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Alligator -Maternal, revenge oriented, quickness, aggression and basic survival instincts

Ant -Group minded, determination, patient, active and industrious


Anteater -Lethargy, curiosity and nosiness


Antelope -Active, agile, jumpiness and willing to sacrifice


Armadillo -Safety oriented, grounded and has boundaries


Badger -Courage, aggression, healer, having problems relating to others and energy conduit


Bat -Rebirth, longevity, secrecy, initiation, good listener and long life



       Black -Discernment, observation and



       Grizzly/Brown -Industrious, instinctive,

                  healing, power, sovereignty,

                  guardian of the world, watcher,

                  courage, will power, self-

                  preservation, introspection and

                  great strength, heightened

                  awareness, sweetness of life,

                  reclusive nature, spirit keeper


       Koala -Dream worker, intuition,



       Panda -Solitude, adaptability,

                   diplomacy, likes exotic travel and



       Polar -Introspection, purity of spirit,

                  strength, solitude, way finder,

                  communication with Spirit,

                  dreams, transformation, visionary,

                  defense and revenge intelligent

                  and fearless


Beaver -Determined, strong willed, builder,

              overseer and protector


Bee -Organized, industrial, productive, wise,

community celebration, fertility, defensiveness, obsessive nature and enjoys life


Beetle -transformation, metamorphosis, resurrection and rebirth-of the soul



       Bluebird -Contentment, confidence,

                  internal peace


       Blue jay -Discovery, awareness, higher



       Cardinal -Spiritual transformations,

                  intellectual insight, intuition and



       Chickadee -Cheerful, truthful, joy,

                  healing, balancing, open, flexible

                  and curious


        Robin -Growth and renewal, passionate

                  within heart, independence

                  through change


        Sparrow -Dignity, communication,

                  cooperation, assertive


Boar -A very powerful totem- prosperity, spiritual strength, organized, self-reliant and fearless


Buffalo/Bison -Sacredness, life, great strength, abundance and gratitude


Bull -Insight, into the past, fertility, rushing into things without proper preparation


Butterfly -Metamorphosis, transformation, balance, grace and ability to accept change


Buzzard -Purification of the mind, body and spirit, uncoverer the truth


Camel -Survival, positive and accomplishments


Caribou -Traveler, mobility, preference to be nomadic, adaptability to adversity


Cat -Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery, magic and independence


Caterpillar -Transformation


Cheetah -Swiftness, insight, nourishment, force and mother figure


Chicken -Fertility, stubborn and outgoing


Cobra -Swift and decisive




Cow -Swift, insightful and focused


Coyote -Stealth, mischief, trickster, intelligent, wisdom and folly, guile with

innocence, clowning around, ability to recognize mistakes


Crab -Good luck, protection and success


Crane -Solitude, justice, longevity, independent, intelligent and vigilant


Cricket -Heightening intuition, sensitivity and awareness


Crocodile -Insuring your emotions are displayed accurately and appropriately


Crow -Justice, shape shifting, change, creativity, spiritual strength, energy,

community sharing and balance


Deer -Compassion, peace, intelligence, gentle, caring, kind subtlety, gracefulness, femininity, gentleness, innocence and seller of adventure


Dog -Noble, faithful, loyal, teaching, protection and guidance


Dolphin -Kind, salvation, wisdom, happiness, playfulness, prudent, capable of deep emotion


Donkey -Laborer, endurance, stability and focus


Dove -Cross-world communication, spirit messenger and peace


Dragon -Longevity, richness, prosperity, infinity, wisdom, power and fiery


Dragonfly -Flighty, carefree, strong imagination, higher aspirations


Duck -Water energy, helper of seers, can clearly see and deal with emotions


Earthworm -SEE WORM


Eagle -Divine spirit, sacrifice, connection to creator, intelligence, renewal, courage, illumination of spirit, healing, creation, freedom and risk-taker


Elephant -Strength, power, affection, loyalty, royalty and wisdom


Elk -Strength, agility, pride, majestic, independence, purification and nobility


Falcon -New Beginnings, adventure, passionate and leadership


Fish -Graceful, slyness, open-minded, quick to changes one’s mind


Flamingo -Heart healing, psychic, people person and flirtatious


Fox -Cunning, agility, quick-witted, diplomacy, wildness, feminine magic of

camouflage, shape-shifting and invisibility


Frog -Water energy, cleansing, rebirth, sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty, peace, adaptability, poor character judgment and power


Gargoyle -These are not totems, they are a sign of good luck and can be used to

scare away evil and bad things


Gazelle -Aggressive


Giraffe -Communication, intuition, attaining the unreachable and seeing the



Goat -Surefootedness, stubbornness, independence, diligence, lack of foresight


Goose -Self-demanding, reliable, prudent, rigid, vigilance, parenthood and productive


Gorilla -Family-oriented, intelligence, strength, environmental protector and keeps peace through aggression


Grasshopper -Good luck, abundance, forward and progression


Griffin -Guardian of hidden treasures and spiritual enlightenment


Groundhog -Territorial and need for boundaries


Grouse -Personal power and enlightenment


Hawk -Messenger, intuition, victory, healing, nobility, recollection, cleansing,

visionary power and guardianship


Hedgehog -Resourceful, intuition, fertility


Heron/Egret -Aggressive, self-determined, self-reliant, multi-tasking and balanced


Hippopotamus -Power, creation, imagination and healing


Horse -Freedom, stamina, mobility, the land, travel and power


Hummingbird -Messenger, timelessness, healing and warrior


Jaguar -Chaos, shape-shifter, aggressiveness and power


Jellyfish -Inner strength, vulnerability, transparency, truth


Kangaroo -Forward, balance, creative and stamina


Lady Bug -Protection, aloofness, earthiness, time for change


Lamb -Innocent, quiet, good listener, reserved energy




Lion -Family, strength. Energy, courage, guardian and protector


Lizard -Conservation, vision, self-protection and hidden defenses


Llama -Comforting to others and secure




Lynx -Keeper of secrets, guardian, listener and guide


Mole -Sensibility, guidance and searching


Monkey -Ability to change the environment, health and success


Moose -Headstrong, longevity, steadfastness and wisdom


Moth -Sensitivity, intuition, physical and spiritual awareness


Mountain Lion -Leadership, loyalty, courage, taking responsibility, foresight,

companion on journeys to other worlds, grace and silent power


Mouse -Scrutiny, order, organizer and eye for details


Mule -hard work, stubbornness, and strength


Octopus -Intelligence, camouflage and nocturnal


Opossum -Diversion, strategist and deceiver


Ostrich -Grounded and practical


Otter -Playful, friendly, dynamic, joy, helpfulness and sharing


Owl -Deception, clairvoyance, insight and messenger


Ox -Sacrifice, chastity and self-denial



Panther -Protection, hidden emotions, introspection, caution and careful decisions


Parrot -Communication, beauty, guide for wisdom, mockery and thinking before speaking


Peacock -Immortality, dignity and self-confidence


Pegasus -Humility, boundaries, inspiration, quick and agile wisdom


Pelican -Resilient, unselfish and rising above


Penguin -Self-discipline, grace, self-confidence and spiritual


Phoenix -Death and rebirth, transformation and regeneration




Porcupine -Innocence, companionship and trust


Prairie Dog -Swiftness, industrious, constructive and preparedness




Quail -Group-work, team player, creator of harmony, group tolerance and

protectiveness (especially toward children)


Rabbit -Fear, timidity, nervousness, humility and rebirth


Raccoon -Curiosity and cleanliness


Ram -Stoic, sensitive, persevering, curious and imaginative


Rat -Fertility, stealth, scavenging, intelligence and enjoys luxury


Raven -Introspection, courage, self-knowledge and magic


Reindeer -Family oriented, skillful in communication and social activities, born leader, innocent demeanor and is helpful to friends and family


Rhinoceros -Wisdom, solitary, insightful and solid


Roadrunner -Mental agility, speed and opportunistic


Rooster -Vanity, likes to be showered with gifts and attention, early riser and settling for nothing than the best


Salmon -Proud, intense, confident, wisdom and inspiration


Scorpion -Transforming, strong, inspiring, chaotic and passionate


Seagull -Versatility, loud, easy-going nature, creativity and laziness


Seahorse -Confidence and grace


Seal -Love, longing, dilemma, active imagination and creativity


Shark -Hunter, survival and adaptability


Sheep -Natural wonderers, meek, timid, warmth, renewal


Shrimp -Come out of shell, inspire of fear try new things


Skunk -Reputation, presence and strength


Snail -Protective, aware and solitary


Snake -Impulsive, shrewdness, rebirth, transformation, initiation and wisdom


Spider -Balance, wisdom, creativity and communication


Squirrel -Planner, gatherer, frugalness and preparedness (also Chipmunk)


Stag -Lord of the forest, masculine power of regeneration and signs


Starfish -Quick to judge others, discerns new opportunities and possibilities


Stork -New beginnings, calm and peaceful


Swan -Grace, balance, innocence, soul, love, beauty and one’s self


Tiger -Strength, valor, power and energy


Toad -Inner strength, luck and self-examination


Tortoise -SEE TURTLE


Turkey -Generosity, life-giver and sharer


Turtle -Nurturer, shy and protecting


Unicorn -Purity, innocence, dreamer, personal power and gentle




Walrus -Feel safe and comfortable with their own kind, isolated and anti-social


Water Buffalo -Simplicity and blessings


Weasel -Strength, energy, ingenuity and stealth


Whale -Wisdom, provider, intelligence and kindness


Wolf -Loyalty, perseverance, success, intuition and spirit




Woodpecker -Sensitive, protective and devotion


Worm -Growth, regeneration, healing and reflection


Zebra -Agility and individuality



Totem Animals

The word totem comes from the Ojibway word dodaem and means "brother/sister kin". This means that men and women belonging to the same totem regarded one another as brothers and sisters having kinship obligations to each other.

In North America, there is a certain feeling of affinity between a kin group or clan and its totem. There are taboos against killing clan animals, as humans are kin to the animals whose totems they represent. In some cases, totem spirits are clan protectors and the center of religious activity.

Totem: animal spirit guides

A totem is any natural or mythical animal to who you feel a close connection during your life or some particular period of your life. The energy of the totem animal speaks to you in some way that is relevant to your own personality or circumstance in life.

The totem is connected to your spirit.

Native peoples of many countries have animal spirits that play a very important part in their lives.

Many people have chosen to adopt a personal spirit animal helper, which has special meaning to them and may refer to this as a totem.

By getting to know your animal totem, you can gain insight and understanding of your own life circumstances more clearly, and share in the totem power or 'medicine'. Animal totems manifest a specific kind of energy that will align to forces of the spiritual realm that are influencing your life.

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