Animal Totems – Animal Guides – Animal Spirits
3 February 2013. Please also see this post here which I have just added about finding your Animal Totems.
My inner animal totem is the Buffalo. In 2009 I participated in a workshop on Animal Telepathic Communication and went in a wonderful Medicine Wheel ceremony where I lay on the ground in one quadrant of the medicine wheel with people drumming and dancing around the wheel and the “shaman” chanting in the circle. I felt a big crowd of animals all gather around me to say “hello” and I saw a group of buffalo and I put my consciousness into one of the buffalo and felt what it was like to run wild and free as a Buffalo. The Buffalo symbol is often the inner symbol of people whom find all Life as sacred.
Animal Totems or Power animals are spirit guides in animal form. They are allies who can help steer us through life’s challenges and obstacles, if we recognise their existence and let their gentle subtle guidance steer or inspire us. In the traditional Native American Indian system, there are animal spirit guides in 9 directions around and below and above you. These nine animal spirits are with you throughout your entire incarnation / Life-time.
There are also Helper Animals, or particular animals that choose to help you at particular stages or times of your Life, because you need the knowledge, the protection and the power that its medicine can provide you with, at those times. For example, the Frog spirit has been a powerful Animal Helper for me up until I was aged in my late thirties. That is, up until that age, I was always immensely interested consciously in frogs, even though I didn’t really know why. Since then, I have learned that the Frog medicine or wisdom of “the need for change and adaptation” was crucial for my survival up until when the frog images and thoughts disappeared entirely from my “mind” / system.
A few years ago I was told that a panther was a transient or temporary Animal Spirit Guide of mine, and I wasn’t surprised to hear it, because I had felt his physical presence (although his form was actually invisible or etheric – in spirit form) with me at times. His teaching was to show me how to bide my time and when to “pounce” or to time myself to act or speak up for the best or most effective / positive outcome for all “parties” concerned, regarding tricky or difficult / delicate situations. I must say that I learned my lessons well.
How do you hear the lessons / messages / medicine of these Animal Guides, you might ask? The answer is that you don’t necessarily hear them at all, in terms of whispers or voices, but you consistently or strongly feel hunches or inspirations or think thoughts (despite yourself or despite contrary stereotyped thoughts put there by yourself or by society), or you receive flashes of intuition about a quality or qualities that you need to express or use. For example, you may disagree with something someone says, but the Panther (if it is your Guide) may remind you that now is the time to be silent, and when the time is right to speak up, you will just “know” because the Panther will be telling you directly.
The trick is to be in a relaxed, happy, positive and receptive state of “mind” or being, and to be open to sensing or knowing or feeling subtle energies / impulses / directions / thoughts. You may think they are your own “thoughts” or impulses, but sometimes they are not – rather they are messages or direct inspirations from the animal kingdom energies / essences.
In the traditional Native American Indian system, there are Animal Spirit Guides which are aligned with the 9 directions as follow.
The animal in the East guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.
The animal in the South protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust, so that innocence will be balanced in your personality.
The animal in the West leads you to your personal truth and inner answers. It also shows you the path to your goals.
The North animal gives wise counsel and reminds you when to speak and when to listen. It also reminds you to be grateful for every blessing every day.
The Above animal teaches you how to honor the Great Star Nation, and reminds you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return. This animal is also the guardian of the Dreamtime – for your personal access to the other dimensions.
The Below animal teaches you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on the path.
The Within animal teaches you how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths. It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone
and is never shared except by invitation.
This animal protects your male side and teaches you that, no matter where you turn, it will be your Father-protector within.This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.
This animal is the protector of your female side and teaches you that you must learn to receive abundance as well as to nurture yourself and others. The left-side animal is also your teacher about relationships and mothering.
Animal Totem Readings
You can get a reading of your 9 Animal Totems from Lin at Lins Domain for a good price, as I did in 2009. Lin’s reading resonated 100 percent with me, and she also has charming mini totem figurines and animal totem themed candles. I bought an email reading and a clay Buffalo mini totem figurine, and I highly recommend Lins Domain for an Animal Totem or other Reading. Sadly, I have heard in 2016 that Lin has passed away. I will leave it up to YOU to research / find someone whom can read your 9 Animal Totems – just go for someone that really makes you feel good & you will know “the reader” is the right choice for you.
I will now post my reading by Lin. Lin sets out the full readings beautifully formatted with pictures in a Word document, and gives the special meaning of each animal in its particular direction within each person’s unique “wheel.”
Here is my full reading which I am sharing with you !
The East totem guides you through spiritual challenges. Your East totem is:
The Turkey: Shared Blessings
The Turkey is the symbol of sacrifice. It gives life so others may live. Many saints and mystics have Turkey as a totem. With a Turkey totem, you have transcended self. You act and react on behalf of others. This act is not a sense of moralism or guilt, but a deep knowledge that all life is sacred. What you do for others, you also do for yourself. To have a Turkey totem is a true gift. Its gift may be spiritual, material or intellectual. Through giving to others will you reach your own goals. The Turkey is linked to the third eye, the seat of feminine energies within us, and the center for higher vision. Turkey is also the symbol of the Mother Earth and her abundant harvest. All of Earth’s blessings and the ability to use them to their greatest advantage are part of Turkey’s teachings.
The South totem protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust. Your South totem is:
Seal, Sea Lion: Imagination, Creativity, Dreaming
A Seal Totem can show you how to develop and focus your imagination. Seal people are highly imaginative and very creative, and they need activities that channel and direct those activities. Hearing and balance are very important for a Seal totem. Learn to listen to your inner self and balance your life to it. Tap into your Seal totem and expect your dreams to become more vivid and significant.
The West totem leads on your path to personal truths and inner answers. It shows you the path to your goals. Your West totem is:
Goose: Communication, Imprinting Your Life Path
A Goose totem reflects a stimulation of childhood thrills and the belief in stories and legends. The stories we loved as children often reflect our life quest. Think about the stories that affected you the most and see what in them you took into your adult life. The Goose also helps in communication, especially with the written word. It is also a symbol of fertility and marital fidelity. Since Geese are vegetarians, those with a Goose totem should always incorporate plenty of vegetables into their diet. Goose people have an innate belief that there is just one special person for each one.
The North totem gives wise counsel and reminds you to be grateful for each day. Your North totem is
Keeper of the Fire of Creation. Represents death and rebirth. Transformation and Regeneration. Protector of all fire. This totem gives hope in the midst of despair. Helps you transform your life into something purer and bring you closer to spiritual awareness. Call upon the Phoenix for strength and renewed energy when facing trials of life. Symbolizes the Sun, dying every night to be reborn with the dawn. The Chinese believe that the Phoenix has been sent to Earth to help the development of mankind. Known as the Feng-Huang.
The Above totem is the guardian of the Dreamtime and gives you access to the astral plane. It teaches you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return. That you and the universe are one. Your Above totem is:
Dragonfly: Illusion, the Power of Light
Dragonfly is the power of light. The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. They will be emotional and passionate during their early years (the influence of water) and more balanced with greater mental clarity and control in as they mature (the influence of air). Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits that need changing. Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.
The Below totem shows you how to stay on your life path and how to stay grounded to Mother Earth. Your Below totem is:
Eagle: Spirit, Healing, Creation
Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation; a willingness to experience extremes; a willingness to use your ability even if it means getting “scorched” a little as you fly high; a willingness to seek out your true emotions. A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey. Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even went soaring high; Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth; Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly. This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit. Eagle people can live in the realm of the spirit yet still remain connected and balanced within the realm of the Earth. You must become much more than you ever dreamed possible.
The Within totem is the protector of your sacred space. It teaches you how to find your life’s joy. This totem is a reflection of your inner self. Your Within totem is:
Buffalo: Prayer and Abundance
Those who have a Buffalo totem must walk a sacred path, honoring every walk of life. You will achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and you must be humble enough to ask for assistance and then be grateful for those gifts. A Buffalo totem will seek to help you establish a deep connection to Mother Earth and it will ask you to help the endangered species of our planet. He will bring you strength of character and an independent spirit. It is the totem of abundance. Do not push or force, but follow the easiest path. Buffalo medicine is knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every part of creation. Buffalo medicine is prayer, gratitude and praise. Praying for the needs of all creatures, for harmony and give praise for the gifts you have already received.
The Right totem protects your Male side and it is your Father protector. This animal carries your courage and warrior spirit. Your Right totem is:
Skunk: Sensuality, Respect, Self-Esteem
The skunk is a very powerful totem with mystical and magical associations. It teaches how to give respect, expect respect and demand respect. This totem helps you recognize your own qualities and assert them. Skunks are fearless but very peaceful. These are two wonderful qualities that you can learn from your skunk totem. If you have skunk medicine will find that the use of fragrances will elicit dynamic responses in the people around you. Individuals with a skunk totem must learn to balance the ability to draw and repel people. Skunks remind us that there is a time to be with people and a time for solitude. The skunk’s stripe is the outward sign of life force. If you have a skunk totem, your life force activates and amplifies. You must learn to use this force effectively. Skunks are silent animals and through their silent, they teach us not to brag –it will push people away rather than attract. People will notice you without any help. When the skunk appears, opportunities will open to bring self-esteem and respect.
The Left totem protects your Female side and teaches you how to nurture yourself and about relationships and mothering. Your Left totem is:
Oriole: New Sunshine
Oriole is the symbol of approaching summer or sunshine, usually within a two-week period. An Oriole totem reflects this symbolism bringing sunshine (or positive changes) to your life and/or current projects. Oriole is associated with the Archangel Auriel who oversees all nature spirit activity on Earth. Oriole can open doorways to the nature realm and its spiritual inhabitants. Where Orioles live, fairies are usually living there also. Orioles will help you discover your own inner child and a renewed sense of joy in life.
Please give credit for this Reading to Lin of Lins Domain – http://www.linsdomain.com/totems.htm
NOTE: Lin has passed away (rest in peace) but in honor of her I am leaving the Link here.
3 February 2013. Please also see this post here which I have just added about finding your Animal Totems.
Mitakuye Oyasin – all my relations / We are all Related