Cat: Independence. In Egypt cats were always given special privileges and were treated like royalty. In Scandinavia the cat stood for fertility, and in India it is a symbol of childbirth. In ancient times it was believed that witches took the form of their cats at night. Cats are fiercely independent. You can never own one: it allows you to take care of it and love it, but only on its terms. They come and go as they please, when they please. Cat’s medicine is independence, curiosity, many lives, cleverness, unpredictability, healing, the ability to fight when cornered, seeing the unseen, and protection. He also represents love and can assist us in meditation. If Cat is your Power Animal, then you have magic and mystery in your life. You are independent and a free thinker. You probably feel energized at night. You will stay with a person or situation until it bores you, and then you’re gone. You have a great talent for organizing things.
Chant for Cat
“Littlest lion, panther in miniature,
Help me in my magickal endeavors.
Teach me to see my path through dark places.
Help me to sift the necessary from the unnecessary
And to relax and enjoy life.
Strengthen my magick and carry it to its destination.”
Cattle (Bull, Cow): Knowing when to be aggressive. Defending yourself and your family. Being content where you are, but also being aware of what may be going on around you. Being alert for danger. Performing difficult work in a conscientious manner.
Bull: Earth Lord, fertility, strength.
Cow: Great Mother Goddess, love, abundance.
Chant for Cattle (Bull, Cow)
Powerful bull of heaven and sky,
Mighty beast of wisdom ancient,
Bellow your warning to my enemies.
Trample the evil-doers under your hooves.
Frighten them with your tossing, sharp horns.
Shelter me in the shadow of your muscled might.
Protect me with your unlimited powers.
Horned Isis, Great Goddess Mother,
Fountain of wisdom and deep powerful magick,
Open my mind to my own inner power.
Grant me the wisdom to use it wisely.
Let me be bold in spell-casting.
Give me a sense of responsibility
To protect the helpless and abused,
To bring to justice those who do evil.
Teach me to hear your voice and follow your will.
Centaur (mythical): Healing magick, shape-shifting, music, the arts, divination. Inspiration for an artistic talent.
Chant for Centaur
“Healing, shape-shifting, magickal lifting
Of spirit to spiritual realms of delight.
Consciousness higher meets spiritual fire
And changes my powers from weakness to might.”
Chameleon: Hiding by changing colors. Weather influences, Adopting protective coloration to stay out of trouble; learning to use invisibility.
Chant for Chameleon
“Like the chameleon I go quietly.
I fade into the surroundings.
I gather my protection about me
And become invisible.”
Cheetah: Swiftness, speed. Develop your self-esteem so that you move with a regalness of bearing. Making events occur quicker.
Chant for Cheetah
“Swift wind-runner, beautiful, strong,
Aid me in success. Take me along
On your Otherworld journeys to places of light.
Help me over the barriers. Give me clear sight.”
Cobra: Spiritual wisdom form the Goddess. Protecting yourself from religious persecution.
Chant for Cobra
“Lift your head, great sacred serpent,
You who are a servant to the Goddess.
Strike fear into the hearts of all persecutors.
Let those who hate my spiritual path
Be cast down by their own actions.”
Cock: The power of the word to dispel and repel negativity. Building walls of protection about you, your family and friends, pets, and property. Setting psychic guardians in place to want you of problems.
Chant for Cock
“Cock, crow! Shatter evil!
Ward this place, both day and night.
Sound your warning! Repel danger!
Build us a wall of brilliant light.”
Cougar: Savagery, fury, remorselessness. Cunning, hunting and seeking; freedom. Using power in leadership. Balancing power, intention strength. Self-confidence when facing crowds or troublesome people.
Chant for Cougar
“Muscles rippling, free on the mountains,
Great cat of cunning, hunting and seeking,
Teach me quietness and stealth of purpose.
Show me the secrets of quiet magick.”
Cow ~ See Cattle.
Coyote: the trickster, devilment. Take care as Coyote is a Trickster! Cunning, shape-shifter, stealth, opportunity, dark and light magick, illumination, truth, creativity, new life, experience. Don’t be foolish or you could trip yourself up. Seeking opportunities.
Chant for Coyote
“Trickster, Shape-Changer, keep me from danger.
Cunning magician, teach me your ways
Of magickal fire, powers much higher.
Lead me to new life. Brighten my days.”
Crane: solitude and independence. Intelligence, discipline, vigilance; magick; astral travel; learning and keeping secrets; reaching deeper mysteries and truths. Learning new types of magick. Astral traveling, especially in search of spiritual wisdom.
Chant for Crane
“Like the crane, my spirit body stretches on its toes,
Reaching for spiritual wisdom in higher realms.
I dance a dance of joy and devotion to the gods.
My astral body flies to meet them.
I leap and dance with joy.
Secrets to the deeper Mysteries open before me.”
Crocodile: Deceit, treachery. Lying in wait to get revenge. Waiting patiently to see the truth behind a veiled issue. Protecting yourself from deceitful and manipulating people.
Chant for Crocodile
“I wait beside the never-ending river
Of spiritual energy and life.
Truth reflected on its surface helps me
To avoid all manipulation and strife.”
Crow: law, shape shifting, change. Thief, trickery, boldness, skill, cunning, single-mindedness; a bringer of knowledge. Prophecy. Learn from the past but don’t hold on to it. Swiftness, eloquence. Shape-shifting. Letting go of past hurts. Learning to mentally shape-shift. Divination.
Chant for Crow
“Prince of thieves, cunning and swift,
Your black wings glide among the trees.
Your harsh laughter breaks the silence
As you perform your stealthy magick.
I would learn your cunning and swift magickal ways.”
Deer: gentleness, caring and kindness. Deer blend very well with their environment but are very sensitive to every sound or movement. Often twins, even triplets, are born in the spring. Does and bucks live in separate groups until the mating season. The white-tailed deer are moderately gregarious, and family members forage food together along with other family groups, giving the appearance of a large herd. People with Deer Medicine are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often appearing to have well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening. Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch, ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland spirits, alternative paths to a goal. The gentleness of Deer is the heart-space of the Great Spirit which embodies His love for us all. Deer teaches us to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, to stop pushing to get others to change and to love and accept them as they are. The only true balance to power is love and compassion. Keen scent, grace, swiftness, gentleness. Using other methods to reach your goals than force. Being alert for any danger. A white deer in meditation often bears a message or will lead you to something or someone who will reveal spiritual knowledge. Hunting and seeking, abundance, dreams, intuition, introspection, listening, death and rebirth, transformation. Accept others as they are and don’t try to change them.
Deer: woodland Goddess, psychic powers, alternative paths to a goal.
Stag: Lord of the Underworld, messages from guides, better understanding of the cycle of death and rebirth.
Chant for Deer
Woodland dreams of intuition come with the graceful deer.
I greet you, brothers of the forest.
Your gift of magick will brighten my life.
Transformation will come to me.
Like you, I stand listening to the drum beat of life,
Poised to follow my guiding spirits.
Dog: noble, loyal, teaching. Tracking skills; the ability to scent a “trail” through conflicting or confusing situations. Companionship, keen hearing, loyalty, willingness to follow through. Using intuition to find new ideas and solutions. Seeking a teacher within by going into a silence. If seen in meditation, you will guarded from approaching danger and threats. Protection. Finding out the truth. Dog was the servant/soldier that guarded the tribe’s dwellings and protected them from surprise attacks. Dog helped during the huntings and provided warmth in winter. It is a symbol of loyalty, unconditional love, protection and service. Its Medicine incorporates the loving kindness of the best friend and the protective energy of the guardian. If your Power Animal is Dog, your devotion towards your family and friends is infinite. You get great satisfaction from rendering service to others, offering your hand to a friend in need. A kind word, a caress, an act of kindness mean much more to you than material things. However, there is a risk of coming too close to the other side: allowing people to take advantage of you because of your gentle nature. Dog reminds you that your loyalty should always be to yourself, to your own truth. He reminds you that by respecting and valuing yourself you can truly render a service to those who honor what you can give them.
Chant for Dog
“Goddess-companions, we trail the truth.
Understand our night-cries!
We guide and protect Her children.
Heed our warnings!
We sing to the Moon to show you the way
to ancient Moon magicks!
We stand at the gates between the worlds.
Dolphin: kindness and play energy. The beautiful, graceful, sleek dolphin carries many messages for the two-leggeds. Even though it is a mammal, its home is the sea and has mastered the art of breath control. Since water is the symbol of all life – of creation, passion and even sexuality – dolphin brings us teachings from the waters of life. Playful creatures, dolphins have long entertained man with their joyful antics. Studying dolphin communication has proved to be an awesome task for man. As in all animals, dolphins have developed sophisticated auditory signals that warn others of impending danger. Some believe that these animals are now warning man of impending danger as he ignores the balance of the natural world. Swimming with the dolphins has become a powerful experience for many people, and as they interact with these playful creatures, they cannot help but feel their communication. Dolphin reminds us that time to play is a crucial element to walk in balance. It moves through the water quickly and with great grace. Dolphin tells us to move with the ebb and flow of life, and not to search for brick walls to smash into, for to spend our energy fighting the current gets us nowhere. Dolphin medicine includes change, wisdom, balance, harmony, communication skills, freedom, trust, understanding the power of rhythm in your life, use of breath to release intense emotions, water power. The sea, wisdom, eloquence, freedom, magick, change, discovery, truth, communication, trust, balance, harmony. Create a rhythm in your life. Learn to release intense emotions through breathing. Water element magick, especially for releasing negative or debilitating emotions.
Chant for Dolphin
“Leaping, flashing through the water,
Free as wind upon the sea,
Beautiful dolphins, magick brothers,
Give me balance, harmony.”
Dove or Pigeon: Communicating with friends and loved ones who are in spirit. Spiritual messenger between worlds. Peace, gentleness, love.
Chant for Dove or Pigeon
“I send you, dove, with a message to those in spirit.
Return to me their words in your heart.
O spiritual messenger, open a door of communication
That our thoughts might flow as a river of love between worlds.”
Dragon (mythical): longevity, infinity, wisdom, movement through space. Protection, instruction in the spiritual, Element magick. Using the spiritual to transform life. Protection. Adding extra power to magick.
Chant for Dragon
“Dragons strong and dragons bright,
Dragons full of wisdom and old,
Teach me walk with knowledge bold.
Dragon fire, lift me higher!”
Dragonfly: flighty and carefree. Dreams, illusions. Mystic messages of enlightenment from spirit. Breaking down illusions in order to transform your life. Change is coming. Understanding dreams. Opening yourself to messages from the gods. Seeing the truth in any situation or person.
Chant for Dragonfly
“A key to my dreams, an eye for the truth,
An ear open to spirit for messages bold,
Will break down illusions and transform my life,
So I remake myself in a positive mold.