What are Animal Totems?
Animal Totems have been around in various cultures for centuries. It is a system of belief in which each human is thought to have a spiritual connection or a kinship with another physical being, such as an animal or plant, often called a “spirit-being” or “totem.” The totems are thought to interact with a given kin group or an individual and to serve as their emblem or symbol (source: Wikipedia).
As you can see from the link, the term totem is derived from the Ojibwa word ototeman, meaning “one’s brother-sister kin” and the Ojibwa are what we refer to today as “Native Americans” including all the tribes that existed in the present day United States and Canada. While several cultures around the world have used totems to represent themselves or a “group” of people, I have felt more “connection” with the works of Ted Adrews; the Totems and Animal “spirits” deliver messages to us from source, the universe, all that is, God or, as the Native Americans called it, The Great Mystery.
Have you ever noticed that there is an animal that always seems to come to mind for you? Or perhaps there is an animal that you have always feared but do not know why? Exploring these aspects of your experience here can help you unlock some of your own internal “secrets” that will be need to be understood on your unique journey.
Additionally, simply coming across a particular animal or insect as you walk through the park can provide you with some useful information about your current circumstances. For example, let’s say you noticed a caterpillar during your walk. The caterpillar is associated with “good luck and new birth and taking a gentle and quiet approach to your current circumstances, being realistic and shedding your old ways.” This “message” from The Great Mystery can help increase your awareness of your circumstances allowing you to bring a new perspective to the situation and hopefully resolve it in the best way for you to continue along your unique journey.
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