Kestrel Power Animal Symbol Of Speed And Grace

By Ina Woolcott

Kestrels gifts include accuracy of movement, speed and grace, mental concentration, acting at the correct moment, patience, precise action.

Kestrel are the smallest member of the falcon family, and like all birds of prey they are strongly connected to the accuracy of movement. Their most prominent feature are speed and grace in hunting. They perch high above their prey and when the time is right they swoop down, hover in the air and attack. Amongst most birds, hovering is uncommon – this represents the natural skill to use flight to the maximum advantage. In kestrel people this advantage shows through the strengthening of ones intuitive agility. Kestrel people frequently have the urge to sit or be placed in a position with expansive views. They have a strong desire to spend time alone, and need to feel a sense of independency to keep a relationship healthy. Suited well to any kind of work that entails planning, they also make great diplomats and strategists.

Kestrel shows how to discover ones personal rhythm and act accordingly. As ones personal energy field is increased and broader vision is developed, one learns when to act and when not to.

The power of the kestrel is patience, concentration and precise action. Opportunities are recognised and acted upon at exactly the correct moment, we can learn from this. If kestrel flies into your life, it may be asking you to stimulate your mental powers and move speedily and smoothly into the future that you desire. Go with the flow, paying attention to the movement of every situation and be responsible for your actions.

Peacock Power Animal Symbol Beauty Watchfulness Immortality

By Ina Woolcott

Peacock/Peahen’s Gifts Include – all aspects of beauty, wholeness, ability to see into the past, present, and future, immortality, dignity, rising out of ashes, self-confidence, watchfulness, immortality. Continue reading Peacock Power Animal Symbol Beauty Watchfulness Immortality

Turtle Power Animal Symbol Of Mother Earth Fertility Protection Support Security

By Ina Woolcott

In the Native American culture the turtle is the oldest symbol for Mother Earth, reminding us that we need to honour the earth. All we have comes from the earth and we must take good care of the earth, to show our gratefulness. We must create a better home not only for ourselves but ALL beings residing on earth, whether they be animals, plants, rocks, woods or stones. The Iroquois of North America believe they are descended from a turtle that got rid of its shell, and that the earth rests on the back of the Great Turtle. Other Native American tribes see Turtle as a symbol of persistence and endurance. A lot of tribes have turtle clans. In Eastern religions, Turtle is thought to be the balance of opposing principles, such as heaven and earth. Turtle produces a large numbers of offspring, linking it with fertility and is sacred to the goddess Aphrodite.

Turtle, who seems to move as slowly as earth herself, travels his own path in his own time. He shows us that sometimes we need to slow down. People often say they have no time to do what they want. All we possess in the world is time! If we didn’t have time, we would be dead. Turtle also represents security, solid grounding, and support. Slow, steady, strong, wise with age, protective, and unshakeable, Turtle appears the very model of settled, universal order.

Turtle carries his house on his back, and when feeling threatened can hide to protect himself – this shows us about protecting ourselves. Just like the turtle, there are times when we need to put a protective shield around us to ward off negative emotions and forces such as anger, jealousy and thoughtless actions of others. We need to learn to protect ourselves – in a non violent way – not only when we feel threatened by the outside world, but also in order to contemplate, to decide what our next move will be. On the flip side, this is also a reminder of the importance of going within.

Turtles bury their eggs in the sand, showing us that at times we need to aid the growth of our delicate ideas before bringing them forth into the light. If it seems that there is too much to do, when we are good at starting projects but not so good at completing them, we can call on the energy of Turtle.

Also remember the fable about the turtle and the hare? Faster, stronger and bigger does not always equal better, and is not always the best method to obtain a goal. If you are dedicated, focused and work hard to fulfil your aim, it is unimportant whether you are slow or not for eventually, you will succeed. Slow-moving, contemplative Turtle can also be seen as grounded. Being grounded doesn’t mean being stuck in one place not going anywhere, stagnant. Turtle travels close to the earth, intimately connected with the currents of Mother Nature’s energy. Moving slowly means it has all the time to appreciate all of her creations. We can follow this example, when we take the time that is always available, when we move more slowly along our own paths and enjoy the journey. We can learn to ground ourselves in the nurturing and protective energy of the earth and to flow with its energies at a pace which ensures what we focus on is achieved.

Alligator Crocodile Power Animal Symbol Of Primal Energies Survival

Posted By Ina Woolcott

Alligator/Crocodile’s medicine includes maternal protection, primal energies, connection to mother earth, protection from manipulation, understanding deceit, revenge through patience, initiation, understanding weather, access to ancient knowledge, power to survive. Continue reading Alligator Crocodile Power Animal Symbol Of Primal Energies Survival

Deer Power Animal Symbol Of Gentleness Unconditional Love And Kindness

By Ina Woolcott

Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal.

In the Celtic tradition, there are two aspects of deer – female and male. The Hind (the red female deer), called Eilid in the Gaelic language, symbolises femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to call to us from the Faery realm, tempting us to release the material trappings of so-called ‘civilization’, to go deep into the forest of magic, to explore our own magical and spiritual nature. The topic gentleness is part of this tradition. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women, often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild things in the spirit of love and communion. The Stag, Damh in the Gaelic tongue, is also linked to the sacredness of the magical forest. The Damh represents independence, purification, and pride. It is known as the King of the Forest, the protector of its creatures. For time immemorial people have sought to identify with the stag by ceremonially wearing antlered headdresses and imitating the deer’s leaping grace.

Both Celtic and Native American hunters prayed to the deer to give them a good hunt, and in return promised to take no more than was essential for the survival of the tribe. This helps remind us that our spirit of gentleness and unconditional love should extend to all species, not only our own.

Maybe the most effective way to summarize the lessons of these beliefs, is to say that only when we move through life in the spirit of love for all beings can we melt the barriers that separate us from others, from other life forms, and from the beautiful mystery which is our own magical and spiritual gift.

By observing the ways in which deer behave, it is possible to see what amazing qualities – or powers – they possess. From the deer we can learn that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps us understand the true meaning of wholeness.

If a deer crosses your path, this may show you that you are a very compassionate, gentle and loving person. If you don’t have these qualities, then consider if you have a problem that needs addressing. Are you facing a challenge in your life, whether with a fellow human being or a delicate situation? If you are feeling negative emotions such as anger, try letting go. Think about whether a gentler and more loving approach can sort the issue out. It may be necessary to speak the truth, this is best done with kindness and from the heart, this will generally give a better result.

Deer teaches us how powerful it is to be of gentle demeanour, to exert keen observation and sensitivity. Deer’s are in tune with nature and all it comprises. They are sacred carriers of peace and show those with this power animal how to open their hearts and love unconditionally.

Frequently twins or even triplets are born in the spring. Females and males reside in separate groups until the mating season. White-tailed deer are rather sociable, and family members forage food together along with other family groups, which gives the appearance of a large herd. Fawns are born a colour that protects them, camouflaging them from a predator’s sight. In the first few days of their life they hardly move, until their energy field is strong and grounded. They then stand up and begin to follow their mother around. A magical sight to behold is fawns coming out of forests, following their tenderly protective mothers. Even when grazing, the mothers are constantly watchful, fully aware and alert of what is going on all around them. They travel through forest and field with deliberateness and clarity, mindful of the fragile creature they nurture and protect. There is a powerful lesson to be learned here by us. Though we are born with an inborn ability to be unconditionally loving, often we are born to parents whose life experiences have taught them to become hard, and to lose that ability to experience and give unconditional love. Watching the deer and her babies is a reminder to honour and respect the child-like innocence within your self and go about your life with gentleness and an open heart. You should also stand strong on your path, in your beliefs, and not allow yourself to get distracted by outside influences.

Deer has entered your life to help you walk the path of love with full consciousness and awareness, to know that love sometimes requires caring and protection, not only in how we love others, but also in how we love ourselves.

A deer’s senses are very acute and they see extremely well in low light, giving them the ability to understand the deeper symbolic meanings of things. They can hear a twig snap a very long way off. People with this power animal are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often seeming to possess well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening, to be somewhere else. Anyone with power animal has latent clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. They can see between the shadows, detect subtle movements and hear that which is not being uttered. Ask the deer to help you develop these true gifts.

The set of antlers grown by the male deer are antennae that connect it to higher energies. If you come across a deer in the wild, try to count the number of points on their antlers. This number is associated with numerology and can carry great significance for those with this power animal.

Deer teaches us to be gentle, to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives. Don’t push people to change, rather gently nudge them in right direction, with the love that comes from deer. Love and accept people as they are. The balance of true power lays in love and compassion.

When a Deer totem enters your world, a new innocence and freshness in about to be awakened. New adventures are just around the corner and there will be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.

Goat Power Animal Symbol Of Surefootedness Independence Abundance

By Ina Woolcott

Goat’s medicine includes abundance, independence, surefootedness, eliminating guilty feelings, understanding nature energies and beings, seeking new heights, agility. Continue reading Goat Power Animal Symbol Of Surefootedness Independence Abundance

Kinkajou Power Animal Symbol Of Connection To Mother Earth

By Ina Woolcott

Kinkajou’s gifts include – connection to mother earth, leaps of faith to unknown places, ability to grasp thoughts and concepts out of reach of others, gentleness, ability to see in the dark, connection to the plant kingdom, fertility, intelligence

The kinkajou is a relative of the raccoon family. They can be told apart by their long, prehensile tail which is used for grabbing/grasping. With their large eyes that reflect their inquisitiveness and their low set rounded ears that are acutely harmonised to the sound waves within the element of mother earth and the fact that they can feel the delicate vibrations travelling through the earths crust, there are some cultures who believe the cute kinkajou has the ability to predict upcoming earth changes.

The kinkajous response to subtle vibrational frequencies is an indication that within these frequencies lie the mysteries of new beginnings. This reflects back to you if kinkajou has appeared in your life – anticipate that a new beginning in some aspect of your life is close by.

The kinkajou will teach you to hear what’s really being said and will help you in developing your inherent 6th sense. Kinkajou people should use their minds in an exploratory way, especially in the exploration of sound used to heal.

The highly intelligent kinkajous generally live alone or in pairs, spending nearly all their time up in trees and hardly ever leaving them. Their diet consists of fruit, honey, mammals and small birds. Their tiny digestive systems are unable to tolerate heavy foods. If this is your power animal, you would benefit from retreating frequently to replenish mind, body and soul. Spend time in forests, stay in tune with nature. Also, eating whole grains, fruit and vegetables would benefit you.

The mysteries of life intrigue the kinkajou, and they are highly curious and love to investigate, often ending up in unusual positions. On the other hand they can be timid and hide. An enraged or scared kinkajou may bite. If this is your power animal, don’t use biting words when provoked. Part of kinkajous gift id balanced action and reaction.

Kinkajous are sometimes kept as pets and if treated kindly will return the favour.

Polar Bear Power Animal Symbol Of Purity Death Rebirth Transformation

By Ina Woolcott

Polar bear’s medicine includes the ability to navigate along the earth’s magnetic lines , introspection, ability to find sustenance in barren landscapes, purity of spirit, strength in the face of adversity, solitude, expert swimmer through emotional waters, finding ones way back from the brink, communication with Spirit, dreams, death and rebirth, transformation, creature of dreams, shamans, mystics and visionaries, defence and revenge. Continue reading Polar Bear Power Animal Symbol Of Purity Death Rebirth Transformation

Whale Power Animal Symbol Of Wisdom Record Keeper For Eternity

By Ina Woolcott

The whale’s gifts includes – record keeper for all eternity, power of song, all knowledge associated with voice, all aspects of the sea, beauty of movement, psychic and telepathic abilities, wisdom, provider, inner depth.

Using the rhythm and patterns of sound, the whale teaches us to hear our inner voices, to be in touch with our personal truths, thus knowing wisdom and feeling the heartbeat of the universe.

You will be shown how to go deep within yourself to stir your inner creativity and imagination. You will also be taught not to become too lost in your imagination but to live in the ‘real world’ – every day waking reality.

Give your own creative intuition to formulas – this is what charges them with power and magic. The whale does not teach creativity for the sake of creativity. A deep, creative inspiration is awakened, but you must add your own colour and light to your outer life to make it glorious.

The whales sound teaches us how to create with song. Along with dolphins, whales are the other sentient beings of our planet. They too are self-aware and have souls. Accordingly to some teachings, they are on their 4th cycle, while most of mankind is on its 11th or 12th cycle.

Personally I think that EVERYTHING has a soul, not just ‘sentient beings’. All animals, plants, as well as the so called ’non-living matter’ like rocks I believe have their own consciousness/soul and are experiencing being a rock, or a stick. Just like some people believe that stones/precious stones have to be asked to be taken out of the earth, why ask if they are just dead, non living matter? They must have a certain level of consciousness to know that they even want to be in the ground, or wherever they may be!

Ant Power Animal Symbol Of Team Work Oneness And Patience

By Ina Woolcott

When observing ants it is easy to see some of the special characteristics, or ‘powers’ they have. Ants are very industrious. There are ants that are solitary but most are part of a large community. Within the community there is a wide variety of activities and behaviours, with each ant knowing its place and fulfilling its duties with total loyalty to the whole. Each ant does his bit to ensure the survival of the whole community, no matter what role it has in society. Activities include gathering and hunting. They work hard, are patient and co-operative. An ant is able to carry a leaf, a crumb or a dead ant for miles – just to get back home to the anthill, requiring a load of stamina and patience. If an ant has to fight, it will, if an ant has to dig tunnels, it will, and if an ant has to carry leaves for miles, it will, all for the good of the community. As well as being extremely hard working they possess an extraordinary ability to work as a team – the power of their medicine – to build their homes, to feed and protect all members of their colony. There may be a social order in ant colonies, but all ants honour and respect each other and work toward their common goal – the good of the community. Worker ants are great architects and can show us how to construct our dreams into reality. They are also very persistent and can teach this skill as well. Queen ants have wings and are able to fly until they fall pregnant. Once pregnant they tear of their own wings sacrificing the ability to fly for the birth of a newborn.

If the ant has crossed your path then this may be an indication that you are hardworking, good at team work, working to help the community, or that you are patient and take the time needed to achieve your goals. Being tireless workers and hunters, ant teaches us the trait of perseverance and patience in ALL they/we do. These gifts can also be utilised by us. Those who have Ant as Power Animal, will find that many of their life lessons will involve the mastery of patience in some way. Ant medicine is powerful, yet subtle. It teaches us how to let go of our egos, aligning us with the uprightness of equality. For sure the world would be a happier place if humanity held and utilised the virtues of ants. Imagine what the world would be like if humanity held and applied the values that the ant expresses. Hard work and patience, which come with the power of the ant, make goals and dreams a reality.

If any of the above seem like your weak points, this may indicate that you need to work on this. Perhaps you need to practise the special qualities an ant possesses – co-operating, working with others or patiently working towards your goals. If you intentionally murder or maim an ant e.g. by stepping on it, question yourself why it is that you are deciding to destroy the unconditional love that the ant so freely gives and shares.