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Find Your Animal Symbols: Traditional Meanings
By Kathleen Karlsen, MA
Animal Totems and Animal Symbolism
Here are individual links for Totem Animals "A-Z" ..
Individual Totem Animals "A-B"
Individual Totem Animals
Individual Totem Animals "C"
Individual Totem Animals "D-F"
Individual Totem Animals "G-J"
Individual Totem Animals "K-N"
Individual Totem Animals "O-P"
Individual Totem Animals "Q-R"
Individual Totem Animals "S"
Individual Totem Animals "T- Z"
dreams over the years that could be my power
...Huge White Spider in Haunted Home on its Web
These animals occured in many of my dreams
since I was a child.. I recall that many of these
animals seem to appear in the dream and after
wards i seem to be different. Now , I look
back many of the power Animals were helping
deal with some of the issues at the time of the
considerably by just reading some of these animals...
Animal omens are animals that come to us but
are not our spirit guides or animal guides but
are omens as in dreams and come to us to give
us information. these animals are just images
and also give the dreamer the understanding
that these animals are there as for a warning
of good or bad omen. Many times people confuse
their power animal/spirit animal totem with
dream omens or other awake omens. These animal
and their meanings can get confusing..
I was very confused with this too and how to understand
which animal is what. So I will try to explain the
difference between animal omens and animal
spirit guides or Power animals..
Animal omens are animals that appear to us in either
our waking hours and/or in our sleep. These animals we
do not like or find anything appealing to us but they appear
in our waking world and dream world too. We are not drawn
to them and they are present as an living animal but we have
have no inner connection to them. These animals appear in
our dreams or in a waking day, they are there and just their
being is an omen, or appear as an entity or as a photgraph
but with no emotion or higher meaning associated with them.
We have no attachement or any physical or emotional bond
what so ever, they are just there and than gone.. Animal omens
may in fact interact with you in a dream or world but if
they attack you or you feel threatened by them than your
feelings change to fear or other heightened emotion. Animal
omens may also attach you or attach your psyche and this
attach was my warning sign for my white wolf or black panther
or black beer or deer/stag never hurt me but protects me..
For me lately, It was a dream I had where I saw a school of
sharks and an alligators on land. I saw these animals
and thought wait why do I see these animals. Has my animal
totems changed? However, i know that my power animal/
spirit totem would not hurt me but the alligator from my
dream did, It chased me on land and than it bite my leg..
It was not untill several days later that I did
recognize that these animals were animal omens... or
warning signs... of attacks and they were right on and
I know understand better... My animal totems did not change
just my understanding changed as to their meanings....
My animal totems, I chose them many years ago... I saw
my self as a white wolf, I dreamed of two white wolves and
I changed or shapeshifted into these animals. I was that animal
in my dreams as I 'saw' from its perspective which was also my
perspective. I was attacking a STANDING BLACK BEAR...
Over the years, I have seen polar bears and more recently
A SPECEFIC STANDING BLACK BEAR with a White mark on
it black body... THis is my ANIMAL SPIRIT GUIDE/ TEACHER
and is my animal indicator that I am choosing a shamanistic
My other animal totems are Black Panthers, I saw others
seeing me as this animal and it reminds me of my black
cats merlyn and Tammy... Again, I had chosen this animal
many years ago, but it was not until last year when I again
had a dream of that standing Black bear and I changed into
two black panthers and I was that animal and I saw from its
eyes because I was these powerful mysteries hunters...
My other power animal is the deer... because I was drawn to
this as a child and because as I grew older, a very close
friend had given me this animal to remember by as she and
I had shared a spiritual path together and when we parted
that fateful day, I saw some deer, and she did not but did
tell me goodbye...
She died later that year.... Very spirtual..
So.. I hope that helps... I know I am just learning but
Shamanartist may have more information on this..
From this source page
Animal OmensMany Native Americans believe animals are
messengers from the spirit world and these are
the messages they bring:
Alligator It is a challenger. It warns of danger.
Become defensive and alert to possible attack
by someone or something. The alligator is
considered a bad power.
Represents a super strength, intelligence,
psychic abilities, telephathic communication,
sharp thinking and planning Ant medicine is the
strategy of patience and stamina. Ant people are
planners and are content to see their dreams being
built a little at a time. Ant medicine show's a trust
in the Universe.
Antelope Serves as a messenger and forewarns us of
human behavior. Antelope medicine teaches action
and the knowledge of lifes circle. Knowing of death,
antelopes can truly live. Action is the key and
essence of living.
Armadillo wears it's armor on it's back.
It's boundaries of safty are a part of it's
total being.What a gift it is to set your
boundaries so that harmful words of intentions
just roll off.It may be time for you to define your space.
A good sign meaning protection, but can also warn
of danger when you are traveling in a vehicle or walking.
He is courageous, tenacious, defensive,and aggressive.
Badger may be signaling a time when you can use
your abilities to push ahead in life.
A symbol of rebirth. It symbolizes the need for a
ritualistic death of some way of life that no longer
suits your new growth pattern. If you resist your destiny,
it may become a long, drawn out or painful death.
The universe is always asking you to grow and
become your future.
Always a good sign. He represents wisdom,
insight, introspection, protection and healing.
Bear seeks the sweetness of truth by hibernating
to digest the years experiences. To accomplish
goals and dreams, we must learn the art of introspection.
Beaver is a good power but can warn that
confusion and conflict are forthcomming.
He is industrious, hardworking, intelligent,
but also selfish. He is determined to finish
his own task. He builds his home with many
exits to teach us not to elimanate our alternatives,
or we dam the flow of experience in our lives.
Is a messenger with news about sex.
If you see a bee fly close by or in your
house then you know what is on the person's
mind who came to visit. Yellow jackets, hornets,
wasps and similar types of bugs are bad signs
and signal that a challenge or nuisance is up ahead.
Bluejay / Stellar Jay
Have bad power. they warn us about the kind
of people we will soon see. Bluejays gossip and
are noisy, arrogant, prideful and selfish. They steal,
lie and cheat. They are lazy and take from others
for their own purposes and desires.
Bobcat / Panther
Are good signs.To see one means you are being
stalked, physically or spiritually by an enemy.
On the other hand, bobcat and panther are very
good hunters and protectors.
Buffalo / BisonV A good sign, a strong power, and a special
messenger of strength and survival to the plains
indians. Crow indians consider bison to be sacred,
symbolizing high spirituality, wisdom and wealth.
Is a very spiritual bug and represents the
resents of of good spirits. Butterflys signal
change, metamorphosis, balance, harmony, grace,
peace, beauty and spirituality. It is a good sign.
It is the mind and the ability to know how
and when to change.
Buzzard or Vulture
Are bad signs. They are messengers who warn
us of interuptions or problems forthcoming.
Warn us when other people are gossiping about us.
Our elders teach us that the little birds
are messengers from the spirit world.
Some of our elders say they are actually
our ancestors coming to visit. Their songs
are good medicine and make people happy.
A bad sign. It warns that sickness, desease,
or even undesirable and unpleasant people will
be coming to your house. It is dirty and bothersome,
yet it teaches tenacious survival.
One of the most ancient mythic symbols for
most native american tribes. He is full of magic,
special powers and teachings. He is the master
trickster who tricks himself. We learn from the
lessons that coyote gives us about the mistakes
and/or accomplishments he has made in life.
Crane or Egret
Is a peacemaker and fisherman. He is a good
luck sign while you are fishing, or during conflict.
He is graceful, tactful and direct.
A bad sign. The presents of a cricket means
that bad prayers or bad wishes are being made
Against you. As a result, we typically try to
catch it, burn it, and pray against it.
Is always a good sign. Crow means good luck,
a sign of protection, and a messenger of wealth.
He is the keeper of all sacred law and all sacred
texts.He is an omen of change. Crow merges light and
darkness, Seeing both inner and outer reality.
Crow teaches you to pause and reflect on how you see
the laws of humanity in relation to the laws of
the great spirit. Your personal integrity will be your guide.
Are good powers and can be messengers in many
different ways. They can be our eyes and ears if
we acquire their power. They can tell us what is
ahead, help us see into the future via dreams and
meditation, and remind us that we should try to live
lives that are balanced and graceful. Deer teach us
to see the power of gentleness, to touch the hearts
and minds of the wounded beings who are trying to keep
us from the Great Spirit.
Dog is a guardian who teaches innate loyalty.
Give warning signals of approaching danger.
If a person carries dog medicine, he or she
is usually serving others of humanity in some way.
Dog embodies the loving gentelness of best friend
and the half wild protector energy of territorial imperative.
A good sign meaning good luck or protection is coming.
Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life,
and teaches us how to release emotions through
dolphin breath. Imitate dolphin and ride the waves
of laughter, spreading joy in the world.
Breath and experience the breath so freely given.
Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change,
the messages of wisdom and enlightenment,
and the communications from the elemental world.
This elemental world is made up of the tiny spirits
of plants,and the elements air, fire and water.
This world is full of nature spirits.
Dragonfly medicine always beckons you
to seek out the parts of your habits
which you need to change.
Eagles are always very special and good signs.
They represent protection, wealth, wisdom,
foresight, strength and spirituality.
The eagle carries our prayers directly
to the Great Creator.
A strong protector of women. The message of
the elk is a good sign similar to deer.
Elk medicine teaches that pacing yourself
will increase your stamina.
A good sign and a good protector. They bring
happiness, good luck and healing.
Fly and Blowfly
Are bad signs. They are messengers of jealousy,
can warn of foul weather forthcoming, and they
bring sickness and disease. They are considered a pestilence.
Is a messenger who represents pride, regality
and loyalty. He has the ability to melt into one's
surrounderings and be unnoticed while observing the
activities of others. You would be wise to obserive
the acts of others rather than their words at this time.
A good sign. Frog is doctor and healer,seer, and
fortune teller. The frog is a messenger of rain,
and the power of the frog can bring rain and water
if one knows how to us it's power. Frog speaks of
new life and harmony through it's rain song.
With different colored stripes such as yellow,
green, or red, are messengers of jealousy. If you
see one, beware of the next person you see or talk
to. That person may be negative, antagonistic, or dishonest.
Is a bad sign but a good animal. Some Indian
tribes believe gopher is a messenger of death
by digging a hole in the ground near a house.
Geese are a good sign. They bring us messages
about the seasons changing. They also serve as
eminders that we need to get our life in order,
ecome more organized, and be more cooperative.
Can warn us of droughts and problems with the weather.
For example: too many Grasshoppers in one area means
a drought is coming, and hot, dry weather.
Associated with a spiral which is the sacred symbol
of birth and personal rebirth and personal power.
Grouse medicine asks you to analyze the way you move
through your world. Your challenge is to learn how to
harmonize your dance with Mother Earth's cycles.
Hawk is akin to Mercury, the messenger of the gods.
Hawk medicine teaches you to be observant, to look
at your surroundings. Observe the obvious in everything
that you do. Life is sending you signals.
Horse was the first animal medicine of civilization.
Today we measure the capacity of engines with the
term "horsepower", a reminder of the days when
Horse was an honored and highly prized partner
with humanity. Compassion, caring, teaching,
loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and
abilities are the gateways to power.
A very good sign. She is a good luck messenger.
She takes our prayers to the Great Creator.
The Hummingbird has the power to travel long
distances under great odds and obstacles.
She is smart and very spiritual.
Hummingbird medincine opens the heart.
Without an open heart, you can never
taste the nectar and pure bliss of life.
Serve as omens. They can talk to you in dreams
and bring you messages. Small Lizards protect
children and babies. They warn adults if the baby
is sick or in danger. The elders say that if you
see a Lizard in the house near the baby, don't kill it.
Lizard is the medicine of dreamers and may be
telling you to pay attention to your dreams.
Is the knower of secrets. From the Lynx we learn
to listen to your higher self. Be still and pay
attention to the revelations you receive either
in the form of mental pictures or through
a high singing voice in your ear. Mother
Earth may be signaling you in the form of omens.
A good sign. He is a messenger and tells us
the road up ahead is clear of danger while we
are traveling. He is a real friend to humans,
and can provide guidance. He is cunning, crafty,
and a survivor, so he can also give us good advice.
He represents intelligence.
Is a good sign and a good power. . .
sometimes a symbol of wealth, good luck,
and good health. He represents good behavior
because he is good-natured, healthy, and playful.
Considered bad powers and bad signs.
They are vicious and vindictive little
creatures who will stop at nothing in order
to get what they want.
Self-esteem is the medicine of Moose
because it represents the power of recognizing
that wisdom has been used in a situation. Creation
constantly brings forth new ideas and further creation.
Moose understands the balance between giving orders to
get things done and having a willingness to do things themselves.
Moths are messengers from the spirit world,
telling us that a ghost is around. If a moth lands
on your shoulder, ear, or head and keeps following you,
it is a messenger from a ghost. A good ghost will give
you a warm feeling; a bad ghost will feel cold and eerie.
Mountain Lion medicine involves lessons on the
use of the power in leadership. It is the ability
to lead without insisting that others folow.
You will learn without insisting that others follow.
You will learn how to balance power, intention,
physical strength, and grace . . to balance body,
mind, and spirit.
Mouse medicine means to scrutinize.
It is good medicine to see up close.
It is good medicine to pay attention to detail,
but it is bad medicine to chew every little
thing to pieces. The gift is organization,
methodology, and categorizing facts.
A good sign. He is considered sacred.
He is industrious and a critical thinker,
and represents wealth.
Opossum medicine uses a great deal of strategy.
Instead of fighting, the supreme strategy of
diversion is employed by playing dead.
Opossum teaches you to rely upon your instincts
for the best way out of a tight corner.
Also, he teaches you to expect the unexpected.
A good sign. She represents wealth, playfulness,
and happiness. She also brings good luck and good
health. This joyful little creature is adventuresome
and assumes that all other creatures are friendly . .
until proven otherwise. This teaches humans to create
a space for others to enter our lives without
preconceptions or suspicions.
The owl is considered a bad sign illustrating
deception and bad power by most Native tribes.
It is a messenger of evil, of sickness, or of a
fatal accident. It is also considered a sign of death.
Owls hunt their prey at night, and you cannot hear
an owl flying so it takes advantage of it's prey.
Osprey or Fish Hawk
This is a very good bird and power, but a very bad sign.
It means you should beware of a potentially dangerous
and lethal accident. One should always heed their
warning and look carefully for possible immediate danger.
Are good signs.To see one means you are being
stalked, physically or spiritually by an enemy.
On the other hand, Panther and Bobcat are very
good hunters and protectors.
A good sign and usually brings messages about
the weather or about hunting. Porcupine has many
Special qualities, and a very powerfull medicine:
The power of faith and trust. Your task is to
find the pathway that is most beneficial for you
and that uses your greatest talents to further the plan.
Are a good sign. Quail symbolically communicate
that a friendly person is comming.
Rabbit is the fear caller. Rabbit medicine people
are so afraid of tragedy, illness, disaster,
and "being taken", That they call those very
fears to them to teach them lessons. The lesson
is: what you resist will persist. Learn to stop
talking about horrable things happening and get
rid of "what if " from your vocabulary.
A good sign. He is a good protector as well
as being intelligent, cunning, clean, and very helpful.
It is sacred to honor Raven, the bringer of magic.
Raven medicine can give you the courage to enter the
darkness of the unknown. If a Raven appears, you are
about to experience a change in consciousness.
This may involve walking inside the Great Mystery on
another path at the edge of time. An awakening may
result from the process.
Brings happiness, good health, and love to families.
Robin is a proud bird, clean, and well dressed.
She is a good reminder of virtues worth emulating
and a good role model for humans.
Is a survivor. He can go long periods of time
without food and survive under the worst conditions.
He represents stamina, perseverance, and cunning.
But he can also be mischievous, selfish, and quarrelsome.
Are bad signs and warn of danger.
If a large school of sharks start coming to shore,
it is a sign that an earth quake, tidal wave
or hurricane is coming.
Shrew / Mole
Considered bad powers and bad signs.
They are vicious and vindictive little creatures
who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
A bad sign and a bad power. A skunk is usually a
sign that evil is around you and that every effort
should be made to pray against it. The strips down
his back acts as a warning. There is no need to
bully, aggravate, torment, or overpower other
beings when your sense of "self" is intact.
The power of snake medicine is the power of creation.
It is the knowledge that all things are equal
in creation, and that those things which might
be experenced as poison can be eaten, ingested,
integrated, transmuted if one has the proper state of mind.
Spiders are messengers and are symbols for the
infinite possibilities of creation. Her eight legs
represent the four winds of change and the four
directions on the medicine wheel. The most important
message of spider is that you are an infinite being
who will continue to weave the patterns of life and
living throughout time. Do not fail to see the
expansiveness of the eternal plan.
Is always prepared. The gathering power of squirrel
medicine is a great gift. It teaches you how to
gather and store your energy for times of need.
It is a wise person who prepares for the future.
It may be that you are being told to honor your
future by readying yourself for the change.
Tells us when spring is coming and what the other
elements will be like. Birds are considered
messengers from the spirit world. Some of our
elders say they are actually our ancestors coming
to visit. Their songs are good medicine and make people happy.
Swan medicine teaches us to learn to surrender
to the grace of the rhythm of the universe,
and slip from our psysical bodies into the dreamtime.
It teaches us to be at one with all planes of
consciousiness, and to trust in Great Spirit's protection.
Is a good sign, but it's character is arrogant,
colorful, sneaky, quick-minded, and tricky.
Turkey's can warn of people's personality.
If you happen to see a turkey just before a visitor
comes, it is an indication that your visitor
is arrogant, nervous, fickle in decision-making, and unreliable.
A good sign and a very good power. The Turtle is
considered very sacred to most Native Americans.
It is a healer and protector. It can grant you long
life, wisdom, and good health. Never eat Turtle.
It is the personification of goddess energy,
and the Eternal Mother from which our lives evolve.
Vulture or Buzzard
Are bad signs. They are messengers that warn
us of interuptions or problems forthcoming.
A good sign. This animal is cunning, playful,
smart, swift, and very courageous. He is a good friend,
protector and adviser. He is considered good luck.
Weasel medicine has keen powers of observation.
He hears what is really being said; his eyes see
beneath the surface of the situation to know the
many ramifications of the event.
A sign of wealth and prosperity. It is considered a
good sign to see one out in the ocean, near the coast.
Whales carry the history of Mother Earth.
Whale medicine teaches us the sounds and
frequencies that balance our emotional bodies
and heal our psysical forms. Whale signals a
time of finding your origins; of seeing
your overall destiny.
A good sign, a protector, a good hunter,
wise, cunning, intelligent, strong, gregarious,
courageous, and yet mysterious. Native Americans
historically hold high regard for wolves.
Wolf is the pathfinder, the forerunner of new
ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share wisdom.
Wolf medicine empowers the teacher within us all
to come forth and aid the children of earth in
understanding the Great Mystery and life.
Wolf could also be telling you to seek out
lonly places that will allow you to see
your teachers within.
It is a good sign. They are symbols of wealth,
good luck, happiness and healing. If you hear or
see a woodpecker, pecking on a tree near your house,
clap your hands three times, make a wish, and thank
him for the message and the gift. He will usually
bring you good luck- - - a sign that money or a gift is coming.
Our elders teach us that the Great Creator really
loves little birds. The blackheaded wren we call snow bird.
It tells us when it is going to snow and from what direction
it will come. They are messengers from the spirit world.
Some of our elders say they are actually our ancestors
coming to visit. Their songs are good medicine and
make people happy.
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