Search

Animal Spirit Guides

Animals and humans inhabit the physical world together; therefore, they must also exist in the spirit world together. The spirit world is comprised of spirit guides, angels, archangels, ascended masters, departed loved ones and animal spirit guides or totems. All of these beings help, protect, educate, heal and inspire you along your life path journey. In Shamanism, the world’s oldest healing tradition, the animal guides are known as power animals. Shaman practitioners receive a specific animal spirit guide from the spirit world that travels with them to offer insight, guidance and help them with their duties. They honour the wisdom and knowledge that each different animal imparts. In Native American cultures, spirit animals are also commonly called animal totems. Both the animal totem and power animal are considered spirit guides.

You do not have to be a shaman to access the animal spirit guides in your life. Animal spirits serve as your guide and come into your life for a purpose; however, they choose you, you do not choose them. Animal spirit guides can also be represented by symbols or can simply be those animals that you have always felt a connection to throughout your life.

The animal spirit guides are grouped by their habitats as they were on earth. The land animal spirit guides represent your physical and emotional grounding and are linked to intuition and vigilance. Bird animal spirit guides are symbolic of your strengths, desire for freedom and represent harmony with other creatures. They also assist you in obtaining a higher consciousness. Water animal spirit guides connect you to your spirituality and reveal to you your innermost desires and fears. The reptile spirit animals help with how you see yourself both internally and externally. They give you the ability to adapt more readily to changes in your surroundings and to be independent. The insect spirit animals help you with persistence and determination and will guide you toward patience and the ability to be objective.

There are four types of animal guides: messenger, journey, life and shadow.

Messenger spirit guide: This guide usually appears in order to guide or warn of a specific situation, and stays with you until the message is received and the warning is heeded.

Journey spirit guide: This guide is known to appear when you come to a fork in the road or when a decision is needed in order to change the course of your path in life. This animal remains at your side until your journey is complete. The journey can take days, months or even years.

Life spirit guide: This guide stays with you throughout your life and is a reflection of who and what you are and your spiritual makeup. You will be reminded by your guide of your strengths and innermost abilities. You may even have more than one life guide. Your life animal guide may be a type of animal that you had an affinity for as a small child, one that you find is around you frequently or one that you often dream about.

Shadow spirit guide: This is the one that tests you. At first, it will most likely instill fear. This guide comes into your life to teach lessons about those areas that need changing. It represents your inner fears and will keep reappearing until positive changes are made.

When you connect with your animal spirit guides, keep in mind their survival and predatory characteristics. These characteristics will help you to grow, make decisions and determine the path of your life.

BIRD ANIMAL TOTEMS

Bird animal totems have been used symbolically within all cultures throughout history. However, it is the Native American culture that is most often associated with the term animal totems. These totems are animal spirit guides who serve as messengers and are with us throughout our physical and spiritual lives to help us gain insights, self-awareness, enhance our connection to the past and even see glimpses of future events.

In the true sense, specific animal instincts and characteristics represent the qualities that we humans should learn to emulate. However, because we lead such busy and complicated lives, often there is no time for self-reflection. Having animal totems surround us gives us pause to reflect and perhaps make important changes for the better to our mind, body and spirit. At times, they can come into our lives when we are at a crossroads or during times of major decision-making.

Each specific animal has its own cycle of power. This cycle is the time at which the animal can pass on his most important messages and powerful energies to you. For example, the bear has a cycle of power that is spring and summer, because he is not as active during the winter months when he spends some of that time hibernating. However, the bear leave the den out of necessity during hibernation to sustain him. He can still send you very strong messages and lessons in times other than during his cycle of power.

You may be wondering how you can access your animal totems or how you can find out which ones are guiding you. One or more may be revealed. Listening to the animals around you will help you form a connection. Animal totems can also come to you as a vision in your dreams or through meditation. Pose these questions to yourself: Are there animals who you have been fascinated with since you were a child? Is there a type of animal who represents your personality? What animal have you felt a certain kinship with? Which animals are you the most fearful of?

This will begin the process of learning who your animal totems are. Study the habits and characteristics of those specific animals and try to discover how those things can apply to your own life or to a message the animal is trying to convey to you. If it is an animal you are fearful of, it may be a lesson in how you might overcome your fears in certain areas of your life. Also, if you find an animal is suddenly near you or one that comes into your life out of extraordinary circumstances, take notice. Watch its behavior, how does it appear, is it content, where is it looking, what is it doing? Look for the subtleties, as these will help decipher if it is sending a message to you.

BIRDS

Blackbird/Red-Winged Blackbird

With Blackbird as your totem, he will teach you to understand your relationship to Mother Nature. Blackbird will allow you to use your psychic abilities to their fullest potential, particularly in the area of healing. Be prepared for unexpected surprises. The Blackbird’s cycle of power is summer.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay encourages you to be a little sassy today! If there’s something you’ve been wanting, ask for it. If there’s an issue that needs confrontation, don’t sweep it under the rug or Blue Jay will drag it back out into the open. One word of caution, though Blue Jays will eat the young of other birds so be direct, but not destructive. The Blue Jay’s cycle of power is year round.

Canary

The vibrant yellow canary is a type of finch and she represents the power of your song and voice. When Canary shows up as your totem, she wants you to practice speaking from the heart and shed any sour notes within you and to continue to spread joy with your words. Doing this will also enhance and awaken your intuition. Spoken or sung sound vibrations are healing, just as is canary’s beautiful singing voice. Sensitive Canary has a strong effect on your heart and throat areas and surrounding chakras. Canary’s cycle of power is year round.

Cardinal

Wake up! Cardinal is chirping at you bringing a message of personal power. Stop shrinking from your destiny. Stop pretending that you are less than. If you are unsure of your path, ask Cardinal to fly with you it’s certain he will help you focus, gain clarity, formulate a plan, become self-assured, and step out into the world with the confidence befitting a person of your power. Cardinal may also reflect past life connections with spirituality. The Cardinal’s cycle of power is year round.

Chicken/Hen

Chicken represents fertility and sexuality; the yin (feminine energy). Chicken also represents diet, nourishment and the fuel we need to sustain life. Chicken asks you to use your determination to get new projects started. He also teaches you that you must listen before forming any opinions or conclusions. The Chicken’s cycle of power is year-round and daybreak.

Crane

Cranes have been revered for centuries in many Oriental cultures, symbolizing good fortune and long life. If Crane has flown into your life, he brings a message of good tidings. Be prepared for something special; emotional balance, good health, a spiritual, ah-ha!, moment or simply pure joy. This bird will keep you focused on your goals. The Crane’s cycle of power is year round.

Crow

Crow is always on the alert for trouble and his loud caws warn of impending danger. Very little escapes Crow’s keen vision, which is why many cultures associate Crow with the keeper of knowledge. Crow has flapped his way into your life to bring a message of watchfulness. Have you built your nest high enough to really understand what’s going on around you? The Crow’s cycle of power is year round.

Dove

Are you going through life carrying old grief, pain or hate? If so, Dove (sometimes known as Mourning Dove) encourages you to let go of your emotional baggage so that true healing can take place. It’s time to forgive, make peace, release and move forward, enjoying a rebirth. And, know that healing Dove is flying right beside you. The Dove’s cycle of power is dawn and dusk.

Duck

Duck is comfortable and graceful in the water and is a very social bird. As a totem, duck teaches you to reconnect with family. They can also help you deal with your emotions evenly and lovingly and guide you through the rougher waters of life. Duck reminds you that it may be a time for you to return to a place in your life where you felt safe and comfortable. The Duck’s cycle of power is spring and summer.

Eagle

Eagle soars high enough to see the grand panorama of life, and yet has vision keen enough to spot a fish a mile away. He is a sign of great power. How is your vision? Are you seeing the big picture or are you only concentrating on the fish? Eagle is asking you to take a step back so you can once again see the whole. You’ve gotten so lost in the trees you’ve forgotten the forest. The Eagle’s cycle of power is year round and during daylight.

Goose

When migrating, a flock of geese are intent on getting to their destination. They fly in unison in a v-shape, which creates the illusion of an arrow pointing toward their destination. If Goose is your totem, this formation is an indication of new ideas or journeys, either physically or emotionally. The open end of the “v” symbolizes where the new ideas flow in. Because Goose never leaves behind his mate, he teaches you that loyalty and fidelity are of the utmost importance in life. Goose as your totem is also about communication and staying on your path. The Goose’s cycle of power is autumn.

Hawk

Hawk flies into your life to bring you an important message. It may come in the mail, e-mail, a casual remark at the grocery store, a randomly selected page in a book, or even a phrase heard on the radio. Be alert, as hawk messages can sometimes be delivered in a subtle fashion. Because of the Hawk’s strong energy and power, be wary when expressing yourself. It can be dangerous for you and others because you can put people down too harshly. The Hawk’s cycle of power is the spring and the fall equinoxes (new moon).

Heron

Is your life in a state of balance? If not, long-legged Heron has flown in to help you. Because Heron is a water bird, he is most often associated with emotions. He stands motionless, almost in a trance, his body mirrored in the water below. Take steps to be like Heron. Be quiet, go within and discover the answer to your questions. Follow your heart and be determined. The Heron’s cycle of power is spring.

Hummingbird

Sorrow and worry have no place in your life, as Hummingbird’s message is one of absolute joy. The hummingbird’s darting movements, flashes of brilliant reds and greens, and unmistakable whirring sound are all guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of even the most stern and unfriendly people. As a totem, the Hummingbird also symbolizes accomplishing your goals, but having the proper amount of rest to do so. If life has been difficult lately, know that joy is flying your way. The Hummingbird’s cycle of power is daytime.

Loon

Loons mate for life, and their lessons are about loyalty, family and deep caring for one another. If you are experiencing a relationship fraught with power struggles, you are not practicing Loon medicine. If your relationship has become a power struggle, the Loon has appeared to remind you that this is a time of equal sharing and equal happiness. Something is amiss, and Loon thinks you already know what it is. The Loon will awaken your imagination and show you way to make your dreams and goal a possibility. The Loon’s cycle of power is dusk and dawn.

Magpie

Ancient cultures associate Magpies with excellent fortune; so it looks like you’ve got something really terrific coming into your life. However, you may need to search a little to understand the true gift that’s being presented. Pay attention to omens, messages, the clouds, feathers, and bird song, your fortune is hidden in those subtle messages. They are also telling you to use knowledge of the occult to gain answers. Opportunity is knocking at your door, will you answer? Are you using your skills and knowledge to the best of your ability? The Magpie’s cycle of power is winter and summer.

Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are master imitators and can mimic the calls of many other birds. They are also fearless protectors of their nest and will attack any bird (no matter how large) to protect their young. Mockingbird’s lesson for you is twofold: listen to how you might be mimicking others in deference to listening to your own true voice or intuition; and to examine the value of what you defend. The Mockingbird’s cycle of power is year round, day and night.

Owl

Many cultures associate the Owl with death, while others see Owl as the night eagle, the bird that embodies shamanism. Owl has exceptional hearing, and his totem is one of clairaudience, the ability to hear spirit. If Owl has silently glided into your life, he is asking you to face your own fears and to listen to the messages spirit is sending you. The Owl’s cycle of power is nocturnal, year round.

Parrot

With Parrot as your totem, it is important for you to pay attention to your communication skills. He reminds you that light conversation is just as important as deep conversation when it comes to nurturing your friendships. It may also be time to take a closer look at some of your friendships that are no longer meaningful and supportive or for you to take a look at how you are treating others. Parrot can also teach you about the power of colours and light and how they can affect us.

Peacock

The male Peacock and the female Peahen are symbols of insight, knowledge and intuition. Peacock’s feathers are beautifully colored and the circle designs on them symbolize watchful eyes. Those eyes are a reminder for you to use your inner strengths and tune into your higher consciousness. As your totem, he helps you with your self-confidence and self-esteem. Peacock teaches you not to take a back stage, stand up and be proud of your accomplishments. Peacock’s cycle of power is spring and autumn.

Pelican

Pelican is very light, although he seems awkwardly heavy. He is buoyant and able to float on top of the water; however, at times has difficulty taking off for flight. He also lives together with other pelicans in the community and shares in the nesting and food gathering responsibilities. Pelican teaches you to keep your chin up no matter how heavy your problems, trials and tribulations may be. As your totem, pelican will also assist you in understanding the importance of teamwork. Pelican’s cycle of power is year round.

Pheasant

Male Pheasant is extremely colourful and flashy, while female Pheasant is more plain in her colouring. This fact teaches you the importance of knowing when to show off your flamboyant side and knowing when to step back and blend in. Pheasant wants you to use your innate gifts to attract creativity and love in your life. You have the power to do this by making sure you stay true to yourself at all times. Pheasant also sends messages of healing, forgiveness and compassion.

Pigeon

Pigeon’s unique homing instinct keeps him from ever getting lost and always finding his way back home. As your totem, pigeon represents all things associated with the home and family. He reminds you to cherish your family and your home life and the unconditional loving connection they bring to you. Pigeon may be sending you a message to make sure that all is well with your immediate and extended family or to remember to revisit your family roots and heritage if you have temporarily forgotten it. Pigeon’s cycle of power is year round.

Quail

The Quail is a bird that is known for its family life and protection of its brood. Quail has a hypersensitivity to what is going around him and is always vigilant about looming danger. He shows up as your totem to make sure that you are fully aware of your surroundings and have all of the necessary tools ready to fight off adversity. You might need to act immediately to solve a family crisis. He may be indicating that you should make sure to protect yourself from harm. It is also said that quail can help you recognize your soul name. The Quail’s cycle of power is spring and fall.

Raven

Raven has long been known as the magical bird, the one who carries your messages and your prayers to spirit. Somewhere in your life, magic will surround it. Raven has been called a shape-shifter and his message to you is one of change, expect the unexpected, but know that Raven is flying close and will help you transform life’s challenges into life’s greatest desires and blessings. The Raven’s cycle of power is the winter solstice.

Roadrunner

A member of the cuckoo family, and also known as the chaparral cock, Roadrunner lives mostly in desert habitats. He is an excellent runner and can go as fast as 18 miles per hour. He prefers running to flying. Roadrunner’s message is one of mental quickness, alertness and thinking fast on your feet. As your totem, Roadrunner teaches you to realize when it is time to speed up or slow down in your life and how to act quickly and deliberately in different situations you might face. Ask your Roadrunner totem to help you become more adaptable and to increase your ability to multi-task.

Robin

Robin (commonly referred to as Robin Redbreast) teaches that change can be accomplished with joy and happiness in your heart. Robin signifies growth and rebirth in areas of your life that have become stagnant. In order to do so, sing your own song or dance to your own drummer, and move forward. Trust in yourself and in your own intuition. The Robin’s cycle of power is spring.

Rooster/Cock

Rooster represents sexuality and fertility; the yang (masculine energy). Rooster as your totem may indicate that you had past lives from ancient Greece or early Christianity. He reminds you to be enthusiastic and positive about things and keep a good sense of humor about yourself. He protects you from evil and helps to reveal your unseen abilities. The Rooster’s cycle of power is daytime.

Stork

The Stork as your totem will show you where you need to go for great success. He might appear after a change in the family has occurred (and not necessarily after a birth of a child). He reminds you of the value of family and the need to protect and nurture it. He also brings the message of rebirth. The Stork’s cycle of power is year-round.

Swan

As the well-known story goes, the ugly duckling turned into the graceful and beautiful swan. Swan as your totem represents your inner beauty, inner strength and grace. She teaches you to accept both the inner and outer beauty of yourself and others, all the while remembering that everyone is beautiful to someone. She reminds you to not only nurture others, but to make sure to nurture yourself. When Swan shows up in your life, it is important to pay attention to your intuition so that you can visualize your own future transformations and perspectives. Swan represents lifelong loyalty to family and protection of your loved ones. Swan is here to remind you that you have the ability to tap into your own spirituality to help others and become more empathetic.

Turkey

Has turkey gobbled his way into your life? If so, he brings a message of sacrificing for the greater good. To some indigenous tribes, Turkey represents the spirit of the giveaway, a ceremony where those who have more give to those who have less, thus “sacrificing” for others. If Turkey helps you feel the spirit of giving, whom can you help? Turkey’s cycle of power is autumn.

Vulture

Vulture as your totem will show you how to use your own energies powerfully and efficiently. They glide effortlessly instead of constantly flapping their wings. They use the thermal winds to avoid exhausting themselves. Vulture comes into your life to tell you to be flexible, go with the flow be resourceful and adaptable. The Vulture’s cycle of power is year-round, best in Summer and Winter.

Woodpecker

Wake up! Woodpecker is tired of trying to get your attention, and he will peck and peck and peck until you hear the message. You have received the answer to a major question time and again, but refuse to act on it. It’s okay to ignore a solution, but be forewarned that Woodpecker will keep making racket until you make some movement forward! The Woodpecker’s cycle of power is summer.

MAMMAL ANIMAL TOTEMS

Mammal animal totems have been used symbolically within all cultures throughout history. However, it is the Native American culture that is most often associated with the term animal totems. These totems are animal spirit guides who serve as messengers and are with us throughout our physical and spiritual lives to help us gain insights, self-awareness, enhance our connection to the past and even see glimpses of future events.

In the true sense, specific animal instincts and characteristics represent the qualities that we humans should learn to emulate. However, because we lead such busy and complicated lives, often there is no time for self-reflection. Having animal totems surround us gives us pause to reflect and perhaps make important changes for the better to our mind, body and spirit. At times, they can come into our lives when we are at a crossroads or during times of major decision-making.

Each specific animal has its own cycle of power. This cycle is the time at which the animal can pass on his most important messages and powerful energies to you. For example, the bear has a cycle of power that is spring and summer, because he is not as active during the winter months when he spends some of that time hibernating. However, the bear leave the den out of necessity during hibernation to sustain him. He can still send you very strong messages and lessons in times other than during his cycle of power.

You may be wondering how you can access your animal totems or how you can find out which ones are guiding you. One or more may be revealed. Listening to the animals around you will help you form a connection. Animal totems can also come to you as a vision in your dreams or through meditation. Pose these questions to yourself: Are there animals who you have been fascinated with since you were a child? Is there a type of animal who represents your personality? What animal have you felt a certain kinship with? Which animals are you the most fearful of?

This will begin the process of learning who your animal totems are. Study the habits and characteristics of those specific animals and try to discover how those things can apply to your own life or to a message the animal is trying to convey to you. If it is an animal you are fearful of, it may be a lesson in how you might overcome your fears in certain areas of your life. Also, if you find an animal is suddenly near you or one that comes into your life out of extraordinary circumstances, take notice. Watch its behavior, how does it appear, is it content, where is it looking, what is it doing? Look for the subtleties, as these will help decipher if it is sending a message to you.

Antelope

The Antelope totem is one of right action. If you were to visit Northern Plains today, you would see groups of antelope scattered about the fields and hills. However they are so quiet and unmoving that (from a distance) they resemble stones. But, get too close and they move like lightning. Antelope asks you: are you being still when you should be moving, or moving when stillness is required? Antelope can teach you how to adapt to change and explore new areas in your life path. Someone who is empathetic and emotional may find he has this totem. The Antelope’s cycle of power is spring and autumn.

Armadillo

You’ll never get too close to Armadillo as his hard shell will keep you at arm’s length! And, if this roly-poly fellow is your animal totem, he’s asking you to examine the areas where you need a hard shell; boundaries! Do you do for everyone, but never do for yourself? Or, are you being TOO sensitive, protecting yourself even when danger isn’t present? If you are empathetic, Armadillo will teach you how to balance your feelings so you can protect yourself, as well as help others in need. If you have the ability of mediumship, Armadillo will help you stay protected as you channel spirits and energy. The Armadillo’s cycle of power is year-round.

Badger

Badger is a ferocious opponent, unwilling to back down over any issue. Unfortunately, this unwavering stance leads some Badgers to their demise. If Badger appears, he is asking whether you are fighting the right fight. Is this issue the hill you’re willing to die on, or are you fighting for no other reason than pure stubbornness? The Badger symbolizes situations that are taking place or are possibly happening in your life. It is time to do some self-examination. The Badger’s cycle of power is late spring.

Bat

Bat’s internal radar is exceptionally attuned, is yours? Trust your instincts and listen to what is not being said just as much as what IS being said. Bat appears as a symbol of transformation. He is asking you to re-examine your life to determine (using all of your senses) what is worth keeping and what needs to be discarded. For every death there is a rebirth, and Bat is here to help you decide what goes and what stays. The Bat’s cycle of power is nighttime.

Bear

Bear represents a time of reflection and stillness, a time of entering the inner cave of Self to contemplate life’s challenges. Bear often appears during times of confusion and unrest. Those unsettling moments when you turn to everyone you know for answers, everyone except yourself. Go within, ask the hard questions, then listen. As the bear climbs a tree to get a better view, the message of the Bear is also to give you a clearer perspective on life. The Bear’s cycle of power is spring and summer, however, he may come out of hibernation out of necessity to bring a powerful message.

Beaver

Beaver may be one of the hardest working animals on the planet. Beaver is attuned to both earth and water medicine, and is strongly attached to home and family. Beaver appears to remind you that sometimes there’s no substitute for hard work. Make a plan, create a solid foundation, then take the next indicated step. Act on your dreams to make them reality. The Beaver’s cycle of power is dusk and night.

Bobcat

Bobcat protects himself by hiding among the shadows, although he is an excellent hunter and watchful planner. If he shows up in your life, he represents patience, independence and trusting your intuition. People with Bobcat as a totem often have psychic abilities. Having these abilities makes them excellent counsellors. However, it is important not to break someone’s confidence who has come to your for help. This can lead to problems. Bobcat’s cycle of power is late winter and spring.

Bull

Bull as your totem will help you look at your productive energies. He is also there to remind you to look for new beginnings. Are you being too harsh and inflexible? This might be a time to lighten up and let things happen as they happen. You should also learn to be more helpful, nurturing and unselfishly giving toward others. The Bull’s cycle of power is year-round.

Buffalo/Bison

Buffalo has come snorting into your life to bring a message of great hope. Buffalo sacrificed every part of his physical body to support those who hunted him, but he also gave his spirit. And, it’s that spirit of hope, abundance and a bright future that he brings. If you are experiencing a troubled journey, help is here. This may be a time for you to seek out new opportunities and manifest your hopes and dreams. The Bison’s cycle of power is year-round.

Cat

The domestic cat as your totem gives you self-confidence and courage to tackle various obstacles that you may encounter. He teaches you how to be independent and shows you many insights that were once a mystery to you. At times, Cat totems can represent those pet companions that you have had during your life. The Cat’s cycle of power is nighttime.

Cougar

Cougar has long been associated with leadership. Cougars are powerful, agile and unhesitating. When Cougar attacks, he throws one hundred percent of himself into the pursuit. Although cougar is strong, he is also elusive, hard to spot in the wild, until he decides to pounce. His lesson to you is one of being a balanced leader, not rushing into the attack, not always lurking in the brush. He also is one to help you decide how to best use your personal powers, especially when defending yourself from aggressors. The Cougar’s cycle of power is year-round.

Coyote

Are you taking yourself too seriously? If you are, Coyote will throw a banana peel in your tracks just to see you take a silly spill. Coyote medicine is trickster medicine, the practical joker, the chaos maker. If Coyote appears as a totem, be ready for a curveball thrown in your direction. Remember, though, Coyote uses the bizarre to help us learn lessons we just can’t seem to get any other way. The Coyote’s cycle of power is year-round.

Deer

If you can imagine Bambi, you can imagine the message Deer brings to you, a message of sweetness, innocence and gentle spirit. Be delicate in your communication with others and with yourself. This is definitely not a time for being critical, mean-spirited, or sarcastic. Just as Deer’s heart can be easily wounded, so can the heart of your friends, co-workers, or family members. Pay attention to your inner thoughts and look for new perceptions in order to grow. The Deer’s cycle of power is autumn and spring.

Dog

The domestic dog as your totem signifies faithfulness, companionship and protection. Dog is a loyal and loving companion no matter what and he teaches you how you can be of service to others in some way. As a best friend, dog teaches us how to protect other. There are many different breeds of dogs, so study the traits and characteristics of the dogs who are/were around you. These traits may be qualities that you are lacking in your life. At times, Dog totems can represent those pet companions that you have had during your life. The Dog’s cycle of power is year-round.

Dolphin

Ever watched a school of dolphins playing with each other, or with the surfers in their midst? If you have, you’ll understand the message Dolphin brings, the message of joyful play. Dolphins are in total harmony with their environment and practice love for each other, always helping the young, or a sick comrade. Join Dolphin’s happy community and celebrate how much we’re all alike, instead of focusing on our differences. The Dolphin’s cycle of power is year-round.

Donkey/Ass/Burro

Donkeys are best known as beasts of burden. In this way, he represents service to others. A donkey as your animal totem reminds you that you do not have to shoulder all of your burdens and workload alone. Donkey will teach you to listen to your own intuition and not be a follower of the pack. Listen to your own head and heart. Is your own stubbornness keeping you from moving forward mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Donkey helps you to stay driven toward your goals by using your inner strength and will power. He also gets you in touch with a higher wisdom and greater opportunities. Donkey’s cycle of power is year-round.

Elephant

Elephant represents gentle strength, loyalty and love of family, partners and friends. They are also a symbol of sexuality. Elephant is very sensitive to fragrance and smells, which may be a message to you to work with aromatherapy. As your animal totem, Elephant reminds you of the importance of taking care of family, especially the young and the elderly. He teaches compassion and loyalty. He represents royalty, ancient wisdom, power and strength. Due to his great strength, he can help you remove obstacles that are getting in the way of your happiness, goals and ability to lead a stable life. Elephant’s cycle of power is year-round.

Elk

One of the most regal animals of North America, Elk is a symbol of great strength, energy and endurance. If Elk is your totem, he will teach you to pace yourself and to have patience. He teaches you that certain projects need time to execute and become successful. Elk is an important sign to watch your diet so that you can increase your stamina. He also represents the importance of being comfortable with the people in your community. The Elk’s cycle of power is autumn.

Fox

Fox medicine represents the ability to blend in. She can change colours to blend with the seasons, becoming almost invisible against a backdrop of snow or foliage. Fox also has an amazing sense of smell that enables her to sniff out dangerous situations. Be like a Fox, street smart and safety savvy. Don’t call attention to yourself, just watch and wait. The Fox’s cycle of power is dawn and dusk.

Giraffe

Giraffe will give you the ability to see far into your future. This is all a part of precognition and clairvoyance. If Giraffe is your totem, communication and intuition are very powerful. You will be able to attain greater heights and focus on the bigger picture. He encourages you to make your words count when dealing with others. Giraffe reminds you of your bonds with family, children and friends. The Giraffe’s cycle of power is year-round.

Goat

Goat represents agility, independence and sure footedness. As the goat climbs up the mountain at a slow but steady pace, you should do the same as you look ahead to make changes in your life. Goat shows up in your life to get you to begin new projects, however, to take them slowly. Goat also teaches you the necessity of having a strong foundation in order to gain independence. The Goat’s cycle of power is late fall and early winter.

Groundhog/Woodchuck

Groundhog is part of the squirrel family and he is a skilled champion at burrowing, hibernating, and controlling his metabolism. When he shows up as your totem, he is reminding you that you must set up your boundaries and respect those of others. Groundhog can guide you to learn from your dreams, aid you in lucid dreaming and teach you how to tap into your higher consciousness. He may also enter your life to educate you with respect to the process of death and dying. The Groundhog’s cycle of power is during the winter months, when he is hibernating in his deep trance-like sleep.

Horse

When Horse came back to the Americas, he brought with him the ability to move rapidly from place to place, and it’s this rapid movement that he brings to you as your totem. Get up and get out of the rut you’ve created. Grab Horse’s mane, pull yourself onto his back and let him carry you across the plains of your life. Do you or someone in your life need to move on? Horse will teach you to ride in new directions. The time for being stuck is over. The Horse’s cycle of power is year-round.

Lion

Lion as your animal totem teaches you to trust your intuition. This is also a time in which to put some of your creative ideas into action. The Lion is about finding a balance between work and play. Lion also appears to help you to share the wisdom you have acquired with others. Don’t be afraid to roar, in other words, let go of the fear of speaking out and being heard. The Lion’s cycle of power is year-round.

Lynx

Lynx is the keeper of secrets and wisdom. With Lynx as your totem, you will discover hidden knowledge and secrets about other people. These people will trust you with their innermost thoughts and have confidence that you will be the silent keeper of them. The Lynx has clairvoyant abilities that he passes on to you. Also, you may often prefer to spend time alone. The Lynx’s cycle of power is winter.

Moose

Moose represents incredible strength and longevity, as well as the ability to see the future. Moose antlers are among the largest of the antlered animals. Their antlers are like psychic antennae and give Moose amazingly developed hearing, smell and depth perception. Moose is bellowing at you to open your third eye and stop pretending that you don’t know what’s about to happen. He also represents sexual energies and your ability to awaken your awareness to others and your surroundings. The Moose’s cycle of power is late fall and early winter.

Mouse

With Mouse as your totem, you will learn that you can accomplish big dreams by paying attention to the small details. However, are your energies scattered? Are you only paying attention to the small details, or only focusing on the big picture? Find a balance. The Mouse symbolizes determination. He shows up to teach you that at times, the quiet and steadfast pursuit of a goal will bring success. Use your intuition and inner strength. The Mouse cycle of power is year-round, in five to six week cycles.

Opossum

You’ve heard the expression, playing possum? It means to play dead and is derived from Opossum’s ability to act in whatever way the situation demands. If it’s practical to play dead, so be it. If it’s to Opossum’s advantage to be aggressive, watch out! Take your cue from this master actor, play the role that will serve you best. You may need to master some new strategies. The Opossum’s cycle of power is spring.

Otter

Otter represents one of the most playful feminine energies on earth and she has swum over to bring a message of joyful play. If life has been difficult or challenges overwhelming, relax a little. Otter is here to remind you that play is just as important as work, NOT competitive play, but rather the kind you loved as a child. Hopscotch anyone? The Otter’s cycle of power is spring and summer.

Panther

Panther medicine is the medicine of silence. Panther can stalk its prey in absolute silence, one of the reasons native tribes associate him with the spirit world. He also symbolizes the development of clairaudience due to his excellent hearing. Panther can show you how to face the shadow within yourself and bring it out into the light. He is the promise that whatever is lost will be reclaimed and replaced in a more abundant way. Panther is powerful medicine, and the fact that you choose him says much about your willingness to face the unknown. He also is symbolic of a time of rebirth in one’s life. The Panther’s cycle of power is winter, new moon.

Polar Bear

Has Polar Bear lumbered into your world? If so, he’s reminding you of the value of being flexible. Polar Bear instinctively knows how to conserve his energy and will observe a situation before he takes action. Once he decides it’s the appropriate time to move forward, however, he has the strength, energy and fortitude to face whatever dangers lie ahead. Having problems making a change? Polar Bear is here to help, and his message to you is: Take heart, have courage, build your strength, then MOVE! The Polar Bear’s cycle of power is spring and summer.

Porcupine

Porcupine has appeared as your totem to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that needs Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust? You might be overly critical of yourself and others. This totem reminds you not to let this continue or let barbs from the past continue to stick you. It might also be an indication to take life at a slower pace and find joy in the simpler, less chaotic things in life. The Porcupine’s cycle of power is autumn.

Prairie Dog

When Prairie Dog shows up as your totem, he asks that you dig deeper into areas of your own life and make sure you are not digging in too deep into the lives of others. Make sure you are involved with your community and family, do not isolate yourself. There are many lessons to be learned from socialization. The Prairie Dog’s cycle of power is spring and summer.

Rabbit/Hare

Poor Rabbit! No other animal is more associated with fear than Rabbit that nervous little bunny who hops and leaps at every little sound. Rabbit has come to ask you to have the courage to face whatever difficulties you’re having, instead of running away to a safe burrow. Face your fears, examine your old fight or flight patterns and determine once and for all to stop hiding away. He teaches us to listen carefully and to use our intuition. The Rabbit’s cycle of power is year-round.

Raccoon

This masked bandit can make you laugh with his antics, or make you angry when you realize he’s made off with your food! Raccoon is incredibly curious, to the point that he’ll walk into a potentially dangerous situation just to see what’s up. Like Raccoon, are there situations you’re barging into before you have all the information? You might want to rethink it. This is not a time to make rash decisions and Raccoon will stay with you until you resolve them. The Raccoon can also teach you how to transform yourself and become the best you can be, by removing any negative masks you may be wearing. The Raccoon’s cycle of power is spring and summer.

Ram/Bighorn Sheep

Ram shows up as your totem to remind you that new beginnings are on the horizon. Take some initiative to begin, but don’t drag your feet. Grab opportunities when they present themselves. Ram teaches you to trust your inner abilities and not to give in to a fear of failure. Ram’s cycle of power is late fall and early winter.

Rat

Rat signifies success and restlessness. If Rat shows up as your totem, it may be a sign that you are getting restless somewhere in your own life. The Rat reminds you to continue to be shrewd in all of your business dealings. Rat teaches you that you can survive in any situation or surroundings, provided that you are as adaptable at survival tactics as he is. He also teaches you how to adapt emotionally. The Rat’s cycle of power is year-round.

Rhinoceros

With Rhinoceros as your totem, he will help you to tap into your inner wisdom so that you can learn to be comfortable in your own skin. He also helps you get in touch with your past lives and to open up old memories. Rhinoceros brings you heightened senses and teaches you to have faith in yourself and to put things into perspective. The Rhinoceros’s cycle of power is year-round.

Sasquatch/Yeti/Big Foot

Is Big Foot real or a hoax? It doesn’t really matter, because he has ambled into your life to remind you of its mysteries. Not everything can be explained and not everything can be touched. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Suspend your logic for a bit, and be open to the mystery. Tone down your skepticism for a while and open your mind to some new ideas. Sasquatch’s cycle of power is year-round.

Seal/Sea Lion

Seal brings out your creative energies and imagination. He teaches you how to use your dreams as a catalyst to awaken your creativity and make it a part of your outer self and your daily life. Seal provides balance between imagination and reality. The Seal’s cycle of power is year-round.

Skunk

Phew! Everyone knows Skunk’s power, that’s why people (and other animals) get out of his way! Skunks are fearless. If you’re lacking self-esteem, Skunk is there to help you to be noticed. You are worthy of a happy life, and if someone is making you miserable, look to Skunk as a confidence builder. Remember, though, Skunk doesn’t have to spray to be powerful, his reputation precedes him! And, like Skunk, you don’t need to spray either, but you do need to stand your ground calmly and with Skunk’s confidence. Examine your self-image, it is within your power to bring out new respect and self-esteem for your mind, body and spirit. Skunk’s cycle of power is year-round.

Snow Leopard/Leopard

Snow Leopard shows up as your animal totem to teach you self-reliance and that you must trust your inner self. If you have had personal demons and haunting thoughts, Snow Leopard shows up to remind you to let go. However, be patient, as this may take some time. But you have the ability to do it. A whole new outlook on life will open up for you. She is also symbolic of finding your inner and outer balance. The Snow Leopard’s cycle of power is early morning and dusk (early evening).

Squirrel

Hoard, hoard, hoard! Squirrel has been a busy fellow, gathering food for the long winter ahead, and he advises you to do the same. Have you set enough money aside to get you through lean times, or do you squander what you earn? We all love a shopping spree, but if Squirrel scurries around you, he’s cautioning you to spend a little, but also save a little. Squirrel is there to teach you the balance of give and take. Squirrel’s cycle of power is year-round.

Tiger

If Tiger is your animal totem, expect some great new adventures. Take some time to examine your life. Tiger has shown up to awaken the power and passions you have hidden within and to make sure that you are using them appropriately. He also comes into your life to help build your self-confidence. Tiger will teach you to tap into your innate healing ability. Tigers cycle of power is nocturnal, full moon and new moon.

Weasel

The Weasel teaches you to watch and observe situations in silence and be discrete. Always trust your own instincts and intuition. By doing this, it will help you avoid any obstacles that might get in the way of achieving your goals. The Weasel’s cycle of power is nocturnal.

Whale

Whale represents strength, grace, intuition and knowledge from the past. Whale and its beautiful songs signify creativity. Whale teaches you to locate your own creative inspiration and use it to enhance your life. The strong and powerful Whale glides effortlessly under water and surfaces when he needs air to breathe. This ability in Whale reminds you to be mindful of choices you make, when to make them, and how to make the best use of what you gain. Whale makes you look deep within yourself to find clearer answers. The Whale’s cycle of power is year-round.

Wolf

Wolf can survive either as a loner or as part of a pack, and he howls to remind you that you have to balance the needs of others with the needs of the self. If you’re giving yourself away to your own detriment, you are living in opposition to Wolf medicine. Return to balance and begin feeding your emotions, your mind and your body. When the wolf enters your life, it is time to look into your own genuineness and openness toward others. The Wolf, with his thick coat and hair is also symbolic of psychic abilities. Wolf’s cycle of power is year round, full moons and twilight.

Wolverine

Wolverine is thought to be a bridge between the physical and spirit worlds. He has the ability to survive in the most difficult terrains, and his message to you is of inner strength. Have you forgotten just how powerful you really are? If so, it’s time to refocus and re-dedicate. Remember that Wolverine medicine runs through your blood. Pursue your dreams and be willing to fight for your convictions. This is not the time for uncertainty. Fight for what is yours, but do not get greedy. You will get to the pinnacle of your life. Wolverine’s cycle of power is year-round.

REPTILE ANIMALS TOTEMS

Reptile animal totems have been used symbolically within all cultures throughout history. However, it is the Native American culture that is most often associated with the term animal totems. These totems are animal spirit guides who serve as messengers and are with us throughout our physical and spiritual lives to help us gain insights, self-awareness, enhance our connection to the past and even see glimpses of future events.

In the true sense, specific animal instincts and characteristics represent the qualities that we humans should learn to emulate. However, because we lead such busy and complicated lives, often there is no time for self-reflection. Having animal totems surround us gives us pause to reflect and perhaps make important changes for the better to our mind, body and spirit. At times, they can come into our lives when we are at a crossroads or during times of major decision-making.

Each specific animal has its own cycle of power. This cycle is the time at which the animal can pass on his most important messages and powerful energies to you. For example, the bear has a cycle of power that is spring and summer, because he is not as active during the winter months when he spends some of that time hibernating. However, the bear leave the den out of necessity during hibernation to sustain him. He can still send you very strong messages and lessons in times other than during his cycle of power.

You may be wondering how you can access your animal totems or how you can find out which ones are guiding you. One or more may be revealed. Listening to the animals around you will help you form a connection. Animal totems can also come to you as a vision in your dreams or through meditation. Pose these questions to yourself: Are there animals who you have been fascinated with since you were a child? Is there a type of animal who represents your personality? What animal have you felt a certain kinship with? Which animals are you the most fearful of?

This will begin the process of learning who your animal totems are. Study the habits and characteristics of those specific animals and try to discover how those things can apply to your own life or to a message the animal is trying to convey to you. If it is an animal you are fearful of, it may be a lesson in how you might overcome your fears in certain areas of your life. Also, if you find an animal is suddenly near you or one that comes into your life out of extraordinary circumstances, take notice. Watch its behavior, how does it appear, is it content, where is it looking, what is it doing? Look for the subtleties, as these will help decipher if it is sending a message to you.

Listed below are a few examples of reptile animal totems.

Alligator/Crocodile

The Alligator and Crocodile are considered the keepers and protectors of great knowledge. They represent of birth and re-birth, the ending of one period and the rebirth of another in an individual’s life. These reptiles also symbolize intelligence, knowledge and a deep intuition. They appear as a balancing force and are also indicative of emotional issues. Alligator reminds us to cool ourselves down during emotional stress and practice slow and deep breathing. When the Crocodile or Alligator shows up as a totem, there will be a chance to acquire new knowledge. Observe this newfound knowledge before taking action on it. As this reptile takes care of his eyes, so should the person with him as a totem. Taking care of the eyes is very important.

Chameleon

Chameleon as your totem signifies that you have the ability to be sensitive to the energies that other people emit or their surrounding auras. He shows up in your life to make you aware of your own psychic abilities and to help you awaken your clairvoyant powers. Trust your gut feelings and intuition.

Frog

Frog as your totem is telling you that something in your life needs cleansing, and frog is here to help. As the frog grows from an egg to a tadpole to an adult frog he never strays from his beginnings in the water. This can indicate that you may have a strong familial or maternal connection. He also symbolizes growth, transformation and change and the ability to come into your creative power. Frog is traditionally associated with water and rain, that powerful force of Nature that can flood, nurture, heal, or drown. If Frog appears you’re being asked to examine what is stagnating in your life. Then ask Frog to help you let it go. Need to cry? Jump in the shower and let Frog Medicine do its work.

Gecko

An interesting fact about Gecko, is that if he gets trapped by his tail, he can quickly escape by leaving it behind. In time, his tail will grow back. Gecko as your totem is showing you that you must make a decision about whether to fight or to take flight. To make that decision, you must pay attention to your intuition and learn to trust it. Gecko shows you that it is possible to rejuvenate and regroup even after you have had some setbacks. He is also the message of patience and letting go of opposition.

Gila Monster

Gila Monster appearing in your life sends you as strong a message as does his poisonous bite. He is one of two venomous lizards and can survive a year without food. He shows you that it is okay to be frugal and warns you to be careful with your resources. Gila Monster also symbolizes the need for self-preservation and not to overextend yourself in any facet of your life. He represents protection and maintaining balance. As your totem, he wants remind you that before you make any final decisions or changes, make sure you weigh all of your options before you let others know about them. Try to keep yourself on a positive level of thought at all times.

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon is a venomous and fierce reptile, feared by most. He is here to remind you of the importance of your own survival instincts. Komodo Dragon teaches you to trust your instincts when making decisions about improving on or going forward with a current project. He also gives you the ability to change your course quickly, at any given moment. Most importantly, he warns you that in communicating with others you must not speak venomously, but rather, kindly and well thought out.

Lizard

Are you dreaming a dream that’s big enough? If Lizard appears as your totem, the gauntlet has been thrown down, the challenge made. Stop hiding your own light and talents beneath a rock. Be willing to be larger than life, to dream greater than your imagination, to throw caution to the wind and aim for the target you’ve spent a lifetime avoiding. Just like a Lizard you may feel and sense thing that other may not. Listen to your own intuition over anyone else’s ideas. Success will come to you by learning to trust your own perceptions.

Salamander

Salamander is born in the water, but also adapts to land. He teaches us to look outside of ourselves and be cognizant of the environment surrounding us. He can also appear when you are feeling stuck. He will assist you in transforming those feelings into a renewed and strong sense of purpose. Salamander reminds you not to pick up negative emotions and feelings from others. He can teach you how to separate the positive energies from the negative energies.

Snake

Has Snake slithered into your world? If so, you are being asked to undergo a major transformation. Are you willing to shed your old skin? Are you willing to let go of people, places and things that no longer have a place in your life? Snake will help you make the grand transformation, then slide into a new life that’s brimming with possibilities. Snakes are also symbolic of change and healing. Look for a rebirth into a new chapter of your creative energy and a heightened wisdom.

Tortoise

Tortoises are land dwelling reptiles with a lifespan of 80 to 150 years. Tortoise is here to remind you to keep things simple and that patience is important. Remember the phrase, Slow and steady wins the race? She teaches you not to be too hasty and to pay more attention to details. Take inventory of the stresses in your life and try to eliminate them. Tortoise carries her shell, which is also her home, on her back as she journeys to forage for food. Her simple life reminds you to focus on your needs, not on your wants. As your totem, she also reminds you to stay grounded and to nurture your spiritual growth.

Turtle

Water dwelling turtle shows up when things appear to be in a mess in your life. As he uses his head to turn himself right-side up, you must use your head and thought processes to solve your problems. He also serves as a reminder that you might be moving too fast and hastily. It is time to slow down because in your haste you may be unnecessarily passing up possibilities for advancement. Turtle carries his home on his back, and as your animal totem, he asks you if your life right now is weighed down with too many things that serve no true purpose. Everyone enjoys material goods, but do you use shopping, spending and the acquisition of things as a substitute for passion, conviction and commitment? It’s worth thinking about, isn’t it? Turtle teaches you to be flexible, adaptable and grounded to the earth so that you may find harmony and balance within your life. Call upon the earth and its powerful energies to become all that you can be. It is also important to retreat into your own shell at times in order to regroup so that you will be able to grab opportunities and express new ideas.



3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All