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Ancestral Animal Guardian Spirits: Guides Passed Down the Family Tree

Have you ever wondered if your family has a totem or animal guardian spirit? No matter your culture or heritage, every family bloodline has an animal or plant guardian spirit that watches over its descendants. Learn more about ancestral animal guardian spirits here.

What is an Ancestral Animal Guardian Spirit?

I wouldn’t say I made up the term, but I often use the term Ancestral Animal Guardian Spirit. With Native Americans, some tribes claim a totem. Since I am not Native American, I try not to use the term totem; however, I know that every culture has or had their own version of the totem. Even if it was called something else. Unfortunately, for many cultures, this concept was lost over time as other people conquered our countries and other religions washed out the old pagan ways.

Everyone Has An Ancestral Plant or Animal Guardian

Everyone has an ancestral plant or animal guardian spirit that’s been passed down to you through your family lines. In fact, we usually have more than one, because we are made up of thousands of people. These are animal or plant spirits attached to your ancient ancestors that serve the bloodline. They protect the bloodline’s descendants, first and foremost. They may also come to teach you a lesson, and even aid magical practitioners in workings of the home and hearth.

Your Name May Tell You…

Sometimes these guardian spirits will be obvious to you, if your last name reflects an animal or plant name. For example, my maiden name is Wolf, so I know the wolf animal spirit is an ancestral guardian of mine. Sometimes they’re not so obvious, and may take some searching, meditations, or a clairvoyant to figure it out.

Does Everyone Have A Guardian?

Why does everyone have an animal or plant guardian spirit? At one point in time, all of our ancestors were pagan or followed the old ways. Our ancestors were deeply connected to the earth and therefore in harmony with its plant and animal inhabitants. So much so that our ancestors made pacts to honor the earth and in return the earth provided guardian spirits to them. Sadly, the majority of the world doesn’t care for Mother Earth any longer. But for pagans and those who honor the earth, we may find it easier to connect to our ancestral animal and plant guardian spirits.

European-American Ancestral Animal and Plant Guardians

I’ve looked at dozens of European-Americans’ ancestral lines, and here are a few common animal and plant guardian spirits that come up:

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How Do You Find Your Ancestral Plant or Animal Guardian Spirit?

There’s a few ways to find or identify your ancestral plant or animal guardian spirit. First, think of when you were a child. Did you have an animal that seemed to come into your dreams often, even if they were scary dreams? Did this same animal have a special place in the hearts of your mom, dad, grandparents or caregivers? For example, maybe your mom always had horses and you often dreamed of them. Typically our ancestral animal guardians are animals that have popped up in our lives in the physical and spiritual since we were small children.

Look At Your Family Names

Other ways to determine your ancestral plant or animal guardians is by looking at your family tree. Are there any names that mimic animal names? Look into the translation of your family last names and see if any relate to animals or trees, etc. Next look at your family’s Coat of Arms to see if any animals or plants are there. For example, a common animal on English and Scottish Coats of Arms is the stag. The stag may be an ancestral guardian of yours. In addition, don’t discount plants or trees as guardians. Trees and plants also have spirits that will lend their protection and wisdom to a family line.

Our Service: YOUR Magical Ancestors’ Origins Profile

Lastly, if you still can’t figure it out, we offer a service where we look at your Ancestors’ Magical Origins for you. In addition to looking for ancestral animal and plant guardian spirits we also look at your ancient pagan origins, and search for your potential witch or other magical ancestors. You can find that service here in the shop.


  1. Robin Schultz

    June 23, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Hi so i have the third nipple hidden under my left breast and then i also have the healers marks on both palms and i have the triangle and i have crosses. i had a big red strawberry birthmark on my collar bone that has slowly lost its red colour and is hardly visible now. me and 5 other distant relatives of mine on my fathers side were all born on the same day, and i believe two sets are twins but one for sure i know is twins, me and my sister are look like twins even though we’re two years apart. this is very cool and any more info would be greatly appreciated thanks

  2. Margaret

    July 24, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Can a mustard plant be a familiar? Because my last name is Horrocks-Mustard.

    1. kitty fields

      July 28, 2021 at 12:16 am

      Any spirit of animal, place, or plant can be a familiar. I would look into how to use mustard in your spiritual practice. Mustard seeds can be used in wishing spells. Placed in an amulet and worn for protection. Eaten on food. Etc

    2. Bee_..

      April 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      Can a coolly be my spirit a final my last name is oconnor

  3. Margaret

    July 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I know mine is a plant because my last name is Horrocks-Mustard. But is it just mustard in general, or a specific kind of mustard?

  4. May

    October 14, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Can ancestral animal spirts be old relatives? Cause i have a cat who follows me every were i go and wont leave my sight, or is he a familiar?

  5. Jane Hanham Drzewicki

    July 23, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I continuously keep getting told I’m a witch. I need to know the truth

  6. Jane Hanham Drzewicki

    July 23, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Hanham or Adams witch lineage?

    1. admin

      July 23, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      I offer a service where I look into your ancestors’ origins and provide info on any animal or plant guardians. You can view it in the shop.

    2. Bee_..

      April 20, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      Can a coolly be my spirit a final my last name is oconnor

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