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    Re: spiritual animals

    I'll be honest I never know just what a person is actually referring to when they say "Spirit Animal" now days. Are they referring to a "Spirit Animal", a "Totem Animal", a "Guide" a "Herald", a deity "Avatar" or "Sacred Animal" or even a "Clan" representation. Many times when the person actually gets down to talking about it the description crosses over all those boundaries and to be honest the person them self really doesn't know.

    I know my Spirit and Clan animal is the Wolf. I know Wolf represents water due to its fluid like movements and its associations. It represents family, unity, group, cooperation of action and force, duality of energy, adaptation It represents leverage of force not actual strength not brute force or raw strength. Strength in brute force falls to bear. In it's contrary or shadow aspect it represents the negative aspect of individualism versus group unity and focus. It represents the destructive nature of unfocused action or wasted direction. Since it is water in action the shadow is stagnation, misdirection, unfocused, etc. Perhaps unlike others I've also had the pleasure (displeasure) of being ripped to shreds and put back together by my Spirit Animal a few times. Lovey sensation to have it occur during journey work or dream time and to awaken the next day with red marks or welts on your skin where the teeth sank in. Granted there are many others teachings or lessons to Wolf these are just a few of the top of my head.

    Spirit Animals may also fall into the realm of "Birth" or "Guardian" animals. A number of first nation or aboriginal peoples break the calendar down so that each month and each quarter is covered by a specific animal. It's like under Sun Bear's Medicine Wheel the first quarter (Jan - Mar) is under the Frog and the month of March is under the Cougar. Other Medicine Wheel's may have other animals in those positions with other attributes assigned to them. As such one could potentially experience a different "Spirit Animal" as an influence each month of the calendar as well as having from 1 to upwards as many as 7 to 12 'Spirit Animal" in their life at any time according to various belief systems.

    I know Deer is one of my Divinity Avatar's. As an avatar it is both reflective of the divine's presence but also of teachings, direction or guidance. Of course one of the biggest is similar to that of all guides though in recognizing that all animals are also animals. As such one has to accept that many times an animal is simply an animal being an animal and nothing more.

    Heron and Dragon Fly are guides for me. As a shamanic practitioner both are major guides for me as they are both world walkers. Heron straddles three worlds, Dragon Fly straddles three worlds as well. Each lives in the airy world, water world and earthy world and transitions between them to survive. Each world holding different realities and perspectives as well as liminal boundaries where they meet. Each world requiring changes of perspective to view from one world into the other as well as existing in or upon the other. Each world requiring a change in movement and perspective to function in each. That doesn't even touch upon the cyclic influences of day, dusk, night, dawn upon those world and their inhabitants and their relationships.
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    Re: spiritual animals

    I feel sort of manatee-ish these days...
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
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