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Meanings of Totem Animals

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Antelope/Pronghorn:
Heightened psychic ability, may need to insulate ourself or come out of hiding, adaptability with strong survival skills, strong sense of smell, new opportunities can be seen, teaches how to overcome obstacles with a swift and gentle nature. Antelope teaches listening to intuition. Are you adapting like you should? Taking chances or afraid of failing? Are you listening to your instincts? Antelope can teach you strength and courage in all areas.

Armadillo:
Teaches protection and how to use it, sensitivity to others attacks either real or imagined, demonstrates boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others, learn to trust what you feel with others, new birth coming -shows how to deal with it. Teaches how to use defenses when needed. Is it time to hide away to collect thoughts or come out and present your thoughts and abilities? Are you letting your guard down too often? Armadillo can show you how to protect your personal space.

Ass/Donkey:
Ass or Donkey can teach much about patience and humility. They have wisdom and teaches when to use it with timing. Ass’ aids in realizing outer recognition of inner potentials and the strength that comes from internal fortitude. He can aid in showing one how to move with the flow and allow Spirit to work and/or trusting your strengths. It is a time to not be content and complacent while you enjoy the road to the goal. Are you working too hard and not being productive? Are you following your intuition in what you “should do”. Is stubbornness hindering you mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Ass will teach you how to listen to your head and heart.

Badger:
Keeper of stories, write things down, sees beneath the surface of all things and people, including herbs and roots, self-expression and knowledge when to act and react, teaches how to ground and connect with the earth, chances to develop self expression, reliance along with persistence and perseverance, shows how to navigate the new chapter in your life. Are you being aggressive and fighting for what you want or need? Are you expressing feelings?

Bat- Rebirth, transition, initiation, changes for the better, moon magic.

Bear- Sub/Unconscious mind, strength, grounding, inner energy of the soul, healing, inner knowing, earth magic. face our fears, to seek knowledge through meditation, and to search for wisdom in our dreams. The bears medicine is healing, renewal, physic powers and the ability to grant powers to those who honor it.

Bison/Buffalo:
Abundance, incorporates our own efforts to embrace and hold life, burdens and rewards are carried, keep self well grounded, follow the easiest path, don’t use force in areas of life, flow with it. Teaches creativity, courage, sacred knowledge, sharing with a sense of community, survival strategies, teaches how to challenge with forthrightness and grace. A time to honor your path and ask for assistance from Spirit. Buffalo teaches abundance and strength of character along with harmony and expression of gratitude and honor for all creatures. Do you have gratitude? Strength? Surviving with courage?

Boar:
Boar teaches spiritual strength, protection and the mysteries of nature. Aids in getting organized and solidifying changes. Shows self-reliance, independence and fearlessness in trials and tribulations, enduring and strong, boar shows how to protect your efforts. Are you too scattered in thoughts and actions? Do you need to stand up for your beliefs and opinions? Are you using your intuition throughout the day? Boar can teach power and respect in the balance of complacency and activity.

Bobcat:
Bobcat teaches that there is a time for solitude, learning to be alone but not lonely and a time for social balance. He shows how to keep confidences of those around you with a balance of inner and outer perceptions. Bobcat aids in tapping into the curiosity of the unseen world of secrecy, invisibility and hidden meanings for understanding spiritual mysteries of the path that is being traveled. Bobcat will offer protection and expertise of this path and lend its knowledge in maneuvering your developing natural internal power. Bobcat teaches the ability of being able to turn on/off creative forces in life. Always look for what is hidden on all levels and trust your senses for bobcat medicine is a powerful one with lessons on many levels.

Bull/Steer:
Fertility of thoughts, ideas, possessions, makes the mundane and earthy more fertile, new ideas need to be expressed, teaches stability w/o stubbornness, assert feminine energies for balance. May demonstrate the necessity for a balance diet. Are you being forthright in your intentions? Are you willing to stand your ground in life matters? Bull can give us skills needed for expressions of strength.

Caribou-Reindeer
Caribou teaches endurance, strength, fortitude and perseverance in going the distance. He will teach the power of adaptability in adversity, caution in surroundings and tenacity to get things accomplished. Caribou will show how to take on the roles of duality, the male and female qualities that you possess. Is it time to take a more dominating role in life and work or perhaps a softer subtler stance in situations? Caribou will also aid in spiritual transitions, communication and social abilities and skills. Caribou will show how to keep moving onward and flowing with the group. Caribou is about movement and finding your inner peace and your place as you walk through life.

Cat- Independance, cleverness, a balancing of energies, moon magic. The cat increases mystic powers, allows physic vision. The cats medicine power also includes grace, understanding mystery, cleansingand purification.

Cougar-Puma-Mountain Lion:
Assertion of growth, take charge, be strong, come unto your own power, defending yourself when needed, teaches how to leap into opportunities, helps balance when to be gentle and when to assert your energy more forcefully. Cougar teaches strength and grace, responsibilities and balanced leadership. Are you taking on enough responsibilities? Are you empowering your life the best way you can? Is it time to go forward? Cougar will assist in these lessons.

Cow:
Cows can teach us about the home and community and the joy, contentment therein. Cows aid us in realizing to be easy going and live in the moment. They show us about love and connections at work and home. Cow also may demonstrate how to eat properly. Are eating enough fruits and vegetables? Are you happy at home? Cow can teach how to make those changes that are needed to balance to the joy in your surroundings.

Coyote:
Wisdom, jokester, having fun, stimulates cooperation and tasks, adaptations, balances knowledge and laughter into teaching, shows us how to learn from our mistakes with wisdom and a sense of humor, sense of family and children, demonstrating and communicating along with balancing risk and safety, trust and connection to the Spirit to find answers. Are you taking yourself too seriously? Too uptight and stressed? Are you trusting enough right now? Coyote will teach resourcefulness and adapting to new situations and how humor can be a useful tool in any situation.

Cheetah: swiftness, speed, making events occur quicker.

Cobra: spiritual wisdom from the Goddess, protecting yourself from religious persecution.

Cougar- Strength, power, realization of your own power, fire magic.

Coyote- Wisdom, the joker, time for adapting, folly, fire magic.

Crow: thief. trickery, boldness, skill, cunning, single-mindedness, a bringer of knowledge, swiftness, eloquence, shape-shifting. The Celtic Shaman have long associated the crow with magic and as a teller of truth. The American Indians believe the crow to be the Trickster and the Law Giver. The crow is assertive and a successful survior. The crows medicine is boldness, and intuitive knowledge of universal laws.

Deer- Gentleness, alertness, camouflage, noticing outside influences, physical pacing, innocence, earth magic.

Dog- Companionship, faithfulness, warnings, loyalty, earth and moon magic. Protection, companionship, faithfulness, warnings. Dog is a symbol of friendship and the unconditional ability to love and accept. They exhibit loyalty and are fierce protectors when needed. Examine the type of dog and what it says about you. What behaviors do you have or would like to have of the dog? Are you showing compassion for others? Are you a good companion and protector balanced with playfulness and joy? Are you serving humanity in the best way you can? Dog can teach you strength in the above qualities. (Also see Wolf)

Dragon: elemental magick, extra power to magick, protection and intruction in the spiritual.

Dragonfly: dreams, illusions, understanding dreams, seeing the truth in any situation or person.

Dolphin- Curiosity, playfulness, psychic abilities, power of sound, water magic. Dolphins grant emotional healing, wisdom and clarity of reason. The dolphins medicine is unconditional love, harmony and communication.

Eagle: swiftness, strength, courage, wisdom, keen sight, knowledge of magick, ability to see hidden spiritual truths. he eagle is known for its ability to open our soul to spirit quests and to soar to great spiritual heights. Shamans call upon the eagle to assistthem in developing their own shamanic powers. The eagles medicine is clear vision, illumination and the ability to see far.

Elephant- Strength, power, memory, moon magic. asscoiated with long life and a good memory.The elephants represents strength and good luck. The elephant medicine is that it will help the shaman get it touch with ancient memories.

Elk:
Nobility, about to hit your stride in life, don’t give up, have endurance for the long run, don’t neglect the need to relate to others, adjustment of diet needs to be made to have strong energy levels. Elk teaches you don’t need to walk the path alone, you have much wise help from Spirit. Are you pacing yourself accordingly? Do you want immediate results? Elk teaches patience in reaching your goals and aspirations. Have you simply asked for help? Elk will show you how to adapt to this stage in your life.

Falcon: Astral travelling, healing, soul healing, the release of a soul for a dying person and magick.

Ferret: getting information, seeing truth behind the facade.

Fox- Cunning, slyness, elusiveness, cleverness, invisibility, fire magic.

Giraffe:
The neck is the bridge between the realms, farsightedness to see beyond, expression and communication through body language, family ties. Teaches balance of sky and earth, care in what you say and how you take others opinions. One has strong relationships and inner perceptions. Are you becoming complacent and lose track of your goals? Are you setting your sights ahead for the future?

Goat- The ability to climb higher than you are,surefootedness, flexibility, healing, sun magic.

Gopher:
Gopher medicine will teach how to attune oneself to spiritual and physical vibrations and sensations. He teaches abilities of listening and feeling and heightens intuition and shows direction with innate instincts. Gopher shows the skill of uncovering hidden truths and meanings and all the lies beneath a situation. Gopher will show timing in which path to take of the many choices available and how those choices are interconnected. Is it time to “dig” with a sense of purpose and direction? Perhaps it is time to utilize your resources that you have before you – because you’ve been prepared better than you realize. Gopher shows how to maneuver with purpose and keep the balance of instincts in tune the heartbeat of the earth. Pay attention to the movement and follow Gopher’s wisdom for deeper truths await.

Gorilla:
Gorilla demonstrates a gentle yet firm strength. He teaches balance between passive and aggressive. He shows the art of communication and social interactions with family. Gorilla teaches the skill of listening to subtle frequencies; intuition and clairaudience. Listen to your hunches. Are you being too protective or not protective enough? Gorilla can show how to take on leadership roles and bring out the nobility within and to expand responsibilities to gain respect. He will show the power of dignity and honorable behavior. Gorilla medicine is pairing an understanding of compassion with respect and temperance.

Groundhog- Studies, building, trances, dreams, one who ispassionate about pursuing their interests, earth magic.

Hawk: clear sightedness, being observant, far-memory, overcoming problems, courage, defense, wisdom, illumination, new life, creativity, recalling past lives, truth and experience. The hawk is the messenger to the Great Spirit, for they are the greatest flyers. The hawk relays prayers swiftly. The hawks medicine is the ability to see far, and to open the spirit to inner visions.

Hedgehog:
Hedgehog teaches defense mechanisms against negativity along with showing how to enjoy life and to walk the earth with a sense of lightness and a sense of wonder. Hedgehog shows when to act with tenacity and strength to get things accomplished. He can aid in balancing emotions with actions while lending wisdom when to work and play. Are you taking opportunities that could make you happy? Are you letting people bring you down? Hedgehog can show you to be confident and move with strength.

Horse- Power, strength, travel, clairvoyance, freedom,stability, courage, earth and moon magic. Travel, power, spiritual and physical stamina, freedom, persuasiveness, increase clairvoyance, awareness of cooperation and communication abilities, time to move on if you feel stuck, teaches how to go in new directions with freedom and the power to face life and overcoming obstacles with grace. Your journey will take you in new directions. Horse teaches the power to allow and awaken your freedom in movement and will clarify the path in which to take. Do you need to break from current confinements and restrictions? Pay attention to what the individual breed is saying to you.

Hyena:
Instincts are heightened when Hyena appears. She shows how to relate to others and when to use your “teeth” in situations. She will help balance the power of ferocity with a caring. Is it time to be strong and stand up? What you do and say is heightened with Hyena medicine. Truth need to be said? Large projects and endeavors may best be done in groups so cooperation is key. Are you part of the team? She gives lessons in discrimination and discernment so listen carefully to your instincts, intuition and perceptions. Family is emphasized. Is it time to hunt or relax? Hyena shows how to adapt to any situation by singing your own song of internal strength and power.

Jaguar- Focused power, power, strength, courage, fire magic. According to Mayan beliefs, the journey of the sun across the sky and the darkness of night stood for the eternal journey of human consciousness and its transformations. The sun at midday was compared to the Eagle, flying high in the sky. Then it plunges below the horizon, just as we plunge into the dark where we face our spiritual challenges and are transformed. The hidden sun was said to be Jaguar, whose spotted skin symbolized the stars glittering in the night sky. Thus, it was called the “Jaguar Sun.” Jaguar is the earth father. As earth father, he presides over the sacred power in the earth and the animals who live upon it. The force that lives within the mountains, which gives them their volcanic and transformative power, is the same underworld source of power and energy as the Jaguar Sun.

Leopard- Inner instincts, strength, stealth, fire and earth magic. Silent, inconspicuous, strong intuitive abilities (inner instincts), overcoming haunts of the past, renewal of vision, helps in strength of inner demons, leaps about to be made spiritually, mentally and physically. Aids in overall sensitivities, communication abilities and movement in dream world and the unconscious realms. Are you listening carefully of the world within and around you? Leopard teaches the nuance of hearing your heart and intuitions and when and how to react.

Lion- Strength, elusiveness, leadership, willpower,invincibility, sun and fire magic. The lion is associated with the sun god. In size, strength, and spirit no other member of the cat family can match the lion. The lions medicine is vigor, strength, courage, and nobleness of spirit.

Lynx- The hidden and unseen, seeing the truth behind lies and falsehoods, secrets, air magic. Secrets of hidden and the unseen, ability to see lies and falsehoods, teaches inner workings of others, keen sight, careful not to break confidences, people may become uncomfortable around you, trust intuitions teaches ability to access secrets, mysteries and hidden aspects of yourself. Lynx teaches awareness and insights of thoughts, totem_images, dreams and visions. Lynx also teaches to be take care in breaking confidences and the trusts of others, there must be a balance with this conscious knowing. Are keeping quiet when you need to express? or vice versa? Be aware and observe your discoveries.

Mink:
Mink shows how to walk in the spiritual and physical world with joy and playfulness along with a balance of fighting for just cause. He teaches attention to intuition and timing, keen senses, awareness and how to move in the emotional waters balanced with the mental world. Mink aids in understanding the nocturnal realm of dreams, visions and hidden knowledge. He will teach how to remain within, a quiet solitude of personal space for contemplation. Are you completing a life cycle, something that you started long ago? Mink will aid in this returning with understanding and compassion. Perhaps you are ready for a move? Mink will also guide in this direction and will last approximately 2-3 weeks. Allow Mink’s wisdom to show you the power of adaptability and balance.

Mole:
Teaches expression of nature and sensitivity one surroundings, alertness and awareness of what is happening around you, aids in self-introspection. shows how to find hidden parts of your spiritual being, teaches to listen and feel carefully while using intuition. Mole teaches lessons of grounding and working toward a goal. Are you truly listening to others and circumstances? Listen beyond the obvious, trust your intuition on this. Are you eating right?

Monkey:
Monkey teaches the balance of dark and light, he brings awareness the darker side of oneself, aids in seeing both sides of all communication methods. Are you showing your creativity at this time? Is it time to examine an ancient wisdom you just encountered? Monkey ignites the inspiration and imagination from the deep recesses of the self and mind and teaches how to move within/without, above and below. *Monkey is native to other parts of the Americas so it is included here.*

Moose- Patience, sacred energy, ability of self concealment,power of life and death magic, earthmagic.

Mountain Lion-Puma-Cougar:
Assertion of growth, take charge, be strong, come unto your own power, defending yourself when needed, teaches how to leap into opportunities, helps balance when to be gentle and when to assert your energy more forcefully. Cougar teaches strength and grace, responsibilities and balanced leadership. Are you taking on enough responsibilities? Are you empowering your life the best way you can? Is it time to go forward? Cougar will assist in these lessons.

Mouse- Innocence, faith, trust, fastidious, attention to details, earth magic.

Opossum:
Opossum teaches the lesson of using and enhancing appearances and deceptions and illusions. He also aids in resting when needed (playing dead), and the art to act or behave in strategic manner as appearing to be fearful or fearless in spite of true feelings. Opossum gives courage to pretend for a while in order to cope with mental and spiritual constructs. He teaches wisdom and sensibility and knows when to fight if needed. Is it time to fight for things or to rest?

Otter- Togetherness, curiosity, awakening, playfulness, joy, creativity, imagination, water magic.

Owl- Wisdom, shadow work, farseeing, darkness, air magic. The owl’s flight is silent. Owl is the keeper of Moonlight Vision and those who honor the owl come to understand magic, wisdom, the mysteries andpowers of the right. The Celtic Shaman holds the owl in high regard, recognizing the owl as a magical bird who brings visions, inner knowing and acceptance. The owl’s medicine is knowledge of the soul.

Panther- Valor, ferocity, flexing of the psyhic and spiritual muscles, power, strength, earth magic. Symbol for ferocity, valor, time to put to use psychic, mental, physical, spiritual muscles. Strong hearing of other realms, may become sensitive to touch, past suffering will return to transform and so you can confront it, teaches understanding of transformation and agility in reclaiming one’s power and prowess. Are you listening carefully of the world within and around you? Panther teaches the nuance of hearing your heart and intuitions.

Pig:
Pig teaches spiritual strength, protection and the mysteries of nature. Aids in getting organized and solidifying changes. Shows self-reliance, independence and fearlessness in trials and tribulations. Are you too scattered in thoughts and actions? Do you need to stand up for your beliefs and opinions? Are you using your intuition throughout the day? Pig can teach power and respect in the balance of complacency and activity. Pig is resourceful and will teach the lessons to uncover what is needed. Pig medicine can show the power of transformation and quick change of direction may be needed in different aspects of your life.

Phoenix: rebirth, renewal, growth spiritually, the renewal of strength and energy.

Polar Bear:
Polar Bear deals with death, birth and transformation of a mystical quality, teaches strength in adversity and endurance in situations, ability for sustenance and endurance through introspection and solitude, can show how to tap into emotions with clarity. Polar Bear teaches how to be aggressive and forthright to achieve your dreams and empower your thoughts and ideals. He demonstrates the power of observation and movement with perfect timing. Are you conserving your strength and energy and/or putting it to good use? Polar Bear Spirit teaches this balance for survival as you are guided to walk in light and truth at this time. He will teach how to walk on the “ice” of life with grace and a lightness.

Porcupine- Curiosity, cautiousness, being bold in actions and words, resistance, wonder, earth magic.

Prairie Dog- Community, family, society, health,responsibilities, expression of emotion, earth magic.

Rabbit- Faith, nurturance, fertility, movement, sensitivity, luck, moon magic. Movement in life, fertility, sensitive, artistic, plan for possibilities, check what is in motion now, move carefully in work or play, allows for taking advantage of brief chances available. Is it time to observe and watch or time to make leaps? Rabbit can teach you how to plan and helps in setting them in motion. How are you eating habits? Perhaps you need to increase your vegetable intake? Rabbit is a joy so enjoy the movement at this time.

Raccoon- Curiosity, dexterity, cleanliness, secrecy,disguises, moon and earth magic.

Rat- Shrewdness, adaptability, success, social, restlessness,earth magic. Rats are social animals that are highly adaptable and expert survivalists. They drive for success maybe too hard or not hard enough, if restless with others it helps to become more adaptable to them and the situations. Rat medicine will teach how to be resourceful in the midst of environmental and emotional changes. He will give strength and trust in the process of current changes and lend security in overcoming worldly ideals. Have you accumulated too much mental and emotional baggage? Rat will aid in examining what is not needed any longer and allow truth to come forth in the midst of worldly illusions. Is it time to let go of thoughts, ideals, perceptions or people and places? Rat medicine will instill self assurance and transform fear into abundance. There is much wisdom in how Rat moves, watch and listen.

Ram:
Seeking new beginnings, power, strength, agility, great mental activity, curious and imaginative, energy to act upon the mental faculties, trust ability to land safely as new endeavors are made, balance as you climb. It’s time to become more sensitive to others, increase intellectual and mental pursuits. Ram teaches to act quickly when opportunities arise and they may be suddenly, don’t hesitate. Be like Ram.

Raven- Inner journeys, dreams, destiny, air magic. Like their relatives, the crows, ravens were known throughout Europe as death birds and other-world messengers. Valkyries wore black raven feathers in their role of Choosers of the Slain. Dead warriors on the battlefield were called “feeders of ravens” in skaldic verse. Some of the skalds’ kennings (metaphors) for the raven included “blood-swan” and “blood-goose”. Among the Celts, ravens were sacred to the other-world Bird Goddess Rhiannon, and also incarnations of the death-dealing Morrigan. Ravens brought omens of death. It was often said that ravens could foretell outbreaks of the plague.

Because of their association with the other world, ravens were viewed as oracles and teachers of magic. Ravens gave magical instruction to the Celtic god Lug and to his Norse counterpart Odin. An adept in the first stage of Mithraic initiation took the title of Raven, which was linked with the lunar sphere. Later stages carried the titles of Bridegroom, Warrior, Lion, Persian, Sunrunner, and Pater. A fourteenth century Italian manuscript said that the high position and honor would surely come to a person who owned an amulet showing a raven standing on a serpent’s tail. Among the Eskimo, Siberians, and Indians of some northwestern American tribes, Raven was a major god who married the Great Mother, brought dry land out of the sea, and finally sacrificed himself to provide magical wisdom for men. In Christian tradition, however, ravens were often said to be the souls of wicked persons.

Rhinoceros- Wisdom, short temper, past lives, high sensitivity to emotions, earth magic.

Seal: protection from malicious gossip or physical danger.

Serpents- Health, fertility, faith, magical power, sun and water magic.

Sheep:
Sheep can show how to maintain balance and have confidence in situations and abilities, teaches how to move in the physical with agility, camouflage and blending with surroundings, teaches a sense of togetherness and community along with showing how to make life easy and promote serenity. Sheep instills a sense of protection and alertness with peace of mind and heart. Are you moving in the direction you should be going? Are going with or against what you know to be true? Are you protecting yourself enough and/or remaining centered in peace? Sheep wisdom can help in understanding your place and perceptions within the scheme of things

Skunk- Respect, and self-esteem, playfulness, steadiness, patience, earth magic.

Squirrel- Awareness, sociable, playful, preparations, activity, energy, earth magic.

Tiger- Power, strength, courage, skillfullness, stealth, tactfulness, loyalty, passion, adventures, fire magic. Power, devotion, tactful, skillful, expect new adventures, examine what is happening to you in life. Are you expressing your passion appropriately? A new sense of new direction is opening up so expect new adventures on your journey with Tiger. You are awakening to a new passion and power within, self confidence, discernment along with increased healing abilities. Tiger can teach the gentle art of going with the flow with patience and diligence.

Vole:
Teaches expression of nature and sensitivity one surroundings, alertness and awareness of what is happening around you, teaches to listen and feel carefully while using intuition. Voles can teach you lessons of destruction and rebirth. What needs to change in your life? Vole will show you how to make those changes. Are sinking your teeth into your endeavors? Vole teaches how to grab ideas and thoughts to make them productive by using creativity and tenacity.

Weasel- Sly, loners, ability to escape tight spots relatively unharmed, observation, secretive, earth magic.

Whale- Creativity, awakening of inner senses, family, inspiration, water magic.

Wolf- Spirit, freedom, intelligence, social, guardianship, protection, wisdom, earth and moon magic. The wolf is the Sage the Great Teacher. The wolf tolerates no shriking of duty, and they mate for life. The wolf preys natural upon the weak and therefore insures the that they do not multiply. The wolf’s medicineis inner strength, courage, love and loyalty.

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Totem Birds: Birds in Celtic Mythology is closely linked to the Goddess. Each bird has a spiritual role to the Celts.

  • Bluebird- happiness, luck
  • Blue Jay- resourcefulness, adaptability
  • Cardinal- vitality, self love, esteem
  • Crow- intelligence, magic, warrior spirit, prophecy
  • Chickadee- truthfulness
  • Crane-longevity
  • Dove- peace, motherhood, prophecy
  • Duck- comfort, protection
  • Eagle- inspiration, courage, healing, creativity
  • Finch- energy, variety, potential, action
  • Goose- travel, quests, awakening
  • Hawk- psychic vision, protection
  • Hummingbird- joy, fertility
  • Kingfisher- prosperity, love
  • Magpie- intelligence, magic, psychic strength
  • Owl- wisdom, prophecy, healing, fertility, mystery
  • Raven- magic, creation, resolve
  • Robin- fertility, rejuvenation
  • Sparrow- victory, dignity. self-worth
  • Starling- protection, hope, family unity, communication
  • Swan- truth, beauty, self-knowledge
  • Swift- speed, agility
  • Vulture- death, rebirth, purification
  • Woodpecker- rhythm, insight, healing love
  • Wren- boldness, resourcefulness

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Totem Insects

Ants:
Ant teaches a sense of community, social structures, industriousness a sense of provision. Ant shows how to create by planning and discipline and patience with endurance. Shows a promise of success through efforts and hard work and diligence. It may be a time for planning and preparation. Are you working together as a whole? Are you adding new things to life in some way? Do you have patience to endure? Ant can give you skills needed to be successfully.

Aphids:
Aphid teaches the importance of nourishment; spiritual, emotional and physical. Are your basic needs being met? Is it time to jumpstart your metabolism? She shows the importance of a balanced diet with plenty of water. Eat to replenish water balance. She shows the balance of physical and spiritual needs as well as introducing additional feminine aspects to help balance the masculine. She shows how to communicate your needs effectively as well as using your instincts and intuition of body language. Trust your feelings. She teaches perseverance and tenacity to obtain your goals. Aphid demonstrates how to defend your position by being adamant, immovable and unwavering. She says, “No compromising allowed.” Part of Aphid’s medicine is about self-empowerment. You have all that is needed within and it’s time to seek and find. She demonstrates resourcefulness, riding the winds of change and making the absolute best of the situation. Use what is considered a “waste product” to your sweetest advantage. Be optimistic, positive; find the “liquid sugar”, the hidden gem. What has begun as “winter” emerges as “spring”. The time period for Aphid’s lessons span 20-40 days. Within this time period, Aphid’s medicine will support body, mind and spiritual self-authority. She validates what you already know and have neglected to do.

Beetles:
Beetles aid in transformation, metamorphosis, resurrection and rebirth – rebirth of the soul to a new spiritual ideal and renewed devotion. This animal teaches harmony in the coming changes by utilizing your intuitive abilities and teaches discernment where you need it the most. Beetles have a protective quality that will aid in the ability to socialize and communicate effectively by illuminating problems and situations in the correct perspective. Are you eating correctly? Now is the time to examine eating habits. Can you identify which stage of development are you in egg/larva/pupa/adult?. Is it time to fly or walk in life? Beetle will teach persistence with charm, trust in the process, proper movement and actions which allows the regeneration of your spirit to prosper.

Bees:
Busiest and most useful of insects so it is time to examine your own productivity in life (mentally, physically, spiritually), shows how to communicate effectively, teaches how to carry loads and ideas to make them productive, teaches concentration and empowerment with lightness and agility. Are you reaping the honey of life by your dreams and opportunities? Are you productive in your actions? Dedication, working with others and working hard will propel you towards your goals.

Butterfly:
Major transformations and transmutations taking place, outcome is different than expected. Symbol of joy, color, gentleness, lightness, and change in life. Awakens us to dance on the winds of life, teaches that growth doesn’t have to be painful, allows us to discover the important issues in life for conscious transformation. Can you discern what is important right now? Don’t sweat the small stuff, be joyful and thankful for your blessings.

Caterpillar:
The infant stage prior to transformation, teaches patience that all things will come to fruition in nature’s time and not before, perfect timing and time of growth and harvesting, preparation period. Notice how you are moving like the caterpillar; inching along, resting, rapidly moving, pausing now and then. Caterpillar qualities will show one should move for the moment. His lessons of movement and preparedness is for the greater good of the transformation that will be arriving. Are you ready?

Cicada
Cicadas aid in your emergence of You and understanding who you are by uncovering hidden truths and secrets that have been long forgotten. Usually this knowledge is just below the surface so listen to Cicada for he will teach where and how to look. Cicadas will help in the phase of birth, death and rebirth. Which part of the 13-17 year phase are you in? Cicadas will also teach the art of the communication using song or the written word. He will aid in transforming your own voice into an amplification of your heart and your desires to sing your own light. Are you living each moment in the “Now”? Are you to ready emerge from the illusion into the light of truth and understanding? Cicada will teach much if you are patient.

Cockroach:
Cockroach teaches the art of adaptability and ultimate survival instincts under any conditions making this creature an emotional and spiritual shape shifter. He will teach perseverance and tenacity along with going with the flow of events. Cockroach applies determination and fortitude to survive in any event. The wisdom of Cockroach teaches how to keep in touch with the world around you, shows how to strengthen vitality and quickness of movement, ability to discern when and how to move, and make use of available resources. Are you looking into the recesses of your spirit for answers? Are digging deep enough to find what is hidden? Are you adapting to recent circumstances as well as you could? It time for Cockroach to teach the art of adapting and finding what is hidden.

Cricket:
Cricket will attune to new vibrations and will aid in heightening intuition, sensitivity and awareness. Crickets can teach effective communication techniques and subconsciousness communication cues to obtain what is needed or wanted. Crickets are about resurrection and transformation from stages as in the molting process. Is it time to shed old ideas to make way for the new? Expect changes and new developments that will bring growth through reflection and patience as the sensitivity to mental, emotional and physical challenges are coming your way. Are you singing your song to be heard at this time? Is it time to rest in contemplation or jump toward your intended target whether it be at work, in relationships, or personal goal and dream? Cricket will help in finding the right balance of action using intuition and subtle awareness.

Deer Fly:
Deer Fly teaches lesson of development in all areas. It’s the journey not the destinations that are important here. She helps ground oneself in nature by helping contemplate the earth, ground and mud. There is balance of emotions and the spiritual along with physical and mental. She will assist the merging of those qualities. She will teach timing of when to attack along with the power and strength of words and actions. Her truthfulness may sting and bite but they are truths nonetheless. Females may need to be more assertive while males may need to be less assertive thus balancing robust vitality with gentleness. Deer Fly’s pupal stage has a strong backbone so she can teach strength and fortitude with independence and courage. She indicates an ebb and flow of life cycles; feelings, emotions, relationships, physical, emotional and mental health. Meditating on black and white stripes will aid in balancing the energies needed and lend another viewpoint for learning. Deer Fly can show how groups of 4-5 people will aid in your journey. She shows an attraction to movement and what is hidden, emphasis on the esoteric, dreams and the subconscious realms. The time period of Deer Fly’s lessons shows up in stages. 1st major stage occurs within 5-9 days. The 2nd major stage spans the next 2-3 weeks. When happens in this latter stage can have long lasting effects for up to three years. Deer Fly’s medicine will demonstrate adaptability while layers of the self are uncovered for much new and exciting potential. She shows that change is coming.

Dragonfly-Damselfly:
Dragonfly embodies the pure essence and beautiful balance of changes in emotional/mental aspects and the effects on the body, mind and spirit. Her message speaks of transformation; shedding old illusions, releasing old perceptions and changing habits. Change IS inevitable. Dragonfly teaches the mastery of moving with speed, agility and precision with grace. She prepares you for a heightened period of intuition, visions, dreams and overall visual and spiritual acuity. She speaks true transformation with many changes that are very swift with emphasis on the emotional and un/subconscious. She teaches changes can be positive or negative, it depends on your level of acceptance of that change – just accept and allow the rebirth to happen. She reminds you of the spiritual support by the many that are assisting your development. It is time to keep your balance in the storm. Dragonfly will guide you through the transformation. Upon completion you will be filled with light, color and a new found joy with a sense of enlightenment and freedom. You will gain wisdom in the process. Dragonfly medicine will aid in the beautiful balance of the changing time. Ready or not, change IS coming. Also if you seeking out pieces of your life that need changing Dragonfly will also aid in this search. The time period for Dragonfly’s immediate lesson spans about 2 months, this is the time period for your whirlwind transformation. It may take up to 4 years to adjust and discover the ramifications of the event(s). Dragonfly teaches with acceptance and internal fortitude the time period after the initial event can be shorter or longer. Change is indeed a process. Dragonfly energy is a gift – listen carefully.

Earthworm:
Earthworm teaches growth, regeneration, healing and reflection. He shows us how to ground our spiritual and emotional sides to emerge transformed and renewed. Continue working with diligence as you will reap what is sown now. You may feel like you are in the dark, please know you are preparing “fertile soil” for your endeavors. Earthworm will teach how to feel the sensations and vibrations around you. He will help attune your extra senses.
*earthworms are not insects, they are considered annelids which are true worms.

Firefly:
Firefly teaches us to bring things into focus and to lighten the path that is hidden in order to understand our life force. He gives the spark of divine insight and inspiration. Firefly aids in illuminating what is hidden, understands what is confusing, brings wonder and awe in the darkness. He will teach strength to replace fear in the midst of the darkness; spiritual or emotional. Sometimes the faintest the light will see you through. Allow firefly to guide you – in the moment, through the forest of life and to navigate what you are unable to perceive or understanding. It is the light that should be your focus, not the dark. Firefly will show you how, so watch carefully!

Fly:
The Fly teach the ability to greatly multiply prosperity, endeavors and ventures at enormous rates. He shows how to be quick to act and respond to achieve results. Fly aids in demonstrating the power of keen eyesight along with expanding awareness in many directions. Although flies are known for carrying diseases in unfavorable surroundings, the lesson of fly is in the value of carrying your emotions, thoughts and feelings in order to act quickly in sometimes unfavorable or uncomfortable conditions. It takes about two weeks from hatching for new eggs to be laid, likewise, two weeks is significant in one’s personal development. Are you ready for quick and abrupt changes? Are you ready to move quickly? Fly will show how to make quick changes for rapid growth.

Grasshopper:
Grasshopper teaches to take a leap forward in life and to trust in your own instincts and rhythms. Listen to your inner voice and let grasshopper guide you. He teaches patience to be bold and move with pride and grace. Grasshopper can teach the ability to take more chances and continue onward with persistence. He demonstrates the power of intuition, feelings, communication, awareness of surroundings and circumstances. Are you trusting your instincts and listening to your inner voice? It may be time to guard your exterior self and protect your emotions. Grasshopper medicine will show the balance between outgoing behavior and quite solitude. He demonstrates the skill of being courageous as well as taking flight when needed. His medicine lends stability and solidity to new endeavors. Grasshopper guides in the transformations of thoughts, ideals and perceptions as new spiritual insights are acquired.

Horse Fly:
Horse Fly teaches lesson of development in all areas. It’s the journey not the destinations that are important here. She helps ground oneself in nature by helping contemplate the earth, ground and mud will help. There is balance of emotions and the spiritual along with physical and mental. She demonstrates properties of spiritual healing and enlightenment with knowledge. She shows how to see with an earthly purity. She guides to opening up energy within the body to allow emotional – physical healing to take place. Meditating on the colors green and gold will aid in the connection to Horse Fly’s messages. She teaches balance in truthfulness, which may sting and bite but they are truths nonetheless. Horse Flies can show how a group of 1 or 2 will aid in your journey. She shows attraction to shiny objects, emphasis on metallics and gems will help connect with her medicine. Horse Fly pairs its wisdom with livestock. Pay attention to its clues and the animal that presents itself with her. For example, if Horse Fly lands on Cow (see Cow). The time period of Horse Fly’s lessons shows up in stages. 1st major stage occurs within 5-9 days. The 2nd major stage spans the next 2-3 weeks. When happens in this latter stage can have long lasting effects for up to three years. Horse Fly will demonstrate adaptability while layers of the self are uncovered for much new and exciting potential. She shows that change is coming.

June Bug/Beetle – May Bug/Beetle
Although there is naturally a great attraction to spiritual matters, June Bug/Beetle will show how to balance and remain grounded. His wisdom teaches to navigate what is hidden in the sub/unconscious realms. Pay attention to nocturnal activities: dream time, journeys, and moments of waking, along with meditational impressions. Expect emotions to come to the surface as well as being emotionally tested in order to clean and clear the way for new and better things. Mental, spiritual, emotional movement appears in sets of 3. Pay attention to synchronicities. He demonstrates exterior strength and fortitude and the use of a tough outer shell when needed. June Bug/Beetle demonstrates a higher intuition connection and a keen sense of discernment in all areas. He will show how to dig for answers to reveal the truths you need. He shows how to move with a sharp sense of timing. His medicine represents opportunities to recycle, reinvent and repurpose what you have, know, think and act. This self-reinvention may include participating in larger groups to expand knowledge and awareness. A balanced diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains. May or June is a significant indicator of events. The time period for June Bug/Beetle has various stages. Take notice of circumstances, dreams, wishes and encounters that may happen within the next two to five days. In 3 to 4 weeks lessons will be coming to swift manifestation. Be ready. In the last two to three years, have you been inspired to do something, have unfinished projects or endeavors that have been delayed? He will show how to progress forward as it is time to emerge.

Katydid:
Katydid teaches attunement to new vibrations and will aid in heightening intuition, sensitivity and awareness. They teach transformation in five stages as part of the molting process. Is it time to shed old ideas to make way for the new? Expect changes and new developments that will bring growth through reflection and patience as the sensitivity to mental, emotional and physical challenges are coming are your way. Katydids also teach the art of camouflage and the ability to evolve and use many survival techniques. Are you adapting to your surroundings? Are you blending in or standing out? Katydid will aid in strengthening senses and perceptions of the seen and unseen so whatever transformation stage you are in will be a time to be aware; mentally and spiritually sharp.

Ladybug:
Ladybugs are about metamorphosis, growth and manifestation of ideas and thoughts. It is a time succeed and start something new. Ladybug Beetles have a protective quality that will aid in the ability to socialize and communicate effectively by illuminating problems and situations in the correct perspective. Are you socializing too much or not enough? Are you eating correctly? Now is the time to examine eating habits. Can you identify which stage of development are you in egg/larva/pupa/adult?. Is it time to "fly" or walk in life? Ladybugs will show when to hibernate ideas/actions and emerge in opportune moments. Ladybugs will teach persistence with charm, trust in the process, effectiveness of natural defenses, transformation of unwanted fears along with proper movement and actions which allows the regeneration of your spirit to prosper.

Mosquito:
Mosquito reminds you to listen to the lessons you are experiencing. She shows how to listen to the patterns in your life so that you can fill nourished and fulfilled once again. She demonstrates the art of timing: movement and progression, rest and relaxation. What should you be doing? It may be a period of increased creativity and new endeavors. Mosquito medicine demonstrates the power of positive and negative energies. She shows how to transform personal attitudes and aids in recognizing attitudes of others. What is draining your energy? She shows spiritual and emotional nourishment is needed. Be strong and forthright. Fully trust your intuition, listen to your emotions and body reactions or it may “sting and itch” later. Mosquito offers opportunities to revitalize your spirit, take them when they appear. Her lessons span about 14 days. She shows how to move easily through the first three stages of egg, larva, and pupa. In the last stage she shows a time of rest. Although she is little in size, Mosquito has big medicine to teach.

Moth:
Moth teaches sensitivity to touch, smell, taste, intuition and physical/spiritual awareness, along with heightening sound and vibrations in this world and in others. Moth aids in the metamorphosis of your being. Which stage are you currently in; egg, larva, chrysalis or flight? Moth will help in each transition and show how to adapt to the new surroundings. He will teach you to find your own light as a beacon in the direction you should go. It is time to pay attention to your feelings to clarify your movement and discern what is real and not. Are you listening carefully to verbal and non-verbal cues,to what is and is not being said? Are you sensing the world around you? or sensing too much? Moth will teach how to be still, rest and listen and balance your being. In finding your own light clarity in the moment of darkness will be found and your sensitivity to Spirit increases.

Praying Mantis:
Power of calmness, stillness, silence, time of meditation, inner reflection, stillness in healing or in creativity, teaches how to manipulate surroundings with skill, direct the body’s energy to empower the body. Are you taking some quiet time for yourself? Are you being patient with those around you? Are you moving toward your goals? However slow it may take, patience and perseverance is the key. Are you allowing the time to stop and pause in between tasks? Are listening carefully to yourself, others and your surroundings – in other words are you paying attention? Praying Mantis can teach you how to balance these energies.

Silk Moth:
Silk Moth teaches the art of gathering and harvesting your resources into one. In about two weeks nourishment from your endeavors will be felt. Attachment, strength and tenacity to get the job done are hallmarked by Silk Moth due to the clinging properties it conveys. She shows how to balance industriousness with calming serenity. All things have timing so have patience. She shows how to blend in with others and surroundings. Are you extending yourself too much? She will teach how to remain fixed and steady in your own progress. In about five weeks, spiritual, mental and emotional changes will have started. At about two weeks later your transformation will be noticeable. Easy or difficult, Silk Moth demonstrates impermanence, all things pass, all processes continue. Nothing will be the same. She will show how to embrace the changes with a legacy of beauty, whether it be newly discovered knowledge and wisdom or a new found awareness of yourself along with the new awakening of the world around you. Silk Moth will teach much in her silence.

Scorpion:
Scorpion aids in uncovering what is hidden along with a sense of timing and cunning calculation. He teaches vigilance and an all around intensity to his being. Scorpion uses a sense of navigation via intuition, what is started now will produce results later which equals patience. He shows how to find your place with awareness and tenacity, keep your instincts sharp and ready for they will be correct. Scorpions shows how to defend and attack when needed. Are you striking at an idea at its full potential? Is it time to contemplate and wait for the right moment to move? Scorpion will show to how to move with stealth and fortitude to accomplish any task.

Spider:
Maintains a balance from past to present, helps in creativity and inspiration, helps understanding of illusions and reality, spiritual and physical balance, awakens sensibilities and weaves influences in development in your own world, stay focused on the center of things. Spider is gentleness and strength and will remind you of this pattern. She also will aid in communications and the written word. Are you creating to your fullest potential? Spider will teach the infinite possibilities of creative manifestation and the delicate strength of this balance. Notice the colors, patterns and behavior of the individual spider type for further insight to what Spider is saying.

Stink Bug:
Stink Bug aids with clarifying dreams, visions and insights. She can show the connections between seemingly separate unrelated events with heightened intuition. Pay attention to your instincts about people, situations and circumstances. She can demonstrate the order in which things are done, designating each level in the process of metamorphosis. Increased sensitivity to what is hidden and reading between the lines occurs with Stink Bug medicine. She can be a sharp communicator getting to the point. Are you being direct? She helps protect and shield energy and emotions when needed. She teaches the balance of concealment and surfacing. Are you stepping forward at work, school, community or relationships? Are you overloaded and need to step back? Odors have both attractant and repellent qualities. Stink Bug will guide in the proper use and balance of the positive and negative attributes of what is psychically sensed as well as what is physically sensed in your surroundings. Stink Bug medicine shows how to transform and shed what is no longer needed. The first 12 to 14 days will show which direction you should be going. There are five separate stages as insights are gained and growth is achieved. Stink Bug’s lessons span a period of about a month when new ideals and thoughts are fully developed.

Tarantula:
Tarantula medicine maintains a balance from past to present and helps in creativity and inspiration. She aids understanding of illusions and reality as well as spiritual and physical balancing. Tarantula awakens sensibilities and the power of movement; slow, steady and carefully while staying focused on the center of things. This spider shows a calm gentleness and strength and will remind you of this pattern. Mediation and centering will help calm the mind and spirit to hear her messages. She also will aid in communications and the written word. Be aware and move with strength and confidence. Are you creating to your fullest potential? Spider will teach the infinite possibilities of creative manifestation and the delicate strength of this balance. She shows the art of attuning your senses and feeling subtle vibrations of your surroundings.

Wasp
The wasp teaches that it is time of productivity and construction. Increased communication is important at this time. Are you progressing toward your goals? He teaches diligence and keeping things in order along with guiding you in building your mental, spiritual and physical dwelling. It is a time for progression with balancing the spiritual and physical. He demonstrates how to remain grounded to secure a good base for your endeavors. It time to start a new endeavor or work on an existing one.

Yellow Fly:
Yellow Fly teaches lesson of development in all areas. It’s the journey not the destinations that is important here. She helps ground oneself in nature by helping contemplate the earth, ground and mud will help. There is balance of emotions and the spiritual along with physical and mental. She offers opportunities for spiritual awareness to increase. Meditating on yellow, gold and purple will aid in tapping into your own higher wisdom. She teaches new opportunities to awaken the mind and body connection. Power of meditation will increase as well as noticing changing psychic abilities, heightened perceptions. She teaches new spiritual insights and renewals are occurring. You may find that you have increased compassion for others as you realize your connection to them. Yellow Fly will also teach protection from negativity. She instructs on the male energy for balance along with timing. Self-confidence will spark creativity and taking chances. She provides a positive attitude to make all possible. Either taking or receiving, she shows how to take care in communication as her truths may sting and bite but they are truths nonetheless. She will show the balance in this. The time period of Yellow Fly’s lessons shows up in stages. 1st major stage occurs within 5-9 days. The 2nd major stage spans the next 2-3 weeks. When happens in this latter stage can have long lasting effects for up to three years. Yellow Fly will demonstrate adaptability while layers of the self are uncovered for much new and exciting potential. She shows that change is coming.

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Totem Water Animals

Angelfish:
Transformation of the spirit with spirit helpers, be aware to others who need assistance and for those who can help you. Fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Do you currently feel stuck? The river says it is time flow. Fish can show how to ride the tide to new adventures.

Barracuda:
Transformation of the spirit, barracuda shows how to make your own way and follow your own path with strength and courage. Barracuda can teach a balance of action with inaction, rest and work, rest and play. He shows the power of actions and strength. Fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Do you currently feel stuck? The river says it is time flow. Fish can show how to ride the tide to new adventures.

Brittle Stars:
Teaches how to maneuver delicately and successfully in any situation. This creature is very agile and extremely strong. Brittle Star has amazing regenerative properties with an indication of coming back stronger and more abundant. If he comes to you something in your life may take a year to regenerate, but when it does, it will be better and more abundant. He shows how emotions can help propel you forward by tenacity and determination with slow and steady movements. It is a time to keep intuitions sharp and your outer “shell” hard. The wisdom of Brittle Stars aids in strengthen your resolve by the wisdom of emotions and your own inner fortitude and strength.

Beaver:
Teaches lessons of breath for health, persistence and durability, balancer of emotions, builder of dreams, teamwork and cooperation with others, time of action to build upon those long awaited dreams, may mean to go forth with plans. Beaver can show how to achieve by building with the necessary resources that are available to you. Are you being productive in matters? Working with the group instead of against? Looking at the bigger picture for new perspective? Are you neglecting your wants, needs, dreams?

Catfish
Transformation of the spirit, time to discard what is not needed any more, teaches to have a greater sensitivity in communication. Listen and feel to what is going on around you. Catfish will teach discernment with heightened senses along with sharpening intuitions and feelings. Fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Do you currently feel stuck? The river says it is time flow. Fish can show how to ride the tide to new adventures.

Coral
Coral shows creation of a solid foundation in which to build upon. It provides knowledge when and where to start and it supports your endeavors with opportunities. It is about timing and patience. It shows a universal trust in being where you are supposed to. It asks you to plant the seeds in order create your world with perfect timing. The power of dreaming and creativity builds inner and outer beauty. It will show how the awareness of your own rhythm cultivates fertile ground for this new phase in life. Coral will help in being a stable platform for others by providing spiritual and emotional support. Coral medicine asks for trust in yourself and your path by slowing down and allowing the universal operations to happen naturally.

Crab
Crab shows how to keep protected on all levels; mental, spiritual, physical. She will show how to take hold of an idea to fully grasp the meaning. Are you holding on too tight or not tight enough? She will help you choose the action best for the moment. Sometimes lateral movement is better than no movement, trust her direction. Crab can teach to keep your emotions guarded as well as keeping your solar plexus energy center protected. Sensing the vibrations around you will aid in communication. She will show how to work together to meet all of your needs in work, home, family and friends. Feel the rhythm of life for when true comfort sets in creative potentialities will be born. Crab medicine will help growth even if it means to leave the old behind. If Crab is in fresh water, realize the freshness of your world. If Crab is salt water, it is time to add flavor to your life. She will teach much on guarding yourself but also the balance and movement you need to progress into the next phase.

Dolphin:
Open new creative dimensions, curiosity, trust playfulness, breath and water needed for life, teaches how to be free, maneuverability, wisdom, harmony with surroundings, needs balancing, shows proper use of sounds and prayers, communication abilities, teaches trust and shows the power of rhythm and emotions may need some fresh air to release tensions, newness and joy. Are you calling to bring forth your wants and desires? Are you voicing and expressing your creative self? What are your words, thoughts and actions creating? Dolphin reminds us to balance work and play and let loose of tensions.

Fish:
Transformation of the spirit, the type of fish reveals certain strengths and traits, fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Do you currently feel stuck? The river says it is time flow. Fish can show how to ride the tide to new adventures. (You can look for a specific fish on this site as well)

Frogs/Toads:
Transformation, abundance, new waters of life abounds, reminds of emotional connections to mental, teaches how to cleanse and adapt, Are you being bogged down in old ways, drowning in emotions? They can show you how to change and add the water you need in your life. Frog can teach you to get in touch with your feelings and emotions and wash negativity and doubts away. Are you listening to your feelings and the voice of your heart? Are you getting bogged down in life – maybe it’s time to leap forward with a new start?

Goldfish – Koi
Transformation of the spirit, and shows how to bring peace and prosperity to your world. Goldfish will help you look for new opportunities and aiding you in taking advantage of them. Fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Do you currently feel stuck? The river says it is time flow. Fish can show how to ride the tide to new adventures.

Hippopotamus:
Teaches how to move gracefully through emotions along with balancing the spiritual and physical worlds, teaches tenacity, endurance, patience and practicality, demonstrates the power and wisdom of timing. Hippo balances and integrates physical earthly properties with watery emotional ones along with stability and strength of movement. Hippo shows how to look beneath the surface of appearances when needed, teaches to access intuition to speak your truths, demonstrates agility in movements to navigate the waters of life. Are you balancing the physical and spiritual? Are you listening to your intuitions and what your emotions are saying? Do you allow the daily world to override your feelings? Hippo can teach how to survive in the balance by providing stability and awareness to your feelings.

Jellyfish:
Jellyfish speaks of simplifying your life. Go with the flow of the current and allow things to take their course. Trust the process. She shows how to rest in the earthly realm and not to rush. Life or mind chatter too hectic? Take a walk, get close to nature so you can see the world in a better light. In communication, your words and actions may sting others, however unintentional. She will help balance this forwardness with compassion. Jellyfish asks you heal the painful past. What is hurting your spirit? She assists in tackling challenges of the mind, body and spirit. She will help identify the areas for you – because it is time. Jellyfish may be very transparent but she shows the heart’s truth, if you will follow it. This includes the pain and growth that may arise in the journey.

Leech:
This small creature speaks of a time of purifying and detoxifying your life. Leech instills calmness with underlying activity still going on. Are you patient? Trust the process you cannot see. He directs you toward the Life force that gives strength and nourishment to your many faceted self. He teaches skills of being analytical, scientific and inventive. How are you using your skills and talents? He shows truth and knowledge of underlying esoteric wisdom. Solitary in nature, use this time to formulate a direction, a plan for the choices you must make. Leech helps balance independence with social situations to prevent isolation and mental apathy. Leech medicine will show how to manage sensitivities you may be experiencing.

Lobster:
Lobster, like Crab, shows how to keep protected on all levels; mental, spiritual, physical. He teaches guarding yourself with camouflage if needed along with balance and grounding. Progressing backward is sometimes needed to move forward, trust Lobster to show when and how to move into the next phase of your life. He will demonstrate how to use intuition and honing your senses. He gives you the skills to go deep into situations and hold on and/or let go if needed. Lobster’s depth of feeling will show how to work together to meet all of your needs in work, home, family and friends; truth, honesty and openness will help heal. Feel the rhythm of life for when true comfort sets in creative potentialities will be born. Lobster medicine will help growth even if it means to leave the old behind.

Marlin:
Marlin shows the power of being alone with confidence that demonstrates an inward peaceful strength. His sensitivity in the emotional realms and changing of pressures of daily life will show how to move with high bursts of speed and endurance. Communication tact and the very power of words play an important part of what Marlin teaches. He shows what is on the surface is sometimes the best spiritual nourishment. Marlin shows how to be powerful and use mental or emotional acrobatics when needed. For clearing non conducive energies, it may take up to four times of repeated occurrences to heal. Past lives may be explored to find answers. Marlin shows balance of night and day with the moon playing an important part in the cycle. Be aware of the colors; blue, black, white or striped will lend more meaning to your encounter of this swiftly moving creature.

Orca:
Orca teaches abilities of entering the depths of the mind and emotions, accessing ancient memories buried deep within, recognizing the power of vibrational energy and aids to heighten intuition and perceptions. Orca can help you discover your own personal “song of the soul” that until now has been hidden. Orca teaches how to swim in life with grace and strength and dive the depths of your being. This animal demonstrates creativity and joy, aids in accessing personal freedom, teaches empowerment, heightens ability to heal with sound and song, and allows access to unconscious memories for health, healing and personal discovery. It is a time to carefully listen to your dreams and visions for Orca will teach you the mystery of your inner depths.

Otter:
Playfulness, joy, togetherness, curiosity, awakening, creativity, imagination, healing wisdom, awareness, faithfulness, love of the young, life can be fun with the right attitude, do something special to awaken the joy in your life. Otter teaches the power of the feminine and the balance that is needed for the masculine side. Are you clinging to old thoughts, perceptions and feelings? It’s time to look at things from a fresh perspective. Make time to awaken your inner child and remember that natural joy.

Salmon:
Transformation of the spirit, shows how to feel and sense others, will help clarify issues in life. Fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Salmon teaches using intuitions and instincts and listening to the stillness. Do you currently feel stuck? Salmon demonstrates a time to rest and a time to move. Salmon can show how to swim into new adventures. She teaches survival, migration and movement, journeys, beginnings and endings. Which stage are you currently in? Salmon shows how to cope with physical transformation during this transition time. Salmon’s lesson covers 1-3 months so have patience as you adapt. She will show how to integrate the changes with a perfect sense of timing as well as finding where you truly belong. Salmon will guide you in this journey of the mind, body and spirit.

Sand Dollars:
Coordinated action, movements and motivation. Rigid exterior is needed. Sand Dollar shows that constant change is expected and there is freedom in this movement. She aids in the stages of metamorphosis and the new stages coming your way. Tests will begin to appear, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Her colors will help guide, green-healing, blue-emotional or purple-spiritual. She shows how to make the transition from surface to burrowing actions. What is just under the surface? Are you streamlining your activities? Sand Dollar demonstrates the power of likes and similarities. Are you socializing with like-gendered friends? Sand Dollar will teach much on internal fortitude in your transformation in all areas of your life.

Sea Anemone:
Sea Anemone is a meat eating animal that will teach the power to capture and obtain ideas. They exhibit great patience in getting what it needs to survive. Anemone will show how to keep centered and instill faith of Spirit’s timing, how to discover new doorways and opportunities and any precautions and hidden dangers that could arise. It’s time to be cautious, don’t make rash assumptions as things are not usually as they are appear to be. Trust in the water of emotions and be still in the knowledge you possess. Sea Anemone will teach how to balance anxiousness with temperance, aware of the ebbing and flowing of communication and relationships.

Sea Cucumbers:
Heightened communication, emphasizing hormone levels along with unconscious signals and nerves. Sea Cucumber demonstrates an attention to emotions. Ability to change from rigid to soft by utilizing emotional balance. She shows how to remain firm in tight or delicate situations. Great movement with minimum amount of energy. Watch for potential symbiotic relationships to form. Do you withdrawal and retract yourself when you feel threatened? She will teach you when to guard your emotional self. Is it time to create a tough exterior? She will show how to build up your defenses, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Sea Horse:
Caution, patience, grounding, time to take on different roles than accustomed to, time to observe watch and move slowly with awareness, keep eyes forward and mind focused. Lessons of protection, peace, grace and emotional clarification and nourishing qualities for yourself and others. Sea Horse awakens the male/female balance of duties and responsibilities. Aids in bringing forth romance and deeper connections to relationships. Is it time reverse roles from provider to one who nurtures? Do you need to be more understanding towards friends and family? It is time to be aware of the watery emotions of others. Sea horse will aid in this balance.

Sea Lions/Seals:
Seal Lions are more mobile on land, has external ears. Seals are more at home in the water, does not have external ears just small openings. This lends to hearing and balance of paying attention to the inner voice. Association with water which is the creative, feminine, imaginative. Helps the inner creative imagination and inspiration balance with outer realities. Movement, playful, busy, one needs balance.

Sea Urchins:
Teaches discernment and the art of underlying circumstances. Slow and methodical, she shows how to maneuver with tenacity and patience. Nothing is impossible when Urchin is guiding you. Monitor defense mechanisms. Do you have tough exterior and soft inside? Urchin will teach this balance of rough and tender. Evolution, metamorphosis and new developments are highlighted with Sea Urchin medicine. She teaches ways of extracting information out of the rubble of the mind and of day to day activities. Care of your feet, physical movement and grounding properties hallmark Urchin’s meaning. Listen to the color of the Sea Urchin for this will aid in understanding.

Shark:
Transformation of the spirit, teaches how to swim the currents of a busy life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities. Shark teaches how to accomplish “impossible” tasks by utilizing discernment and trust.

Skates/Rays:
Skates are very similar to Stingrays, however there are a few differences in the tail, fins and sizes of these cousins. Many qualities of Stingray medicine still applies. However, the uniqueness of Skate teaches less mobility in your actions and endeavors. Perhaps it is a time to safely contemplate your next direction. He will show the importance of meditation and the power of awareness in your surroundings. It is time to carefully observe while the seeds (the eggs) of new ventures are being planned. Skate demonstrates showing how to display and use the many “thorns” that are available. Are you using your presence, your voice, your assertiveness when you should? Are you in need of a “thicker skin” to deal with life’s situations? Skate shows discernment, aids in communication and knowing when to act. He also teaches the power of observation, awareness and heightened senses so that you may move with grace and style.

Starfish/Sea Stars:
Teaches how to maneuver successfully in any situation. This creature is very agile and extremely strong. Starfish has amazing regenerative properties with an indication of coming back stronger and more abundant. If Starfish comes to you something in your life may take a year to regenerate, but when it does, it will be better and more abundant. Starfish shows how emotions can help propel you forward by tenacity and determination with slow and steady movements. It is a time to keep intuitions sharp and your outer “shell” hard. The wisdom of Starfish aids in strengthen your resolve by the wisdom of emotions and your own inner fortitude and strength.

Stingray:
Stingrays show how to maneuver with grace, style and elegance in the watery depths of emotions. Stingray will teach the importance of undulating and persistent movements in life. He will demonstrate the importance of regularly cleaning and cleanliness; to clear and maintain the clutter at home and work, to clean, balance and center your emotional and spiritual beingness. Stingrays teach the art of camouflage and blending in. Are you acclimating to your surroundings? Stingray’s adaptation abilities will aid in transitions. This is also a time to drink plenty of fresh water and pay attention to salt and overall food intake. Stingray will show the balance of nutritional needs. Are you being too defensive or not being defensive enough? He will show how and when to use the venomous spines to strike effectively. Have you started a new endeavor recently? He shows that in 2-4 months ideas will come to fruition and be alive with possibilities. Stingray shows that movements in life must be balanced with sharp action and graceful tenacity.

Whale:
Inner awakening, creation, movement, strong sense of family, sprout in creative imagination, reaching within or outside to find inspiration, don’t hold back your endeavors, be strong and move swiftly. Whale shows how to dive deep within to awaken your creativity, imagination and intuition. He teaches awakening inspiration so you can see your own beauty reflected into the world. It is time to create you own song, your own rhythm in which for creative imagining takes place. Are you using your true creativity? Whale will teach how to access the power and magic of the creative – emotional – passionate force.

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Totem Reptiles

Alligators/Crocodiles:
Creation/destruction, birth/death, beginning of a new period and the death of the old, knowledge is transformed by a new level of growth, hidden wisdom awaits. Alligator can teach you ancient knowledge that is currently hidden and gives strength to create your own opportunities. These guardians and protectors of wisdom will show how to move in the waters of the Self. Are you seeing things as they are and not what they appear to be? Are you consumed by the knowledge you are becoming unbalanced with meditation and quiet time? Alligator’s breathing awareness will help in balancing out transformations.

Chameleons:
Chameleon teaches how to show true colors of the self in your environment and in your sincere emotional nature. Quickness, sharpness in endeavors. Shows how to be tough on the outside with emotional/spiritual/mental armor along with facing one’s fear. The mind and intellect can be used for defensive purposes in which Chameleon will show how to strike when necessary with discernment and patience paired w/ intuition. This animal shows a talent of adaptability to the environment and surroundings. Are you easily influenced by others, perhaps it’s time to speak your mind? Do you absorb too much from others, maybe it is time to learn proper defenses? Chameleon can teach the art of sensitivity and independence to master changes of the mind, body and spirit. Demonstrates rejuvenation time. Listen carefully to your intuition and inner sight. (see Lizards)

Gecko:
Shows how to be out-going with tact and how to cope and overcome obstacles, he will show how to let go of old outdated perceptions to make room for the new. Gecko can teach how to maneuver in this transition phase of mental, spiritual and emotional death and rebirth. He will show how to emerge successfully in this spectacular change within your Self. When Gecko appears it is also a time to pay attention to dreams and visions for he will show how to shift and molt perspectives. Are you holding too tightly to current perceptions and ideas? Are you balancing your emotion and mind? Gecko can show how there is regeneration in life’s endeavors by listening to this inner guidance so one can find balance in this transition time.

Iguanas:
Take a higher perspective in matters, blending one self into situations and in environments, can deal with emotions and physical attributes relating to food and exercise. Attention to routine for best health. Do you absorb too much from others, maybe it is time to learn proper defenses? Chameleon can teach the art of sensitivity and independence to master changes of the mind, body and spirit. (see Lizards)

Lizard:
Teaches listening to intuition in dreams, visions and perceptions throughout the day. Be aware of the emotions surrounding your impressions. Aids in illuminating fears and doubts and how to change them. Lizard can teach about objective and compassionate detachment. Do you need time to rest and relax or step back from a situation? Is it time to move forward? When lizard appears, listen carefully to your inner guidance of feelings and emotions. He will give strength in taking the next steps.

Salamanders:
Shows how to have patience in waiting and moving slowly in actions and thought. It is time to be more aware of the environment along with dreams and visions associated with such. Salamander teaches to utilize inspiration and ideas. He aids in renewing and reenergizing for forward motion, teaches knowledge in understanding emotional sensitivity, shows how to watch and listen, observe and reflect then act appropriately. Are you in the present moment? Transformation takes patience, are you exercising yours? Salamander will show how to bring all the above qualities into physical reality with grace, harmony and balance, even in the face of any perceived adversity.

Snakes:
Rebirth, wisdom, fluidity, wholeness, transmutations, sexuality, look for transitions, changes and new opportunities. Creative forces are awakening with heightened intuition. Snake can teach about shedding what is not needed; perceptions, attitudes, ideals. Snake shows how to access vitality, ambitions and dreams along with intellect and personal power. What things are surfacing that you need to strike out and take advantage of? Perhaps a time to rest and reflect? Listen to your intuition and visions at this time. Contemplate the colors, striking ability and activity of the snake type to further understand what snake is saying.

Tortoise
Tortoise teaches grounding and patience and represents longevity and wisdom. He demonstrates how to shield and protect what is important from feelings and emotions to work and family. Tortoise shows the importance of contemplation and discernment before taking action. Teaches how to maneuver in the physical with patience and tenacity. He can reflect a time period that will be lasting so patience is needed. Tortoise is about grounding with the earth and keeping your feet on the ground.

Turtle:
Longevity, endurance, survival skills, patience, stimulates hearing on both the physical and spiritual levels. Teaches on an emotional level to reach within to find answers, shows how to navigate the spiritual while using protections and defenses in both worlds. Are you listening carefully to others? Let Turtle help you decide to take time to slow down or perhaps to pick up the pace a bit. He can teach how to maneuver in the emotional world. The art of movement or non-movement is stressed. Is it time to remain quiet and contemplate or time to move forward? Turtle will guide you in understanding.

  • WiccanNbama

    You forgot to include insect totems there are many specialized meanings for insects being represented as a totem or spiritual guide the dragonfly for example is a powerfull totem and my personal guide.

    • lunasgrimoire

      Thank you, I’ve not found enough information but as I find stuff, I add it along :) Blessed be

    • lunasgrimoire

      Hello there, we have expanded this list :)