Spirit Animals: Kangaroos (final series post)

Welcome to the concluding post for this series.  I certainly hope you have enjoyed learning about the various animals that have come to my mind.  I believe this series was inspired by something greater than me, so someone out there needed to understand the phenomenon of spirit animals.  Since I published this blog, I’ve done some psychic readings and the animals have popped through.  I have been able to reference my blog to help them understand the creatures that have come to them.

Today I am going to focus on the kangaroo.  After all, we are bouncing into the new year as of tomorrow.  So, what better way to end the series than on a bouncy note?

The appearance of the kangaroo reminds you that the only direction you can go is forward.  You’ve had all year to gather momentum, and now it’s time to keep moving forward.  Don’t look back.  The past is only a chain around you ankle in the ocean of life.  All you need to understand is that forward-motion is adequate.  You don’t have to work at clearing a path.  Your spirit guides have already done that in preparation for the kangaroo to arrive.

The fact that the kangaroo is a Marsupial can also mean that you are in a nine month cycle (Spirit Animal Totem).  Take a look at the things that have happened in the last nine months.  There is a pattern that should be visible to you.  If you have been working on a project, it likely began nine months ago.  If you are beginning a new project, it will probably come to fruition in about nine months as long as you are committed to finishing it.

This also means that you need to leave a bad situation behind.  The kangaroo encourages you to bounce forward.  All you need to do is allow your instincts to take over.  When you settle and quiet your mind, the answer will be clear.  Overall, the answer means you need to drop the situation and bounce on.  How do you do this?  Read on.

The kangaroo offers strength and stamina as long as you go forward and do not cling to the past.  You already have the ability to balance your creative energy or your intuition to take that leap forward.  You are already a very focused individual.  In fact, you usually have to shield from other energies.  You have to keep that energy field clear of external influences.  Without that ability to will cling to what doesn’t belong to you.  Furthermore, if you do not center yourself and listen, you will not be able to ground.  Without the power of grounding, you are in flight.  With the situation you are in, you don’t want to be flying around.  You need to hop out of whatever it is that is holding you captive.  You already know the direction you need to go in.  Simply look at your kangaroo, and she’ll show you how to hop through the difficulty.  She will also say, “Don’t look back.  Focus on all that lies ahead!”  That should be really exciting! Further to that point, Love explains that the kangaroo represents a quantum leap that you need to take.

When I think of the kangaroo, I think of Kanga from Winnie the Pooh.  She was loving and nurturing.  On top of that, she was a beautiful symbol of “uncharted territories” (Love).

The arrival of a kangaroo inspires you to do more.  It helps you reach personal goals.  It allows you to pull pleasure into your life.  So, when you see the leaping and hopping going on, that means that your physical desires are something you should be looking at.

Physically, the kangaroo has a very long tail.  How is it used?  To balance.  Are you balancing?  If not, meditate with your kangaroo.  The animal will probably teach you to balance stress, choices, life, health, and a host of other situations.

Kangaroos also fight.  They “box.”  It’s rather disturbing to watch, but wow can these animals compete!  Whether you know it or not, you have a competitive streak.  You may not want to recognize it, but you have it.  The kangaroo may have hopped to you so that you embrace that part of yourself.  Additionally, the kangaroo could be a part of your life now to teach you how to express your competitive power.

The take-away message surrounding this special animal is moving ahead.  That sounds easy.  It isn’t.  Our nature is to hold onto things we should let go of.  Don’t deny it.  There is something you are holding on to.  Only you know what that is.  If you feel the presence of a kangaroo, you are being directed to move away from what is holding you back.

As I close this series, I want to let you know that I am working on The Thin Dark Veil again.  This series will be included in that book.  I wanted to publish the book over a year ago, but something didn’t feel right.  It was because there was much more coming that required inclusion in the book.  So, my goal is to put it out by Valentine’s Day.

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know the psychic part of me and that you have connected with the animal especially made just for you!  Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.  Stay safe!  Love and light to you always!

References

Kangaroo symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/kangaroo/

Love, P.  (n.d.).  Kangaroo symbolism [Blog post].  Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/kangaroo-symbolism.html

 

 

Spirit Animals: The Swan

In college, I was the member of a sorority.  The mascot for the organization was a swan.  We’ve worked through just about all of the mascots from my education (Tiger:  high school; Bear:  undergrad; Buffalo:  grad school), so I knew I had to include this legendary creature in this blog series.

If the swan comes to you, she is there to help you discover new ways of thinking.  She is helping you to go with the flow.  This goes back to feminine energy as well as intuition.  The swan reminds you of your personal beauty, too.

Swan people are able to see the future.  They welcome healing and transformation.  They are monogamous and mate for life.  The swan folks usually find true love at a very young age.  They stay together for years.  They can balance everything; work, family, play, and even personal space.  They know when it’s time to steal away and recharge.  They also have the ability to be individuals.  They don’t necessarily bend to the group.

 

 

The swan is steeped in lore and fairy tales.  It is one of the most powerful and one of the oldest animal totems.  I think of the Ugly Duckling when I think of the swan.  The story says that as we grow we become more and more beautiful.  the other thing that comes to mind is a swan song.  In some cultures it was believed that the swan’s song signaled death (transformation).

The swan may arrive to tell you to be mindful of some of your negative feelings; jealousy, insecurity, self-doubt.  Avoid arguments.  The arrival may also mean that you may be or will be mourning a loved one.

As you head into the new year, you may consider that the swan is telling you that it’s your time.  You’ve been growing.  Use your intuition.  Get away from argumentative people.  Examine your emotions.  These are all calls to help you meet your maximum potential.

 

References

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  The swan spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from  https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-naix4PAoYgo/V5m0EYD5prI/AAAAAAAA6tw/6jubOw5XLHo22BbzsIdKBlQ59mNvl6RZgCLcB/s1600/DSCN1428.JPG

Swan symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/swan/

 

Spirit Animals: The Cardinal

The cardinal is the state bird of Ohio.  So, I thought I would look into this beautiful little red bird to understand what he/she can bring to the spirit.  References always provided 🙂

The arrival of the cardinal signals that you might need to be clearer regarding your intentions.  As the new year comes crashing in, the cardinal tells you to start setting clear, meaningful goals for yourself.  By doing this, you can accomplish just about everything you set your mind to.  It’s time to spend less time thinking about the small stuff (the things that don’t really make a difference either way).  The cardinal also reminds you to think carefully.  Your thoughts propel through the universe, causing problems or positives.  In other words, if you are thinking positive things, you will pull positive toward you (the law of attraction once again).  In turn, if you are thinking horrible thoughts, you will create negative things in your life.  The cardinal reminds you that those thoughts can manifest.

The cardinal also wants you to understand that you come first, but not in a selfish way.  You should take care of yourself.  You should watch your health.  You should do this before looking after others.  If you have new projects, the time to begin is when the cardinal arrives.

Cardinal people often make great intuitive listeners.  They can interpret their inner voice.  They are usually in touch with the femininity that you they possess.  Are you sensitive?  You may want to look around you.  A cardinal could be afoot.  A cardinal person will likely be the pioneer of great ideas.  They make things happen.  You can also promote yourself well and enjoy leadership roles.  However, the cardinal totem gives you the ability to end senseless projects.  You know where to begin, and you know when to stop.

The cardinal also brings a sacred song to you.  Listen well.  You can gain direction from their beautiful singing.  The song will help you truly fall in love with your life.  This is difficult at times.  We face so many challenges, losses, and changes, that embracing our lives can be very heard, especially during the times we travel through the valley.  The cardinal may arrive to sit on your shoulder and show you the positives that surround you.  They can help you see the things that are wonderful, despite the darkness.

The cardinal brings the gift of seeing.  When I meet folks who are “seers,” I explain that they have the ability to see everything.  They don’t just see the future, the past, the dead, or other spiritual things.  They can see the big picture.

Believe it or not, the cardinal has a symbolism attached to Winter.  Therefore, I guess this post is very appropriate.  Winter is the natural time of hibernation.  We move a little slower.  In Paganism and Wicca, winter is the time to for the spirit and the soul to retreat after the gathering of the harvest.  It’s a time to reflect.  Even with the holidays, the winter months welcome the time of sacred rest.  It’s time to take things slow.  I am not a fan of winter, but understanding that it is needed so the spirit can recharge helps me cope with the cold months of the year.

The cardinal acts as a mascot of the holiday season as well as the winter months.  The bird tells us to slow down.  They help us focus on developing spiritually.  Even though we are resting, we can still move forward in our spiritual journey.  The cardinal embraces kin, but also balancing those responsibilities.  It seems that family can tear you apart at this time of year.  You are all coming together to try to enjoy the time of year, but in the process, if you are a sensitive, you are exposed to all of that energy.  Shielding yourself is very important, but for those who don’t know how, it can be overwhelming.  The cardinal reminds you to take it easy, and again, put yourself first.  If you feel like you can’t handle something, push away from it.  If you need to be alone, be alone.  Balance is the key with these animals.  Use their abilities to find the balance in your life.

References

Cardinal symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totem.  Retrieved from http://www.spirit-animals.com/cardinal/

Cayne, C.  (2017, June 30).  Twin flame spirit animals:  Essential facts and insights [Blog post].  Retrieved from http://www.twinflames1111.com/blog/q-a/qa-twin-flame-spirit-animals/

Love, P.  (n.d.).  Cardinal symbolism [Blog post].  Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/cardinal-symbolism.html

 

 

Spirit Animals: Dolphins

I have had the privilege of swimming with dolphins.  I saw them in action when I visited South Carolina.  We were on a ferry from Fort Sumter.  A pod of dolphins swam beside the ferry the entire way back to the terminal.  It was quite beautiful.

Although I live in the Midwest, that doesn’t mean that I can’t have a dolphin as a spirit animal.  I met someone recently that has a dolphin spirit animal.  She lives about 20 minutes from me.  When I did a reading for her, I explained that just because you don’t live near the animal doesn’t mean they are unable to connect with you.  You can summon the animal and they can summon you.

When the dolphin swims into your spirit world it represents balance and harmony.  The dolphin is a highly intelligent, highly social animal.  They have excellent instincts.  Many people see dolphins as protective totem animals.  They are also playful, reinforcing to their human that life must be approached with positivity and humor.  People who lean toward the dolphin are typically very gentle and have a solid foundation of inner strength.

Throughout history the dolphin has been associated with various myths.  They were said to have saved drowning sailors and even guided vessels on the sea.  Symbolically, the dolphin is associated with resurrection.   For instance, the Greeks thought that they dolphins were responsible for carrying the souls of the dead to the afterlife.  Christians depict them as carrying the soul of Jesus.

The dolphin can see and hear very well.  This allows it to move through the black water effortlessly.  They aren’t afraid of the darkness, but rather, they maneuver through it sharply.  They communicate with their family members by using clicks and squeals.  They also use sounds to detect objects in the abyss.  Couch (2016) described this process as echolocation.  Because of this skill they can accurately assess distance from an object and the size of it.

Many scientific studies have been conducted to test the intelligence level of the dolphin.  Most scientists believe that dolphins are very aware of their surroundings and even exhibit empathy.  The dolphin is capable of teaching, learning, and cooperation.  Their brains are specially designed for socialization, emotional capacities, judgement, and other cognitive processes you may not thing they could accomplish.  In fact, many are finding that the dolphin brain isn’t that different from ours.  They know their names and possess a sense of self.

People who find themselves enamored by the dolphin are likely being called to the animal.  The dolphin reminds us to find humor in everything.  They tell us that it’s okay to play for the fun of it.  Furthermore, they dolphin symbolizes rebirth, so you may be heading toward some metamorphosis.

The dolphin is brave, strong, and confident.  When a shark or orca comes at them, the dolphin will not hesitate to fight back.  They won’t run.  So, in the spirit world they teach us the importance of morals, ethics, self-assurance, and truth (speak you mind!).  They also implore you to stand your ground and do not back down.

As I mentioned, dolphins are very social and live in large cooperative groups.  They work together to protect one another and even feed and care for injured or sick family members.  The entire pod support a mother giving birth.  They will protect the calves from threats.  They are selfless.  So, if a dolphin is attached to you the ability to love unconditionally and sacrifice will probably be built into your DNA somewhere.

Dolphin people can balance many situations, but it is difficult at times.  They are really good at walking the line of chaos and peace.  You may complete tasks and be happy while doing so.  You are probably very protective of others.  You may also be a person who offers guidance to others.  You are generous.

A lot of people love dolphins.  They feel very bonded with them, but don’t know why.  It is very possible that there is a reason for that bond.  You might have dolphin jewelry.  You might have paintings or knickknacks.  Even if you live inland, it doesn’t mean you cannot connect with a dolphin spirit animal.  All it takes is a little work and some concentration.

References

Brody Boon Doggle.  (n.d.)  What’s your spirit animal [Blog post].  Retrieved from http://brodyboondoggle.com/your_spirit_animal/92

Couch, S.  (2016, August 5).  Spirit animals: Dolphin symbolism.  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/dolphin-symbolism/

Dolphin symbolism (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/dolphin/

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  The dolphin spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/dolphin-spirit-animal/

 

Spirit Animals: Reindeer

Ho, ho, ho!  Merry Christmas!  For today I thought it appropriate to discuss the reindeer spirit animal.  Since Santa is now in bed asleep from all of the traveling, and his reindeer are now safely tucked away for another year, what better way to honor the childhood dream of Christmas?

The reindeer comes to you to remind you to stay focused, fight the good fight, and don’t forget to keep your goals in sight.  They encourage you to keep on keeping on because the end of your emotional and/or spiritual journey is coming to a close.  It doesn’t mean you’re going to die.  It means that you have learned the things you needed to learn in order to reach elevation.  The reindeer also reminds you to trust in yourself, and more than anything, get away from drama!  Avoid drama-queens and drama-kings at all costs.  Let your red nose shine.

The arrival of the reindeer also whispers, “Take a leap!”  They come to you to tell you to close your eyes and move forward; take a leap of faith.  You can truly fly, but you must believe that the impossible is possible.  Let go of your fears.  Let go of your personal hang-ups.  GO!  You got this!  The fact that you are having faith in the new journey helps build your trust and your instincts.

What does a reindeer person embrace?  They are usually very family oriented.  This person will be a skillful communicator.  He/she will be a very social animal and do well in leadership positions.  You are a guide to most folks and help people see the new directions they can take.  You are mindful of others, including their needs.  This means that you are probably involved in the community in some capacity, whether it is volunteer service or a paid position.  You tend to wander and always have your eyes peeled for new places and new experiences.  You are the adventurer.  You may like to travel to places you have never seen.  Once you’ve done that, you cross it off of your list and move on.

Reindeer in the wild are a hearty bunch.  They live in colder climates and move as families.  Both male and females have antlers and keep them year-around.  Reindeer also form bonds with humans in the wild.  They can perform tasks similar to that of the horse, thus the reason why they pull sleighs for Santa.  They actually do perform this task for their humans.  Cars and trucks won’t go in deep snow or on ice, so what better way to move about your world than a sleigh pulled by one or two of these gorgeous beasts?

In the spirit, these animals help you be a true visionary.  Keep up that heart-felt determination!  Additionally, the reindeer symbolize shamanic vision.  These animals are filled with magic.  Their antlers are the most mystical part of the animal.  Legend says that they store their memories in their antlers, dating back to their ancestors (Reindeer symbolism).

The reindeer is a test-animal.  This means that they will require you to test your limits.  How far are you willing to go to learn the lessons you must learn?  Will you work hard?  Will you stay determined?  Those are the questions  you will be forced to answer.

The journey will be long, much like the migration that the reindeer endures on the frozen Tundra.  However, with sheer will and drive you can make it.  The rewards are well worth it.  Keeping this in mind, you can depend on the reindeer as you make your way through your long life’s journey.  They make wonderful, loyal companions.  At this time of year, they can pop through rather clearly, so keep your eyes open to their presence!

Have a great Christmas today!  I’ll be posting tomorrow about the dolphin.

References

 

Love, P.  (n.d.).  Reindeer symbolism & meaning [Blog post].  Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/reindeer-symbolism.html

Reindeer symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/reindeer/

 

Spirit Animals: Hummingbirds

The hummingbird is one pretty little bird.  I began feeding them during the mid-summer months.  It was the first time in my life that I decided to do such a thing.  The reason was because I had a hummingbird come to the porch twice while I was sitting outside.  The creature buzzed me and then looked me straight in the eye.  I knew what it meant, so my dad taught me how to make their food.  My parents have fed them for decades.  Furthermore, when I hung the food out for them I learned that they are very feisty animals.  There was a clear hierarchy.  One dominated the others, hogging the food and bullying the others.  Because a hummingbird had never approached me before, I decided to learn more about them.  There must have been a reason why they came to me.  References are below as always.

What we’ve learned about most birds in the spirit world is that they are often messengers.  They relay important information from the Spirit to you as the recipient.  When the hummingbird pops into your life it is trying to tell you to go after your dreams, and do it with some umph.  They are telling you that those dreams can now become a reality.  You may be in a rut, but happiness is close by.  It is time to stop waiting.  The other option is that you may have lost your joy.  Perhaps the hummingbird is trying to tell you that it is time to be happy.

The hummingbird is a hopeful animal.  They are granting inspiration, renewal, and vision.  If you have a hummingbird spirit totem, you are probably someone who always seems to be easily inspired.  You area also likely to be a very loyal, playful person with a knack for persistence.

Spirit Anima Totems brings forth some excellent additional information about the characteristics of the hummingbird.  They are as follows:

  1. ability
  2. aggression (believe it or not)
  3. ecstasy
  4. endurance
  5. happiness
  6. healing
  7. joy
  8. life
  9. love miracles
  10. rhythm

If you find that a hummingbird is buzzing into your life it may mean that it is time to actually enjoy your life.  Get out of the negative squalor and learn to love the work of daily living.  The hummingbird can easily travel long distances and fly backward.  This is something most birds cannot do.  This means that if you have a hummingbird spirit animal then you can learn to be very adaptable and resilient while learning how to gain a positive outlook during the darkest of times.

As I researched this animal, I learned some fascinating things.  I knew that this bird drinks nectar.  In fact that is the staple of their diet.  I also knew that they can cross oceans.  However, I did not know that the hummingbird can cheat death by “going into a hibernation-like state called a ‘torpor’ when food is scarce” (Couch, 2014).  During this hibernation, the hummingbird metabolizes her food slower.  This ability goes far beyond survival.  Therefore, what the hummingbird spirit animal is telling you is that there is more to life than just surviving.  Drink in the sweetness at every opportunity!  Abundance and joy is the key cornerstones of understanding this tiny little spirit animal.  That means that those should be your themes as well.  Enjoy life!  Embrace it!  Live it!

I think blogging about the happy little hummingbird is very appropriate for Christmas Eve.  It reminds us that it is a time to feel the love of our family and self-love.  Regroup.  Take the time to smell the flowers, even if it is Poinsettia.

References

Couch, S.  (2014, September 14).  Spirit animals: Hummingbird elixir [Blog post].  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/hummingbird-symbolism/

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  Hummingbird spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/hummingbird-spirit-animal/

Hummingbird symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/hummingbird/

Spirit Animals: Bats

I think bats are adorable.  Yes, I know.  That’s not normal.  I just think they are fascinating, beautiful animals.  In the summertime I watch them from the front porch.  They fly in and devour the bugs by the street light.  They are fast predatory animals.  People often associate bats with vampires.  However, not all bats are vampire bats.  There are fruit bats as well as many other species.  People typically cringe at the thought of the bat.  They fear them.  So when the bat swoops into your life, what should you do?  As always, take a look at the references.  I have found three primary blogs to be very helpful throughout this entire series.

The Bat means that change is imminent and that you should be mindful of your surroundings.  The transition is most certainly looming, but don’t be afraid.  It may seem daunting and terrifying, but the change will grow you and help you elevate.  The bat means that you will change physically, mentally, emotionally, or all three.

Change is so hard.  When the bat arrives in a reading or in your life, the automatic reaction is terror.  It’s much like the reaction to The Tower in a tarot reading.  Sometimes we are thrust into change unwillingly, kick and screaming.  The bat reminds us to stay strong and keep our eyes on the prize.  The bat/change may be scary, but if we can see beyond that fear we will be successful.  Because the bat signifies change, it also symbolizes bravery.

The bat totem means that you probably a very sensitive person. The bat may be responsible for that trait.  You are also very observant and can see through the bull shit.  You don’t play games.  You get to the heart of the problem.  You are probably very social and have strong social ties.  You tend to be nurturing and use communication very well.  Your strongest sense is touch.  You use it to convey how you feel.  You are very perceptive, too.  You might have mighty psychic abilities.  Dream-state is your most profitable time of day; you may get very vivid messages while you dream.  This is a gift.  This is YOUR gift.  Can you see and interpret past lives?  You may want to see if there is a bat flying around you.  You may also be really good at adaptation.  Perhaps it’s because the bat signifies that consistent change.  You’ve learned to roll with the punches.

If you have ever seen nature shows featuring bats, you’ve noticed that they hang upside down.  The upside down positioning could symbolize a turn of events when it relates to spirituality.  However, that may not be the case.  The bat has the ability to outsmart gravity.  Whether you realize it or not, your past can be the force of gravity.  It can keep you from moving forward.  The bat reminds you that the past is behind you.  Hang tight.  It’s all going to come together.  These spirit animals are actually very positive.  They aren’t to be feared.  Yes, they bring change, but they also provide the courage you need to get through the change.

Couch (2015) provides some excellent information about the bat and rebirth.  In the wild, the bat gives birth to the baby while hanging upside down.  Believe it or not, the baby is born feet first (Couch, 2015).  These animals are born against the pull of gravity (Couch, 2015).  What this means is that you can use the bat’s strength in your own life.  Your new self is coming as a result of the change.

Many people think that rebirth means that we are coming into the light and that everything in the darkness will be revealed.  That isn’t always true.  Think about it.  Bats are nocturnal animals.  Their day begins at dusk.  Could it be that the big reveal will come when the sun goes down?  When things are at their darkest?  It is up to you to decide.  Once you do, you can fly just like the bat.  Realizing that you don’t have to be afraid of the dark, the change, and the growth will help you transcend far beyond the here and now.  You can delve into the mystery of the spirit with the help of your bat, learning new things about yourself as well as the many gifts you possess.

References

Bat symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totems.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/bat/

Couch, S.  (2015, October 28).  Spirit animals:  Bat bravery [Blog post].  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/bat-symbolism/

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  Bat spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/bat-spirit-animal/

 

 

Spirit Animals: The Tiger

Are you being stalked by tiger?  Does that prospect frighten you?  Don’t be afraid.  The appearance of a tiger in your spiritual life signifies all sort of positives!  See the references for more information.

The tiger is symbolic of courage and strength, of course.  In the wild, the tiger is fierce.  They can take down prey that is twice the size.  As far as giving you a visual of their size, the tiger is just as big as the lion.  They can even grown larger than lion.  They weight about 600 pounds and can grow up to 9 feet long.

In everyday life, you see Tony the Tiger.  My school mascot was a tiger.  You will also hear someone say, “that’a boy/girl tiger!” or “hold on tiger!”  The first statement indicates praise for the strength and prowess it takes to win.  The second statement signals caution for going too far.  This speaks to the intensity of the tiger.

I love reading Couch (2016).  The blog is so informative and helps me understand how the actual physical attributes of the animals can be used in our daily lives.  So, let’s delve into the wild and then look at the spiritual.

What are tigers best known for physically?  Those beautiful orange/gold and black stripes.  According to Couch (2016), the stripes allow the tiger to remain camouflaged in the forest and in the grasslands.  The broken pattern of the stripes is like a fingerprint.  Each tiger has a unique pattern.  Either way, they blend in with their environment to avoid detection.  Moreover, “the tiger’s stripes demonstrate a sharp directness, slicing through the darkness, and cutting to the chase” (Couch, 2016).  Now, let’s transfer that.  The tiger allows you to blend in, but moreover, it allows you to cut through the garbage.  The tiger can help you elevate, transform, and heal.

Back to the wild.  The tiger is not a long distance runner.  He is prowler; a stalker.  He navigates through miles this way.  Then, when the victim least expects it, the tiger pounces, and it’s lights out.  They are committed to the success of their hunt, and in the spirit, they signify passion and focus.  In other words, in your spiritual life, the tiger can help you remain focused and get the job done.  When you are having trouble cutting through the chaos, look to your tiger for help.

Let’s go a step further.  Persistence pays off.  The tiger provides a constant reminder of this well-known saying.  Set goals and get there.  Be patient in your pursuits.  Use a method that has worked and remain determined.  In time you will succeed, but you must be a patient.

The tiger might be signaling to you to plan.  If you struggling with planning, that might be why the tiger has stalked you and arrived.  He sees what you want.  He can help you get there, even when you feel weak and defeated.  He also reminds you to quit wasting your energy on things that don’t matter.  Stop feeling guilty for procrastinating.  You may just be incubating.  That’s perfectly alright!

If you have a tiger spirit animal, you may fit the following description:

  • Confident
  • Persistent
  • Strong willed
  • Balanced
  • Solitary
  • Observant
  • Graceful
  • Sensual
  • Independent
  • Blending well in social atmospheres
  • Charismatic

Think back to the first few posts.  I introduced you to Chakras.  The tiger has a primary role in those.  Sometimes (many times) the energy produced by those Chakras will diminish.  The tiger offers healing and allows you to use knowledge to heal your energy.  The strength of the tiger can be transferred to your physical life, helping you deal with ailments.

Where there is light, there will always be dark.  It’s up to us to find the balance.  Therefore, with that said, the tiger also has a dark side.  When the tiger comes into your life, it could amplify the aggression you already feel.  In fact, the tiger could point out that your feelings of aggression.  You may not have even felt aggressive, but when the tiger arrives it will allow you to see those feelings.  Because this animal is a hunter, the tiger may come to you when you feel threatened.  Thus, the tiger symbolizes a potential threat and the courage to face it.  What’s happening in your life?  Is there anything that you perceive as dangerous in which you need to escape?  If so, that may be the reason why the tiger has joined with you.

The other fact is that tigers represent unpredictability in the events surrounding your life.  There may be things that have happened that have upset plans or that have caused things to move too fast.  With this it’s hard for you to choose a strategy.  The preceding feelings might be anger or fear.  These emotions are primary emotions, which means they are raw and easily felt.  The tiger can amplify these.  However, in providing that amplification, the tiger is able to teach you not to make impulsive decisions.

In all circumstances remember that your tiger is there to heal, teach, and help.  No spirit animal comes into your life to threaten you or frighten you.  They won’t do that.  They are sent to help you work your way through your journey on this earth.  Some provide comfort whereas others provide much more.

Reference

 

 

Couch, S.  (2016, January 19).  Spirit animal: Indubitable tiger [Blog post].  Wild Gratitude.  Retrieved from https://www.wildgratitude.com/tiger-spirit-animal/

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  Tiger spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/tiger-spirit-animal/

LoveGodBob.  (2012, April 26).  Animal totem 29 [Blog post].  Retrieved from   https://lovegodbob.wordpress.com/tag/tiger-spirit-guide/

Tiger symbolism.  (n.d.).  Spirit Animal Totem.  Retrieved from https://www.spirit-animals.com/tiger/

 

Spirit Animals: The Ram

Have you ever watched any nature shows involving the ram?  They are one hard-headed creature.  They actually have a special padding on their head to take the impact of butting their heads together.  Do you know how they start a fight?  The ram hits another ram in the balls.  Seriously.  It’s sort of funny when you see it, but then the fights start.  Of course, if someone hit me in the privates I think I would be mad enough to fight.  So, when the ram comes butting into your life, what does that mean for you? (see the references for source information)

The ram signifies new beginnings and conquest.  Again, back to the nature shows.  These animals are expert climbers.  They can manage their way up a mountain side without even falling.  They are agile and obviously quite brave.  Transfer that to your life.  The ram stands proudly on the mountain that he has conquered.  This should encourage you if you have a ram in your world.  He keeps you moving up the mountain.  Whether it is personal obstacles, life circumstances, or any other challenges that make a mountain for you to climb, the ram pushes you to move forward; onward and upward.  Once you’ve overcome the mountain’s terrain, you can stand proud of your accomplishments.

The sure footing of the ram also speaks to faith.  Sometimes things become so dark that you can’t seem to find the ground.  The ram helps you do that.  He might punch you in the balls a couple of times to get your going, but once you’re moving he won’t leave you to languish.  Keep the same faith he does as he moves up the side of the rocky mountain.  He knows where he’s going.  He knows he can get there.  So can you!

The other thing about a ram is they don’t look away from a challenge.  In other words, in a stare-down with an opponent they won’t look away.  They don’t bury their head in the sand.  They take on the adversary with full force.  The ram is fearless.  He wants you to be fearless, too.  He wants you to keep your eye on the prize and move toward it.  Cowering isn’t his forte.  He won’t advocate for that sort of behavior either.  If the ram has appeared in your life he is likely there to tell you to grab what you want and not to be afraid.

I am an Aries, so my Zodiac sign is a ram.  We tend to be hard-headed (stubborn) and exhibit strong  leadership.  This goes along with the nature of the ram.  Let me give you a quick lesson in culture and the Zodiac.   The ram (Aries) is the first sign in the Zodiac chart.  It symbolizes leadership as well as authority.  It signifies renewal, masculinity, and force.  Dominance, drive, courage, and energy are also embraced by the sign.

The ram has been admired by the Egyptians, the Greeks, Romans, Celtic people, and the Indian cultures.  In the Middle East, it was included in the worship of Zeus, Apollo (a member of my pantheon), Amon-Ra, Cernunnos, Agni, Indra, Hermes, Ea, and Baal (Bostwick).  According to Bostwick, “symbols of these gods were the most highly revered of animals and objects. From this we can understand the importance of these symbols throughout time.”  Furthermore, she stated that if the ram was good enough for the Gods then surely the ram could bring quality to the lives of humans.

What qualities transfer to the spirit totem?  Rams are highly intellectual spirit totems.  They encourage us to hold ourselves to a higher standard.  The totem also finds contentment in gaining knowledge.  In fact, a person with this totem will crave it.  They will continually exercise their intellect and keep pouring more into the knowledge base.  If they don’t fill up the tank,, they feel unfulfilled.  In the wild, the ram’s horns grow stronger with each year of life.  This holds true for the human who has adopted the totem.  Each year the person gains more and more mental capacities.

Although I don’t have a ram in my life, I am a ram based on my sign.  The aforementioned explains a lot for me.  It may be why I have always been on a conquest toward education; why I can’t seem to get enough of it.  I love it, but sometimes the flesh doesn’t follow.  I have a drive to attain more and more knowledge (education), but due to circumstances in my life I can’t at the moment.  However, the desire is always there in the back of my mind whispering, “someday.”

The ram sends a spiritual message with the bucking behavior.  It tells us to be assertive especially when taking on new tasks.  The ram is quick and moves without hesitation.  He reminds us that when we find ourselves in new situations that we need to see those situations as opportunities and act quickly to secure a spot.  Opportunities comes and go, and if we don’t jump on them they may not come again.  I’m not telling you to be an impulsive idiot.  I’m telling you that fear should be examined for what it is.  Are you afraid to fail?  Or are you afraid of something else?  Are you embodied by a spirit of fear?  If so, the ram can help you get out of the rut (again kicking you in the balls).

Folks who attract and connect with the ram are usually sensitive.  They love philosophy.  They are naturally curious, but can sometimes approach life in a creative way, especially if the circumstances call for some outside-of-the-box thinking.

If you are an Aries, I encourage you to do your own research about this fascinating sign.  Although the Romans knew Aries as the God of War, those of us who carry this sign aren’t always looking for a fight.  Sometimes we have to embrace the idea of being a warrior to climb the mountain before us.  It’s the spirit of the ram that helps us accomplish those daunting tasks of finding our footing and moving on up!

References

Bostwick, L.  (n.d.).  Ram animal totem symbolism & meanings [Blog post].  Retrieved from https://www.sunsigns.org/ram-animal-totem-symbolism-meanings/

Love, P.  (n.d.).  Ram animal meaning [Blog post].  Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/ram-animal-meaning.html

 

Spirit Animals: The Jaguar

What a beautifully mysterious animal!  Most people equate the jaguar with the panther.  The black panther used to be a resident of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.  Some folks claim that they still see them from time to time.   Others who hear the word “jaguar” think of the car.  Either way it causes people to think of elegance and perfection.

When this sleek big cat strolls into your world, consider yourself lucky!  The jaguar is the keeper of the gate to the unknown.  When the jaguar becomes attached to you it means that it’s time to reclaim your inner strength and embrace your personal power.  It signals an awakening of sorts.  The jaguar are similar to the cougar in the fact that they are very graceful in the wild as well as in the spirit.  Her/his arrival means that it’s time for you to understand your dark side.

If you have a jaguar spirit animal you are probably pretty passionate.  You exude confidence and have the ability to understand life on a very deep level.  You roll with changes while maintaining your dignity.  You are creative and can see passed the here and now.  You rely on your intuition without any hesitation forging ahead toward the better you; the better life.  You rely on your vision to propel yourself forward.  The traits are what this animal encourages in you.  It amplifies these qualities.

Let me give you an idea of just how big these animals are.  The size might help you understand the traits that this big cat can offer.  The jaguar grows to 250 pounds.  This is twice as large as the leopard.  The jaguar is a physically powerful animal.  In saying that, these spirit animals will often help you find your inner strength.  The have mystical powers that are their greatest asset, which means they  are willing to share that with you.

The jaguar can help you see through the chaos around you, opening roads and even giving you the ability to understand the chaos.  They will teach you how to dash fear and go to places you aren’t familiar with.  The jaguar can shape shift.  This is a big deal.  That means they can change their appearance to blend in with many environments.  The jaguar has keen psychic vision, can assist with soul rituals, self-empowerment, and grabbing the power that already belongs to you.  The black jaguar in particular is the entity in charge of the circular time continuum.  This goes back to the role of gatekeeper.

The big cat is steeped in cultural references.  In South America the jaguar is associated with hunting.  According to Woolcott, an Indian legend exists that states that the gorgeous spotted coat of the jaguar came from the cat placing mud on its body.  The spots are what sets this animal apart from others.  Even the black jaguar has spots.  The other trait that sets them apart is their predatory skills.

The Mayans also have jaguar legends.  Moreover, this spirit animal is associated with both the sun and the moon.   According to Woolcott, the Mayans believe the following:

The journey of the sun across the sky and the darkness of night represented the infinite journey of human consciousness and its transformations. The midday sun’s position was compared to the Eagle, flying high in the sky, to then plunge below the horizon, just as we plunge into the dark to face our spiritual challenges and to be transformed. The hidden sun was said to be Jaguar, whose spotted skin represents the stars glittering/shining in the night sky…  Jaguar is the earth father, holding the authority over the sacred power of and in the earth, and the animals who live upon it. The force that lives within the mountains, giving them their volcanic and transformative power, is the same underworld source of energy and power contained within the Jaguar Sun.

What can you take away from this?  The jaguar is a motherly protector that empowers us to embrace our inner strength as a path toward the unknown with the goal of dispelling our personal fears.

The jaguar is a solitary animal.  They are patient also.  That is why solitary practitioners to gravitate toward the jaguar.

Another fascinating feature of the jaguar is its association with some Roman mythology.  The jaguar is directly linked with Bacchus (Harris).  According to Harris, as well as the history books, panthers/jaguars nursed Bacchus.  There are images showing Bacchus riding in a chariot pulled by jaguars.  For those who have been courted by Bacchus, they know that this God is linked to unleashing of desires (Harris).

As always, connect with your spirit animal by learning as much as you can about it.  Meditate.  Quiet your mind.  Every single animal involved in this blog series has the ability to speak to you.  That’s right!  Speak.  They can communicate with you if you are just willing to listen, but even more than that, to hear.  They can provide guidance in many ways.  They aren’t just silent pillars in your life.  These are living animals who tap into the spirit world, which means they have access to the wonders of the spirit.  This includes dropping ideas into your spirit and communicating with you in ways you don’t necessarily have to understand.  If you ever doubted how special you are, get acquainted with your spirit animal and you’ll have no doubt that you are important to Spirit and to the universe!

References

Harris, E.  (n.d.).  Jaguar spirit animal [Blog post].  Spirit Animal.  Retrieved from http://www.spiritanimal.info/jaguar-spirit-animal/

Jaguar symbolism and meaning.  (n.d.).  Universe of Symbolism.  Retrieved from https://www.universeofsymbolism.com/jaguar-symbolism.html

Woolcott, I.  (n.d.).  Jaguar power animal symbol of solitary path reclaiming power shape shifting psychic vision [Blog post].  Shamanism.  Retrieved from http://www.shamanicjourney.com/jaguar-power-animal-symbol-of-solitary-path-reclaiming-power-shape-shifting-psychic-vision