totem: fox

Red Fox

For the past year or so, I have felt a draw to fox – maybe even longer.  fox energy has come to me in meditation, in person, in art, and in pop culture.  as I looked into fox as totem/spirit medicine, here’s what I found fox can be about…

-swiftly finding a path around obstacles

-quick thinking, problem solving

-adaptability

-courage

-physical &  mental responsiveness

-increased awareness

-highly curious

-cunning, discerning, seeing through deception, seeing what is not obvious

-affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work

-independence and strength in being alone, but also partnering for life and being very loyal

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“The Fox spirit is the grand problem solver. She will guide you to solitude and silence until the way out is shown. A healthy combination of persistence and patience will strike a balance that picks apart a problem until it is solved.”

If Fox is your totem:

You are intensely loyal. Often you are a joy to watch or to be around. You are energetic, outgoing, personable, and very flattering. While not exactly social butterflies fox people can use that sly energy, their keen sense of camouflage to “fit right in”. You are also a keen observer and skilled at remaining unnoticed. This means that you blend into your environment and move around unnoticed in any kind of company or society.

You adapt and portray yourself as whoever you need to be in a given interaction. This affinity for fitting in often means you are a jack of all trades, taking interest and educating yourself superficially in great number of areas while mastering none. This allows you to chat or small talk with ease whenever you care to. This does not mean you are disingenuous. It simply means that you really do care and take an active interest in the feelings of those around you.

You are also a very creative problem solver and can seem eccentric because they are quick to think outside the box. Quick thinking or wit is definitely common tool for you.

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more info on these links:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/59739/14-fascinating-facts-about-foxes

Fox Spirit Animal

http://www.spirit-animals.com/fox/

Fox Power Animal Symbol Of Camouflage Quick Wit Cunning Agility Magic

http://www.birdclan.org/fox.htm

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/fox-animal-symbolism.html

 

 

 

 

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Native American Zodiac: Snake (Scorpio Sun Sign)

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Snake: Oct 23 – Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake’s preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark – he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings. Learn more about the Snake totem here.

Native American Zodiac: Raven (Libra Sun Sign)

Raven: September 22 – October 22

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Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer.  But he/she doesn’t have to work at being charming – it comes easily.  Everyone recognizes the Crow’s easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions.  This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious.  In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken.  Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships.  Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive.

Some interesting raven symbolism here.

Native American Zodiac: Bear (Virgo Sun Sign)

Bear: August 22 – September 21

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Pragmatic and methodical, the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear’s practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive.

Native American Bear Meaning and Symbolism
  • Power
  • Courage
  • Freedom
  • Protection
  • Motherhood
  • Discernment
  • Childbearing
  • Resourcefulness
  • Unpredictability

As a brother, the bear imparts this advice to both our ancestors and us today…
Because the bear is cautious, it encourages discernment to humankind.
Because of a fierce spirit, the bear signals bravery to those who require it.
Because of its mass and physical power, the bear stands for confidence and victory.
Because it prefers peace and tranquility (in spite of its size), Bear calls for harmony and balance.

Native American Zodiac: Salmon (Leo Sun Sign)

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Salmon: Jul 22 – Aug 21

Electric, focused, and wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her energy is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmon’s confidence and enthusiasm is easily infectious. Soon, everybody is on-board with the Salmon – even if the idea seems too hair-brained to work. Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, it’s no wonder why the Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and has no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades. In a supportive environment, the Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her own devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others.

Birth totem salmon is an individual whose outer personality is driven by the need to create and have dominion over his/her environment. The desire to create is motivated by birth totem salmon’s desires to leave a lasting impression. Depending upon what level of personality the salmon individual is choosing to operate from, this may manifest itself as either the desire to inspire others through their own example, and thus be as a lantern in the night, or they may be operating from the desire to bring acknowledgment for the achievements they have made to assuage the feelings of self doubt which may harry them until they learn the lesson of self acceptance.

Just as the salmon is driven home to spawn, the individual who has salmon as his/her birth totem, is most fulfilled when exploring the depths of his/her own soul (home) so that a true work of art may be given birth in the form of poetry, paintings, or the less tangible creation of ideas. Life’s emotional currents may run deep, and at times tumultuous, yet as the salmon will forge its way upstream against seemingly impossible odds so that they may propagate their species, birth totem salmon will become truly whole when he/she has conquered the currents that roil within their own hearts. Only once he/she has learned that the destination is not the end, and that life’s currents are not always an upstream battle, when the realization is made that one must delve within for the answers they desperately seek, may they find the insight which is the birth right of this totem. Then, as they swim in the deep clear waters of awareness and understanding, they will realize that the doorway to home has always been within.

Do any of my Leo readers feel a kinship with the Salmon totem?

Native American Animal: Woodpecker (Cancer sun sign)

As I have some Native American (Cherokee) in my family tree, I enjoy those traditions.  We are currently in the sun sign of Cancer – (June 22 – July 22).  I only have a couple of friends who are Cancer sun signs…any Cancer readers out there?  Can you speak to if this resonates with you?

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Native American animal symbols can encompass just about all the animals, and their symbolic representation to the many tribes of the Americas.

The Cancer sun signs’ Native American Animal is the woodpecker.  Woodpeckers are usually the most nurturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker is the one to have on your side when you need support. Of course, they make wonderful parents, and equally wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the tendency to be naturally frugal, resourceful, and organized. In a nurturing environment the Woodpecker is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her own devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous, and spiteful.

Going further with the “medicine” (or what they have to teach us) of the woodpecker…

Woodpeckers are extremely opportunistic. Each tree is a door, revealing tender morsels of food (grubs and ants are their favorites). Other trees will yield against their beak-hammering to provide great mansions for their young.

A quick list of woodpecker symbolic meaning include themes such as….
Balance
Progress
Signaling
Returning
Protection
Initiation
Attention
Prophesy
Listening
Opportunity
Discernment
Communication
Determination

When the woodpecker comes tapping into our awareness, it’s a signal to use our heads. Just as the woodpecker uses its head (beak) to hammer out solutions (food, shelter), we too can use our intellect in finding solutions to our own barriers.

The symbolic meaning of woodpeckers also point to a need for creative vision. Being opportunistic, woodpeckers can see value everywhere, even in dead trees. Have you ditched an idea or given up on a project? The woodpecker may be trying to tell you to breathe new life into your project, just as they build new homes into dead trees.

Further, the symbolic meaning of woodpecker indicates a return to our roots, or having trust in our basic (gut) feelings. Dr. Carl Jung observed the woodpecker as a symbol of a return to the womb of creativity. In this observation the tree is symbolic of a womb; earthy, grounded, sturdy and secure. The woodpecker’s home within the tree is analogous of a fierce determination to return and protect that which is sacred to us.

When this bird comes pecking, it is a call for us to return to our roots, back to the womb of our ideas and use our intellect and discernment to follow through with our plans.

This analogy is doubly profound in the case of red-headed woodpeckers as the color red is associated with the root chakra. Prime, protective energy. Another clear sign for being aware of our core impulses, and our basic beliefs.

The woodpecker may also remind us to be mindful of our words. It has a narrow tongue, extremely effective for picking up food in narrow places. This is symbolic for using a narrow route to get the most profound effect. The woodpecker asks us to use fewer words to make a stronger impact in our statement.

When the woodpecker comes calling, it may be a sign to take some action.
Here are a few suggestions…
Fly back to your roots.

Shelter your wisdom from predatory threat.

Nurture your ideas in the womb of your core passions.

Communicate your ideas in more creative or non-traditional ways.

Stop and consider the opportunities available to you at this time.

Look at projects in unique creative ways to bring new life to a project.

Use your head (intellect) to think up innovative solutions to overcome barriers.

Listen more clearly to subtle energies; there is a message that only your intuition can interpret.

I hope you have enjoyed these thoughts on the symbolic meaning of woodpecker…now I will think of completely new things when I hear one in the forest!