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This article which examines the many layers of foxes is dedicated to people who love foxes members of the fox club. All of us who do love foxes, no doubt, have a fox story that tells why we love foxes.

Yesterday my sister wrote to me. Right at the beginning of her email she told me that because of their extreme winter a fox was coming into her garden to find food scraps. Her major topic told me of her research trying to uncover the hidden secrets of our paternal family in southern England, Gibraltar and Scotland. I wonder if a fox spirit had come to help her uncover some secrets.

In this article I’m hypothesising about fox stories, folklore and connected vibrational essences and colour remedies. I’ll examine and analyse some mythology and related astrology and world shamanic lore and come to some conclusions and an over-riding thesis about those who love foxes.


Male foxes are known as dogs, tods or reynards, females as vixens, and young as cubs, pups, or kits. A group of foxes is referred to as a skulk, leash, troop, or earth. Foxes are alert omnivorous mammals belonging to the Canidae family. Foxes are slightly smaller than a medium-size domestic dog with a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout (a fox face) and a long bushy tail (or brush). The red fox has an auburn pelt and the bushy tail normally ending with white marking. The fennec fox and other species of fox adapted to life in the desert, such as the kit fox, have large ears and short fur, whereas the Arctic fox has tiny ears and thick, insulating fur.

There are only 12 species of foxes which belong to the Vulpes genus of “true foxes”. The most common and widespread species of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), although various species are found on almost every continent. In the wild, foxes can live for up to 10 years, but most foxes only live for 2 to 3 years due to hunting, road accidents and diseases. The hunting of foxes with packs of hounds, long an established pursuit in Europe, especially the British Isles, was exported by European settlers to various parts of the New World. Fox hunting is an activity that originated in the United Kingdom in the 16th century. Hunting with dogs is now banned in the United Kingdom though hunting without dogs is still permitted. It is practiced as recreation in several other countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia and the United States.

Foxes live in small family groups, and are opportunistic feeders that hunt live prey, especially rodents. Like huskies they have a pouncing technique practiced from an early age, they are usually able to kill their prey quickly. Foxes also gather a wide variety of other foods ranging from grasshoppers to fruit and berries. The gray fox is one of only two canine species known to climb trees; the other is the raccoon dog.

Foxes are normally extremely wary of humans and are not usually kept as indoor pets; however, the silver fox was successfully domesticated in Russia after a 45-year selective breeding program. This selective breeding also resulted in physical and behavioural traits appearing that are frequently seen in domestic cats, dogs, and other animals, such as pigmentation changes, floppy ears, and curly tails. But as we have seen on Facebook many private individuals have greatly loved fox pets.


I have two fox stories. Do you have a fox story? I’d love to hear it.

My first fox story concerns a journey on a dark night on dirt roads through the Australian outback. We were driving to a party about ten miles away, but Dad had to drive slowly because we had dirt roads with many sharp rocks that could puncture a tyre. I must have been around eight years old. There was no moon and the car lights shone murkily through all the dust. In that dust I saw a set of eyes. Dad stopped the car and got out his 22 calibre rifle. I saw the fox that he was aiming at. It was hunched, terrified and cowering, paralysed by the car lights. I knocked Dad’s rifle out of his hands and out of the corner of my eyes I saw the fox run far away. I had heard Dad’s stories about the “evil vermin” [foxes] who ripped the throats out of lambs, but in my great age I had never seen this, nor had I seen a sole fox before on our 50,000 acre property. I made an instantaneous decision then that I would continue to protect foxes.

My second fox story is about two foxes, who lived near my grandparent’s house in Brisbane, right on the Brisbane river, near the ferry house and the park. In the nineteen-sixties there were still a great deal of bush and wild places in Brisbane and people were allowed to grow their own vegetable patch; have their own water tanks and fruit trees and have chickens that laid eggs in their back yards or gardens. Of course foxes are renowned for stealing eggs and eating chickens. A fox family lived at the back of Granny and Grandad’s place just over the fence, in an overgrown block, where the lawn was never mown. There was a quaint little house nestled in amongst the biggest fig trees I have ever seen and a mass of passionfruit vines. There always seemed to be an abundance of figs and passionfruit. To this day I love both fruit. All sorts of flowers bloomed all year round: chrysanthemums, agapanthus, hydrangeas, cassias, nasturtiums, dahlias and all sorts of lovely flowering trees. It was a child’s delight.

A very kind, little, old man called Mr Munro, lived there in the small, quaint house and we were always welcome. He seemed frozen in time, perpetually sitting at a red laminex 1950s table in the kitchen and he was always surrounded by all sorts of iced and un-iced wedding cakes. On the table where he sat were cigarette butts in overflowing ashtrays, piles of novels and piles of racing forms from the back of the Brisbane newspaper. Mr Munro had a croaky voice with a thick Irish accent. He coughed a lot and when he stood up he ducked to avoid the yellow fly paper hanging from the ceiling. A Valiant car was often there parked among the fruit trees. It was a pale green station wagon. Sometimes there was a rusty old trailer in the yard too. It blended with the long, lush, green grass.

Uncle Snow Fox owned all the scaffolding in the long grass, because he was a builder and Aunt Cath Fox, Mr Munro’s daughter, made wedding cakes professionally. Some were fruit cakes and some were sponge cakes. Occasionally we were allowed to have a slice of cake, but even if we didn’t Aunt Cath always had other delicious things to eat. Aunt Cath Fox was full of hugs and love and she laughed a great deal. She had hair the colour of fox fur which was long and thick and even though it was pinned up in a bun on her head, bits often escaped and created a tail at the back of her head. Uncle Snow had a red face and very fair hair. He often took us swimming to the beach in his Valiant and he drove us up to the Mount Nebo area where he had bee hives and horses running free. It was deliciously lovely to go with him. To me these caring Foxes encapsulated joy and playfulness.


In ancient Greece, thirteen hundred years an epic was written in the Homerica called “The Alopekos Teuesios.” The actual Alopekos Teumesios was a gigantic fox which sent by the gods to the countryside of Thebes. The Homerica maintains that the fox was sent by the gods to punish the descendants of Kadmos, and that the Thebans therefore excluded those of the house of Kadmos from the kingship. Kreon, the then Regent of Thebes, set Amphitryon the impossible task of destroying the beast, which was impossible because the gods meant the fox never to be caught. The hero discovered a solution to the problem by setting the magical dog Lailaps to the hunt, an animal which was destined always to catch its quarry.
Zeus [Jupiter] faced with a contradiction in fate (an uncatchable fox being pursued by an unavoidable dog) turned the pair of beasts to stone or perhaps placed them amongst the stars as the Constellations Canis Major (Lailaps) and Canis Minor or Lepus (the Fox). Their contest was in this way either frozen or set to play out for eternity.


It is well known that the ancient Celtic people like many Indigenous people watched and analysed every shade of meaning of animals, birds, trees, amphibians and insects that moved in their environment. Like Mars in the Roman pantheon, the fox symbolized passion, play and action because of its beautiful fiery red fur. Thus the Celts believed that if a fox crossed your path in dreams or in daily life it was time to act passionately in regard to your goals, needs and wants. It was also time to lighten up and be playful and have fun. With their amazing flame-red brush or tail running foxes resemble a comet blazing across the sky or an arrow flashing towards its target. Thus in modern life foxes coming into our life mean we need to make goals; daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals that ignite our passions and joy with laser-like aim. Thus the Celtic symbolism of fox suggests that you aim for the targets of your dreams with all your loving and impassioned life force! Aim for what you love, not luke-warm needs, but for what you really want with all your heart!
The Celtic Ogham symbol for the fox is the alder Tree which is the 18th March to 14th April. Alder has associations with weapons and shields and reminded the ancient Celts that the way of the warrior lies in knowing when to take up the shield and when to take up the sword or knife. An alder forged shield will protect you and give you courage, but the most important aspect of a warrior is his or her intention. Intention is the key to success or failure. Alder also tells us when to blend strength and courage with compassion and generosity of spirit. Thus there is a time to challenge and a time to keep quiet and in this light the fox and alder teach us discrimination and a firm foundation of inner confidence and the need to see beneath the surface of situations.” (Gifford. p.46.) Jane Gifford also suggests that fox-alder deities are Bran, Apollo, Arianrhod, Lugh, King Arthur and Odin and that in kinesiology the essence of alder is the principle of release. Thus in releasing stress, nervousness and anxiety we regain strength. (p.47.)


Huli jing (Chinese: 狐狸精; pinyin: húli jīng; literally “fox spirit”) in Chinese mythology are fox spirits that are akin to European fairies or Celtic sidhe. Huli jing can be either good spirits or bad spirits. In Chinese legends, it is believed that all things can take on human forms, magical powers, and immortality, provided that they receive sufficient energy, in such forms as human breath or essence from the moon and the sun. In other words like many Indigenous cultures foxes in ancient China could be anthropomorphic. Although the ancient Ainu people are the Indigenous people of Japan, as a generalisation China effected Japanese philosophy and lifestyle greatly.

A kitsune (狐) is a mythical fox from Japanese folklore. The word “kitsune” indicates generic foxes in the Japanese language, while in English the word kitsune represents only the folkloric variation. The name Kyūbi-no-kitsune (九尾の妖狐) is the Japanese name for the folkloric kitsunes. So foxes are often portrayed as intelligent beings, which have magical abilities that can increase with their age and wisdom. The more tails a kitsune has, in fact they may have nine tails, the older, wiser, and more powerful the fox is. Generically kitsune are portrayed as tricksters, but some stories depict them as faithful guardians, friends, wives and lovers. Kitsune have an amazing capability to assume a human appearance.

One of the oldest surviving kitsune tales provides a widely known folk etymology of the word kitsune. Unlike most tales of kitsune who become human and marry human males, this one does not end tragically:
Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono’s dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled. “You may be a fox,” Ono called after her, “but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome.” So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.
(Hamel. 2003. p.89 & Goff, 1997. “Foxes”. Japan Quarterly 44:2.)

Because the fox returns to her husband each night as a woman but leaves each morning as a fox, she is called Kitsune. In classical Japanese, kitsu-ne means come and sleep, and ki-tsune means “always comes”. (Smyers. 1999. p.72. ) But sadly, in contemporary Chinese life, the word “huli jing” is often used to describe a mistress negatively in an extramarital affair.

So they are anthropomorphic creatures, like many other anthropomorphic tricksters in Indigenous cultures. It is widely agreed that many fox myths in Japan can be traced to China, Korea, or India. Chinese folk tales tell of fox spirits called huli jing that may have up to nine tails, or Hồ Li Tinh in Vietnamese.

Due to the ancient Japanese Ainu people living near foxes, many folklore stories and legends arose. Inari, a Shinto kami (spirit), is closely associated with kitsunes and kitsunes often act as its messengers. This has reinforced their supernatural significance. Many treat kitsunes as deities and even make offerings to them.


Similarly to European and colonial folklore, in classical Arabic and Persian literature the fox is a symbol of craftiness and deceit as well as cowardice, as well as a helper. These stereotypes of the fox have been directly reflected in folklore and folk-belief. Although most types of folk tales in which the fox appears portray the animal as crafty and cunning, it is also portrayed as the helper or donor figure in some stories.
This stereotype of deviousness and guile appear also in attitudes about physiognomy and body language in Persian and Middle Eastern philosophy and folklore. Those who believe in physiognomy and body language interpret a fox-like visage as an indication of an evil and fraudulent personality, while dream interpretation texts consider the fox to be a symbol of a cunning and immoral man or a faithless, unreliable woman. And yet ancient folklore practice in Khorasan still prescribes that a bridegroom who is unable to consummate his marriage should leave the wedding party for the desert in the hope of hearing a fox howl. Once he hears the call of the beast, he can return to try again (Šakūrzāda, p. 204).
Yet, in pre-Islamic Iran, the fox was considered as one of the ten varieties of dog created against a demon. The fox is considered medicinally useful, and possessed of a fair amount of medical knowledge. It can, for instance, cure its own illnesses by feeding on certain roots and bulbs (Dānešpažūh, ed., p. 406; Qazvīnī, II, p. 108).


In many cultures, the fox appears in folklore as a symbol of cunning and trickery, or as a familiar animal possessed of magic powers. In Dogon mythology, the pale fox is the trickster god of the desert, who embodies chaos. The Medieval Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard was nicknamed “Robert the Fox” as well as the resourceful, the cunning, and the wily behaviour of foxes. And “to outfox” means “to beat in a competition of wits”, the synonym of “outguess”, “outsmart” or “outwit”. In Finnish mythology, the fox is depicted usually a cunning trickster, but seldom evil. The fox, while weaker, in the end outsmarts both the evil and voracious wolf and the strong but not-so-cunning bear. It symbolizes the victory of intelligence over both malevolence and brute strength.

All of these characteristics: cunning, resourcefulness, wiliness, trickery, wittiness and intelligence are characteristics of the god Hermes (Mercury), the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and bother of Apollo (Sun.) As these characteristics symbolise Mercury in his characteristics of intelligence and cunning, the fox is also a symbol of a person who has a strong third house in astrology.
Astrid Wallner’s (1998) astute summing up of the fox as “a symbol of gods, like for example, as a symbol of the god of vegetation or as a symbol of forest- and mountain-spirits.” This was a pre-Christian attitude. Wallner continues and maintains that this belief changed “in Christian Times, from where on the fox was seen as a demonic creature. The fox is a very famous figure in fables and usually is described as greedy, dishonest and tricky.” Thus in Christian times especially in the rabid, emotional plague times of witch burning foxes are also fall into the archetype of negative Mercury-Saturn. In the Middle Ages and even into the Renaissance, foxes, which were associated with wiliness and fraudulent behaviour, were sometimes burned as symbols of the Devil. The Bible’s Song of Solomon (2:15) includes a well-known verse “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” which had been given many interpretations over the centuries by Jewish and Christian Bible commentators.
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The Saturnian or Senex characteristic is seen when fox is a spirit animal or spiritual guide to a child or adult. The fox can be a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. If you follow the spiritual wisdom of a fox , you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations.

We have a third fox archetype; that of the helpful fox. Fox is said the helpful to be the most helpful animal in fairy tales. Most fables tell about how the fox tricks other animals to get food, but no legends or fairy tales have been found telling about the fox attacking humans. In early Mesopotamian mythology, the fox is one of the sacred animals of the goddess Ninhursag. The fox acts as her messenger. In the Shinto religion of Japan, kitsune (he fox spirit) sometimes helps people as an errand of their deity, Inari.

A fourth archetype is that of the warrior who uses his wits. This is similar to the Celtic beliefs about the powers of the alder tree The Moche people of ancient Peru worshiped animals and believed the fox to be a warrior that would use his mind to fight. The fox would not ever use physical attack, only mental. During World War II, the German commander in North Africa, Erwin Rommel, was nicknamed the “Desert Fox” by his British adversaries, as a tribute to his cunning and skill in battle.

A fifth archetype is one made famous by Jimi Hendrix’s song “Foxy Lady.” The words “fox” or “foxy” have become slang in English-speaking societies for an individual (most often female) with sex appeal. The word “vixen”, which is normally the common name for a female fox, is also used to describe an attractive woman. Albeit, in the case of humans, “vixen” tends to imply that the woman in question has a few nasty qualities. The term “foxy” in English is defined as meaning “attractive” and “sexy”, as well as “red-haired”.

And following the Mercurial archetype the fox is often connected to transformation in European and East Asian folklore and literature. There are four major types of fox stories:
• The word shenanigan (a deceitful confidence trick, or mischief) is considered to be derived from the Irish expression sionnachuighim, meaning “I play the fox.”
• Description of life of more or less realistic animals
• Stories about anthropomorphic animals imbued with human characteristics
• Tales of fox transformations into humans and vice versa

Arthur Koestler notes in his autobiography that when he attended the University of Vienna in the 1920s, Freshman students were known as “Füchse” (German for “Foxes”) and had their own distinct organization within the student fraternities, presided over by the “Head Fox”. All this was derived from centuries-old student traditions and lives on in the so-called Studentenverbindung, such as the German Student Corps. I note, too, the similar Mercurial connotations of Fox television.


The fox is known for sneaking into homes and getting away without being caught. Because of this ability we might look for the archetype of Mercury in Cancer or the 4th house, with a challenging Neptune aspect. This could give an ancestor who was actually a thief, a remittance man, or a criminal of some kind. In Australia many of us have convict and Indigenous ancestors who survived by thieving, lying and escaping throughout their lives. The alternative was death. I had three and I have done shamanic work to alter their lives and delete their heartbreak and hardship. The 1903 to mid 1915 generation also had Neptune in Cancer. This generation lived through World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. If these people had Neptune was in the 3rd house in those years or in challenging aspect to Mercury the trickster fox archetype could emerge. So we see this generation as those who were survivors who learned to live with little food and few possessions like foxes in the night. Thus if you have a Cancer fourth house with Neptune in it and Mercury aspecting it you may be living out the life of a Neptunian-Cancer ancestor.


So let’s look at the fox spirit. Why would this guide come to you?

• A Mercury-Neptune warning that you are being or could be deceived.

• A warning that you need to be more discerning .

• A Pluto type guide who gives you the ability to blend in and be invisible and yet

• If fox is your major ancestral totem or major medicine or power animal Lynx Graywolf suggests calling in a balancing energy of Fox such as Wolf, Dog or Coyote for whom Foxes are prey, because people who have Fox as a primary totem find their business is unsuccessful because they are invisible.

• A gift of being a great researcher, detective or shamanic practitioners ( who does psychopomp work, depossession from sneaky spirits or curse unravelling) who can shapeshift.

• A gift for those who feel they must hide their true selves from ” the workaday world”. Saint Germain gives the same ability of being invisible.

• A gift from fox to protect and shield you. Lynx Graywolf suggests that for those children or adults who are abused or subject to domestic violence (unending criticism is part of this), not being noticed means that no one can get close enough to really hurt you in some way. People in abusive situations, under enemy interrogation, torture or in a war zone need to be “hidden”in order to survive. Children who were abused, physically, emotionally, or sexually may grow into adults whose Fox medicine has stepped up and is running their lives. Please see an experienced shamanic practitioner if this is the case.

• People who have Fox medicine may feel hunted, stalked or preyed upon by others. When they are noticed by others, they seem to have something that “everyone else wants” and rarely does the person feel liked or even loved for who they are as individuals but as a therapist, counsellor or healer who people believe they can get something from free or solve their problems for free.

• Sometimes teachers or lecturers or famous people who have the Fox medicine will be or feel “stalked” by others, thus contributing to over active Fox medicine gaining the upper hand. If these people are therapists and their boundaries are being invaded constantly this becomes draining and exhausting and may lead to burn out. This is a Mercury-Neptune or Mars- Neptune in the 3rd house or Gemini problem or even a Mercury-Venus-Neptune problem. This indeed can be a problem of being vampired.

• Fox medicine is very Neptunian and as such, it is also very easy for others to project what they wish to see about who you are no matter how strongly one tries to assert their own true self. Fox people often do then come away from many encounters with others feeling as though they are never really seen or heard. This can result in the Fox person acting out in exaggerated ways, doing things they may not normally have done was the need to assert their true selves not being ignored by those around them. Fox children especially may behave in this way. Lynx Graywolf warns here that it is important for Fox people to look in the mirror frequently and ask themselves “who am I?” For people with strong Fox medicine it becomes a matter of anchoring their true selves into their lives and clearing the projections of others, otherwise they may live out their lives vicariously for their parents or partners and be like a cork bobbing in the ocean.

• I have had the experience of having a client for both astrological work and shamanic work who had Sun square Neptune, Mercury square Neptune, Mars inconjunct Neptune and Sun inconjunct Pluto. Did you work it out? Yes, her father totally dominated her and compared her endlessly and negatively with her two sisters. He expected her to achieve to perfection in the fields he wanted. She had little energy because she was living someone else’s dream. Yes, this woman had fox medicine. When she was eight her mother died and her Grandfather trained a Collie dog for her because she had no sense of direction and she wandered. When she was nine years old her grandfather died and her father poisoned the dog. Strangely her companion most of the time in real life was a dog, a wolf dog.

• Shamanic practitioners, mediums, clairvoyants and holistic therapists fox people may feel most energised around twilight or dusk and daybreak. Shaman Tom Cowan calls these times “betwixt and between times” (1996, p. 94.) He maintains these are the times when we can reach out to other realms, where we can change and transform and be transformed. These are the “thin” times when the doorways to other realms are most easily opened. They are especially vibrant if we use these times in “thin” places. Many Fox people find that they can meditate, journey most easily or receive important guidance at these times. The short time between consciousness and sleep is also especially important to Fox people. It is during that time-space right before one drifts off to sleep that dreams can be most easily incubated for the Fox person. These are great times to set intentions and excellent times for these people to connect with their own personal Fox totem and to ask for its assistance.

• I am a fox person and I have often felt my thick hair is like an antennae. People have said, “You are a Leo. You have a mane.” But what they are missing is that Fox people often have very thick hair and hair acts as an antenna for psychic and intuitive information. As a fox person you can wear their hair long hair to shield from others and because they feel it does indeed help them to connect with the unseen realms. Fox people must take especially good care of their hair, especially if they feel foggy a wash your hair, so your abilities to connect with other realms is clear. Like Samson longer hair strengthens one.

• 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.


Deborah at Anwen Essences has created a range of essences she has named the Warrior’s Tools collection for all those on the path of self-awareness; light-workers, therapists, healers, shamans and more! At this time of much change, as we learn to truly become one with the energy of all that is, shedding that which holds us back, embracing every aspect of ourselves and our lives, we intend to be truly conscious of ourselves in every moment. These special essences are designed to support & inspire. Her Loki spray mist is very fox-like in it’s archetypal energy. Deborah tells us it is “a powerful trickster teacher, for finding knowledge deep within, knowing own mind, and truly trusting in this.”

Lynx Graywolf from Morningstar Flower & Vibrational Essences creates Coyote Mint Flower Essence as helping those who feel they are stuck in a pattern of always being taken in by others, or “Played the fool” and yet the next time the trickster comes round again, these folks fall for the confidence man’s lies all over again hook, line and sinker. This essence helps these folks to spot the Trickster coming so they are not taken in yet again by the other person’s clever patter. The affirmation for the Coyote Mint Flower Essence is “ I Learn From My Mistakes The First Time Around!”

Lynx Graywolf from Morningstar Flower & Vibrational Essences also has created Coyote Willow Flower Essence to find the playfulness of the fox spirit within us. She says, “This essence helps us to lighten up, attract more playfulness into our lives and through that we can release the cares, worries and tensions of the day. Sometimes we all find ourselves in situations that feel intolerable because they have dragged on for so long and we may even feel near the breaking point. This essence helps us to keep going when we need to, but also be able to see the humour in a given situation. Even though we may feel more like crying than laughing, there is always a way of looking at things that helps us to see the absurd. And once we see that, its often a short hop, skip and jump to something much better. When we bow to what is, we can move through it with greater ease and Joy. Resisting what is tends to keep it stuck in place, exactly what we don’t want! Being able to laugh at things breaks up the tensions, eases the stress, releases the endorphins so we can relax and then we can hear our Inner Guidance which has the perfect solution/resolution. Changes happen quickly with this essence so do be prepared to find yourself tacking and turning as the winds of your life begin moving you along to a much Happier and Higher space!” The affirmation for this essence is “Through laughter and joy I can bend without breaking!”


So, what are my conclusions? First it is obvious that after mankind crowded themselves into cities or became settled, rather than being nomadic, foxes were and are regarded as a threat to sheep, hens, eggs; all those smaller creatures than mankind wanted to keep as food and covering (wool and feathers) in small enclosures. In some countries, foxes are major predators of rabbits and hens and mankind eats both. Thus foxes were stereotyped as cunning, wily, treacherous and sly because they were in competition with mankind for food. People kept dogs to hunt the foxes and protect their precious hens and sheep. Thus the archetype of trickster came about.

Secondly, as a protective guide the fox spirit brings a sense of playfulness and fun to abused and lonely children. As the fox is one of the most hunted creatures on earth, we as therapists need to be aware that a person who complains of bullying, stalking and worn down by other people may have an out of control fox spirit. Fox people are also obvious by their thick and often long hair which could have a red tinge to it. Because foxes need to sneak to get what they want fox people need courage and directness. So they need to learn to be assertive and straightforward. Fox people in business need dog or wolf as a power animal as well to help people see them.
Prominent Neptune and Pluto are good signposts in charts to help flush out a fox person. Challenging Mars-Neptune or Mercury-Neptune are also signs that a person may have foxy tendencies. And it is possible that if you are rectifiying a chart and think a person may have a Leo ascendant they may just be a fox person. Finally, Coyote Willow and Coyote Mint Flower Essences, Alder essence and Loki Spray are a good companion remedy for fox people.

If you are a fox person I’d love to hear your comment. I only make them public if you want a public answer.

Many happy days from Hilary.


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  1. Wow absolutely amazing information! Very syncronictic for me to see this at this time after having fox show up in my dreams!

    • Hello Lee Ann,

      So did my article answer your dream or explain the content. I cannot say I see real foxes all the time, but I do see them more than the average person, mainly because I go out to the country a great deal. I am so glad you enjoyed “for the love of foxes.”

      Blessing for the coming new year and for the new moon tomorrow.


  2. best info. could never find any info on mid-eastern thought on.foxes. I had a dream several years ago in which my grandmother of Lebanese origin was literally laying out all of the relevance through time of our family and had all the recent women in my family there (3 generations, but only my mom’s girls, grandkids etc) Anyway, she told me some of the most bizarre things and oddly enough, one by one they have mostly all come to pass as “checking out” in real life. Really deep stuff, whose connections to history in their particular culture are just so ancient. (They were Druze) My mom has been dead for a long time and I only met this grandmother once in life before she died. Anyway, she was telling me of these Druze (Druse) people and in so doing referred to the fox as one of the ancient symbols, but it came with no reference other than anything she mentioned was in connection to our people’s history. I always wondered about that fox. Still not sure but found the spirit animal (familial) info fascinating and was also enthralled b/c the over active fox energy you speak of has been torturing me for a long time and it is exactly that way. I could not even put it into those words. Very pertinent to RIGHT NOW. Like I needed that without even knowing it and it helped me on a real level to think of it this way. However, im not sure if she was warning me of this bad person who has been pursuing me for years, b/c at the time of the dream I was running hard from him or if she is saying wee come from a long line of losers,. (haha) At any rate, the timing was right and feel more informed. Cool blog piece. I have always had BTW long, thick hair with blonde on top layer and auburn coat underneath. Most people see me as blonde but others definitely see me as a red head. Always been perplexing, as I never felt I was truly either.Blessings to you!

    • Hello there,

      How fascinating that the fox is connected to your Druze ancestry. Thanks so much for being so kind in your praise. My hair is the same as yours and foxes have always been part of my life.

      Blessings to you too from,


  3. Hello a fox came near my house 3 times and 2 more times as I was out and about. The 3 times he had came near my house. The man I was wit was leaving. And the fox just walked by his car and did not even run. I was amazed because they always run fast. Is there a meaning as to why I am seeing fox so much. Thankyou.

    • Hi Angela,
      Wow, aren’t you lucky. Maybe he is a guide to give you advice. Read my article to get some ideas on what sort of help he can give you. They are amazing at not being seen, because they have been hunted for so long. They are very clever.

      Good luck.

      Best Wishes,

  4. I wonder if you have heard about the australian visionary artist, Vali Myers? She was known as the witch of Positano and she raised a fox. Some lovely artwork can be found online.

  5. Love this! I am a fox person as well. We had a family raise their kits here in my backyard for three springs. Such magical creatures.

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