Animal Spirit Guides Candle with Amulet
The characteristics of animals—from birds and insects to mammals, fish, and reptiles—relate to our human walk on this planet, providing us with lessons and helping us mindfully focus our intentions for our life experiences. Animal medicine offers us a powerful signpost for self-knowledge and clarity on life’s challenges. When a creature from nature appears to you repetitively or in some out-of-the-ordinary way, it is time to pay attention and find the message that nature is bringing you. This requires mindfulness and contemplation. Read the messages within these pages and take time to think about what these characteristics symbolize for you.
Remember, everything is energy, and all energy has a vibration. Plants and animals hold an energetic vibration. Rocks and crystals hold an energetic vibration. Colors hold an energetic vibration. Energetic vibrations reveal themselves to us as symbols and signs, offering us clues to light our path. Being aware of these signs and symbols is important for gaining the insight we are looking for to keep us on our desired course in life. Maintaining mindfulness is the key to self-actualization, which allows us to create our vision. Actualization is simply the action that makes something real in our lives. Mindfulness is our living experience, clearly realizing and being conscious of our thoughts and feelings in the present moment.
Bear – SPIRITUAL STRENGTH Spiritual strength, introspection, knowledge, balance, independent thinking.
Bear totem teaches the value of going within and just “being.” Bear teaches us the power of awakening the consciousness below the surface of our awareness in order to know the truth. The still, small voice within is available to everyone. With a little effort, turn off all outside distractions, and find your way into a place of non-doing and just being. Bear teaches that retreat, or doing nothing, is sometimes more powerful than taking action. The symbolic energy of Bear and the cave signal a time for inner reflection. Just as a bear uses its energy stores during the long winter for nourishment, you can use your inner wisdom stored in your consciousness to guide you.
Bears can hear beyond the frequency of humans. Bear medicine is a reminder to be quiet enough to hear, as it is within the silence that you find answers.
Butterfly – PEACE Spiritual growth, bringer of joy, and peace.
“Butterfly totem is an ally for when you are about to make a significant change in your life. The butterfly effect is a theory that the slightest change can have very big effects somewhere else. With this in mind, even the smallest of changes in your perception or the way you think can change your life significantly. Your choices in this moment through realizations and the way you look at things make up your life experiences. Just as a butterfly begins as an egg and goes through many stages to reach the point of metamorphosis, you, too, have the opportunity to create your reality in stages with every thought, word, feeling, and action.
When Butterfly appears in your life, take the time to observe your situation and become aware of imminent changes. You may be on the precipice of a new chapter of your life or a new way of looking at life. Participate in the changes instead of letting the changes happen to you. Be the change and alter the trajectory of your path. The gentle energy of Butterfly is a perfect reminder that you have the courage you need in the face of changes and challenges. Metamorphosis is the keyword for Butterfly because of the profound levels of transformation in the cycles of its life.”
Dragonfly – CHANGE Messenger of the elemental, dreams, enlightenment, and change.
Dragonfly totem is an ally to help you see life with great clarity and take action. Dragonflies have extraordinary eyesight and quick, agile flight. The power of Dragonfly helps you sort reality from illusion. If you are caught up in illusion, Dragonfly’s energy can assist you in seeing the situation clearly and help you take speedy appropriate action.
Dragonfly is symbolic of pure water. Water is symbolic of uncovering and understanding emotions and feelings. When Dragonfly appears in your life, it is time to awaken and recognize your emotions and feelings and then take rapid action to create the life you want. Ask yourself, “What do I want?” Define your desires and take action. It is your life. You create it with your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. Dragonfly and its iridescent wings flutter into your life as an opportunity to separate illusions from the dream. To manifest anything, you must be able to envision your goal or intention in your mind’s eye and take action to materialize it.
Call on Dragonfly’s vibration in order to be awake in life. Regardless of the daily illusions you may hold dear, you have the power to transport yourself out of that perception and fly higher in order to see life from a greater perspective.”
Eagle – PERSPECTIVE Sacred Messenger carries prayers to the creator and returns with gifts and visions.
“Eagle totem is an ally that assists you in raising your view and your intelligence so that you can see life from a greater perspective. With a bit of prayer, contemplation, and introspection, you can gain insight and understanding, which offers you a potential for advanced hindsight. They say, “Hindsight is 20-20,” meaning that it’s easy to understand and have a better perspective after the fact, but it is possible to foresee potential outcomes (and avoid them if necessary) when you have a wider perspective. Eagles fly at a high altitude, so Eagle energy helps you achieve greater heights and thereby gain a higher viewpoint.
When Eagle flies into your life, take the time to pray and send petitions for assistance to the heavenly realm. Calm the incessant chatter of your mind so that you can hear and receive Divine guidance. Be serene and regain your mental focus. Ask for understanding from a higher power in any area of your life. Once you ask, be mindful of signs, symbols, dreams, and messages that are sent to you to provide understanding and assistance. A higher aspect of yourself has the wisdom needed for most life situations. Eagle totem encourages you to spend time with elders. Ask them for their input to garner their wisdom. Take note of your insightfulness, and employ it when leading others.”
Horse – STRENGTH Inner power, grounding safe travel, freedom, speed, grace, and strength.
Horse totem is an ally to help you become extraordinarily cognizant of all that is occurring around you. Because they are prey animals, horses are overly aware of their surroundings. In fact, they have amazing vision and can see about 350 degrees. They have both monocular vision and binocular vision. With monocular vision, they can use both eyes separately because their eyes are on the side of their head. Horses also have binocular vision, which uses both eyes to see, increasing their field of view. Use Horse as an ally to increase your awareness and improve your situational awareness. Use your innate peripheral vision on a physical level (seeing with your eyes), and also use your peripheral vision mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This encourages you to broaden your scope of understanding and realizations.
When Horse trots into your life, it signals a time to find your center so you can easily move forward at a moment’s notice. Horses have a strong sense of balance as well as the ability to quickly make a decision to flee or further assess the situation. ”
Hummingbird – PERSPECTIVE Tireless joy, accomplishing the impossible.
“Hummingbird totem is an ally when you are in need of shining your inner light, which has evolved from internal realizations. Hummingbird’s beautiful iridescent feathers are one of the characteristics that align you with having the courage to embrace your potential and experience your extraordinary nature. Let the vibrant energy of hummingbird encourage you to shine your light brightly and be a wonderful contributor to all that is good in your community.
When Hummingbird hovers nearby, it is time to remember that you are unique and have a distinct way to perceive reality. Hummingbird has a way of flying that differs from any other type of bird, in that it can fly forward, backward, up, down, sideways, hover, and can rotate 180 degrees. This quality is a teaching from Hummingbird that you, too, can make adjustments to your manner of approaching life situations. Find unique ways to release pent-up feelings. A slight twist of your perspective can change your reality. A well-known quote by theoretical physicist Max Planck sums it up: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Hummingbird teaches you to be willing not only to see things differently but also to be seen differently. With light, color, and vibrancy, you can achieve great heights with great speed, just as this tiny but mighty bird does. Don’t let the size of this bird fool you into thinking it is vulnerable. Hummingbirds are very effective at defending their territory in quite an aggressive way. You can call on Hummingbird to help you garner the courage to establish boundaries with great ease. Observe your emotions from different angles to decide and intend to remove the strong attachment to those emotions.”
Wolf – FREEDOM Cooperation, loyalty, family, intelligence, freedom.
“Wolf totem is an ally for times when you need to be a leader or follow a leader. It represents the viability of a strong community. Wolf medicine encourages you to be sociable and active in your community. Wolves are social, intelligent, and affectionate. They enjoy being part of the pack. They have a variety of personalities and are flexible regarding their hierarchy or status among the members of their pack. While there are occasions for the “lone wolf,” most wolves are part of a community. In the wild, lone wolves are often older females who have been rejected by the pack or young wolves looking for new territory.
When Wolf walks into your life, take time to reflect on your circle of friends, family, and colleagues. Wolf brings the energy of a solid family connection as well as support for each individual. If you are seeking assistance with building a strong family foundation, Wolf as your ally helps you find a way to create that reality.”