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Animal Totems
08/17/11 at 18:25:58
 
An Animal Totem is an important symbolic object used by a person to get in touch with specific qualities found within an animal which the person needs, connects with, or feels a deep affinity toward.

You can have several animal guides through out your life. Sometimes an animal guide will come into your life for a short period of time, and then be replaced by another depending on the journey or direction you are headed toward. Your guide will instruct and protect you as you learn how to navigate through your spiritual and physical life. When you find an animal that speaks strongly to you or feel you must draw more deeply into your life, you might fill your environment with images of the animal to let the animal know it's welcome in your space. Animal guides can help you get back to your Earthly roots, and reconnect with nature by reminding you that we are all interconnected. To first do this you need to know what your Animal Totem is.


Life-Long Animal Spirit Totem:
Animals from the spirit world that we are connected to from birth. This animal will be with us throughout our life. It will guide us and teach us its powers and serve as an intermediary between the physical and spirit world.

Journey Animal Spirit Totem:
Guides you for a period of days or even years. It will be with you until completion of the lesson or path it is guiding you on.

Message Animal Spirit Totem:
Appears to teach a lesson, a specific growth attribute or give a warning. These types of animals are usually an encounter that leaves a powerful impression or significance with a person.

Shadow Animal Spirit Totem:
Represents the inner self and fears that must be overcome or lessons to be learned in order to evolve spiritually. This animal has great power and will put us through life-lesson tests in order to gain wisdom and growth. This totem animal changes throughout your life in accordance with the level of evolvement being attained with its presence.

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If you don't know what your Animal Totem is there are several questions you can ask yourself. All of the questions below are designed to get you thinking about a prominent animal in your life. There are no right or wrong answers. Only you can truly know which Animal Totem(s) are right for your journey.

Since we are drawn to that which resonates with us, what animal, bird, or insect are you drawn to?

When you go to the park, forest, or zoo what animal are you most interested in seeing?

What animal do you most frequently see when you're out in nature or in the city?

What animals are you currently interested in learning about?

Which animal do you find most frightening or intriguing?

Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?

Is there a recurring animal in your dreams or do you have one you have never forgotten?


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If you are still uncertain which animal is your totem, here a few exercises you can do to come closer to the answer. You must not try to force the animal to come, it can pick up on that energy and be put off. Being patient and doing the following exercises will draw your animal totem to you.

Ask yourself what animal has played a meaningful part in your world? If you're unsure, make a list of animals that have drawn your interest or have left a deep impression on you from paintings, photographs, stories, movies, carvings, etc.

Which animal shows up in your life most frequently? Keep a journal of the animals present in your dreams or that you encounter through the day for the next month. How did the animal behave? Did you interact with the animal?

Find a place where you can be alone to meditate. Sit quietly and ask your animal to make it's nature known to you. Feel free to use tools such as incense, smudge, and candles to help you.

Don't give up, sometimes your animal totem is nearby watching to see if you're serious about connecting with it. Keep doing the above exercises until your animal totem makes itself known to you.

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If you talk to the animals, they will talk with you and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear.
What one fears, one destroys.

~ Chief Dan George ~





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Animal Totems
Reply #2 - 08/07/11 at 02:03:17
 
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Magic: Manifestation
Element: Earth

Associated with the nobility of manifesting things from the true essence within you. Earth is symbolic of wisdom, patience, prosperity. Grounding aspects of mind, body, spirit. What you gain in knowledge and teachings now, will be used later. What seemed impossible will be enlightened with a new idea and thought. Listen to your intuitions and trust that will be transformed in accordance with your true inner pathway.

◦balance
◦teaching
◦abundance
◦knowledge
◦sacred wisdom
◦empathic intuition
◦inner treasures
◦thankfulness
◦drawing forth
◦gentleness
◦alchemy
◦trust


East
Lesson of Responsible Relationships
Magic: Higher Vision and Prophecy
Element: Air

Spiritual vision opens up, creativity, inspiration, higher awareness, higher intuitions, self-mastery through the use of will. Air links the Earth and Heavens which allows the ability to walk between the spiritual and physical worlds using dreams and visions. Be open to any revelations you have for they will give guidance. It is time for spiritual renewal, sometimes easy, sometimes painful, but always welcome for we need to grow within and without.

◦Quests
◦Visions
◦Dreams
◦Imagination
◦Inner Spiritual Renewal
◦Higher Compassion
◦Journeys
◦Emotions
◦Goals


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Lesson of Life, Death and Rebirth
Magic: Creation
Element: Fire

Opportunities to change and manifest a new thought, idea or action. Fire is the element of heart, passions and love that help us regenerate our lives. Change must be met with strength and endurance - knowing you will move through this stage and awaken new, fresh and purified. All of life is a cycle, there are only transition periods that we must maneuver through. During such changes, we learn, grow and expand our self awareness.

◦Trust
◦Strength
◦Change
◦Playfulness
◦Self Sufficiency
◦Awakening the Inner Child
◦Overcoming Obstacles
◦Resurrection
◦Purification
◦Protection
◦Faith


West
Lesson of Adaptation
Magic: Shapeshifting
Element: Water

Physical and behavioral adaptations to the environment in order to survive. Water will always take the path of less resistance. Utilizing your energy to the fullest in whatever life requires is a hallmark of a true shapeshifter. Being able to adapt according to need in all areas of your life. This requires a shifting in consciousness to flow like water over a given circumstance. The animals have no qualms with changing, it does this without hesitation.

◦Healing
◦Intuition
◦Creativity
◦Illumination
◦Strength of Will
◦Communication
◦New Learning
◦Divination
◦Creativity


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Reply #3 - 07/28/11 at 18:19:36
 
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A Dragon totem is one of the most powerful totems, representing a huge range of qualities, emotions, and traits. When Dragons come to us, it could mean many things.

The most common message a Dragon totem carry to us is a need for strength, courage, and fortitude. Dragons are also messengers of balance, and magic - encouraging us to tap into our psychic nature and see the world through the eyes of mystery and wonder.

More specifically, Dragons are the embodiment of primordial power - the ultimate ruler of all the elements. This is because the Dragon is the master of all the elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind.

As a totem, the Dragon serves as a powerful guardian and guide. Encourage communication with your Dragon, and acknowledge your Dragon's presence as often as possible.

There are many ways to strengthen your bond with your Dragon totem. Here are a few suggestions:


Meditation upon your Dragon totem.
Begin collecting Dragon images that resonate with you. Keep these images close, and easily available to you. Look upon these images whenever you wish to communicate with your Dragon totem.

Better yet, begin drawing while communicating with your Dragon. Ask your Dragon to reveal itself to you through your drawing.


Begin a Dragon Totem Journal
Read everything you can on Dragons. This will broaden your horizons, and expand your imagination. A warning though: By all means, never be limited by the scope of what you read. Ultimately, it is you and your Dragon that will create the perfect understanding. There is never a limit in matters of spirit - that includes matters concerning our totems (especially strong totems like the Dragon!).

A Dragon totem can be a powerful ally in our daily effort to live our lives. When we call upon the amazing restorative and potent qualities of the Dragon, we are able to effectively live our lives with the honestly, courage, and strength of a peaceful warrior.

Utilizing the symbolic power of the dragon totem is an internal process cultivated by contemplating the attributes of the dragon we admire and meditating upon these.

We can also honor the dragon totem externally by little actions like including dragon imagery in our lives. It solidifies our connection with the magic the dragon offers.

Whether you are an artist who looks to dragons for inspiration, or a business mogul identifying with a solid symbol of strength or luck - it's clear dragons speak to those special places within us, stoking the fires of our hearts.

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Re: Dragon Totem
Reply #4 - 07/28/11 at 18:30:10
 
Thank you for this amazing post Owls!!

These are some wonderful idea, never thought about imagery and journaling it before Smiley Im going to implement it going forward  Smiley

All the messages of the dragon totem are so apt for where I am right now, in terms of the strength I need to deal with my current issues. I do believe that the dragon I see in my meditation /  visions is here to guide me along the way Smiley  Smiley

Lots of love & light to you always!

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