The Meaning of The Coyote

All animals carry a message from dreams

Amy Punt
4 min readMar 13, 2024

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A grey coyote running up the side of a grassy part of the mountain surrounded by cherry blossoms and green trees.
Photo of a fleeing coyote in Griffith Park, by author

The Navajo believe that if a coyote crosses your path, you should turn back. It’s a bad omen. Other native traditions suggest that the coyote might mean good luck. The coyote is a trickster, intelligent, cunning, predatory, and even a shapeshifter. Still, others believed he brought the invitation for transformation through self-reflection.

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Amy Punt

Writing about Personal Growth, Trauma, Recovery and the cultural moments that reflect our hidden traumas.