While stranded in a Chicago area hotel due to snow this week, I looked out my window quickly as I passed by and was thrilled to see a fox trotting around in the snow outside my window. A minute later, a second larger fox joined it and they slowly made their way out of view. We were in a suburban area with a lot of warehouse space, and I didn’t see forest around. It felt magical, and I immediately sensed they came to me for a reason.
I also recalled that the one time I did an animal guide meditation, it was fox I saw there. At the time, I did not feel sure if it was fox or a mix of fox/coyote, and it still may have been both.
At any rate, I looked into fox medicine to see what the Universe was trying to let me know. I was surprised (or not?) to see how many things I have in common with fox. What I learned…
“Fox medicine involves adaptability, cunning, observation, integration, and swiftness of thought and action. These traits may also include quick decisiveness, and sure-footedness in the physical world.
The Fox’s ability to meld into one’s surroundings and be unnoticed is a powerful gift when one is observing the activities of others. This allows it to be the protector of the family unit. If danger arises, Fox is johnny-on-the-spot. Great Spirit has honored Fox with the duty of keeping the family together and safe. Fox accomplishes this through the ability to observe undetected, without making others self-conscious. Fox is always concerned with the safety of family members and is an excellent talisman for those who travel.
If Fox has chosen to share its medicine with you, it is a sign that you are to become like the wind, which is unseen yet is about to weave into and through any location or situation. You would be wise to observe the acts of others rather than their words at this time. Use your cunning nature in a positive way; keep silent about who and what and why you are observing.
The fox also has a highly developed sense of smell, and you may be very aware of smells, odors, and their subtle differences. Aroma therapy would be a beneficial study for anyone with fox medicine. You are also alert to unpleasant situations and/or danger because something just “doesn’t smell right”. The study of aromatherapy may be just the thing for you.
Sexually the sense of smell is one of their strongest stimulants which has a big impact on the intensity of arousal for people with fox medicine. Sexual energy is part of the kundalini energy force within our bodies and is our most creative energy. An individual to whom fox comes has a great capacity for sexual expression.
With Fox medicine you know instantly what will happen next. After observing for a while, you will become aware of a certain predictability in given situations and be able to quickly make your move. Fox medicine teaches the art of Oneness through its understanding of camouflage.
Fox has long been thought of as a nuisance to farmers however the fox is actually a great asset to farmers as the fox consumes a great number of bugs and especially mice and other rodents. Foxes are mostly carnivores (meat-eaters). Most foxes hunt alone. They are nocturnal; they hunt mostly at night. Fox eats small amounts frequently throughout the day which is significant for those with fox as a totem.
The fox has knowledge of underground things hidden from human eyes, and this is shared with the dreamer, telling the dreamer of roots and herbs that are healing and curing; fox shares the powers of swiftness and cleverness as well as gentleness. In this gentleness, there is strength and courage, as indicated by one of the songs of the Fox Society; “I am a Fox. I am supposed to die. If there is anything difficult, if there is anything dangerous, that is mine to do.”
Fox is considered to be persistent, yet is gentler and less aggressive than the wolf. Fox teaches us about feminine magic, but this does not imply that it is a totem for women. Rather, both men and women who have the fox as a totem are being told to stay in touch with the feminine side of their personality and character.
If fox shows up in your life it is a sign that you are to be aware of the actions of the world around you. The world is shape shifting and growing into new patterns all the time. Use the art of camouflage and keep cunningly silent about who and what you are observing. After observing for a while you will become aware of certain patterns of predictability in situations and you will know what to do. Fox’s medicine of camouflage teaches Oneness with all.”
The symbolic meanings associated with the fox are:
- Physical or mental responsiveness, increased awareness
- Cunning; seeing through deception; call to be discerning
- Ability to find your way around, to be swift in tricky situations
- Affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work
Fox spirit animals and responsiveness
When the fox appears in you life as spirit animal, it encourages action and quick, swift moves. You may be called to take action in a way that shows your adaptability and ability to move quickly through obstacles and resistance.
Being inspired by a fox totem, you can work at developing the sharpness of your mental skills: Analytical intelligence, power of deduction, observation can come into play more powerfully in how you deal with daily matters or bigger projects.
The spirit of the fox may also imply that you are sharpening your physical alertness and responsiveness.
“Fox is the keeper of the power of invisibility and camouflage, of knowing how to move between the light and the dark, from this world to other realms of existence. Its ability to remain in plain sight and yet unseen, is its greatest power however: No other creature is able to blend in with its surroundings quite as well as Fox can.
Fox people I have worked with do say that they feel their best around twilight or dusk and right before daybreak. These are the in between times when the doorways to other realms are most easily opened. Many Fox people find that they can meditate most easily or receive important guidance at these times. The short time between between consciousness and sleep is also especially important to Fox people. It is during that space right before one drifts off to sleep that dreams can be most easily incubated for the Fox person or they may want to explore astral projection at that time. Many Fox people have also said that they hear their own Guides and Angels most clearly in those moments, there is a special sense of peace and comfort that the person can learn how to remain ahold of even when waking into the light of a new day through conscious intent and desire. These are also excellent times for the Fox person to connect with their own personal Fox totem, to ask for its assistance in any area of life.
Fox people often have very thick hair and Hair acts as an antenna for psychic and intuitive information. I have known a number of Fox people who prefer to wear their hair very long, both as a shield to hide behind when needed and because they feel it does indeed help them to connect with the unseen realms. It is important that Fox people, no matter whether they wear their hair long or short, to take especially good care of their hair. When feeling clouded or confused, give your hair an extra wash or at least rinse it in cool water and allow to air dry. This can help to clear any murkiness out of your energy field so that clear communications with your Guides may be resumed. Caring for your hair symbolizes caring for your connections with the higher realms as well. For those Fox people who feel they do not have an intuitive bone in their body, wearing their hair a bit longer than it is now, if short, can help open up those connections with the unseen. Believe it or not, for those with longer hair a trim can work wonders as it reflects ridding one’s self of frayed or damaged connections, much like one might repair a damaged cable. Eating foods that help to insure healthy hair and scalp will also benefit Fox people health wise overall. Often Fox people need larger amounts of B vitamins and folic acid, yet also use common sense when adding any supplement to one’s diet! Large intakes of any supplement can do more harm than good, so start off by eating more foods rich in these nutrients, monitor what changes occur and then if needed, add a good B complex supplement. Calcium also seems to be high on the list of requirements for Fox people as well.
For many Fox people, it is helpful for them to study the placement of Neptune by sign, house and aspect in their natal charts. Many Fox people have Neptune prominent in their charts, especially rising and further study of Neptune can give the Fox person greater understanding as to their mission and purpose in life though the entire chart, as always, must also be taken into consideration. Fox people may also find that this triggers an even greater enhancement of their own intuitive and psychic abilities, as well as learning how to properly harness that energy. ”