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About Our Familiars

By Ladyoftheabyss

[Snip] Many Witches choose to have a familiar— a spiritually attuned creature (who lives with or nearby the Witch) who offers the Witch insights into nature, and for help in magick. Today’s familiars include cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, and even the stereotypical frog, but, really, any living creature with whom the Witch . . . → Read More: About Our Familiars

Scientists Sign Declaration: Animals Have Conscious Awareness

Higher Perspective

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus. But will this make . . . → Read More: Scientists Sign Declaration: Animals Have Conscious Awareness

Wolf Spirit Meaning, Symbols, and Totem

From All Totems

[Snip] The wolf spirit animal brings with it many different meanings. If the wolf spirit totem has entered your life recently take a moment to stop and reflect on some of the following messages:

Teaching, Guidance: Have you recently been faced with a difficult choice or do you feel you lack the . . . → Read More: Wolf Spirit Meaning, Symbols, and Totem

Salmon Symbolism and Meaning

From “All Totems”

Symbols: Determination, Courage, Passion, Hardworking, Familial Ties, Transformation, Goal Oriented, Intuition and Instinct

Meaning: The Salmon spirit carries with it many powerful meanings and symbols, examine the circumstances in which salmon visited you and consider any obstacles you may currently be facing.

-The salmon totem brings the message that the most valuable . . . → Read More: Salmon Symbolism and Meaning

Extract from The Shaman’s Spirit: Animal Spirit Helpers

By Mike Williams

[Snip] The Tupí shaman looks about his rainforest home. The light is fading as he lies down upon the trail of the biting ants. Almost immediately, the insects swarm across his body, sinking their stings into his flesh and releasing their venom. Enduring the pain for as long as he can, he . . . → Read More: Extract from The Shaman’s Spirit: Animal Spirit Helpers

Dragonfly as Totem Animal

AllTotems

Dragonfly Totem Animal Symbols:

Carefree, imagination, higher aspirations, avoidance, dreams, illusions, transformation, emotion, maneuverability, whimsical, perception, elusiveness

Dragonfly Encounter Meanings:

Emotion/Whimsy: Have you found yourself being carried by the currents of your emotions? Are you changing your mind frequently and having difficulty being consistent? The dragonfly spirit is a symbol of both water and . . . → Read More: Dragonfly as Totem Animal

Crow Planet, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Reviewed by Heather M. Mingo

In Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, author Lyanda Lynn Haupt explores the relationship of humans and the more-than-human world from the perspective of the urban environment. Suitably, she focuses on crows in this exploration, for not only are crows one of the most familiar wild animals to . . . → Read More: Crow Planet, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

September Totems: Chicken

By Glaux

[Snip] Fowl have been domesticated for over 8000 years and have a long history with man as a provider of meat and eggs. They originated in Thailand and Vietnam and were descended from a wild species called the red jungle fowl.

Chickens are diurnal, being most active in the day. In fact, they . . . → Read More: September Totems: Chicken

Raven Meaning, Symbols, Spirit and Totem

From All Totems

Raven Spirit Symbols:

Introspection, Self-knowledge, Courage, Magic, Mysteries, Shape-shifting, Creation, Divination, Wisdom, Truth, Answers, Secrets, Messages, Instruction, Change

Message/Meaning/Medicine:

Many birds are seen as messengers between heaven and earth, and the raven totem no exception. In addition to carrying messages back and forth from a higher plane, raven spirits also bring meaning . . . → Read More: Raven Meaning, Symbols, Spirit and Totem

The Rabbit and the Hare

By SilentOwl

The belief of animism is integral to tribal belief, animism is the understanding that all things in nature possess a spirit and presence of their own, so that rocks trees and the land were things to be learned from – as well as the ancestral spirits, who acted as guides for the future . . . → Read More: The Rabbit and the Hare