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 estalblish 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 fulfil 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 honoured 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.
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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
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
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
Cricket: Luck, Sound
Crow: Divine law
Dinosaur: Ancient wisdom
Dolphin: Life energy, Power of breath
Dove: Inner peace
Dragon: Conscious awareness
Duck: Free will
Eagle: Spiritual connection, Enlightenment
Elephant: Obstacle remover
Ferret: Solving mysteries
Firefly: Sharing self
Giraffe: New horizons
Goat: New endeavors, Blessings
Goose: Elder wisdom
Grasshopper: Leap forward
Jaguar: Personal integrity
Kestrel: Proper values
Ladybug: Unexpected gifts, Surprises
|Lark: Freedom from worry
Leopard: Power of choice
Mockingbird: Soul Purpose, Counseling
Monkey: Family Issues
Moose: Self Esteem
Moth: Out-of-body exploration
Mountain Lion: Leadership
Mouse: Scrutiny, detail oriented
Oriole: Social Behavior
Ostrich: Grounded, Astute
Owl: Wisdom, Discernment
Panther: Embracing unknown, Power
Parrot: Developing skill
Pelican: Hidden resources
Penguin: Unity, Astral projection
Porcupine: Innocence, Trust
Praying Mantis: Positive focus
Rabbit: Listening, Fear, Fertility
Raccoon: Protection, Dexterity
Roadrunner: Mental alertness
Salamander: Fire power and medicine
Sea Horse: Androgyny
Sea Lion: Intuition, Imagination
Shark: Warning, Signs
Snail: Taking it easy
Spider: Creativity, Dream-Weaver
Squirrel: Gatherer, Planner
Starfish: Hope, Inspiration
Tiger: Unexpected lessons, Passion
Turkey: Harvest, Shared blessings
Turtle: Earth Mother, Fertility
Unicorn: Unconditional love
Vulture: Purification, Releasing
Wolf: Teacher, Pathfinder
Yak: Healing stillness or numbness
Zebra: Non-judgmental behaviour
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This article has been reproduced here with full permission of the author, Pamela Nine PhD. Her website is: Pamela Nine, Ph. D
Pamela is internationally known as a “Messenger of Spirit” and highly acclaimed Psychic, Medium, Counselor and Spiritual Teacher. She is also a Certified Reiki Master and Ordained Minister with a Doctorate Degree in Religion. She has been in the wellness profession for more than twenty years, and is the Owner of Nine Wellness Centre, located in Knoxville, TN. She specializes in Intuitive, Grief and Spiritual Counseling, Reiki Natural Energy Healing and Educational Programs.
Article source: Animals: Spirit, Power & Totem
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