Many people believe that spirit animals can offer guidance and insight in everyday life. But how do you know what your spirit animal is?
One simple way is to match the animal to the day you were born. So if you’re wondering, “What is my spirit animal by birthday?” you’ve come to the right place!
We’ll start by looking at what spirit animals are and how they can influence our lives. Then we’ll list the spirit animals for each birthday, so you can find yours.
So step this way to find out more!
What is a Spirit Animal?
The idea of spirit animals is most closely associated with the folklore of Native American tribes. Some traditions hold that they are spirit guides that take the form of animals. They are there to offer assistance and protection.
Spirit animals are believed to appear at times when their guidance is needed. The details of the experience and the emotions you felt can give clues to the spiritual message of the encounter.
Some believe that you will also share characteristics with your spirit animal. If your spirit animal is a wolf, for example, family and other bonds will be important to you. That mirrors the importance of its pack to the wolf.
How to Identify Your Spirit Animal by Birthday?
Unfortunately, matching yourself to your spirit animal isn’t always straightforward. And even using your birthday won’t give you a precise answer.
Different sources take different approaches to identify the spirit animal by birthday. And some even believe that the birth year can affect the match.
What all sources have in common, though, is that they match the animal to the sign of the zodiac. We’re going to take a look at the different animals that are believed to match each star sign. That will allow you to narrow down the possible options by your birthday.
The next step is to ask yourself which of those animals you feel the closest connection to. That might take the form of feeling a special bond with them. Or you might feel like you share important aspects of your personality with that animal.
Reflecting on this will help you identify which of the possibilities is your spirit animal. So let’s get started!
Spirit Animals by the Signs of the Zodiac
1. Aries (March 21 to April 20)
Aries is the sign of the ram, but that isn’t usually considered a spirit animal. Different sources match this star sign to the cheetah, the hawk, the fox, the bat and the dove.
The cheetah is focused, forceful and above all fast. If the cheetah is your spirit animal, you’re able to lock onto your goals and take action to achieve them. And you have a strong presence that means people pay attention to what you have to say.
The hawk is linked to Aries by some Native American tribes. It balances the fire and dynamism of this sign with watchfulness and patience. It’s a reminder of the importance of looking before you leap.
The fox is linked to Aries by the Celts. Foxes are known for their cleverness and cunning. They are also charming, and can use that charm to get their own way.
Another possibility is the bat. The bat is inquisitive and independent. It has keen instincts, and the ability to find its way in circumstances which would leave others at a loss.
The dove is known as a symbol of peace. Arians with the dove as their spirit animal will have a serene and tranquil approach. And they are likely to take temporary setbacks in their stride.
2. Taurus (April 21 to May 20)
The western zodiac has the bull as the emblem of Taurus. But when it comes to their spirit animal, Taureans are associated with the bear, the beaver, the polar bear and the elephant.
Taureans with bears as their spirit animal will have a guide that’s associated with strength, protection and stability. They will create firm foundations for everything they do, and aren’t afraid to take a stand for their beliefs.
In some Native American traditions, the bullishness of Taureans is balanced with the beaver as a spirit animal. The beaver is a reminder of the value of industriousness and patience.
Polar bears will be the right match for those under this sign who are practical, trustworthy, loyal and artistic. While slow to anger, they can be ferocious when provoked.
Those with the elephant as their spirit animal will be powerful and nurturing. Their air of authority means they find it easy to attain positions of importance.
3. Gemini (May 21 to June 21)
Those born under the sign of Gemini may have the dolphin, the deer, the frog or the squirrel as their spirit animal.
Those with a dolphin spirit guide will be highly intelligent, inquisitive, playful and sociable. They love learning about the world, and often do things for the sheer fun of it.
Some Native American tribes balance the exuberance of Gemini with the peacefulness of the deer. And the deer reminds Geminis to take pleasure in life’s small joys.
The frog as a spirit animal connects to transformation. It can appear particularly at times of significant change.
Squirrels are associated with organisational and planning skills, resourcefulness and adaptability. Those with a squirrel as their spirit animal embody all these traits.
4. Cancer (June 22 to July 22)
The sign of Cancer is represented by the crab. But when it comes to spirit animals, those born under this sign may feel an affinity with the rabbit, woodpecker, tortoise or moose.
Cancerians with a rabbit as spirit guide may combine shyness and timidity with creativity and intelligence. Their guide is a reminder not to let fear stand in their way – they are stronger than they might appear.
Woodpeckers remind Cancerians not to let negative emotions take root. Just as the woodpecker drills beneath the surface, those with this spirit animal are encouraged to explore and release unproductive ways of thinking.
The sensitive and reserved tortoise reflects the characteristics of other Cancerians. Their caring nature can mean they try to avoid conflict – even where it might be necessary.
The moose is cautious and careful. It can be hard to predict how people with this spirit animal will react to situations. But they make loyal friends.
5. Leo (July 23 to August 23)
Leo is well known as the star sign of the lion, which can also be a spirit animal. The spirit animal of a Leo may alternatively be a dragon, salmon or jaguar.
The powerful lion represents strength in overcoming difficulties. The dragon too is strong and courageous, reflecting the leadership qualities of Leos.
The salmon, on the other hand, balances Leo’s drive and ambition, reminding people with this spirit animal to take time for leisure too. And those with a jaguar spirit animal temper their determination with discretion, patience and self-control.
6. Virgo (August 24 to September 22)
The spirit animals for Virgoans are the fox, bear, mandrill and hummingbird.
Those with a fox as a spirit animal are clever and charming. They are able to analyse situations clearly, and see how to get the best from any set of circumstances.
For discreet Virgoans, the bear is a reminder that it’s sometimes important to be honest about your emotions. That can include letting others know how much you care.
The mandrill, a relative of the baboon, is loyal and timid. Those with this spirit animal are sociable, resourceful and hardworking, but can also be opinionated and judgemental.
And those with a hummingbird as their spirit animal are joyful, energetic and hopeful. Their optimistic nature means they can sometimes find themselves wrong-footed when things go wrong.
7. Libra (September 23 to October 22)
The symbol of Libra is the weighing scales. Those born under this star sign may have the swan, raven, gray wolf or jellyfish as their spirit animal.
The swan reflects the elegance and balance of many Librans. Even when they are struggling, they appear serene on the surface.
The raven balances Librans’ desire for justice with compassion. This spirit animal is a reminder to listen to others, and to practice empathy.
The gray wolf reflects Librans’ ability to work effectively as part of teams. Those with this spirit animal can also be romantic, idealistic and diplomatic.
The jellyfish may seem like a strange creature to have as a spirit animal. But those who feel an affinity with this marine creature are able to move effortlessly with the currents of life.
8. Scorpio (October 23 to November 22)
Scorpios may have the mythical phoenix as their spirit animal. But they may also be guided by creatures you have a better chance of encountering in everyday life! The snake, elephant and cat can also be Scorpios’ spirit animals.
The phoenix represents transformation from one stage of life to another. Those with a phoenix spirit animal may also hide their vulnerability beneath a bold exterior.
The snake is a spirit animal for those who sometimes need to be reminded of their personal impact. It counsels waiting and assessing the situation before deciding whether to strike.
The elephant represents loyalty and family bonds. But those with this spirit animal can also be aggressive, especially in defence of their loved ones.
And Scorpios who feel an affinity with cats are frequently independently minded, intelligent, agile and curious.
9. Sagittarius (November 22 to December 19)
Sagittarians may also have the cat as their spirit animal. Like Scorpios with a spiritual connection to cats, they are clever, nimble and independent thinkers. And they have a magnetism that often draws others to them.
Those with this star sign may also have as their spirit animal the owl, monkey or wild horse. The owl advises Sagittarians to look beneath the surface to attain wisdom. The monkey is a reminder to bring joy and fun into life.
And those with a wild horse as their spirit animal share the creature’s love of freedom and adventurous spirit.
10. Capricorn (December 20 to January 19)
Capricorn is represented by the goat. The spirit animal for those born under this sign may be the alligator, elephant shrew, goose or reindeer.
Those with an alligator as their spirit animal balance strength with patience. They can be ferocious when roused. And once they’ve started something, they are determined to see it through.
The elephant shrew is the spirit animal of those who are hardworking, disciplined, practical and successful. They value family life and take their responsibilities seriously.
The goose is a reminder to Capricorns to balance introspection with recognising the support and love of those around them.
And those who feel an affinity with reindeer are wise, inventive, creative and resourceful.
11. Aquarius (January 20 to February 19)
Those born under the sign of Aquarius may have the spider, otter, dolphin or turtle as their spirit animal.
Aquarians who feel an affinity with spiders are patient, creative and territorial. They are comfortable with solitude, which can sometimes make them appear aloof.
The otter represents the unique skills and talents of those with this spirit animal. The dolphin is the spirit animal for those who are intuitive, energetic, friendly and skilled in communication. And those who feel kinship with the turtle are steadfast and tranquil, and are often healers.
12. Pisces (February 20 to March 20)
The spirit animals for those born under the sign of Pisces are the deer, wolf, seahorse and dog.
Those with a deer as their spirit animal can be shy and sensitive. But they are also compassionate and calm, and enjoy being surrounded by others who share their approach.
Those whose spirit animal is the wolf value ties of family and kinship. They are loyal and collaborative, and will go out of their way to protect those close to them.
Pisceans with the seahorse as their spirit animal are intuitive, wise, creative and helpful. They are empathetic and compassionate, but can be hurt if others let them down.
Those with an affinity to dogs share those animals’ loyalty, devotion and compassion. They love unconditionally, and make the best of all friends.
Your Spirit Animal as Your Guide
We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at the different spirit animals associated with your birthday. And we hope it’s helped you identify the spirit animal with which you feel a natural affinity.
In some cases, the same animal can represent different astrological signs. But the characteristics associated with them in each case can be subtly different.
Meditate on the animals linked to your sign, and you’re sure to find one to which you feel a connection. Then you’ll be ready to draw on the wisdom of your spirit animal to help you navigate life’s twists and turns.