The use of animals for spiritual enlightenment dates back beyond
ancient Egypt. It is a method of learning about ourselves, our lives, our
pasts, our futures, and all of our Relations. To truly walk in balance we
must honor our Animal Relations by listening to what they have to teach us.
Our fellow creatures, the animals, are all different. If the Totem you
are to learn from at this time is a shark, you must ask yourself what type
of shark. Here you will find very generalized characteristics and lessons
that the animals bring to us, but you must remember that each animal is also
individual. Your culture and society are also important. If Cat comes to you
in your dreams, he may be telling you something different than he is telling
me simply due to our regions. An example, my spirit-sister thinks of evil
when she sees a cat. I, on the other hand, often think of Egypt. Cat in a
dream would be very different for her than it is for me. The generalities of
Cat, however, would be the same.
When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn
into complete harmony with the strength of that creature's essence. Gaining
understanding from these brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom is a
healing process, and must be approached with humility and intuitiveness. The
power lies honoring every living thing as a teacher. The lessons taught are
eternal and they are forever forthcoming. If the learning is over, so is the
magic and the life.
Here you will find many Totems that have come into my life or the lives
of people I know. Some of them are hard to find in books, and some are not.
Some may seem unusual as Totems, but we must remember that all of our
Relations are teachers, not just the popular ones. If you would like to see
a Totem not listed here, please let me know so that I can add him to my
list. I will be adding new Totems each week until my list is complete. Thank
You to all who have been so very patient with me.