Monday, September 26, 2011

Spirit Animals

Many years ago (seems like a lifetime now) I took a personality test that put the test taker in one of four categories. I can't remember what the actual test was called but you were either a lion...
didn't know I was such a buddy to the lions did you?
a Golden Retriever...
Conchscooter's English Golden Retriever 'Cheyenne' 
and an otter or a beaver  (sorry, don't have any pictures... but you can picture the otter frolicking and the beaver busily building...). That's it. Those four. 
At the time, I scored heavily as a Golden Retriever. It was depressing because the Retriever is a nice enough pet, but not something I aspired to be as a human being. I wouldn't have minded if I had scored as a lion. After all, there is Aslan. He is the great lion who is "dangerous" "not a tame lion." But he is good and throughout the Narnia chronicles he is gentle and wise. So, being a lion wouldn't be a bad thing. 
But I didn't score as a lion. 
I was a Golden Retriever. *sigh* A house pet.
Later, I did various other personality tests and my view of myself broadened. I realized that wasn't the whole picture. And I realized that first test had presented  a very limited (and limiting!) view of myself and of anyone else who I might try to put into those four categories. People are as varied as the animal kingdom itself!
A few years ago I decided to choose the animal that I would emulate, the one that speaks to the spirit that I wanted to have and the one that corresponded to the spirit I already had. It wasn't hard to choose. I knew myself well enough that when I read the description of this creature, I knew I had found my match: 

  • Change
  • Wisdom
  • Balance
  • Harmony
  • Communication skills
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Understanding the power of rhythm in your life
  • Use of breath to release intense emotions
Remember, some of these I strive to meet, others I think are already part of my personality. This is the wisdom of the...

  What is your spirit animal? If you don't know, you can go here to choose one! 


  1. Well, a dolphin's a pretty good choice.

    On a different test, years ago, I identified with either a dragon or an eagle. Can't remember how that one went now though.

  2. I don't really believe that personality tests can pin down all the facets of a personality.

    Love the pics though.

  3. Is this like Meyers-Briggs but with animals?? :) I do love animals, all kinds. Hmmmm. If I could choose my spirit animal, I would choose any kind of bird. I've always wanted to fly.

  4. That is fascinating and right up my alley. I'm going to check it out and see who my spirit animal is. :)

  5. I never took the spirit animal test but I did take the Sex and the City test. You would be classified as either Samantha, Carrie, Miranda, or Charlotte. I came across as Carrie. I guess those women have traits that could be classified as animalistic. I guess it just depends on your point of view. In any event, I don't think anyone would ever dispute that they are all cougars.

  6. Neat site. Thanks for the link. I decided to go with the bobcat. :)

  7. Botanist: A test with a dragon on it! That's interesting!!

    LadyFi: I'm with you there! You choose your animal, not take a test to see where you match up. I might have put that wrong at first.

    Liz: I can see that. There are lots of birds though? which kind? An eagle? A sparrow?

    Laila: I'll bet you choose an otter or some other playful animal.

    Michael: Cougars sounds about right and probably fits you in your own way.

    MPax: That's cool. I'm glad you liked it!!!


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