21 Jan '12, 5pm

Animals as Spirit Guides

Animals as Spirit Guides

( excerpted from Animal Spirit Guides by Dr. Steven Farmer) Those spirits that are in animal form that teach us, guide us, empower us, and help us heal are called animal spirit guides or spirit animals . In shamanic and indigenous cultures they’re usually called totem animals or power animals . Often these terms are used interchangeably, although there are subtle differences in meaning. The term totem animal has two meanings. First, a totem animal is typically one that is shared by a family, clan, or group. In indigenous cultures, the family you were born into all have a totem animal in common. In modern societies, various groups also have communal totems, such as sports teams or clubs that identify with a totem animal. A second meaning of totem animal is a representational object of a particular animal, like a small tortoise, owl, raccoon, or hawk figurines. We often give...

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