Finding your totem animal(s)

My friend Brizos sent me a website the other day, about totem animals.  I didn’t like it as much as I like the website I always quote, so I’m not going to post it here.  But it made me think about how people find their totems.  I believe you don’t find your totem; it finds you.  I believe that when you sense the animal is special to you, then it is.   I believe that you don’t have to be in the animal’s presence, to know it is your totem.

We have many animals on our totem.  There is usually one that stands out and you know it.  Then there are other animals that have special roles and messages.

This subject is very detailed and isn’t suitable for a blog post.  Un-plug yourself from technology every so often so you can hear the Earth as she sends you messages, through her messengers.  Tap into the awesomeness of the Universe so that when Great Spirit speaks to you, you will hear it.  Meditate.  Make notes of the animals that come to you in meditations.  You’ll know when it is happening, that they are special to you.

If you don’t know how to meditate, then just go outside and explore.  Go for a walk.  Go for a swim.  Sit in a meadow.  Animals are all around us and are waiting to “walk” with us on this Earth.


Author: Whale Maiden

I'm a person on the Shamanic Path, living in sunny central Florida. I study animals and the weather and reflect on the cycles of life.

4 thoughts on “Finding your totem animal(s)”

  1. No one ever discovers their totem animal to be, for example, a mealy bug or sea cucumber. I think the ego always gets in the way and we find ourselves ‘attracted’ to eagles, or panthers, or some other majestic creature. Is it not the ego choosing for us?


    1. Oh, I agree with you about this to some extent. You are right that sometimes people are guided by ego in their selections. It is very much like when people explore their past lives — no one is ever just a peasant, they are always a princess/queen or a king. I think people are tapping into the Divine when they feel this way, without realizing it. Yes, people can have animals that are small as messengers, but not as their totems. (See my post about Great Spirit creating the Roach.) However, there are important considerations about picking a totem animal based on shamanic teachings. One shouldn’t select an insect or a creepy-crawly when finding one’s totem. I’ll cover that in another post.

      Thanks for visiting!


      1. Well that goes to show I made my comment based on no knowledge at all about animal totems! I thought you could ‘pick’ or ‘be chosen’ by any animal. Look forward to reading more about the do’s and don’ts of selection – I’m interested now 🙂


  2. There is a distinction. There are several animals in your Totem. There is one which will be like your theme song for the movie of your life. Then there are other ones which walk with you for certain parts of your life.

    We do not pick them. The animals choose us. This is because they are messengers from the Great Spirit.

    More on this later!


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