In many cultures, the fox appears in folklore as a symbol of cunning and trickery, or as a familiar animal possessed of magic powers.In Finnish mythology, the fox is depicted usually a cunning trickster, but seldom evil. The fox, while weaker, in the end outsmarts both the evil and voracious wolf and the strong but not-so-cunning bear. It symbolizes the victory of intelligence over both malevolence and brute strength.Fox animal symbolism takes a turn of intelligence in the Celtic realm, as the Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honored for its wisdom. The Celts understood the fox knows the woods intimately, and they would rely upon the fox as their guide in the spirit world.Native American lore, fox animal symbolism deals with two interpretations. One perspective (Northern tribes) observes the fox as a wise and noble messenger. The other (Plains tribes) views the fox as a trickster playing pranks, or worse luring one to demise.The Teumessian fox was an animal in Greek mythology that always evaded its hunter. According to a myth, it was sent by a god, possibly Dionysus, to punish the city of Thebes for a crime the people had committed.Eventually, Creon, the regent of the city, told Amphitryon to catch and kill the fox, who had the idea of bringing the dog Laelaps in his aid; Laelaps was able to catch whatever prey it was after.Thus, a paradox was created; a fox that could never be caught was hunted by a dog that caught everything it hunted. Zeus, seeing that the hunt would continue for an eternity, turned both animals into stone and then into constellations; Laelaps became the constellation Canis Major, and the Teumessian Fox became Canis Minor.
Liminal Place - Articulated Fox Foot