Identifying Animal Totems – More on Animal Symbol Meanings

Written by avenefica on August 15th, 2007

There are many ways to identify ourselves with specific animal totems.   Some ways are simpler than others.

When I am asked questions about animal totems, I usually like to encourage people to open communication with the animal realm. 

When we take the time to meditate upon the realm of animal spirit, we often find that these animals are just as willing to communicate with us as we are with them.

Furthermore, we find that animals are willing to share their attributes and wisdom with us out of a innate knowledge that this will both benefit ourselves, and will benefit the animal kingdom. 

Identifying animal totems is a vital practice if you want to enhance your spiritual growth as well as learn more about yourself and the real of nature.

A simple way of determining one of  your animal totems is to identify your Native American zodiac animal symbol .  According to certain Native American belief systems, certain animal rule certain segments of the year.  Just as we have astrological symbols, so too do we have animal symbols according to our time of birth.

Another similar theory that the ancient Celts would adopt animals according to the season in which he/she was born (this was mostly the case with male children born intended to be warriors). 

With this loose guide, can determine your Celtic ruling animal symbol according to the Celtic way of thought.

The chinese also have their own animals for the zodiac.  Chinese zodiac animal symbols are determined according to the year of your birth.  There are twelve ruling animals of the Chinese zodiac and according to mythology, these were the creatures that attended the Buddha’s passing of the earth.

Whether you establish an animal totem according to your birthdate, or if you are met with one via meditation or other encounter, rest assured that getting in touch with your personal animal is an investment well made.

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.

Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and lived with purity of thought and emotion. Therefore, incorporating animal totems into our lives not only affirms our positive ideals, but also aids in attainment of higher life goals.

You can learn more about animal totems and all they have to offer on my new animal blog here.

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Peacock says:

    Very interesting site, complete information with modern era meanings and ancient meanings from different cultures.
    It is a real pleasure to find good sites like this. Congratulations!!!

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