Animal Correspondences

Ancient Native Americans believed that all animals had lessons to teach and had healing or inspirational power. When they held or carried a certain fetish, or meditated on it's meaning, they believed they drew the special energy of the animal into themselves.

Wiccans do not use actual animals or creatures in thier rituals or workings, since this would be contrary to thier Laws, but many witches like to use their spirit or invocation in magick since animals have very special properties.

Just as many witches have a spirit guide, many are in tune with animal spirits; this is particularly true of witches who have a deeper affinity for creatures rather than humanoid beings.

Like everything else in witchcraft, different animals have different correspondences, and can be invoked for many different things - here are some of those properties.

About Animal Totems

In earlier days we understood that we were simply a part of the earth. We knew we were only one small part. Now many think humans are the greatest and most important part. But still, we are only a part of the earth, only a part of nature, only a child of Mother, only a part of Spirit. We used to know respect of Nature and killed only what we ate and used only the skins of what we killed and ate. We did not waste lives nor disrespect spirits but honored and thanked them for providing us with life, nourishment, and comfort. In earlier days we gave recognition to the power of the animal spirits by wearing skins, masks, mimicking, singing praise, and prayer to specific animals. We painted the animals on our homes, caves, death chambers, and asked the Spirit to guide us to the animal that we consumed and bless the spirit of the animal we kill for we are a predator in the part of Nature and we honored the spirit of our prey. These acts allowed us to remain linked to the animal guides and to accept the power they offer us in lessons, in life, and in death. It reminded us that all animals were our sisters, brothers, and cousins and most importantly our teachers and our friends. It reminded us that we too are animals with spirit.

The Natural Power of animal totems has not been lost. They still hold the power and the knowledge we can use. Only we must remember how to be One with Nature and all that is, has been, and will be. Cultures of the past understood the connections. We must not lose this connection now that we are 'cultured'. For what was will always be and all those cultures could not have been wrong. There is a reason that Spirit has put all of us together, has given us so many healing stones, and has given us medicine, for the body and the spirit. We are all one. Using Animal Totems will allow you to see and love the earth better, to know life better, to know yourself better, and to commune better with Mother and Spirit. You can be healthier and happier physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in understanding and honoring your animal totems.

Animals come to us because they have a lesson we need to learn a power they are willing to share with a friend. In general, animals remind us that we are part of the earth; that each creature has a place; that each creature has a skill of it's own; that we have instincts given to us from Mother, wisdom born to us that we must awaken. The Animal Totem that comes to you offers you power and wisdom if you will learn to communicate with it, with respect, trust, and understanding. Developing a relationship with a live animal totem takes time, practice, and patience and could be very dangerous. Having an animal totem does not mean that you are to pet the animal or even be with it physically. Having an animal totem means that you have lessons to learn and a powerful spiritual friend.

Each animal has it's own special power and message, for each animal has a powerful spirit and an inherent skill. Animal Spirits choose a person to be a companion to, a friend to, not the other way around. You cannot think, “gee a bear is cute or powerful and I like what it represents so the Bear will be my Animal Totem”. No, the animal will choose you and make itself known to you. You will only need to pay attention to discover what your totems are. Mistakenly people often think of animals as non-spiritual, uncultured, and less intelligent than humans.
Now...ask these questions about your abilities...

............ Could you for your whole life without tools or weapons, even survive in the wild?
......... Could you weave a bird's nest or spider's web?
......... Could you catch a fish with your hands?
......... Could you know how to migrate without a compass?
......... Can you carry things ten times your own body weight?
......... Can you go through life happy, never needing inspiration like animals do?
......... Could you get along with five to twenty other beings for your entire life and remain in the herd?

Types of Animal Totems
When discovering totems you must first understand if the totem is a Life Totem, A Journey 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. Before we go further you must learn what your Life Totem is.

Your Life Long Animal Totem works with you throughout your entire life. They are 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. 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.

A Journey Animal Totem reflects a period of time. Not just a day but weeks, months, or maybe a year - 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 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.

A Message Animal Totem usually is bringing you a self-growth or spiritual message - like a wake up call or slap in the face. It will usually be a very unusual experience making it very powerful at that time, with great impact.

A Shadow Animal Totem are those totems that test us. They have great powerful 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 your Spirit animal totem and they become one of your most powerful Animal Totems.

Animal Guides

The Raccoon