Totems and Power Animals

animal-totemsIt is said that every animal has a spiritual meaning.  Each can hold a message for you – unique to your present situation or path here on Earth.  Animals cross your path every day – large and small.  Have you ever stopped to wonder why?  Pondered in thought as to whether there might be “coincidence” in crossing paths at that very juncture in time?  I have, and many others as well.

That moment when you encounter and animal and you stop, take a breath, glance and wonder… its a gut feeling, really.  Rather hard to explain but you’ll know it when it happens.

In looking back I doubt that I could remember the first moment I (even playfully) felt I was communicating on that level.  Playfully put, though somewhere inside I truly did feel a strange connection but was far to shy to ever express it.  That stance continued as I grew older.  At some point along the line, however, my brain caught up with my senses and both became one.  Even a subtle act of taking a photo in the wild nudges me to promptly thank the small creature.. or sometimes not so small.  It flows as easily as it would thanking a human for handing me a napkin.  Being in tune with natural forces is important.


“The spirit totem animal offers its power, teaching, medicine, protection, wisdom and unique gifts to help a person learn and grow within one’s life. The totem spirit animal has the ability to enrich a person’s life and to empower them with its power. It serves as an intermediary between the spirit world and the physical world and helps one to realize, evolve and fulfil the full spectrum of their divine life purpose.”

Spirit Animal Messengers:  As the name implies, the animal messenger delivers messages from the spirit realm that you need to pay attention to in your current situation. They often appear in dreams and meditations or while you are on your spirit walk. Their visits are usually sudden and they often depart as quickly as they arrive, but they can also be quite persistent and repeatedly present themselves in a way that cannot be ignored. Look and listen carefully to what they have come to show you for you need to accept and  understand the message they are attempting to impart.”

Spirit Animal:

A  “Spirit Animal” is the one who will present life’s lessons. The Spirit Animal is the one who comes to you in order to show you, through its own unique nature and skills, how to deal with the manifestations of your Spiritual Journey.  Spirit Animals do not necessarily guide you, but they come to teach you that which you need to learn, in order to know how meet the challenges of your Spirit Walk. 

 Each Spirit Animal has certain powers and skills to teach and certain knowledge to share, for each Spirit Animal has its own methods of overcoming the many challenges it must meet in order to survive. 

The Spirit Animal’s appearance signals a time to connect with your true Self and your life’s purpose.  Pay attention to the repeated appearance of this animal and of repeated patterns or themes.  Awakening to the recognition of these seemingly synchronistic occurrences teaches you to be aware of the hidden messages in everyday experiences.  “

Totem Animal:

A “Totem Animal” is an animal spirit that you call upon or invoke, as an individual or a tribe, for its special powers and survival skills, to serve as a guardian or protector when facing adversity. “


Being in sync with the Universe is known when it is fluid, effortless and no thought exists.


Useful References:

TimberWolf HW – Animal Totems

Spirit Walk (Shamanic) – Animal Totems, Spirit Guides

Animal Totems – Meanings

Animal Power – Meanings

Animal Characteristics & Meaning

Animal Speak (Book)

Animal Spirit Guides (Book)