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.
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.
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”.
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,