Today we are going to talk about the Fox as an animal spirit guide. There are twenty one different kinds of foxes that can be found worldwide. Foxes have long been associated with night and have a long history of cunning and magic attached. The Cherokees help to prevent frostbite by invoking fox medicine. The Hopi holy men wear fox skins in their rites. The Choctaw saw the fox as the family unity protector. The Apaches believe that the fox stole fire for humans. In Persia, the fox helps the dead get to heaven. In Egypt, the fox brings favor from the Gods.
The coat of foxes provides them with excellent camouflage. We can learn how to blend into our surroundings, move about silently, go unnoticed and not reveal our intentions from their fur. You can practice this next time you’re in public. Picture yourself blending into the surroundings like the fox blends into his/hers. Practice leaving and entering rooms in stealth mode. You will realize, quickly, that you can do it. Someone from “history” that used fox magic to unnoticed was Merlin. He was famous for slipping in and out of places without a single soul seeing him.
Another aspect of the fox’s fur to consider is how humans see our own hair. When we want big changes, we cut off or change the color of our hair. Some say they carry their power in their hair…i.e. Samson or some Rastafarian people. A fox can puff his fur up and look bigger. People can do that with their hair as well.
Now let’s look at some fox facts. Foxes dislike getting wet but are great swimmers. In the winter, tufts of fur grow between the pads on their feet to help keep their feet warm and give them better traction. Foxes have legs made for running. They love to trot. They can trot for great distances without even getting winded. When the fox runs, it runs on it’s toes. Cats do that too. The fox can run up trees if necessary. A grey fox can run up a tree just like a cat can. Foxes are known for their innate sense of hearing. They have incredible radar-like senses. The fox also has excellent vision. Their eyes are just like a cat’s eye. They have an incredibly keen sense of smell. They actually become sexually aroused from their sense of smell. Foxes are monogamous. They live alone five months out of the year. The females search for a den during this time. They will return to the same den year after year if possible. They are quite territorial. The fox has a very small appetite. Farmers have long accused foxes of killing chickens. The only fox that does this is old, sick or unable to hunt prey. When a fox is hunting, it will perform acts. It will roll and jump and get it’s prey’s attention. Then it will pounce on the prey at just the right time.
The most common fox on North America is the red fox. Just because the fox is named the red fox does not mean that they are all red heads. Some have brown, black, or silver fur. They are still red foxes. The red fox is associated with freeing the creative life force flowing in each of us.
If the fox is around you, or if your guide is the fox, some of the wisdom the fox is trying to teach you includes:
- Observational Skills
- Feminine Courage
- Ability to observe without being seen
All of these traits can help you greatly in your life if you are being led by the fox. Foxes are sweet animals who I have always found fascinating and funny. Do you have any fox stories to share?