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Bear is the epitome of the protective mother. She represents your hidden strength. Bear says to look inward in order to know ones
self. Her medicine awakens the power of the unconscious. Bear’s cycle of power is the spring and summer.
Bears are considered to be a highly desired ally and spirit helper because of its fearless power. It is believed that the power of
Great spirit lives though the bear. The bear holds the teachings of introspection. When it shows up in your life pay attention to how
you think, act and interact. Use discernment in all that you do and discriminate with care. Bear teaches you how to make choices from
a position of power. In some traditions bear is the spirit keeper of the West. The place of maturity and good harvest. The gifts that
bear offers to those with this totem are strength, introspection and knowledge. Bear teaches the importance of appearance by
gathering inner strength and presenting it outwardly.
Unlike other animals who are active during a specific time of day, the bear is active both day and night. This symbolizes its connection
with solar energy, that of strength and power, and lunar energy, that of intuition. It enhances and teaches those with this totem how
to develop both within themselves.
Bear can sometimes be too quick to anger and too sure of it own power. While they have little to fear they can forget caution, which
is an important trait to have. If bear is your totem be careful that you don't throw your caution to the wind. Being unaware of your
limits in certain settings can be disastrous.
There are several types of bear including the Grizzly, Brown, Black, Kodiak and Polar. Bear has played a prominent role in many Native
cultures. Because of this a constellation was named for it, Ursus Major, The Great Bear. Some tribes prayed for medicine dreams
that would show bear to be their guide. Others felt the bear was too powerful a medicine and would only hunt them if it meant not
Bears are amazingly fast. The grizzly and black bear can reach speeds of up to 35 to 40 mph. And all bears can climb and are
therefore associated with trees. Trees are a powerful and ancient symbol, as is the bear, and both are links to the Heavens and the
Earth. Trees are also a symbol of knowledge, fertility and growth.
During the winter bears spend several months sleeping in dens without eating, a condition that resembles hibernation. The more fat
their bodies have stored up the deeper the sleep. Bears live on this fat throughout the winter. It teaches us how to go within and
find the resources necessary for our personal survival. People with bear as their totem will find this cycle of semi-hibernation very
natural during the winter months, during which time they may give birth to new ideas or projects that will take root in the spring.
Bears also have a great fondness for honey. Honey, the natural sweetness of life, is usually found in hives, located in trees. Again,
this reinforces the connection between the bear and trees. Use this as a reminder to go within to awaken the power, bring it out into
the open and taste the sweetness of life.
Representing mystics, the blackbird is said to have a hypnotic hold over others. It has strongly been connected with omens and is
believed to be able to move between the seen and unseen worlds with clarity. Blackbird medicine can help you to understand the
energies of Mother Earth. Its cycle of power is summer and its messages are of understanding the energies of Mother Nature.
The blackbirds iridescent black plumage holds the energies of mysticism and magic. Druid legends say that the birds of Rhiannan are
3 blackbirds which sit and sing in the World tree of other worlds. Their singing puts the listener into a sleep or a trance which
enables him or her to travel to the otherworld. It was said to impart mystic secrets. Those with this medicine often have a hypnotic
influence on others as well as an uncanny ability to move between the seen and unseen worlds with clarity. They make excellent
shamans and trance channelers.
Blackbirds are timid and prefer their own company over the company of others. In humans shyness and insecurity in group settings is
common. Vulnerable to outside influences those with this totem need to remember to clear accumulated influences from their energy
field on a regular basis.
The male's distinctive song during breeding season is loud and melodious with flute like qualities. Males often sing from high perches
and both sexes produce a variety of sounds which include mimicking other birds. Blackbird medicine people love to sing and have the
ability use their voice to heal and inform. They are also good ventriloquists.
Blackbirds spend much of their time on the ground. Its locomotion includes walking, climbing and hopping forward and backwards.
They forage for food in open spaces although cover is always near by. When foraging in leaf litter under trees they sound like people
walking . In humans this suggests an ability to remain grounded in the earth energies while walking a spiritual path.
When resting the blackbird is frequently seen stretching, legs extended back, side wings in full extension, tail spread, and the head
tilted to one side as if listening. Yoga and movement therapy are beneficial for those that hold this totem.
The blackbirds flights are low, short and undulating but fast and direct over open country. They move with determination and focus
and can teach us how to do the same. When blackbird flies into your life your connection with nature and the forces of creation
increase. The magic of the underworld surfaces in your life. Awareness is heightened and change on a cellular level begins. The
blackbird teaches you how to acknowledge your power and use it to its fullest.
The cardinal is a power packed bird that transforms and awakens us. She represents renewed vitality through recognizing self-
importance. Her cycle of power is year-round and reflects the rhythm of the number 12 - 12 days, 12 weeks, 12 months or the hour of
12. Because of it year round cycle, its medicine is available at all times. Its message is of renewing vitality through recognizing self-
Its color and its voice are its two strongest characteristics. It is a member of the finch family and is often recognized by its
brilliant red color. The cardinals voice is strong and clear and reflects an air of importance. This power packed bird can teach you
how to express your truth, develop confidence and walk your talk. If you respect its teachings it will lead you home.
The eggs laid by the female hatch in about twelve days. This, along with the cardinal being a year round resident, reflects the rhythm
of the number twelve. The number twelve often has important significance for those with this totem. It can indicate a turn of
events or a life changing situation. When the cardinal flies into your life expect a change to occur within 12 days, 12 weeks, 12 months
or at the hour of 12. Because this bird is a year round resident its medicine is available at all times and should be used by those with
this totem whenever a need arises.
Cardinals have a loud whistle. Whistles penetrate the air with sharp distinct tones. They demand our attention urging us to hear what
is carried through the air. Both male and female cardinals join in the whistling. This reflects the need to integrate our male and
female characteristics into our day to day life. Feminine energy is linked to intuition. Male energy is linked to perseverance. If both
are operating within our life our intuitive knowledge has the perseverance and strength necessary to manifest our goals and dreams.
Cardinals eat many decaying weeds and injurious insects. When a cardinal appears in your life it is telling you to pay attention to your
eating habits. Are you eating things that might be injurious to your health? Is your diet nutritionally balanced? Extra care should be
given to the blood and circulatory system. Past life ties to overindulgence or the consumption of poisonous substances is often linked
to cardinal medicine people.
The bright red color of the cardinal is very symbolic. Red represents the blood or life force of the Mystic Christ. In yoga circles this
vital force is known as the kundalini. The kundalini lies dormant within us until activated by a disciplined spiritual practice. Once
activated spiritual power can be attained. The cardinal offers safe passage into the world of personal power for those who ask for its
help. A great love or a strong dislike for religion and churches is common amongst cardinal medicine people and can indicate a past life
connection with one or both.
When a person with cardinal medicine steps onto a spiritual path there will be no turning back. Everything else in their life will seem
insignificant. Extra care must be taken here to insure personal happiness, particularly in the area of one to one relationships.
Balancing spiritual ideals and physical pleasure will need to be instated in ones life so harmony on all levels is known.
In some native tribes the coyote is referred to as the trickster or joker. Actually, the coyote is a cunning, clever and amazingly
adaptive animal. There are many stories about the coyote. He is known as the great one and the foolish one. Coyote does not
consciously try to trick us, he mirrors our own human capacity for displaying cleverness and stupidity. Coyote's cycle of power is year-
round and its message is of wisdom and folly.
To the Indian, the coyote is the creator, a teacher and the keeper of magic. Even when the magic does not work, it serves a purpose.
There is always hidden wisdom where the coyote is concerned.
Coyote is playful as well as skillful. She reminds us not to become too serious and that anything is possible. Coyote teaches balance
wisdom and fun and shows us how they can go hand in hand. Through the coyote we can reawaken the child within us, open the intellect
and stimulate our intuition.
Like the coyote we can work with others to get what we want in life, or we can dive into a lake to catch a reflection. We can send
troubles away or invite them carelessly. When coyote wanders into your life you are being asked to look at something you have been
avoiding. Coyote is our mirror for the lessons we need to learn in order to walk a good sacred road. It will hold up the mirror
relentlessly until we finally get the picture.
For a long time humans have been attempting to shoot, poison and trap coyote into non-existence. Instead, birds like the Condor have
been nearly wiped out with poisoned meat, and the clever coyote may be more numerous today than ever. Despite humanities
encroachment and aggression, coyote has found a way to walk its walk and survive.
Coyotes usually mate for life. The father shares in the responsibility of raising a litter. Both parents will train the pups to hunt.
They live in the sides of hills or in underground dens where the family unit is well protected. They prefer a location close a water
source, open grassland and thinly wooded brush, but can adapt to almost any environment. Because of this they have been able to
survive and grow in numbers.
A coyote who gets caught in a trap will gnaw off it’s own paw. Even with this disadvantage, a mother can go on to raise a healthy litter.
Since coyotes hunt small game not with speed, but by pouncing and snapping with their jaws, the mother will still be able to fulfill her
role quite well. Those with this medicine will go to extreme measures to protect and nurture family members. Words that rip and
tear another to shreds should be avoided. Sporadic bursts of energy are common and balanced action is required for ones overall well
being. Being excellent care takers, coyote medicine people will put other people’s needs before their own. Care is advised however to
give to yourself equally.
Coyote's hunt in cooperative groups. While one chases, one will rest, then they switch. They are very organized and teach us the
importance of teamwork.
The howl of the coyote is a social call. It warns of danger, it calls for assistance and can express the coyote's loneliness. The howl is
very recognizable and reminds us of our primal connections.
Coyote will help you to negotiate a difficult situation. Thank him for coming and showing you the traps that you may be caught in, or a
way that you could be fooling yourself. Coyote is an especially powerful teacher with regard to relationships because it is when we are
in a relationship that we can fool ourselves the most. Coyote is not out there to get us, but to teach us, whether we want to learn or
The dragonfly is a symbol of the power of light. It is skillful in avoidance and has a refined, tenacious and relentless nature.
No bird or insect has the flight maneuverability of the Dragonfly. They can twist, turn, change directions in an instant, hover, move up
or down, and even fly backwards. The power that dragonfly brings to the tapestry of life is skill. They are experts at what they do
and do it relentlessly.
Dragonflies spectacular colors sparkle with iridescence in the sunlight. These colors take time to develop reflecting the idea that
with maturity our own true colors come forth.
As newly hatched nymphs, dragonflies live on the bottom of ponds and streams. As they mature and go through metamorphosis they
move to the realm of air. Since water represents the emotional body and air represents the mental, those with this medicine will
often find themselves trying to maintain balance between their thoughts and emotions.
Children with dragonfly medicine are often very emotional. They feel things deeply and respond to situations with great passion. As
they reach adulthood, and through experience, they learn how to balance their emotions with greater mental clarity and control. This
gives them the compassionate quality necessary for any type of work relating to healing or counseling.
Dragonfly has the ability to reflect and refract light and colors and is often associated with magic and mysticism. Just as light can
bend and shift and be adapted in a variety of ways, so can the archetypal forces associated with dragonfly. It conveys the message
that life is never what it appears to be.
By helping a person see through illusion dragonfly awakens ones true vision. Flying at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour they can spot
movement forty feet away. Flying into and around things from different angles, they challenge rigid awareness and prompt the energy
of change for anyone who holds this medicine.
The eagle is believed to be a sacred messenger, carrying our prayers to the Creator and returning with gifts and visions for the
people. It's cycle of power is year-round and daytime. Its message speaks of the illumination of spirit, healing and creation.
Eagle feathers aid medicine people in calling on this connection when they need to contact spirit. They are used in powerful healing
ceremonies and even for shapeshifting, and are therefore sacred to the Native American people. Since the eagle is protected by the
United States Government, it is illegal for anyone to possess the feathers who are not of Native American blood.
The eagle is incredibly patient. Often seen perched in a tree maintaining the same position for hours at a time. Eagle teaches those
with this totem how to master the art of patience in every area of their life. Within the energy of patience "all things are possible."
Eagles are good at feeding themselves from the land and still soar to great heights in the sky. They teach us how to move through life
without becoming attached to anything. Eagles can teach us the balance of being of the earth but not in it. They show us how to
accept what comes our way and see everything as a gift from great spirit. They have excellent hearing and can hunt as much by ear as
by sight. To those to whom eagle comes, the ability to hear spiritually and psychically will awaken.
Eagles have sharp beaks and strong jaws used for cutting and tearing. The eagle reminds us to pay attention to our speech and how it
affects others. Eagle asks us to maintain a prayerful connection with Spirit, to keep our minds focused on what is important in life.
Maintaining this attitude removes judgment from our consciousness. Without judgment we speak with encouragement and kindness
towards others. Lessons associated with judgment are part of this medicine.
An eagles feet also offer important lessons. Eagles have four toes. Four is the traditional number for keeping oneself grounded.
Even though it soars though the sky, the eagle stays connected to the earth. The talons, being meant for hunting and grasping, also
reflect the need to stay connected, to grasp and utilize the things of earth. Without this connection it would not survive.
Eagles have excellent vision and are a symbol of greater sight and perception. Perched high in a tree they appear to analyze and
observe everything. If Eagle has blessed you with its presence in some way, you are being given potent gifts of clarity and vision to
use for the good of all people helping to bring forth the light out of the darkness. Eagle also serves as a reminder to those with this
totem to communicate with Great Spirit daily so the gifts Eagle offers you can be utilized fully.
Frog is the cleaner of spiritual energy. It is peace loving as well as an emotional healer. Frog represents transformation through
water and sound. Because frogs are found in water and on land they hold the magic of both.
Water has long been associated with emotional cleansing. Mud the combination of earth and water is used in healing therapies to rid
the body of toxins. The frog is a totem of metamorphosis. This signifies the awakening of ones creativity. When frog leaps into a
persons life it is an invitation to jump into their creative power. To do this it is helpful to know which stage of life you are presently
in. By studying the characteristics of the frog the discovery of your present life cycle is known.
There are numerous species of frogs found all over the world. Their bodies are designed for jumping and their sharp eyes help them
capture their prey, mostly insects. Because the frogs eyes bulge out from the sides of the head they are able to see in nearly all
directions. This provides them with excellent depth perception.
Frogs have a well developed sense of hearing. Behind each eye is a large disked membrane, an external eardrum that picks up sound
waves and transmits them to the inner ear and then to the brain. This coupled with their exceptional sight give them both
clairsentient and clairvoyant abilities.
The frog produces sound similar to the way humans do by forcing air from the lungs over the vocal cords. Their variety of complex
calls from ribbets to croaks associates it with language. Those with this totem have the potential to take command of the spoken
word and are often bilingual.
Tree frogs are strong jumpers and despite their toes being only half webbed they are also strong swimmers. One of the most
interesting characteristics of the tree frog is the changing of its colors from bright red, green, orange, to aqua. Color change is
brought about through the stimuli of light and moisture which create physiological change and result in contraction or expansion of the
pigment cells in the skin. These bright colors appear on flanks, groin, surface of the thighs and the belly and serve in species
recognition or in confusing predators. One species native to South America has brightly colored eyespots on its rump. When
approached by a predator, the frog lowers its head, elevates its rump thus confronting the predator with a seemingly much larger
head. The study of color and its affects on a persons psyche is helpful.
With the exception of a few species, most frogs do not care for their young. They mate and then abandon their eggs. Because of this
lessons associated with survival are common in frog medicine people.
Spider is a symbol of creativity. Is the weaver of the web of life and of fate. Spider is able to interconnect, linking the past and the
future, birth and creation. If spider crawls into our awareness, it is asking us to rebuild the web of our life in accordance with the
design God gave us.
Many stories exist about the weaver, Grandmother spider. She carried on her back the gift of fire in a basket that she wove and
presented it to the people. In another story it is said that her web bound all things together and formed the foundation of earth.
These legends give the spider a link to the past and the future, birth and creation. When the spider crawls into our awareness it is
asking us to rebuild the web of our life in accordance with the design the creator gave us.
Spiders differ from insects in having eight legs rather than six and in having the body divided into two parts rather than three. The
number eight laid on its side is the symbol for infinity. The number two implies the union of two forces joined together. Together
they equal ten. Drop the zero and you are back to the starting point of one. The hidden message of spider is unity. The study of
numerology is beneficial for those who hold this medicine.
The construction of a web is linked to the geometry of creation. In the construction of an orb web the spider releases a sticky silken
thread into the wind. If the breeze carries the thread to a spot where it sticks the first bridge is formed. Spider cautiously
crosses the line reinforcing it with a second. This process continues until a frame is constructed in which the web can secure itself.
Bridges serve as a link tying all things together and remind us of our interconnectedness to all life.
The spider shows us that the past, the present and the future are all interwoven. It awakens our intuitive creative senses and
encourages us to design the fabric of our lives from our souls original intention. If you see a spider in its web, or creating a new one,
pay attention. It symbolizes where you are in the weaving of your own destiny. A study of the medicine wheel and the four directions
Because spiders are actually very delicate they embody the energy of gentleness. Spiders are not usually aggressive unless they are
defending their lives. Moving forward in all situations with a gentle strength is a skill that often needs to be learned for those with
this totem. In man, the bite of a poisonous spider symbolizes a death, rebirth process. Poison enters the nervous system and the
body either transmutes it or falls victim to its venom and dies.
The spider signifies the tapestry of life. The web we weave is the reality we experience. Choosing the appropriate path is one of the
lessons associated with this medicine.
Tigers are symbols of focus, patience, inner sight, clairvoyance and healing. Tiger's orange gold coloring represents vitality and
regeneration. Courage, power, energy, strength, will-power, devotion, passion and sensuality are all characteristics of the tiger. Its
cycle of power is nocturnal, the full moon and the new moon.
Tigers are magnificent animals that hold an air of independence and confidence. Being solitary animals, males and females come
together only during the mating season. The tiger is an excellent mothers. The cubs stay with her into their second year, partly
because they are born blind. To compensate for this their inner sight is fully operational. This is symbolic for those with this medicine.
Children born into this medicine are natural clairvoyants and prophets.
Mysticism and mythology surround the tiger. The Chinese believe that the tigers head often carries the chinese "mark of wang," or
king, on its forehead. This is can be seen within the patterns of its fur, one vertical line with three horizontal ones passing through it.
Because of this Tiger is one of the 12 signs of Chinese astrology.
Unlike other big cats, tigers are excellent swimmers tying them to the energies and mystical qualities of the element of water.
Water is associated with emotion and intuition.
Muscular, powerful and agile the tiger can travel great distances in search of food. The distance they cover depends on how much prey
there is to eat. The less prey the further their territory extends. Walking on their toes with the back part of the foot raised tigers
stalk their prey or lie and wait and then spring unexpectedly on them. Tigers are nocturnal hunters and hold the teachings of focus,
patience and surprise.
Tigers are also known for their healing properties. Their body parts are sought for use in traditional Chinese medicine and exotic
herbal remedies. Their orange gold coloring symbolizes vitality and regeneration. Those with this medicine heal quickly.
The tiger’s sight, smell and hearing is excellent. They have round pupils and yellow irises, except for the blue eyes of the white tiger.
Due to a retinal adaptation that reflects light back to the retina, the night vision of the tiger is six times better than that of
humans. Tiger teaches us how to see into the world of the extraordinary.
Those with this medicine have a strong sensitivity to touch and make excellent body workers. Creating sacred space where others
cannot enter, spending time alone in order to gather the energy required to move tirelessly throughout life is advantageous for those
with this totem. When tiger appears get ready for adventure, challenge and change. The power, passion and vitality of tiger will
activate the same components within you.
When tiger comes into your life, expect new adventures that will awaken power and passion in your life. Expect it to begin within 6-8
weeks and last for at least a year and a half.
The Wood pecker represents knowledge of personal truth, inner strength and mental strength. Its cycle of power is summer.
The Woodpecker, known as the Earth’s drummer, is connected to Native American drumming. Drumming is the heartbeat of mother
earth and is associated with shamanism and the ability to move into other dimensions at will. For those with this totem the
woodpecker represents self discovery. As they peck into and through trees and dead wood, hidden layers of ones psyche are revealed.
Those with this medicine are good analysts and have strong mental capabilities. They make excellent psychiatrists and psychologists.
Woodpeckers are active birds so caution is advised to maintain balance when reviewing any situation or issue. Too much analyzing can
result in procrastination.
In spring the loud calls of woodpeckers often augmented by drumming on hollow wood are the sounds of males holding territories.
Woodpeckers defend their territory aggressively. Those with this medicine need to be in control of their personal environment and
will not tolerate others trying to change it. Although personal space is very important for woodpecker medicine people control issues
can sometimes be a problem and flexibility needs to be learned.
Woodpeckers dig into trees to find bugs and grubs to eat which denote digging into something, the art of discrimination and increased
analysis. They also has a peculiar way of flying with a rhythm and manner unique to itself. All of this serves to say, be conscious of
flying to your own rhythm, and don't be afraid to dig in to make the best choice for what is right for you, sometimes it also means you
need to drum up a little change and get some renewed rhythm!
There are about 180 species of woodpeckers in the world. Most spend their entire lives in trees. Woodpeckers are climbers. They
climb by propping their stiff pointed tail feathers against a support while shifting its leg hold. With its body close to the trunk or
branch and its head bobbing, the bird hitches upwards, back down spiraling and nimbly darts sideways at incredible speeds. Because of
their speed predators have difficulty catching them.
Their flight patterns are unique. Woodpeckers fly up, coast down then fly upwards again. Those with this totem often find that their
path in life won’t always conform to society's standards and that their personal unique rhythm needs to be honored. Woodpeckers
teach us to honor our personal truth and move through life with perseverance and inner strength. By staying grounded in our pursuits
our goals can be obtained.
If the Woodpecker has shown up in your life it may telling you to stimulate new rhythms. Rhythm is a powerful means of affecting
physical energies. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we neglect our physical bodies. Woodpecker says that you
may need to drum out some change in the rhythms of your life.
Woodpeckers are opportunists. They know when to fly out from a perch to catch insects in the air or on the ground. Their barbed
tongues and strong chiseled beaks symbolize life lessons associated with discernment and proper use of speech for those with this
If the Woodpecker flies into your life, it is telling you that the foundation is there. It is now safe to follow your own rhythms.
|We are a part of the natural world, and the natural world is a part of us. Being such, it is our responsibility to learn
as much as we can about our environment. Mother Nature and the animals, birds, insects and even plants, trees and
rocks within have much to teach us.
We fear what we do not know. We destroy what we fear. It is important to learn to communicate with Mother Nature
and all of her inhabitants so that we can stop fearing and stop destroying.
Animals can be wonderful teachers. Learning to communicate with them will reawaken our childlike beliefs in magic,
and dreams and help us to remember that all things are possible when we learn to believe.