What does that animal “mean?”
Animal Spirit Totem Blog
When we meet an animal in our life’s journey, we are meeting a teacher who is asking us to consider some new aspect of our current situation. This Animal Spirit Totem blog is here to help you discover on your own what an animal visitor might be saying to you. To begin, make simple observations about the animal’s design and unique skills. Write a list of obvious statements- really obvious- things like- “It has wings.” or “It weaves a web.” Then ask yourself how those descriptions apply to some aspect of your life. How is the quality of these attributes relevant to the issue at hand? Is it time to take flight and lift up to higher ground? Or maybe it’s time to land… Is it time to weave a web of social connections? Or have you woven yourself into a sticky situation?
This Animal Spirit Totem Blog is inspired by the work by Jamie Sams and David Carson. Their Animal Medicine Cards have been a profound source of life guidance for me since I first discovered them in the early 1990’s.
For inspiration and suggestions on what any animal visitors may be saying to you, here is an Animal Spirit Totem blog for your reference. I hope the ideas presented here help to generate your own ideas about what your animal encounters may mean. Every message brought by an animal is unique and ever-changing. There is no way to discover once and for all what an animal “means” in the same way we can never discover what our sister or our best friend “means.”
Working with Animal Spirit Totems is the art of conversation and creative connection. What energy is needed in your life at this time? Has the Hawk come with its talons? Or is the mouse hiding in the walls? I hope you enjoy!
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The Wolf Animal Spirit Totem teaches how to find your own way, learn for yourself what is best for you and how to teach others what you have learned without controlling them. She is the oldest ancestor of all dogs and she once ruled the forests in harmony with the tribes of Man and her. The Wolf Animal […]
She is small but her vibration of beauty is as large as the day is bright. The Hummingbird Spirit Animal Totem teaches us that locating joy within yourself is the only defense you ever need. Ranging from the size of a finger to the size of a bumblebee, this humming creature co-evolved with the flowers and […]
This little warty creature thrives in the wetlands of life. With his hypnotic ribbit, Frog cleans the pond that beaver built and calls the rain to wash away the stagnant energy of frustration and disappointment that accumulates in our daily struggles. Frog Spirit Animal Totem teaches that weeping is the rainy weather of the soul […]
Horse Spirit Animal Totem- Horse Power Animal Spirit Guide Ever poised between yielding and taking action, the Horse Spirit Animal Totem is the living symbol of power and how to access it. is the living symbol of power and how to access it. The power of the horse built the Western world as we know […]
What does the Snake Spirit Animal Totem mean? If animals are living symbols of the cosmic design, snake, with it’s exclamation point body is the very image of a symbol. She is a gliding hieroglyph speaking volumes to the psyche about our most primal abilities to heal and renew. Her energy is the cosmic declaration of, […]
The Owl Spirit Animal Totem teaches how to listen for the truth and not be deceived. The owl is a living radio telescope with sonic disks surrounding the eyes made of feathers that funnel the slightest of sounds directly into her high-range ears. Unlike most birds of prey, the owl’s satellite dish eyes are forward-facing and extra-large for […]
The winter energy of the Lynx Spirit Animal Totem teaches the medicine of the hidden. Lynx knows that no secret is ever kept forever. All that is hidden will one day be revealed. Just as oxygen will bubble to the surface of a deep ocean, the energetic truth of all situations will eventually emerge into […]
This little Gardner does not concern herself with how large the world is. She measures the span of her realm nut by nut. The Squirrel Spirit Animal Totem teaches us that it is not necessary to travel far and wide in search of what is needed. We need only dig and uncover all the hard work […]
Everything we do today weaves a path of intricate connection to what will be possible for us tomorrow and beyond. This moment now is connected to infinite opportunities. The Spider Spirit Animal Totem speaks of finding options from within and creating paths that will pull our desires to us. She lives simultaneously in the horizontal dimension […]
The hawk sees the mountains and the mouse at once with fierce vision and a singular clarity. This Animal Spirit medicine teaches how to clear away all distractions and hone in on the root of a matter. It is a lesson in the exquisite tension of conflict which teaches how to engage a challenge without […]
Beaver Spirit Animal Totem: This master architect builds with precision, repairs with vigilance, and creates with an inextricable connection to the surrounding forest. Her seemingly selfish home-making endeavors produce unforeseen resources for countless neighbors who gather at the new waters to drink and grow. Beaver medicine sets aside grand delusions of importance and settles down […]
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The ambition of evolution shows a most noble grace in the grandeur and subtlety of Elephant. The oldest surviving matriarch on Earth is a walking library of personal Earth records. The Elephant Spirit Animal Totem teaches us how to heal past trauma and use our experiences as tools to expand into more freedom. Weighing over 16,000 […]
The wisdom of the Sacred Fool is a tricky, uncanny medicine that can neither be sought nor avoided. It trips you when you think your steady and deserts you as you wobble for support. As we expound and pontificate about the meaning of life, we may be getting a parking ticket and we may have […]
The romance between Wind and Water catches fire in the beauty of Dragonfly, quickening our sense of the ever-shifting nature of reality. All is seeming and all is change. The journey of Dragonfly teaches how to navigate the dream stuff we call life. Her medicine is inherent in her name. Is she a Dragon or […]
Buffalo Spirit Animal Totem signals a time of rugged endurance. The modern-day Buffalo evolved into its current form around 7,000 years ago and is a smaller descendant of the Woolly Mammoth. So abundant and successful were these giant herds that there roaming’s darkened the Western horizon line for miles and miles as far as the […]
Life is a cycle round and round. There are times of productivity and there are times of rest. The Bear Spirit Animal Totem is the vital practice of deep rest and rejuvenation. This medicine involves minimizing action, conserving energy, and retreating into the cave. It is a time to pad around the house in socks and […]
The whale is the world’s largest mammal and teaches lessons in vibration and sound, hearing what is really being said, hearing the faint soft voices, the low-frequency messages and remote bonds that are real and strong, though far away. Whales are able to communicate across vast oceanic distances via low-frequency sound vibrations from the […]