Goat Meaning and Symbolism
Nov 03
Discover Goat Symbolism

Goat Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Goat Spirit Animal


Goat symbolism is best known for its balance, reputation and connection to myth and lore.  When it comes to spirit animals this one stands above the crowd.  Goats are natural climbers and have a knack for being sure-footed.  Utilize this totem to rise above life’s challenges and let your true self shine.  The goat totem represents rising above the norm and taking paths that are extremely difficult or impossible to others.


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Encounters with the Goat

What is the meaning of goat symbolism? Find out what symbol the goat spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Do you feel off balance?

When you’re feeling off balance or like you’re being untrue to yourself call on the goat totem to gain balance.  In the wild goats can been seen performing incredible feats of balance.  Whether for food, security, or simply to traverse their territory.  You can use this natural ability to help find stability in any situation or circumstance.

Do you feel like you’re clinging to an edge?

Not only do goats have a natural aptitude for balance they also have a knack for being incredibly nimble.  When you feel like you’re clinging to an edge don’t let fear hold you back.  Trust your instincts and you’re natural gifts to help you land safely.

Have people been talking behind your back?

Reputation is important to goat symbolism.  Whether it’s your own view of your reputation or what others are thinking it is something you need to embrace.  It’s important to for you to listen to what others are saying.  Good or bad listen to what your reputation is saying about you – make the changes you need to and celebrate the things that are positive.

Do you have low libido?

In the middle east goat symbolism is connected to fertility and sexual drive.  If you’re experiencing unusually low libido the goat will begin appearing to you to change that.  Take time to embrace your sexuality – look for new and safe ways to increase romance in your life.

Do you feel a connection to magical forces?

The goat has a long history of being connected to magic, witches and the occult.  When the goat is your spirit animal you will feel a stronger pull to the magical realm.  Take time to investigate what is drawing you to magical forces.

Goat Symbolism: The Goat Spirit

Could the Goat be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


Do you have the ability to walk into a situation with a keen sense of intuition?  When the goat is your spirit animal you will have an aptitude for discernment.  This comes from the goats awareness and and the height they achieve from climbing great heights.  Embrace your intuition and discernment.


It’s no secret goats are tough and hardy creatures.  They have strong hooves on their toes that are better than engineered climbing shoes.  They can survive in harsh climates and when the going gets tough they are resourceful creatures.  When the goat is your totem animal there’s no doubt that you’re a tough individual.

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One common trait among goat totem people is their supporting nature.  Goats are not typically social animals although they do well in herds (also called tribes) and make great companions for another animals.  Goat totem people make great friends and naturally fall into nurturing and encouraging roles.

What are the Traits of the Goat Totem?

Lessons from the Goat Spirit Animal

Goats are:

  • Discerning
  • Strong
  • Enduring
  • Balanced
  • Supportive
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When you consider goat symbolism image someone who is self possessed.  They know who they are and where they stand.  They are not threatened by others in their journey of self awareness.  A goat totem person has a very strong personality and will not waiver on an issue.  These people make amazing friends and can always be counted on to provide sage like advice.

What does the goat spirit mean? Discernment and reputation! Goat totem people have a natural discernment. Their reputation is also very important to them!

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Goat

Goat Symbolism: Goat in Tree



For this creature reputation is everything.  Goat totem people care about what others think of them which is highly motivating.  They have a deep rooted desire to not only be liked but to have an honorable reputation.  In our day an age where everyone is out for themselves we can all benefit from having people around us who have honor.  In addition it’s important for a goat totem person to receive praise both public and in private – this helps keep them focused and motivated.


In the wild goats live in some pretty extreme conditions – you may wonder how they accomplish these incredible feats.  The truth is they are sure of themselves, sure footed and trusting.  From an early age they learn to trust their instincts and the tools nature has given them.  Whether it’s at work or in relationships goat totem people know who they are and what they want.  This translates into individuals who are sure and secure in themselves.


Goats are grazers with particular diets.  Most people are familiar with the sight of goats in trees, cliff edges, mountain tops and barren desserts.  No matter the setting they all have this one thing in common – they are resourceful!  Someone with a goat spirit animal will usually have the tenacity to do what needs to be done to succeed.  Being able to think outside of the box and resourcefully find solutions to problems.  They are someone you want on your team!



At some point in time goats were given the reputation that they will eat anything!  This is actually untrue – in fact they are very picky eaters and have particular diets.  Goat totem people need to make sure their pickiness doesn’t result in inaction and hurt them in the end.  It’s very common for them to get caught up in the details and when things are going well they will refuse to make a choice.  This isn’t good in either a work or relationship setting.


When not cared for properly goats tend to be prone to illnesses, infections and hoof rot.  It’s important for goat spirit animal people to be sure they are getting the proper care they need.  If not the results can be ugly!  Spend some time in meditation to determine if you’re emotional, physical and spiritual health are receiving the care they deserve!


One undesirable trait of the goat totem is it’s stubbornness!  If you or someone you know has this spirit animal you know exactly what this looks like.  Imagine a goat standing it’s ground and brandishing it’s horns.  Unwilling to move or compromise – good luck getting them to budge.  When this is happen it’s important for you to evaluate the situation – is there something you can do or someone you can talk to to resolve the tension?  Stubbornness is often a sign that something is wrong and needs to be addressed.

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The Goat in Dreams: What it Means

When a goat appears to you in your dreams it’s important to consider it’s demeanor.  One that is peacefully traversing a trail is a sign that you are being called to a higher perspective.  Elevate your thinking and spend time meditating on higher meaning.

Is the goat wild?  This can be a sign that you’ve let your stubbornness and wild side get the best of you.  You need to reign in your passions and personal life and seek balance.  Be sure you aren’t wasting your time and needless things.

A goat is a sign of fertility and balance. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Goat

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China – the Goat is the eighth symbol of the Chinese zodiac.  The characteristics associated with this zodiac sign are dependability, intelligence and creativity.

Greek – in Greek mythology a half goat half human deity called Pan was said to rule the wild.  He ruled over shepherds, flocks and wildlands and is also said to be a symbol of fertility.

Norse – in Norse mythology it is said that Thor’s chariot was drawn by a pair of goats.

Around the world goats are symbolic of deeper understanding and wisdom.

Historical Facts

Did goats discover coffee?  Go here to learn more about their alleged claim to fame.

Animal Quotes

Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.
Sue Grafton
There’s a constant tension in climbing, and really all exploration, between pushing yourself into the unknown but trying not to push too far. The best any of us can do is to tread that line carefully.
Alex Honnold

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