that I discovered that it was the only animal that I truly loved. I often imagine myself running through the woods with Chazen and my pack.
    And can God and the inner animal work together??? And today I ran into this quote, “Growth comes through acceptance of all forms of life and the acknowledgement of the lessons they can teach.” I have ran into it before and it feels like the first time I ran into it and when I ran into it today are connected.
    Help me please.

  17. My guides named ME, in Algonquin its very long but in English it means Frozenwolf. Took me a year after starring at myself in lakes in wolf form while thinking why I was named that. The reasoning why was amazing. Too long and detailed here but it made sense about my personality, traits and challenges and morals in my life. I have seen all my totems human looking forms as well. Including recently the main family totem of a Canadian grey wolf. His form was very ancient looking but wise, as like a chef.

  18. Arthur Stock says:

    Introduction into the life of the Owl. A guardian warrior by birth descended down from all great inhabitants of this world and the next.
    Viewing myself from outside the line of sight seen from my eyes, trapped underwater beneath the firm grip of a log I had tried using for safe crossing over the swift streams current which now gives me this outsiders view of my young boyish self no older than four years of age.

    On a job sight as my father welded on a bridge near by, mother sitting comfortably in a beach chair beneath the sun as she read a book, I wondered adventurously. My guardian, a wolf dog given to me at birth now the same age as myself, crossing the stream she uses a log as her crossing. Following close behind I was sure to meet her on the other side.

    That was my intention before feeling the slippery moss gave way under my feet. Happening to fall off on the upstream side of the log I was swiftly pinned between sand and tree… I remember the water being so clear, though not able to set myself free I imagined my dog and how I wasn’t there in our discovery of what lay across the stream. Time passes slowly when faced with reality, suddenly with perfect clarity of an outsiders view I seen exactly what was needed to free this child. Whether I became assended from within or momentarily viewed life through the eyes of a wolf, I was aware that all was needed was to push away enough rock, sand and gravel from beneath me allowing the force of water to guide me through to the other side where I’d be free from the log which kept me fastly pinned to the depths of the stream bed. Upon doing this, little Arthur Stock Jr. rose from the bank on which he came only now sopping wet and walking calmly to his mother, all the while as I viewed this from the other side of the stream.

    • Namaste Arthur

      Welcome to Timberwolf HQ. I would like to thank you for the powerful words of your comment. I felt the chill of the water and the goose bumps on my arms as the young Arthur Stock Jr walked out of the water to his mother.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Timberwolf

    • Ken Lonewolf says:

      Namaste Arthur,

      I myself have experienced the seeing of myself from the outside as seen through the eyes of the wolf. It has kept me out of dangerous situations because I saw it from a different perspective and was able to make the decisions to avoid it. I have also been visited by other animal guides as well depending on the situation. You are truly blessed to experience this and would love to hear more of your visions.

      Thank you for sharing,

      Ken Lonewolf

  19. I thought that Silverfawn would be a good name for my spirit guide but i was wrong, i know now that Aruna is the right name. Aruna means Dawn in Cheyenne Indian, so it works out perfectly, in a way me and my Spirit guide has the same name.

  20. Ken Lonewolf says:

    Namaste Caroline,
    Give yourself some time for the name, you have already taken a huge step finding your animal totem. Take some time to develop your relationship with your guide, learn about it’s character and traits and how it relates to you. Meditate and place yourself with it in a quiet place, speak to it, look into it’s eyes, you will be surprised at what you can learn from it. The name may just appear from nowhere, capture it and it may be what you are seeking. Patience is the key, just let it happen on it’s own.
    Keep us posted on your progress, and blessings to you,
    Ken Lonewolf

  21. Caroline Paris says:

    After reading this I have discovered what I always felt to be true. The horse is my animal guide. I have always felt a kindred spirit with horses , especially the wild mustang for its’ unfathomable courage and unbreakable spirit. I am not in depth enough yet with my spirituality to name my spirit guide. I believe I have found the friends with which I may learn to search my soul for the answers that I seek.

    Thank you Lonewolf for yet another wonderful article. Truly it appears to be written from the depths of your soul…

    Caroline~

    • Namaste Caroline

      Thank you for your comment. It is wonderful to see so much interaction going on here at Timberwolf HQ these days. I too am pleased that you have located your animal guide. While I think that patience is necessary to understand your guide and its message and lessons for you. However, meditation can afford you a closer link to your guide and it can even speed up the process of name discovery. The article: Discovering Your Animal Totem has an amazing meditation that has helped many people to not only meet, but be introduced to their animal guide by name. As to your own spirit name, that will come with time. Have patience – a-ye-ga-li a-ga-ti-yv

      Timberwolf

  22. Angelo D'Angelo says:

    This article was very inspirational, helped me to learn the ways of my native american brothers, I hope Lonewolf, continues to enlighten us in his verses, and teaches us of the true american way! Wishing you much success in your endeavors, sincerly, Silver Wolf

  23. Holly Jo Armstrong says:

    Ken Lonewolf,

    That was absolutely beautiful! I have had 2 different guides come to me during one of my meditations,although I believe that I do have a 3rd one and have only seen it once. However, I believe that my first guide is my strongest and the one that is around me most often. My 2nd guide is there when I need him and most generally he pops in and out of my day as the time comes appropriate for his presence! My first guide is Wolf….although I am still trying to figure out if my guide is male or female, I believe it to be female (maybe I am just guessing on this, but I have not been told that I was wrong yet!) I have a name that sticks with me and as a dog breeder, I even named one of my dogs the name. It is Tala….which means “Stalking Wolf” in Native American, but not sure which tribe. Until I am certain if my guide is male or female, I will not give it a name, I would so hate to name my guide a girl name, if it was actually a male! My 2nd guide is a Bear and is a male. I have named him “Standing Bear”, as every time I have seen him, he is standing on his hind legs.

    I absolutely love this and Thank you so much for sharing with us! As many of us are just learning how to contact our guides!

    Timber Wolf, I do believe you have another great Article writer on your hands!

    Blessings to both of you, as jobs well done!

    Holly Jo

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