Animals in Divination

There are animals in divination. No matter the method of divination. No matter the fortune-telling tools used. Animals and animal symbols are an essential feature.

In fact, animals for a the key to learning multiple divination methods quickly. If you can master animal symbolism, you can master fortune-telling.

Why Learn About Animals in Divination?

Just the other day, I was talking to one of my students about divination and fortune-telling and they were super interested in what they could do to speed up the learning process. It seems that everyone wants to know if there are any fast or quick ways you can master the art of divining. 

Get-spiritual-quick questions have always been somewhat taboo. Of all industries, spirituality (and especially divination) seems to be at the forefront of the “takes years to learn” brigade. Students and seekers are often discouraged from asking questions and seeking help from teachers who believe that spiritual development can be achieved in any less than a million years’ time. 

However, anyone who’s trying to convince you that learning how to divine takes forever is full of shit. 

I’m not afraid to admit to you that I’m one of those teachers who believe that divination is something you don’t have to donate insane amounts of study time to. 

Divination shouldn’t be so boring and soul-sucking that you lose interest. 

My Story with Animals in Divination

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a diviner, not just a reader. Divination is very much a part of my lifestyle, and I communicate with my spirits and interpret omens constantly. Divining is my life and I am abnormally dedicated. The difference is, however, that unlike many other teachers, I still believe there are things you can do to ramp up your development and divination skills. 

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My cat, Mushu, watches over me as I write about animals and divination.

Being raised in a Romany Gypsy household means that I’ve been involved in the wonderful world of fortune-telling my entire life, even as a child. I’ve seen many diviners come and go. Even just spending time in the divination industry as an adult means that I’ve observed many readers teach and be taught. And I can categorically say that there are quick, effective, easier ways of doing things, just as there are slow, boring, difficult ways of doing things. An example of a long way to learn goes like this:

Let’s take a diviner who we’ll call Tee. Tee wants to learn any and every method of divination there is, but first tries to learn how to interpret dreams. She skips off into the sunset (or onto Amazon online) and orders herself “The Big Book of 100,000 Dream Meanings”. She plunks herself down and tries to memorize every. Single. Entry. She eventually loses interest and the book ends up on her shelf, periodically brought out when the urge re-emerges. Tee gets stuck in the ‘meanings’ cycle, never to truly learn the art of dream interpretation. 

Where Are Your Going Wrong in your Divination?

Tee made an error that so many diviners do. They waste their time trying to learn signs and symbols they’re never going to use. However, there’s an easier way, and no joke, it involves learning how to interpret animals. 

Animal symbolism is a lightning-bolt way to add to your symbolism practice. Animals are the one subject you’ll see again and again in pretty much every method of divination. If you can learn how to become a master at interpreting the animal kingdom, you can apply this knowledge to all your readings. 

As a dream interpreter, I can tell you that 90% of every dream I’ve ever interpreted has involved an animal. Most Oracle card decks (especially ones without the little white books) depict animals. There are animals on Tarot cards. Many of the signs of the zodiac can somehow be linked to myths and legends involving animals. 

Divination Methods which Use Animal Symbolism

If you learn how to interpret animals, you can apply what you have learned to (but not limited to): 


As I said, the vast majority of dreams that people have are either ‘typical’ dreams (falling, running, swimming) or dreams involving animals. It’s very common to dream about animal attacks, being chased by an animal, animals changing size and shape, and owning baby animals. 

Bone Divination

Animals are important in bone divination for two reasons. First, diviners select their bones based on how they interpret certain animals. Need a bone that represents freedom and lack of restriction? You might select a bird’s bone, if this is how you interpret birds. 

The second way that bone throwers use animal symbolism involves how they interpret readings. The meanings they assign to their animal bones (and how the bone falls) will be significant to the seeker. So, if their bird bone is obscured by an animal bone that symbolizes restriction, this can represent a time when the seeker experienced a lack of freedom. 


Ceromancy is an unusual method of divination that involves interpreting the shape of melted candle wax. To perform ceromancy, you ask a question, light a candle, and let it burn until there is a largeish pool of wax. You then pour this wax into a bowl of cold water. Once the melted wax has set, you remove it and interpret its shape. And, if you know how to interpret animal shapes, you’re already halfway there!


There are 36 cards in the divination system of Lenormand. Of those thirty-six, eight of them (SnakeBirdFoxBearStorkDogMiceFish), or arguably nine (Rider) is an animal. If you know animal symbolism before you begin to learn how to read Lenormand, you already know a quarter of the deck meanings. 

Crystal Ball Reading

Like bone throwers, crystal ball readers use animal symbolism in two ways. First, if they see animal shapes, they can interpret the shapes and colors they see in their crystals. The second method is a little trickier. 

Most crystal ball readers interpret messages they receive through their psychic abilities, in much the same way mediums do. The crystal ball is used merely as a prop for putting the reader into a meditative state and keeping them there. This is how a large percentage of diviners read their crystal balls.

The messages appear based on the reader’s understanding of symbolism. For example, if I was performing a crystal ball reading and a hare popped into my head, I would know the following message was going to take place at nighttime because, for me, hares = midnight! 


Believe it or not, if you’re out and about, you can use clouds as a tool for divination. Moreover, you can use (you guessed it) animal symbolism in your interpretation. Think your boyfriend may be cheating on you and you see a snake in the sky? You can imagine what that means… 

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Animals feature heavily in fortune telling. This is especially true in methods of divination that use cards such as Tarot, oracle cards and Lenormand.

Oracle Cards

 You’ll find that there are many pretty cool Oracle card decks out there, especially ones without instruction manuals. You’ll also discover that many of these decks contain animals! 

Imagine purchasing a beautiful self-published deck that you’ve been eyeing up for ages… only to learn it doesn’t come with instructions. If you already know animal symbolism, you’ll probably be okay, because I bet many of the cards in that deck have a furry friend or two. Know the animal meanings? You can now design your interpretations! 

Tea Leaf Reading

Tea leaf reading is a method of divination that tends to rely heavily on symbolism. Obviously, Tea leaf reading involves interpreting the shapes and markings in teacups, which often appear as animals. 

Tarot Card Reading

Of course, animals play a vital role in Tarot, and it’s very rare to find any type of Tarot deck that doesn’t feature any animals. On the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, you’ll find plenty of animalsbirds, and mythological creatures

Casting Divination

Like bone divination, you select your charms for charm casting based on your understanding of animal symbolism. In fact, for casting, you can design your own system entirely on animal symbolism and never have to learn any meanings for any other subject. 

For example, your dog charms may represent your friends. Your donkey charm can represent your work. Your fish can represent your finances. You can pretty much cover every single life area based on how you interpret animals.


Apantomancy is a method of divination that involves interpreting signs and omens you come across in your day-to-day life. Believing magpies are bad luck is an example of apantomancy. 

Often, the behavior of an animal in real life will have an effect on how you interpret it and what it means as a sign or symbol. The belief that seeing one magpie is bad luck actually stems from the fact that magpies are monogamous (they pair up young and mate for life). To see one magpie on its own usually means that its life partner has been killed. Therefore, the lone magpie is a bad omen – Hence, the “one for sorrow, two for joy” belief.

Closing Thoughts on Animals in Divination

That’s all on Animals in Divination! How did you find this post? Do you think that it is useful to learn the symbolic meanings of animals for your fortune-telling practice?

If you would like to know more about the different divination systems and how they can help you to achieve your goals, feel free to check out my divination book below: 

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