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.

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New Moon on Solar Eclipse

Yellow Tree, blossoms full of bees by WhaleMaiden, July 2010

Today is the new Moon, and there is also a Solar Eclipse taking place.  Folks in South America are expected to be able to see the Eclipse.  I’m going to say ‘see’ with a certain emphasis, since it is important to wear protective eye-wear when viewing an eclipse.  (I read this weekend that one does not need to do so during totality…)

At any rate, since Southwest Florida is no where near the Easter Islands,   my friends gathered at our favorite spot to have a New Moon meditation for the Solar Eclipse.  As it turns out, we didn’t have a large gathering.  And, as it turns out we didn’t have a Meditation.  Since it is the New Moon, we did work which is called introspective.  We saw lots of animals:

  • We saw a Hawk landing on a power line as we were approaching our place.
  • Bees of all kinds in the Yellow Tree;
  • Frogs
  • Butterflies (Yellow and Monarch)
  • A large bug with purple body and black legs kept landing on one person.
  • Dragonfly
  • a Cricket hopped onto the Blanket; and we could hear cicadas
  • Spiders
  • more Hawks
  • Grasshopper
  • Brace of medium sized , black birds (there were “5 or 6 or maybe 7.”)
  • Jay Birds

We worked with a wonderful book called Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, with beautiful illustrations by Angela Werneke.  I’ve been working with this book and the totem cards since at least 1990. 

We used the Pathway Spread.  it consists of 7 cards which signify:

  1. Your Past.
  2. Your Present.
  3. Your Future.
  4. The Pattern or set of life lessons that is moving through your life.
  5. The Challenge you have Conquered or the lesson just Completed.
  6. What is working For you.
  7. What is working Against you.

It was about 90-95 degrees out and we had a nice spot in the shade, which was only a little damp!  Initially there was a nice breeze.  On our way to where the shady spot is, we walked past this tree with Yellow Flowers.  It was full of bees in every imaginable size.

Happy Spring Equinox and Bees.

White Flower with buds, with purple stripes

Yesterday was the Spring Equinox.  I went out to a field and selected a spot and some of my friends joined me with Picnic foods, and afer we ate we focused our energies with burning sage on crystals and seashells and feathers.  It was a fairly simple meditation and we all felt very uplifted afterwards.  The sun was so bright as I was taking pictures of the flowers in the field.  I didn’t notice the buds, nor the purple stripes on the buds, until I got home.

I’ve been very concerned about the Bees since lots of the flowering trees and shrubs in Southwest Florida were frosted this January.  I am hopeful that the Bees and Birds and Butterflies will find enough nectar to keep them healthy.  We saw tons of Bees out in the field and many Birds and Butterflies.

The Spring Equinox fits right into Fire Season.  Fire Season in Southwest Florida, is all about this buildup of energy, bursting forth like the buds blooming everywhere.