Working with your animal spirits or totems doesn't need to be tough! You probably are already, in some sort of capacity, connecting with your animal energies. These animal spirits aid us on our path of self discovery and teach us about life and the world as we perceive it! The life of a cheetah will not be the same as the life of a bumblebee!! But both are equally as important.
Animal spirits can often be revealed in our dreams, and also by meditation. At this time it is important to pay attention to any information the animal passes on. Also keeping in mind the scenario being presented as well and if or how it pertains to life situations. Animals are instinctive. So they will react to their situations very differently than humans!
You may want to start keeping a journal or devote a section in a notebook or your Book of Shadows (BOS) on your animal guides. You guides, for the most part, are with you for life and RARELY change. There are secondary guides that may come and go, but you have 9 primary animal totems that are a part of you from the beginning!
Things you will want to keep track of:
○ What sort of animal was it? Did it fly or swim? Does it have fur or scales? ○ Did the animal act naturally or directly with you? Did the animal interact with other animals or humans? Were the same types of animals interacting? ○ Were you in the animals natural environment or another?
You may also want to take a look at a few other ways animals impact you:
○ Favorite childhood and current pets. Animals you seem to naturally connect with. ○ Animals you do not like, negative associations you have with them. (ex. snakes are "slimy") ○ Any animals you seem to notice on a regular basis; what do you feel they are trying to tell you, do they appear at certain times?
The 9 animal totems
The Eastern Guide: This Animal guides you to your highest Spiritual challenges. Assists in your learning, ascension and illumination.
The Western Guide: This Animal guides you to your inner being, your emotional self. Aids in opening 3rd eye and shows true path to goals.
The Southern Guide: This Animal guides you with your trust and humility. Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally, Physically & Financially will help keep you balanced when faced with aversion.
The Northern Guide: This Animal guides your inner wisdom. Karmic right and wrong. Reminds you to be grateful and for the blessings you have daily.
The Guide Above: This Animal teaches you to honor the Universe. The guardian of Dreams, also guides you to other dimensions.
The Guide Below: This Animal guides you to be in touch with Mother Earth. Guidance with staying grounded and on your path.
The Guide Within: This Animal guides you to manifest your desire and stay true to yourself. Creates with your experiences. Protector of your sacred space.
The Right and the Left Guide animals are always with you. Some people already know who these animals are, or who at least one of them will be.
The Right Guide: This Animal is your male/father side, the protector and instills courage, spirit and strength within you.
The Left Guide: This Animal is your female/mother side and teaches you to take care of yourself and all others. Help and receive abundance. Emotional relationships and mothering.
Common Animal Guides
Earth Animals Antelope: The Power of Action Armadillo: The Power of Boundaries Badger: The Power of Aggression Bear: The Power of Introspection Beaver: The Power of Unity Buffalo: The Great Spirit Cat: The Power of Skill Cow: The Power of Fertility Coyote: The Great Trickster Deer: The Gentleness of Spirit Dog: The Power of Loyalty Elephant: The Power of Patience Elk: Brotherhood and Sisterhood Ferret: The Power of Investigation Fox: The Power of the Unseen Goat: The Power of Independence Hedgehog: The Power of Defense Horse: The Gift of Power Lion: The Power of Pride Lynx: The Keeper of Secrets Monkey: Power of Ingenuity Moose: The Power of the Elders Mountain Lion: The Power of Leadership Mouse: The Power of Scrutiny Opossum: The Power of Diversion Otter: The Power of Women Porcupine: The Power of Innocence Rabbit: The Power of Intuition Raccoon: The Power of Creativity Ram: The Power of Confidence; also Sacrifice. Rat: The Power of Prosperity Skunk: The Power of Respect Snake: The Power of Creation Squirrel: The Gatherer Tiger: The Power of Courage Weasel: The Power of Observation Wolf: The Power of the Teacher
Water Animals Beaver: The Power of Unity Dolphin: Sacred Breath of Life Fish: The Power of Harmony Frog: The Power of Water Lizard: The Power of Dreams Turtle: The Great Mother Whale: The Record Keeper
Air Animals Bat: The Power of Rebirth Crane: The Power of Longevity Crow: Keeper of Sacred Law Dove: The Peace Keeper Eagle: The Power of the Great Spirit Falcon: The Power of Healing Grouse: The Sacred Spiral Hawk: Messenger of the Gods Hummingbird: The Power of Joy Magpie: The Power of Prophecy Nightingale: Power of Inspiration Owl: The Power of Illumination Peacock: The Power of Dignity Raven: The Power of Magick Robin: The Power of Birth Sparrow: The Power of Love Swan: The Power of Grace Turkey: The Power of Blessings Vulture: The Cycle of Life Woodpecker: The Power of Warnings
Bugs/Insects Ant: The Power of Stamina Bees: The Power of Concentration Butterfly: The Power of Transformation Dragonfly: The Art of Illusion Firefly: The Power of Light Spider: Weaver of Fate
That is just a very small number of the animals we share our Universe with. But their guidance and wisdom and help us through our own lives in very special ways!
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