Spirit Animals & their Crystal Totems

Spirit Animals & their Crystal Totems

The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence, standing against adversity; taking action and leadership.

The spirit of the bear indicates it is time for healing or using healing abilities to help yourself or others. 
The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, and rest. The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces.

The bear is a symbol of primal power, healing, gentleness, strength, nurturing, protection, and introspection.

Bear acts as a gentle reminder to be more focused and connected to the more practical world. The bear totem has been used for healing scattered thoughts into a more centered mental process.

Bears are quiet, swift, and very protective of the family. The bear is the symbol of maternal protection.

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The Butterfly is a symbol of change and transformation, joy and love, metamorphosis.

Butterfly is a powerful symbol in myth and religion. 
• For Early Christians, it represented the soul itself. 
• In China. it symbolized conjugal bliss and joy. 
• American Indians call upon the butterfly for guidance in change, color, and happiness.

The “dance of the butterfly” can teach you not to take things so seriously. The butterfly has taste sensors on the front legs, enabling them to experience life through motion (dancing, walking).

Butterfly brings color and lightness to your life. Color is an important part of our daily life and can affect how we respond to various situations.

If you are going through changes or transitions in your life right now, study the butterfly to make these changes beneficial, joyful, and rewarding. All change is good – even if it may not seem so at the time. Change is what life is made of and is necessary to growth, and accomplishment.

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Camel’s message is to slow down and reserve your energy. He teaches you the importance of survival and living from within.

You must go inside now and take inventory of your reserves. Be of humble service to others but don’t give away too much of your power. You must retain life energy within you for the long haul.

You may have a long life to live and will need to control your exertion. You must stand strong now and learn to depend on your own inner gifts and talents. You must take only what you need now and leave what you cannot carry.

You will learn from me to be a pillar of health. Your vitality comes from within. Gather your life energy now through rest and relaxation for you will need it on your long journey.

You may find others in need of your care who are weaker than you. You will need to carry them for a while, but you must learn how to care for them without giving too much of yourself. Be of service but remember your survival instincts.

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Cat’s medicine is independence, curiosity, many lives, cleverness, unpredictability, healing, the ability to fight when cornered, seeing the unseen, and protection. He also represents love and can assist us in meditation.

In Egypt, cats were always given special privileges and were treated like royalty. In Scandinavia, the cat stood for fertility, and in India, it is a symbol of childbirth.

A Cat Totem can bring magic and mystery in your life. Also associated with guardianship, sensuality, magic, pride, and intuition, the cat represents agility in body and spirit and can teach one to develop clearer perceptions.

This animal totem is resourceful, strong and fearless. Use it to increase courage and confidence.

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A Dog totem is a great spirit booster. Dog medicine embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the fierce energy of protector. The dog is a symbol of nobility, loyalty, unconditional love, protection, service, guidance, and the hunt.

One of the domesticated dog’s greatest attribute is the capacity for unconditional love. He helps protect the family from bad feelings toward one another. Dogs have long served as guardians for man. They are infinitely loyal and steadfast in loving kindness, service and protection.

One can learn many things from the dog: the joy of service, loyalty, sensitivity to “sniffing out” dangerous situations, faithful companionship and the true meaning of unconditional love.

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The dolphin is a complex animal and has had many different meanings attached to it throughout history, including peace and harmony, protection, playfulness and joy, breath of life, kindness, sea power, resurrection, inner strength, cooperation, and freedom.

Dolphins have a strong sense of community with each other as well as the world around them.

Their communication skills are extraordinary, and one can see that these skills indicate an intelligence which has also been associated with healing and perhaps a higher consciousness.

Learn from the dolphin: wisdom (intelligence), harmonious balance in life, communication as a healing voice, and trust in others via community spirit.

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Duck shows emotional comfort and protection. She teaches how to move with grace and comfort in actions, emotions and thoughts. She aids in balancing the mind and emotions – the physical and spiritual and discerning when to move while easing the transitions between the worlds.

Is it time to be vocal or quiet? Let Duck guide in how to express oneself. She shows emotional strength that you may need at this time. She teaches quick and speedy movements for ideas to take flight.

Duck will show new opportunities so be alert. She will also help filter out what is not needed, what is important and discern what is true. It is a good time to try new foods and flavors as tastes may be changing.

She helps to drudge up the past – old patterns and behaviors, people and situations in order to heal them. Pay attention to the variety of colors of Duck for further insight.

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The eagle is revered as sacred. Living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence – high-soaring eagles are believed to touch the face of God.

Eagle feathers are a symbol of power, healing, success and prosperity. The eagle teaches us to remain connected to our spiritual realms.

Eagles have excellent vision – they inspire true insight that will bring us to a more spiritual place in the universe. It is also said to offer protection from bad energy.

The eagle is the symbol of higher spiritual energy. The eagle also teaches us about patience, perched in a tree for hours on end.

An eagle totem will guide you to courage, keen vision, connection with a greater spiritual energy, and the freedom this will bring.

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The elephant is probably the most positive animal symbol known. Here are some of the many lessons we can learn from the elephant: strength, wisdom, solitude, strong sense of loyalty to the family, and intelligence.

The Elephant is also considered a strong symbol of luck – keep a lucky elephant at the door to your house to protect from bad luck and to stimulate good luck for all who live there.

The elephant attains old age and with it, wisdom. They are highly revered for their strength and power. The white elephant was chosen by Buddha as one of his many incarnations.

White elephants are rare and their appearance is still today considered a phenomenon of the gods.

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The frog is a totem of transformation. There are many frog stories, but the fairy tale about the frog who is transformed into his original self – a prince – is a good illustration of the frog as a totem of transformation, and its resulting joy. Frogs transform from tadpoles into their adult form and this symbolizes the awakening of one’s creativity.

The frog symbolizes emotional healing, medicine, cleansing, peace, and joy. Frogs are a protection symbol for children and promotes pleasant dreams.

Frogs are a strong good luck symbol. For many centuries, the Frog has been a symbol of abundance, partly due to the very large number of eggs it lays at one time.

In Rome, the frog was a mascot believed to bring good luck to the home. In Ireland, the frog is considered a close relative of the leprechaun and capable of playing tricks on you when least expected. The three-legged toad from China is the traditional pet of the immortal Liu Hai, who is also the Chinese god of wealth. This toad is a symbol for riches, and is often pictured with a gold coin in its mouth.

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The hippopotamus is associated with birth, motherhood and the protection of young. The Hippopotamus, whose name means ‘River Horse’, protects the woman of the house, especially the woman of childbearing age.

The hippo teaches us to follow a path that is determined to be successful. The hippo represents routine paths and an intuition for truth that leads to our goals in life.

The Hippo lives both underwater and on land. It is both practical and stable and tends to follow set patterns. While underwater, the Hippopotamus is able to see, hear and breathe. This can teach us a higher level of perception, and so increase intuition for the heart and truth of situations in life.

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Horse is a symbol of loyalty, devotion, friendship, freedom, power, brings out intuition, and helps to make burdens into victories. The horse is also your warrior spirit – the brave fighter who brings you safety in your journeys, both physical and metaphysical and brings protection to the home.

Horse’s medicine includes power, stamina, endurance, faithfulness, freedom to run free, control of the environment, awareness of power achieved with true cooperation, interspecies communication, expanding one’s own potential abilities, friendship and cooperation, travel, astral travel, guardian of travelers, warns of possible danger, and a guide to overcoming obstacles.

The horse shows up in almost every mythological writing, folklore, and reality. Throughout the ages, humans have successfully integrated with horses and interacted in a harmonious manner. Anyone who has spent time around horses knows that individual horses are unique in personality.

Horses are dependable, trustworthy, thrive with mutual respect, and bring a special brand of joy and beauty to anyone who befriends them.

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Kangaroo’s medicine includes leaping away from bad situations, creating a safe home environment, protection of the young, ability to adapt to new situations, strength, stamina, balance.

You are given all the strength and stamina when you need it just as long as you move forward and not backward. Also, you have the ability to balance the creative energies needed to complete your task.

Moreover, you are also extremely focused and must often keep your personal energy field clear of external influence so that you can stay centered and grounded. Instinctively you always know which direction to move forward too and you hop through situations with ease and never look back.

Associations to the kangaroo – abundance, adaptability, benevolence, family, generosity, gratitude, home environment, leaping, movement, nurturing, and protection.

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The owl has exceptional vision and sense of hearing. It symbolizes wisdom and ability to see and hear clearly despite the darkness. To bring out your hidden qualities, keep an owl in your home.

The owl is the symbol of magic. The Owl was associated with the Greek goddess Pallas Athena. Soldiers have held the Owl as a special bird because it stays awake at night, which is the hardest time for soldiers to stay awake.

Some Native Americans see the Owl as the symbol of the soul. The owl totem is associated with wisdom, truth, patience, divination, totem of clairvoyants and mystics.

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Pelican demonstrates the power of reflection and insight, buoyancy in life and how ride the air currents of life. He teaches to rest and relax in spite of life’s heavy weight.

Pelican balances use of good fortune and abundance with responsibility and priorities. He has the ability to navigate emotions and aids in recovering what is lost whether it be emotional, mental or spiritual.

Are you seizing the moment and enjoying what is before you? Do you recognize the abundance you already have? Perhaps it is time to count your blessings? Pelican aids in tapping into your feelings and putting them to wise use all the while peacefully balancing the world on your shoulders.

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Penguin teaches grace in emotions and actions, endurance in life.

It is time to pay attention to your dreams. Thoughts and ideals are tempered with patience and endurance. In dreams, he teaches how to move freely, be more aware, and change the course of events.

This lesson also applies to waking life, teaching you to move and navigate with empowerment. Penguin helps navigate the realm of emotions and the depth of our unconscious.

Are you ready to dive the depths? Do you understand where your emotions are coming from? Penguin will show you the balance of moving freely with an awareness of your choices.

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Rabbit’s medicine includes moving through fear, living by one’s own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit also represents humility, because he is quiet and soft and not self-asserting.

Rabbit reminds us not to be afraid. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, it may be telling you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. It always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.

The rabbit is very lucky in love. Keep a rabbit close to help overcome fear. The rabbit symbolizes vigilance, alertness, conquering fear, safety, love and fertility. Lucky rabbit.

The rabbit was one of the favorite animals of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Being a symbol of fertility, the Rabbit is very beneficial to woman. The Rabbit is a symbol of faith for several religions.

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Ram is a symbol of Power, Adventure, Sacrifice, Breakthrough, Achievement, Strength, Determination

The Ram has been a symbol of force and power as well as a symbol of sacrifice. The Ram is also a symbol of new beginnings.

This is an animal that has had a predominant role in most cultures. The Ram can bring great rewards or adventure. Remember Jason and The Golden Fleece.

When the Ram arrives in your life, you can be sure it will stimulate your mind and give you inspiration. With the Ram by your side you will have the balance to climb to great heights. The Ram is associated with the zodiac sign Aries.

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The following can be associated with the meaning and symbolic thoughts that can be depicted from the rhinoceros or rhino: agility, solitary, wisdom, paradox, freedom, stability, gratitude, longevity, judgment, and grounding, peace of mind, confidence, unconventionality, and broader sense of perception over things.

Seahorse is associated with confidence and grace, nourishing and fathering.

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Sea Lion (seal) symbolism is letting you know that it’s time to pay close attention to your imagination and insight. Be aware of your thoughts and your dreams. A lot of what you imagine generally has a strong basis in reality, no matter how far off it may seem.

The clear and distinct message that it is time for you to allow your creativity and your imagination to soar and to follow through on your dreams.

People with the sea lion (seal) totem are highly imaginative and very creative. They need activities that channel and direct their imagination and creativity. They have to learn to listen to their inner self and balance their lives to it.

People with this spirit animal have dreams that are very significant and vivid. Plus like the dragonfly, these visions continuously feed their creative imagination. It is vital for them to stay in touch with their body’s natural rhythms. In other words, if you are hungry, eat; if you are tired, rest.

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The Squirrel is the sentinel of the home. He will watch each member of the family and warn them if there is a problem within the family. The idea that there are obstacles which can’t be overcome is not part of Squirrel’s outlook on life, nor is giving up. Squirrel is an almighty power animal to have any time when you feel you have reached a dead end in your life or are in a situation and ready to give up.

We are shown that perseverance and the readiness to try different methods are the keys to success. Squirrel symbolism includes prudence, balance, resourcefulness, and energy.

The squirrel is energetic in its work and play, and always ensures the future is well prepared for. When the squirrel comes into our lives, it is often a message for us to have more fun and take life a little less seriously. Socialize. However, the other side of squirrel symbolism deals with practicality.

As the squirrel is commonly known to hide and save its food and return to it in the winter months, this is a sign that it might be time to look into our own provisions. Focus on preparation, gathering and thrift. Finally, the squirrel is a symbol of trust and is one of the few animals that will eat out of a person’s hand. This symbolizes a need to let down your defenses and to learn to trust more.

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Swans show true beauty of self, expression of the power of grace and how the inner beauty of others is reflected within you. He aids in awakening your inner power for spiritual progression and developing intuition. He shows how to move through emotions along with sensitivity and empathy towards others.

Swan teaches awareness to move in spiritual and physical realms along with healing and transformation for your soul growth. Are you listening to your heightened intuition? Are you trusting your hunches and feelings?

She teaches the mystery of song, poetry and communication with grace and style and illuminates the beauty within. It’s time for you to know more about your beautiful self, your self-worth and the awareness of the love within your heart. It is time to express yourself with grace and style.

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The Turtle brings the blessings of heaven to the home.

Turtle’s medicine includes a connection with the center, navigation skills, patience, self-boundaries, power to heal female diseases, respecting the boundaries of others, developing new ideas, psychically protecting oneself, self-reliance, tenacity, non-violent defense, nurturer, protector, and mother earth energy.

Turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality and stability of earth energy, and the magical and mystical mysteries of heaven. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don’t get “stuck in the mud”.

Turtles live to a very old age and so are often associated with long life. The turtle can teach us to seek out new experiences and opportunities.

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Unicorns may very well be the most magical of all the mystical totems. Unicorn is special – a star in its own right. As a mythical creature, it is connected to both the heavens and the earth. The Unicorn is one of a kind. It accepts itself for who it is – sparkles, rainbow, glitter, horn, and all. Each is unique and beautiful in its own way. Unicorn helps you to release comparison and jealousy.

See the beautiful magic of your individuality. Don’t be afraid to stand out in the crowd! Around the world unicorn symbolism represents miracles and overcoming difficult circumstances in your life. It also reminds you not to forget how to play and be light-hearted.

Embrace your inner child, free your imagination, and dream. The unicorn has an affinity for magical people – for people who see the beauty in the world where others do not.

The unicorn totem is a manifestation of pure light – rainbow and white light – from the Heavens/Universe. The unicorn totem and guide help you realign with your spiritual, divine purpose and higher self.

Your crown chakra is open and balanced and you are able to receive messages from the Universe easily. The Unicorn represents the development of intuition through visualization.

The pointed or spiraling horn that projects from the brow of the unicorn symbolizes third eye opening. Unicorn totem indicates a need or desire for meditation and self-exploration.

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Among Native Americans, whales are considered the guardian of oceans and sea travel. Nearly all coastal tribes have some type of symbolic meanings for whale totems and spirit animals. The whale is commonly associated with emotion, inner truth, and creativity. Whale symbolism includes wisdom, spiritual awareness, good luck and long-lasting love as whales mate for life.

Look to the whale for wisdom, peaceful strength, communication, emotional rebirth, physical and emotional healing, and regeneration. In addition, the whale is associated with being a provider and a record keeper (keeper of history), with the power of water, and with the importance of family and community.

The whale symbolism encourages you to grow and progress to the next level, whether emotionally, socially, or financially. It’s telling you that you should not spend too much time dreaming about your future that you forget to focus on your life today. Do what you can now so that you will have the future that you desire!

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Wolves have been long regarded by Native Americans as teachers or pathfinders. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, and have a strong sense of family while maintaining individualism. Traditionally, Wolf Medicine includes a strong sense of self, loyalty, perseverance, success, and communicates well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements.

They often find new solutions to problems while providing stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure.

Wolf’s energy includes facing the end of one’s cycle with dignity and courage, death and rebirth, Spirit teaching, guidance in dreams and meditations, instinct linked with intelligence, social and family values, outwitting enemies, ability to pass unseen, steadfastness, skill in protection of self and family, taking advantage of change and symbolizes the wild spirit in you.

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