Animal Connection, Lesson 4

I am the eagle, I live in high country
In rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky
I am the hawk and there's blood on my feathers
But time is still turning they soon will be dry
And all of those who see me, all who believe in me
Share in the freedom I feel when I fly

Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops
Sail over the canyons and up to the stars
And reach for the heavens and hope for the future
And all that we can be and not what we are.

         ~John Denver ~

WELCOME TO THE ANIMAL KINGDOM!

Mammals are the animals we are most familiar with.  They are the furry, cuddly animals that grace our homes with love, the animals that run in the forest and across the plains.  We know them as being calm and gentle, wild and fierce.  Each has meaning to us. Although most live on land and have fur, many do not.  We need to remember that such animals as seals, hippos, whales, dolphins are among these. All breathe through lungs and most give birth to live young.  Duck-billed platypus is one of those who do not. They all feed their young with milk.

Even though some live in the sea, mammals are associated with the element Earth and thus keep us grounded and concerned with the practical aspects of life.  It is mammals who guide us in accomplishing our true potentials in life and provide us with the "nourishment" we need.

 

All mammals have a highly developed sense of smell.  Knowing this, many use particular odors such as urine to mark their territory.  

Can you see where this would be a hint to establish boundaries as well as be aware when we have trespassed unto another's boundaries?

Smell is also associated with sexuality.  Think of a dog in heat and the fact that every male dog in the neighborhood hangs around when this happens.  

The Earth implies form, shape, weight, and material substance.  It is solid, firm, and physical.  While at times we need solidarity, there are times when we need to remember that this is limiting.  We need to control the physical part of us so that our creativity can flow through.  

As part of Earth, we need to understand that energy has a physical expression.  We have to recognize this and transfer this knowledge to the outer world.  Mammals represent physical powers which we can successfully apply to our lives.  We can cope with the energy of the world. We can meet our material obligations and balance our lives doing so.  

Through mammals we connect with Mother Earth and learn to keep our feet upon her ground.

Having a mammal as a spirit guide means we should be flexible, steady and reliable, nourishing (physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally) both to ourselves and others.  Being so diverse, each has its own specific messages and abilities.
One of my spirit guides happens to be the wolf (knowing how I love dogs, you would understand this).  I would like to share with you what  Steven Farmer in his book Power Animals says about the wolf.  

Wolf

"One look in my eyes and you can see the truth of who I am.  Like some of my brother and sister four-leggeds, we've gotten a bad rap.  We mean no harm to anyone.  We have soul arrangement with all who give their lives so that we can continue ours.  I love my family.  With no false modesty, I am a supreme guardian and teacher.  I take this role seriously - not as a burden, but as a welcome assignment and commitment.  And the best teachings come through example and story, rather than through lecture and fundamentalist rules.  It's also one of your natural responsibilities to teach others, not about matters of the mind, but about matters of the heart and soul.  Teach what it takes to live with others in harmony - not through instruction, but by your actions and through personal and mythic stories.  Find that balance between true freedom and the interdependency that's an inherent characteristic of living with other beings.  You have no need to prove who you are to anyone, nor do you ever have to fight to prove that you're right.  Have confidence in who you are and your place in the community.  Don't be afraid to take the lead or to stand out, and never be reluctant to surrender that lead when necessary in the spirit of cooperation and harmony."

What qualities do you see Wolf showing that applies to those having him as a Spirit Guide?

There is one more Kingdom which we will not touch upon here.  Instead I would like you to research one animal from it and write two to three paragraphs about its significance as an Animal Spirit.

Kingdom of Insects and Reptiles

 

THE ANIMAL'S SAVIOR

"I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter....the castoffs of human society.

I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal.  And I was angry.

"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?"

God was silent for a moment, and the He spoke softly.

"I have done something," He replied.

"I created You.""

     ~Jim Willis~

Hear our humble prayer, O God(dess), for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; 

for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;

for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;

for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;

for all that must be put to death.

We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,

and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion

and gentle hands and kindly words.

Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,

and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

~~~~~Albert Schweitzer~~~~~

Oh what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate,
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth and food?

For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny,
While she, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house the law.

She scratched the furniture and she
And claimed the middle of my bed.
She ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day she died.

So if you really think, oh cat
I'd willingly relive all that,
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well don't just stand there - come on it!"

~~~~author unknown~~~

 

Canine Connection Spell

Allow a bowl of water to charge with the energy of both sun and moon.  Holding the bowl at your forehead with both hands, close your eyes and visualize yourself with your pet.  Evoke the love you feel for this animal.  See yourself in telepathic communication with your pet. You intuitively understand each other.  Feel your bond of love and respect deepen.  Send these images ad feelings into the water.  Pour half of this water into your dog’s bowl and drink the other half yourself.  Chant this as your pour and drink:

 

“Blessed Water, open the way

To greater love and understanding today

For now and future days to come

Bless us now, make us one.”

 

Afterward, spend some time with your dog.  Clear your mind of any thoughts or worries and focus your full attention on your appreciation of this being and your relationship.  Be aware of any messages or feelings that come through at this time.  Continue to spend this time regularly, at least until you recognize the effects of the spell.

 

                                                                      ~Kristin Madden~

 

ANIMAL CHARACTERISTICS

Alligator

Act on opportunities for new birth or new knowledge
Ant Industrious. Pursue work for the common good.

"Ant, my ant,
In you my heart beholds 
The glory of the Supreme.
Tiniest in size, you house the dream
Of the Omnipotent.
To me you are extremely important,
Because you represent
One extremity of God,
His message of smallness;
In another word, His greatness."

               ~~~Sri Chinmoy~~~

Badger Courage. Dig beneath the surface for answers.  Need to be self-reliant.
Bat Symbol of the moon and darkness.  In Asia, associated with good fortune and happiness.  In Europe, associated with the Goddess Hel and considered evil.  Allows you to overcome blocks and brings knowledge of past lives. Time for change and new perspectives.
Bear Brings healing, prophetic dreams, or increased intuition.  Watcher, guardian of the world, giver of great strength of body, courage and power of will. Introspection. Time to bring out your inner strength and explore potentials.

Beaver

Productiveness. Time to build toward your dreams.
Bee Time for fertility and strong sexuality

"Bee, my bee,
Your day and night 
And your patience-industry
Have no respite.
Hard you endeavour
To bring nectar
From the core of your service-tree.
You always don
The robe of fruitful victory."

    ~~~Sri Chinmoy~~~~

Buffalo/Bison Possesses great strength. Provisions. Abundance awaits if you act with respect and honor.

"Buffalo, my buffalo,
O bearer of Yamaraj,
King of death,
Your wisdom-sun
Controls humanity's breath.
You teach the world;
Until Immortality's Smile is won,
Until earth-pangs and Heaven-Bliss
Are made supremely one,
Nothing is done, nothing is done."

~~~~Sri Chinmoy~~~

Butterfly Brings transformation, beauty and joy. New love and joy coming

"Butterfly, my butterfly,
You are the harbinger
Of man's prosperity-life.
Your sweet arrival
Devours immediately
Man's ceaseless strife."

~~~Sri Chinmoy~~~

Bull Fertile time approaches if we are not too stubborn
Camel Survival promised through difficult journeys
Cat A good hunter and very independent.  A signal that you will land on your feet. Mystery and magic is afoot.
Chipmunk Balance work and play to enjoy the treasures of the earth
Cougar Leadership.  You are coming into your power.  Time to assert yourself.
Coyote Trickster bearing tidings of sacred mischief. Paradox.  Balance wisdom and folly in your new endeavors.
Crow/Raven Brings curiosity and playfulness into one's life.  Bearer of messages from the other side with significance to the beholder.  Trickster, wise in oracles and omens, messenger and watcher for the gods.  Mysterious and very clever. Justice. Magic
Deer Brings spiritual knowledge and graceful strength, compassion. Gentleness.  Move gently into new areas.
Dog Protection, homebound, companionship.  Unconditional love. Be faithful and alert to protect endeavors.

"Dog, my dog,
Heaven's faithfulness
And
Earth's faithfulness.
Man needs your heart to succeed.
God needs your soul to proceed."

~~~Sri Chinmoy~~~

Dolphin Brings deep wisdom, harmony, playfulness and the reminder to be cognizant of breath.  Wise and happy, able to explore the great depths of emotions, friend to lovers of the sea. Communication.  Use the creative power of communication.
Donkey/Ass Stubborn, friendly, loyal, very sure-footed. Be wise but humble in your new opportunity.
Dove Purity of heart and soul is within. Serenity. Time for peace and prophecy.
Dragonfly Tells you how to break through illusions and how to gain power through dreams.  Teaches higher aspirations.  Imagination. Light. Trust in the power of light.
Dragon Fiery, rich and knows the answers to riddles
Eagle Strength, freedom, swiftness of flight.  Spirituality and wisdom of ages gone. Spirit. Time of great healing and spirit contact.
Elephant Resolve. Awakening of past life knowledge and ancient power
Fish Graceful yet vulnerable
Fox Shape-shifting. Situations shifting.  Magic afoot. Do not reveal too much.
Frog/Toad It is okay to cry.  Releases from holding on to emotions. Purification. Advantage is yours.  Use skills and resources available.
Giraffe Foresight.  Look ahead.  Be alert to what is coming.
Goat Patient, steadfast, passionate and mystical.  Seek new heights but be careful of steps.
Hawk All-seeing.  Observant.  Perspective. Spirit vision and guardianship around you.
Hen Nurturing, mothering, sacrifice
Horse Freedom, endurance, stamina. Trust your intuition in new travels and endeavors.
Hummingbird Fierce warrior, jewel of the gods. Feathers bear love magic.  Pleasure. Joy.  Opportunity for great joy and accomplishment.
Kangaroo Abundance.  Time to move forward, not back.
Koala Time to calm down, relax and detoxify your life.
Lion Royalty.  Symbol of the Sun.  Courageous, guardian, protector. Nobility.  Intuition is working.  Success in group situations.
Lizard Vision, all-knowing. Dreamtime. Pay attention to dreams and psychic perceptions.
Lynx Keeper of secrets, stealth. Secrets and confidentiality. Trust in what you see and feel might be hidden.
Monkey Agility, loyalty, nurturing, mothering, teaching.  Advises about family concerns.
Mouse An eye for details.  Focus on the details.  Work on little things.
Opossum Strategy. Be careful of appearances.  Divert attention.
Otter Inner Feminine.  Time to use your creativity and your skills together.
Owl Wise watcher of the night, fate-seer, riddler, silence. Wisdom.  Magick is at play.  Pay attention to your dreams.
Panda Bear Combine gentleness with strength for success.
Panther Protection. Passion.  Reclaim what is rightfully yours.
Peacock Protection through psychic/clairvoyant perceptions.
Pig Fertility, personal cycles, children, life, death and rebirth, acceptance
Polar Bear Time of great teachings and supernatural power
Prairie Dog Examine your social activity and community involvement
Puma Shaman's companion on journeys to other worlds, grace and silent power
Python Be patient.  Incubate your ideas a bit more.
Rabbit Hidden teachings, quickness of thought and actions, tends to bring our worst fears to the forefront while giving strength to conquer them. Fertility.  Pay attention to cycles and rhythms.  New opportunities.
Raccoon Resourcefulness.  Time of transformation through putting on a proper mask.
Ram Make necessary sacrifices for successful new beginnings.
Rat Be resourceful and shrewd for greatest success.
Robin Trust in your new creative ideas.
Salmon Pilgrimage ahead. Persist.
Seahorse Time for chivalrous behavior
Seal Imagination. Time to apply your imagination to your work.  Trust in your dreams and explore your creativity.
Shark Senses heightened.  Use relentless ferocity in pursuits and/or defense
Skunk Time to assert your boundaries.
Snake Sensuality. Enables you to let go of old, no longer needed things to make room for need.  Represents the 7 chakras.  Transformation.  Guide into dreams. Resurrection
Sparrow Maintain your dignity and pride.
Spider Fate.  Great web of life.  Bringer of many paths in life. Don't take the round about way.  Weave something new
Squirrel Plan ahead.  Balance both work and play. Preparedness
Stag Masculine power of regeneration.  Giver of bounty, beauty and mystical signs
Swan Grace.  Trust in your heart, your true self and your creativity.
Tiger Assert your power in new endeavors.
Turkey Blessings and abundance are present.
Turtle Shyness.  Represents the womb of the Mother.  Do not rush.  You will move through pressures. Take your time in your pursuits.

"Tortoise, my tortoise,
Your slow, self-controlled
Confidence-life
Challenges ignorance-knife
And sows the seeds of immortality-
Your universe-surprising Embodied Reality."

~~~Sri Chinmoy~~~

Vulture A time of rebirth and renewed health.
Whale Inner Depths.  Blessing of spirit are coming.
Wolf Protection, knowledge. Represents the pathfinder.  Marks territory.  Pathfinder for the human spirit, heart of the wilderness of the world.  Knowledge. Guardian. Time of guardianship on new paths is beginning.

         

RECOMMENDED READING

American Folk Magick: Charms, Spells & Herbals by Silver RavenWolf
Animal Energies by Gary Buffalo Horn Man and Sherry Firedancer
Animal Powers Meditation Kit by Monte Farber Etc.
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Animal Speak-Workbook by Ted Andrews
Animal Totems: The Power and Prophecy of Your Animal Guides by Trish MacGregor & Millie Gemondo
Animal-Wise by Ted Andrews
Celtic Totem Animals: Meet Your Animal Helpers on Your Own Shamanic Journey by John Matthews
Creature Teachers: A Guide to the Spirit Animals of the Native American Tradition.by Grandmother Twylah Nitsch
Druid Animal Oracle by Philip Carr-Gomm
How to Meet and Work with Spirit Guides by Ted Andrews
Nature-Speak by Ted Andrews
Power Animals by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.
Spirit Allies: Meet Your Team from the Other Side by Christopher Penczak
Totems: The Transformative Power of Your Personal Animal Totem by Brad Steiger
Witch's Familiar, The: Spiritual Partnerships for Successful Magic by Raven Grimassi

    ORGANIZATIONS

Animal Charities of America http://www.animalfunds.org/    

National Wildlife Federation http://www.nwf.org/

Defenders of Wildlife http://www.defenders.org/

Wildlife Trust http://www.wildlifetrust.org/

Tigers Forever http://www.tigersforever.org/

World Wildlife Foundation http://www.worldwildlife.org

Whale Center of New England http://www.whalecenter.org
(*We've had a whale for my daughter Ari for years.  She loves "owning" Patches")

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary http://www.inetdesign.com/candykitchen/

 

*NOTE: These are just a few of the many possibilities.  Most of the local zoos
have an adopt-an-animal program as do many aquariums.  While I do not
advocate keeping animals in caged captivity, I do recognize the value of 
the many animal species etc. that have been saved by such entities.  This
is entirely MY opinion.                                                                          

The advantage to many of the adoption programs is the education you and
your family receive.  For example, we "adopted" a humpback whale many
years ago for my daughter Ari.  Since then it has grown into a wolf and an 
Orca.  We periodically receive information not only about the species but
about our specific animal such as sightings, babies born, and a picture.  Al-
though she is now an adult and has a child of her own, she still looks for-
ward every Yule to the notice that I've once again renewed Patches and
crew.                                                                                                    

Namaste,

Nimue

   Please send your answers to me: nimue@spiralmagick.com

 

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                                             ANIMAL CONNECTION!

 

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