Spirit Animals: Moutain Lion (Puma)

Mountain lions go by several names.  Some folks call them pumas others call them a cougar.  No matter what you call them, if one comes sneaking into your life, they can prove to be a difficult spirit animal to deal with.  Check out the reference section if you want to know where the research comes from.

The mountain lion is difficult because you are usually placed into situations where you can become a target.  The insecurities of others often causes you to be an easy target.  So, how does this relate to the mountain lion?  This animal is a natural leader, and you probably possess those qualities.  If you know anything about leadership, you can ruffle feathers and your decisions aren’t always easily accepted by others.  Others try to knock you out of your position if you’re a leader.  In other words people constantly try to knock you off of your mountain.

The mountain lion brings lessons of leadership.  These lessons can be painful.  The goal for you would be to learn to lead without caring whether anyone follows you.  If you watch the mountain lion in the wild, you can see how perfectly agile these animals can be.  They are balanced, have clear intentions, are physically strong, and even though they are big, they are graceful.  This ability in your spirit animal is put to use as they teach you how to have a balanced body, mind, and spirit.  Waste nothing!  Survival is the goal.

Here is something else you won’t want to hear.  If this animal pounces into your life, it means it’s time to take charge, even when you don’t want to.  Take charge of your life.  Take charger of your situation.  Opinions be damned!  The mountain lion also tells you to make your intentions crystal clear.  When you meditate, put your intentions out to the universe, but be careful about ill-intentions because it’s all about balance.

Another fact…  The mountain lion spirit animal will not use her power to gain control of you.  She is powerful because she can move through the world as an unseen force using and taking only what she has to have.  She is silent.  She teaches you that your soul doesn’t grow through dominance, but rather through silence.  This is different from being lonely.

As you travel through this lifetime, your spirit guides, spirit animals, and ancestors try to teach you values and lessons.  These lessons are yours alone.  You share these only with your higher power (deity, gods, goddesses).  The mountain lion reminds us of that.  Just because she is beautiful and powerful doesn’t mean she throws her weight around.  Her lessons are learned in silence.  She marks territory instead of engaging in conflicts.  She will guide you in your personal evolution.

References

Beverly TwoFeathers.  (2012, August 20).  Totem of mountain lion [Blog post].  Retrieved from http://native-american-totems.com/animal-totem-medicines/mountain-lion/

Couch, S.  (2014, January 27).  Spirit animals:  Her magesty, the cougar [Blog post.  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved https://www.wildgratitude.com/meaning-of-cougar-spirit-animal/

Cougar symbolism.  (2017).  Spirit Animal Totem.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/cougar/

Scoopnest.  (n.d.).  Retrieved from https://www.scoopnest.com/fr/user/monde_biodi/

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Spirit Animals: Bears

As a child I loved Winnie the Pooh.  As an adult I love him even more.  When my son was born, his nursery was filled with Winnie the Pooh, especially Classic Winnie the Pooh.  What does this have to do with anything?  Winnie the Pooh was a bear, of course, and he was known for his head stuck in a honey jar and being a little overweight.  These are admirable traits (LOL).

There are differences in the types of bears that can attach to you.  There are polar bears, panda bears, black bears, brown bears, Kodiak bears, grizzly bears, and many others.  In this post, I’m focusing on the grizzly, brown bear, and/or Kodiak.  Crediting is in the Reference section.

The bear is a grounding force.  Bears are naturally strong and have been worshiped by many cultures.  These animals act as an inspiring source that enable courage against adversity.  The bear is also symbolic of the earth and nature which can help with physical and emotional healing.

What does it mean when a bear finds its way into your life?  It may mean that you need to do some inward examination.  It may be time to dig deep and look at your journey as well as the path you are on.  However, it also symbolizes freedom encouraging you to keep walking your own path.

According to Harris (2017), bears embrace the following meanings:

  • Strength and confidence
  • Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership
  • The spirit of the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others
  • The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest
  • The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces

The thing that comes to mind when someone says the word “bear” is brute strength.  These animals are pure muscle.  Yes, they have massive fat stores, but watching them in the wild is frightening.  Therefore, it should be no surprise that the bear is a source of inner strength, fearlessness, and confidence.  Even when you don’t feel strong, fearless, or confident, the animal totem can offer those attributes.

Let’s talk about cultural significance and the bear.  According to Harris (2017), in Siberia a female shaman is the same as the word “bear.”  Inuit cultures see the bear spirit animal as a connection between shamanism and women.  It is thought that the Inuit hunter will allow himself to be eaten by a bear so that he can reincarnate as a shaman.  Although I said that I wouldn’t focus on the polar bear, it’s important to know that they are considered the “wise teacher” (Harris, 2017) because it can survive the harshest of environments.

The ancients worshipped the bear so much that bones have been found in Europe together with human bones.  The Vikings wore bear skins to frighten their enemies.  They thought that by wearing the skin they could physically transform into the bear and scare their adversaries.  In other words, the bear is symbolic of the warrior.  Believe it or not, in the Greek and Roman, the bear is associated with one of the members of my pantheon:  Artemis/Diana.  So, as you can see, the worship and admiration for the bear goes back a very long time.

Because the bear is often associated with shamanism, it’s also associated with healing.  The human that has the bear as an ally will be able to understanding healing practices and utilize them to help others.  You may also have a great deal of patience when it comes to your own ideas and projects.  You may also be admired as an authority figure, and you probably have a very nurturing, protective pull toward children.  This could be why the bear was often associated with Diana.  She was the Goddess of the Hunt, fertility, and the protector of children.

Many accounts of bear attacks indicate that cubs were nearby.  Mama bears are ferocious.  She will slaughter anyone or anything that threatens the safety of her babies.  Anyone who has a strong bond with their children can relate to the spirit of the bear in this way.  We would die fighting for the safety of our children.  The bear embodies selfless love.  However, as aggressive as they can be, bears are peaceful if they are left alone.  In the wild, the mama bear teachers her cubs to survive without her.  Her entire purpose is to enable her offspring to move forward without her.  Once she has shown the cubs how to live on their own, they separate from her and venture into the world alone.  Her cubs stay with her for up to two years, so don’t start crying thinking that the little guys are pushed out of the cave while they’re small.  If the bear makes its way into your life, it may be temporary or permanent depending on your particular situation.

If you have encountered a bear in your life, you may want to do some past life soul-searching.  You could have been a part of a tribal people.  Better yet, you could have been a shaman.  I don’t know anyone personally who has a bear as their spirit animal.  I can’t imagine the protective capacities of these individuals.  However, wolf mothers can be quite protective, too.

As always, I will encourage you to meditate to communicate with your spirit animal.  Bears are loved by many so the variety of knickknacks for this particular spirit animal is in great abundance.  Symbolizing the bear in your life will help bring bonding to your relationship.  If you are the cub, you may be with your bear for only a little while.  However, if you are a shamanistic pupil you will likely keep your bear forever.

Reference

Couch, S.  (2015, May 29).  Spirit animals:  Mother bear [Blog post].  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved by https://www.wildgratitude.com/meaning-of-bear-spirit-animal/

Harris, E.  (2017).  Bear spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/bear-spirit-animal/

Spirit Animals: The Buffalo

The Buffalo is one of my favorite animals.  The slaughter of thousands in the old west saddens me.  I am so glad that we have learned to respect he American Bison.  The Native Americans nearly worshipped them.  They made a day of hunting them, but the difference between them and the “white man” was that the tribal people used every single part of the animal to sustain life.  They used their bones as tools, their hides as clothing and shelter, their meat to eat off of the entire winter, and the list goes on and on.

Can a buffalo enter your life as a spirit animal?  If so, what would that look like?  To answer those questions, keep reading.  The crediting for the information provides is in the references, as usual.

The buffalo serves as a reminder that no matter how bleak the situation might be, you are always provided for.  It also reminds you to be thankful and that attitude can transfer to every part of your life as well as global wellness.  The buffalo also reminds us to honor the earth and the bounty she gives us.  We should be gracious and reverent.  The buffalo symbolizes prayer and praise.  The buffalo totem can lend these strengths to you.

If you find a big buffalo stampeding into your world, you are likely being reminded that you are walking a sacred path.  You may have ties to tribal people either now or in your past lives.  You are also encouraged to show respect for every single aspect of life, whether it’s your life or someone else’s.  These gorgeous beasts will tell you that you cannot achieve a thing without the help of the spirit and that you should be humble in asking for help.  When you get help from the spirit, you should be thankful.  The spirit of the buffalo will lead you on a journey to establish a very grounded connection with the Earth.  You will likely feel very deeply for animals, especially those that are endangered and/or mistreated.  This animal will also help you find the easiest path to the end result.

Let me offer some more history so you can truly appreciate the American Bison.  This information is taken from various sources as well as my personal knowledge, but there were things I discovered while researching this animal.  Buffalo are termed a “keystone” species according to Couch (2015).  This animal has a heavy impact on their environment.  They impact the ecosystem significantly.  They affect the distribution of the grasses in their environment and the way that fire moves through the Plains.  They even impact the wildflower species.  Also according to Couch (2015), “their hooves aerate the soil which helps the plants better uptake air and oxygen for faster growth.”  When the buffalo rolls around on the ground they create holes (vernal pools) during the spring rains which then serves as watering holes for many other species (Couch, 2015).  The holes can last for up to 125 years (Couch, 2015).  Now transfer these facts to your life.  As a human with a buffalo attachment all of these things should tell you what you are in the realm of the spirit.  You are a staple in the human world.  Think you don’t matter?  You’re wrong.

The buffalo is also a hearty animal.  They can survive the most sever winters.  This strength is also reflected in their attachment to you.  They are fierce fighters as well, often butting heads with opponents for dominance.  So are you thick-headed?  You might want to reflect on some of these characteristics.

I think the reason why I am so drawn to this animal is because of their ability to bounce back after such adversity.  They were almost killed to extinction, but look at them now!  500,000 to 1 million (Couch, 2015) is a pretty great recovery!  What I’m saying is that just when you think you’re ready to give up, don’t!  This spirit animal will remind you how thankful you should be that you’ve made it this far and to keep going!  If the American Bison can contribute so much to our natural world, think of how much you can contribute to the spiritual world!

References

Buffalo symbolism.  (2017).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/buffalo/

Rustic images.  (2007, May 2).  Sacred white buffalo.  FoundMyself.  Retrieved from https://www.foundmyself.com/Rustic+Images/art/sacred-white-buffalo/4872

Couch, S.  (2015, January 23).  Spirit animals:  Buffalo abundance.  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/buffalo-spirit-animal/

 

 

Spirit Animals: Cats

I have a student who has a black cat attached to her.  It is her spirit animal.  So, I wanted to dive in a little deeper to understand the significance of this animal spirit.  I know that the Egyptians held the cat in high regards.  They were keepers of magic in ancient Egypt.  How do these magical creatures impact our lives today?  I did some research and found some answers.  If you happen to have a kitty cat attached to you as a spirit animal, you will be very interested in what I’ve found.  As always, crediting can be found in the reference section.

The first thing I found is who the cat is drawn to.  These animals are very wise and timeless.  They are explorers, so it stands to reason that they would be attracted to old souls and people who love adventure.  Nevertheless, the cat spirit encourages the human to have and achieve balance between independence and time with others.  The cat helps us reach calm, peaceful relationships, to observe everything going on around us, and to look at the light and the dark holistically.  This animal, like many others, is a self-discovery animal.

According to Harris (2017), cats exercise extreme patience as they wait for the right moment to take action.  They are very independent but they also like socializing when it suits them.  They are courageous and love excitement.  The cat also has a very deep connect to the self and have a capacity to heal.  They are naturally curious, so they encourage their human to look into the unconscious self.

The cat also has excellent eyesight.  They can see very well in the dark.  This speaks to a human’s ability to see even in the darkest of times.  When the cat lends their power to their attachment, the person can often see despite the whirlwind of negativity around him/her.  They are agile creatures as well so they lend their ability to land on their feet to their human counterpart.

Cats love to sleep, and that is no different with a spirit cat.  Your cat may serve as a reminder to rest.  Don’t go at something so hard that you lose yourself.  Take time to recharge.  It’s okay to sleep.  We often run about hurriedly letting necessities like sleep fall by the wayside.  This is a bad habit.  Lack of sleep impact all of the body systems, especially the immune system (Gazzaniga, Heatherton, & Halpern, 2016).  The cat will remind you to stay healthy by engaging in adequate sleep patterns.

Cats often have the reputation of being aloof.  However, cats can be very loving often climbing into your lap or landing on your face when they need you to wake up.  With this love comes healing abilities.  So, you may be a healer or you may just need your cat to feel healthy.  The cat can keep your fear of loneliness at bay because of the great love offered to you.

Magic is why the cat was held in such high regard in the ancient world.  The cat is often attached to someone who is a practicing magician.  They can help your magical awareness and even put potency behind the spells you cast.

If you have a cat in your life (real or spiritual) you have a connection to antiquity.  I am personally allergic to cats, so I’m not surprised that a cat hasn’t attached to me.  I am allergic to dogs, too, but I love the loyalty of the dog.  This is not to say that cats can’t be loyal because they can be.  They often attach to their subject for life.  They are cuddly and small whereas some dogs grow large and it’s hard to put them in your lap.  Cats never get too big to snuggle with.  Remember that as you discover your cat spirit animal.  It’s likely they will crawl in your lap when they need to relay messages or they will slap you in the face when it’s time to wake up (LOL).

 

References

Harris, E.  (2017).  Cat spirit animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/raven-spirit-animal/

Cat meaning and symbolism.  (n.d.All Totems.  Retrieved from https://alltotems.com/spirit-animals/cat-meaning-symbolism/

Cat symbolism and meaning.  (2017).  The Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/cat-symbolism.html

Chambers, M.  (n.d.).  Animal Spirit.  Retrieved from http://melchambers.com/animal-spirit/

Gazzaniga, M.S., Heatherton, T.F., & Halpern, D. F.  (2016).  Psychological science (5th ed.).

New York, NY:  W.W. Norton

 

 

Spirit Animals: Moth

The moth is a very different kind of spirit animal.  You wouldn’t think of these smaller creatures as paths to spirituality, but they drawn strong energy from the source.  Again, crediting is all in the reference section.

Moths live everywhere on the earth except in severely cold climates.  Their little bodies, legs, and wings have touch hairs that come off if the moth is handled.  They can feel, smell, taste, and determine temperature.  The moth’s sense of sight is very good.  This is why folks often equate their moth totem to an ability to see psychically and to heal.  However, those with the moth often have the habit of picking up the energy of others and carrying it with them.  This isn’t necessarily a healthy habit, but that comes with the ability to use empathic healing.  Reiki can often help guard against this natural flaw.

The moth spirit/totem has the ability to move easily in the darkness and they are the symbol of transformation.  They can easily confuse adversaries and find light in the dark.  They can help their attachment hear spoken and unspoken messages from the spirit.

Moths are the darker side of the butterfly.  The people who find a moth in their lives will likely be psychics who can clearly see things that have not happened yet.  They tend to be nocturnal people, doing well at night.  The people who have a moth attached to them often have an optimistic point of view, which can offer a refreshing change of pace for those who tend to see the glass half empty.  The moth people can see the silver lining, hence the reference to finding the light in the dark.  They are great listeners and usually find themselves in careers involving counseling, teaching social work, and/or psychology.  They tend to be popular and highly respected among their peer groups.  They are generous and can adapt well to change.  They love dancing and use their intuition more than they would ever admit.

My friend just discovered that she has a moth as a spirit animal.  She is a healer by trade and by nature.  She works with herbs and oils to patch up those of us that are sick, but she also works in the professional medical field.  She is a psychologists of sorts, nonetheless.  She has no credentials in this area, but can often put a psychological spin on almost anything.  She is a deep thinker and feels deeply even though she would never admit it.

So if any of these aforementioned sounds like you, you might just have a moth in your life somewhere.  Again, to commune with your spirit animal, meditate and gather tangible items symbolizing the moth.  As odd as it may seem to have a moth as a spirit animal, they can offer many positive things to your life.  Embrace your spirit animal, whether it’s large or small.  They have so much to teach you!

References

Desy, P.L.  (2017, March 28).  Animal totem gallery: Insects/arachnids [Blog post].  Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/insect-totems-4053385

Woolcott, I.  (2015, February 8).  Moth power animal symbol of transformation [Blog post].  Retrieved from http://www.shamanicjourney.com/moth-power-animal-symbol-of-transformation

Spirit Animals: The Raven

Every time I think of a raven, I think of Edgar Allen Poe.  The raven is sort of mysterious.  People often associate the arrival of a raven to be a warning.  They are messengers.  That’s true, but what does it mean when one flies into your life?  Again, see the crediting in the reference section if you are interested.

Ravens signal the arrival of magic in your life.  A raven arriving means that there are changes that can be made in your life, and if you have dreams that you want to make a reality, now is the time.  The raven will take you to the darkest places of your inner conflicts and open doors to your healing abilities.

The raven totem symbolizes intelligence, mystery, and the ability to learn fast.  So, this is the opposite of the last two posts.  The raven is a quick moving guide.  Swooping in and making things happen is the mantra of this fascinating animal spirit.

You can also intimidate others.  You may exude assertiveness, which can be frightening to some people unless they know how to handle you.  When this animal arrives, nonetheless, it is likely to amplify those traits.

Folks who practice magic can be enabled by their raven.  The raven is a divination animal and can arrive because of knowledge you may already have about success and magical practices.  Cosmic forces are at work already when the raven comes calling.

Let’s get some history about this gorgeous, dark creature.  According to Wild Gratitude (2013), tribal people see the Raven as a hero God who either created the world or assisted in its creation.  Many tribal people know the raven as a spirit who provides aid, but also provides trouble.  The raven is known as a “trickster” (Spirit Animals, 2013) and often brings about hardship.  However, the raven’s ability to trick people often comes with setting things right.  In other words, things are already wrong and the raven tricks the recipient into changing things, which actually works toward positive outcomes.  You could say that the raven is a teacher.

When the raven comes to you it may signal that it is time to re-evaluate.  You may be in for a rebirth.

Another interesting fact is that the raven is an illusionist, which isn’t surprising given its power in magic.  They can help us wrap our head around things that we don’t understand.  When we have things happen to us that we know that no one else would ever believe, it may be your raven at work.  The raven works very hard to tear down your preconceived notions opening you up to limitless possibilities.  He is the driving force behind the belief in the fact that EVERYTHING is possible.

References

Harris, E.  (2017).  Raven spirit animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/raven-spirit-animal/

Imelda.  (n.d.).  The raven spirit animal.  Trusted Mediums.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/raven-spirit-animal/

Spirit animals:  Alchemical raven.  (2013, November 12).  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/raven-spirit-animal/

The raven wolf vortex journey.  (n.d.).  Retrieved from http://www.ravenwolfvortexjourney.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Spirit Animals: Turtles

Call me biased, but I think turtles are the cutest little animals!  However, they aren’t always little.  The sea turtle is large.  These are beautiful, timeless animals who have been around for a very long time.  They also live long lives if they are left undisturbed.  For crediting, see the reference section.

The turtle is another patience animal.  These animals are naturally slow-moving in the wild.  Does it feel like the turtle took forever to find you?  Maybe that’s the case.  Timing is essential for the arrival of the turtle.

For those of you who find that a turtle is sitting on the tree stump by the pond of your life, pay special attention to the details in your world.  Whether it’s a project or your personal situation, be mindful of the tiny things.  Take each step knowingly and willingly.  Try not to rush ahead.  It might take some time to reach your goals, but the turtle reminds you that you will succeed.

Turtles also signify earth energy.  So, it may be that it’s time to ground yourself.  Additionally, you might be one of those people how are great at navigation.  That ability might stem from the spirit totem.  You may also have the tendency to withdraw in uncomfortable circumstances or in situations you see as threatening (this is like the turtle going into its shell).  To help with this, be cognoscente of returning to the earth what she has granted you.  In other words, honor the creativity you hold within yourself.  Use water and earth energies to create balance in your life.

The arrival of a turtle also signifies the need for peace.  Again, this goes back to the willingness to be determined, but doing it at a steady pace.  The patience may bring about a settling down in your life.  However, remember that turtles might be slow on land, but they fly in the water.  So, once more, it’s association with earth and water is crucial to understanding the spirit this animal is granting you.  This might mean it’s time for you to take a break from the busy world around you and find serenity.  Do you like the ocean or being near water?  This may be why.  Your spirit animal may be drawing you back to the basics.  Standing in the water with bare feet is a great way to ground yourself.  If you can’t escape to a tropical paradise, stand on the ground with bare feet.  It offers the same relief.  The turtle will teach you these things and much more.

More information provided by Harris (2017) also states that the turtle represents the following:

  • Ability to stay grounded, even in moments of disturbances and chaos
  • Slowing down, pacing yourself
  • Determination, persistence
  • Emotional strength and understanding
  • Ancient wisdom

Because I always enjoy reading Harris (2017) and her work with spirit animals, she presented some pretty compelling information about the turtle that might help you.  The American continent is actually known as “Turtle Island” according to Native American lore.  Here is a direct quote to help you understand the legend:  “It is said that the Turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back. This image is also present in Hindu and Chinese cultures, where the turtle is the animal carrying Mother Earth  and holding the world in balance” (Harris, 2017).  This means that a turtle totem gives you access to ancient wisdom, but not just wisdom, earth wisdom.  You are likely very aware of the elements, land, plants, people, and animals.  You are peace.  When people find you, they find that they are calmed.  That might be your turtle coming through to others.

The turtle also symbolizes longevity and immortality in many mythologies around the world.  Why?  Because of the turtle’s appearance.  The wrinkly, dry skin and slow movement calls to mind old age.  However, the association with longevity is a good thing.  I found something fascinating when reading an article by Wild Gratitude (2015).  The relationship to aging could come from as far back as Darwin’s research.  He met “Harriet,” a Galapagos tortoise, while studying evolution.  Harriet passed away 171 years after befriending Darwin.  She passed in 2006 at the age of 250.  Isn’t that astounding?

Something else that Wild Gratitude (2015) taught me was that the internal organs of turtle DO NOT age!  They are the only animal that can brag about this.  Therefore, the solution to aging may actually be in the DNA of the turtle!  So, does that mean that these animals can open the gate to eternal life?  Are they the key to the fountain of youth?

Think of the wisdom you would gain living 250 years.  The point is that there is a timeless quality that comes with the human soul.  That is why it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that our souls have lived through MANY  lifetimes.  The turtle reminds us of this possibility.  If we can embrace that timelessness, we may be able to relieve some of the stress we sometimes shoulder.  We’ve been through all of this before!  This may even ease our anxiety surrounding death!

Remember that turtles are determined.  So, if you find that you are struggling with making it from point A to point B, don’t give up.  Your animal might help you pull through.  Along the way, there are lessons you need to learn and areas of growth that have to happen in order for you to truly appreciate your journey.  Welcome you turtle into your life for those reasons.  When you feel weary, pull from the determination this spirit animal offers you.  The end results may astound you!

 

 

References

Harris, E.  (2017).  Turtle spirit animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/eagle-

spirit-animal/

Spirit animals:  Trusty turtle.  (2015, July 17).  Wild Gratitude.  https://www.wildgratitude.com/meaning-of-turtle-spirit-animal/

Turtle symbolism.  (2017).  Spirit Animal Totems.  https://www.spirit-animals.com/turtle/