Types of Animal Totems
discovering totems you must first understand if the totem is a Life
Totem, A Journey Totem, Shadow Totem, or a Message Totem. All totems
are powerful but the meaning that the totem brings will vary on your
action depending on what type of totem has come to you.
Life Long Animal Totem works with you throughout your entire life or
until such time that you no longer need that animal totem. It is always
there when you need it's powers. Always reminding you of your power and
connectivity. You may have only one or a few Life totems. They may
become your Life totem at any time. But the primary Life Totem will be
our focus at this time. The messages that your Life Totem brings are a
hard reminder from Mother. Your Life Totem is always there for you and
generally reflects your inner spiritual nature. Many call your Life
Long animal totem your Spirit totem. For example if your Life Totem
was a Penguin you would be a person who should be very spiritual since
the penguin moves better in water (the symbol of the astral plane -
which is were we go when we dream) than it does on land. Being able to
leap out of the water (up to six feet) represents the ability of out
of body experiences. It is also important to understand which type of
penguin is your animal totem since some have additional characteristics
that are important to consider, like most penguins life in tropical
conditions not arctic ones.
A Journey Animal Totem reflects
a period of time. Not just a day but weeks, months, or maybe year
s- the time it takes you to walk the path that the Animal Totem is
reminding or guiding you on. During this journey you will find that
this animal is always showing up in your life or that several animal
totems will appear in your life all to guide you on the path. When you
find one, two or three animals all of a sudden making an appearance and
their nature all has the same basis then you have found the basis of
your path. The difference between the Journey Animal Totem and the
Message Animal Totem is a period of time. A Message animal Totem will
bring itself to you quickly and impartially where a Journey Animal
Totem will slip in and out of your life over the course of a period.
Looking into the cycle of the animal also can give insight to the
length of the journey.
A Message Animal Totem usually is
bringing you a self growth, spiritual message, or a cautionary warning.
It is often a wake up call or slap in the face. It will usually be a
very unusual experience making it very powerful at that time and very
impartial. A Message Totem is a brief period of time, a day, a week,
and occasionally as much as a couple of months but can be immediate for
just a few hours. Sometimes a Message totem is not bringing you a
message but causing a delay in your life. This delay, such as when you
are trying to leave to go somewhere, is often in assistance for you; to
be sure you are not in a place at a certain time so that you avoid an
accident or can catch a phone call or meet someone you are supposed to
A Shadow Animal Totem are those totems that test
us. They have great power for us but will put us through tests before
they will let their power work with and for us, instead of against us.
In all of nature there is prey and predator. In the spiritual or Shadow
World there is the same. A Shadow Animal Totem is one that initially
you fear. The Shadow Totem often represents inner fears that you must
overcome. You may have even been attracted by the animal; a very vivid
test to see if you are ready to accept the power of the animal totem.
Until you face the fears of the Shadow Animal Totem it's powers will
work against you, not letting you soar high. When you overcome the fear
of the Shadow Animal Totem you bring it into the Light World as a
Spirit animal totem and they become one of your most powerful Animal
Totems. Your goal with a Shadow Totem is to learn the lessons and
incorporate that animal into your life. If you are scared by something
over and over then you still have not accepted the lesson that animal
has for you.