Spirit Walk Ministry
“a reading room for magical thinkers”
Aardvark (Anteater) -- Ability to find lost objects, connection to the insect world, can smell out trouble before seeing it, slow-moving old biddy, cannot help sticking its nose where others don't want it
Antechinus -- Sacrificing health for children. Jealousy and violence. Relationship troubles. Abuse and assault. Destruction and creation. Death and birth. Placing too much importance on sex.
Antelope -- Strong survival skills and mental adaptability. Ability to leap over obstacles. Jumpy and easily startled. Knowing when a situation does not smell right, benefits of aroma therapy (see also: 'Pronghorn')
Ape ,(general) ---Effective use of the voice, willing and able to communicate, communication through gesture and expression. Imagination and extended childhood. Problem-solving, wisdom, survival, inspiration. Loyalty, leadership, compassion, intelligence, dignity, strength, responsibility, nurturing, connectivity. Nobility and honor. Temperance, understanding and compassion. Symbolizes the need to take action.
Armadillo -- Carrying personal protection. Understanding boundaries and respecting boundaries of others. Knowing bad spirits and bad situations. Assists others in finding their soul song
Baboon -- Four baboons stand in the Hall of Judgment, listening to the appeals of the departed; the baboon is a counselor and mediator of the Egyptian gods who assists in the judgment of souls bound for the underworld. The baboon was connected to the profession of the scribes and to divine measurement. (The baboon is sacred to the God of Wisdom-"Thoth"-and was also admired in Egypt for its sexual lustiness and baboon feces were an ingredient in ancient aphrodisiacs) As an animal totem the baboon represents appeals to judgment, defense of the family, old world traditions and values and hierarchical domination through vocal assailment.
Badger -- A keeper of stories with Earth knowledge and wisdom. It is a call to persevere and see things through to completion. Associated with having the courage to face danger and fight regardless of size and strength of the other. The badger as your familiar.will help you to fight for your rights. Shape shifting quality: the badger is small, but can still defend itself against larger animals by backing itself into a hole or corner so the back of its body is protected. The badger is self interested and does not relate well to others. A remorseless attacker, when encountering a badger do not be surprised at the seeming cruelty and viciousness of its attack and its lack of concern for its victim feelings afterwards, that is just its nature.
Bat -- An unjustly maligned and demonized creature of the night. The bat is a symbol of initiation into,mystical practices, of shamanic experience and of embracing the magic of the night.iAble to observe unseen, it is a finder of hidden messages and an augury of divination. Rhythmically maneuverable in flight,,it is a ritual dancer of a shamanic dance of the sacred geometry. In Western countries, bats are symbols of desolation and the underworld, primarily because in the Medieval Europe mind they could not be classified as any known animal and this was seen as a violation of God's law. However in China bats bring good luck and happiness. In fact, the Chinese word fu means either bat or blessings. Fear of bats is fear of the shadows. Bats teach you to face your fears. They navigate through dark places with their echolocation. Bats can be your guides through the known places of your fears.
Bear ---The Bear was one of the first animals to be revered by humans, as the Primal Mother as represented by the Goddess Artemis. Many Native American cultures believe that the Great Spirit lives through the bear and that it is a creature of the dreams of shamans and mystics. The bear is highly protective of its charges and the most dangerous animal in the woods is a bear mother protecting her cubs. Hibernating during the winter months the bear knows instinctively the times to be quiet and the times to be active. Bear medicine teaches us introspection that aides in the understanding of life's lessons and in the discovery that we have the answers to all questions within us. Do not be too quick to anger nor too sure of your own power for that may lead to a lack of caution. Understand that you sometimes need to be alone in order to reflect on life's journey. Native American Totem Animal for "Virgo"
Himalayan Brown Bear -- A strong connection to 'primitive man' energies, man-bear, carrying bear energy inside of you, instead of around you, a connection to the supernatural, Staying grounded, realism, introspection, curiosity, strength.
Bearcat -- Solitude, defense of personal space, ability to see in darkness, communicate by alternate means
Bighorn Sheep ---The "battering ram". With its massive horns and its sure footed hooves, the bighorn sheep is a true martial artist; agile on its feet and able to deliver a powerful blow. New beginnings, creativity, energy and endurance, defend your territory
Bilby ---The lessons of love and fear and the courage to learn these lessons. Living in temporary homes for as long as there is opportunity there and moving on. Sitting down to rest instead of lying down to sleep.
Bison (American Buffalo),-- Totem of Prayer and Abundance. The symbol of sacred life and prosperity. The Buffalo Spirit calls you to seek a deep connection to Mother Earth. Buffalo Spirit will bestow you with strength of character and a free, independent spirit. It summons you to walk the sacred path and be grounded to Earth. The Buffalo brings the gift of life to others by sacrificing its own. (Meat for food and hides for clothing and shelter.) The Spirit of the Buffalo teaches that true prosperity comes only when you are grateful for what you have. You will achieve nothing without the help of the Great Spirit and you must be humble enough to ask for this help and then be grateful for the help you are given. (see also: 'Buffalo')
Black Panther -- The black panther is endowed with great magic and its power is the Moon. A very ancient and powerful spirit guide who holds the secrets of unseen worlds. They represent the power of the night and come to welcome the darkness and rouse the light within it. They possess acute sensitivity and their unblinking eyes stare through the body to see into the soul. The panther represents hidden emotions, silent thought and sensuality in embracing sexuality. They hold the teachings of quick decisive action and following your passion. The panther brings guardian energy to those for whom it comes.
Boar -- (Wild Hog) There are several varieties of boar, (the javelina, razorback or skunk pig), and this powerful medicine applies to all of them. Its medicine teaches us to confront human weaknesses and to change them into strengths. The human spirit is empowered through Wild Boar's willingness to confront fears, the challenges at hand, and uncomfortable circumstances. Power animal of warriors they represents ma le virtues of bravery, nobility and fierceness in battle. Can help to balance out male energy and ground the more virtuous aspects of the masculine nature. If the Wild Boar has appeared to you, this could be a warning that have been unwilling to confront some challenge, situation or feeling and it is about to explode in your face. It could be time to evaluate your honesty. If some lie is present, now is the time to come clean with yourself or another. If you do not believe that you are brave enough to confront your mistakes or denials, quit lying to yourself and acknowledge the authentic power of the honorable self within.
Bobcat--- As a natural-born hunter, it is a patient creature that utilizes its innate stealth, among other things, to pursue its ambitions. The bobcat animal is a symbol of patience. The bobcat is a solitary creature and it can suggest that you need to keep a distance from certain people in your life. Or perhaps, the bobcat is suggesting that you need time by yourself to reflect and gather strength. To see his footprints are signs that soon you will need to teach others your own valuable life lessons.
Buffalo-(see also: 'Bison/American Buffalo')
Bull-- Nourishment through its slaughter or sacrifice. Insight into the past. The ability to stand your ground. Element of the Sun and fatherhood, chief god of the 'Minoans' and symbol of the Egyptian god Osiris
Bush Baby (Night Monkey / Galago) -- The bush baby’s medicine includes: The ability to see in darkness and quick movement, with an ability to adapt to its territory and the proper use of that territory.
Camel--- The ability to remain positive in times of having little to go on. The appearance of a camel can signify hard times ahead, but you have reservoirs of internal energy that you can tap. Camel acts as a connection to desert energy and magic. Deserts often have pools of energy, or oases of energy located across them. Finding these places in the desert can take time and skill, but camel has a natural dowsing instinct for finding such energy places in the ground. You may suffer from unusual sleep habits, rarely sleeping through the night and need a nap to compensate, but keep going and complete the journey.
Capybara,-- (the world's biggest rodent) Being highly social and gregarious. A male dominated family or group. A love of swimming and being at home in the water. Being able to smellout trouble ahead or behind.
Caribou-(Reindeer) -- Protection of the traveler. Mobile and can adapt to new surroundings. Prefers to keep moving and have freedom. Ability to go long distances in the dark. Retaining personal power within groups. Connection to home while wandering over long distances, protection, ability to go long periods in the dark
Cat (domestic) -- The Great Teacher of Magic and Mystery; the cat lives totally in the moment with a deep psychic and spiritual awareness. Independent and unpredictable, agile of body and mind, a free thinker that meets challenges by perceiving the unseen.-(One cannot own a cat; the cat will give and receive love only on its own terms)At home in the dark of the night it is a valuable ally when encountering the supernatural and facing your primal fears. As the cats energy field flows opposite that of humans it has the healing ability to neutralize your negative energies. (The healing energy cannot be taken from the cat, it is only given as a gift.)-The cat teaches that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separate, but one. In ancient Egypt cats stood guard at the temple gates and throughout history cats have been seen asthe protectors of the pathways to the sacred mysteries. (The Egyptian goddess-'Bastet'-takes the form of a cat. The Norse goddess 'Freyja' rides a chariot pulled by two cats) Note the colors and characteristics of your cat for that shall be mirrored in your life and will help you to understand the mysteries that your cat will reveal. (The cat's karmic sacrifice is being the victim of kick the cat.) Cat Spirit often brings the warning of being the recipient of misdirected anger. -
Cats in the home often serve the role of healer and will sit near anyone in the household who needs healing, speeding the recovery period. A cat's purring can help reduce his owner's stress or anxieties. Cat purring can ease discomforts such as stomach pain, and also help boost immune systems. It is also important to pay attention to the health of your cat. Cats will often take on the symptoms of ailments being suffered by their humans. When this happens, appreciate their talents as diagnosticians, so take heed. Get your cat to the vet AND make an appointment for yourself to have a health checkup.
Cheetah--- Swiftness, agility, keen sight. Intense focus for short periods of time. Learn to rest when under stress and respond quickly to opportunities. Keep your eyes on the prize and fulfill your goals with speed and focus. The magic of the cheetah will accelerate time.
Chimpanzee -- Intelligence, language and inventive problem solving. Understanding the complexity of society. Connection to the forest spirits. Patrolling boundaries and fighting with neighbors. A nasty temper.
Chinchilla,-- Effective communication, exploring, sitting high up to observe the world below, a warning to eliminate toxins from the body. The chinchilla is a harbinger, pay attention to the advice it brings. Though they hold a variety of messages, one thing is for sure, if they come into your life there is bound to be something out of balance that needs correcting right away.
Chipmunki-- The messenger of many realms. Curious and inquisitive they explore everything that comes into their lives; there is no detail that goes unnoticed. They do what they want to do in their own time and will not tolerate being told what to do. Running about; first in one direction and circling back to where they started from. (Don't get over-excited or you will forget what you set out to do.) The chipmunk is content to live under your porch or near stone foundations for warmth and protection from the elements, joyously singing in a chorus when gathered together. Chipmunks are nut gatherers, creating a stash for cold winter days. When the chipmunk visits this may indicate it is time to tighten your spending habits, allotting more funds into your savings account. If you have a chipmunk or family of chipmunks living in your yard you are likely to be blessed with abundance and can also signify a need for planning for the future. Learn to carry your nutrition with you, keep new projects secret and always have more than one exit.
Coatimundi,-- Sociable and gregarious. Maternally inclined females and males with behavioral problems around children. Groups of single mothers. The men only come around for one thing.
Cougar--- A lesson in the wise use of leadership power and knowing in leadership the responsibility of truth. A quest for confidence and strength by finding the best in yourself. Can be quick to anger and slow to forgive. A totem to invoke when protection is needed.
Cow--- Connection to the Great Mother and to the goddess of fertility, (Isis). The cow is symbolic of the maternal instinct to nurture and care for others by performing both a duty (milk) and a sacrifice (meat). The cow is representative of the Elements of the Moon
Coyote (The Trickster) -- A mixture of wise sage and foolish prankster. Coyote brings lessons that are crucial to growth and change; yet the lesson is contained within a grand joke that Coyote plays. His lessons are taught through the humor and wisdom found within each trick he plays; for those Coyote comes to teach are often the most unwilling to learn. Playful and mischievous, yet capable of deep contemplation and introspection.-Coyote understands that all things are sacred and nothing is sacred, teaching us that only when all illusions have fallen away will we connect with the source. Do not be discouraged and give up.-Coyote is very adaptable so keep going and keep the faith. Coyote will be a mate for life.
Cuscus -- A sense of calm instead of lethargy. Slow, purposeful steps lead to a long, safe and meaningful journey.
Deer--- Understanding emotions, understanding the physical and the spiritual, the connection of heart and soul. The power of gently inspiring others by touching them without pushing them to change.
(When a large herd of deer move during the day-they will be in sight of each other, yet spread out. As night falls the deer will form into single file, nose to tail and move together by following the white tail that is in front of them. So, trust your instincts to lead you, yet know when it is time to follow.)
The deer is linked to the arts, specifically poetry and music in ancient Celtic animal lore due to its graceful form. There are two aspects of deer - female (the Hind) and male (the Stag: see below) . The Hind (the red female deer), symbolizes femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to be associated with the Faery realm, tempting us to release the material trappings of so-called 'civilization', to go deep into the forest of magic, to explore our own magical and spiritual nature. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women, often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild things in the spirit of love and communion. Both Celts and Native Americans prayed to the deer to give them a good hunt, and in return promised to take no more than was essential for the survival of the tribe. This helps remind us that our spirit of gentleness and unconditional love should extend to all species, not only our own. They also knew the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would follow the deer to prime herb patches - many of which proved to be highly beneficial in their medicinal purposes. Native American Totem Animal for "Gemini"
Most people know, from popular literature of the importance of the bison or buffalo to the daily existence Native American peoples, but the more common and useful,,animal was the deer. While the buffalo provided meat and heavy robes to help sustain life they were mainly limited to the tribal lands of the Plains Indians. The more universally found deer provided a cornucopia of items to the hunter. Besides the good meat and strong skins an amazing number tools came from the deer. The lower leg bone, for example, has been called by some nature's Swiss Army Knife. The thick and sturdy bone can be used for an almost unlimited number of tools. These include knife handles, hide scraping tools, hairpins, fishhooks, games, flutes, decorations and sewing needles. The deer in fact provides an entire sewing kit with bone awl and sewing needles and sinew for thread. The deer was, to the ancient peoples, a true gift from the Creator.
Dingo -- Australia's native dog, thought to have been a resident for many thousands of years. The dingo stresses the importance of the group or 'pack' when feeling misunderstood or being taken for granted. The dingo is a creature that has suffered great persecution and it signals that it is it time to confront those who mistreat us. Dingo helps us to maintain monogamy despite disloyalty, partnership in the face of great conflict, and a cohesive family dynamic despite any internal rivalries. (see: “Aboriginal Dog” under “Dog”)
Dog- (general) -- The dog’s medicine is loyalty, reliability, nobleness, trustworthiness, unconditional love, friendship, fierce energy of protection and service. Dog was the servant/soldier that guarded the tribe's dwellings and protected them from surprise attacks. Dogs are the sacred familiars of Hecate the Goddess who defends the soul's right to wander in these little-known, oft-misunderstood paths and they are guardians to the Underworld. Hecate and her hounds will also speak for (and protect) those who cannot do so for themselves. Hecate and her dogs are protectors of those who cannot defend themselves: babies, children, the meek, the mad and the unjustly maligned. In Chinese symbolism, dogs are also considered a harbinger of friendship and a guardian of sacred spaces. A study of the breed and its purpose will help to define the energy it represents.
Difficulties exist when looking to the domestic dog as an Animal Totem. Most have been bred-to produce some-accented appearance or behavior, thus creating a genetically muddled animal. Many of these dogs are mentally and spiritually "confused" about their identity as they may be trapped somewhere between their original nature and their artificially bred persona. Be aware that often times these animals may feel "lost" and be looking to you for guidance. When a sheep dog has been bred, generation after generation, to herd sheep and it finds itself living in a city apartment, it may feel misplaced and without a purpose. It may want and need your help to find a job it can do to give its life meaning.
Echidna--- An ancient creature with a unique and well developed brain, detecting subtle electrical impulses originating from the Earth, ability to communicate with the spirit
Elephant--- Long life, doesn't listen to insults, learns much by watching, strong but peaceful, acute awareness, ability to remember long lost friends, unbelievably great swimmer, resolve to overcome obstacles
Elk--- Keeper of the Forest. Pride, beauty, ageless wisdom, stamina, strength and nobility. Elk have tremendous stamina and can run for a very long time. They are unpredictable, passive one moment and aggressive the next. Elk can sense danger the moment it arrives and can teach us how to become more observant of subtle energies. Elk never graze at night. An attacked herd will bolt in all directions so as to confuse a predator. The art of survival is part of its teachings. If Elk medicine is fully developed a strong self image is expressed.
Ermine--- The judicial office is invested with ermine. The Ermine is acutely sensitive as to its own cleanliness and it becomes paralyzed and powerless at the slightest touch of defilement upon its snow-white fur. A like sensibility should belong to him who comes to exercise the august functions of a judge. In Native American tradition, the addition of ermine skin to a war bonnet was the highest honor, signifying not only bravery in battle, but being gentle at home, a friend and a brother.
Ferret--- (see under "Weasel")
Fisher Cat -- (see under "Weasel")
Fox -- The Fox is seen as a sacred animal throughout the world. The fox is the cunning and stealthy messenger of the gods and the magical guide to the world between time and space often shape shifting on the journey, (sometimes into human form). The fox lives in the "In-between Time" on the edge of dusk and dawn and can guide the way into the Spiritual Realm. There are many species of fox, but they all share the cleverness and cunning from which comes the expression, "sly as a fox." For the fox learning to be invisible is an important skill in life. The fox shows how to develop the arts of camouflage, invisibility, and shape shifting. The fox teaches how to be unpredictable by mastering the ability of blending unseen into the surroundings. A creature of the night it is imbued with supernatural powers and is a totem of healing of body, mind and spirit. A basic lesson fox offers is to stay clear of complications, rather than getting involved in controversies, step back and observe differences from a distance. It is likely you do not need to take sides. The fox takes a neutral stand when he is not being threatened. The fox runs from trouble, preferring not to get in the mix of conflicts.
Gazellei-- Speed, agility, beauty, grace, vertical movement, ability to maneuver. Awareness and skill discovering and exploring the unknown.
Gerbil -- Represents aspects of life that are small comforts
Giraffe--- The gift of foresight. Seeing over the crowd to what the future holds on the horizon. Having your feet firmly planted on the ground but your head in the air. A link to the higher and lower worlds. Silently reflect on what you hear and what you say.
Gnu (Wildebeest) -- The ability to know when to act and when to retreat, shape shifting, altering perceived realities, using body language in a variety of ways
Goat -- Awareness of new heights and the willingness to work to get to the top, a knack for getting off on the wrong foot with people, always getting into complicated predicaments, insecure and a need to be loved, pessimistic and anxious, prone to laziness and day dreaming
Gopher -- Understands the necessity for being prepared. Gopher knows what lies beneath the surface of any situation and can show us how to uncover hidden truths.Gorilla--- Powerful, compassionate and wise, inner sadness, an emotional self, taking care of one another, represents those who keep peace through aggression, working with the deaf
Gorilla--- Powerful, compassionate and wise, inner sadness, an emotional self, taking care of one another, represents those who keep peace through aggression, working with the deaf
Groundhog (Woodchuck) -- Connection to seasonal changes and understanding the power of cycles, the ability to hibernate (sleep) during hard times, the ability to go underground when trouble arises. The groundhog is symbolically known as being a trance dreamer because of its deep slumber while hibernating underground. If the groundhog is your personal animal totem or makes its appearance in your life it may indicate that messages are being given to you through your dreams.
Guinea Pig -- Gentleness, humane treatment of others. Seeking out like-minded people, preferring the company of those like you or with very similar interests, fussing, solitude can be dangerous or threatening, personal excellence, being considered important by others, divination, food as therapy, and food cures, communicating with others, preferring not to deceive, honesty learning how to overcome obstacles to personal projects.
Hamster -- Bringing like minded together, a time to explore new possibilities, a time for communal spirituality
Hare -- (see under: 'Rabbit')
Hedgehog----Symbol of the "Wisdom of the Female Elder". Basically gentle and non-aggressive the hedgehog shows how to be gentle, yet protective at the same time. A natural affinity to earth allows them to hear its voice clearly and teaches the need to pay close attention to what you hear. The hedgehog knows the secrets that lie beneath the surface and can teach how to uncover hidden knowledge and wisdom. Avoid all things that lead to chaos and protect and defend the truth.
Hippopotamus-i-- Amphibious, an innate ability to know what lies beneath the surface of any situation, speaks and sees truth and demands that others do the same
Horse ---Symbol of freedom and of the wind. No other animal has given Man the freedom of mobility like the horse.-The horse gives the promise of speed and adventure. The horse is the symbol of true power and this power should not be used in a negative manner. Powerful and rebellious, hot blooded and hot headed, horse spirit has power within that is sometimes hard to control. Needing love and intimacy yet also feeling trapped by it. Leaving home early yet having a hard time belonging elsewhere. Very self-interested yet its work benefits others, the horseishowsimany contradictions in character.
Brumby-(Australian Wild Horse) ---Spiritual journeys. Guiding and guardianship. Overcoming obstacles. Endurance. Stamina. Energy. Healing and guiding others. A powerful ally. Possible danger. Wildness. The wild spirit.
Hyena--- The custodian of the Savannah, who cleans up whatever is lying around waiting for the leftovers instead of being the aggressor in a situation. Hyena has a lack of seriousness and a vicious nature, laughing at the absurdity of life. Hyena knows the secrets of the wild and shows discernment, knowing what smells right and what doesn't. Communication is important to the hyena and it teaches the need to choose words carefully. The hyena knows its power for success lies within the group. (Many cultures, including those in Africa, have historically viewed the hyena negatively, associating them with gluttony, uncleanliness and cowardice. Part of their bad reputation comes from the hyena's tendency to scavenge graves for food. They are one of the few creatures naturally suited for this, due to their ability to devour and digest every part of a carcass, including bone.)
Jackal -- Mates sharing joint responsibility for protecting the home and raising the children. The important role of "family" in raising children. (Jackal pups will remain with the parents to help raise the next litter.) Reputation denotes a predatory nature but you may have misjudged them and misjudged other people and things as well.
Jackrabbit -- (see under: 'Rabbit')
Jaguar--- Embodies aggressiveness and power and the ability to do a variety of tasks at the same time. Symbolizes one often drawn to other solitary creatures. Jaguar's medicine includes seeing the roads within chaos and understanding the patterns of chaos, moving without fear in the darkness, moving in unknown places, shape shifting, psychic vision, facilitating soul work, empowering oneself, reclaiming power.
Kangaroo--- Kangaroo comes into your life to tell you that even though situations look grim, or support may be sparse, you possess all the qualities to be a warrior and fight for what is necessary in order to nourish you. Protection of the young, creating a safe environment, leaping from bad situations, kangaroo only moves forward and never backwards
Kinkajous,-- Curious and with a love to explore things, fascinated by the mysteries of life and often find themselves in unusual situations, if treated gently they will return the favor. (Some cultures believe that the kinkajou is able to predict upcoming earth changes because of its ability to hear sound waves and to feel subtle vibrations moving through the Earth's crust)
Koala--- Having a unique fingerprint. Climb over obstacles, value slow movement. Having the ability to hold on and having empathy for others. Koala energy is the embodiment of positive laziness, of taking a day off to literally do nothing, and to appreciate the value of doing just that. Koala energy, when embraced fully, can help us to sleep well, meditate more thoroughly and most importantly; conserve energy.
Lemming -- Leeming teaches us to examine our life's lessons, utilizes surrounding resources, shows us free thinking and demonstrates courage, solitary in nature with population booms. Lemming teaches how to balance and manage our personal time with others.
The myth of lemming "mass suicide" is long-standing and has been popularized by a number of factors; primarily the 1958 Walt Disney “nature” film "White Wilderness" which featured a segment on lemmings, detailing their strange compulsion to commit mass suicide by jumping off cliffs. A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary, Cruel Camera, found the lemmings used for White Wilderness were flown from Hudson Bay to Calgary,Alberta,Canada, where they did not jump off the cliff, but were in fact launched off the cliff using a turntable.
Lemur -- "Spirits of the Night". The ability to access the knowledge of the forests, seeing the unseen, remaining above the fray, ability to navigate through the forest, ability to grasp concepts above the din of life
Leopard--- Aggressiveness, stealth and power, the ability to stalk, the ability to communicate with other dimensions, cunning and successful. Benefit by imitating the leopard in its movements. Any form of dance, tai chi or rhythmic practice would be beneficial. Because the leopard is a strong and powerful leaper it can show us how to leap over obstacles efficiently and gracefully. They are masters at negotiating their environment and will continually serve to encourage that skill in those who hold this totem.
Lion----Symbol of the Sun, the female as the hunter and the power of Diana the Huntress, life lessons involving living in groups and working cooperatively, respecting the position of others in the group, learning to let go of anger and jealousy, avoiding confrontation and fighting only when necessary, good parenting skills, caring for the young with patience and gentleness, the women doing all the work while the men lay around looking majestic
Asiatic Lion -- Exorcism and banishment, female bonding, sisterhood, protecting your territory, being very capable of eliminating what you don't want in your life, transformation, feeling threatened by others, beware of becoming too insular or withdrawn, removal of unwanted energies, cleansing and smudging.
Llama-(Vicuna)-- The Llama carries the weight of the world upon its shoulders. Intelligent and curious it adapts and perseveres in all situations. If treated unfairly it can become stubborn and willful. When a Llama appears it is a symbol of secure footing and a message to climb slowly and carefully; do not rush into things and risk falling. The Llama brings the energies of hard work, responsibility and endurance. It calls for perseverance when the going gets tough and teaches lessons involving service and sacrifice. The message of the Llama is a reminder that it takes effort and hard work to accomplish your dreams. Llamas show how to develop patience, persistence and balanced action. (Llamas do not have a heat cycle and can breed at any time of the year. Those who do not want unexpected pregnancies should take extra birth control precautions.)
Loris -- The cute, big eyed, slow loris is the world's only venomous primate. Its venom is stored in an elbow patch and the loris will suck in the venom from the patch, mixing it around in its mouth before delivering a toxic bite and females often leave their young infants behind in nests, first bathing their young with the poisonous saliva in order to discourage predators. There are many myths about the Loris and its supposed magical and curative powers and as a result the luckless Lorises frequently find themselves roasted alive over wood fires while people catch the supposedly life-giving liquor that drips out to be used in their folk medicine. All of which have led to its near extinction. Loris teaches that the gifts you have been given are the very things that make you vulnerable. Hanging around can get you into trouble. A cute face may hide a venomous spirit.
Lynxi-- Seer of the unseen. Understanding spiritual mystery. Master of invisibility. Knowledge above superstition. Perception and protection on all levels. Seduction through eye contact. Manipulation of time & space in other worlds. A knower of secrets. If Lynx makes its presence known you are misinformed about something; use discernment and trust your instincts
Margay -- Because these cats live in both land and water, they have a connection with both the physical and spiritual world. Seen as not only as a guide but a fierce protector.
Marmoset--- Cooperative care of home and family, sharing, suppression of sexual urgings
Marten -- (Martens are considered to be lucky animals and are associated with sorcery and are not eaten for that reason.) Forest wisdom, the ability for trees and forests to be healing places, possessing great wit and cunning, being resourceful and capable of great lateral thinking when necessary, needing to chew something over, protecting your home and yourself, having a great sense of where your boundaries are, swiftness of action and movement, being exploited for what you have and what you do, keeping your body in good condition, general anxiety and fussing over (See also ‘weasel’)
Meerkat--- Maternal nurturing, caretaking, watchfulness, ability to live communally, sacrifice for the good of the group
Mink--- Bold, ferocious and virtually untamable. Ingenuity and gracefulness, solitary and silent. Slaughtered and used by others to merely enhance their appearance
Mole--- Solitary guardian of the lower regions, sensitivity to touch and vibrations, knowledge of roots and other hidden bounties.("Grandmother Mole has no physical eyes, but sees with spiritual eyes")
Shrew Mole -- Understanding the outer and inner darkness, shadow-worlds, seeing great wisdom in the dark, the underworlds and middle worlds, not being as dark or melancholy as you first appear, sleeplessness and insomnia, needing to 'mole' about something (taking time to find answers), psychic and magical ability, psychometry, true and false, sometimes finding it difficult to see the light side of something, hunting for treasure.
Moonrat -- Symbolizes one of whom little is known and who shines in the reflected light of others. (A Moonlight Maiden)
Mongoose--- Harmless looking yet brave fighter, the only animal that would risk life and limb for a loved one and will defend them at great cost, the mongoose can build up immunity to other's venom. The mongoose is renowned throughout the Indian sub-continent as a fierce fighter of deadly snakes. In Hindu mythology, Kundalini is a snake goddess who lies asleep at the base of the spine and she represents the unfolding of the divine Shakti energy, the energizing potential of life itself. The appearance of the mongoose may indicate a struggle within you or another with the Kundalini energy, which may have sexual overtones.
Monkey (general) -- Perseverance, focus and fluid movement, stability and sure footedness to maintain balance, "expect the unexpected". A master at shape shifting realities it prompts us to explore all aspects of who we are and who we choose to become. By learning from the monkey and applying its skills of power, grace and observation, foundations are created that give birth to our choices. Eventually these choices will manifest in our lives so if monkey is your totem be careful of what you choose.
Moose----Finding that which has been hidden and in acknowledging the truths that have been denied by the soul. Majestic and graceful yet can be big and lumbering. Moving wisely and easily yet can move obtusely and blunder in. Slow to temper, stands up for what they believe in. The primal energies associated with autumn.
Mountain Goat -- Surefootedness, releasing the feelings of guilt, understanding nature energies and spirit beings, seeking new heights
Mountain Lion -- Balancing the mind/body/spirit, lessons of quietness and stealth, learning to be a fair leader and to not to abuse your power, learning to use your power to respond to any situation
Mouse -- A wise animal that quietly gets on with its business and accomplishes its purpose without attracting too much attention. Often you will not know the mouse is even there until you come upon one of its "hidden stashes" of food and supplies. The mouse teaches how to pay attention to the little details which may get overlooked in the eagerness to see the big picture. The mouse is a reminder not to overlook the obvious. Mouse medicine can be both a great strength and a great weakness for while it is good to pay attention to the details, it may be bad to over-analyze every little thing. For a mouse, everything must be in order which is a reminder that even the smallest of creatures is still a vital part of the universe.iThe mouse is anieasilyifrightened creature and it carries the lesson of trying to release the fears that hold one back. Become aware of the whole picture and learn how to attain the great things by working on the little things. Examine life's lessons and be aware of the double meaning in all things.
Mule -- (Jackass) [Infertile offspring of a horse and a donkey] Often it can be stubborn and will rely on its own intelligence, less likely to panic than others, a helpful work companion, a good jumper, bookish, unlike any other
Musk Ox -- Understanding of how to survive in harsh climates, able to withstand coldness in others and provide warmth and comfort, defense of the vulnerable
Muskrat -- Cunning and stealthy, vicious fighter, unprovoked attack, everyone's dinner, lodge meetings, recycling, home maintenance and neighborhood improvement
Numbat--- The unconscious undergrowth. Energy from daylight. Scrutiny. The social introvert. Beauty in the arid. Caring and being cared for. Threat. Scrub wisdom.
Ocelot -- Regeneration through solitude, connection with physical and spiritual worlds, ability to be in two places at once, clear vision, connection to the unseen, at home in the trees and in the water
Okapi (Forest Giraffe) -- Shy disposition and solitary lifestyle, understanding the present reality and the immediate future, black and white / spirit and form, life lessons relating to polarity
Olingo -- Expert jumper. Trying to stay above it all and jumping out of the way of danger. An evening meal of fruit may prove beneficial.
Oncilla -- (Also known as little tiger cats, little spotted cats or tigrinas.) This housecat-size feline is strictly a forest cat inhabiting cloud forests and ranges the high elevations of Central and South America from Costa Rica to North Argentina and Columbia. But not all oncillas are the same, although they look virtually identical research suggests that oncillas in northeastern Brazil belong to a different species from those elsewhere on the continent. They represent the ability to seemingly be in two places at once. A doppelganger.
Opossum -- (see: 'Possum')
Orangutan -- Gentleness, connection to the forest spirits, ingenuity in dealing with problems, solitary and secretive, prefers to drink from a cup and sleep in a fine bed, the color red, The OldiMan of the Forest"
Oryx (Gemsbok) -- Keeping a cool head. Preferring a foster family to your own. Ability to get through dry spells and know where and when relief will come [In many cultures, the horns of the Oryx are sought after as charms; in medieval Europe they were sold as unicorn horns.]
Otter--- Living a well-rounded life. Playful, joyful nature, likes games of all sorts, bring laughter wherever they go, letting go of the need to control, surrender to fate. Otter aids the individual in search of joyful expression in life and promotes a harmony between pure play and skillful provision. Native American Totem Animal for "Aquarius"
Ox -- Hard working and persistent, able to learn and absorb new information, tranquil but impulsive when angry, caring souls, logical, positive, filled with common sense, feet firmly planted on the ground, seeing things as only bad or good
Panda--- Eastern hemisphere connection, understands moving at a careful and slow pace. A solitary lifestyle and happiest when living by themselves. (Relationships can be acquired and maintained but only if a partner respects the need for privacy and sacred space) Being forced to rely on your own intuition for guidance. (Although the panda feeds on bamboo its digestive system is that of a carnivore and so the animal is unable to digest cellulose, which is the main constituent of bamboo.) Problems with the digestive system and may indicate a need to adopt a personally designed diet that provides more nutrition. Staring down an opponent in confrontations. Problems with adapting and issues related to fertility.
Red Panda -- Being happiest when the people and community around you is content, introverted but still involved in community ventures, the value of gentleness, tree wisdom, tree related divination., the power of touch, rejuvenation when alone, providing wisdom to a community while remaining apart from it. Studying the healing properties of plants and herbs, play more and worry less.
Panther -- (see: 'Black Panther')
Pig--- (Domestic) They are highly intelligent and know intuitively how to respond to a situation. Pig spirits demand punctuality and dependability, especially at feeding times. Having a need to be in charge of their personal space as any alteration in their routine will upset them. They have a love of companionship with a need to trust. The pig is a universal symbol of wealth and prosperity and a warning to avoid the illusive trappings of the material plane. Among the ancient people of Britain pigs were important and powerful, providing sustenance and knowledge to people. Since pigs were incredibly fertile, people thought that they were from the Gods. In addition, ancient people told stories of how Pigs guided people to hidden knowledge such as the healing waters of Bath, England. Pigs know how to have fun. In the mornings, they root around snorting and grunting to each other while the little piglets run around and play. Later in the day, all the pigs pile next to each other and nap, stretching out in their cool wallow, and snoring in the warm sun. Pigs enjoy themselves and the day. You should learn how to do the same. When the pig appears in your life pay attention to its movement. If it is charging towards you, its time to stop procrastinating and take action in some area of your life. If a pig waddles slowly towards you its time to stop, reflect and listen to the sound of your inner knowing.
Platypus--- The platypus represents female energy, water and Earth. Its balancing power enables the platypus to play and have fun with its offspring all day. The platypus would never start a fight, because it does not know aggression and imbalance. Therefore, it approaches everybody with curiosity and friendliness.They are the true practitioners of unconditional love. They flow with the stream of life without the need material goods. Always be yourself, have faith in yourself, and trust that by being yourself all things will be exactly as they need to be.
Polecat -- (see under "Weasel")
Porcupine,-- The Porcupine is a good natured, affectionate animal with a sweet childlike disposition. Their legs are short but strong, and though they look clumsy and slow on the ground, they are excellent climbers and can climb high into trees to nibble on buds. They carry their defense around with them in the form of sharp quills that cover their bodies. The quills do not shoot or fly from the Porcupine, but rather they release themselves only when the animal is touched and feels threatened by something or someone. The Porcupine is generally a solitary creature, preferring to wander about at night, on its own, foraging for food in the woods. The only time they huddle in den with others of their kind is in the cold winter months. Porcupine totem teaches how to face vulnerabilities and to protect your inner self. The porcupine also has a curious nature, finding joy in small things life offers. The porcupine message is often to content to take life at a slower pace.
Possum (Opossum) --.An actor who is versatile in the art of deception and a master at non-confrontational problem solving.i Possum has teeth and claws but it rarely uses them preferring to use a cunning strategy for getting out of distasteful or dangerous situations. ("Always have a back-up plan") The possum employs a strategic plan of refusing to argue or fight and uses appearances to its advantage and has the ability to project a certain appearance for its own benefit. ("When all else fails; play dead" ) To see a possum indicates that something may not be what it appears to be. You need to dig deep and look for the hidden meaning of situations. Possums are born blind and must learn to rely on their other senses to guide them. Possums act as a guide to discovering unseen talents and hidden wisdom and the possum is skilled at uncovering truth as well as lies. Possum has a short life because so many seek to do it harm.
Prairie Dog--- Knowing what is below the surface, communal living and knowing your place within that community, the need for companionship and affectionate touching, a need to eat a lot of vegetables
Pronghorn -- Scent magic, scent wisdom, and using smells to connect to people and places, being fleet of foot, quick on your feet, being highly skilled in a few arenas rather than generally skilled in many arenas, quick wits, being able to see into the heart of the matter, seeing what's going on, being an important communicator within your community.
Puma (America's Forgotten Cat) -- Driven from eastern North America by a campaign of genocidal hunting; the Puma is an animal spirit representation for the "Trail of Tears" with an ability to maneuver and change direction quickly, a solitary creature that likes its own territory, powerful and graceful it moves like a house cat. Companion on journeys to other worlds. (Pumas 'communicate' with each other by leaving feces, urine and scratches on logs or in the dirt or snow)
Quoll,-- Action, lightning-fast reflexes in all worlds. A call to action. Maintaining your health and hygiene. Be a risk taker and seize the opportunity. Spiritual, physical and emotional opportunity. Be the predator.
Rabbit -- Receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages. Active around dawn and dusk, (the time of the fairies and fauns), they are guides into the mystical shadow world and it is said that if you follow after it the rabbit will lead you to the fairy realm.,Rabbit is known for its ability to procreate and fearful thoughts will procreate (manifest) into what you fear. Movement by leaps, living by ones own wits, not getting boxed into a corner. Take advantage of opportunities that may present themselves only for a brief moment. Examine the foods you eat and perhaps eat more of a vegetarian diet. The Rabbit is a spirit animal that is extremely open to one on one communication and when approached as an equal it will show great wisdom and guidance. Rabbit is interpreted in different ways,in different cultures. In China, it is one of the astrological animals and linked to good fortune and the moon. To the Mayans, Rabbit was the scribe who kept the lunar calendar. In Native American tradition, Rabbit is known as the "Fear Caller", due to it projecting its fear of those wishing to eat it, and thereby attracting the predators it fears.
Snowshoe Hare -- The ultimate planner and evader. You will never catch them off guard, or in a lie, or generally in any position they don't plan on being seen in. They will think of every possible bad outcome of every situation and plan for it. Superb tricksters with tireless planning they can see mischievous results just as they will see beneficial results. If mischief will get them what they desire, then they will resort to trickery.
Raccoon--- Understanding the magical nature of masks. Teaching how to wear masks for many reasons as the need arises. (Youcan achieve altered states through the use of a mask and you can become something else behind a mask.) Because of its masked face the raccoon holds the energies of disguise, magic, and secrecy. (When the raccoon appears hidden faces of self will be revealed.) Borrower of skills and items; but not a thief; what it borrows it will return or it will exchange something it sees as being of equal worth, materially or spiritually. Strong and muscular the raccoon can hold its ground in most all situations and is a powerful ally. It holds the gift of transformation. Being curious it leaves no stone unturned. (Curiosity can open doorways into new territory, but curiosity applied without caution can lead to trouble.) Raccoons are often seen washing their hands and food in water before eating. (An act of ritual cleansing and purification.) Often a mischief maker and often a bully. Eating more fruit and vegetables may be beneficial to your health.
Ringtail Cat--- (aka Miner's Cat:Miners and settlers once kept the easily tamed ringtails as pets to keep their cabins free of vermin; hence, the name.) Learn from the Ringtail Cat how to climb over obstacles and out of tight situations. Be ready to make a 180 degree change in direction. Alter your speech to fit the situation. Avoid the daylight, stick to your own territory and do not be seen going about your business. A marriage tolerated for the sake of the children.
Ram----A Ram totem is a portent of changes and new beginnings and opportunities. Curiosity and imagination, moving forward on the spiritual path. Ram people are often stoic, sensitive and have great perseverance in maintaining the "Life Force".
Rat--- Can adapt to anything, quick witted and hard working, scavenging when needed, pronounced drive for success, cunning and shrewd, prudence and foresight, ability to live unseen, abundant reproduction, symbol of fertility and wealth, can also be restless and nervous and there is a need to be careful of these traits
Reindeer -- (see: 'Caribou')
Rhinoceros--- The energy of spiritual idealism, the secrets of survival, guardian of ancient wisdom
Ring Tail Cat (Miner's Cat) -- (see under "Racoon")
Russian Desman -- Well equipped for the aquatic life. A gregarious night person who enjoys sniffing out and sharing the pleasures of life.
Seal/Sea Lion -- see at "Water Animal Spirits"
Sheep--- Comfort and warmth within the group, yet a group that often needs the protection of others. It may be a warning not to become complacent about this protection as those who protect you may have designs of their own upon you. A symbol of innocence, purity, and birth. New beginnings in a guarded peace.
Shrew -- Vicious and vindictive, will stop at nothing to get what they want, nagging, venomous bite, considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians (Horus) and the ancient Chinese who believed it should not be killed as it was a portent of wealth
Skunk--- The most misunderstood of all wild animals. A powerful totem with mystical and magical associations. (The stripe running from the head to the tail of the skunk is linked to the creative life force within and the skunk symbolizes the creative energy to manifest desired results.) Fearless, but very peaceful. (It will give warning by raising its tail and stomping its feet before responding to a confrontation.)Learn to recognize a warning. (The use of fragrances will elicit dynamic responses in those the skunk encounters.) Skunk's lesson is to balance the ability to draw and repel people.iRespectful and worthy of respect the skunk is a guide to learning to be carefully judgmental and respond to threats with only necessary force.iWhen fear is overcome the skunk can be a loving companion. When skunk appears as a totem you are going to have opportunities to bring out new respect and self esteem. It indicates lessons and times associated with increased sensuality physically, sexually, psychically, and spiritually. Examine your self-image. Remember that people are going to notice you. How they see you can be controlled by you.
Sloth--- Wisdom associated with moving slowly and the positive side of laziness. Being at one with the tree spirits and learning from seeing the world upside down. Ability to see all that is above, below and around them symbolizing a link to the realm of psychic visions. Good swimmers in their own emotional waters and can stay underwater, (immersed in their emotions), if threatened. Rebellious when their independence is threatened and relationships can be challenged when personal space is taken away. A weakenediability to ward off illness and strengthening of the immune system can benefit the overall health.
Solenodon -- Symbolizes a shrewish behavior and one who uses a poisonous mouth to climb to the top
Springbok -- Exuberance, sprinting, joy of life, social structure, proper use of wetlands
Squirrel -- The message of gathering and preparing for the future. The Squirrel spirit guide show us the importance of stocking up and building our reserves, both physically and emotionally, while taking time to be a playful charmer. Although they prepare for winter for months in advance, squirrels find very little of the food that they’ve taken so much time to hide away, which demonstrates that over-preparation is just as bad as under-preparation. Conserve your energy and resources without being cluttered with things accumulated from the past (worries and fears). If squirrels appear to you, in the winter you might want to keep your activities sheltered and solidly balanced (trunk of the tree)l In the spring, you might want to move your new activities away from areas of your usual ones to protect them from predators and other dangers until they are more mature having, like the squirrel, a second nest for your young in the outer branches. Within twelve weeks of birth they are usually capable of being on their own. This twelve-week cycle would be good to examine in your own life
Gray Squirrel -- The most common and the most enthusiastic. Like all squirrels, it does not hibernate. It builds its nests in the hollows of trees or in tree-tops. The nests are usually ball-shaped, and the entrance is on the side. Even though it is bigger than the red, if confronted the gray will usually run and avoid any fight.
Red Squirrel -- The sentinels of the forest. They chatter and scold when strangers appear. It seems as if they are literally reporting the news to all who can hear. The red squirrel is more aggressive and is usually a much better fighter than the larger gray.
Stag -- (see under: 'Deer')
Tapir--- Being at peace, seclusion and quietness, fierce when cornered
Tasmanian Devil--- The scar bearer. Brutal honesty bordering on tactlessness. Telling others what you think of them. Standing up for yourself. Inability to forgive. Anger as therapy. Primal scream therapy. The wisdom of aggression.
Tenrec -- (Tenrecs have evolved into more distinct forms than any other family of animals) Capable of passing oneself off as other than they are. Someone who may not be what they seem or someone you may have misjudged to be other than they are.
Tiger--- Being in the Now! Symbol of the New Moon, working its magick through the night, new adventures of passion and power, feminine energy and a mothering nature, strength through determination and inner power. If the,Tiger enters your life new adventures are almost certainly close by. New passion and power will stir inside of you. iYour best work will happen in the night.
The 5 Mystic Tigers
The red tiger is south, summer and fire
The black tiger is the symbol of north, winter and water
The blue tiger is east, spring and vegetation
The white tiger is west, autumn and all metals
The yellow tiger is ruler of the Earth and its energies
Vole --'Seeing life beneath it's surface appearance'and getting to the root of the problem. Keeping even small things hidden can be very destructive.
Wallaby -- "The Law-Keeper" The wisdom of structure., Stang and staff wisdom. Plant wisdom. Sacred drumming. Water conservation. Introversion and quietude. Indigenous wisdom. Family and hierarchy. Assessing obstacles instinctively. Lessons in the mundane.
Walrus -- see at "Water Animal Spirits"
Warthog -- Likes living in the dry climates and out on the open plains, preferring to move into the homes others have built rather than building their own. Having a skin condition or other malady that might benefit from mud bath treatments.
Waterbuck -- Using water as protection, non-territorial, connection to swamps, care for the aged
Water Buffalo -- (see: 'Buffalo')
Weasel--- Imparts the ability to see beneath the surface of things to what the actual intent and meaning is. Weasels signify people who are willing to hear the divine word, but then do nothing with what they have heard. Learn to develop your sense of inner hearing and to pay attention to your inner voice.
Ferret--- Highly focused and with sharp intuition and keen observation. Very skillful tunnel hunters linking them to the underworld where the secrets of creation are kept. Happy and playful, curious and gentle, opportunists that will steal anything they can drag away and hide it in a safe place to be used at a later date.
Wildebeest -- (see: 'Gnu')
Wolf--- The Wolf's Spirit represents the way of find the deepest levels of self, of inner knowing and intuition. The Great Teacher and Pathfinder for the human spirit it is the heart of the wilderness. The wolf howling at the Moon is the symbol of the night. It is the revealer of hidden secrets and talents. An extremely gregarious animal, enjoying the company of others, wolves mate for life. Wolf teaches how to find balance between the needs of the family and that there doesn't need to be a separation between the solitary and social paths. Wolf's teachings includes death and rebirth, facing death with dignity and courage, guidance in dreams and meditations, instinct linked with intelligence, social and family values, skill in protection of self and family, the outwitting of enemies, the ability to pass unseen and the taking advantage of change.iNative American Totem Animal for "Pisces"
She-wolf -- In mythology, the She-wolf is a universal goddess symbol of the protecting foster mother. With her connection to the Moon she is another aspect of the Triple Goddess. She protects, nurtures and guides her "children" to see the World through her eyes. She teaches us to honor the feminine principle.
Arctic Wolf- (White Wolf) -- The power of manifestation, resilience and determination. Capable of withstanding numerous challenges and setbacks, only to emerge stronger than before. Lessons about overcoming vulnerabilities.
Grey Wolf -- The Shape-Shifter, adaptation and regeneration, loyalty and guardianship, the growth of mysticism
Wolverine--- Revenge, understanding aggression, standing your ground, fierceness. Wolverine is seen as a trickster figure much like coyote or raven. He often shows attributes of rudeness, gluttony, or sexual impropriety. The difference being that he does not usually get the rewards of his tricks.
Wombat--- Dig beneath the surface to acquire the resources needed for change, not easily intimidated, frolicsome and will play with what seems like inexhaustible energy
Woodchuck -- (see: 'Groundhog')
Yak -- Ancient wisdom, higher being and understanding, self doubt, lack of emotional control
Zebra--- Indecisive, hidden aspects, confuses others, can be emotionally up or down and rarely in between