Meaning, Medicine & Magic

Zebra spirit animal symbolizes balance, harmony, paradox, and uniqueness.

Zebra wears the patterns of paradox and opposite forces right on its skin for all to see.

Bringing attention to the tension that weaves its way through our universe.

This is where true positive magic and power actually lives – where opposites meet, not on either extreme.

Zebra lets us know that we don’t have to choose one way or the other. We can embody both at the same time and still hold onto our unique individuality.

The full spectrum of emotional and physical differences are needed.

Harmony is when we can make room for opposites to be held in the same space.

Zebra is part of the horse family so also much of Wild Horse medicine also applies to Zebra.

Lessons In Wild Play

Nature is a master teacher. Research your animal’s habits in the wild and try playing & acting as it. How could this help shift your experiences? 


  • Zebras are safer in numbers. Is there a way you can create a safe tribe?
  • Zebras can not be tamed or domesticated despite humans efforts. Don’t compromise yourself and values.  Be wild, free, and expansive. Don’t let yourself be smaller than you are.


  • When being attacked by a Lion, Zebras can fight back by using their hoof to break the Lion’s jaw. The Lion goes into a slow death due to starvation. Zebra is no victim! Stand up for yourself against hate. Let it be known that hate is not acceptable and silence this shadow so it can’t spread to others. Also, break the jaw of your own inner mean voice. Tell yourself you will only accept loving thoughts about yourself and others.
  • Remember each Zebra has its own unique combination and display of stripes and does not hide them. Embody and embrace your own unique qualities, interests, and feelings. Make sure you’re also allowing others to express their stripes. No combination or pattern is better than another. Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison breeds judgment, fear, & hate. Honor and love the way you are meant to show up in this world. There is room for all of us. No more hiding.
  • Zebras are white AND black. Representing that we each have light AND shadow within us. Don’t ignore or repress your shadow. Be brave and look at it. What message does it have for you? Where can you transmute your shadows so it can’t harm yourself or others?
  • Zebra’s unique striped pattern makes them stand out in a unique way, and paradoxically provides camouflage from prey. Their contrasting stripes even have the ability to confuse biting insects, causing them to fly away. What could you do with your (physical or energetic) appearance to stand out, blend in, or deflect attacks?

Splash & Dance…

with Water, Color & Spirit

Watch the magic in lightspeed action…

Call on Zebra

Invite Zebra into your life. Surround, inspire, and remind yourself that your spirit animal guide is with you & within you. Embody the skills of your power animal and share your unique gifts with the world.

Totem Card

Zebra symbolism & meaning

Save the symbolism on Pinterest

Art Print

zebra watercolor painting art print


Dive in Deeper

Spirit Animal Readings

tanya casteel artist painter spirit animal reading shaman

Discover what messages your spirit animal(s) have for you. Through my visual meditations, I can take you on a journey full of wonder and intuitive guidance.

Custom Totem Animal Painting

custom spirit animal painting

I would love to paint your spirit animal for you. What animal is calling to you?

I want to hear about your Zebra experiences. What stories or dreams have you had? Please share and join in the conversation below!


  1. Drew

    Beautiful work! I found you in a google search researching Zebra animal spirt. Love it!!


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