GIFTS: Cleverness. Intelligence. Play. Adaptability. Speaking many languages. Translating for a variety of groups.
CHALLENGES: Becoming so adaptable that you forget who you really are. “Too clever for your own good.” Not taking things seriously enough.
Spirit Animal Fox teaches cleverness and adaptability. Fox knows that it can trust its own gifts and abilities to release fear and evade danger. Fox is also particularly adept at blending in when necessary—sneaking up on what it wants and becoming invisible in the presence of danger.
Fox’s adaptability extends to being able to speak many languages. This does not necessarily mean speaking French and Japanese and Swedish and Swahili. It more often means being able to adapt your communication style so that anyone can understand you. Speaking to be understood and listening to understand. This is a rare gift that most people do not possess.
Fox is often related to releasing the fear of vulnerability and the fear of inadequacy—knowing when it’s safe to be vulnerable and letting go of the need to meet others’ expectations.
Physical foxes are both predators and prey. Fox is particularly adept at blending in when necessary—sneaking up on what it wants and becoming invisible in the presence of danger. Fox knows that it can trust its own gifts and abilities to face fear and evade danger. For you, the lesson is to trust yourself, not live in constant fear or exhaustingly heightened alertness. Trust that your gut will alert you, your wits will solve the problem, and your quickness will enable you to take appropriate action.
Like Raven, Crow, Raccoon and Coyote, Fox has Trickster qualities that make many people reluctant to accept Fox as their messenger spirit animal, much less their life power animal. These Trickster qualities are not negative—unless you make them so. Trickster is not so much about fooling people to get away with something, but rather disrupting the status quo to make way for Truth. Now *that’s* power.
Use Fox’s Trickster qualities to help release your fear of change—and to show other people how change can be a good thing. Fox changes with the seasons and is totally prepared for those changes. Change brings new opportunities to sustain your personal power even while adapting to the world changing around you.
The true gift of Trickster is not selfish manipulation. It is disruption—for awakening, for change, for progress, for evolution. The power of Fox is to disturb the status quo when it’s time for something better. True, many people don’t want the status quo to change. They fear change; they fear the unknown. As painful as the status quo may be, they have no guarantee that change will be better. That makes Fox’s job really difficult. How do you make someone who’s completely committed to this way accept that that way is actually better?
With Fox, you don’t make them; you convince them—with your cleverness, your flattery, your ability to speak their language. Using their words, their values, and their perspective, you persuade them to actually desire the change they once feared. That’s trickery and connivance, you may cry. That is the ragged edge you walk with Fox. It is your choice and your ability to stay on the side of benevolent persuasion—or to cross the line into deceitful manipulation.
Here’s the secret to working with Fox: The benevolence comes from accepting your power; the manipulation from rejecting it.