A coyote has a similar meaning to that of a dog or a fox. It can be representative of someone who is a ‘trickster’, or a difficult and unexpected turn in life. It is one large animal that has become more densely populated in places where humans have come to live. The fox is similar in this way, in that it has done the same thing in the UK. This shows that coyotes and foxes are adaptable and have strong survival instincts.
The coyote is a symbol of mischief, pranks and jokes. According to the book, The Dream Encyclopedia, by James Lewis, the coyote is not naturally an evil animal, despite the negative impact of his actions. The actions of a coyote are focused to draw attention to our own stupidity or deceit. The coyote also acts at the ‘idiot’ of life, who exists simply to upset the order of our lives. This animal is able to change form, to help with its trickery. The idiot side of the coyote may be able to see things more clearly because it is not restricted by thought and values. This may also give it more creativity. Because the coyote is not restricted, it may represent a change for the better; something new. Some dreams portray this folly as the trait of one who should be sacrificed.
According to one writer, the coyote is, “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…” Likewise, the Encyclopedia Mythica online describes the coyote as a “ubiquitous being” that can be classified into many types. In the relevant myths about creation, the coyote appears at the creator, but he can also be the messenger, the cultural legend, the trickster, and the idiot. He is also easily able to transform. He might be a handsome young man, or an animal. Some other stories portray him simply as a sacred power.