Animal symbolism: When a dead animal crosses your path

animal symbolismAnimal symbolism is one of the most powerful ways that the Universe communicates with us. Those who have embraced a metaphysical life often look to the animals we see for signs of what we should do in our lives. For example, since squirrels are masters of gathering acorns for the winter, a squirrel crossing our path might give us the message to start saving for a rainy day.  Likewise, a deer might remind us to move through our obstacles with sensitivity and intuition.

But how can we tell what animal symbolism is trying to tell us if the animal is no longer alive?  What does it mean if we come across a dead animal? Perhaps your car passes a raccoon on the side of the road. Or perhaps a small animal has died in your garage or your back yard. Do the traditional meanings still apply?

The traditional meanings do still apply, but there is a caveat. The death of an animal carries a second meaning.

The animal symbolism of a dead animal

Death is a natural cycle of life. Death is not an ending, but rather it is a transition from one form to another. So the death of an animal is not a sign of an ending, but rather one of transition. It might be alerting us that we are ending one cycle in our lives and moving toward a new one. It might be letting us know that it is time to make a new choice. It might be letting us know that a major life transition is at hand.

Read:  Signs An Animal is Trying to Warn You

Different people will likely have a different take on the message. When determining what an animal is trying to tell you, it’s important to look at the message in light of what’s currently going on in your life. Ask yourself, what are your current questions? What are your current challenges? What are you grappling with? The messages you receive from the Universe will likely make sense in light of your current situation.

If you’re not sure what message you’re supposed to take away from the experience, meditate on it. Or ask the Universe to send you a clearer sign and stay alert for signs and symbols that provide clarity. You can also increase the signs and synchronicities that show up in your life.

For example, you might hear a song on the radio or turn the television on and hear someone say something that strongly resonates with you. You might feel an urge to read a particular book or magazine article that sheds light on your current dilemma. Signs and symbols surround us constantly. It’s up to you to set the intention to receive them.

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If an animal crosses your path or another message gets your attention and you have no idea how to interpret it, a psychic may also be able to help.






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  1. Saw 2 dead raccoons in one day and haven’t seen a raccoon in years. Both were within 10 miles of each other. Both were a distance off the road. One had been electrocuted while climbing a power pole.

  2. On my way to go for a walk i drove by a turtle thar had been run over by a car. During my walk on the beech i came across a seagull that was lying beautifully wing spread so full of grace. I wasnt sure if it had already passed its eyes were open and it appearedvto be in the grips of transitioning. I prayed over both and am grateful for their presence and asked the universe to help them and guide them each in their transition. A peaceful one. On my walk back to my car i discovered what i believe to be a bone from a deers leg. Its definitely a leg bone.

    Although I am in transition in my path in life i am still trying to understand the significance of each. I believe I am not alone and am blessed with much guidance. Any insight would be appreciated.

  3. Perhaps their peaceful transition is to remind you to embrace the transition you’re currently experiencing in your life. Think about what qualities you associate those animals with. Thank you for reading!

  4. My neighbor’s want to buy my house that is not for sale. I found a dead rat or rabbit, purposely put, in my garden. And a few dead birds. They have also poisoned many plants. What is the meaning of dead animals?

    • What is toxic in your life. Have a look T your thoughts. Maybe your holding on to something and it’s time to let go and move your life forward. Fertility freedom and awareness into the unknown x

  5. I found 3 dead chipmunks on the same stretch of road today. I know that chipmunks are supposed to mean good luck, but what does finding a dead chipmunk mean? And does three of them mean anything?

  6. I just encountered a dead vole that a sudden breeze rolled in front of my side door as I was taking my dog for her potty in the back. So I scooped up the animal and buried him next to my fence. Don’t know what prayer to say to a vole I don’t know and had no incense to burn for him like I did a dead crow years before but as I was taking my dog back into the house I did say I hoped the vole was in peace as he looked freshly dead in my mind. Since I already have ocassional paranormal stuff in my house I didn’t want an angry vole spirit messing with me.

  7. I found a deceased cat, with no obvious injuries, under a bush by my porch. I have 2 of my own and it saddened me that it was so close to help but we didn’t know it.

    • Hi Sound,
      Do dogs have a certain meaning for you? When you’re confronted with a dead animal many believe that it means that the animal is sacrificing its qualities so that you can use them. Think of what qualities you think of when you think of dogs. Thanks for reading.

  8. A couple weeks ago, I was driving through town, and found a dead black cat perfectly placed in the center of the road. I took it and burried it. This morning on my way to work, I came across the same thing. A dead black cat, placed so perfectly in the center of the road. Miles apart from the first cat, And weeks after. I find it incredibly strange. My mother is extremely superstitious, so she has me really paranoid about it thinking it’s a sign that me or someone I love will die. I’m honestly a bit worried. It’s seems way too strange to be just a coincidence. I burried the second cat as well. They were both males, if that means anything…

  9. My husband found a dead rat on doorstep early in the morning, while he was trying to get the mail. What is the meaning or symbolic meaning of that.

  10. This all happened last night! I was at a friends house all I ended up having a snail on me?!?!? Then…..I had the craziest ride home and once I got home!!!
    A car in front of me hit a deer and I saw the bones fly everywhere. Then!!!! I get home I hear something scurrying around in the grass like a bird . Once I was in the house and look out the patio and see a cat but not a regular cat it was like a Bob cat or something. I look in the grass and see the bird just sitting there. I scare the cat off and walk away. I come back and look and the bird is dead mangled on my patio. I dont know whats going on but I am FREAKED OUT! I feel like something is trying to tell me something or get at me.

  11. Thank-you for sharing this. I just came across a beautiful turtle who had passed. It was belly up. Turtles are one of my main totems… I identify with All Nature in some way <3 I just got a tattoo of one on my foot for my birthday. I'm in my 50's and a 'late bloomer' some would say…. All Is in Divine Time <3. I do feel this is telling me things are about to speed up… I just got my deer totem tattooed on my back right shoulder for Mother's Day ; Working on a living totem pole ; <3

  12. When I moved into my current home I found a turtle happily strolling down the side walk. I tried to keep it but he looked miserable. So I released him. Today walking with my daughter I came across a dead turtle apparently ran over by a car.
    We’ve been debating if we should move for 6 years I wonder if this encounter has any meaning


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