In general similar to dog or fox. It is sometimes used to represent the ‘trickster’ or tricky and unexpected unplanned for element of life, as is the fox. The coyote is one of the few large animals that has increased its numbers in areas colonised by humans. The fox in the UK has done the same, suggesting their adaptability and survival instincts and their street wise nature.

Coyote is usually seen as a trickster and delights in all sorts of pranks, mischief and jokes. James Lewis, in his book The Dream Encyclopaedia, says that Trickster/Coyote is not by nature evil, even though the results of his activities are often unpleasant. These activities centre around bringing attention to our own often hidden stupidity or shams or lies. He is also the unexpected spontaneous ‘idiot’ aspect of life which for no reason at all emerges into our carefully arranged life to upset it. Trickster is a shape shifter and so has the possibility of transformation. The undeveloped, idiot, side of this symbol may have a type of clear-sightedness due to lacking the complications and contradictions of thinking and values. It also may be creative in a serendipitous sort of way. Because it doesn’t seriously hold onto a purpose or idea, this side of our nature may lead us to something new, a change of direction. In some dreams the fool is a figure who is sacrificed.

One writer describes coyote as, “The wily, tricky, sneaky, pesky, cheaty God of the Wild West. He’s the ubiquitous Trickster God and Cultural Hero of Native American mythology, the original Marx Brother..” And Encyclopedia Mythica online says, “Coyote is a ubiquitous being and can be categorized in many types. In creation myths, Coyote appears as the Creator himself; but he may at the same time be the messenger, the culture hero, the trickster, the fool. He has also the ability of the transformer: in some stories he is a handsome young man; in others he is an animal; yet others present him as just a power, a sacred one.” See: archetype of the trickster.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What sense do you arrive at of your dream coyote – is he/she sneaky, divine, wise or a messenger? Whatever it is can you sum up what you get from coyote in the dream?

What do you experience if you imagine yourself and talk as your dream coyote?

What are the key words used in describing the interaction between yourself and coyote? See: key words for help with this.

See Techniques for Exploring your DreamsThe Dream as a CodeInner World


-Tonia J 2017-03-04 1:03:28

I have had the same dream three nights in a row now. I am at my car parked at the curb outside of a house. It is daytime and in the afternoon. In the distance, I see what looks like a dog trotting down the street towards me. As it gets closer, I can now see that it is a coyote and it is thin and looks like it hasn’t had a meal in a while. As it gets closer, it looks as though it is going to pass me. As it gets closer and nearer it bites my left calf and tries to hold on. I shake it off and it trots off down the road and the dream ends. What do you think this means?

-Fab 2017-02-01 15:38:23

I dreamed I was home and I could hear a coyote howling outside. I was scared that my friend had not come home
And that the coyote had gotten to him. And I could still hear it in the morning and I was scared to leave my apartment and face it. It was a dream but it felt very real.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-02-02 11:00:26

    Hi – I am stopping from answering your posts fully – but will try to give hints; sometimes long ones because I quote from masses I have already put online. Also I need to take time to update the site – dreamhawk.

    It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – also

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do it by practicing what is described in –


    It would have been better to face the coyote – because whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen, so that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so, all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind. So imagine yourself as the coyote, after all, it is your dream you created – and is probably your own wildness.

    It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing, or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams. Avoiding them or controlling them is like running away from oneself – there is no escape.

-Lea 2016-06-03 12:53:49

I dreamed a gray coyote was suddenly chasing me as I was walking in a residential neighborhood. He was on my heels, so I used a folder I was carrying to flick it around my legs and hips to try to deter it from biting me. Because it felt to me that it would bite me.
Then I turned and started to make my way back and it still was close to me, right behind me, so I began jogging and it wandered off somewhere else.

-Thunder D 2016-03-26 23:02:08

I had a dream that i was doing something, i noticed (what i believe to be) a coyote. I called it over but it was timid at first, but then it let me pet it and we got along. what does that mean?

-Medicine Dog 2015-12-02 22:52:30

I was sleeping on a mountain top when I had another coyote dream. There was a cliff and three coyotes were chasing a small animal. The animal was scared, running for its life and ran right off the cliff with the coyotes following behind, leaping off the cliff after it into the abyss. I was with some people off to the side and the coyotes came running up towards us from the darkness and everyone was scared they would attack us. They ran up to us and we were ready to defend ourselves but as they came closer I knew they would not harm us. I told my companions not to be scared by they yelled and threw stones.

-Jose Morales 2015-11-21 11:45:57

In my dream I saw a coyote being hunted and shot in front of me I could not believe how beautiful the coyote was it was so real I went right up to it I could see it had so much life still the hunter told me to leave it alone when I woke up I started looking them up and found out there are people who are trying to stop them from being hunted let’s save the coyotes they are part of nature

-Raven 2015-11-13 6:44:30

What if you are being called Coyote in the dream? I don’t remember much of the dream. I was with a group of people and they kept referring to me as Coyote instead of my usual nickname. It was just unusual.

-maloka aly 2015-10-26 7:42:25


-maloka aly 2015-10-26 7:41:18

plz someone answer

-malak 2015-10-26 7:26:12

whay is the type of this myth

-LC 2015-08-08 11:19:22

I see a coyote outside my bedroom window. The coyote stares at me intently. I fear the animal might try and break the glass. I see a groundhog come over and move in between they coyote’s legs. The coyote ignores it. I see a squirrel play at its feet yet the coyote refuses to break its stare my way. I wonder why the coyote doesn’t pursue dinner and leave me alone.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-08-16 14:46:52

    Dear LC – Being stared at the way the coyote is staring at you is probably about seeing yourself from a viewpoint which is not your norm.
    You wrote “I fear the animal might try and break the glass” and I believe this fear is about breaking through the invisible barriers that are limiting the perception of yourself now.
    By actually attempting to stand in the role of the coyote, as described in Being the Person or Thing, you can become conscious of this different viewpoint.
    Does that give you a start?
    Anna 🙂

-Patty 2015-04-02 13:08:37

I was walking with a woman who thought the Coyote was a strange deer his tail was down and thin. I recognized it as a dog whistled for it and it turned towards me I recognized it as a sick coyote and it tried to attack me, pinned me down but couldn’t bite me. I could not get it off of me as it tried to bite me several times but could not open it’s mouth but used its claws to paw at me

-Ashley 2014-08-06 6:12:48

I had a recent dream that I was getting something out of my car to bring in my house and my mom was standing at the door, and when I turned to my house a coyote walked up on my front yard, which I thought was strange because I live in the middle of town and someone would’ve noticed it by the time it got to my house. Well, I just stood and stared at first and it stared back, my mom started yelling about me hurrying up, but I yelled that there was a coyote, and she said there wasn’t one. After that was said the coyote bit my arm and I woke up.

-Andrea 2012-09-11 14:48:14

Last night I dreamed that I was participating in a trail race with a bunch of of other people. The trail was rocky and treacherous and everyone was pushy and trying to be first. Two coyotes made their way from the beginning of the race towards the front, causing a disturbance as they made their way. When they reached me, one continued on his way, but the other stopped to smell me and scout me out. I got down on my haunches and petted him, at which point the coyote followed me as I continued the race. Sometimes I lost him, be he always came back.

-Naye 2011-08-06 20:26:38

I had a dream that I cam upon two coyote skins and that I put one of them on and was wearing it. A woman was there and warned me that to put that on was serious. I thought I really need this medicine to cross the border in disguise. I felt unsure of whether wearing this coyote skin was my truth.
Prior to this I was driving a van with a friend and came upon an injured hawk. I went on the roof of the van and the hawk came to me. I sang the hawk a song and I wanted to take it home, but I knew it was going to die.

    -Naye 2011-08-06 20:39:41

    I also remember that the song I sang to the hawk was a peyote song in huichol and spanish. I also wanted to keep it after it passed and use its tail feathers. (I have a hawk tail that I am fixing into a fan in my actual life). I remember one of the coyote skins looked small like for a baby or young child.

      -Tony Crisp 2011-08-24 9:49:29

      Naye – Hello traveller on the Old Path.

      Remember that you are never travelling alone, and that maybe you can cross the border without disguise. You can stand up tall and shine from within you. Then you can make the journey.

      The hawk is a gift of the ability to see things from a height that brings wisdom. And use the peyote magic well and only to gain insight. The hawk will live within you until it becomes a part of you – a living part of you.


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