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Symbolism, Totems and Dream Analysis from A to Z
Last updated on April 26, 2011 at 12:00 am EDT by in5d Alternative News
When an animal appears to you in a dream or out in nature, what is the symbolism of this particular creature? Nothing happens by coincidence and these animals are here to teach us lessons. Find out below the answers to animal symbolism!
Quick story: I was watching some metaphysical videos on YouTube when I heard a rustling sound in my bedroom. I didn't think twice about it until about an hour later, when I was about to leave my house to pick up my daughter and noticed a woodchuck IN MY 2nd STORY BEDROOM! I shut the door, picked up my daughter and we returned to film this event. Don't miss the surprise ending!!!
I found this animal to be very interesting in terms of metaphysical symbolism:
Because the woodchuck hibernates during the winter, the animal is symbolic of understanding the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.
It seems that we are going through a rebirth of consciousness so this event was most appropriate!
Anyway, enjoy the following analysis of animal symbolisms and refer to this chart when an animal mysteriously comes into your life because there is no such thing as coincidence!
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ant is a very hard worker and conscientious in every detail
of its work.
They live in huge communities where most tasks are delegated
who form work groups to carry out various activities of hunting,
nesting and nursery, habitat construction, and protection.
accepts its position within its community without question and is
dedicated and loyal throughout its lifetime to the entire community.
ant people are wonderful builders and architects.
They can show us ways to build a reality based on our
are determined and relentless in pursuit of their
mission. If the ant people come to visit you, it may be this
and collaboration are keys to the success of the
ant. Every individual in the community does its duty to
welfare of the whole colony, regardless of its personal safety or how
must labor. The ant spirit teaches us teamwork and loyalty.
are unselfish and sacrifice themselves to benefit the
community. Learning this valuable lesson of the ant can be
of all gifts.
and respect are the hallmarks of the ant people.
are tireless workers and hunters and teach the art of
perseverance and patience in all that they do. Those with this spirit
that many of their life lessons will involve the mastery of patience in
medicine is subtle yet powerful. It teaches us how to
release our egos and aligns us with the virtue of equality. Imagine
world would be like if humanity held and applied the values that the
expresses. The next time you step on, squash, injure or kill an ant
intentionally, ask yourself why you are choosing to destroy the
love that the ant shares so freely. Valuable insights about yourself
history can be learned from this tiny little totem.
Analysis: If ant appears in your dreams, or you have
other unusual ant encounters, you should ask yourself, if you are
others to help you complete your project. We can't do it all alone. We
others to support our efforts. Reach out and ask others to do their
Antelope / Pronghorn
Heightened psychic ability, may need to
insulate ourself or come out of hiding,
adaptability with strong survival skills, strong sense of smell, new
opportunities can be seen, teaches how to overcome obstacles with a
gentle nature. Antelope teaches listening to intuition. Are you
you should? Taking chances or afraid of failing? Are you listening to
instincts? Antelope can teach you strength and courage in all areas.
Teaches protection and how to use it, sensitivity to others
attacks either real
or imagined, demonstrates boundaries and respecting the boundaries of
learn to trust what you feel with others, new birth coming -shows how
with it. Teaches how to use defenses when needed. Is it time to hide
collect thoughts or come out and present your thoughts and abilities?
letting your guard down too often? Armadillo can show you how to
armadillo has a passive style of defense and its
medicine comes from its own body. The 'digger' is
"Little Armored One" because of thick bony plates and horns that
covers its back. It teaches protection and ways to move
armadillo rolls into a tight ball when threatened to
cover its vulnerable underside. Brother Armadillo's
medicine is to
teach ways to expose your inner-self and allow natural defenses to
you. People who are too paranoid, 'hard-shelled' or cover
unnecessarily may need the spirit of the armadillo.
are territorial and regularly patrol their
boundaries to sniff out intruders and potential
threats. If the
armadillo comes to visit you, it may be time to examine your
artificial limits placed on your abilities, time, or space.
invading your space?
from Brother Armadillo is strong and
tenacious. It teaches how to protect yourself from potential
armadillo is slow but persistent in its daily tasks and
ignores most non-threatening activities around it.
will help one who follows the armadillo medicine to realize when they
negligent of a persistent problem or avoiding issues.
Armadillo is a solitary dweller and does not have
many friends. Pay attention to the shell of our armored
friend when he
enters your meditations and find new ways to join with others in social
armadillo digs for its food and makes burrows to sleep
and have its young. The digging aspect of its
that you may need to work harder at finding the morsel of sustenance in
life to bring more spiritual awareness.
Armadillo understand the necessity of spiritual
purification and loves water. He is a good swimmer, floats
very well and
can swim under the surface for long periods.
crosses any stream or river with ease. These traits give
people of the
armadillo spirit an understanding of the power of spiritual cleansing
ability to move with fluid easy movement between dimensions.
or Donkey can teach much about patience and
humility. They have wisdom and
teaches when to use it with timing. Ass' aids in realizing outer
inner potentials and the strength that comes from internal fortitude.
aid in showing one how to move with the flow and allow Spirit to work
trusting your strengths. It is a time to not be content and complacent
you enjoy the road to the goal. Are you working too hard and not being
productive? Are you following your intuition in what you "should do".
Is stubbornness hindering you mentally, emotionally and spiritually?
teach you how to listen to your head and heart.
Keeper of stories, write things down, sees beneath the surface
of all things
and people, including herbs and roots, self-expression and knowledge
act and react, teaches how to ground and connect with the earth,
develop self-expression, reliance along with persistence and
shows how to navigate the new chapter in your life. Are you being
and fighting for what you want or need? Are you expressing feelings?
Initiation, death-rebirth, changes are taking place which are
facts in one’s life, fears are always beneficial, trust instincts. Bat
it the end one phase of life and the beginning of another. Bat can show
navigate in the dark and unknown. Soon you will see the world with a
perspective, teaches sensitivity to vibrations around you, navigation,
introspection and demonstrates ability of observation and power of
and solitude along with ability of working in groups when necessary.
how to make those important transitions.
Sub/Unconscious mind, strength, grounding, inner energy
of soul to find
answers, judgments, are you too critical or not critical enough, inner
taste the honey of life. Bear teaches caution, quiet of the mind and
within. There is great power in introspection which awakens insights
opportunities. Bears teaches leadership, natural healing abilities and
defending when necessary. Are you eating a balanced diet? Utilizing
intuition? Being cautious? Brown, black or white, what does the color
you? Bear will show how to balance and express oneself. (See also Polar
Great Bear is found on every continent and comes in many
sizes and colors. The bear is revered on every continent,
North America where the indigenous people who believe it was once human
Great Mystery lives in the spirit of bear. Many American
have bear clans and bear ceremonies. Bear people use herbs and other
healing. Bear medicine is powerful and without peer among the
people. The bear is a guide to the river of meaning.
is spirit keeper of the West, the place of darkness,
maturity and good harvest. From this place, Grandfather Bear
strength, introspection and knowledge.
are active during the night and day. This
symbolizes its connection with solar energy, that of strength and
lunar energy, that of intuition. It enhances and teaches those with
how to develop both within themselves.
Bear is a solitary dweller and master of his
domain. This teaches us the importance of independent
thinking and to
seek peace in quite meditation
are sensitive to Mother Nature's cycles. They
sleep long hours in the winter living on fat stored in their
bodies. It teaches
us how to go within and find the resources for survival and how to
balanced amid change. This medicine is a reminder of the
great circle of
life and rebirth, renewal and fresh beginnings.
stars above in infinite meadows of heaven show us the
Great Bear in the Sky, Ursa Major, as a sign of the greatness and
is the embodiment of strength and is fierce to a threat
on its lair. It is not wise to come between the mother bear
and her cubs,
teaching us ways to always protect those we
bear holds the teachings of introspection. When it shows
up in your life pay attention to how you think, act and interact.
beaver spirit is never defeated. A gentle nature makes
the beaver a
friend to all creatures within its domain. Beaver is an
neighbor with its unbelievable resolve and tenacity. People
who work with
the beaver spirit will learn great lessons of life that will bring many
blessings of strength, security and trust.
beaver is a tremendously complex, yet simple totem -
Complex because their abilities and talents are many, and simple
qualities of the beaver can be emulated by humans. They are
architects and are among the few animals on earth, that alter their
to meet their requirements.
an expert builder, beaver medicine strengthens the
foundations of one’s life and can help to build new ones.
Beaver can show
us ways to be in harmony with our environment even as that environment
beaver is an excellent swimmer, able to hold its breath
under water for 15 minutes or more. As a water creature the
is deep within where dreams past and knowledge flow in the subconscious
warehouse of our mind. This medicine can help us to call
waters to the surface where they can be used to build a better life.
beaver's fur is highly prized because it is both
waterproof and soft, teaching us to repel afflictions of life in a good
beaver is practical, quick-witted and
resourceful. All these qualities are brought
forward and understood
while working with the beaver spirit.
beaver's large teeth are among its most prized possessions
and they continue to grow until the moment of death. This
feature of the beaver is a reminder that the tools we use to improve
must continually honed and sharpened.
are very industrious, hardworking, and tenacious in
whatever project they undertake. People who work with his
reminded to work hard to achieve their goals and they will never be
a lack of initiative. If you feel overcome or overwhelmed by
challenges, ask the beaver for help.
has a kind and gentle spirit. We should
all be like the beaver.
Abundance, incorporates our own efforts to embrace
and hold life,
rewards are carried, keep self well grounded, follow the easiest path,
use force in areas of life, flow with it. Teaches creativity, courage,
knowledge, sharing with a sense of community, survival strategies,
to challenge with forthrightness and grace. A time to honor your path
for assistance from Spirit. Buffalo teaches abundance and strength of
along with harmony and expression of gratitude and honor for all
you have gratitude? Strength? Surviving with courage?
great bison or buffalo of North America is a very
powerful symbol to American Indians. Though best suited to
climates, buffalos roamed virtually in entire continent. The
woodlands buffalo and its bigger cousin, the plains buffalo were
honored in ceremony and everyday life. To the plains Indian, our
meant sacred life and the abundance of the Creator's blessing on Mother
buffalo is powerful medicine that is a symbol of
sacrifice and service to the community. The buffalo
to give their lives so the American Indian could have food, shelter and
buffalo is also a symbol of gratitude and honor as it is
happy to accept its meager existence as it stands proud against the
buffalo represents abundance of the Creator's bounty and
respect for all creation knowing that all things are sacred.
buffalo represents a manifestation of the divine aspects
of our being.
of its size, speed and sharp horns, buffalos can be
dangerous when threatened. People who hear the message of the
spirit are reminded to temper their power in dealing with others and
tranquility and peace of the Buffalo Brother to enter their
with this totem need to remember to see the good in
all things and not let their frustration store up inside them.
the European domesticated cow that places its rump
toward approaching cold and faces away, the buffalo turns its head to
stand firmly against raging storm. This quality reminds us to
courage and face problems
unite against danger as buffalo cows defend their
young, old and sick by forming a protective circle around them and the
form a circle around the cows. If you see the buffalo circle
in dream or
vision, it may mean someone around you requires your strength to defend
honor them. Or, it is a call to unite with others to bring about
huge head of the Buffalo Brother signifies higher mental
abilities that is grounded to Mother Earth by their tough bodies.
buffalo teaches us how to eliminate our burdens by
directing our energy in a balanced way.
Dream Analysis: This bird is telling you to stand up for
what you believe in. It isn't always easy but you will feel better in
teaches spiritual strength, protection and the mysteries
getting organized and solidifying changes. Shows self-reliance,
and fearlessness in trials and tribulations, enduring and strong, boar
how to protect your efforts. Are you too scattered in thoughts and
you need to stand up for your beliefs and opinions? Are you using your
intuition throughout the day? Boar can teach power and respect in the
of complacency and activity.
Analysis: This power animals' message is face your
problems head on.
Bobcat teaches that there is a time for solitude, learning
to be alone
lonely and a time for social balance. He shows how to keep confidences
around you with a balance of inner and outer perceptions. Bobcat aids
tapping into the curiosity of the unseen world of secrecy, invisibility
hidden meanings for understanding spiritual mysteries of the path that
traveled. Bobcat will offer protection and expertise of this path and
knowledge in maneuvering your developing natural internal power. Bobcat
the ability of being able to turn on/off creative forces in life.
for what is hidden on all levels and trust your senses for bobcat
medicine is a
powerful one with lessons on many levels.
Fertility of thoughts, ideas, possessions, makes the mundane
fertile, new ideas need to be expressed, teaches stability w/o
assert feminine energies for balance. May demonstrate the necessity for
balance diet. Are you being forthright in your intentions? Are you
stand your ground in life matters? Bull can give us skills needed for
expressions of strength.
butterfly is great admired among American Indians
and is a bringer of
peace. Cultures all over earth revere its delicate and colorful beauty.
butterflies live very short lives, only a week or two, except for the
Wing and Monarch live about six months. They experience
development from egg in the cocoon to caterpillar to adult
short life span and beauty of the butterfly is symbolic
of early spiritual growth. Lessons of life will be
sometimes difficult formative years and come to light as the butterfly
begins to fly. They hold the gift of transformation and soul
butterfly is reminiscent of freedom and
have a pair of large compound oval eyes made up
of thousands of individual lenses. They can see a single
and are able to perceive ultraviolet wavelengths of light.
clairvoyant abilities for those that hold this totem.
antennae of the butterfly have small knobs on each end
which is said to play a role in orientation. When one antenna
the butterfly will fly in circles unable to find its way.
Those with this
medicine need to stay consciously connected to spirit at all times in
arrive at their desired destination.
are not very organized, often return to the same
flower many times before they realize it, and cannot remember
This trait shows us to be better prepared for life's challenges and
butterfly represents the process of transformation and
shape shifting. When butterfly shows up, make note of the
issues confronting you at the moment. What state of change
are you at in
regard to them?
remind us not to take life so seriously. They
feed on flowers that they help pollinate, thereby further spreading
They represent the element of air, quickly changing and ever moving, so
gracefully. Butterflies are messengers of the moment. They
come in a
variety of colors. To understand the message that the butterfly holds
for you a
study of its colors can be helpful.
an eco-system is damaged, butterfly is usually the
first to leave. They are especially sensitive to the harmony of earth.
butterfly comes to you in a hurt, trapped or ill way, you are being
stop disturbing the natural design of life and to flow with events in a
gentle, natural way.
Analysis: Animal communication is very real so we
can benefit by paying
attention to what they have to tell us. Camel is telling you that even
things may seem difficult at the moment, trust that you have the
get through this challenging time in your life.
Analysis: Cardinal power animal's message is that you have an
imbalance could be spiritual or physical.
Caribou teaches endurance, strength, fortitude
and perseverance in
distance. He will teach the power of adaptability in adversity, caution
surroundings and tenacity to get things accomplished. Caribou will show
take on the roles of duality, the male and female qualities that you
Is it time to take a more dominating role in life and work or perhaps a
subtler stance in situations? Caribou will also aid in spiritual
communication and social abilities and skills. Caribou will show how to
moving onward and flowing with the group. Caribou is about movement and
your inner peace and your place as you walk through life.
Magic, independence, clever, unpredictable, balance of energies
life, mysteries will unfold in life if a cat has come around. Cat shows
clarify perceptions which allows new ideas to manifest, encourages
emotional agility, aids in being resourceful and stealthy tactics,
courage and confidence. Do you need to be more independent? Are you
resources the best of your ability? Is it time to start a new project?
show how to continue the process of opening your intuition for soul
symbolizes independence. Cat is asking you to look at how you can
dependency and strike out on your own.
Analysis: Adapt to
the situations you
are finding yourself.
totem's message is to get
clear on your intentions. Focus more to achieve your goals.
message is to combine intellect with intuition to solve your
problems. One with out
will not work but the two together will give you the answers to your
Analysis: Condor's message is to take a step back before making any
Assertion of growth, take charge,
be strong, come unto your own power,
defending yourself when needed, teaches how to leap into opportunities,
balance when to be gentle and when to assert your energy more
Cougar teaches strength and grace, responsibilities and balanced
Are you taking on enough responsibilities? Are you empowering your life
best way you can? Is it time to go forward? Cougar will assist in these
teach us about the home and community and the
joy, contentment therein.
aid us in realizing to be easy going and live in the moment. They show
love and connections at work and home. Cow also may demonstrate how to
properly. Are eating enough fruits and vegetables? Are you happy at
can teach how to make those changes that are needed to balance to the
Wisdom, jokester, having fun, stimulates cooperation and
balances knowledge and laughter into teaching, shows us how to learn
mistakes with wisdom and a sense of humor, sense of family and
demonstrating and communicating along with balancing risk and safety,
connection to the Spirit to find answers. Are you taking yourself too
seriously? Too uptight and stressed? Are you trusting enough right now?
will teach resourcefulness and adapting to new situations and how humor
a useful tool in any situation.
is subject of many American Indian stories, songs and
ceremonies and if often referred to as the Trickster. Coyotes
to almost any environment, but prefer the prairies and low foothills.
in undergrounds dens or sometimes caves. Coyote is a
Hunted to near extinction, coyote populations are slowly rebounding in
where they are least threatened.
usually mate for life. This favorable characteristic
of Coyote reminds us to be loyal in all our relationships and
of a spiritual nature. Roaming from relationship to
without direction or stability should be avoided.
is a cunning adversary. He sniffs the air and
surrounding plants and stones looking for the scent of prey.
Once a scent
is located he stalks with great stealth and circles the area in which
located to understand possible escape routes and determine the best
suitable for an attack to take place. The spirit of coyote
shows us ways
to fully understand the circumstances surrounding situations in
and to develop reasonable plans to achieve our
slyly hunt small game and move very slowly into
position before pouncing on their prey. Applying this lesson
in life, we
can learn patience and ways to move forward at the best possible times.
are excellent teachers, providers and protectors of
their families. They will go to extreme lengths to insure the
well-being of their offspring. Visions and dreams in which
makes itself known may bear a message of duty and responsibility to
family, community or
work well with its brothers and sisters to develop a
strong community. Like the coyote we can work with others to
get what we
want in life. Followers of coyote medicine put other people’s
before their own.
is always on the look out for traps set by both
humans and other animals. They move cautiously through their
ready in a flash to move out of dangers way. Thank the coyote
showing you ways to avoid life's pitfalls.
is the left-handed guardian. Crow knows the unknowable
and is the keeper of all sacred law. There are several species of crow.
is one of these and magpies are another. Crow medicine people are
illusion. Do not try to figure crow out. It is the power of the unknown
work, and something special is about to happen.
is also the guardian of ceremonial magic and healing.
In any healing circle, Crow is present. Crow guides the magic of
the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and
"dis-ease" or illness. You can rest assure when ever crows are
around, magic is near by and you are about to experience a change in
consciousness. Crow can give you the courage to enter the darkness of
which is the home of all that is not yet in form.
are territorial and won't give up an area without a
fight. They are loners, seeming to like to spend time to themselves.
you have a crow as a totem, you need to be willing to
walk your talk and speak your truth. You must put aside your fear of
voice in the wilderness and "caw" the shots as you see them. Crow is
an omen of change. If he keeps appearing to you he may be telling you
have a powerful voice when addressing issues that you do not quite
or feel that they are out of balance.
are the bringer of messages from the spirit world, and
is thought to dwell beyond the realm of time and space.
you meet crow, he could be telling you that there will
be changes in your life and that possibly you should step by the usual
view reality and look into the inner realms …walk your talk…be prepared
go of your old thinking and embrace a new way of viewing yourself and
is the sacred keeper of the law. Crow medicine
signifies a firsthand knowledge of a higher order of right and wrong
indicated by the laws created in human culture. With Crow medicine, you
in a powerful voice when addressing issues that for you seem out of
out of balance, out of whack, or unjust.
you learn to allow your personal integrity to be your
guide, your sense of feeling alone will vanish. Your personal will can
emerge so that you will stand in your truth. The prime path of true
says to be mindful of your opinions and actions. Be willing to walk
speak your truth, know your life’s mission, and balance past, present,
future in the now. Shape shift that old reality and become your future
Allow the bending of physical laws to aid in creating the shape shifted
of gentleness, love, alertness, camouflage, balance and
subtler outside influences, ability to listen, attention, shows how to
gracefully and carefully, connections to children and people for best
of all, vision, hearing, smell, helps discern what actions to be done.
empathy for others, soft direction and leadership abilities. Are you
to your own innocence? Are you listening to your inner child? Deer
and gracefully. Are you ready for new opportunities that will reflect
gentle love to others?
Protection, companionship, faithfulness, warnings. Dog is a
friendship and the unconditional ability to love and accept. They
loyalty and are fierce protectors when needed. Examine the type of dog
it says about you. What behaviors do you have or would like to have of
Are you showing compassion for others? Are you a good companion and
balanced with playfulness and joy? Are you serving humanity in the best
can? Dog can teach you strength in the above qualities. (Also see Wolf)
have one of the best totems or spirit guides because
they are well attuned to the nature of humans and understand the best
guide them. Throughout history the dog has been known as
friend. There are hundreds of varieties, sizes and shapes
found on every
continent. Certain breeds of dog are designed for specific
dog is a protector and guardian. Their acute
hearing and keen sight forewarned their masters of impending danger.
selflessly never asking for their service to be praised. They
energies of unconditional love and teach us its true meaning.
dogs are faithful companions to humans and
enjoys being useful by serving human friends. Their sense of
the ability to love even when abused is incredible. The dog
with this totem how to give and receive love unconditionally.
carries the energy of forgiveness. People with dog medicine
would do well
in service oriented jobs.
are intelligent and sensitive. They are able to sniff
out dangerous situations accurately and guide us into safety. Psychic
have long been are associated with the dog because of their ability to
subtle energy frequencies often unknown to mankind. If dog suddenly
your life pay attention to your immediate surroundings and let the dog
breeds of dog were designed for specific functions.
The study of the breed and its purpose can help you define the energy
associated with it. Since wolves and coyotes are its descendants these
be studied as well.
behavior of a dog often reflects the personality of its
owner. Through its observation and constant interaction with you it
your next move, and serves as a mirror image of who you truly are. The
dog is a
great teacher for those who are willing to be loyal students. The
Analysis: Dog symbolizes loyalty and faithfulness. Dog
is telling you that your loyalty is misplaced by serving too may
Indians see the eagle as a sacred messenger that
carries prayers to the
and returns with gifts and visions. We use eagles feathers to
this majestic and powerful spirit guide as we know the eagle feather
cleansing and healing powers. The eagle is seen by many
cultures as a
symbol of courage, vision, strength and endurance.
need isolation in the wild to propagate and
prosper. This teaches us that we have a singular walk in life
face life on its terms.
is vital to the survival of the eagle and this
teaches us that all people must be free to choose their own paths; to
as the Creator leads them; and to respect the freedom of
a lesson in balance and equality, both female and male
eagles care for their young.
Eagle teaches how to master the art of patience and how
to move through life without material attachments from their ability to
long hours perched on a limb in meditation.
have excellent hearing and can hunt as much by ear as
by sight. To those to whom eagle comes, the ability to hear spiritually
psychically will awaken.
have sharp beaks and strong jaws that can remove a
finger in one snap. The eagle tells us to mind our words and
how they affect
others; to speak kindly without sharp rancor.
are renowned for their superior vision, ten times
greater than human eyesight. This quality is a gift of vision
that should be used to help others through dark and troubling
who seeks the eagle spirit views situations and other
people from a broad perspective for better understanding just as the
the world from a its great
eagle is a creature of the air, but has strong legs to
walk on the earth and often lives near the water for
food. These qualities
of the eagle teach us to maintain balance in all dimensions to achieve
inner-growth. As we soar to spiritual awareness, we remain
in reality as we purify ourselves with the cleansing
eagle teaches us to have the courage to strive for
greater heights of spirituality. The Eagle is seen by
American Indians as
a connection to the Great Mystery - The Creator of all things.
Wisdom and power, strength, warrior, excellent memory,
smell (higher form of discrimination), aroma therapy may help clear of
ease tensions, reclaim family ideals and strengthen the connection with
members and shows how to care for the young and the elderly. Are you
your wisdom to help others at this time? Are you discerning and aware?
is time for a family outing to ease the tensions and stresses of
Elephant can teach this balance of family and occupation.
Nobility, about to hit your stride in life, don't give up, have endurance
the long run, don't neglect the need to relate to others, adjustment of
needs to be made to have strong energy levels. Elk teaches you don't
walk the path alone, you have much wise help from Spirit. Are you
yourself accordingly? Do you want immediate results? Elk teaches
reaching your goals and aspirations. Have you simply asked for help?
show you how to adapt to this stage in your life.
can run forever. They have great stamina and are
powerful beings with excellent reflexes. Elk are very
too. They can be friendly one moment and angry the
next. The Elk is
sensitive to signs of danger and when threatened, may stand and fight
end or the herd may run in every direction to confuse
predators. Elk live
in large herds, but a lone elk can often be seen. Elk graze
day only -- never at night. But if disturbed, such as by
hunting season, they will feed only at night. An adult bull elk with
a formidable opponent against any animal, including mountain lion and
teaches us how to become more observant of subtle
demand space to roam, but occasionally need time alone.
It teaches us to seek sacred space.
with Elk medicine are reminded to maintain emotional balance
to keep aggressive tendencies in check.
medicine teaches survival techniques in all types of
people demand respect and have great pride in their
professional and private lives and must be continually on guard against
who know Elk medicine stand tall with a strong
self-image and must seek to be humble.
Elk appears it often comes with a message to stand
strong with pride and to use ones gifts to show others of its power.
Analysis: Elk's is telling you to remain your dignity.
Falcon is a bird of prey that possesses great powers of speed
precision. They are found throughout the world except in
Antarctica. Falcon are 15 to 21 inches long with a wingspan
inches. The female is slightly larger than the male and both
pointed wings. They like to nest in cliffs, tall trees and on
buildings and eat other birds. Falcons live about
15 years and
travel great distances during migrations.
hunting technique of the falcon relies on spectacular
"stoops," in which the birds fold their wings and go into a dive that
ends with a midair strike. Depending on the size of the prey, they
hold with their talons, or knock the kill out of the air and descend to
and eat. The medicine of the falcon spirit often emphasizes
movement or aggressive action.
falcon rides wind currents searching for movement in the
sky or on the ground. When falcon comes to perch near you,
may be to search for new ideas, take a broader view, or look at a
a fresh perspective.
on the hunt, falcons will often dive for prey
prematurely and miss the kill, indicating they may be somewhat
Examine your actions to see if you are acting in a similar way in a
that requires more patience.
beauty, regal stance and aggressiveness marks the
falcon as a leader among the bird people. Search for ways to
be a role
the falcon, like the hawk and owl, is a
messenger spirit guide and will come and leave quickly during an event
a powerful statement or whisper quietly in your ear.
need freedom and stimulation in their lives.
Possibly this is the message they bring to you.
Analysis: Falcon's message is to act on the
opportunity in front of you.
Skilled and ingenious, cunning, a new world and creative process
look in between yourself and others (physically, mentally,
teaches gentleness, swiftness and persistence, courage, power of
good eating habits and taking care of health concerns, shift awareness
feminine energies for balance. Fox can teach you how to walk in both
in between since he is the master of camouflage and shape-shifting and
the spaces in between. Are you in harmony with your surroundings?
with others? It is a time to be careful and discriminating, aware of
communication abilities, and to be alert to your surroundings. Fox
to be still and silent and all the qualities of patience.
Fox represents cunning, slyness, stealth, observation,
and wisdom. The Fox can take on human form according to
American Indian beliefs. The Hopi, Cherokee and other tribes
Fox Medicine brings healing power. The Apache say the Fox
first fire to the people. Other cultures such as the ancient
thought the Fox brought blessings of the gods. The Incas
Fox also has a highly developed sense of smell. As
an animal spirit guide, the Fox will help you to recognize subtle
life and make you alert to unpleasant situations.
Fox is very quiet and blends into its surroundings
becoming almost invisible. Being in harmony with ones surroundings is
to people who carry this medicine. For those with this animal
guide, try being very quiet and practice blending in without notice -
especially if you have a powerful presence around others.
body of the Fox is quite small in comparison to its
cousins, but its ample fur offers good protection and appears to be
than it is. There are several things that may be learned from
Fox has super-sensitive hearing - so you may also be
able to hear Spirit. Listening is often more important than
speaking - a
good lesson to remember.
Fox comes out of hiding at dusk-twilight the time and
often hunts under the cover of darkness. His keen eyesight is
a gift that
may teach you too see beyond your present situation and to be able to
living between light and darkness, the Fox looks into
Fox is physically and mental quick and extremely agile
which can teach you ways to respond quickly to situations by using the
inner instincts and knowing.
Fox teaches good eating habits - not from what it eats,
but from the way it eats. The fox eats small amounts
The Fox is not a picky eater and readily accepts whatever is
Fox packs a lot of medicine and good teachings into its
small body. Knowing the Fox and its ways will help you
and harmony in your life.
neck is the bridge between the realms, farsightedness
to see beyond,
and communication through body language, family ties. Teaches balance
and earth, care in what you say and how you take others opinions. One
strong relationships and inner perceptions. Are you becoming complacent
lose track of your goals? Are you setting your sights ahead for the
teaches climbing ability and agility along with independence
surefootedness. He shows the importance of supporting others as you
being flexible in exploring new possibilities. Goat aids to establish
foundations in which to stand and will guide in building a stronger
if need be. He wants to make sure what is before us is strong before
lessons begin. Goat prepares for moves in life and teaches how to seek
heights in spiritual, mental and emotional areas so one can achieve the
future by looking up and forward. Do you feel stuck and lost? Goat will
direction in which to move. Is it time to finally put forth your
and strength? Look within to find the answers and allow Goat to lead
you need to be. Trust the sure foot of Goat's wisdom.
Analysis: Goose is telling you that it is time to rest. Take the time
Gopher medicine will teach how to attune oneself to spiritual
vibrations and sensations. He teaches abilities of listening and
heightens intuition and shows direction with innate instincts. Gopher
skill of uncovering hidden truths and meanings and all the lies beneath
situation. Gopher will show timing in which path to take of the many
available and how those choices are interconnected. Is it time to
"dig" with a sense of purpose and direction? Perhaps it is time to
utilize your resources that you have before you - because you've been
better than you realize. Gopher shows how to maneuver with purpose and
balance of instincts in tune the heartbeat of the earth. Pay attention
movement and follow Gopher's wisdom for deeper truths await.
Gorilla demonstrates a gentle yet firm strength. He teaches
passive and aggressive. He shows the art of communication and social
interactions with family. Gorilla teaches the skill of listening to
frequencies; intuition and clairaudience. Listen to your hunches. Are
too protective or not protective enough? Gorilla can show how to take
roles and bring out the nobility within and to expand responsibilities
respect. He will show the power of dignity and honorable behavior.
medicine is pairing an understanding of compassion with respect and
Analysis: Gorilla's power animal is telling you to
take the time to listen to what others are saying and what your own
wisdom is telling you.
gets deep into areas of interests,
building, studying and working for 2
will show results. Dream time and altered states heightened, death and
upon rebirthing, metabolic control. Is it time to awaken to your
dreams and ideas? Groundhog teaches tenacity and how to burrow within
to fully engage in its experience. He teaches how to create boundaries
them known, how to cleanse areas of life, and to bury the past and all
that no longer serve your purpose. Are you balancing the mind and
spiritual and the physical, the mental and emotional?
guide in this skill and teach how to use your resources wisely and
and will walk you through the rebirthing of awareness.
Because the groundhog hibernates during the winter, the animal is symbolic of understanding the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. It is further representative of the ability to know when to "go underground", or to back up from a situation.
The Hawk represents Awareness, Perspective, Insight, Truth, Visionary Power, Guardianship, Strength, Initiative, Decisiveness, Creativity, Messenger, Caution, Maneuvering, Leadership and Spirit.
The hawk has keen eyesight, it is about opening our eyes and seeing that which is there to guide us.
The hawk totem is a messenger of insight, adaptability and openness, it is also about visionary power and guardianship. Hawk’s spirit teaches us to be observant and to pay attention to what we may overlook. This could mean a talent we don’t use, a blessing for which we haven’t expressed gratitude, or a message from the universe. The hawk has keen eyesight, it is about opening our eyes and seeing that which is there to guide us. Hawk spirit awakens vision and inspires us to a creative life purpose. Look to the world around you for there are totem symbols buried in everything.
Dream Analysis: To see a hawk in your dream, denotes that suspicions are lurking around you and your activities. You need to proceed with caution. Alternatively, a hawk symbolizes insight. Consider the phrase “hawk’s eye” to mean that you need to keep a close watch on someone or some situation. The key is to sense the subtle meaning carried by the winds and spirit of change.
Hedgehog teaches defense mechanisms against negativity
to enjoy life and to walk the earth with a sense of lightness and a
wonder. Hedgehog shows when to act with tenacity and strength to get
accomplished. He can aid in balancing emotions with actions while
wisdom when to work and play. Are you taking opportunities that could
happy? Are you letting people bring you down? Hedgehog can show you to
confident and move with strength.
Dream Analysis: This totem says have compassion and forgiveness for
Travel, power, spiritual and physical stamina, freedom, persuasiveness,
increase clairvoyance, awareness of cooperation and communication
time to move on if you feel stuck, teaches how to go in new directions
freedom and the power to face life and overcoming obstacles with grace.
journey will take you in new directions. Horse teaches the power to
awaken your freedom in movement and will clarify the path in which to
you need to break from current confinements and restrictions? Pay
what the individual breed is saying to you.
strength, and grace are the finer qualities of this
noble animal. The horse lived on the North American continent
thousands of years, but mysteriously disappeared and was later
Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500's. American Indians quickly
equestrian skills and found the spirit of the horse to be a valuable
learning ways of leadership, safety in movement and freedom.
though the horse can be domesticated, its spirit forever
roams into the far reaches of freedom. The horse
meant ease of
movement for indigenous people who quickly learned they could hunt and
into new territories as never before. For those who seek the
the horse, the idea of freedom may be a predominant theme. To
American Indian, the horse symbolizes freedom and the power that comes
horse has come in your dreams or visions, there may be a
promise of safe travel ahead. Movement or a new adventure,
whether it be
physical or spiritual is near.
knowledgeable of horse medicine know that taming the
wild, freedom seeking aspects of its personality is not easy, but the
of gentleness and tolerance is attainable with patient kindness and
horse spirit is intensely independent that often creates
conflict in personal and professional
relationships. People who
walk with the horse spirit are often independent leaders who forge new
power and strength of the horse spirit is able to take
its rider to new spiritual territory. It reminds us of our
and gives us courage to move forward.
strong legs and back of the horse remind us to remain
solidly grounded in our spiritual walk our earthly experiences and to
burdens of life with dignity.
Dream Analysis: This is a symbol that you need to bring
more music into your life whether it means playing an instrument or
Instincts are heightened when Hyena appears. She shows
how to relate to
and when to use your "teeth" in situations. She will help balance the
power of ferocity with a caring. Is it time to be strong and stand up?
do and say is heightened with Hyena medicine. Truth need to be said?
projects and endeavors may best be done in groups so cooperation is
you part of the team? She gives lessons in discrimination and
listen carefully to your instincts, intuition and perceptions. Family
emphasized. Is it time to hunt or relax? Hyena shows how to adapt to
by singing your own song of internal strength and power.
Jaguar enhances spiritual and psychic vision with a keen
pinpointing strong intuitional abilities. Jaguar shows how to embrace
of the Spirit with composure, tenacity, fortitude with a complete
of lessons learned and applying them in daily life. Are you integrating
and thoughts like you should? Jaguar will aid in this transition of
self-actualization. He shows how to move silently, stealthily knowing
how to react, shows empowerment, teaches how to maneuver and understand
unseen. He cuts through the illusion of separation and shows how the
lessons of the past can be transformed into a higher clarity of purpose
higher sense of self and connectedness. Jaguar's wisdom will show
the chaos in the soul process of integration and shifting perspectives
balance and grace.
Analysis: Ladybug power animal symbolizes good fortune. You will
abundance in your life.
Teaches us to examine our life's lessons, utilizes surrounding
us free thinking and demonstrates courage, solitary in nature with
booms. Lemming teaches how to balance and manage our personal time with
Is it time to be alone for introspection? Are you utilizing those
Are you following others? Maybe it's time to think for yourself and
Silent, inconspicuous, strong intuitive abilities (inner instincts),
haunts of the past, renewal of vision, helps in strength of inner
about to be made spiritually, mentally and physically. Aids in overall
sensitivities, communication abilities and movement in dream world and
unconscious realms. Are you listening carefully of the world within and
you? Leopard teaches the nuance of hearing your heart and intuitions
and how to react.
Leadership, truth, nobility and power balance the
calm serenity of Lion. He will teach how to strengthen your
and resolve. A quiet demeanor is balanced with a fierceness especially
family is concerned. He shows that rest is needed before continuing.
misappropriating your time and energy? Listen to the actions of Lion
will show if it is time to relax and de-stress your mind, body and
Respect, grace, stealth, focus, knowledge - Lion medicine is about
your personal power. Increased community responsibilities and
cunningness, fearlessness and expert timing are lessons that Lion
aids in recognizing and understanding your own noble and regal
you taking on the characteristics of a male lion or a lioness?
are ancient brothers who are found in warmer climates
all over the
are five general families of lizards and literally hundreds of species,
largest being the Komodo Dragons weighing in at more than 350 pounds
smallest is the Beata measuring less than three quarters of an inch
They have many descriptive names such as the Australian Bearded Dragon,
Spotted Gecko, Iguanas, Salamanders, and Horned Lizards who squirt
their eyes. Many American Indian tribes recorded their
the lizard in images on pottery, petroglyphs, effigy bowls, figures,
and portrayed lizards in their ceremonies and stories as symbols of
Southwest Indian tribes believe horned lizards can cure
the sick by asking for the lizard's strength in song and chant showing
respect to the animal.
Lizard is often seen lying peacefully in the shadows of
rocks or seen skittering around in dark holes, between light and
is thus referred to as the 'dream walker' or one who lives in the dream
world. Dreams are important to the human psychic and depict
messages from deep within the mind. Lizard medicine reveals
messages during the dream state. Proper interpretation of
often requires the assistance of one trained in the ways of the lizard
psychic characteristic inherent in the lizard teaches
those with this medicine how to awaken their own abilities by making
that honor every part of one’s life. When lizard appears it
need to go within and analyze your present reality and once done, move
confidence and conviction out into the world of new beginnings.
powerful totem to have, lizard reveals your weaknesses,
your strengths and prompts the energy of change.
lizard is very sensitive to ground vibrations, they have
keen eyesight and superior hearing. Those who feel the spirit
lizard can learn ways to use their enhanced sensory perceptions to
their deeper psychic and spiritual
power of the lizard is its ability to escape from danger
by leaving its tail behind and growing another. When lizard
your life, it may mean a need to move quickly to avoid danger and be
to leave something behind.
Secrets of hidden and the unseen, ability to see lies and falsehoods,
inner workings of others, keen sight, careful not to break confidences,
may become uncomfortable around you, trust intuitions teaches ability
secrets, mysteries and hidden aspects of yourself. Lynx teaches
insights of thoughts, totem_images, dreams and visions. Lynx also
teaches to be
take care in breaking confidences and the trusts of others, there must
balance with this conscious knowing. Are keeping quiet when you need to
or vice versa? Be aware and observe your discoveries.
Lynx is an exquisitely beautiful member of the cat
family know by its short, strong body and long legs, bobbed tail and
fur that sprout out a the top of each ear. Their coats are
luxurious in the winter to protect them against the icy winds that
the high mountainous regions of Canada and Alaska. Having large, padded
the lynx is sure-footed on ice and snow while chasing its primary prey,
snowshoe hare. Like most cats, the Lynx will spend much of
alone. The lynx has powerful eyesight and great abilities of stealth
cunning are formidable.
is said the ancient Greeks believed the lynx could see
through mountains and American Indians tell many stories about the
eyes of the lynx with their captivating powers seduction.
These and other
unique characteristics have encouraged ideas that the lynx has
lynx is a patient hunter and its messages often entail
serenity, tolerance, understanding. The lynx helps us to
for long periods to achieve a necessary goal.
lynx is very territorial and will go to great lengths to
protect its hunting grounds. If lynx is in your dreams and
may be in need of spiritual or mental protection.
The lynx keen
nose can warn against negative invasions.
a solitary animal who hunts and lives alone much of its
life, the lynx often comes to those who are loners by desire or
Lessons of independence and self-reliance are part of its offering, but
sometimes the message may be one to console a lonely heart or
of its coloring, size and stealth, the lynx is able
to blend and sometimes appear to disappear in its
medicine is valuable in moving unseen between planes and remaining in
background, unobserved and not up front in relationships and
the lynx has successfully tracked its prey, he will sit
and quietly observe the whole environment before moving for the
Watching for intruders, other prey and passersby, the lynx will absorb
various activities and weigh all the options before taking
characteristics are valuable lessons life in general terms for
Silent observation is a great power that allows one see things
others. As we follow the power of good silence, we are able
to hear the
higher purpose intended by the Creator.
Analysis: This power animals's message is to have more acceptance of
Analysis: Meerkat is reminding you to make sure that you turn to
friends for support.
shows how to walk in the spiritual and physical world
with joy and
along with a balance of fighting for just cause. He teaches attention
intuition and timing, keen senses, awareness and how to move in the
waters balanced with the mental world. Mink aids in understanding the
realm of dreams, visions and hidden knowledge. He will teach how to
within, a quiet solitude of personal space for contemplation. Are you
completing a life cycle, something that you started long ago? Mink will
this returning with understanding and compassion. Perhaps you are ready
move? Mink will also guide in this direction and will last
weeks. Allow Mink's wisdom to show you the power of adaptability and
Teaches expression of nature and sensitivity one surroundings,
awareness of what is happening around you, aids in self-introspection.
how to find hidden parts of your spiritual being, teaches to listen and
carefully while using intuition. Mole teaches lessons of grounding and
toward a goal. Are you truly listening to others and circumstances?
beyond the obvious, trust your intuition on this. Are you eating right?
Monkey teaches the balance of dark and light, he brings
side of oneself, aids in seeing both sides of all communication
you showing your creativity at this time? Is it time to examine an
wisdom you just encountered? Monkey ignites the inspiration and
from the deep recesses of the self and mind and teaches how to move
within/without, above and below.
of life and death, sacred energy is opened, camouflage
ideas/thoughts/actions until the appropriate time, life is awakening
will acknowledge the truths that are needed by your spirit. Aids in
emotions for awareness, teaches strength, wisdom and patience. Moose
the ability to move swiftly but silently with wisdom. Are you being
yourself? Do you need to more graceful and humble or speak up more?
show you balance along with how strength can be found in gentleness and
deal with situations.
powerful moose cousin is a symbol of courage and
Those who know the moose spirit proudly walk with grace and have
knowledge. The power of their presence is awesome and
calves are born with their eyes open. Those who
follow the moose medicine see life situations with clarity and can see
moose's huge antlers protect it during battle and
represent the tree of knowledge. This teaches us to shield
life's many adversaries with truth and spiritual understanding.
adult male can stand over 7 feet tall and weigh 1,200
pounds. Its size and lumbering appearance is deceiving
because the moose
is agile and fast. Moose spirit guides bring these
to the individual who seek their wisdom.
its great size, moose can camouflage itself very
well and can move silently and quickly through its
teaches us ways to become invisible when necessary and not allow our
presence to become overbearing to others.
bellow of the male moose can be heard for many
miles. This trait shows us that our great presence can be
known to all
appearance of the moose is both awkward and graceful at
the same time. These traits are translated in human terms
instruction in ways to be gracious and relaxed in our dealings with
have a keen sense of smell and hearing.
The spirit guide of the moose will often bring messages of future
sheer power and strength of the moose is
tremendous. Those who walk with the moose know the value of
and quickly discover their walk in life.
Dream Analysis: This animals spirit guide shows there are imbalances in
life and they need to be corrected.
Attention to details and examining closely, fastidious, may
locked into details or may need to see them more closely now, need to
where your attention is. Are you too quiet or too loud? Mouse can teach
of stealth and invisibility for sometimes great strength lies within
Time to be aware of new discoveries and possibilities. Listen to your
introspection and intuition.
Analysis: The message from mouse is that you are
missing an important detail. Pay more attention to what is going on
Analysis: Fit in by altering your physical appearance or mannerisms.
Opossum teaches the lesson of using and enhancing appearances
and illusions. He also aids in resting when needed (playing dead), and
to act or behave in strategic manner as appearing to be fearful or
spite of true feelings. Opossum gives courage to pretend for a while in
to cope with mental and spiritual constructs. He teaches wisdom and
and knows when to fight if needed. Is it time to fight for things or to
Being the consummate fisherman, the Osprey teaches us to be risk takers; to plunge into our projects with faith instead of fear. Like all hawks, to go for what we desire and get it. To take that leap out of the proverbial box and grab our opportunities before they have a chance to slip away. He shows us how to utilize the water and wind elements in order to take what we need from life and our experiences and be satisfied with it instead of constantly craving more.
Osprey is a great totem for relationships because he teaches us that everyone deserves respect, even those who have wronged us or who don’t seem to deserve it. He teaches the respect of each others’ boundaries despite what we may think or feel. Osprey energy guides us when we clash with other personalities and need to get along. In this way, Osprey promotes more harmonic relationships.
As a beacon spirit, Osprey can help us to find our way back to ourselves, spiritually and physically. He helps us to hone our senses so that we will be nourished. To seize our opportunities before they slip away from us.
If you know Osprey people, they can teach you to go for what you want with the full faith and no fear and by doing so, teach you self-confidence and provide you with the personal power to achieve whatever you can dream.
are thirteen species of otters divided into two living
and sea. Otters grow to be around four feet long and males
sixty-five pound and the female over forty-five pounds. Their hearing
excellent and they can see very well under water. Otters have
flipper-like hind feet for propulsion and their whiskers can sense
the water. The retracting claws on the front paws are cat-like
have an excellent sense of touch. The otter has a long
small ears and a broad muzzle. Their extremely thick fur that
insulated in frigid waters. They are the one of the very few
to use tools.
otters are very territorial they tend to live
alone. This medicine teaches independence and self-reliance
are very playful and are frequently seen They are
often seen floating on their backs with their paws extended out of the
soaking up sunrays, sliding on their bellies playfully,
acrobatics or chattering to their neighbors. Their relaxed
attitude about life reminds those to whom the otter spirit splashes to
and enjoy life to its fullest.
are curious about everything in their domain. They
will touch or sniff every object within sight. No stone,
or other object will escape the otter's appetite to know, "who or what
you?". This special medicine reminds us to always look at
situations, events and people from different angles; to always be open
are agile and fast in the water. Water is the
element of emotional energy in man. Otter spirit teaches us
how to swim
through problems and emotional upheavals of life with
are very good parents and nurture their offspring
longer than most marine mammals. The relish the company of
neighbors Otter medicine emphasizes nurturing energies within us and
creative and interactive, comforting associations with other beings.
otter likes to talk and they are often heard chatting
away to anyone or anything within earshot. When frightened
take on an eerie piercing sound similar to a baby screaming. They have
natural enemies and are not afraid of humans. If the otter
your life the message may be to rid yourself of fret, worry and
Enjoy the blessings Creator has provided and follow the otters lead.
are about 135 species of owl across the world and 18 are
found in North
America. The owl is a silent flyer, extraordinary
vision and the
best hearing of any bird in the world. Grandmother Owls can rotate
three- quarters of the way around rather quickly giving the illusion of
complete turn. All owls are predatory and some owls hunt
during the day
but most hunt at night. Some species, like the Screech Owl
and the Great
Horned Owl, live in one place year round; others, like the Saw-whet Owl
Short-Eared Owl and the Burrowing Owl will travel long
distances. It is
illegal to capture or kill an owl in the United States.
superstition, owls pose no threat to humans, physically or
secretive habits of the owl, its quiet flight and
various calls from whistles, screeches and hoots, have made
of fear and superstition. The Creator made no evil
Individuals to whom the owl speaks are very fortunate because messages
owl are deep, far reaching and complex.
varied and remarkable abilities of Grandmother Owl to
fly silently and to quietly move from place to place offer lessons of
and poise to our everyday lives.
wise appearance from their large eyes, stout bodies
teaches those people who hear the call of the owl to find deeper
relationships and events.
vision and hearing of Grandmother Owl is very
powerful. Those with this medicine are can be gifted with the
see into the human psychic and become clairvoyant listeners.
visits those who are teachers, therapists and counselors.
most owls are active between dusk and dawn, they are
sometimes called 'Night Eagles, or messengers from the dark
Grandmother Owl comes and sits nearby, it may indicate a need to peer
darkness and face our fears. Or, a great mystery that is
be revealed by looking deeper in to its
Owl is often thought to come to those who need
to let go of some part of their life that is no longer
a guide, the owl teaches us to see and hear past shadows,
beyond fear and darkness, though to the other side that promises light,
happiness and knowledge.
Analysis: Create a sacred space for yourself.
Symbol for ferocity, valor, time to put to use psychic, mental,
spiritual muscles. Strong hearing of other realms, may become sensitive
touch, past suffering will return to transform and so you can confront
teaches understanding of transformation and agility in reclaiming one's
and prowess. Are you listening carefully of the world within and around
Panther teaches the nuance of hearing your heart and intuitions.
puma is also known as jaguar, panther, cougar, mountain
lion, cheetah, leopard and more names than just about any other
mammal. Male pumas are solitary cats and their
domain vary in size
between 30 to 125 miles, but ranges do overlap the ranges of the
female. Pumas 'communicate' with each other by leaving feces,
scratches on logs or in the dirt or snow. Only females make a
males tend to roam. Pumas are powerfully built and have sharp
large paws. Even though they can run very fast and have a flexible
help them maneuver around obstacles and change direction quickly, pumas
mostly ambush hunters. Pumas have been known to down large
moose. American Indians successfully lived beside the puma
appreciated their power and grace.
the puma is smaller, some species are fiercer than
lions and tigers. They are expert climbers and swimmers.
holds the teachings of quick decisive action.
are graceful and fast runners, but not for long
distances. If puma arrives at your doorstep it may be a reminder to
pace your movements according to the goal to be achieved and not run
puma have over 410 voluntary muscles that can be used
when the needed. This characteristic symbolizes the ability
to move into
have built-in sensors that enhance its ability to see
and feel its prey. The whiskers and hair on its face can
vibrations at long distances and its sense of smell is
phenomenal. If you
sense puma in your dreams it may mean there is a need to be more
people and situations around you. Becoming more perceptive of
surroundings is sometimes needed to achieve a heightened sense of
Puma spirit represents power, grace and stealth in
darkness, but its real power lies in the silence of its eerie,
that seems to bore deep into one's soul. This teaching can
help us to
discover the benefits of concentration, deep contemplation and
we peer into the darkness of the unknown to feel its power, we can be
our puma friend to the light on the other side.
puma is extremely quiet during the hunt. It knows
when to be invisible and when to make its awesome presence
is its sword and power. Silence is highly respected among
Indians and is seen as a holy state of consciousness as we quietly
grace and glory of the Creator. It is said that silence
speaks words of
the Great Mystery. When the student is ready, the puma
teacher may bring
knowledge of this powerful medicine.
Analysis: Peacock's message is stand out. Be noticed.
Analysis: The darkness is now passing.
teaches spiritual strength, protection and the mysteries of
getting organized and solidifying changes. Shows self-reliance,
and fearlessness in trials and tribulations. Are you too scattered in
and actions? Do you need to stand up for your beliefs and opinions? Are
using your intuition throughout the day? Pig can teach power and
respect in the
balance of complacency and activity. Pig is resourceful and will teach
lessons to uncover what is needed. Pig medicine can show the power of
transformation and quick change of direction may be needed in different
of your life.
Polar Bear deals with death, birth and transformation
of a mystical
teaches strength in adversity and endurance in situations, ability for
sustenance and endurance through introspection and solitude, can show
tap into emotions with clarity. Polar Bear teaches how to be aggressive
forthright to achieve your dreams and empower your thoughts and ideals.
demonstrates the power of observation and movement with perfect timing.
conserving your strength and energy and/or putting it to good use?
Spirit teaches this balance for survival as you are guided to walk in
truth at this time. He will teach how to walk on the "ice" of life
with grace and a lightness.
Analysis: Polar Bear is saying speak your truth. Do
not be afraid to speak your mind.
natured, reminder of innocence, sense of wonder,
trusting in Spirit,
cautious, boldness in actions and words, have recreation time for
Aids in showing where boundaries are and how to protect them . A re you
aggravating someone or they irritating you? Barbs of resistance.
teaches strength and kindness and faith and trust and ushers in
Prairie Dog demonstrates a sense of community and
family, a caretaker
everyone in cooperative environment. He shows how to create meaningful
and make those long-lost connections to loved ones. Is there someone
to contact? Prairie Dog teaches about diet and the importance of the
vegetables and regular quantities for health inducing activities. He
in examining one's own social ability: enough or too much?. Prairie
Dogs aid in
expressing feelings, communication, and meaningful expressions. He
aware of current responsibilities; those that you may be neglecting and
that need less attention. It is time to look deeply into aspects in of
life and discover what truly matters.
Movement in life, fertility, sensitive, artistic, plan for possibilities,
what is in motion now, move carefully in work or play, allows for
advantage of brief chances available. Is it time to observe and watch
to make leaps? Rabbit can teach you how to plan and helps in setting
motion. How are you eating habits? Perhaps you need to increase your
intake? Rabbit is a joy so enjoy the movement at this time.
rabbit never goes far from its burrow as it timidly
searches for vegetable foods to supply its growing family.
There are over
twenty four species of rabbits in America and many more around the
Rabbits serve as a perfect example of nature's balance as nearly all
animals eat rabbits, but because they multiply so fast, their numbers
fairly constant. Quick reflexes and keen
observation skills are its
two most important traits.
Sister Rabbit teaches us through its timidity, to be
gentle with ourselves and others at all times.
rabbit is a fearful animal and expends much of its
energy nervously twitching its large ears from side to side listening
potential threats, quickly hopping from place to place and then
running away at lightning speed. The rabbit spirit begs us to
movements so we may learn to move in concert and harmony with our
and the Creator.
Sister Rabbit has excellent observation skills and
sensitive reflexes to help it survive in a world surrounded by
They are fast, agile and instinctive. They disappear in an
These traits of rabbit will help us to learn skills related to natural
unprompted movement so can always know which direction to go in an
instant. As humans we too are in constant danger and need to
be alert and
ready to move quickly. Or conversely, we may need to take
some passing opportunity before it is gone.
is a dominant feature of the rabbit and this reminds us
to examine our own fears to determine if they are hindering our
either spiritually or physically. Are your fears preventing
you from accepting
a new challenge? If so, Little Sister Rabbit may make herself
lives are short and they take advantage of every
waking moment to fulfill their destiny.
times rabbits are most often seen is during early dawn
hours or at evening dusk. These are times when the
invisible and the invisible becomes visible. In this teaching
reminded that things are not always as they appear and to study
movement in relation to time to discern reality from
Dexterity, cleanliness, disguise, explorers, curious, secrecy
transformations take place, balances curiosity with caution, be
self-defensive when need to be, lends a sense of socializing and the
see the nature of illusions and masks. Raccoon will show how to
yourself and bring to awareness how you act differently with the
you encounter each day.
are social animals that are highly adaptable and expert
drive for success maybe too hard or not hard enough, if restless with
helps to become more adaptable to them and the situations. Rat medicine
teach how to be resourceful in the midst of environmental and emotional
changes. He will give strength and trust in the process of current
lend security in overcoming worldly ideals. Have you accumulated too
mental and emotional baggage? Rat will aid in examining what is not
longer and allow truth to come forth in the midst of worldly illusions.
time to let go of thoughts, ideals, perceptions or people and places?
medicine will instill self-assurance and transform fear into abundance.
is much wisdom in how Rat moves, watch and listen.
Seeking new beginnings, power, strength, agility, great mental
curious and imaginative, energy to act upon the mental faculties, trust
to land safely as new endeavors are made, balance as you climb. It's
become more sensitive to others, increase intellectual and mental
teaches to act quickly when opportunities arise and they may be
hesitate. Be like Ram.
are the largest songbird in North America. Raven
referred to by
some indigenous tribes as the 'secret keepers' and are the subject of
stories. Their ebony black color is sometimes associated with
darkness. Ravens are very intelligent and are able mimic the
birds and can squawk out some human words. Ravens are found
different regions and climates.
raven spirit guide is not chosen by those who seek its
wisdom. The raven only comes to those to whom it may speak in
share its secrets with the knowledge its mysteries will be well guarded
who already possesses wisdom.
raven is known as the 'Secret Keeper by some native
tribes because of their way of silently perching near people and
conversations then flying away in a flutter shrieking an eerie sound or
mimicking a human word. Because of their inky black
color they are
linked to a place where fear and secrets are
sun shines on the ravens shiny body it sometimes
reflects many colors is therefore sometimes said it has the ability to
transform itself, especially when it makes the call of another
If the raven is seen in dreams or visions it may mean significant
about to take place.
are intelligent and can be seen in the wild
'instructing' other birds and animals. From the raven we may
to become better teachers and understand the languages of many.
of common European belief, the raven is not an
omen of death and should never be feared as its messages are those that
benefit the listener. The Creator did not make any evil
of ravens ability to make a variety of sounds and
high pitched vibrations are known to alter consciousness, the raven is
sometimes credited with the ability to transform, move into other
to shape shift. We may expect frequent changes if the raven
is perched on
Reindeer teaches endurance, strength, fortitude
and perseverance in
distance. He will teach the power of adaptability in adversity, caution
surroundings and tenacity to get things accomplished. Reindeer will
show how to
take on the roles of duality, the male and female qualities that you
Is it time to take a more dominating role in life and work or perhaps a
subtler stance in situations? Reindeer/Caribou will also aid in
transitions, communication and social abilities and skills. Caribou
how to keep moving onward and flowing with the group. Reindeer/Caribou
movement and finding your inner peace and your place as you walk
Wisdom, past life connections, ancient connections,
brings energy in
own solitude, spiritual idealism, high sensitivity to feelings and
spans an assimilation of 17-18 months will arise new opportunities on
levels. He helps show you the wisdom of life and the innate wisdom to
at present time. Rhino's are very thick skinned creatures which can
to be tough to against comments, rejections and overall pain. Rhino
the balance of being open to life but keeping protected as well. He
personal power and heightening intuition in which will aid in
instincts for discrimination and discernment. Do you prefer to work
Maybe it's time to work with others? Or vice versa? How are you
others? Are you trusting you instincts at this time? Rhino will show
key areas to work on for his wisdom is great.
Analysis: Seagull is telling you that it is time for healing.
Analysis: Trust yourself to be able to discern the truth.
can show how to maintain balance and have confidence
in situations and
abilities, teaches how to move in the physical with agility, camouflage
blending with surroundings, teaches a sense of togetherness and
with showing how to make life easy and promote serenity. Sheep instills
of protection and alertness with peace of mind and heart. Are you
moving in the
direction you should be going? Are going with or against what you know
true? Are you protecting yourself enough and/or remaining centered in
Sheep wisdom can help in understanding your place and perceptions
scheme of things.
Respectful, playful, sensual, respect and demands respect,
steady with efforts, fragrances can elicit responses with those who
with skunk medicine (aroma therapy), an ability to attract people will
develop, teaches will power, enhances self-confidence and self-respect,
awareness of when to move and adapt along with understanding the flow
energy, teaches to pay attention to senses and intuitions. People will
naturally notice you. Skunk awakens, activates and amplifies your
energy. Helps open up wisdom to the mystical. Are you asserting the
mentioned above? Skunk teaches fearless with peacefulness and a balance
ebb and flow and life. What you do emanates outward.
are a member of the weasel family and in North
America, there are four types of skunks. About the size of a
skunks are active at night but are also seen during the day.
habitat is in clearings, pastures, prairies and at the forest edge
dig burrows or live in any convenient covered area. Skunks
prefer to eat
meat and insects but also dine on vegetation and any food with a strong
odor. Of course, it's most famous characteristic is its
system, skunk ink.
all recorded time, skunks have been respected and
feared. When threatened, the skunk raises its bushy tail,
feet, stiffens its legs and the hair on body raises up and it hisses
angry cat. It these tactics do not work to frighten the
skunk simply turns its rump and sprays up to 10 - 14 feet with
disgusting musk liquid irritates the eyes, temporarily blocks vision
other senses of its victim such as smell and touch. What the
teaches with this display of power is unknown to this writer as we have
ventured close enough to find out. Regardless, we can surmise
'medicine' teaches us to take heed when a warning presents
our instincts tell us there is danger or trouble facing us, we should
our brain to get in the way, but instead follow our senses and take
steps to move in another direction. If we respect the
instinctual part of
our being we can avoid problems before they develop. If our
friend appears, take heed - a smelly situation or danger is not far
are solitary creatures (no doubt), slow moving and
walk with an air confidence and pride. If you get a whiff of
in your dreams, it could be signal to emulate his message to improve
self-esteem and honor yourself as a sacred being.
are quiet creatures, not totally unsociable, but
reserved and unobtrusive. Should our odorous little
you as spirit, it may be to remind you that being egotistical,
boisterous or overbearing creates problems. Follow the way of
guide (about 20 feet away) and learn to be humble and gentle with
is said the white stripe from the head to tail of the
skunk is a sign of creativity and good medicine.
are 2,267 species of snakes living in the world
essentially the same organs as humans, but they do not have eyelids or
ears. Usually, females are larger than males and most can
travel three to
five miles per hour. Some snakes are born fully formed, while
hatch from eggs and snakes in captivity have lived over thirty
Snakes are fascinating creatures that deserve respect.
the snake has had many legends associated with it linking them to
fertility and transformation.
snake has many symbolic meanings among various cultures across
the world. In the Middle East, snake is seen as Mother Earth
immortality. To Christians, the snake is portrayed as evil, lust and
temptation. In Asia, the snake is the life force
American Indians the snake is a friend who shares its secrets of the
element. Altogether, the tremendous symbolism placed on the
snake makes it
a powerful and worthy spirit guide.
snake regularly sheds its outer skin as it grows and a new
layer of skin develops. Crawling out of its skin is an
of snake medicine because it symbolizes ways we must move away from old
useless habits and thought patterns as we grow spiritually.
death and rebirth.
snake does not have ears or eardrums but instead has small
bones in its head that conduct low frequency vibrations that travel
earth. Among all creatures of earth, the snake is best
equipped to hear
the heartbeat, or magnetic resonance of Mother Earth and is therefore
continually communicate with and be in perfect harmony or balance with
a symbol of renewal and transmutation, land snakes do not
require food to generate body heat and they lay motionless and
against the earth absorbing the heat of the sun and the
earth. To those
lives to whom the snake slithers into, be aware of its subtle and
messages. Before this may be possible, it is necessary to
in your path and ground yourself to Mother Earth and all of its
before the snake begins to shed its skin, its eyes turn
pale blue or opaque giving it a trance-like appearance as if the snake
looking right through you. Snake spirit guides teach ways to
the hearts of others and find ways to help them along their spiritual
Dream Analysis: When rattlesnake appears it is a
sign that the trials you are enduring are preparing you for your work
spider is a wise old teacher and weaver of many stories. Her
tapestry of life offers many paths to the center of oneself and
Her medicine speaks of connections and unity of spirit.
are light, delicate and not hostile to humans unless
threatened. To those who require this special of the spider,
us to maintain a gentle and kind nature.
poisonous spider signifies death and rebirth. As the
poison of age and life's perils threaten our life, we use the venom to
future attacks or die.
spider's web connects itself by silky threads to physical
objects creating a net creating its home and place for harvesting
The web reminds us of our connectedness to all things on earth - that
related to everything in creation. The spokes of the web
remind us to
build links between ourselves and the Creator and all things.
the spider appears, it is a sign to connect with the
ways of spirit in the ways designed by the Creator.
eight legs of the spider are unique from other insects
who have only six legs. And unlike other insects, their
divided into two parts instead of three. Two
represents unity and a
union of polarities.
American Indian tradition, the first dream catcher was
made by Grandmother Spider to catch the bad dreams of
legend reveals our belief that negative elements of one’s life may be
out if we remember to keep the links between the Creator and ourselves
and to always remember that all things in creation are one.
Analysis: Spider symbolizes help with communication.
He is especially known for helping people with their writing. The
message is to
express yourself through your writing. Be sure to call on spider for
Activity, gathering and preparedness, awareness, sociable,
should do rather than watch, be active in life, are you planning for
future: time, money, energy? Gathering and not giving? It's time to
emotional and mental clutter. Teaches to balance your energy, activate
resources, see from another perspective, balance and power of giving
aids in discerning when to rest and being active. Are you making time
Active enough? Using your voice properly? Are you trying to do too many
at once? Squirrel teaches the balance of activity and play and
Squirrel gathers and prepares for long winter nights.
As a friendly, quick and industrious worker, he knows the ways to
survive. On a spiritual plain, Mr. Squirrel brings us many
lessons to help us gather the blessings of life for our journey into
Squirrel is fast at everything he does and remains in
constant motion during three seasons of the year.
For those who
hear or see squirrel in dreams, the message may be to 'get busy' with
and stop waiting for good things to happen. The squirrel is a
that good things come from our honest labor.
do not always remember where they store the hard
earned food and forget the best routes to travel to retrieve their
during winter. If you see squirrel, it may be time to slow
concentrate on the task at hand.
are playful, friendly and chatty. As a
sociable animal, the squirrel continually chatters sometimes to the
of his neighbors. If you hear squirrel, it may be a lesson to
silence or to speak slowly and distinctly.
are skittish and at the same time trusting.
They will often eat from your hand and come very close to bring a
This wonderful quality of the squirrel teaches us to trust one another
personal relationships and trust the Creator in all things.
trust where none exited builds on this special medicine.
squirrel teaches us to gather our energies for the
important tasks in life and honor the future by preparing for change.
Power, devotion, tactful, skillful, expect new adventures, examine
happening to you in life. Are you expressing your passion
appropriately? A new
sense of new direction is opening up so expect new adventures on your
with Tiger. You are awakening to a new passion and power within,
self-confidence, discernment along with increased healing abilities.
teach the gentle art of going with the flow with patience and
Analysis: Tiger power animal is telling you that you
are being called to provide leadership.
lived almost ten million years ago and are native to North
Between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers cover the body of an adult
Related to pheasants, gobbling of turkeys can be heard a mile
turkeys have excellent vision during the day but don't see as well at
Turkeys can run at speeds up to 25 mph, and can fly up to 55
turkeys like open areas for feeding, mating and habitat. They use
areas as cover from predators and for roosting in trees at night. A
habitat of both open and covered area is essential for wild turkey
wild turkey is a clean bird in many respects and considers
its appearance important. A turkey's colorful metallic
glittering feathers provide a variety of survival functions - they keep
warm and dry, allow him to fly, feel and show off for the opposite sex.
feathers were used American Indians to stabilize arrows and adorn
dress, and the spurs on the legs of wild tom turkeys were used as
on arrowheads. If the spirit of the turkey struts into your
life it may
be to remind you that hygiene and appearances are important to
self-respect and respect for others.
have very good hearing and can see in color and tiny
movement almost a hundred yards away. The message of the
could be to closely examine our actions and how they relate to our
and sometimes hens have black, hair-like feathers
called beards on their chest. Turkeys’ heads change colors
become excited as both defense and warning to other turkeys.
spirit turkey shows you these characteristics, it is time to sit up and
notice of your own actions that may hinder your spiritual
growth. You may
also need to look at people, situations or events around you.
turkeys eat whatever is available in the immediate
terrain including nuts, berries, green foliage, insects, and
This habit has been seen in vision given by a spirit turkey and was
to mean to make good use of the talents and resources, to waste nothing
give thanks daily for the bounty and blessings given by the
fly powerfully for short distances but have
difficulty in sustaining great speed over a long distance. If you see
flying into your life in this way, its message may be to start
spiritual energy in a more balanced or efficient way. Quick
enthusiasm or energy can lead to undesirable
wild turkey is a resilient bird and survivor.
After heavy, uncontrolled hunting by European settlers and
hunters, the turkey almost vanished to near extinction by the early
1900's. But, through conservation turkey populations have
are growing. Wild turkeys almost vanished from
largely due to greed and disrespect. To American Indians the
symbolizes renewal and rebirth that must take place for all nature in
humans to survive. The turkey also symbolizes the spirit of
must be respected by all people.
can help but admire turtle and tortoises. Their ancient
character and physical characteristics make them among nature's most
interesting creatures. The turtle is a creature of both water
land. Because of its great age and its slow metabolism the
associated with longevity. The oldest known tortoise died in
Madagascar at the age of 188. The largest living species is
tortoise weighing in some cases, over 570 pounds. Stupendemys
geographicus was a prehistoric turtle that was 10 feet long and
weighed 4,000 to 5,000 pounds. Turtle medicine can teach new
about time and our relationship to it. It can also help us grow old
and in harmony with our environment. When the pace of life becomes too
the turtle shows us how to slow down and go with the flow.
turtle has its own built-in house on their back.
The upper shell is composed of about 50 bones, including modified ribs,
vertebrae and bony skin plates. The shell is very much alive and not
tissue. If turtle has crawled into your subconscious, it may
message to remain mobile and flexible in your spiritual walk and not to
more possessions that you need. The burden of possessions can
rings (scutes or scales) on a turtle/ tortoise shell
cannot be used to determine its age with any degree of
accuracy. In most
cases, the rings are determined largely by environmental
size, color and other physical adaptations of the turtle are also
determined by its environment. The turtle teaches us to
accept the world
we live in and to adapt to changes when needed.
Turtle has amazing survival skills and
strategies. They sense vibrations in the water through their skin and
shell. If turtle comes with a message for you, it may be
mean that you should listen closely to your physical and spiritual
vibrations and move slowly and cautiously to
turtles come ashore to lay eggs and bury them in the
ground. After the eggs hatch, the baby turtles crawl to the
characteristic is a significant sign in pointing out
for the purpose of reproduction, between the elements of water and
Turtle may be telling us to combine the deep emotional and spiritual
of the water element with the strong and solid grounding qualities of
Earth in our search for balance.
the turtle negotiates uneven terrain and its weight
causes it to flip over on to its rounded shell, it uses its strong neck
right itself. This ability when communicated by messages from
may be a sign to use the tools at your disposal to use your
and knowledge to correct the problem when your life becomes upside
old turtle slowly crawls in to your dreams and visions,
it is time to get connected to your most ancient heart and delve deeply
the shell you have constructed around yourself. Peer deeply
shell. The turtle cannot be separated from its shell and we
separate ourselves from who we are. We can develop ways to
emerge from our
shell to interact and take sustenance from the world around us, and at
time, allow that emergence to be a blessing to all around you and your
spiritual walk on earth.
slow moving plod of the turtle does sooner or later get
them to where they are going. The turtle is famous for
done in its own slow-moving way and winning the race. Could
this be a
sign for you to slow down and enjoy the blessings gifted by the
Analysis: Tortoise's message is to get grounded.
Analysis: Unicorn's symbolize artistic expression. Let the artist in
Teaches expression of nature and sensitivity one surroundings,
awareness of what is happening around you, teaches to listen and feel
while using intuition. Voles can teach you lessons of destruction and
What needs to change in your life? Vole will show you how to make those
changes. Are sinking your teeth into your endeavors? Vole teaches how
ideas and thoughts to make them productive by using creativity and
Analysis: Remain vigilant about current situation. Walrus is telling
you not to
waver. Your feelings are valid.
and stealthy, shows dietary strengths/weaknesses, ability
to get out of
spots and situations, loners, can sniff out what is hidden and show how
determine things that are hidden, attacks verbally, observation skills
sense of discernment. Are you listening carefully? Time to dig deeper?
teaches intelligence and the power of observation along with discretion
avoid trouble. Time to trust you instincts and pursue you goals.
are very quick ground dwelling meat eaters.
They are solitary night hunters, often killing more than they
Rodents and chickens are its favorite diet. Weasels are also known as
cold regions and are related to ferrets, mink and polecats.
The weasel is
agile, hard-muscled and has a cunning, yet sometimes playful mind. They
stealthy, fierce and relentless hunters.
who know weasel medicine have exceptional opportunity
to learn powers of close observation. Searching out the
meaning and cause
of events, situations or problems is a positive trait of the
Seeing beneath the surface of things enables the weasel spirit to
deeper meanings. However, sometimes this trait can have a
because seeing too deeply can be burden.
teaches us to trust our instincts to achieve higher
awareness and quietly seek resolutions to problems.
long, thin and lustrous body of the weasel allows it to
move easily in small, narrow places. Part of the medicine of
spirit is to help you find ways to negotiate through difficult, tight
solitary hunters, the weasel relies on cunning, graceful
and silent movements to move close to its prey.
This medicine is a
gift of patience, knowledge and peace.
often overestimates his abilities during the hunt and
becomes vulnerable to counterattack and defeat.
Walking with the
weasel spirit teaches the power of discernment and modesty.
is a fierce, relentless and sometimes reckless
warrior who is often saved by its great agility and
a fearless warrior, a weasel grabs the throat of its
victim and quickly severs its arteries with sharp teeth and strong jaws
teaching those who seek the weasel to be less aggressive in
show mercy in word and deed.
is said the weasel is a loner who has no code of honor as
they often kill more than they can eat and sometimes steal the food of
others. This medicine teaches us not to be wasteful and
others feelings and to respect the rights and property of our
Analysis: Something may not be what it appears.
Observe your surroundings. Pay attention to what is going on inside and
Royalty, spirit, strength, friendly, family, sociable, intelligent,
in nature (applies to all of life), balances flexibility to establish
and order in life, new paths and journeys, freedom to move within the
insights and attachments. Teaches able to be steadfast, familial
Epitome of the wild spirit. Wolf guides the use of resources and the
adaptability along with teaching and instruction. Wolf helps to tap
strength and intuition. Sometimes transformation accompanies Wolf's
Are you using your resources wisely for the greater good? Are you
family and those around you? Are you listening to your instincts to
confrontations? Wolf will add in balancing harmony and wisdom to take
of your life.
wolf has been much misunderstood and maligned in history
and is not the vicious intruder of western fairy tales. The
wolf is a
shy, yet very sociable creature with strong rules of
behavior. Fear of
the wolf is perhaps born when its eerie howl raises the hackles on our
in our souls. Maybe we do not fear the wolf at all,
but only the
wild nature within ourselves. To American Indians, the wolf
is said to be
"teacher" medicine. We study wolfs ways of hunting and their social
structure. The wolf is associated with the Dog Star, Sirus
cultures belief humans came from this distant star. Wolf
threatened in the lower 48 states, but abundant in Alaska and
Wolf has much to teach us, if only we will listen.
live in a communal structure like humans. The Alpha
male and female lead a strict social order. Next in
the order are
Beta wolves who do not breed and serve as nursemaids for pups of the
pack. The Omega wolf is at the bottom rung and is the
situations when the pack is being attacked. Often the Omega
forced not to eat when food is scarce. If wolf has entered
the forest of
your mind, it may be to teach you that all things in nature have order
chaos and to accept your duties in life, whether they be leadership
otherwise, with humility and strength.
wolf spirit teaches us to have balance between your
personal needs and those of the family and community. Wolves
absolutely committed and loyal to the pack and find their place within
group. If wolf exhibits these traits, it may mean that you
your function within the community and loyalty. It may also
be a sign to
bring better balance to the varied interests of self, family and
hunting techniques of wolves served as an example for
many tribes who copied them. Members of the pack form 'tag
take turns chasing prey to exhaust the prey before themselves. Packs
to have run over thirty miles a day in pursuit. Cooperation
a common goal is the message conveyed here.
have developed many ways to communicate by body
language and vocally. Facial expressions, tail and ear
posture, teeth bearing, eye squinting and scratching are part of their
vocabulary. Vocally, a wide variety of growls, yelps, whines
make up a sophisticated system of communication. Wolf
language helps the
pack to identify and locate its members, establish territorial
instruction, request assistance, sound warnings, teach the young, and
to bring cohesion and unity to the pack. If a wolf or wolves
your physic, you are fortunate to have an animal spirit to knows the
of communication and one that will find many ways to make their
to you. This ability to communicate may be a sign to hone
speaking skills to effectively relate your feelings and ideas in a good
to pray, sing and dance in praise of the blessings of the Creator.
a lone wolf is seen the wild it symbolizes
freedom. When seen in a pack it represents community. If wolf
you alone or in a pack it is asking you to acquire the same within your
and piercing howl of the wolf sometimes is
marking their territory boundaries. If you hear a wolf howl
it might be
telling you to stand your ground and defend your boundaries.
have great stamina and strength. They do not fight
needlessly and often avoid fighting whenever possible. Wolf
know who you are and to develop strength and confidence.
is associated with the lunar influences and energies
that rule psychic perception. They teach us to respect our
face the darkness within.
wolf is ritualistic. It knows the importance of
regular lunar howling ceremonies and daily social rituals designed to
communicate needs and express feelings. The message of your
may be to honor the forces of spirituality and connect with the life
Analysis: Wolf's message is to ask yourself if you are
being a loyal friend, are your friends' being loyal to you, or are you
loyal to yourself? Wolf can also be asking you if you have made a plan
achieve your goals?
Indians say the wolverine as a trickster, probably
because of its quick cunning ways. The Wolverine is also
considered as a
messenger between the real world and the spirit world. As a
the smart and wily wolverine moves between the underworld and the upper
babies are born blind and can often weigh less
than a pound. All their senses develop quickly, so their keen
detect food and enemies as tiny ones. Even though they are
wolverines have a highly developed sense of feel. Their
intuitive senses increase rapidly.
your totem spirit guide is the wolverine, it can teach
you to respond to challenges of life with great focus. Part
wolverines ferocious way is its tenacity and persistence.
wolverine grabs on to something, it digs in with its sharp, long claws
sinks it teeth in and seldom lets go. This tenacity will help
to a deeper understanding of you personal spirit.
medicine of the wolverine is powerful, sometimes too
powerful for the situation. It can teach you to regulate your
maintain an even hand, not too hard and not too soft.
to utilize your power in a balanced way is one of the
of the wolverine’s cunning, focus and tenacity, it
arranges its energies in a straight, balanced line. This
them to know the exact moment they should act and when they should
retreat. Knowing how and when to respond to any given life
what makes the wolverine such a worthy and capable guide.
wolverine is a loner most of the year. It can
travel thirty to forty miles a day in search of
prey. The endurance
and strength of the wolverine teaches us to have a stick-to-it attitude
and go the last mile to get what we seek.
coloring of wolverines allows them to be unseen in the
shadows and out in the open as well. They can wrench and
bodies into various shapes that allow them to wriggle into small
cervices. This characteristic is reminiscent of the old
way of shape shifting and therefore serves as a guide to the medicine
fur of the wolverine is extremely durable and it resists
the buildup of ice and snow. This favorable characteristic
can teach us
to weather any storm that comes our way.
are slower than most of their prey, but their
cunning and willingness to be a scavenger suits them and keeps their
full. They are known to be nature's best survivor by all who know them
wolverines can make-do with whatever nature
primary trait of the wolverine teaches us focus,
clarity, endurance, emotional and physical balance, and spiritual
wolverine is a master of its domain and its skills and
behavior is a great teacher.
Analysis: You need to be and act tougher at this time.
Analysis: Zebra is asking you to let go of any fear that you are
holding on to.
Know that you are safe at all times.
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