The Western Phoenix, often credited as originating from ancient Greece or Egypt, is a magical mythical bird who rebirths itself from the ashes of its predecessor. But just because Phoenix is mythical does not mean we have nothing to learn from Phoenix’s medicine. Phoenix is the symbol of rebirth, renewal, and eternity.Continue reading Gemini (Phoenix) Power Animal Symbol of Rebirth, Eternity
Humans have been fascinated by aurochs for tens of thousands of years. They’ve been depicted in cave paintings found in Europe. Though cattle were domesticated around ten thousand years ago, we are still mesmerized by images of the powerful, mighty bull.
Bull is associated with the traits aggression, stubbornness, stamina, and rage.
Picture a matador facing off against a bull. The bull snorts and dips his head, issuing a challenge to the man. As the man nonchalantly waves his red cape, the bull stamps his front hoof several times and readies his charge.Continue reading Taurus (Bull) Power Animal Symbol of Stubbornness, Aggression
Ram is the representation of the astrological sign Aries. It is the first sign in the astrological calendar, signifying leadership. In the Chinese zodiac, the year of the Ram is a sign of prosperity and auspiciousness.
Ram, the male sheep, is a headstrong, sometimes violent, independent leader who follows no one else. Ram is endowed with typical masculine traits such as Action, Leadership, Strength, and Virility.Continue reading Aries (Ram) Power Animal Symbol of Strength, Leadership
A calico cat has three distinct patterns on her fur: black, white, and orange. The vast majority of calico cats you have ever seen are all female, only 1 in 3000 calicos are male. This is due to the sex-linked nature of coat color for cats, similar to color-blindness for humans. Just the mere event of encountering a male calico cat required tremendous luck, hence the cat’s association with the trait.
That is why in Japan, the male calico cat is a symbol of fortune. Many Japanese storefronts have a figurine of a calico cat, and sometimes an actual cat, in hopes of good business. Japanese ships used to carry calico cats to channel good fortune at sea.
Calico cats are house cats, so their medicinal traits of wholeness, independence, curiosity, many lives, cleverness, love, mystery, and magic all still apply. Just expect a layer of luck and fortune, both good and bad, to be associated with all of those.Continue reading Calico Cat Power Animal Symbol of Luck, Fortune
What comes to mind, when you think of the flamingo? A silly pink bird used as a common lawn ornament? Perhaps the unusual way it balances on one leg when it sleeps?
The flamingo is an unusual bird, though they are by no means rare. They are found naturally on all major continents except Australia and Antarctica, mostly along shallow lakes near the sea, though they are also a common sight at many zoos around the world.
With their vibrant pink colors, flamingoes are an obvious symbol of beauty. But how do they get that beauty? What work or virtues must one have to maintain such an image? Beauty isn’t always given, sometimes it is earned, and its maintenance is always hard work.Continue reading Flamingo Power Animal Symbol of Beauty, Conviction, Rest, Extroversion, Familial Bonds
Deep beneath the grassy plain, a small unassuming beetle wandered along, just above the dirt line. She was on the hunt for a meal to feed the growing eggs in her abdomen.
Her antennae sensed the air around her as she detected a carcass some distance away. As she headed toward the decaying carrion, she suddenly sensed several other small insects around her.Continue reading Bombardier Beetle Power Animal Symbol of Humbleness
By Ina Woolcott
Bat’s wisdom includes shamanic death and rebirth, initiation, viewing past lives, pollination of new ideas, transition, understanding grief, the use of vibrational sound, camouflage, invisibility, ability to observe unseen, secrets.
Continue reading Bat Power Animal Symbol Of Rebirth
By Ina Woolcott
The ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolising the sun, the Goddess, celebration, and community. At festivals, mead was usually drunk – the main ingredient of which is fermented honey.
In later Christian times, monks lived in beehive-shaped huts, which represented the aim of a harmonious community – whether it included oneself and Spirit or others as well.
By Ina Woolcott
Elks medicine includes stamina, strength, sensual passion, respecting those of your gender, ability to pace oneself in tasks, agility, nobility.
Elk’s medicine will teach us how to make the best use of our energy, helping us to take on no more than we need to accomplish, and to persist on our chosen route until we have fulfilled our goals. Don’t try to rush – pace yourself. You may not necessarily be the first to arrive, but you will arrive without being burnt out. Continue reading Elk Power Animal Symbol Of Stamina Strength Agility
by Bob Makransky
The entire Mayan area of Guatemala and southern Mexico is so thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the Mayan spirits, that even an interloping tourist can easily make a connection to the Mayan spirit world for him or herself. Every Mayan town has sacred places – usually nearby mountaintops or caves – which ooze energy and are used by the locals to invoke spirits and perform healings (just ask anyone in a Mayan town where to find the local power spots. You can often hire a local priest to perform a ceremony for you, if you like; just ask around. Mayan priests are delighted to have foreigners at their ceremonies, and patiently explain Mayan beliefs and culture to people who are interested). One power place not far off the beaten path is located just off the road to the popular tourist attraction Lake Atitlan. Visitors should check out the small cave located just beneath the scenic lookout point in Aldea San Jorge (on the road between Solola and Panajachel), which is a deep cleft in the rocks used by local priests for ceremonies and invocations; and which commands a stunning view of the lake and volcanoes. Continue reading Invoking The Nine Mayan Gods At Tikal