Animal Spirit and Medicine: Totem Of The Lynx

Role: Knower of Secrets

Lesson: Uncover the Hidden

Element: Water

Wind: North Land of the Elders & Wisdom

Medicine: Invisibility


The Lynx is a beautiful member of the cat family, distinguished by its compact body and long legs, bobbed tail and tufts of fur that sprout out the top of each ear.  Their coats are thick and luxurious in the winter to protect them from the icy winds that prevail in the high mountainous environs of their Canadian and Alaskan homes.

Across centuries and woven throughout the lore of many Peoples, the Lynx has long been recognized as a silent witness to the foils and follies of humankind, a wise and silent sage that possesses knowledge of the secret mysteries of both Heaven and Earth.  He is not the Gatekeeper to this fountain of eternal wisdom, he is one of the Totems that possess the knowledge of these secrets that other Totems are assigned to protect.

The tufts of fur that adorn the ears of a Lynx are thought to serve much like a receiver for the secret knowledge and wisdom transmitted from the Ancestors.  Like their Animal Ally, the two-legged with Lynx as a Primary Totem will enter upon this Earthwalk with a keen sense of, or interest in, the deeper mysteries of Life.

Often, the childhood is one of heightened emotional and/or psychic awareness wherein the Lynx Soul felt somehow distanced or removed from those around them.  Their gift for sudden flashes of Insight would have been noticed at a very early age, and either encouraged (if the adults in the Lynx cub`s life were open-minded or metaphysically inclined individuals) or attempted to be thoroughly squashed.  As this would have taken place during that individual`s formative years, the adult Lynx may not have conscious recollection of this squelching of their psychic/perceptive insights, yet as adults, and if this has not been resolved, there will exist a reluctance to share their insights with others for fear of rejection or ridicule.

And in part, this is because the one beside whom Lynx Totem pads simply know the deeper mysteries and secrets of Life and it is this inner Knowing that guides and directs their decisions and choices as they walk their Path of Physical Life.  They are not necessarily here to divulge that knowledge on a broad basis, unless other Totems walking, flying or swimming beside them dictate otherwise.  For example, if one were to have Power Totem of Lynx, yet have Mission Totem of Crow, then not only would Lynx provide the Knowledge of Universal Secrets, Crow would be present as Mission Totem to carry the message of such secrets to Others.  Hence, when examining ones Animal Allies, it is crucial to take the entirety of the Animal Spirits into consideration, as well as examining the Medicine and Lessons unique to each Totem.


The Lynx has been well equipped by Mother Earth to survive in climates and seasons that demand only the “fittest” will survive.  She has gifted the Lynx with a thick coat to protect against the ice and snow of a bitter winter, as well as having outfitted this graceful creature with large paws that serve much like snowshoes that keep the Lynx aloft on drifts of snow, in order that he/she may easily chase the fleet and sure-footed snowshoe hare that is the primary source of the Lynxes` diet.

It is the ability of the Lynx to blend in with his/her environs and move silently and swiftly across varying terrain, that are the primary factors in this cat`s ability to approach prey nearly unseen and unheard.

This beautiful animal is a species soon to be threatened with extinction, and hence is awaiting a listing on the endangered species list, so encounters in the wild in this current age is, tragically, highly unlikely.  Equally, these elusive creatures have always been difficult to catch sight of due to the fact that they have an uncanny ability to slip unnoticed long before a human has the opportunity to realize they were even present.  The Lynx, however, will often observe the two-legged with a mixture of caution and curiosity, staying hidden in bushes, shadows, or any other form of concealment that is available.

This ability to move so silently and pass unseen was noted by indigenous peoples who understood the Medicine of the Lynx to be one of slipping effortlessly between planes and dimensions.

For the Two-Legged with Lynx as a Primary Totem, there will exist the inherent ability within these souls to uncover all that which is “hidden” from the eyes of a less observant individual.  This is not necessarily an immediate or intuitive sensing, but rather a gradual process of uncovering hidden corners and shadows through silent observation, much as the Lynx in the wild will quietly observe prey, trespassers into their territory and potential mates.

Lynx Soul will be able to see right through the outer appearances and what Others might choose to present to the outside world, to the very heart of all that is Hidden beneath.  This means that the one beside whom Lynx pads will have an uncanny ability to recognize the fears, secrets, agenda, and feelings of guilt or remorse that are all but invisible to most other souls.

There are other Totems (such as Black Panther) who possess the ability to see into the hearts and minds of their fellow two-legged, yet where part of the Black Panther Soul`s Medicine is to point these areas out, it is not the Medicine of Lynx to do so.  Lynx Souls merely uncover the hidden and store the knowledge away, perhaps transmitting this knowledge to the one whose hidden feelings and thoughts he/she has successfully uncovered telepathically, yet they remain silent on these things until such a time that they are approached for “assistance.”

Even then, the Lynx soul is very cautious about how much is revealed or shared of their Inner Knowing, as they are not here to point these areas out to Others, nor does this knowledge necessitate they must share it, they are purely and simply the Detectives of the Animal Spirits and uncover Hidden Truths.

If there is another Totem within the individual`s Personal or Primary Totems that is a relater of such information (such as Crow), or a “counseling” Totem (such as Dolphin), then the information Lynx uncovers will be utilized for therapeutic reasons by that other Animal Ally.

The caution for the Lynx Totem, however, is that the Uncovered Hidden Truths must never be shared with anyone other than whom that truth has been revealed, and certainly never used as a weapon against that soul, or as a means to exert control or power over them.  Revealing unhidden truths for such willful and egotistical purpose would be an example of the Contrary Medicine (Shadow element) of the Lynx.”


Like most cats, the Lynx will spend much of its life alone, and it is typically only when the female is in estrus that Lynx will seek out a mate.  Then, once the mating is complete, the pair will part and go their separate ways, with the female raising any kittens that might be produced from the coupling.  The kittens (generally born in the late Spring months) will stay with their mother only until February or early March when the female will once more go into estrus.

For the two-legged beside whom Lynx pads, they will find themselves alone at intermittent intervals throughout their Earthwalk, via either desire or design.

In some instances, this is a literal “aloneness” that comes with separation by either death of a loved one or the disintegration and parting of a relationship.  Yet in other instances, the Lynx soul will feel separate from Others, even while sharing the same physical space, a trait that can often be misunderstood by loved ones.

It is not that these individuals do not desire companionship, and this tendency may be substantially reduced if there is another Primary Totem that is either Mate or Group oriented (such as Wolf, Hawk, Eagle or Dolphin), it is simply that the area of Partnerships and emotionally intimate encounters will either be a highly charged area of their current Earthwalk, or it will be next to non-existent.

In the instance of the former, the Lynx individual will meet many of his/her Life Lessons through disappointments, disillusionment or losses in love that will leave them with the desire to be alone, or feeling abandoned and rejected.  And in the case of the latter, this may either be an extremely sore spot for the two-legged with Lynx Totem or will simply be an area of nonconcern.  Much depends upon the other Primary Totems that surround the individual.


Each Animal has its own Medicine which is unique to that specific Creature, as gifted by the Great Mystery.  For the Lynx, it is the Medicine of Invisibility, or the ability to slip unseen/unnoticed between planes.

This Medicine serves the Lynx to observe in silence, the foibles, follies, falsehoods, and triumphs of the Human Spirit.  This information is then carried to the Elders that they may determine the course of Humanities spiritual progress.

The two-legged beside whom Lynx walks will have the ability to slip unseen into any circumstance or environment.  Once “there,” they will quietly observe all that is around them and often appear either extremely shy to the casual observer or are labeled as “aloof” and/or “arrogant.”  In both instances this is usually not the case, it is simply that the Medicine of Invisibility requires the Holder of the Medicine to remain a part of the backdrop unobserved, rather than to take center stage and be noticed.  The difficulty sometimes arises when they become conspicuous in their inconspicuousness.

In some tribes, the Shaman is well versed in the Medicine of the Lynx, which assists them as they quite literally disappear into other planes and dimensions.  Yet this is a Medicine that is perfected over many lifetimes and with due work, diligence, and sacrifice of will and desire to dominate either circumstances or others.

As the Ultimate Responsibility of this Medicine is to serve as a sounding board and silent, non-judgmental witness to friends, strangers, family, and co-workers who find the Lynx soul to be comforting in their ability to listen without offering advice, and to offer support free of judgment.  When following this pathway of Proper Silence, the Lynx individual is answering his/her Higher Calling to be of benefit to both their fellow two-leggeds and to serve the Purpose of the Elders.

Lynx Medicine

Lynx medicine is strongly related to the planetary energies of Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto and thus one must reach very deeply within to understand both the messages that this medicine brings and the people who carry Lynx medicine. The bottom line is that neither the Lynx person nor the messages will be easy to figure out especially as the energy itself is well known for being extraordinarily tight-lipped!

Lynx medicine is that which empowers and gifts an individual to have amazing powers of intuition and clairvoyance. Just the same as there are great masters in music, literature, the arts, and healing to name a few areas, so too are there great masters who can effortlessly pull from the ethers the intuitive and psychic messages that one needs at any given point in time. The Lynx person may not understand themselves why they have this ability for it simply pours through them. “Something turns on” within them and suddenly the person just knows what other people cannot or perhaps I should say are unwilling to see or hear.

Yet the Lynx person sees it all too clearly though they are normally less than willing to share all that they know! It is simply part of the Lynx person’s nature to keep things under wraps for they have also learned the painful lessons early on of trying to share what they see only to be shunned or even abused for their powerful abilities. Many people simply don’t want to hear the messages that the Universe is trying to send them until they get themselves in a right pickle and then wonder what happened! At times the Lynx person may be blamed for not “warning” the person ahead of time though along with the knowing of what lies ahead there is often too a sense that no matter how often the Lynx person tries to pass the messages along, some folks just won’t get it until they walk right into a quagmire.

It’s not that the Lynx person wants other folks to get into trouble, it is simply that they understand better than most people that the ways and means of the Soul are vast and incomprehensible to the rational mind. It is not up to the Lynx person to “save” others from their own creations but to pass along the messages that they do feel inclined to share, again being guided by the same Universal force that has given them these abilities, to begin with. The Lynx person can watch someone walk straight towards an open manhole and sensing that to try to warn the other person would be fruitless, they must sit back and allow the other to carry on as they will, even if that means the person ends up going straight into the hole!

Yet because of Lynx’s watchfulness and higher awareness, they also have the solution to getting the person back out of the hole and on their way again IF the person is willing to hear and act upon the messages/solutions that are being given. The Lynx person knows that sometimes we all create bizarre or even painful situations in our lives to trick ourselves into getting our lives back on the right path for us as individuals. Sometimes it does seem awful that humans have such a knack for learning things the hard way! Yet for those who are ready to move onto the path that is much more effortless and joyful, the Lynx person/totem shall be right at hand to help them make that shift and can be counted upon to bring a seemingly never-ending bounty of messages that lead directly to the treasure one is seeking! Again, it is not that the Lynx person doesn’t want to help it is simply that they know some people need to get into and out of their own problems in order to grow and develop.

Lynx medicine people can see that which is hidden and even though others may think that things are on the up and up, the Lynx person knows better or if they don’t they shall soon find out! Nothing escapes Lynx’s watchful gaze for long. A Lynx’s eyesight is excellent and they are always watching people see what they do rather than relying on what they are saying. The Lynx person knows that what people do is the real expression of where they are really coming from! If you ever wonder whether someone can be trusted ask a Lynx person. If they know you well enough they may give you an answer! Often though the Lynx person will look at you as though to say “If you have to ask me, well don’t you think you ALREADY know the truth?!” It is the rare soul however that ever asks a Lynx person for their “seeing” as to what they may be hiding from themselves.

This is the real purpose of Lynx medicine, to assist those who truly want to understand why they keep creating the same problems in their lives or why a situation happened to them when they believed they were working so hard inside only to have things blow up in their faces! It can even be highly frustrating to a Lynx person to see what is happening so clearly and yet they know to divulge what they see will lead to nothing good but may even make the other person more intent on their own self-destruction. At those moments, the Lynx person may find they simply need to move on in their own lives, allowing the other person to do as they see fit.

It may also behoove the Lynx person to begin examining what they too might need to be looking at in their own lives as the contrary medicine of Lynx may be at play. Fortunately, many Lynx people are good at admitting to themselves where their issues and problems lie, even though they may not be prone to sharing these bits with others. Yet they will if they honestly feel it might help someone else take a closer look at their own circumstances and creations.

Lynx people can be very much like the Cheshire Cat. Frequently they disappear and then reappear when least expected which can be very confusing to those who are close to such people! Lynx’s are solitary creatures though and so are the folks that carry their energy. They need to have much space and time to themselves so they are not flooded with other’s energies and thoughts or beliefs. To step away from others from time to time helps the Lynx person to keep the waters of their knowing flowing clean and pure so that when they hear the call to step in and help another, the information that comes through them will be of true service and not clouded by the mass consciousness.

In this way too the Lynx person carries the energy of Pluto which also requires much time alone to navigate the deeper labyrinths within. The Lynx person understands the need to step back and do their own deep inner work if they are true to be of service and that does require a solitary approach to life for no one can do that for us. This is not to say that Lynx people cannot form strong solid bonds with other folks for in fact many do! It is simply that it requires much time and patience for the most part unless the Lynx person remembers the other person on a soul level. These folks know beyond a shadow of a doubt who belongs to their true soul family and who does not! It is very important that the Lynx person heeds this inner knowing for if they do not, they may find themselves being badly damaged by someone they have given their trust to only to have it abused which can leave the Lynx person feeling absolutely gutted for quite some time and unwilling to trust anyone new until they jump through many hoops to prove themselves! So much of this can be avoided though if the Lynx person can keep reminding themselves to step back and LISTEN to their own knowing!

At times Lynx people become confused as to why others do not seem to be able to see their own problems quite as clearly as the Lynx person does. Many Lynx medicine people don’t realize that they were born wise beyond their years and what comes so naturally to them doesn’t always to others. Often times Lynx children are shamed for saying what they know to be true thus enforcing their need through life to keep quiet about what they know. yet when the truth of a situation does come to light and the Lynx child or adult does speak up and say “see, I knew this all along!” others may become quite angry or defensive with the Lynx person and wonder why for heaven’s sake didn’t the person speak up before!

This is what confuses so many Lynx people, others say they want to know when they really don’t and become angry when the Lynx person does speak up and yet they also become angry when the Lynx person stays mute until others finally “get it’! No wonder these folks are so secretive! They simply have had this need to be this way so heavily reinforced by those around them that it takes them much time and trust to be able to share what they see with others.

Lynx children especially need to feel that what they have to share is valuable and important, otherwise many become depressed and withdraw from peers or other family members. Many may become fearful as well if they are having psychic or clairvoyant experiences that family members discount or ignore thus leaving the Lynx child with no one they can share these things with. The Lynx child may then wonder if there is something “wrong” with them and as an adult may even fear they are going mad! These folks more than most truly do need others of like mind with whom they can share their experiences and knowledge with! Yet because of past experiences of being shamed or ignored, it makes it that much more difficult for the person to truly open up.

Lynx people make fabulous confidants and counselors as they are unlikely to “spill the beans” to others and because of their highly secretive nature, they often do attract many people who feel they can really trust the Lynx person and share their innermost thoughts and feelings with them. If there is a “sin” to a Lynx person, it is the sharing of secrets or other information that another has shared with them. Many Lynx people feel they will be “punished” somehow for sharing what they know and this can be a carry over from past lives where they were indeed punished or singled out because they tried to share information with those that were not ready or able to receive it.

Yet this instinctive need for staying quiet can be such a gift for other people who desperately need a safe space to share their secrets and innermost feelings with! They know that because of the Lynx person’s ability to interact with the Higher Planes and bring forth wise wisdom and guidance when the time is right, that the Lynx person is also less likely to be judgmental of others for they do glimpse the bigger picture. Yet it is important that the Lynx person also finds a safe space where they too can unload what has been shared with them though it is rare, if ever, that they will share it with another human being.

This is why Guides and Totems are so important for Lynx people in general and why they must learn to work hand in hand with them for it is with their Guides and Totems that the Lynx person can release all that they know and all that has been shared with them. Lynx people, in fact, may have many Guides and many other totems aside from having the Lynx itself as a primary totem. These folks have come here to watch, to listen, to observe so that when the time is right, others can benefit from their knowledge and not have to make the same mistakes as others have done in the past. So much is handed to Lynx people that they need the extra support that so many Guides and Totems can give them.

Lynx people can also make wonderful teachers for those who truly seek to be empowered through the teachings and are willing to try things out for themselves to see what truly works for them instead of just buying into whatever anyone else says is the right or correct way to do things. Lynx teachers never hand out all the answers on a silver platter but expect the student to figure it out for themselves. They can help to point the way and yet they will never try to force their own thoughts and beliefs on others.

Because of their ability to work so closely with the higher planes, they understand that what is true for one person may not be for another, that there are many truths and many realities that exist side by side. They will do their best to help the student find the doorways to these different truths and realms yet they also know that if the student is not ready that handing them the map so to speak would only do them more harm than good. When one is truly ready to know more, the Universe will find many ways of bringing the teachings and information to them!

Some people fear Lynx medicine people for they sense that this person is able to see straight through them into their heart and soul. This can also cause the Lynx person to feel rejected or unwanted as from their perspective, they so rarely judge others and cannot understand why others would want to reject them outright! It is then important for the Lynx person to remember that others may not understand that they don’t feel the need to share all they see with anyone else.

Lynx medicine people tend to have large or wide feet just the same as the actual Lynx itself has feet built like snowshoes that they may traverse snowy ground and catch prey with greater ease. Because this ability to maneuver is so important to the survival of the Lynx it is also important that those with this totem take good care of their own feet as well. Shoes that fit properly and are comfortable are a must and many Lynx people I have known prefer not to wear shoes at all (myself included) because they feel shoes interfere with their ability to stayed earthed and grounded.

Because Lynx people are always somehow involved with the receiving of information from the psychic realms (it is always “on” though the person can learn to shift the energy into neutral so they do not feel so bombarded with it) it is extremely important that they feel that sense of groundedness and support from the earth itself. Unlikely to become space cadets yet it can be easy for a Lynx person to feel drained or overwhelmed by all the information coming through and being in contact with the earth helps them to sort things out and also earths the incoming energy much the same as electrical energy need to be “earthed” in order to be used with safety.

These folks often have quick reflexes as well and often find in their own lives that they need to “change directions or gears” so to speak at moments notice in order to manifest what they desire in their own lives. This too can be confusing to some folks who wonder why the Lynx person suddenly hares off in another direction and may think the Lynx person is not terribly stable when in fact the Lynx “sees” the “rabbit” (the Lynx’s preferred food) they are chasing has, in fact, changed direction and if they are to catch it, they too must move in that new direction. Because of this, it is so important that the Lynx person trusts the information and guidance they are receiving for themselves and not be swayed by others who do not see things as clearly as the Lynx does.

Some Lynx people do go through a process whereby they allow others to cause them to doubt their own knowledge and then live to regret it deeply. Yet the Lynx person must also remember that this is part of their own learning process and to start again, this time making a commitment to only following what they know to be true for them!

Because of their ability to navigate on ice and snow, the Lynx person is also able to help others become more aware of where they are “frozen” especially on the emotional level. The Lynx person may be drawn to those who are emotionally frozen only to realize that they too may be freezing out many of their own emotions. The reason some of this occurs for the Lynx person is that they see and hear so much throughout their lives, starting at such a young age, that they feel the need to shut down or distance some of their own emotional energy lest they walk around as an open wound in response to others suffering. If this is the case, it would behoove the Lynx person to examine carefully the placement of Neptune by sign, house and aspect in their natal chart which can help them understand other ways of working with their own emotions so they do not deny them but give them a fuller range of expression that can be more beneficial.

For the most part, Lynx is a totem one is born with and I have yet to hear of anyone who gained Lynx as a totem later on in life though of course, anything is possible! Yet a Lynx may come to work with someone for short periods of time if the person is truly open to hearing what this medicine has to communicate to them. Usually, the Lynx will appear when people or things are not as they seem and it takes a great deal of discernment in order to get to the truth. Sometimes as the truth becomes known it can be very painful and yet the Lynx also knows that it is even worse to continue to be blinded by another person or situation that will only lead to one being pulled off their right path.

If Lynx has appeared for you as a temporary totem, it would be wise to pay extra attention to people and things that are around you at this time for it is likely that things are not what they seem! You may have to dig deep and play “detective” to get to the truth and yet if you are truly wanting to know, Lynx will ensure that you are able to see it.

Compatibilities and Associations for Lynx people are:

  1. Rabbit – which is the balancing medicine of the Lynx. It also helps the Lynx person to feel fed and nurtured when others shy away or appear to be having trouble accepting the Lynx person.
  2. Champagne Topaz – Helps the Lynx person to understand their Highest Destiny and the purpose for the energy they carry.
  3. Black Opal – A strong energy hat helps the Lynx person to recognize their true worth if they have been shamed or rejected by others.
  4. Raspberry Tea – For the times the Lynx person doubts their own knowledge because others do not see things the same way.
  5. Green with Perlite Obsidian – May help ease feelings of rejection and isolation.



Keeper of the ancient secrets,
Teacher of the hidden skills,
Open my heart and mind to wisdom,
Fill my days with strengthened will.
Reveal the fearful truth of being,
The part of us we fail to see.
O lynx of smiling, hidden secrets,
Bring aid and wisdom now to me.


Lynx is the keeper of lost magic
and occult knowledge.
Lynx is the guardian of the secrets
and, more importantly, the knower of the secrets.
Lynx medicine is a very specific type of clairvoyance.
If the medicine is strong in you, you will get mental pictures concerning people
and the secrets they hide. You will see their fears, lies, and self-deceptions.
You never speak of these revelations – but you know.
With a Lynx totem, people will share their secrets with you.
They will take you into their confidence and you will “accidentally”
discover things about people (whether you want to or not).
You must be very careful not to break confidences.
Your words must be chosen carefully and used cautiously.
Strength through silence must be your motto.
You do not have to do anything with the secrets you learn,
you, like the Lynx, are the keeper of secrets.
Listen to your higher self.



Seer of the Unseen. Solitude. Reservation. Vigilance. The Hermit. Understanding Spiritual Mystery. Sphinx Energy. Invisibility. Knowledge vs. Superstition. Play. Perception and Protection on All Levels. Seduction and Eye Contact. Manipulation of Time & Space in Otherworlds.


The Lynx (including the bobcat) taxonomically consists of four species within the family Felidae. They are a shy, secretive medium-sized feline with tufted ears and a bobbed tail common to the western hemisphere. The prefer to live in mature forests and mountainous regions, but can be found in deserts and heath/scrubland. They are often noted for their haughty or imperial gaze. They tend to be most active at dawn and dusk, but are also nocturnal. Their diets consist primarily of rodents and hare. Lynx is quite dependent on hare populations, and lynx numbers are thought to be directly proportionate to hare numbers. Lynx is mostly silent, and use body language and scent to communicate most often, however they will yowl and hiss in mating season. They are hunted for their pelts, and kittens are at risk of predation from coyotes, owls, and foxes (among others).


Please remember that if this animal is contacting you, it will often be the best resource for teaching you what its lessons are. What I write is only intended to be a guide, it is not absolute, nor is it infallible.

  • Lynx tells us it is a time for caution and vigilance, and often comes into our lives through dreams or visions to tell us that we need to pay more attention to our surroundings even when we know we aren’t in any danger. Reservation when going about our lives also teaches us to think before we act, and Lynx can come into our lives to curb impulsivity.
  • Lynx can bring clarity to the understanding of spiritual mysteries, this clarity, in turn, enables us to learn hidden secrets and understand how these mysteries apply to our lives and those around us.
  • Lynx tells us it is time to become a bit more of a skeptic, it is time for knowledge vs. superstition. Lynx energy tends to put a bit of a skewer in the habits of superstitious folk and teaches us to overcome our blockages to learning new things due to a deep-seated grounding in superstition.
  • Lynx is an ideal energy for perception on all levels and the growth that this implies. When we learn how to perceive in all areas of our lives, we grow immeasurably. This perception leads to a protection on all levels. Lynx is an extraordinarily strong energy for the cultivation and maintenance of personal boundaries and barriers.
  • The nature of the Lynx to operate alone enables it to understand secrets and to be secretive. This nature is neither deceptive nor deliberately malicious, rather it is an energy that simply stands apart. Lynx is The Hermit from the standard Tarot. People with Lynx in their lives often find that they connect best with others and themselves when they deliberately disconnect from overly-socializing or stretching themselves too thin.
  • The presence of Lynx in our lives also reflects the presence of Sphinx energy in our lives, and it may be important to connect with this mythological creature and its symbolism and heritage also.
  • Are you a solitary person who takes yourself too seriously? You very well might be if you’ve attracted Lynx into your life. Well, the good news is that Lynx has an excellent sense of whimsical, kittenish, light-hearted play, and it’s time for you to find the things in your life which make you child-like again, laugh again, and live again. Solitude is no excuse for taking oneself too seriously after all, and like any Lynx will teach you – you can certainly play and have fun by yourself.
  • On a shamanic or spiritual level, Lynx teaches manipulation of time and space in other worlds. This is a necessary tool of the shaman, and Lynx is one of the few animals who willingly teaches it. This manipulation enables us to visit memories and the future, bend and fit multiple spaces, and lengthen or shorten the time in order to better understand energy and in order to better heal when shamanising. This ability is of itself a mystery, which is why Lynx is one of the better teachers of this lesson.
  • Seduction and eye contact is a realm in which the Lynx is a master. It might be time to learn how to use the expressiveness of your own eyes to sway others, or it might be time to learn how the eye is significant as a symbol of your spirituality. What does it mean to look, see and record information? What are the colors you can see? What can other creatures see that you can’t? What are the mysteries implied in this? Is the idea of seeing more seductive? Or frightening? What can you see that others can’t?
  • Lynx is the Seer of the Unseen, and comes into our lives to draw our attention to that which we need to focus on, and have glossed over for whatever reason. Additionally Lynx can teach us how to see that which cannot be seen by the human eye on a day to day level – how to discern auras, spirits, ghosts, ley-lines, energy fields, shields, magical residue and even the memories and blockages that hang around people, are all the domain of Lynx. If we start seeing Lynx in our lives, it might also be time to do ourselves a tarot, oracle or rune reading for we are most likely to be objective (or learning to be objective) when viewing ourselves at this time.


People with this animal as a totem will often manifest traits similar to the animal itself. I work on the philosophy that we only have one totem, and it teaches us lessons as well as representing the core aspects of our personality. Therefore –

  • Lynx people in their less developed stages tend to be a bit frustrating to the rest of us, they can be superior and haughty, they have a tendency to be a know-it-all. It’s important for all (including Lynx people) to realize that they do have the answers and the knowledge, it just might be hidden under the trappings of the ego or the desires of our emotional existence.
  • Those with Lynx medicine are good at keeping secrets hidden, they are also excellent at giving advice to those who need to know when it is time for a secret to be revealed. In order to know when to be silent, Lynx implicitly knows when to speak also and gives wise council.

There will be other ways your totem manifests, and you will recognize them with awareness and communion.


The shadow totem is the animal we often fear irrationally, that teaches us things about ourselves that are profound and difficult to confront. Often the traits we fear most within the shadow totem, are the traits that we dislike in ourselves. We must scrutinize why this is, and learn how to work with them.

  • People may fear Lynx because they have something to hide, or because they feel as though they will be ‘revealed’ if their secrets are discovered.
  • Those who fear Lynx may also have low-self esteem which is revealed in argument or debate. These people resent feeling lectured or dismantled in debate and need to learn when to keep silent while they start the process of self-confrontation. This is an important lesson for those with Lynx shadow energy to learn.


Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Lynx tends to respond best when one attempts to commune with the energy in quite and silent spaces, particularly those in woodland and forest. Meditation that requires a change in breathing technique and inner focus is more likely to be successful in contacting Lynx than out and out drumming. Lynx will quite readily respond to rattle or flute when they are ready.

Lynx is a solitary creature, and will only appear when they feel like appearing. They are not to be commanded, at our beck and call, and this is another mystery that Lynx will aid us in understanding.

You know the secrets
So very well,
The Dreamtime and the magic,
But you’ll never tell.
May I learn to hold my tongue,
Observe like the Sphinx,
Powerful, yet silent,
The medicine of Lynx.


It is said that if you want to find out a secret, ask Lynx medicine. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get the silent Lynx to speak. To be confronted by the powerful medicine of Lynx signifies that you do not know something about yourself or others.

Lynx is the keeper of the secrets of lost magical systems and occult knowledge. Lynx has the ability to move through time and space and to go into the Great Silence for unraveling any mystery. Lynx is not the guardian of secrets, but the keeper of secrets. The problem lies in getting Lynx to instruct you. He or she would rather be off chasing a bird or kicking sand in your face than running circles around you.

Lynx medicine is a very specific type of clairvoyance. If this medicine is strong in you, you will get mental pictures concerning other people and the exact things they have hidden, either from themselves or from others. You will see their fears, their lies, and their self-deceptions. You will also know where they have hidden the treasure if there is any. You never speak of these revelations ~ you simply know.

The only way you can coax information about yourself out of a Lynx medicine person (in case you have forgotten where you hid the treasure) is to respect the practices of his or her tradition. If you go to a Gypsy with Lynx medicine, you must show your respect by paying with money after the reading. If you go to a Choctaw medicine person, he or she will reach into your midsection, or use other traditional methods to help you. A blanket or tobacco should be given in exchange for the medicine he or she has performed for you. This maxim is known as the law of the Lynx people and is practiced by Native American, Gypsy, Sufi, and Egyptian cultures, among others.

If you have pulled the Lynx card, you can be sure that “secrets” are afloat. If this is your personal medicine, you should listen to your higher self. Be still and pay attention to the revelations you receive either in the form of mental pictures or through a high singing voice in your inner ear. Perhaps you will receive information in the form of omens. You can be sure that Mother Earth is signaling to you in some manner.

If Lynx is at your door, listen. Brother or Sister Lynx can teach you of your personal power and of things you have forgotten about yourself. Lynx can lead you to lost treasures, and connect you to forgotten brotherhoods or sisterhoods.

Some medicine people believe that the Sphinx of ancient Egypt was not a Lion but a Lynx. This Lynx does not say much. With an enigmatic smile, the great cat watches over the sands of forever.


If Lynx has appeared in the reversed position, it is time to shut your big mouth. Something you are jabbering about has let the “cat” out of the bag. Are you defiling a sacred trust, or have you broken a promise to a friend? If not, you may have pulled a good prank on yourself by blabbing your latest idea to the friend of a competitor. Watch your tongue and see if you are able to refrain from gossiping, or talking about your latest romantic conquest. Look and see if, in your present state, you are able to listen and truly be interested in someone else’s stories or ideas. On this level, Lynx is telling you to become worthy of trust. Then the secrets will be available to you.

You might look at choosing to have your brain in gear before your babble starts, or your foot may have to replace your tongue. This is the “know it all” syndrome. Fine ~ if you want to talk, just sew up your ears. After all, talking leaves no room for hearing or learning. Lynx is a tough teacher, and if you have let the cat out of the bag, be ready for the consequences.

Become Lynx and wear the Mona Lisa smile. Only you will know what you are smiling about. The cat will not have your tongue ~ you will ~ as well as the power over it.

(Lynx pardinus)

Length: 26 in. to 32 in.

Maximum Weight: 35 lbs.

Est. Pop.: Fewer than 200

Status: Critically endangered

Threats: Illegal hunting and trapping, depletion of Rabbit prey by disease

Habitat: Forests and scrubland

Man Eater?: No

The World’s most endangered wild cat

Relies on rabbits for 85% of its diet


Source: Animal Spirit and Medicine: Totem Of The Lynx

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