Medicine Card Meanings

15 Aug


The eagle is symbol of the zenith.
A great reminder of your own ability to soar to great heights.
Eagles are messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the spirit of the sun.

Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation;
a willingness to experience extremes;
a willingness to use your ability
even if it means getting “scorched” a little as you fly high;
a willingness to seek out your true emotions.

A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey.

Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even went soaring high;
Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth;
Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly.

This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit.
Eagle people can live in the realm of the spirit
yet still remain connected and balanced within the realm of the Earth.

You must become much more than you ever dreamed possible.


Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air.
It holds the key to higher levels of consciousness.
This totem awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose.

A Hawk totem is filled with responsibility because Hawk people seek the overall view.
They are aware of omens and spirit messages.

If you have this Totem, you will be aware of and work towards fulfilling your soul’s purpose.
It reflects a greater intensity of energy within your life:
physical, emotional, mental and spiritual forces will all be strong within you.

It is associated with the number “14” with the Tarot card Temperance.
This card represents the teaching of higher expressions of psychic ability and vision.


Stamina, Strength, Nobility
An Elk totem teaches you how to pace yourself.
You might not be the first to arrive, but you will arrive without burning out.
Don’t try for quick and easy; long and steady is the key to reaching your goals.

If you have an Elk totem, you will feel the need for companionship or group support.   You do not have to do everything alone, help is out there waiting for you if you just ask for it.

People with Elk totems have a need for high energy levels and this can be accomplished through their foods.
A diet that is mostly vegetarian will give you strength without stress.
Vitamins are a good supplement.
If you find yourself becoming sluggish, adjust your diet and in a couple of days, you will recover your stamina.

And don’t forget to replenish yourself with some personal quiet time.


Gentleness and Innocence

Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives.

Don’t push towards change in others, rather gently nudge them in right direction with the love that comes from a Deer totem.

When a Deer totem shows up in your life, a new innocence and freshness in about to be awakened.
There is going to be a gentle lure of new adventures.
There will  be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.


Caution, Healing, Leadership

The power of the Bear totem is the power of introspection.
The answers to all our questions lie within us.
Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence and know.

Just as the bear hibernates during the winter, people with a Bear totem will be quieter during the winter months.  But they must awaken in the spring and seek whatever opportunities are around them.

When you have a Bear totem, you are being guided to a leadership role.
You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.

The Bear also encourages you to exercise your abilities as a natural healer.

Bears are associated with trees which are natural antennas, linking the heavens and the Earth.
Bear also has links to the seven color rays of the Universal Light as well as Lunar ties, linking the subconscious and the unconscious mind.
It is associated with the Goddess Artemis.


Wisdom, Healing, Initiation

The symbol of eternity. This a powerful totem — it is the symbol of transformation and healing.
The Snake is wisdom expressed through healing.

It is a protector and guardian totem, along with its sister totems, the Dragon and the Serpent.

If a snake totem has come into your life, your creative forces are awakening.
Your intuition will sharpen and be more accurate.

Snake energy is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance.
It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation.

It also signals a transition in your life.
New opportunities and/or changes.

Snake is fire medicine, the medicine of transmutation.
On a material level, it is vitality; on an emotional level, it is ambition and dreams; on a mental level, it is intellect and power; on a spiritual level (the highest level), it is wisdom, understanding and wholeness.

Snake magic is heavy magic.
Become the Magician and transmute the energy and accept the power of the fire.

The Snake is one of the symbols of Thoth.


Sensuality, Respect, Self-Esteem

The skunk is a very powerful totem with mystical and magical associations.
It teaches how to give respect, expect respect and demand respect.
This totem helps you recognize your own qualities and assert them.

Skunks are fearless but very peaceful.
These are two wonderful qualities which you can learn from your skunk totem.

If you have skunk medicine will find that the use of fragrances will elicit dynamic responses in the people around you.
Your sexual response will be heightened and you will have a greater ability to attract people.

Individuals with a skunk totem must learn to balance the ability to draw and repel people.
Skunks remind us that there is a time to be with people and a time for solitude.

The skunk’s stripe is the outward sign of kundalini or life force.
When you receive a skunk totem, your kundalini or life force activates and amplifies.
You must learn to use this force effectively.

Skunks are silent animals and through their silent, they teach us not to brag — it will push people away rather than attract.
People will notice you without any help.

When the skunk appears, opportunities will open to bring self-esteem and respect.
There will be increased sexuality:
physically, psychically and spiritually.


Joy, Primal Feminine Energy

Otters awaken curiosity.  They remind us that everything is interesting
if we look at it from the right angle.

The Otter totem is connected to the primal feminine energies of life:
the elements of both Earth and Water are present in Otter medicine.

With an Otter totem, you must remember the beauty of a balanced female side, creating a space for others to enter our lives without preconceptions or suspicions.
Otter teaches that balanced female energy is not catty or jealous, but it is sisterhood and sharing with others.
Otter expresses joy for others.

Remember that all of us, both men and women, have a feminine side.

If an Otter has entered your life, it may be time to find some play time in your life, to awaken your inner child.
Allow events to unfold naturally in your life.  Be careful not to hang on the material things in your life that bind you or become a burden.
Become Otter and move gently into the river of life.


Transmutation, Dance of Joy

The butterfly is the symbol of change, joy and color.
It is the symbol of the soul.

They remind us that life is a dance, not to take things quite so seriously.
They also remind us to get up and move.
Dance brings the sweetness of life.

Butterflies bring color and joy to your life.
Look at them and remember what joy is in your life, if its a lot or a little, it is still joy.

They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to traumatic; it can occur gently, sweetly, joyfully.

If a butterfly totem has shown up in your life, make note of the most important issues in your life, and see what needs to be changed.

Mother Earth

Turtle is the oldest symbol for the Earth.
It is the personification of goddess energy and the eternal Earth itself.

If you have a Turtle totem, you must be mindful of returning to the Earth what she has given you.
Honor the creative source within you.
Use water and earth energies to create a harmonious flow in your life.
Ask the Earth for assistance and her riches will pour forth.

If a Turtle totem shows up in your life, slow down the pace of your life.
Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals.

Turtle is fine teacher of the art of grounding.
When you learn to ground yourself to Earth’s power and strength, you place focus on your thoughts and actions and use the Earth’s limitless energies rather than your own to accomplish your will.

Turtle is the keeper of doors and one of the ways into the Faerie Realm.

Self-Esteem, Primal Feminine Energies

Moose is one of the most ancient of the power totems.
A Moose totem gives you sacred and unique energy.
With a Moose totem you will be full of contradictions.
Awkward yet graceful.
Large yet able to move swiftly and silently.
Moose people usually have excellent depth perception.

Moose is also associated with the maternal forces of the world, the primal feminine energies.
This can be awaken through water or the sea, the womb of life.
Mediate using the sounds of water or ocean.

Autumn is the power time of the Moose.

People with a Moose totem instinctively know balance: when to use gentleness, when to use strength.
They know what to say, when to say it and to whom.
Moose people are usually wise beyond their years.

Innocence, Wonder

The Porcupine has very powerful medicine: that of faith and trust.
You can move mountains with these powers.

A Porcupine totem reminds you not to get caught in the chaos of the world, where fear, greed and suffering are commonplace.
Its medicine is relief from the seriousness of life.
Open your heart to those things that gave you joy as a child; remember fantasy and imagination and bring into your life again.

If a Porcupine is your totem you might be overly sensitive to criticism from others or overly critical of others.
Perhaps you are allowing barbs from long ago to still effect your life now.

Porcupine people often crave and overindulge in salt intake.
Beware of this and watch your intake.

Wisdom, Folly

The Coyote teaches you how wisdom and folly go hand-in-hand.
In the folly of others, we see our own foolishness and we learn from their mistakes.

If a Coyote totem has appeared in your life, be prepared for “Murphy’s Law” to enter your life with a vengeance.
Your sense of humor will arise full force in keeping with the things happening around you.
Blind dates, things that suddenly don’t work, all this is Coyote humor.
You need to learn to laugh at yourself and Life’s irony.

Coyote energy is tied to simplicity and trust.
It stimulates and renews innocence and reawakens a childlike wisdom in the world.
A Coyote’s howl touches your soul, reminding us of our primal connections.

Coyote people are very adaptive to new situations
and have close-knit families, especially when children are involved.

Faithfulness and Protection

The Dog is a symbol of the small becoming the great.
People with this totem have great spirit and a great ability to love.
It takes a lot to break a dog spirit.

People with a Dog totem are usually helping others or serving humanity in some way.
Dog medicine embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the fierce energy of protector.
You will have a deep understanding and compassion of human shortcomings.

Study the quality of the breed of dog that has entered your life: is it a hunter, a protector, a companion, playful?
Each of these qualities will give you insight into the qualities needed for your own life.

A Dog totem is a great spirit booster.

Intuition, Learning, Spirit

This totem brings faithfulness, inner strength and intuition when he enters our lives.
But he also brings learning to live with one’s self.
The wolf teaches us to learn about our inner self and to find our inner power and strength.
But to achieve this, we must take risks and face our deepest fears.
A wolf totem demands sincerity.

This totem demands a lot of us but gives us much in return; a spirit helper that is always there to help and gives us extraordinary powers of endurance.
He reminds us to listen to our inner thoughts and trust our insights.

They remind us not to waste resources and to learn how to avoid trouble and confrontations.
People with Wolf totems have the capacity to make quick and firm emotional attachments.
Trust your insights about these attachments.  Wolf will guide you.
Take control of your life with Wolf’s help and do so with harmony and discipline.

Magic, Healing, Creation

If a raven totem has come into our life, magic is at play.
Raven activates the energy of magic and links it to our will and intention.
With this totem, we can make great changes in our life; the ability to  take the unformed thought and make it reality.

The raven shows us how to go into the dark of our inner self and bring out the light of our true self; resolving inner conflicts which have long been buried.
This is the deepest power of healing we can possess.


This is a very powerful, but very difficult totem.
Cougar medicine is the lesson of the use of power, how to be an effective, fair leader and not abuse power.

This totem’s gift is how to balance power, intention, strength and grace.
It is the balance of body, mind and spirit.
The first responsibility of leadership is truth.
Remember:  Responsibility is no more than the ability to respond to any situation.
Cougar can teach you how to bring out your power and fill your heart with it that will enable you to take charge of your life.
You can use Cougar power to defend yourself or to attack.


Lynx is the keeper of lost magic and occult knowledge.
Lynx is the guardian of the secrets and, more importantly, the knower of the secrets.

Lynx medicine is a very specific type of clairvoyance.
If the medicine is strong in you, you will get mental pictures concerning people and the secrets they hide.  You will see their fears, lies, and self-deceptions.
You never speak of these revelations – but you know.

With a Lynx totem, people will share their secrets with you.
They will take you into their confidence and you will “accidentally” discover things about people (whether you want to or not).
You must be very careful not to break confidences.
Your words must be chosen carefully and used cautiously.
Strength through silence must be your motto.

You do not have to do anything with the secrets you learn, you, like the Lynx, are the keeper of secrets.
Listen to your higher self.

Prayer and Abundance

Those who have a Buffalo totem must walk a sacred path, honoring every walk of life.
You will achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and you must be humble enough to ask for assistance and then be grateful for those gifts.

A Buffalo totem will seek to help you establish a deep connection to Mother Earth and it will ask you to help the endangered species of our planet.
He will bring you strength of character and an independent spirit.

It is the totem of abundance.
Do not push or force, but follow the easiest path.
Buffalo medicine is knowing that abundance is present
when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every part of creation.
Buffalo medicine is prayer, gratitude and praise.
Praying for the needs of all creatures, for harmony and give praise for the gifts you have already received.

Scrutiny, Detail

Mouse medicine is both a great power and a great weakness.
It is good to pay attention to all details, but bad to over-analyze every little thing.

Mouse people can be fixated on methodology and appear to be nit-pickers.
They will make the simplest task fraught with difficulty.
Everything must be in order in a Mouse’s house.

Often, Mouse people are fearful of life.
You should try to see the larger picture, even if you live in a small house in Los Angeles, you are also part of the Earth, galaxy and universe.

If a Mouse totem has recently entered your life, ask yourself if you have neglected the trivial but necessary things in life.
Have you become too focused on one or two activities and neglecting opportunities around you?
Or are you trying to do too many things at the same time?

Mouse medicine can show how to focus and how to attain the big things by working on the little things.

Magic, Omens, Wisdom

The owl is the symbol of the feminine, the moon and the night.
The owl is the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom.

The owl is associated with Athena.

An owl totem gives you the power to extract secrets.
Meditate on the owl and things will be revealed.
Listen to its voice inside of you.

You will hear not what is being said by others, but what is hidden.
You can detect subtleties of voice that others cannot.
People cannot deceive a person who has an owl totem.

Owl people can see into the darkness of others souls.
Most owl people are clairvoyant because of this ability.
It can be very scary at times.
Learn to trust your instincts about people.
Let your owl totem guide you.

Snowy Owl
Conserve your energy until the time is right; be observant of your surroundings.
Has the power of prophecy.

Barn Owl
This totem reflects the ability to the heart and the mind.
It can connect you to spirits and the houses that they haunt.
Mediums and “ghost hunters” often have this totem.
This totem can give you very strong clairvoyant abilities.

Barred or Spotted Owl
People with totem can appear threatening on the outside,
but are actually very benign.
This Owl can teach us how to use your voice to great effect.

Screech Owl
Very courageous and ferocious, this Owl teaches you how to be a fierce individual
with an ability to cooperate with others.

Short-Eared Owl
This Owl gives you the ability to show up at the right place –
to take advantage of opportunity.
The Owl represents a blend of fire and air; they stir a passion for life
and fire the inspiration.
They awaken the imagination.

Great Horned Owl
This Owl is a fierce protector.
It is the lunar opposite of the Red-Tailed Hawk (who represents the Sun).
Gives the ability to adapt to constant changing environments.
The harbinger of Spring.
Does not have a good sense of smell and may impart this trait to its totem people.

Dream Builder

The Beaver totem reminds us that we have to act on our dreams to make them reality.
It is time for action.

If this totem has entered your life, ask yourself:
Have I been neglecting my dreams?
Am I lost in my dreams and not acting upon them?

The Beaver reminds us that we have to act on our dreams to make them a reality.
When it shows up, it is the time for action.
Beaver can show you how to construct wonderful dreams!

If you are a Beaver person, do not neglect your dental care.
It is essential to those with a Beaver totem.

A Beaver is also sets the example of teamwork
for you to take into your work life and your family life.
Dreams are easier to build with a team helping.


Opossum medicine requires a great deal of strategy.
Although a opossum has teeth and claws, it rarely uses them, preferring the strategy of diversion to save itself.

It plays dead until the attacker loses interest and then bolts for safety.
The Opossum teaches us to use our brains rather than our brawn.
The number 13 is very symbolic for Opossum people.
When an Opossum shows up as a totem, check appearances.
Are there people around you putting up false appearances?
Is your attention being diverted?

Keeper of the Sacred Law

Crows are the keepers of the Sacred Law and to have a Crow totem is very powerful.

Personal Integrity are your watchwords and your guide in Life.
If you have a Crow totem, your prime path
is to be mindful of your opinions and actions.
You must be willing to walk your talk,
to speak your truth and to know your life’s mission.

Crow is a omen of Change.
Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time,
therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously.
Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer.
It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such.

They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength.
Look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life.
Crows are messengers calling to us
about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today
and available to us.

Magic, Shapeshifting, Invisibility

Since the fox lives “between times” — on the edge of land, visible as dusk and dawn, and can guide the way to the Faerie Realm.

A fox can teach you to control your aura so that you can be more in harmony with others and the world.

If you have a fox totem, learning to be invisible is very important in your life.
Imagine yourself blending in with your surroundings, becoming part of the background.
Be very still and quiet.
Through practice you can be unnoticed even at a party or in a crowd.

I have an acquaintance who used this power to evade several muggers; he stood there in plain sight next to a building , and blended himself into the wall; they did not see him and left without harming him.  It can be done!

A fox totem also teaches good eating habits; the fox eats small amounts frequently which medicine is now telling us is better for our health.
But fox people already knew this.

The fox is a wonderful totem to have.

Gathering, Activity, Preparedness

The gathering power of Squirrel is a great gift.
It teaches us balance within the circle of gathering and giving out.
They remind us that in our quest for our goals, it is vital to make time for play and socializing.

Squirrel teaches us to conserve our energy for times of need.
If your totem is Squirrel or Squirrel has recently entered your life, lighten your load of things that are unnecessary – things that you have gathered in the past and may be cluttering your life – thoughts, worries, and stresses.

Squirrel is also the totem of action.
Ask yourself are you too active, not active enough, afraid of enough, hung up on accumulating and collecting.
Squirrel people tend to be a little erratic – trying to do many things at once.
Take the time to stop and listen to your inner self – and don’t forget to play!

Illusion, the Power of Light

Dragonfly is the power of light.
The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people.
They will be emotional and passionate during their early years (the influence of water) and more balanced with greater mental clarity and control in as they mature (the influence of air).

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world.
Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing.
Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.
The number 2 is important to Dragonfly, so think in terms of two year periods when you begin a change.
Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.

Boundaries, Protection, Empathy

Armadillo wears its armor on its back, its medicine is part of its body.
Its boundaries of safety are a part of its total being.
Adjust your rhythms and senses and you will know what is safe and what is not.

Armadillo teaches you how to protect yourself and when to let your defenses down.

Make yourself a energy body shield using Armadillo medicine.
Make a circle on a piece of paper and see it as a medicine shield.
Write in the circle all the things that you want to have, experience, and give you joy.
This shield will reflect what you are and what you will on an unconscious level.

When you receive an Armadillo totem, it is time to define your space.
You may have trouble saying “no” and are being taken for granted.
Learn to guard your personal space and allow entry only when you want to.

Aggressiveness, Reliance, Self-Expression

The power of the Badger totem is its aggressiveness and the willingness to fight for what it wants.
This aggression can also be turned to healing – for Badger is the keeper of Earth’s healing herbs.

Badger people are quick to express their feelings without concern for the consequences.
They are often healers who have the courage to use unconventional methods.
Badger has the ability to persist to find a cure.

Badger people are often leaders and bosses, the one who will get the job done.

If you have a Badger as a totem, you will likely be solitary but comfortable being alone.
You are comfortable in your own skin and very self-reliant.

Badger anger can get your out of apathy, but be careful not to cut yourself (or others) to ribbons.
Badger is a powerful totem when used properly.

Fertility and New Life

The Rabbit is known for its ability to procreate, its fleetness, and its movement is by leaps.
People with this totem may find that their endeavors go in leaps and bounds also.

If a Rabbit totem has appeared in your life, it may indicate a need for more planning or to check those plans already set in motion.
Do not box yourself in a corner.

This totem may also bring a need to examine the kinds of foods you eat.
Perhaps a vegetarian diet, if only for a short time, can help you strengthen and heal.

Rabbit is associated with Eostra, the Celtic goddess of Spring, and therefore associated with Ostara (or Easter).
This is the reason we celebrate with Easter eggs.
Rabbit is also sacred to the moon goddess Andraste, the Norse goddess Freya, and the Greek god Hermes.
The Hare is associated with the moon in many cultures including Native American, Hindi, and China.

Shared Blessings

The Turkey is the symbol of sacrifice.
It give life so others may live.

Many saints and mystics have Turkey as a totem.
With a Turkey totem, you have transcended self.
You act and react on behalf of others.
This act is not a sense of moralism or guilt, but a deep knowledge that all life is sacred.
What you do for others, you also do for yourself.

To have a Turkey totem is a true gift.
Its gift may be spiritual, material or intellectual.
Through giving to others will you reach your own goals.

The Turkey is linked to the third eye, the seat of feminine energies within us, and the center for higher vision.

Turkey is also the symbol of the Mother Earth and her abundant harvest.
All of Earth’s blessings and the ability to use them to their greatest advantage are part of Turkey’s teachings.

Patience, Order, Discipline

A person with an ant totem is active, community-minded who sees future needs.
You are a planner but content to build your dreams slowly over time.
You are content in knowing that everything will come to you in time.

The ant teaches you how to become the architect of your life.
The greatest success comes with persistence.
The ant shows you how to work with others.

Ask yourself if you are making things harder than they need to be.
Are you being patient with your own and others’ efforts?
Using discipline, you can lay a foundation for success.

The ant is the promise of success through effort.

Stealth, Silent Observation

The Weasel totem family includes Ermines, Minks and Ferrets.

This totem is a difficult power totem to have.
It is a rare gift and great ability.
Weasel medicine can teach you to find out secrets through the power of silent observation.

Most Weasel people are loners, graceful, solitary and silent.   They are very intelligent.
People do not see their power immediately and often underestimate them.

Weasel totem will awaken your innate ability for observation.
Trust your own instincts and you will avoid trouble and pursue your goals to greatest success.
Use your Weasel medicine to observe what or who needs attention
and offer assistance in your quiet or discreet way.

Sacred Spiral, Sacred Dance

Grouse medicine is the medicine of personal power.
The Sacred Spiral is one of the oldest known symbols of personal power.

It can give you personal vision and enlightenment.
Awaken your Grouse medicine by mediating and visualizing spirals of energy surrounding you.
Dancing with spiral movements will also help release this power.
Dance freely with drumming as your background music.
This will open a new flow of energy into your life.
Dancing a circle is the act of creation.
It will open a cone of power around you which you can tap into.
Revitalize yourself and your life with this power and energy.

Travel, Power, Freedom

Horses are symbols of freedom.
This totem brings new journeys.
It will teach you to ride in new directions and discover your own freedom and power.
Guide to overcoming obstacles.

The Horse is the symbol of Wind.

Horse people are usually friendly and adventurous.

If a horse has shown up in your life, you must ask yourself:
“Am I feeling constricted? Do you need to move on or allow others to move on?”

Horse will teach you how to ride into new directions to awaken
and discover your own freedom and power.


Lizard medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed
before you manifest them physically.

If you have a Lizard totem, listen to our own intuition above anyone else’s.
Pay attention to your dreams for they show us
what we do not perceive when awake.
Dreams are shadows showing your fears and hopes.
Make a dream log and record your dreams.
Look for your symbolic and reoccurring dreams and study them carefully.

Lizard can also teach you to become more detached in life.
Sometimes it is necessary to separate yourself from others
to accomplish what is necessary.
Lizard helps you awaken the ability for objective detachment.
It can show you how to break from the past.

Action, Speed, Adaptability of the Mind

Antelope teaches survival.
How to avoid indiscriminate destruction of life.
The Antelope signifies knowledgeable action.

Antelope medicine is the knowledge of life’s circle, the knowledge and understanding of death.
Through Antelope you can learn to truly live and action is the key and essence to living.
If you have a problem which you cannot solve, call on Antelope and he will speak to you and set you free.
Listen to Antelope, but more importantly, act.
You will overcome any obstacle in your path.

Antelope is the messenger of a higher purpose; he knows the way and through him, so will you.
Antelope can teach clairvoyance by listening to his voice inside of you.
An Antelope person is intrinsically psychic.
Often it is in the form of clear-smelling – fragrances and odors will awaken this power.
Mediate using a fragrance with musk in it.
Trust your instincts.  If a person or situation does not “smell” right, back away from it.


The frog is the totem of metamorphosis.
It symbolizes coming into your personal power.
It reminds us not to become bogged down with day-to-day living.

It is the totem of water.
Its voice calls forth the rains.
Emotions are associated with water and a frog totem may be telling you to get in touch with your feelings.

People with frog medicine give support and energy where it is needed.
They can cleanse the negativity from an environment.

Grace, Beauty, Power of Self

The Swan is one of the most powerful and ancient of totems.

As you begin to realize your own true beauty, you unfold the ability to bridge new realms and new powers.
Swan can show you how to access the inner beauty within yourself and in others.

A Swan totem heralds a time of altered states of awareness and the development of intuitive abilities.
Swan people have the ability to see the future, and to accept the healing and transformation that is beginning in their lives.
Accept your ability and go with the flow.
Stop denying you know who is calling when the phone rings.
Pay attention to your hunches and inner knowledge, and Swan medicine will work through you.

The Swan’s call teaches the mysteries of song and poetry, for these touch the child and the beauty within.

The Power of Breath and Sound

A Dolphin totem can show you how to enter the waters of life and then with breath and sound call forth what you most need or desire.

Sounds are a part of dolphin life, and therefore, if you have this totem, they need to be a part of yours.
Sound is the creative life force.
Learn to create inner sounds so that you can create outer manifestations.

The dolphin, along with the whale, are the other sentient beings of our planet.
They too are self-aware and have souls.
Accordingly to the Michael Teachings, they are on their fourth cycle, while most of mankind is on its eleventh or twelfth cycle.

If a Dolphin totem has shown up in your life, ask yourself what your words and thoughts are creating.
Are you getting outside and into the fresh air?  Are you holding in tensions?
A Dolphin reminds us to get out, play and most of all, breath!

Creation, Power of Song, Inner Depths

A Whale totem teaches you to go deep within yourself to awaken your inner creativity.
But they also teach us not to become lost in our creative imagination,
but to live in the real world.

When a Whale totem shows up in your life, examine your own use of creativity.
Apply your own creative intuition to formulas — this is what imbues them with power and magic.

Creativity for the sake of creativity is not what the Whale teaches.
It awakens great depth of creative inspiration, but you must add your own color and light to your outer life to make it wonderful.

The sound of the Whale teaches us how to create with song.

Transition, Rebirth

A Bat totem appearing in your life is a call for the end of a way of life and the beginning of another.

You must face your greatest fears and get rid of the part of your life that no longer is needed.
This transition is very frightening for many:
“better the devil you know…”
But you will not grow spiritually until the old parts are gone.

Face the darkness before you and you will find the light in rebirth.

Creativity and Weaver of Fate

A spider totem teaches you balance — between past and future, physical and spirit, male and female.
She is strength and gentleness combined.
She awakens creative sensibilities and reminds you that the past is always interwoven with the future.

Spiders are the keepers of the primordial alphabet and can teach you how to write creatively.
Her body is shaped like the number 8 and she has 8 legs, which is symbol of infinite possibilities of creation.
Her 8 legs represent the 4 winds of change and the 4 directions of the medicine wheel.

Spider’s message is that you are an infinite being who will continue to weave patterns of life and living throughout time.
Do not fail to see the eternal plan of creation.

Those who weave magic with the written word usually have this totem.

Aggressive Self-Determination, Self-Reliance

A Heron and Egret totem teaches balance; the ability to progress and evolve — to walk into deeper waters without fear.

It is important for someone with a Heron and Egret totem to learn to stand on their own two feet, to become independent and self-reliant.

Heron and Egret has a strong connection to the element of Earth and you must also be aware and cultivate this connection.
The Mother Earth is a source of strength and will help you stand strong and firm.

Heron medicine allows you to perform many tasks at the same time, keeping all in balance.
If one way doesn’t work, then another way will.
Heron and Egret people seem to instinctively know this.

Heron people do not need a lot of people in their life and they are often follow non-traditional roles.
They feel no need to “keep up with the Jones.”
They stand out in their uniqueness and know how to take advantage of things and events that most people wouldn’t bother with.

You know what is best for you and you should follow that path.
Be aggressive when opportunities present themselves — don’t let them get away from you.

Meditation on color will provide insight to Heron and Egret people.

Dexterity and Disguise

The magic of the Raccoon is in its mask.
Masks are a powerful magical tool: you can achieve altered states through the use of mask, you can become someone or something else behind a mask.

A Raccoon totem can teach you how to wear masks for many reasons as the need arises.
It can teach you how to mask, disguise and transform yourself.
Don’t you act differently with your boss, parents, children, husband, friend, strangers.
Those are all masks you put on.

Masks are one of the tools of transformation.
It helps us to change what we are into what we want to be.

Raccoons also teach you how to put asleep the part of you that is not needed and awaken the aspect of yourself that is.

If you are a Raccoon person, eating mostly fruit and vegetables will be beneficial to your health.

A Raccoon totem has a long influence on your life.
It is not a short-time totem, but rather will stay with you for a long time.


Only the Wolf epitomizes the idea of community more.
If you have a Prairie Dog totem, you need to make sure that you are part of your community and have many social experiences so that you can flourish –a Prairie Dog person is not happy cut off from people.

Because of their digging habits, people with this totem need to examine if they are involved enough in the aspect of their loved ones lives – or conversely, are they too involved?
Also, lots of vegetables is a must for Prairie Dog people.

Self-Reliance, Protection

The Boar (or Pig) is a very powerful totem.
It is a totem of prosperity and spiritual strength and a strong protector totem.
Boar is deeply connected to Mother Earth and the mysteries of Nature.

Very different than how culture portrays them,
Boars and Pigs are very organized, clean creatures who is the master of his domain.
A Boar totem can teach you this same self-reliance to you.
You will know that you can face life-problems and emerge the conqueror.

Associated with Cerridwen, the Celtic goddess of new life and fertility.

A Boar totem can guide you fearlessly through the trials and tribulations inherent on everyone’s lifepath.

Ebb, Flow, Knowingness

Salmon has the gift of prophecy and can make contact with other realms. Once they learn how to use this knowledge they can parts of the future.

They have a sense of self-direction, single-minded persistence and are determined to return home to their roots.
Salmon Medicine people can become a workaholic. They are success seekers and very productive.

They can also be very nurturing and have a magnificent life full of domestic delight.

They can also sense when someone is in need of emotional or physical healing.

Salmon Medicine people are always perceptive, a source of wisdom. They teach us how to interact and communicate with their children.

Once their children grow up the children becomes their teacher. When they retire they live a life of philosophical thinking..

So we are able to complete our journey, we must understand our own history, we must frequently go back in our minds to our childhood for that understanding – and not just in our minds.

We can learn from the salmon how to leap with joy and anticipation at the prospect of a new day, and also to know that no matter where we are we are always on our way home.

Being light-hearted, open, innocent and childlike is not the aid to reaching the goal, but the goal itself. Flow with the currents beneath the surface.

If you don’t know how to incorporate this medicine you may have to stop battling the currents of life.

In general people with this power animal are tough and can persevere when others arent able to.

Often they pick a life filled with challenges knowing that within each challenge lies positive-ness and the opportunity for growth.

They also have strong spiritual desires and work tirelessly to manifest them. Studying genealogy is important

Primal Energies

The Crocodile or Alligator totem contains the unbridled creative forces of the world, the fury and ferocity of Primal Energies.
It is the symbol of creation and destruction.

The Crocodile or Alligator is the keeper and protector of all knowledge.
She is the primal mother in whom all knowledge rests and waits to be born.
People with a Crocodile or Alligator totem have the opportunity to develop new wisdom but they must be careful not to be consumed by this wisdom.
Study each bit of knowledge carefully before going on to the next.

Care of the eyes is important for Crocodile or Alligator people.
Also beneficial are breathing techniques like those practiced in Yoga.

When a Crocodile or Alligator shows up look for an opportunity to touch very primal energies.
There will be an opportunity for new knowledge and wisdom…

Reclaiming Power

The Panther, Leopard or Jaguar is a very ancient and powerful totem.
It embodies aggressiveness and power but without solar influence.
A Black Panther’s power is lunar.
People with a Panther, Leopard or Jaguar totem have the ability to do a variety of tasks at the same time.
They tend to be loners, very comfortable with themselves and are often drawn to other solitary people.

You must learn to pace your work and not push too hard.
Women with Panther, Leopard or Jaguar totems often find themselves raising their children alone, whether it be through divorce or just circumstances of the job.

Panther, Leopard or Jaguar people can develop clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life or dimensions.
They should trust their thoughts and inner visions as they are based in reality.

A Panther, Leopard or Jaguar totems gives you a guide to help you on your path – in the form of a real person – a mentor or teacher.

The Black Panther is endowed with great magic and power and this power will increasingly be experienced.

Reclaiming Power

The Panther, Leopard or Jaguar is a very ancient and powerful totem.
It embodies aggressiveness and power but without solar influence.
A Black Panther’s power is lunar.
People with a Panther, Leopard or Jaguar totem have the ability to do a variety of tasks at the same time.
They tend to be loners, very comfortable with themselves and are often drawn to other solitary people.

You must learn to pace your work and not push too hard.
Women with Panther, Leopard or Jaguar totems often find themselves raising their children alone, whether it be through divorce or just circumstances of the job.

Panther, Leopard or Jaguar people can develop clairaudience, the ability to hear communications from other forms of life or dimensions.
They should trust their thoughts and inner visions as they are based in reality.

A Panther, Leopard or Jaguar totems gives you a guide to help you on your path – in the form of a real person – a mentor or teacher.

The Black Panther is endowed with great magic and power and this power will increasingly be experienced.

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