Spirit Totem Animals

                               By Timberwolf on May 20, 2009
Animals of Spirit, Power and Totem have been a part of every major religion for centuries. The Greeks spoke to spirits and gods through oracles. The Ancient Native Americans imitated animals in dance and ceremonial rituals to establish links to the spirit world. The earliest recorded traditions teach that each person comes into life existence with one or more animal guides from the spirit world. It is also believed that the person and their “life-long” spirit totem animals share a spiritual, energetic connection in which the animals serves as an ally, guide, teacher, protector, and a source of power throughout the person’s life.

“If you talk to the animals, they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” ~ Chief Dan George
Native American folklore also teaches that over the course of a person’s life, one may have nine spirit totem animals that represent their personal medicine, emulate their talents, and to also provide a source of inspiration for improving one’s self and life patterns. It is believed that seven of the spirit totem animals guide and teach during specific periods of the life journey, while the remaining two walk on the right and left sides of a person and provide influences all through one’s life. A spirit animal is referred to by many different terms, such as, “spirit guide”, “power”, or “totem” animal. Traditionally the totem power animal spirit would first come to an individual through a dream, vision quest or pilgrimage to a sacred place of power, meditation, or through an encounter with it in the physical world in which its presence and relationship availability is communicated.
Traditionally the totem power animal spirit would first come to an individual through a dream, vision quest or pilgrimage to a sacred place of power, meditation, or through an encounter with it in the physical world in which its presence and relationship availability is communicated.
The spirit totem animal offers its power, teaching, medicine, protection, wisdom and unique gifts to help a person learn and grow within one’s life. The totem spirit animal has the ability to enrich a person’s life and to empower them with its power. It serves as an intermediary between the spirit world and the physical world and helps one to realize, evolve and fulfill the full spectrum of their divine life purpose.
In opening the doorway to a spirit totem animal, it is essential for the animal to have a sacred home within the consciousness and life of the person to whom it is connected, and for the animal’s being to be honored on a regular basis through prayer, song, tobacco or corn meal offering and other practices which enable the relationship to prosper. It is also important to invite the totem spirit in to your body, mind and spirit so it can teach you what it has to offer in the way of wisdom and guidance from the physical and spirit world.
Spirit totem animals appear in a person’s life to teach attributes, powers or lessons, and for achieving a specific purpose. The following is a list of the different types of spirit totem animals that one may encounter within their life:
Life-Long Animal Spirit Totem is an animal from the spirit world that we are connected to from birth. This animal will be with us throughout our life. It will guide us and teach us it’s powers and serve as an intermediary between the physical and spirit world.
Journey Animal Spirit Totem is an animal that guides you for a period of days or even years. It will be with you until completion of the lesson or path it is guiding you on.
Message Animal Spirit Totem is an animal that appears to teach a lesson, a specific growth attribute or give a warning. These types of animals are usually an encounter that leaves a powerful impression or significance with a person.
Shadow Animal Spirit Totem is an animal that represents the inner self and fears that must be overcome or lessons to be learned in order to evolve spiritually. This animal has great power and will put us through life-lesson tests in order to gain wisdom and growth. This totem animal changes throughout your life in accordance with the level of evolvement being attained with its presence.
The following is a partial listing from the animal, bird, fish, insect, mammal and reptile kingdom; and a brief description of the many attributes, lessons and power they bring into our lives:
Alligator: Integration, Initiation
Anaconda: Foresight
Ant: Patience
Antelope: Action
Armadillo: Boundaries
Badger: Aggressive
Bat: Rebirth
Bear: Introspection
Beaver: Building, Goals
Bee: Working together
Beetle: Regeneration, Resurrection
Blackbird: Energy, Understanding, New
Blue Heron: Self-reflection, Self-reliance
Blue Jay: Creative controversy
Bobcat: Silence, Secrets
Boar: Confrontation
Buffalo: Abundance
Bull: Fertility
Butterfly: Transformation
Camel: Use of resources
Canary: Power of song and voice
Cardinal: Renewed vitality
Caribou: Physical fitness
Cat: Magic, Mystery, Tactile senses
Centipede: Coordinated efforts
Chameleon: Mastering change
Cheetah: Precision
Chipmunk: Respect
Cobra: Enlightenment
Cow: Contentment
Coyote: Trickster
Cricket: Luck, Sound
Crow: Divine law
Deer: Gentleness
Dinosaur: Ancient wisdom
Dog: Loyalty
Dolphin: Life energy, Power of breath
Dove: Inner peace
Dragon: Conscious awareness
Dragonfly: Illusions
Duck: Free will
Eagle: Spiritual connection, Enlightenment
Elephant: Obstacle remover
Elk: Stamina
Emu: Reason
Falcon: Questioning
Ferret: Solving mysteries
Finch: Desire
Firefly: Sharing self
Flamingo: Open-heartedness
Fox: Camouflage
Giraffe: New horizons
Goat: New endeavors, Blessings
Goose: Elder wisdom
Grasshopper: Leap forward
Hawk: Messenger
Hen: Nurturing
Horse: Power
Hummingbird: Joy
Hyena: Laughter
Jackal: Cleverness
Jaguar: Personal integrity
Jellyfish: Intent
Kangaroo: Guardianship
Kestrel: Proper values
Koala: Thoughtfulness
Ladybug: Unexpected gifts, Surprises Lark: Freedom from worry
Leopard: Power of choice
Lion: Pride
Lizard: Dreaming
Mockingbird: Soul Purpose, Counseling
Mole: Retrieval
Mongoose: Courage
Monkey: Family Issues
Moose: Self Esteem
Moth: Out-of-body exploration
Mountain Lion: Leadership
Mouse: Scrutiny, detail oriented
Mule: Allowance
Newt: Miracles
Octopus: Versatility
Opossum: Strategy
Oriole: Social Behavior
Ostrich: Grounded, Astute
Otter: Playfulness
Owl: Wisdom, Discernment
Ox: Sacredness
Panther: Embracing unknown, Power
Parakeet: Hospitality
Parrot: Developing skill
Peacock: Visualization
Pegasus: Immortality
Pelican: Hidden resources
Penguin: Unity, Astral projection
Pig: Intellect
Porcupine: Innocence, Trust
Praying Mantis: Positive focus
Quail: Reservation
Rabbit: Listening, Fear, Fertility
Raccoon: Protection, Dexterity
Ram: Breakthroughs
Raven: Magic
Rhinoceros: Forcefulness
Roadrunner: Mental alertness
Robin: Parenting
Rooster: Ambition
Salamander: Fire power and medicine
Sea Horse: Androgyny
Sea Lion: Intuition, Imagination
Shark: Warning, Signs
Sheep: Congeniality
Shrimp: Recognition
Skunk: Reputation
Snail: Taking it easy
Snake: Transmutation
Spider: Creativity, Dream-Weaver
Squirrel: Gatherer, Planner
Starfish: Hope, Inspiration
Stork: Growth
Swan: Gracefulness
Tiger: Unexpected lessons, Passion
Turkey: Harvest, Shared blessings
Turtle: Earth Mother, Fertility
Unicorn: Unconditional love
Vulture: Purification, Releasing
Weasel: Stealth
Whale: Destiny
Wolf: Teacher, Pathfinder
Wolverine: Fearlessness
Woodchuck: Decisions
Woodpecker: Protection
Yak: Healing stillness or numbness
Zebra: Non-judgmental behavior

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