“A natural object, usually an animal that serves as a distinctive, often venerated emblem or symbol. A means of personal or spiritual identity.“
If you aren’t sure what a totem animal is, think of it as a spirit being that is a sacred object or a symbol of a person. In other words, it is a spiritual animal that has your back. Native Americans believe that different totem animals accompany you through life, acting as guides, and helping you achieve your goals and ward off all the bad stuff that is out there. They say that they stay with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Come on, how cool is that?
So now that you know you have yourself a totem animal, what would it be? Would it be the magical, shape-shifting, creative crow that guides you? Or is it a dog, filled with faith, and always loyal, that protects you? Or would it be the stealthy, clever, and tricky coyote that has your back wherever you go?
The thing you have to remember is that you don’t choose your totem animal, that would be way too easy. Instead, your totem animal chooses you. Not only that but it only decides to reveal itself when the time is right. You know what might make your totem animal decide to do that a little faster..
A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Some native American tribe’s tradition provides that each person is connected with nine different animals that will accompany him or her through life, acting as guides.
A spirit animal characterized by a personal relationship to the individual it is associated with. You can have one or several spirit animals throughout your life, during a specific phase of your life, or at specific occasions.
It is that connection at the individual level that differentiates the power animal from the animal totem that tends to symbolize a group or person’s identity. As such, power animals are the equivalent of animal spirit guides or spirit animals.
Your spirit animal often represents qualities and attributes that you may see in yourself. It is instructive to learn about the habits and characteristics of your power animal and see how they are reflected in your own personality and life.
The terms “spirit animal” and “power animal” are often used interchangeably, even though they have slightly different meaning depending on the context in which they are used.
Spirit animals are typically associated with traditional as well as modern Western shamanic practices. During initiations or shamanic journeys, the shaman would find one or several animals that she or another person is associated with. Traditionally, the spirit animal is used for guidance.
Think of your spirit animal as a guardian spirit or spirit guide. It can play the role of protector and provides guidance. It’s like a “personal guide or protector” that has a personal affinity with the person it’s associated with.
In addition, the spirit of the animal could unite with the person it “chose” in more personal ways and one will often find similarities in traits of personality, characteristics, and synchronicity between the two. As such, the power or essence of the animal can be felt or communicated. In that sense, spirit animals can also be referred to as “power animals”.
On this web site, the terms spirit animal, animal spirit guide and power animal are used interchangeably.
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