Animal Spirit Guide – Fox

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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:

  • Shapeshifting
  • Cleverness
  • Observational Skills
  • Cunning
  • Speed
  • Stealth
  • Invisibility
  • Feminine Courage
  • Ability to observe without being seen
  • Persistence
  • Camouflage
  • Gentleness

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?

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Lisa May 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

This is awesome. Thank you, Elizabeth! 🙂


Elizabeth May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Most welcome and thank YOU for the inspiration!


Fernando July 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I’am in the process of a higher level of consciousness, this spirit helps me to find the answers that i have been looking for all my life,thanks spirits and thanks to you for sharing knowledge……Kick start the golden generator ;).


Elizabeth August 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks Fernando !!! Keep moving forward!


Chase August 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Okay so the other day I came out of the woods and walked up this small hill and no more then two feet away from me was a fox and I instantly felt this strange connection and we sat there making eye contact for thirty seconds I began to walk away and it followed! It followed me all the way to the edge of the field then we looked at each other and he left…. What does this mean?


Elizabeth August 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

What did you feel from the fox ? What feeling did you have when it left ? Start there 🙂


Ryan August 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Well how can I talk or ask a nine tailed fox something. I have heard that you need to to have red and orange candiles on a full moon is that the way to do that or what?


Elizabeth August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

It’s like when we pray or ask for guidance of any kind. I, personally, get guidance from my own thoughts, things around me, conversations, things I read, etc. etc. Ask and keep your eyes and ears open.


Ryan September 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Thanks for the help is there anything I can look up on nine tailed fox


Elizabeth September 9, 2012 at 6:23 am

For now I say Google. I will see what I can come up with and write a blog if I find enough Ryan. Thanks.


Ryan September 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm


Jo August 22, 2012 at 10:53 am

I’ve been trying to meditate and I can’t seem to quite my mind (I’m new at this). Anyways,
I was sitting in my livingroom when for some unknown reason I looked out my sliding glass door to my back yard. I watched a fox walk from the brushy area and then to the side of my house. I went outside and the fox just stopped and stared at me. He wasn’t frightened and I felt a sence of calm come over me. He then left. I have been to war and still everyday it feels like a battle to protect those who can’t protect themselves. I seek peace and I think this is a step in the right direction.


Elizabeth August 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Try Abraham-Hicks Vortex Meditation CD set. It’s guided / active meditation. I’m glad you shared that time with that fox!


Kayzifox October 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I ‘ve been friends with a fox for 5 years since he was a baby. We knew his daddy, who was a master of invisibility and would walk nonchalantly in front of us and then disappear without interaction. This fox is very friendly but shy, we tend to meet up with him at dusk, when nobody else around and he is very playful. He likes to chase me, then I stop, turn around and chase him, he runs and jumps, it is beautiful to see. over the past 2 years he hasn’t been so well so we have given him medicine in food. Now he has a lovely coat and his furry tail is back to normal. Every sprung/summer we have met his cubs, he brings them to see us, sometimes he leaves them with us whilst he goes for a patrol. we have also met the pregnant vixen, who is very elusive. We are very privileged to have made this connection. They are amazing parents, very tolerant. I have learnt a lot from them.


Elizabeth October 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love this story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. You’re very blessed to have fox friends!


Mikah Shipman November 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

A few years ago my mother and i had just gotten home from the grocery store and i went outside to eat my dinner because it felt nice and i just wanted to enjoy the outside weather and nature. Across the road i noticed there was a fox and it was probably 15 feet away from me sitting in a clearing and i looked over as i was going to grab a bite to eat and we just locked eyes for like 2 minutes and it was silent and very calming. I was excited because i had never been this close to a fox and after a few minutes of him being there, he just left and decided to trot off. That happened in 2008 and it was very strange but ever since then i have always associated my life with a fox like i have always associated with them. I have always been good with animals and my mother told me i should be a vet. Im 18 and a musician but i feel as if maybe the fox is my spirit animal or i have other animals such as the wolf along with the fox and maybe the owl. Im not sure but i just wanted to share my experience.


Elizabeth November 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

Mikah, what an incredible experience! Some people never even see a fox in real life. You’re blessed! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


Emma Fox Rodrigo November 19, 2012 at 3:47 am

Hey, my name is Emma. I love this article. Ive been watching foxes since I was made homeless by my father at 15, in the middle of the night sitting in a hedgerow to keep warm I spotted a fox. It caught my eye quickly and made my heart thump so hard I thought the fox could hear it. I realised I was unnoticed to the fox and watched it for half hour chasing a mouse. it made me giggle when it jumped so high like a startled cat and it caught me looking. our eyes locked his glowing like two moons. i have never sat so still before even holding my breath. he carried on chasing though he seemed more cautious never turning his back to me. i was sure he wasnt to camouflage anymore yet he slipped off into shadows without me noticing at all. ever since y heart lays with the fox. I walked in shadows and slipped out of school un noticed to sit with daytime foxes rolling in the sun. i left my lunch for them and climbed a tree to watch them eat it relaxed. i lived with my aunt for a while and she often had stealth visitors and she seems confused as to why i would sit outside until early hours. she took a photo with flash and caught a pic of a gorgeous vixen smelling where i had walked from the house. my nickname since is fox. i now have three children and provide everything i can for them and learnig new things just to teach to them. i am rather un sociable and still prefer to sit in hedgerows than go to the local pub. I spend my spare days in winter building dens and hides for them in this cold weather as farmers destroy any den on their land. ive never touched or hand fed a fox but im happy with just watching. if they ever approach me i will probably freeze and let them smell me and know i dont want to touch them. i am their pet. i wont hurt them or make them feel afraid. i treat our local foxes for fleas and worms and mange with honey sandwiches and draw the ones ive treated with the distinctive markings or scars. such an adaptable animal who can heal itself from incredible trauma. an animal that inspired me through my coldest nights and in going depression.


Elizabeth November 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

Emma … you have a very important job on the planet. I hope you know that.


Johnny November 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I recently switched my dog to a new food, so her stomach has been rather unpredictable. However, she is a super sweet girl and let’s me know when it’s eruption time. So, I took her out after doing only about 10 minutes of relaxation meditation with a singing bowl to quiet my mind and hopefully raise my vibration. When we got outside my apartment, I took her to the nearby lawn that we always go to. However, she seemed to not have to go anymore. Back inside, and another few minutes with the singing bowl. 10-15 minutes go by, there she is with her head on my lap so politely asking to go outside again. I sighed and took her out into the cold again. Now, this time she seemed bent on going for a walk the same way we had just gotten back from a walk on only 45-60 minutes prior. Normally I would have pulled her in the other direction and not allowed it, but I felt as though my energy body was aligned with my physical body, making it much easier to just go with the compassion I had for my dog’s bowel situation. She seemed much “sniffier” this time around though, as if she was heading for something in particular. As we crest the hill that my university’s football stadium is on, we turn and enter a very nice neighborhood that is only separated from my apartment complex by a small stretch of woods. As we are walking along the border in order to round back home, she is stopping to sniff every single piece of mulch it seems. Pretty soon I notice a sort of echo to my dog’s footsteps. We’d start, then it would start. We’d stop, then it would stop. This went on for about 3-4 stop/starts, until I turned around and there was a red fox no more than 8 feet away. So we continue the stop/start game for a few more turns, and each time I would turn around stare at him and crouch down holding out my hand. Every time it felt more and more calming and this deep connection I had with him was suddenly realized. Now, it starts getting “braver” and coming closer, no more than 4 feet away. Now it’s doing what my dog always does when it wants to play, the “downward dog”. They both put their chest to the ground, with front paws outstretched, and their butts in the air pouncing around. I would have tried to get closer to pet it, but I was nervous if they actually made contact. See, my dog is a 50/50 pitbull/boxer, and although she is the sweetest, most gentle, loving thing, she can get very protective of me. There are times she does the same thing with other dogs and begins to play, but sooner than later it sometimes turns into a dominance match. So, I turn straight around bend down and tie my dog up to the guard railing near the sidewalk. I turn around not 20 seconds later, all the while my dog is still stiff as a board staring right at it. I remember paying attention to that, as a ways of making sure it was still there when I turned around, but lo and behold as soon as I do it has vanished. It seriously had nowhere to go other than back into the loud crunchy leaves that gave it’s location away in the first place, or across a street that I would have seen it run across. So surreal, and so beautiful.


scott ealey December 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

My wife and I have recently lost our son before he was born at 26weeks. We are now looking to have his ashes put inside a stuffed animal and a fox showed up as an option. I noticed the hospital room we delivered him in had a fox on the room number also….coincidence?


Elizabeth December 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

There is no such thing as a coincidence. That is absolutely a message. By the way, Scott, some souls just need a little time in human form to learn / relearn / finish learning some type of soul lesson. Abortions, miscarriages, SIDs, early childhood death is very often exactly what that is about. The soul of your son thanks you for allowing him to pop in, learn it, and pop out. You two were strong enough to support his soul on that path. He’s waiting on y’all on the Otherside.


Anna December 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

After my divorce 2 years ago, i moved to a new place. Over the last year I have seen the same fox at numerous occasions, often walking through my garden. In the last few weeks his presence has increased, often when I walk home in the dark, I would think about him and out of nowhere he appears, mostly near my house. He would stare at me and not move. The strange thing is, that it never happens when my kids are with me, only when I am on my own. Do you think this fox is here to protect me? Last week I had some very upsetting news and I’ve seen the fox about three times, which is more than it has ever happend before. What do you think it could mean?
Thank you for your help.


Elizabeth December 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

Absolutely to protect / comfort you.


maria January 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

on wed this week i buried my beautiful mother who was a cunning crafty lady she was 86, and on thursday at 2pm i was looking out at the birds in my garden and a stray cat i have called oscar when a fox came up to the patio door and trotted round my garden which has no gates just fences all round, ,oscar just sat there my cat who was withme was in shock as now there was another animal in her garden the fox jumped up the fence and stood on the shed like a proud lion it was thrilling to watch. i hope i see him again, i hope this was my mothers doing


Elizabeth January 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

You know it was Maria!!!! 🙂 She always thought she was a foxy lady! 🙂


Ki March 21, 2013 at 7:18 am

I’m convinced the fox is my spirit animal, I feel a connection with it whenever I see images and I feel really attached to it, although I’ve never seen one as I live in the middle of the city, but I have aligning to meet one. Could this mean the t really is my spirit animal?


Elizabeth March 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

You said you’re convinced.


Travis April 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm

About a week ago i injured my back, and it was suggested to me by my uncle to start guided meditation to relieve the pain. I’m an atheist, so at first it seemed like a joke to me. The pain was persistent, so i decided to give it a go. I stumbled across a Spirit Animal video and decided to find mine out for myself. I felt this profound connection with my spirit animal, the Fox. Every trait of this animal coincided with me almost perfectly. It felt right that the fox was my spirit animal. Well tonight, my friends and i decided to go visit a haunted area on the other side of the county. On our way out, along a backwoods road, my friend ran over an animal. I got out to see what it was, and it turned out to be a fox, the EXACT one i had seen during my meditation. I don’t know what this means, if it is a bad sign or a good sign. I would really appreciate some feedback.


Elizabeth April 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

I think you’re being shown an Animal Totem. It’s a good thing. Meditation is NEVER a bad thing. For the record, you can be an atheist and still meditate.


iadara April 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Oddly enough, I have been recovering from pneumonia, and have not been well over the past month. I had to take the bus to work today (20 miles, 3 transfers) but after chasing the bus that I missed and crossing over to the other stop, spotted a fox leaping across the road.


Debbi May 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

The last year of my 15 year abusive marriage I was staying in the house but avoiding my husband. But every morning I would sit on my front porch after ex left for work & have my coffee and a beautiful small red fox would come into my front yard, sit & stare at me for 2-5 minutes each morning for an entire month. If my ex did not go to work that day the fox never appeared. Now in the house after my divorce a large brown fox with black legs comes into my backyard & “plays”. He runs around in circles then ends up on my back deck and stares in the door at me. This has been happening almost every two weeks like clockwork & always after just receiving bad news or right before I get bad news. I almost don’t wish to see her anymore. The last visit was 3 days before I received bad news of possible breast cancer and now no health insurance. Is this fox foretelling my death? I am part Cherokee and we’ve always believed a single fox that sits and stares at you foretells you of evil. A family of foxes brings good luck. Any thoughts?


Elizabeth June 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

I don’t believe they foretold death in the past. Why would they now? Heal yourself my friend.


Daljinder June 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Please could you help me find the meaning of this experience. I was asleep and got woken up by a fox who it seemed was calling me as i heard the noise about 02.30 am. I looked outside through the window and a fox looked up at me i looked at the fox and he carried on walking seemed like he woken me up to say something but when he saw me he stopped talking or howling ?


Elizabeth July 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

Wouldn’t you stop talking if you were spotted by a human at 2:30 AM ? 🙂


Ryan Rudy December 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

I am a security officer and the building I look after has outside tours. Well my first tour a fox runs past me and stops just ahead of me. I ignore it and continue my tour. So it continues to follow me and is even willing to get within touching distance. Eventually it starts playing with me like I’m a long lost friend. Kind of like a pet dog would. So, does this mean anything or was it just a good night for my new Fox friend?


Ryan Rudy December 29, 2013 at 7:18 am

Oh and just as I go inside it runs off. Well I get inside and feel something stare at me so I look through the window and the Fox is staring at me. It kind of looked like it was sad to see me go. Unusual don’t you think?


Elizabeth January 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

That is quite unusual! I think you may want to consider the Fox at least a teaching guide!


jason smith January 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

was driving to work when a silver or grey fox ran across the road in front of my work van and whilst it crossed it looked into the
headlights and carried on running.


Kristin February 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm

For the past 6 months I’ve been seeing things. Weather it’s a fox or Wolf I’m unsure. Logically in Indiana there are no wolves plus I am leaning more to It’s a fox. (Feeling in side me). It’s an obvious silver and sometimes even seems to glow when I catch a glimpse of him. He never comes close until recently. I seen it run through my line of vision at unreal speed. He always does this. I’m not even sure if it’s real. It’s never stopped In My vision always running through it. I always seen him in the dark. Never during the day. Fear is what I feel when I see him but also an interest like I’ll be protected. The fear comes from not knowing. He’s low to the ground , tail straight behind him ears layed back. He’s Almost a blur. Last summer I found some red cubs in a drain pipe. I recorded and sat for awhile. Their eyes and ears on me. Felt like they were drilling into me with their eyes. Ever since then that’s when I’ve been seeing the “silver fox”
I am left confused and wondering. Any ideas/ advice?
The more I see him the more my anxiety goes up and have attacks in the night to the point I can’t sleep anymore at night


Jay April 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Ok, I have always been a dog owner & love all canines. A few weeks ago I was walking my dog & almost got hit by a car that ran a STOP sign.

A few days later after a heated debate with my chiropractor about cars & nature & Earth I say “I get upset when I see a dead skunk in the road let alone anything, slow down” on my way home, right near where I was almost struck, a beautiful Fox was dead, hit by a car. I was on my way to another appointment and after a lot of sadness, I came home, got the fox & buried him in my yard. Digging the hole, after the chiropractor was a drag, as was the whole ordeal.

Then, 2 days later, I am standing where I was almost hit & a few hundred feet from where the fox was killed & a jerk in a car runs the STOP sign at like 45 mph. He then turned into a driveway & when he got out of the car, I looked him over good.

This kind of jerk killed the Fox & my anger welled up like a Thermonuclear weapon.

A few days later I was considering vengeance for the fox & thoughts were turning to black, blue & red (extreme violence), I looked out the window & for the first time in 30 years, there was a fox in my front yard. First I thought it was looking for its mate and I cried & grief had me doubled over.

Then I thought it was there to thank me for a dignified burial for its friend, now I do not know what to think other than do not hurt anyone, it will not help change attitudes or help the earth. I never considered hurting him would help, ANGER was still stuck in my mind.

At any rate, I have made the decision to drop healing tao practices & switch to Anodea Judiths Yoga system. In Taoism I learned all kinds of “majick” tricks & never dealt with a whole lot of emotional baggage. Also Energy predation & nasty thought forms seem more prevalent in Taoism then other esoteric arts. I have a nice big heart & I intend to use it for good.

The fox spirit guides say stuff like be alert, be smart, make the right choice. I am changing almost 20 years of a belief system that did not have the emotional healing I needed. Physically I have some serious scars from broken bones & impact injuries but bio/electrically I am as healthy as a very fit teen & I am 53 yo.

I recently met a Taoist woman. Her Teacher attacked me 20 years ago at a seminar using a “green dragon”. After some struggle I shifted back to the “wu-chi” the oneness, before yin-yang before anything & delaminated and tore the abusive SOB to ribbons. I still had a feeling like glass in my heart chakra for a few years. I never had problem with him in the ether or anything but I kept kind of quiet cause I did not need any more ugly things attempting to attack or leach off me, things I had to tear up, purify & then make use of.

So, telling the new woman Taoist who I liked, that her teacher was an abusive monster, had been for 20 years at least & I, with 10 days of practice under my belt took the meanest ugliest thought form he could generate and ripped it up & pushed him out of the way.

This kind of undermines her belief system about who is good & who is a flat out a sociopath with psychic skills & a love of money & power & dominance.

And a fox runs by………………

I get the message, I am on the right track, but conditions could get dangerous or different. I must be careful, use my eyes & senses to the best of my ability to see WTF is going on and not compromise my spiritual well being (again) because of attachment & desire.


Kelsey May 4, 2014 at 2:09 am

This is going to be a rather long one.
For as long as I can remember I thought I had been a grey fox at some point even though I had never been told of reincarnation and it seemed outlandish to my parents (and pretty much everyone). I told my parents from an extremely young age that I had been a grey fox and the first 8 or 9 years of my life I dreamt with a point of view as one. I saw them more often than seemed normal for an average person in real life. Always when I went into the more rural areas and even when I was in the middle of our small city. As I got older it happened more. One day when I was younger, leaving the house of a very abusive boyfriend I had at the time and crying very early in the morning I came around a corner and found a grey fox lying in the street. I pulled over and it came as close to my open window as it could, inches away and I talked to it, still crying for a half hour. I told it that the road wasn’t a safe place and it needed to go home and it walked away. For 6 months after that it waited in the same place every day and kept eye contact with me as I spoke to it every morning about either pain or happiness. When I left the relationship I stopped driving by that area. A couple years later I was walking in the same area with a man who at the time was my friend. A fox came out of the bushes and made yipping playful laughing sounds at me, turned to the man and bared all of his teeth then came so close to me it touched my knees with its nose, looked up and laughed again. It headed back for the bushes and kept turning back to me yipping. I feel so much like it wanted me to follow it. The man I was with that the fox snarled at a few months later brutally raped me. I think the fox was trying to protect me. I have dreams that I wish I would have followed him so often. I still see foxes everywhere I go and they make me feel a sense of spirituality I have never and will never know with anything else. These are the strongest memories I have when I look at my life. What are others thoughts on this? I feel like I have many guardians, even now, living far away and in a much larger city.


mb camoflash May 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

a fox smiled at me. i am the chosen one


Sharon July 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Over the last month, I keep seeing a small fox at night in different places. Tonight I was walking the dogs with my fiancé and the fox was following us. My Pomeranian was not scared at all of the fox and just kept staring at him. The fox followed us all the way to the sidewalk just five or six feet away and kept barking at us. I made little noises at him and he seemed not scared at all, and kept stopping to stare if we stopped. I felt like the fox was warning me so we turned back on the walk. He walked us all the way home, barking at us. Once we were inside he disappeared. I am nervous somehow as if there is some warning in my life. Any insight you have is greatly appreciated.


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