As a symbol, the fox represents the deceiver. It is sly, cunning, and stands for hypocrisy, craftiness, guile, fraud.
In shamanic tradition, the fox represents camouflage. "The ability to meld into one's surroundings and be unnoticed is a powerful gift when one is observing the activities of others. Another natural gift of Fox is the ability to adapt to winter by changing color, like the chameleon. Fox medicine involves adaptability, cunning, observation, integration, and swiftness of thought and action. These traits may also include quick decisiveness, and sure-footedness in the physical world. Fox is also the protector of the Family unit."
When fox appears to you, "it is a sign that you are to become like the wind, which is unseen, yet is able to weave into and through any location or situation. You would be wise to observe the acts of others, rather than their words at this time. Use your cunning nature in a positive way; keep silent about who and what and why you are observing. In learning the art of camouflage, you need to test your abilities to pull this off.
While learning from Fox, you might also gain confidence in your ability to know instantly what will happen next. After observing for a while , you will become aware of a certain predictability in given situations and be able to quickly make your move.
Fox can use silly tactics as a brilliant camouflage move. No one could guess the sly power behind such ingenious maneuvers." (Jamie Sams & David Carson, The Medicine Cards.)