An animal totem is an animal whose essence and energy we feel closely connected to during our lifetime. Types of totems can include birth totems, messenger totems, shadow totems and helper totems. Each person has 9 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. These 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.