Finding your Totem Animal
have many tools at their disposal that people don't often consider
important, because they are overlooked and ignored. Intuition is that
gut feeling, that sense of something without knowing why you feel it.
Listen to that little voice, learn to follow your heart (or stomach, as
the case may be), and you have learned to follow intuition.
is that day-dream type feeling where you close your eyes and see an
event unfold, where you see what you want to happen. With practice, a
witch can use visualization to make things happen, with use of
grounding and energy. It is a very important skill in Wicca, and one
that you'll want to develop.
is just a state of mind where you have let go of conscious thought. I
like to start by visualizing a calm, smooth pond. No ripples - thoughts
cause the pond to ripple. If I focus on keeping the pond smooth and
calm long enough, I lose the pond entirely and find my mind free. It's
sort of like having a blank slate. I find that once you ground and
center, you are in the altered state (the state ready for magick and
ritual) and from there you can easily move into a deeper state of
is a meditation/visualization that I used to find my first totems, and
I often share it with people seeking theirs. Even if you've already
made contact with yours, it is a wonderful way to relax, feel connected
to the Earth and her children, and find private space to speak with
your spirit friends. This meditation works best if you have someone
leading you - that is, speaking the meditation aloud while you follow
their words with visualization. If you can't find a meditation partner,
that's ok. You can visualize this alone just as well.
get yourself completely comfortable somewhere. Your favorite
easy-chair, a pile of pillows in a corner of your room, maybe a spot
under your favorite tree, wherever that is. Have a cup of tea, read a
good book, cuddle with a pet; maybe even cast a simple circle and light
a candle and some incense. Whatever will put you most at ease is what
you should do. Once you are completely relaxed, ground and center
yourself, and close your eyes.
are standing in the middle of a lush, healthy forest. You can feel
moist earth, bits of branch and bark, and small stones underneath your
bare feet, and your hands rest on the rough mossy surface of a tall oak
tree. You can smell the water after the morning rain all around you,
leaving the forest misty and cool, glistening on the leaves and in tiny
pools on the ground. The forest smells of pine and oak, birch and
cedar, wet bark and damp earth, and fresh wind and rain. Look above you
to the canopy of the trees; the sky is brilliant blue through the gaps
in the leaves, wispy white clouds draping the heights. The Sun shines
full and bright upon the forest, turning the leaves above into dappled
stained-glass of different shades of green. You reach down into a small
pool and touch your lips with clear, fresh rainwater, tasting its cool
pureness. The wind comes through the leaves, whispering off of branch
and bush, singing its own song. The birds are singing that song as
well, cheerfully filling the forest with their calls, accented by the
occasional frog's note. Look at the forest around you. Touch it, smell
it, taste it, and hear it. Now feel the forest, inside and out. Feel
all the elements, the wind and water, the earth and the sun, and the
love of the Gods all around you. Become part of that forest.
yourself walking down a path - the path will look as you see it, and
feel it. The path is your walk with your spirituality, your
learning....it is the path that we all walk in different ways. Follow
the path until it leads you to a grove of birch trees, tall and slender
and glowing white in the sunshine. The outside of the circle is lined
with beautiful wildflowers; a pool of deep, clear water stands in the
middle and nine stones enclose the circle round. The sun shines bright
and full overhead, and the sky moves quickly as the wind brushes its
ever-moving veil of clouds along. Stand at the entrance for a moment,
using all of your senses to feel the grove. When it feels right, move
to wherever is calling you - the rocks, the water, the flowers.....
whatever one you feel is the best for you, and is where you belong.
your eyes in the meditation and feel the warm sun on your face, the
cool breeze through your hair, the dew on your feet and the rock
beneath you. Sit and listen to all the sounds the forest makes,
especially the animals. Think about how much you would like for your
animal guide to come and speak to you in such a beautiful and
meaningful place. Don't speak, but just listen to the forest and its
creatures; hear the trees speaking, and the wind, and the animals. If
you wait long enough, you may hear footsteps through the brush into the
grove. Your guide will stand before you from whichever direction it
emerged. Thank it for coming, and then talk to it for as long as it is
willing to stay.
your meditation is done, don't forget to ground yourself well and give
the energies back to the Earth. If it doesn't work the first time,
don't worry about it. Just try it again another day, and perhaps your
guide will be ready to show themselves to you. If nothing else, this is
a great method of relaxing and communing with Nature and Deity, no
matter where you are. You do not have to memorize this meditation; it
is merely a guide to finding your totem and it is the spirit of the
thing that counts.