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Animal Totems and Animal Symbolism

Animal Totems and Animal Symbolism
Animal totems play huge roles in our lives. They aid in self-discovery and capture our imagination, giving us incredible avenues of self-expression and awareness. Additionally, they assist in understanding our past, and if we are attentive, our animal totems can reveal glimpses of our future. Webster's Dictionary defines a totem as: "A natural object, usually an animal that serves as a distinctive, often venerated emblem or symbol. A means of personal or spiritual identity." Native American animal totems most commonly come to mind when discussing this topic. Since time immemorial, animals have served as harbingers of personality traits we, as humans, all aspire to achieve. Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and lived with purity of thought and emotion. By focusing on the attributes of our totems, we internalize these traits and thus begin to externalize the very character we absorb from our totems. Earth Animal Totems Water Animal Totems Insect Totems

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*** Animal Power Meanings *** Armadillo - Boundaries. We learn from the armadillo, which, by rolling into a ball, can be completely armored against attack, how to consciously define our own emotional and physical boundaries. Bat - Rebirth. Shaman initiates undergo a ritual death in which they face their fears and are reborn without their old identities. Bat medicine teaches us to release fear and any pattern which no longer fits in with our pattern of growth.

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ANIMALS, BIRDS, AND INSECTS AND THEIR MEANINGS AARDVARK - a tendency to hide from problems ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN - denotes spiritual truths that are not easily accepted ALLIGATOR - spiritual aspects that are self-serving, can denotes a person who attacks out of nowhere, people who lie in wait and then attack, a person with vicious speech which is destructive ANT - denotes cooperation with others APE - cautions against loss of individuality, pretending to be someone who you are not, aping someone, being a copycat instead of your true self. A symbol of malice and ugliness.

LEMEGETON, Part 1: Goetia The 9th spirit in order is Paimon; a great king, & very Obedient to Lucifer, he appeareth in ye forme of a man, sitting one a dromedary, wh a Crowne most glorious on his head. Three [There] goeth before him a host of spirits like men with Trumpets and well sounding Cymballs, and all other sorts of musicall Instruments &c. he hath a great voice, and roareth at his first comming, and his speech [voice] is such as ye Magician cannot well understand, unless he compelleth him. [102r] The 10th spirit is Buer, a great president and appereth in

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Animal Symbolism and Meanings - A to C Bison/Buffalo The bison or the buffalo is a high-status animal in South-east Asia and India. In China, the domestic buffalo is linked to the contemplative life and in Indigenous North America (Native Americans) the buffalo/bison is a symbol of strength, prosperity, abundance and supernatural power. Seeing a buffalo or bison in a dream can symbolize survival, strength and power. It can also mean that you are straying from the goals in your life. A buffalo/bison can also symbolize your origin, this is especially true for white coloured buffaloes/bison - which represents the fulfillment of your desires.

Top 10 Mysteries Surrounding Ancient Aliens Mysteries Ancient aliens is the idea that aliens visited earth in the past. The idea of ancient aliens is not a new one either. Imagination is one of the most powerful tools in humanity’s evolutionary struggle for survival. Through an Artist’s Lens, Field Biology Takes the Stage Always fascinated by how science and nature can explain the world to us, Finnish photographer Sanno Kannisto has been spending time in the woods her entire life. As a child she collected insects, frogs, mushrooms, and berries during summers and weekends spent in the countryside with her family. In the late 1990s she began exploring forests further from home—the rainforests of South America—with her camera and a small portable field studio. Since then Kannisto has been developing a style of image making that lives at the intersection of fine art and science and explores the complicated relationship between humans and nature. Over the years, Kannisto has photographed various species of snakes, bats, birds, frogs, mushrooms, and enigmatic tropical plants like the Aristolochia gorgona that produces 14 to 16 inch blossoms—all against the backdrop of human intervention. In recent years Kannisto has left behind the tropics and has been photographing birds living on Finland’s Hanko Peninsula.

Animal Totems Dictionary of Animals - Animal Totems A-Z There are many animal kin listed here, many of which are not found in other websites. All the information contained herein is written by me upon contemplating the animal. The following is an extremely brief overview of some animals and their reflective energies. Above all learn to listen to your heart and hear your intuition in discerning your unique relationship with an animal totem. No one can give you the answers to your personal pathway and the connection to the animals that come to you. This web site encourages you to awaken your self by tapping into your own wisdom. Bridget of Sweden Bridget of Sweden (1303 – 23 July 1373; also Birgitta of Vadstena, Saint Birgitta (Swedish: den heliga Birgitta or Birgitta Birgersdotter), was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years. She was also the mother of Catherine of Vadstena. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein.

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Edgar Cayce on human origins People usually demand a beginning, so in the beginning there was a sea of spirit and it filled all of space. The spirit was static, content, and aware of itself. It was a giant resting on the bosom of its thought and contemplating what it is. Then the spirit moved into action.