Nearly every indigenous culture on the planet has connected with animal totems, helpers, or spirit guides. Generally, the belief is that we humans are the youngest of the animals, and we are here to learn from the species that have been here longer. They choose us, rather than us choosing them. For those who are open, they will reveal themselves.
Totems are also called 'medicines' in some indigenous American cultures, because they help us heal ourselves and the world. For this site, I will use the term "magic" instead. Totems teach us internal lessons that we can share externally with others. In some cultures, you only take on one or two totems. In others, you have up to 13.
For the past 20+ years, I've been a totem hunter. I use a combination of intuition and other tools to help people connect with their totems. I charge for this service, but am always open to in-kind exchanges.
Note: I am not Native American, nor do I, in any way, represent myself as such. As totems are also a part of my Irish heritage, I connect with totem spirits, while working with the spirits of the land to which I was born and inhabit. In this way, I honor both my ancestry and the genius loci.
Below are some excerpts of totem reports for the most common totems I encounter.
If you would like my assistance with your totems, please don't hesitate to reach out. If you want to order a totem report, you can do so through the home page.
Below, are some common animal totems and their meanings.
I highly recommend Ted Andrews's Book, "Animal Speak," for those who are interested in learning more about totems on their own.
Those with Bear totem are able to draw upon their inner stores of energy and essence, even when they’ve never been tapped into before,effortlessly. Bears are astonishingly fast. They can go 35-45 mph for short distances. They all can climb. Those with Bear totem are able to climb to great heights in many areas of their lives, including business, spirituality and politics. Bear people are highly psychic and sensitive to changes around them. They are distantly related to the dog and a closer relative to the raccoon. Bear will help you find the sweetness in life and use your abilities to grow in your spiritual walk.
Those who carry Crow Magic are able to ‘see’ the unseen, can see both sides of an issue, and are excellent counselors. Crow magic people are also well-versed in the laws of the universe and how they operate within our realm of existence. For these reasons, they may find friends and loved ones call upon them for advice and conflict-resolution quite often. Those who carry this totem are also very psychic and seem to live a magical life.
Dolphin is the keeper of the sacred breath of life, and teaches those with this medicine how to release emotions through breathing techniques. Dolphin creates rhythm, swimming through the water and breathing before submerging, then holding the breath for the duration of the underwater travel. As Dolphin comes above the water again, it blows its breath out in a manner resembling the popping of a cork. For you, this is the way to release tension and create total relaxation. Dolphin also teaches you how to use your voice to help heal the Children of the Earth. You are a bridge-builder between Mother Earth and Her wayward children. Dolphin will help you find the right notes to ‘sing’ to bring harmony to the people once again.
Otters are the entertainers of the animal kingdom. Those who carry an otter totem are some of the most fun people to be around. They never lose their sense of childlike wonder and play. They know when to laugh at themselves and when to use their antics to cheer up another. In many indigenous North American cultures, otter was seen as the ultimate feminine creature, and one to which both men and women should aspire for her nurturing, playful spirit that lives without jealousy. Otter (Dobhran- which means water dog in Gaelic) in Celtic culture was also seen as a playful, go-with-the-flow creature with a strong sense of fun.
Snake is one of the most powerful totems to carry. It is the symbol of transmutation and transformation. Those who carry this totem have strong kundalini energy. Because the snake sheds its skin, it has long been the symbol of death and rebirth. This is associated with higher wisdom and those who have snake medicine are able to tap into that knowledge with ease. Snakes strike quickly whether it be against prey or foes.
Although slow to lose their tempers, snake people will bite- and it will hurt, because they always hit their mark and will either swallow up their intended target or poison it. Learning opportunities come easily to those with this totem. As snake slithers along the ground, it has a strong connection to Mother earth. .
Wolves are the epitome of the wild spirit. Their positive characteristics are so numerous that the Native people of the Americas practically deified them. Wolves are also very ritualistic. They live by carefully defined rules. They pile up stones to mark their territory, and howl as a form of group echo-location. Each member of the pack has a specific place within it, and they are ruled by an alpha male/female.
Wolves do not fight unnecessarily. They often go out of their way to avoid conflicts where possible. This is also true for those with wolf magic. Wolves are extremely intelligent and have a strong connection to corvids (ravens and crows). They have excellent hearing and sense of smell. Wolf magic people can often smell that something isn’t right when others cannot. Wolves are considered to be great teachers, and those with this totem tend toward teaching roles.
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