Meditation is an excellent tool enabling you to meet an animal spirit guide and my personal favourite method it allows you to meet not only spirit animal guides but also to obtain messages and snippets of wisdom. You might meet different animals along the way or it may lead you to your lifelong guide, be open to whatever comes your way.
This is a meditation that will hopefully enable you to discover your animal guide or messenger:
Make yourself comfortable in a place where you won’t be disturbed.
Close your eyes and start to focus on your breathing, deep breaths in and deep breaths out…
As your world around you dissipates you find yourself standing on a dirt track crossroads in the middle of a forest.
The pathway ahead of you leads further into the forest and is darker and full of dense lush foliage, it is not scary or frightening though.
You turn and look at the pathway to your left, this one seems to widen out and looks like it leads down to the ocean or a large lake because you can see the glint of blue waters in the distance.
You turn again and the pathway behind you appears to lead out of the forest and upwards into a mountain range, the pathway looks clear and easy to follow as it winds up the side of a hill.
And to your right the forest clears to show a pathway leading onto dry desert sand with just a few rocks scattered around.
Which pathway are you drawn to take? Perhaps you would like to investigate all of them in turn?
Take your time and walk slowly down the first pathway that you are drawn to, once there sit down and wait, what can you see? What can you hear? What can you smell? Take a while to explore your surroundings.
Then see what animal, beast or bird greets you. Spend some time with it and find out what it would like to help you with.
You may only wish to walk one pathway, if so once you are finished thank the animal and make your way back to the centre of the crossroads and come back to this reality.
If you want to explore more come back to the centre of the cross roads and take a different pathway…
Once you are ready again come back to the centre.
When you are finished completely slowly bring yourself back to this reality, opening your eyes and wriggling your fingers and toes.
You can come back to this meditation spot any time or as many times as you want to or feel the need to.
Excerpt from Pagan Portals Animal Magic by Rachel Patterson