Coyote Totem & Symbolism – The Spirit of Trickery

Animal Totem is a special Animal Spirit that has chosen you to guide, and protect, for your whole life. It also represents your best, and worst qualities, who you are at your core. You can find who your Animal Totem is through meditation with the intent to know, and meet, your Animal Totem. You can also consult a psychic on this matter.

However, if you have meditated on it, but still have doubts, and you don’t want to consult a psychic, this article will shine light upon the qualities of the Coyote Animal Totem. If you feel it resonates with you, and you share a lot of qualities with the Coyote, there is a high possibility that Coyote is your Animal Totem.

If Coyote is your Animal Totem, it reveals your inner world, and your stamina. It guides, and protects you, but at the same time it reminds you the importance of breaking illusions, and making smart choices. Coyote Totem is the symbol of trickster, and games. You are aware of the dark side of things, and you know how to play games better than those who are trying to play you. You may find your purpose on helping others find their ways, and play the big game of life.

Other character traits of the Coyote Totem are:

  • Trickster
  • Smart
  • Playfulness
  • Adaptable
  • The truth behind illusions
  • Aware of the darkness
  • Paradoxical nature

In general, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Gemini, Coyote would be your spirit animal. Coyote is associated with the air element.

How to know if Coyote is your Animal Totem?

Your Animal Totem represents qualities, abilities, characteristics, that you currently have, or that you are in the process of developing. Therefore, you can realize that Coyote is your Animal Totem because:

  1. You resonate with almost all qualities of the Coyote like being brave, and handling challenges well, being a good friend, guiding, and healing others.
  2. You see Coyote all the time, like photos, documentaries, videos, but not on your choice.
  3. You just love Coyote very much, they inspire you, and you can’t explain why.

If you are still confused, you can confirm if Coyote is your Animal Totem through:

  • Meditation.

You will have to start your meditation with the intention that you will meet your Animal Totem. It may happen that during your meditation, you see the animal, or you smell something, or you hear something. If none of this happens, do not get discouraged, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.

  • Your dreams, as well as by pure synchronicities.

For example, you may start seeing more Coyote pictures. You may also feel curiosity peak up for Coyote out of the blue. You should follow your intuition.

  • If you feel you have not received any answer, or you can’t figure out your Animal Totem, you can always ask a psychic.
  • Online quizzes that tell you which is your Animal Totem. Online quizzes will depict your character, and personality traits, therefore they are accurate at some degree.

Coyote Animal Totem Symbolism

Various traditions, and religions, believe that each Animal Totem has the qualities of the animal it represents. This means that it feeds the same way (although in an energetic way), it moves the same way, it fights the same, and it behaves the same, as a Coyote would do in the physical world. Therefore, the best way to know what qualities your Animal Totem has, or why it is present beside you, it is to look at how the animal behaves in this physical plane.

However, these traditions also believe that your Animal Totem can foretell your destiny, or share insight into your life mission.

Spirit Animal

As a Spirit Animal, Coyote represents trouble, but also good fortune. What you get, depends on what you manifest. It also depends on how you deal with different problems, or difficult people. Do you choose to trick them, revenge them, or do you choose empathy, and understanding? You are capable of both.  

Native American Traditions

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Native Americans see Coyotes as the symbol of their community, and Coyote holds a special place in their traditions. It is a symbol of being intelligent, crafty, and stealthy.

Some Native American Traditions see Coyote as the ultimate trickster, it has the ability to make you laugh, but also teach you how to walk through dangerous situation, and make it out. If you kill it, it randomly resurrects. In some other traditions, Coyote is seen as the savior of humans, the spirit that brought fire to the communities, and gave birth to civilizations.

Eastern Traditions

According to the Chinese Zodiac, you would have Coyote Animal Totem, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Gemini, during the Year of the Ox.

The Eastern Traditions believe that Coyote is a creature who was created through a breed between other animals, and wolves. Therefore, it is a symbol of loyalty, and bravery. Other traditions believe that Coyotes are shapeshifters, creatures of the night, associated with magic.

Celtic Mythology

The Celtic Traditions believe that Coyotes are related to dogs, and wolves. Coyote is respected for its wisdom, and it is considered a helper, and a guide to their communities. Celtic Traditions would use the Coyote symbols to ground themselves, and for inner work, to know one’s roots.

They believe that Coyote holds magical powers, and it is seen as a link to the Otherworld, whose duty is to accompany the dead. Therefore, it is seen as a symbol of longevity, as well.

Christian Religion

Christian Religions use Coyote symbol to depict a person that is a trickster, a smuggler, or someone that cannot be trusted. In this context, Coyote is a creature that should not deserve any respect, or attention, because it is seen as insignificant one in the animal kingdom. However, they do respect the wisdom of the Coyote, as an animal that can avoid any trap, and also manage to steal another’s prey.

What your Animal Totem indicates about:

Your personality

Coyote Animal Totem indicates that you are someone who is playful, and very smart. You may come out as naïve to some, and childish to others. However, it is all a game you play, because when you have to, you get them back. You know how to get people to do what you want them to do, but you don’t often use this skill, unless you feel like you have to manage them.

Your playfulness makes you outgoing, and someone easy to talk to. You like to have fun, and you make every day fun. People love to be around you because of your energy, but also to listen to the crazy stories of your everyday life. Sometimes you may feel like you are the main character, or like you are in a movie. Life, for you, is a big game.

Your trickster skill helps you get what you want, without hurting others. You know how to look after yourself, and get people to like you, and give gifts to you. You understand humans in a deep level. You understand what they do, and why they do it, even if it hurts you. This makes it easy to forgive them, and move on. However, you don’t let anything slide, and if given the chance, at the right moment, you will hit them back.

Your life at the current moment 

An Animal Totem is the Spirit Animal that accompanies you since the day you were born, until the end. Therefore, if Coyote is your Animal Totem, it doesn’t indicate much about life at your current moment, unless it starts showing up in your dreams.

The Spirit Animal that guides you through certain events in your life, is usually an Animal Guide that chooses to walk with you for a limited period of time, until you learn your lesson, or you overcome the problem. It may also choose you, to help you amplify certain qualities that you need for the next phase in your life.

If Coyote is the Spiritual Animal that chooses to accompany you, it is reminding you to play your game better. Ever heard of the quote “You are a player, but I am the coach.”? If Coyote Spirit chooses to be with you, it is encouraging you to step into the shoes of the coach. You have to understand the game others are playing with you, and see right through it. If you step up, and trust your gut, you will be able to not only play better, but you can actually get something out of it. If you don’t like the environment you are in, it is only because you are allowing others to detect your emotions, and your attitude.

What does dreaming about your Animal Totem mean?

If you have a dream where a Coyote is present,it is a sign of freedom, or a crave for freedom from your everyday life. It can symbolize that in order to experience the freedom that you seek, you have to find a balance in your life.

It can also indicate that you have people around who are trying to make you a fool, trick you, or get something from you. Be attentive of the details, because you will soon be revealed the frenemy you have around.

If Coyotes are playing with you, it may indicate that someone who is close to you, or to whom you are dependent on some level, is tricking you. It may be your partner who is having an affair, or a boss that is leading you on.  

How do you handle your life based on your Animal Totem?


If you have the Coyote Animal Totem, it indicates that you like to entertain different kind of relationships. This means that you may see multiply people during the dating phase, or you may even have affairs outside your committed relationship. If you choose to stay committed to one person, you make sure to have had your romantic experiences before you commit to only one person. You may be seen as a flirt, and even someone who can’t be trusted romantically.

You like to keep your relationship light, and fun. You don’t want to waste your energy on serious conversations, unless it is necessary to have one. You like to be playful, and entertain the person that you are with. You are all about having fun dates, new experiences, and getting the most out of the moments you have with your partner.

The perfect partner for you would be someone who has the same view on relationships. Your partner should not be a jealous person, or someone who is very serious, and treats the relationship like work. They should also be a flirt themselves, but not be attracted to other persons. They should accept your personality, and also take it easy. Nothing is that serious for you, and they should be able to trust you.


Coyote Totem indicates that you are someone who will be able to do well in the business world, and with their career. You will reach the top, because you are a hard worker, but also because you are smart. You know when to ask for a promotion, or how to get business partners work with you. You also have a natural talent of dodging the bullet, and not falling for financial schemes, or business promises that may hurt you.

You would do well in a managing positions, because you know how to deal with people, and how to handle difficult people. You are also good at manipulating others to get what you want. Your mantra in the business world, is that it is all just good business. You may get away with anything, but be careful, because some things build up, and sooner or later you may hit rock bottom. So, try to not get yourself in situations that may cause your downfall.

Regarding finances, Coyote Totem represents a good financial situation, and in the long run you may become a wealthy person. Your smart investments will pay off well. You also know how to manage your connections, so you learn about the best opportunities, or you may have connections that will pave the road for you. You may also try managing different side hustles for a while, to always have something on the side.  

Relationship with yourself

Coyote Animal Totem reveals your inner struggles, as well as your true self, which you may hide from others. You are very proud of yourself, especially for being a skillful player, and somehow you believe you can’t be caught. You don’t really struggle with yourself, or your skills. You are very aware of your positive, and negative qualities, and you play them both at your own advantage.

However, you may deal with some trauma from the past, that you don’t really acknowledge on a daily basis. You may even deny to work on it, because you accept it as something that happens to everyone, and you don’t need to dwell into it. You may also ignore it, because you don’t have time to think about trauma issues, when you have a lot in your plate, or you are always thinking about the next exciting task to accomplish.

At some point, it will catch up with you. So, you do need to get in touch with yourself, and heal some of the major issues in your life. Emotions that get trapped in you for a long time, will come out in uglier ways latter.

How to honour or connect with your Animal Totem?

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If you want to connect with your Coyote Animal Totem, you can take a page from the book of the Native American Traditions. You don’t have to wear the skin of the Coyote on you, but you can keep nice Coyote sculptures at your work desk. You can have a beautiful artwork of the Coyote printed at your blouse, or a paint of the Coyote on your wall. You can also buy jewelry that has a Coyote signature in it, like the head, or footprints.

You can use these objects to focus on during your meditation, in order to connect with Coyote Animal Totem. During your meditation, you may want to call upon your Coyote Animal Totem, and ask to be blessed with the qualities that you need at the moment.

Try to feel the specific quality amplifying in you. Act as being a Coyote is your second nature. This is also how you honor your Spirit Guide, Coyote Totem.

If you feel that you can’t visualize the Coyote well, which is important for your meditation process to work, you can think about the qualities you want to embody, and try to feel those qualities growing in you. You have to embrace the Coyote energy in all aspects of it: physically, energetically, spiritually, and emotionally. It may also help to watch a movie with Coyote.


You may find that during the course of your life, other Spirit Animals will choose to walk with you for a while, to guide you in different areas of your life. It is possible, that while you have Coyote Animal Totem, you can also be guided by other Spirit Animals. However, you will notice that your core values, the same qualities you share with the Coyote, won’t change. You will still be playful, smart, and enjoy life finest gifts.

Different Spirit Animals help you see other paths, that only those can help, and guide through. They also help you develop other qualities, because the purpose is for you to grow.

For example, if you will be accompanied by Turtle Totem, which is there to help you develop your grounding skills, and encourage you to have faith in your dreams. Coyote Totem will always be there, even if you won’t always have other Spirit Animals.

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