An animal totem is an animal whose essence and energy we feel closely connected to during our lifetime. Types of totems can include life path or birth totems, messenger totems, shadow totems. Each person has 9 life path or birth totems that correspond to the 9 directions (East, South, West, North, Above, Below, Within, Right and Left). Each direction represents a different learning pathway the animal totem will assist you with. Most of these Life Path or Birth Totems remain with you for the entirety of your Earth walk. When we acknowledge a totem we are honoring the essence behind it and attuning to that essence. The animal totem's main purpose is to help us and share their sacred medicine or teachings. They are also guardians for us during our Earth walk.
Each animal totem has their own unique qualities and characteristics or animal medicine, which are reflected through their behavior and activities. Its very important to study your totem(s) to gain knowledge of its habits, habitats, predator/prey, cycles etc. This will help you understand the teachings of their medicine.
Messanger Totems - A message totem brings self-growth, spiritual message or sometimes a warning of caution, and at times when you need a wake-up call these animals appear. This type of totem comes quickly into your life and leaves once the message is understood. These message bringers can connect with you in a number of ways. They come in physical form, such as when you see a deer on the side of the road or a blue jay flies across your path or you could notice a certain type of animal over and over again in your yard, in nature, the media, in magazines or hear their name. When this happens, it is a good idea to study the animal who has shown themself to you and learn about their unique teachings and how the teachings apply to your life at the current time. It is also common for this type of totem to cause delays in your life to slow you down and avert you from danger, like avoiding an accident or to get you at your destination at a certain time, maybe to catch an important call or meet a certain person!
Shadow Totems - Live in the shadow world, where your other totems live in the light world. Shadow totem brings forth unresolved issues for resolving. That which you fear the most is usually something you must learn to come to terms with. Shadow totems have great power for you, but will put you through tests before they will allow that power to work for you, instead of against you.
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Jeannie Vos, Reiki Master
Animal Path Reiki Practitioner