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Basics of Animal Totems
1.) Every animal has a powerful spirit.
2.) This spirit may be its own, or that of a being who uses the animal image to communicate
messages of the world to humans.
3.) Every animal has its own talents. A study of its talents will reveal the kind of medicine, magic, and power it can help you to develop within your own life. Remember, every animal has a specialty
4.) Lifelong power animals are usually wild, not domesticated, animals.
There are a few exceptions, but even these exceptions are just links to the true power animal. For example, people may have dogs or cats as totems. These have their own medicine and power, but the domesticated animal may only be a softened form of its wild counterpart. A dog may be a link to the wolf, coyote, or any of the wild canine family. A cat may be a link to a member of the wild feline family, such as panthers, lions, tigers, and such. For many, beginning with the domesticated form of the totem is a way of laying a foundation so that some day they will be able to handle and work more effectively with its true power form.
5.) The animal chooses the person, not the other way around. Many believe that they can just choose an animal and start communicating with it. Usually ego gets in the way at these times. The individual chooses the animal he or she believes to be the most glamorous and powerful, rather than what is harmonious to the individual. The results are ineffectual and often frustrating. No animal is better or worse than any other. Every animal's medicine is unique. It is always much better to be powerful in mouse medicine than to be clumsy and ineffectualin eagle medicine. You will find your greatest success in the animal that comes to you.
6.) You must develop a relationship with your totem. To communicate with them demands respect. You must learn their point of view. Animals won't just warm up to you immediately. They must learn to trust you and your limitations, and you must learn to trust them and their limitations. This takes time, patience and practice.
7.) You must honor your totem for its medicine to be effective in your life. The more you honor them - the more significance you give them within your life - the more powerful and effective they become.  Some of the ways you can honor them and draw them closer into your life is by: Hanging pictures of them, Drawing pictures of them, Reading and learning as much about them as possible.  Buying figurines of your totem for yourself or purchasing small tokens and images of your totem and giving them to friends as gifts. These fetishes are a reminder of the power and spirit of your totem animal. Donating to wildlife organizations with time and / or money. Dancing to honor your totem is a powerful link. Learn to mimic its behaviors. If it's a turtle, learn to creep like a turtle. If it's a lion, learn to crouch like a lion. If it's a bird, imitate its hopping or flying. And most importantly, keeping the animal alive within your imagination. See yourself as the animal totem using its qualities in appropriate places within your life. Remember that the imagination is a real link to your totem.
8.) Once you learn to work with the medicine of your power animal, it then becomes a doorway to connecting with others of the animal realm. You are not limited to just one totem. Each can teach or add something to your life that the others can't. Working with your power animal will help teach you how to align with others. This way if you need greater strength, you can call up the image and draw upon the energy of a bear. If you need speed, you can connect with the energy of cheetah. Through your power animal, you learn to align with and shapeshift to the energies of other animals and beings.
9.) Although there are one or even several totems that are strongest in your life and remain with you through most of it, others do play a role. You may have a totem for a day. You may have a totem that assists you through a particularly rough period in your life. One may come to you and stay with you through a cycle of several years. Another may be present when you do creative work. You are likely to have different totems for different areas of your life. There's no limit to the totems you can work with.
The key though is to connect strongly and fully with at least one. This expands the consciousness and opens the bridge toothers more easily.
10.) More than one person can have the same totem. I know a number of individuals who work with wolf medicine. There are common factors in the way each works, but there are also differences. The archetypal energies and spirit reflected in the wolf will manifest for each uniquely, because each person is unique. The role the totem plays will be specific in many ways to the individual. Individuals who are in close relationships may share a totem. That totem becomes a guide to making the relationship stronger and more productive. The totem may watch over the couple. Totem sharing is not limited to couples. Healing and meditation groups often share a totem animal, to oversee the activities.
1997-1998-1999 Nyx Wolfwalker
 
 
Indian Totem Power Stone Meanings
 
I got these from a nearby Indian reservation.  You can buy the stones at
reservations or you can find some at the mall.  The are hand-held polished
(oval) stones in different colors with animals ingraved in black on them.  
They are very pretty!  Enjoy!
 
Totem Power Stones
 
Zuni Bear-good health
Hopi Hand-life, creative, healing
Cactus-nature's reservior
Steer Skull-silent testimony
Kokopelli-fertility, joy, music
Thunderbird-caller of rain
Scorpion-defense, self-protection
Buffalo Skull-sacredness, reverence for life
Thistle-Scottish symbol
Shamrock-Irish symbol
Star of David-union, heart, love
Heart-love, fondness
Cross-redemption, salvation
Angels-guardians of hope and wonder
Yin & Yang-balance, harmony
Celtic Knot-long life, eternity
Unicorn-redemption, salvation
Dragon-wisdom, nobility
Pegasus-carrier of lightning
Smiley Face
Peace Sign
Dove-love, peace, gentleness
4 Leaf Clover-good luck
Raptor-speedy theif
Parasaurolophus-parallel crested lizard
Stegosaurus-the covered lizard
T Rex-lizard king
Mastodon-lumbering giant
Triceritops-horrible 3 horned face
Brontosaurus-harmless giant
Pterodactyl-wing finger
Bull-strength, warning
Cow-patience, stoicism
Pig-intelligence, hunger
Goat-stubborn, omnivorous
Dog-loyalty, protection
Cat-independence, grace, healing
Rhino-durability, strength
Elephant-long life, self-preservation
Zebra-family-oriebted, alert
Polar Bear-fearlessness, power
Giraffe-watchfulness, mobility
Gorilla-brute strength, adaptability
Hippo-linking water and earth, survival
Lion-power, strength, respect
Monkey-playfulness, agility
Bobcat-fierce, loner intensity
Penguin-playful, loving
Panda-playful, kindness
Orca-focus, power
Manatee-peaceable, unassuming
Water Buffalo-enormus strength, hard working
Camel-weary, enduring
Kangaroo-feisty, funloving
Ostrich-fickle, fast moving
Pelican-ever watchful, grace
Alligator-aggression, survival, adaptability
Ant-team player, worker
Armadillo-active, nocturnal, protection
Bat-guardian of the night, cleaner
Bear-power, adaptability
Bear Paw-strength, mobility
Beaver-builder, gather
Buffalo-sacredness, life builder
Butterfly-metamorphisis, carefree, transformer
Cougar-leadership, courage
Coyote-prankster, insight, playful
Crane-solitude, independence
Deer-love, gentleness, kindness
Dolphin-kindness, play, bridge man to ocean
Dragonfly-flighty, carefree
Eagle-divine spirit, connection to creator
Elk-strength, agility, freedom
Fox-cunning, provider, intelligence
Frog-connection with water element
Goose-faithful, communicative, traveler
Grizzly Bear-hunter, nature's pharmacist
Hawk-messenger, stopper of time
Horse-stamina, mobility, strength
Hummingbird-messenger, stopper of time
Lizard-conservation, agility
Loon-solitude, song, romance
Moose-headstrong, unstoppable, longevity
Mouse-timid, secretive, sneaky
Otter-laughter, curiosity, truth, patience
Owl-wisdom, perseverance
Pheasant-confidence, attraction, perseverance
Quail-sacred spiral, ceremonial, Holy
Rabbit-alertness, resourceful
Raccoon-bandit, shy, determination
Ram-new beginning, teacher, hoarder
Raven-trickster, mischievous
Road Runner-speed, agility, cleverness
Salmon-instinct, persistence, determination
Seahorse-confidence, grace
Shark-hunter, survival
Skunk-wary, conspicuous, intense
Snake-shrewdness, transformation
Spider-creative, pattern of life
Squirrel-trusting, innocence
Swan-grace, balance, festive
Turkey-smart, elusive
Turtle-self-contained creative source
Whale-wisdom, power, cleanser
Wolf-loyalty, success, perseverance
Wolf Paw-freedom, success, guidance
 
 
Totem animals
 
BAT: Initiation, Rebirth, Changes, Blessings, Trust, Instincts,
Perspective.
BEE: Community, Celebration, Organization.
BEAR: Introspection, Power, Prophecy, Intuition, Sovereignty, Instinct,
Transformation, Strength, Courage, Stamina, Harmony, Healing, Visions,
Leadership.
BLACKBIRD: Enchantment, The Gateway, The Inner Call.
BULL: Wealth, Potency, Beneficence, Fertility, Strength, Power,
Courage,
Stamina, Sexuality.
CAT: Guardianship, Detachment, Sensuality, Mystery, Magic,
Independence,
Protection, Teacher, Confidence, Gentleness, Caution, Alertness, Spirit
detection.
CHEETAH: Decisions, Swiftness, Speed, Self - Esteem.
CRAB: Sensitivity, Emotions, Loyalty.
COUGAR: Growth, Strength, Power, Opportunities, Balance.
COYOTE: Wisdom, Jokester, Tasks, Adaptations, Teaching, Demonstrating,
Communicating, Resourceful, Cunning, Discernment.
DEER: Gentleness, Love, Alertness, Camouflage, Attention, Intuition,
Dreams, Communication, Serenity, Acceptance.
DOG: Guidance, Protection, Loyalty, Faithfulness, Protection,
Playfulness.
DOLPHIN: Dimensions, Curiosity, Playfulness, Balance, Compassion,
Understanding, Love, Calm, Eloquence, Freedom, Emotion.
DRAGON: Passion, Depth, Connection, Power, Potential, Riches,
Inspiration, Insight, Vitality, Transmutation.
EAGLE: Understanding, Completion, Initiation, Power, Intelligence,
Renewal, Courage, Healing, Creation.
ELEPHANT: Power, Strength, Warrior, Memory.
FOX: Cunning, Diplomacy, Wildness, Camouflage, Shapeshifting,
Invisibility, Survival, Intuition, Adaptability, Observation.
FROG: Cleansing, Clairvoyance, Medicine, Sensitivity.
GOAT: Climbing, Stability, Confidence, Achievements, Loyalty, Ambition.
HAWK: Nobility, Recollection, Cleansing.
HORSE: Travel, Power, Freedom.
HUMMINGBIRD: Knowledge, Contradiction.
JAGUAR: Ferocity, Strength, Agility.
LEOPARD: Silent, inconspicuous, intuition, instincts, Perseverance,
Dignity, Aggression, Confidence, Swiftness, Cunning, Strength,
Boldness,
Visions, Vitality, Perception, Achievements, Knowledge.
LION: Leadership, Organization, Wisdom, Enthusiasm, Assertion,
Strength,
Courage, Energy, Creativity, Intuition, Imagination.
LYNX: Secrets, Knowledge, Clairvoyance, Meditation, Patience,
Achievements.
MOUSE: Scrutiny, Organization, Trust, Innocence, Observation, Cleaning,
Hyperactivity.
OTTER: Joy, Play, Helpfulness, Sharing, Faithfulness, Feminine,
Medicine,
Creativity.
OWL: Detachment, Wisdom, Change, Omens.
PANTHER: Ferocity, Visions, Valor, Discipline, Control, Wisdom,
Sensitivity.
RABBIT: Rebirth, Intuition, Balance, Fertility, New Life, Dietary,
Spirit detection, Transformation, Defense.
RACCOON: Dexterity, cleanliness, disguise, explorers, curious, secrecy,
transformation, courage.
RAM: Sacrifice, Breakthrough, Achievement, Strength, Power, Courage,
Battle.
RAVEN: Healing, Initiation, Protection, Magic, Shapeshifting, Creation.
SCORPION: Power, Intuition, Sensuality, Leadership, Dreams.
SEAL: Love, Longing, Dilemma.
SNAKE: Rebirth, Resurrection, Initiation, Wisdom, Transformation,
Healing, Sleep, Calm.
SQUIRREL: Activity, preparedness, awareness, sociable, playful,
Balance.
SWAN: Soul, Love, Beauty.
TIGER: Power, devotion, tact, skill, adventure, passion, Courage,
Sensitivity, Devotion, Endurance, Energy, Nobility, Strength,
Creativity, Healing, Sensuality.
WHALE: Awakening, Creation, Movement, Imagination, Inspiration.
WOLF: Intuition, Learning, Shadow, Guardianship, Ritual, Loyalty,
Spirit, Magick, Dreams, Meditation, Wisdom, Pathfinder, Teacher,
Friendship,
Trust.
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