LADYBUG – denotes an irritating situation in one’s life
LAMB – usually denotes a reference to Jesus Christ or God, sacrificed by the Israelites to escape the tenth plague that God meted out to Egypt for refusing to let Moses and his people go. (Exodus 11-12) Christ, seeks lambs who have gone astray. John 1:29 quotes John the Baptist calling Christ…the lamb of God. Rev: 14:1 refers to the triumphant lamb. The Easter Lamb is the flag of victory over death.
LEECH – denotes a freeloader, one who lacks self-respect and responsibility
LEMMING – denotes a person who always follows and does not follow one’s own path, a lack of individuality
LEOPARD – Swiftness, cunning, strength, perseverance, boldness, beauty. Gaining confidence for astral travel and Otherworld journeys. It is said that in terms of pure malice and savagery, the leopard outdoes all it’s feline relatives. It is extremely fierce, treacherous and although it is wary, has little fear of humans. Intelligent, and quick to learn anything that is to its advantage, it can climb trees and leap ten feet or more. Leopards are most active in darkness. Species of leopards can be found from the Black Sea in Europe east to Burma and the Malay Peninsula, including all of India and Sri Lanka and as far north as Siberia. In Egypt, Osiris and his priests were sometimes pictured wearing leopard skins. In Africa, it was a sacred animal to the Ibo and at times was considered to in inhabited by the souls of the dead. To the Chinese it represented bravery and intense ferocity. The Arabs called it Nimi, which means courage, boldness and grace, while in Greece, the leopard was the traditional mount of the god Dionysus, who’s priests often wore leopard skins. In the Greek language, the panther’s name meant ‘all beast’. The word panther and all-beast connected it to the god Pan. They also equated this animal with Argos of the Thousand Eyes.
LEOPARD, SNOW LEOPARD – Sensitivity to Touch, Stalking, Approaching Someone Unseen, Movement in Shadow Worlds, Communication with Plant Kingdom, Understanding One’s Shadow Side, Trusting One’s Inner Self, Agility, Strength. Denotes a tendency of resistance.
LICE – denotes lack of cleanliness of the person, or emotional or mental or spiritual negativity
LION – Royalty, sun-symbol, courageous guardian, protector, pride, leadership, wisdom, power, family, the power of feminine energy. Letting Go of Stress, Strong Family Ties, Strength, Courage, Energy, Ferocity, Assertion of the Feminine and the Power of the Feminine Sun. Denotes a strength of character, military valour, tremendous energy, effortlessly masterful, and dominion, may indicate the “Lion” of God,. It can represent the victory of human intellect over its animal nature. It can also be negative and denote a braggart, a roaring lion can denote anger and temper – However, the golden colour can represent the good side of the individual. Being eaten by a lion represents being eaten alive by one’s own bad temper. In Astrology it symbolizes Leo, (July 23 – Aug 23), the fifth sign of the Zodiac; its planet is the Sun. People born under Leo are thus solar in nature. People born under Leo are said to be natural leaders, intelligent, magnanimous. A lion can be one extreme or the other, either a symbol of the devil whom Christ overcomes, or a model for a hero. The Lion can also represent the power of feminine energy. The female hunts and kills prey, feeds the group and takes care of the young. She is the nurturing force in all senses. The male roars to frighten prey and force them toward the lioness, who waits patiently for the right moment to attack. Although the male is the group’s protector, he doesn’t look for confrontation nor attacks needlessly. He only acts when challenged and will fight to death in order to protect, but in reality he prefers the easy, peaceful life. Lion’s Medicine teaches us the magic of group interaction, of group energy. It also teaches us the secrets of silence and patience. Patience is to pay attention to detail. Lion suggests that we examine ourselves closely in order to understand our strengths and weaknesses, and to wait for the proper moment to act and take full advantage of a given situation. Learn from Lion the proper way to use power and strength. Stay calm and still, sure of your power. But if necessary, don’t hesitate to fight for the things you are interested in.
LIZARD – Dreamtime, dreaming, Letting Go, Past Issues, Awareness, Inner Dreams and Re-growth. Detachment from Ego, Power to Regenerate That Which is Lost, Facing Fear, Brings forth subconscious hopes and fears, self-protection, vision, Controlling Dreams, Dream recall, hidden defences, knowing when to back off, Moving in the Otherworld, Conservation, Agility. The negative side can denote a lack of scruples. Through our dreams Lizard teaches us the importance of respecting and remembering the messages of Spirit. For many Native American tribes the lizard is the gatekeeper to the dream world. In the south Pacific, lizards are considered to be messengers of the gods or even deities themselves. Like the snake, the lizard sheds its skin, and thus has come to represent regeneration. Also symbolizes death followed by resurrection. It also symbolizes safety and welfare because it can lose its tail and regenerate it. Oh what wonderful dreams we weave of times forgotten and times remembered. Lizard remembers the Dreamtime, has not forgotten the times he ruled the Earth. One thing Lizard has not forgotten but alas man has, is, how to let go. Lizard when under threat will let go of his tail as a defence mechanism thereby ensuring his survival, but man will not let go of past issues and this will always be his undoing, by bringing about dis-ease. If man would only remember to trust his inner Dream and learn to let go, his enlightenment would be ensured. If Lizard has dashed past you, you are being reminded by “Spirit’ of your Inner Dream, of those very things that you set out to achieve. Today will find you getting closer to those Dreams but be aware of letting go of the past. Make sure you call on the ability to let go of those things that no longer serve your higher purpose, so you can call on your own re-growth.
LLAMA – comforting others.
LOCUST – seen as a feared plague, the embodiment of divine retribution. The locust is Christ’s comrade in the battle against the heathen. It symbolizes Christ resurrected. Swarms of them are taken as an indication that the order of the cosmos had been disturbed.
LOON – Serenity, good orator, judgmental, can come across as uncaring or unsympathetic, denotes mental or emotional confusion, Realizing dreams, haunting and eerie song, imagination.
LOUSE – can denote a personality trait, or a negative situation or person
LYNX – Guardian, guide, listener, manifestation of spiritual force and controlled power, acuity of vision, rapid cleverness, mental alertness. Keenness of Sight, Divination, Developing Psychic Senses, Keeper of all Secrets and Mysteries, Movement Through Time and Space, Secrets and Vision of the Hidden and Unseen, guardian and guide, winter season.
LYREBIRD – Genetic memory. The Lyrebird’s ability to pass on taught sounds its ancestors once heard could be likened to the theory of genetic memory – memories often confused with the concept of past lives. Lyrebird also asks you to let go of your shyness and openly express yourself. Step away from the shadow of self-doubt. There is no need for you to imitate another’s point of view, you have your own. Learn to trust your own voice and speak your truth. Talk your talk with confidence and courage.
MAGGOT – denotes a self-serving personality who gains from the efforts of others
MAGPIE – Occult knowledge, doorway to new realms, wily and wilful – denotes talkativeness, ‘chatterbox’. In China the magpie is considered ‘good luck.’ Its cry is believed to announce ‘good news’. It is the embodiment of ‘yang’, the bird of happiness and good fortune, marital bliss. Magpie asks you to call on your swiftness of decision making. You have the ability to be a person who gets the job done quickly. Be acutely aware of the goings-on around you. Be watchful and careful. Be protective of self and your possessions.
MANATEE – (related to the dugong) Gentleness, loving, childlike
MARTIN – Good luck and community peace, integration
MEADOWLARK – Cheerfulness, sublimation, inner journey, linked to moon
MOCKINGBIRD – denotes a lack of individualized expression associated with mockery, such a person committing adultery make a mockery of their marriage vows. Seeing a mockingbird may denote a rebuke in the form of this bird. Can also mean finding your sacred song and recognition of your innate abilities.
MOLE – indicates a lack of communication; fearing reality. I lives in the dark and is afraid of light. It represents avarice because it lives on it’s own body fat.
MONKEY -Ability to change the environment, health, success. Immaturity or lack of individuality. Asian sculptures of three monkeys show them with their hands over their mouth, eyes, and ears which is a sign of ‘evil’. In Japan, these same three monkeys are denoted by the word “saru”, which means both ‘monkey’ and ‘not do’ thus symbolizing conscious abstinence from evil.
MOOSE – Headstrong, Unstoppable, Longevity, steadfastness, Primal feminine energies and the magic of life and death, self esteem, wisdom.
MOSQUITO – denotes temporary irritations in one’s daily life
MOTH – Transformation, movement into shadows, finding the light
MOUNTAIN LION – Using Leadership Power Wisely and Without Ego, Balancing Power, Intention, Strength, Gaining Self-Confidence, Freedom from Guilt, Cunning, courage, foresight (also see Cougar)
MOUSE – Shyness, Quiet, Attention to Detail, Sneakiness, order, organizer, attain big things by working on little; innocence, faith, trust, scrutiny, Eye for detail, noticing the little things. Can denote a negative aspect in one’s life. Mice can represent the little irritations in life. Seeing dead mice but not cleaning them up can denote refusal to let negative emotions go. They are said to have demonic and prophetic powers. Their squeaking and footsteps are taken as portents of storms. In dreams a mouse could embody the soul of the dreamer and as such leave the body and then return to it. The worst thing they do is spread pestilence. They are associated symbolically with satanic demons and with all powers hostile to humanity. In dreams, the mouse sometimes represents the female sex organ to young men. In the positive aspect, the mouse is seen as though of as analogous to the soul.
MUD TURTLE – denotes a negative personality trait of near-constant confusion and withdrawal from situations
MULE – denotes a stubborn personality, but independent, a reluctance to be persuaded to another’s ideas
MUSKRAT – denotes a repulsive attitude, an aversion
NIGHTINGALE – Soft-tempered, easy demeanor, soothing speaker, graceful movements, keeper of the night, a plaintive mother, symbolizes the human goal of producing truly melodious language. The name of the bird stands for poetry or song. The parents patiently teach their young to sing. It is a good omen. Some, however, interpret it’s cry as a cry for help from a ‘poor soul in purgatory’ or a plaintive warning of an impending death. It also symbolizes acts of charity being rewarded.
NUMBAT – The medicine of Numbat is Preparedness and Gathering. Numbat is always prepared to stick his long tongue into termite wood in search of his food. He is prepared to forage for food at any time of the day, not being overly concerned about the possibility of the open forest floor leaving him easy prey to predators. The calm little Numbat gathers leaves to make himself a bed in the nearest hollow log when it is time to rest. If Numbat has leaped around you, you are obviously prepared to talk your talk and walk your walk. You are not afraid to say “Hey, this is who I am, this is what I believe. This is what makes me happy”. Just a word of caution though, in your relentless gathering of truth, be open to the answers you may receive and be prepared for the work you will be called on to do, in order to nourish yourself fully.
NUTHATCH – Applying wisdom to natural world, groundedness, ethereal
OCTOPUS – Protection through distraction, intelligence, getting past negative barriers, multifaceted, skilled in many areas. Symbolizes the spirits of the Underworld and mysterious otherworldly forces.
OPOSSUM – diversion, strategist, deceiver, the use of appearances, spring season, sensibility.
ORIOLE – Positive energy, reconnecting with inner sunshine, nature spirits
OSTRICH – Becoming grounded, ethereal realms. Its feather symbolizes the Egyptian Goddess Maat. The eggs symbolize the virginity of Mary. It is however, a symbol of religious hypocrisy; those who give the appearance of holiness, but do not act holy.
OTTER – Joy, Lightness, dynamic energy, Playfulness and the importance of playtime, Sharing, Feminine Power, Helpfulness, Sharing, Adventure, the Magick of Joy, Youthful Exuberance, Zeal, Laughter, Curiosity, Freedom from jealousy or suspicion, feminine power and nurturing, Silent wisdom and nocturnal vision, healing powers, magic, shadow work, deception. Mischievous, prognostication, woman medicine and magick, spring and summer.
OWL – Vision, Silence, Intuition, Divination, Third Eye and Psychic Gifts. Silent and Swift Movement, Seeing Behind Masks, Keen Sight, Messenger of Secrets and Omens, Shape-Shifting, Link Between the Dark, Unseen World and the World of Light, Comfort with Shadow Self, Moon Magick, Freedom, Silent Wisdom, Wise, watcher, fate-seer, riddler, insight, Nocturnal Vision, Healing Powers, Magical, Detachment, Change, the Mystery of Magic, Omens, the Arts, Watchfulness, seeing hidden motives in others, Night Magicks, Truth, Patience, Deception, clairvoyance, insight (the night eagle). Denotes wisdom, a symbol of knowledge, heightened observational skills, introspective, brooding, can see in the dark, developed awareness, high spiritual enlightenment It can also mean to use more judgment in a life situation. In the negative, it represents nocturnal “furtive’ habits, solitude, silent flight, a plaintive ‘harbinger of death’ cry, and symbolize a turning away from spiritual light. Athena, Lilith, and Blodeuwedd are all associated with owls, Blodeuwed being transformed into an owl, Lilith having the claws of an owl, and Athena having an owl as her companion. Apprearing in the many versions of Priestess of Swords card in the tarot, the owl links the Priestess of Swords to Athena. The owl is said by some to be associated with occultists and students of the unknown, and with those who are living enigmas – paradoxes loving both logic and the illogical. In Germany and other parts of Europe, the call of an owl is a portent of coming death. An owl is pictured on card XIII of the Old Path Tarot flying before the shape of death, associating it with death and transformation. This death-call legend may link it to the myth of the banshee, and Lilith is associated with the death children is some legends. The owl as a spirit helper ecourages exploration of the unkown, and the spending of time in illuminating meditation. In China the owl is a harbinger of misfortune, but it is the sacred animal of the rain-god it symbolizes a demonic night creature and considered an evil omen. Owls come in all sizes, from a tiny miniature that actually lives inside the cactus in the desert, to the great horned owl, which is the only bird that can out fly the golden eagle. A fully grown great horned is an awe inspiring creature. Its talons are furry, and closely resemble the paws of a baby mountain lion with claws extended. It is a meat eater, which means it can be a fierce warrior if challenged, or if something dear to it is threatened. It is often referred to as Night Eagle. Owl is at home in the night. It has great awareness of all that is around it at all times. It has predator vision, which means it sees clearly what it looks at. It has great intuition: it is the totem of psychics and clairvoyants. It has the courage to follow its instincts. Owl’s medicine includes seeing behind masks, silent and swift movement, keen sight, messenger of secrets and omens, shape-shifting, link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light, comfort with shadow self, moon power, freedom. The medicine of Owl is Vision, Silence and Intuition. Owl glides through the night silently observing all that occurs. “Night Eagle” as Owl is called has great vision as he is able to discern the precise moment to launch into action and achieve success. Through silence Owl is able to strike on the most unsuspecting prey. You will notice that should a threat become apparent in the territory of Owl, he will call out to let all who dwell nearby, share in his vision. If Owl has silently flown into your life, remember that great wisdom comes from silence, “Spirit” echoes through the silence to send us his messages. It is important to allow the space for the silence, so you can hear “Spirits” words. Great visions abound today for you, follow those visions and be guided. You will feel the energy shifts within today. You need to cultivate your psychic powers and follow your intuition.
OXEN – Sacrifice, self-denial, chastity. Denotes overwork, pulling harder than necessary. An image of patient servitude and peaceful strength.
OYSTER – denotes inner fears or anything new, withdrawing from interaction with others.
PANDA – Importance of slow, determined pace, adaptability
PANTHER – Protection, hidden emotions, introspection, caution, careful decisions, Astral Travel, Guardian Energy, Symbol of the Feminine, Understanding of Death, Reclaiming Ones Power, Ability to Know the Dark, Death, Rebirth, Swiftness, Cunning, Strength, Perseverance, Boldness, Beauty, Gaining Confidence, new moon, winter season. Denotes caution is necessary. A savage and cunning animal. has superior fighting courage of the female. In the positive, it has a beautiful voice, it symbolizes Christ. The Panther is said to keep the diabolical dragon away. A black panther is considered especially dangerous.
PARAKEET – a lack of analytical spiritual thinking, denoting the ‘love’ bird could mean a relationship that is caged in and needs to be freed.
PARROT – Communication, beauty, guide for wisdom, mockery, thinking before speaking. Denotes the inability to think for oneself, repeats only what others say. Sunshine and colour healing associated with salt. Parrot encourages you to keep seeking for that which nourishes you, for the nourishment actually comes from the seeking, not from the seed sought. You are a beautiful, wonderful being. Callimachus (300-240 BCE) saw the bird as a symbol of babbling humans. Aesop saw it as the rival of the weasel. Early Christianity related the parrot to St. Basil’s dictum that good Christians imitate the Apostles and the just. The beak of the bird was an amulet against fever and demons. Conrad of Wurzburg saw the bird (since he believed its feathers did not get wet in the rain) as an emblem of the Virgin Mary. In China the bird was a symbol for the engagingly prattling prostitute, but with a pearl in its mouth a symbol for Kwan-Yin, while in Persia the bird may possibly have been known as a messenger symbol, like the crow, according to Cirlot, and may be related to the Egyptian ba (a pictograph for the soul of a winged creature with a human head).
PEACOCK – denotes arrogance of behaviour. Stands for self-love, Wisdom and vision, ostentatious, protective and powerful, immortality, dignity, and self-confidence. It is a positive symbol of the Sun. In the Mid-east, the Kurds view the bird as a messenger of the God. For Muslims, it symbolizes the cosmos or the sun and the moon. He symbolizes renewal and resurrection. It represents spiritual rebirth. The negative symbols are that is struts about, prides himself on his appearance and gazes haughtily about. See Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction.”
PEGASUS – (The flying Horse) symbolically is represents vitality and the strength of the horse, and with weightlessness as it flies like a bird. It symbolizes the indomitable poetic spirit overcoming the impediments of the world.
PELICAN – Self-sacrificing, non-competitive, buoyant, rising above trials. The pelican is the alchemical symbol for the stage known as mortificatio, the breaking open of the outer shell to reveal the inner man. As the mother pelican was believed to feed her young from blood pecked from her own breast, she is also sometimes used as a general symbol of self-sacrifice. Pelican also symbolizes the sacrificial death of Christ, selfless striving for purification. It is associated with the Rosicrucian degree of the Scottish system of Free-masonry.
PENGUIN – Lucid dreaming and astral projection, feminine, birth giving energy, Father-nurturing, patience, astral projection, sexes working together, family orientation.
PENGUIN (FAIRY PENGUIN) – Agility, play, dreams, innocence, balance & inner child. The medicine of Penguin is Agility and Play. Penguin finds great joy in life. He characteristically follows the well worn paths of his ancestors. Using their wisdom to make his own toil easier so that there is more time for play. He loves to bob, dive and splash about in his waters, excited that he is alive. He loves to play hide and seek, diving and swimming long distances and then splashing out of the water saying “Here I am, come play with me”. If Penguin has dived into your life “Spirit” is reminding you to play. It is important to remember that you are here to work at living not as some do, live to work. So allow the play that comes your way today and embrace life. Life is for living & giving. Go out and enjoy the day. Do that very thing you have been talking about doing. Let your inner child play!
PHEASANT – denotes a spiritual seeker, family fertility and sexuality. On the negative side, it symbolizes flooding, immorality, or seduction, and supernatural calamity.
PHOENIX – Overcoming Impossible Odds, Reincarnation, New Life/Cycles, Cleansing Energy of Fire, Rebirth, Renewal, Growth Spiritually, Strength, Energy. Denotes the utmost examples of spirituality, a personality who bounces back from adversity, refuses to be defeated. In Mythology, the bird had a life of 500 years. Because it is consumed in fire only to rise from the ashes, it represents resurrection and immortality. It can mean the harbinger of spiritual rebirth. In the American Indian tradition, the Phoenix is starting to rise now for the destruction/recreation process of the earth.
PIG – denotes one who takes more than one needs. Primarily a symbol of uncleanliness. But it represents fertility and prosperity in cultures of antiquity. In China, the pig is the 12th and last sign of the Zodiac, symbolizing manly strength. Pigs are considered unclean by the Egyptians, but not as strenuously as the Jews and Muslims. The pig is a symbol of ignorance and voracious appetite, as well as an emblem used in mockery of Judaism. The pig is usually the ‘booby’ prize for coming in last in contests. Dreaming of a pig usually denotes good fortune coming one’s way.
PIG, SOW – Crone Goddess, Rooting out the Truth, Deep Earth Magick, Past Life Knowledge, Intelligence, Cunning, Generosity, Nourishment, Discovery, things sacred, ancestral knowledge.
PIGEON – Love and security of home, fertility, archetypal energies
PLATYPUS – Women”s Wisdom. Platypus represents the true essence of Women’s Sacred Wisdom – to trust blindingly in one’s inner direction and to move as one with the creative ebbs and flows of Mother Earth. Platypus reminds you to keep your own counsel, and don’t feel forced to share yourself around. Today is not the day to be a team player. Allow some time for self. Submerge yourself within and hear the voice of your soul.
POLAR BEAR – (see also “bear”) Solitude, overcoming adversity, rebirth, patience, spirit communication, strength, breaking through emotional barriers
PORCUPINE – innocence, companionship, trust, humility,renewed sense of wonder, autumn season – denotes a tendency to unconsciously defend oneself in obtaining one’s personally goals. This person irritates others, instinctively defending against new ideas, relationships, or situations
PORPOISE – denotes spiritual guidance, or humanitarian nature
POSSUM – Possum asks you to be persistent in your endeavours. Don’t give up easily. Be aware that you will eventually get results. Remember, water wears away stone. Become water and don’t give up.
POTOROO – Potoroo reminds you to allow discovery in your life. Go out and discover the trees, the birds, the flowers. Take time to allow the newness of discovery engulf you. Life is a discovery of self. Every new moment brings discovery and excitement.
PRAIRIE DOG – Community, networking, dig deeply, Swiftness, industrious, constructive, preparedness.
PRAYING MANTIS – Power of stillness, sleep and dreaming, prophet. Can also denote one who is a spiritual hypocrite.
PUMA – Companion on journeys to other worlds, grace, silent power
PYTHON – denotes a suffocating personality or situation
QUAIL – Group nourishment and protection, teaches mindfulness. Group-work, team play, creator of harmony and group tolerance, protectiveness (especially toward children)
QUOLL – Quoll asks you to use your intelligence in your endeavours today. Think clearly about what you are doing, and be fearless when it comes to decision making and taking action. Reach deep within, let go of your fears, and develop your own sense of fearlessness. Release your fears by facing up to them now.
RABBIT, HARE – Guile, Quick-Thinking, Humility, Strengthening Intuition, Releasing Fear, Overcoming the Past, Resolution to Change, Fertility, New Life, Alertness, Nurturing, Rebirth, Faith, Balance, fear, timidity, nervousness, recognize the signs around you, hidden skills, borrower. Denotes physical or sexual obsessive preoccupation which leaves no room for spiritual development. A rabbit also denotes quiet endurance of one’s pain. A white rabbit can symbolize the awakening of spirit or a symbol for Easter and resurrection. A prolific rabbit can symbolize the power of the sexual feelings. Rabbit’s medicine includes moving through fear, living by one’s own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit also represents humility, because he is quiet and soft and not self-asserting. Rabbit reminds us not to be afraid. Fearful thoughts reproduce (like rabbits) and bring the very thing we fear. Rabbit people are so afraid of tragedy, illness, and disaster, that they call those very fears to them to teach them lessons. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, it may be telling you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. It always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble.
RABBIT EARS – denotes one’s personal spiritual antenna.
RACOON – Curiosity, Cleanliness, Creativity, Dexterity, Disguise, Nocturnal. Denotes an industrious personality
RACEHORSE – competitiveness, a desire to be better or faster than others, a desire to get ahead of others.
RAM – Confidence in Ones Abilities, Fertility, Courage, New beginnings, Abundance, Assurance in New Areas, Sacrifice, Breakthrough, Achievement, Seeking new beginnings, new heights and adventures. The male sheep is the first of the 12 signs of the Zodiac and stands for Aries (March 21 – April 20) A Fire sign. Those born under Aries are said to be aggressive, strong oriented toward progress, but to squander love and energy. It is a wild symbol of the creative forces of nature, but more linked with problems of the intellect. In the Bible, the ram was the substitute for ‘human’ sacrifice.
RAT -Fertility, stealth, scavenging, intelligence, enjoys luxury, Success, restlessness and shrewdness. Can also denote a negative personality or diseased element in one’s life. Think the word ‘dis-ease’ when seeing a rat. Feeling fear of rats in a dream can symbolize acknowledging negative aspects of oneself. It frequently represents Satan, the tempter and captor of souls. The rat is the mount of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of learning. In Japan, the rat is the companion of the god of good fortune. In China, a miser is called a ‘money rat’.
RAVEN – Shape shifting, messenger or omen, blending human and animal. Inner journeys, dreams, energy to study or learn. Curiosity, hyperactivity. Healing, Initiation, Protection, Magic, Creation, Help with Divination, Wisdom, Eloquence, Magick of the Crone, Trickster, Teacher, Hoarder, introspection, courage, self-knowledge, wise in oracles/omens, messenger, mystery, otherworldly travel, watcher for the gods, need to make changes in the way you perceive things. Denotes watchfulness and recognition of spiritual lies. A reminder of God’s love and the ability of God to meet all of man’s emergencies. See Kings 17:4 where Elijah was fed by the ravens. To an Englishman, the raven can stand for self-survival or the British Empire and the continuity of the United Kingdom. However in Edgar Allen Poe’s novel, the raven stood for fatalism and despair. The raven represents those who are so caught up in worldly pleasures that they keep putting off their conversion. It is a harbinger of misfortune, disease, war, and death. Raven advises you to allow the magick and mystery of life to flow through you. Be drawn to explore the mystical side of your being. Your answers are before you – remember to look under your nose. By being able to travel from this world to the next, the raven symbolizes also the power of healing – but the type of healing that comes about through a radical confrontation with the unconscious, with the hidden, with the Shadow, and with the darker, potentially destructive aspects of the psyche. The raven’s association with death becomes an association with depth and thus with depth psychology and the transformative powers of initiation – for such a moment marks to a greater or lesser extent the death of the old self, and the rebirth of a new self. The raven’s connection with healing is reinforced when we consider it as a bird of prophecy and divination, integral facets of the healer’s arts. The raven could travel to the darkest regions of the Underworld to bring back visions and oracular instructions for the seeker and healer. The raven has been seen as an oracle for thousands of years. The early Irish Druids divined according to their flight and cries, and as late as 1694 it was reported that a Hertfordshire raven uttered a prophecy three times.
Throughout time, Raven has carried the medicine of magic. This has been true in many cultures across the planet. It is sacred, in the Native American medicine ways, to honour Raven as the bringer of magic. If the magic is bad medicine, the carrier may be honoured out of fear rather than out of respect. Those who fear Raven may do so because they have been dabbling in areas in which they had no knowledge, and a spell may have backfired on them. Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form. The void is called the Great Mystery. Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being. Great Spirit lives inside the void and emerged from the Great Mystery. Raven is the messenger of the void. In Native teachings the colour black means many things, but it does not mean evil. Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or the road of the spiritual or non-physical. The blue-black Raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awakening in the process. Raven is the guardian of ceremonial magic and in absentia healing. In any healing circle, Raven is present. Raven guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease” or illness. Raven bring in new state of wellness from the Void of Great Mystery and the field of plenty. Raven is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination. For instance, if a ceremony is being performed to send energy to a disaster area where people need courage and strength, Raven would be the courier for that energy flow. The intention could be to allow the people of the devastated area to feel the concern and support of the participants in the ceremony. The Norse god Odin has two ravens, Hugin and Munin (“Thought and Memory”) which fly out over the world every day and report to him the news every evening: “I fear for Thought, that he come not back, But I fear yet more for Memory.” They are the sides of the mind of the magician as it is propelled into “astral” experience.
RHINOCEROS – Ancient wisdom, know thyself
ROADRUNNER – Mental speed and agility
ROBIN – denotes a rebirth of ideas or spirit. Denotes the coming of Spring, a new beginning, a new opportunity, or a new birth of self, new growth, territorial, colour link to throat centre. It also relates to patience such as when he waits for the worm to emerge from the ground for his food.
ROOSTER – Vanity, likes to be showered with gifts and attention, early riser, settling for nothing less than the best. Denotes an awakening of ideas or spirituality. Negatively, the rooster is cocky and suggests aggressiveness.
SALAMANDER – Connects Earth and Water, Connection to Soul Memories, Change, Comfort in Darkness, Ability to Cloak in the Face of Adversity, Hidden things or traits, camouflage in the face of adversity. The ability to merge or blend the spiritual life with and through daily life, this is a positive symbol.
SALMON – Understanding Divination Messages, Rebirth of Spiritual Knowledge, Instinct, Persistence, Determination, Wisdom, Inspiration, Rejuvenation, Pride, Intensity, trustin but not trustworthy. Denotes one is going against the flow of spiritual life, or a spiritual search that is in error for one’s personal path. (Brionnfhionn in Celtic lore) This is the Celtic fish of All Wisdom. It lives in the depths of the Sea from which all life springs. It is said to acquire its great knowledge from eating the Nine Hazels of Wisdom that fall from the Tree of Knowledge. This fish was said to be among the oldest of living creatures. The great Hero and Druid Fionn mac Cumhail gained his wisdom by touching his thumb to a salmon that he was cooking for the Druid Fintan.
SCARAB BEETLE – denotes one’s soul, the inner self and of renewal and resurrection.
SCORPION – Death, Rebirth, Transmutation, Repelling Negativity. Denotes a person who will retaliate if crossed. In negative situations, one can also sting oneself in the aftermath. In the Bible it denotes demonic powers. In Astrology, the scorpion is the eight sign of the zodiac, (October 23 – November 21). Its sign is governed by the planet Mars. Scorpio is associated with male sexuality, destruction, the occult, the mystical, illumination, healing, and resurrection. It is an ambivalent sign, a source of change, a symbol of the triumph of life over death.
SEAGULL – Versatility, loud, easy-going nature, creativity, laziness
SEA HORSE – confidence, grace and responsible fathering skills on an emotional level, male energy, good at dealing with emotions, courtship, posturing, beauty of the ocean. Seahorse offers emotional support, and is sensitive to the emotional needs of the single father and the child especially when influenced by the emotional pain of losing the mother. Can also denote a spiritual search or belief that is a fantasy rather than reality.
SEAL – Adaptation; Contentment, Protection, Lucid dreaming, Creativity, Love, Longing, Dilemma, Active Imagination. Denotes the use of spiritual beliefs in one’s daily life, listening to our inner voice, gentleness, talkative, playfulness. The medicine of Seal is Adaptation and Contentment. You will recognize the Seal”s adaptability by the fact that he is a land and sea dweller, dwelling on land during breeding season. Also his ability to find many kinds of foods to satisfy its needs. The Seal is a contented mammal who will rear its young on land. Seal is happy with it”s lot in life being able to adapt to either it”s land or sea environment. If Seal has popped up your way, “Spirit” is asking you to acknowledge and be thankful for your surroundings. You enjoy life, you are contented and you have the unique ability to be adaptable to any environment you are placed in and so have the ability to turn any “house into a home”. What a truly wonderful gift that is!
SEA LIONS – Active imagination, creativity and lucid dreaming
SEASHELL – denotes spiritual gifts. To see whole and broken seashells, one is looking at the good and bad situations in one’s life.
SEA SLUG – spiritual laziness
SEA SNAIL – slow and methodical spiritual pace
SEA TURTLE – cautious spiritual search or path
SHARK – authority, hunter, survival, adaptability, power, danger, sense injury, ever-moving. Ability to Move Constantly, Remorselessness, Never Being Caught Off Guard, Ability to Defend Oneself. Shark speaks of authority; eg: school principals, prison guards, parking officers etc. Shark teaches respect for these people and an understanding of their role.
SHEEP – Group comfort, warmth, patience, fertility, rebirth. Denotes lack of individuality. See Ram and Ewe. The ewe is seen as stupid and harmless. The ram is seen as strength, vitality, and unwavering determination. In the lamb, the symbolism is innocence
SHELLFISH – denotes the attempt to learn as many spiritual aspects as possible
SHETLAND PONY – denotes one is concealing personal power
SHRIMP – denotes the learning of refined spiritual aspects
SKUNK – Sensuality, Respect, Self Esteem, Shrewdness, Transformation, Life, Death, Rebirth, Rain, Fertility, reputation, presence, strength, expression of the self without ego. A person with a strong desire for justice to prevail.
SLOTH – denotes a lazy individual, warns against procrastination
SLUG – a slow moving, perhaps not doing all one can in a situation, lazy
SNAIL – Perseverance, tender nature (sometimes despite a cold façade). Denotes a slow, cautious attitude. It represents the resurrection of Christ and it’s harmonically formed spiral shell. They are considered self-sufficient because they carry around their own houses and has all its own belongings with it every moment.
SNAKE (see also ADDER) – Transmutation, Life Force, New You, Wisdom, Growth & Awakening. Elusiveness, Exploration of the Mysteries of Life, Primitive or Elemental Energy, Protection from Religious Persecution, Goddess Energy, Psychic Energy, Creative Power, Immortality, Shrewdness, Rebirth, Resurrection, Initiation, Wisdom, Healing, Transformation. Just as Snake sheds its old skin it suggests we too shed those unwanted burdens and outmoded ways of thinking that restrict our growth and development so that we may realize our own fruitfulness, thus advancing ourselves to higher levels, while simultaneously healing ourselves. A non-poisonous snake denotes cleverness, proceeding with discernment. A poisonous snake can relate to a person who will attack or retaliate with vengeance, can relate to temptation or evil, though as in India, it can also represent wisdom, it can represent sneakiness or treachery such as a ‘snake in the grass’, being bitten by a snake can represent dangerous emotions or situations where one holds or expresses poisonous thoughts or emotions. The serpent denotes the right or wrong thoughts, the wisdom of knowing the difference. The medicine of Snake is Transmutation and Life-force. Inland Taipan is one of Australia”s most deadly and aggressive snakes. He has a heightened sense of smell and sight. Taipan is active almost all day and part of the night. Snake medicine is powerful medicine because Transmutation is essential to all life. The Snake sheds his old skin in the transmutation process bringing forth his new self. Allowing all that is past to be released as he has out grown it, released it and now welcomes all that is positive and new to be engaged. Snake relies on his internal life-force to determine when the time it right to call on his transmutation powers. Snake medicine is the life-force within, the rising serpent to our own awakening. If snake has slithered past you, you are being asked by “Spirit” to shed your old ways and transmute into the new you. The life-force is within you, allow it to show you the way to let go and move on to your new beginnings. A new cycle is about to begin and your new growth is here at hand. Embrace the wisdom snake has brought your way. It may be time to move house, change jobs or change your hair style.
SNAPPING TURTLE – a person who will retaliate in a negative situation
SNOW LEOPARD – Overcoming demons and haunts, renewed vision & vitality
SOW – See “pig”
SPARROW – denotes a gentle nature of an intellectual person. Also – awakening and triumph of common nobility.
SPHINX – Initiation, End of a Cycle, Element Magick, Meeting the Dark Mother
SPIDER – Seeing how things you do in the present affect your future, illusion, threads of life, a totem of weavers, Web, Legal entanglements, Documents, Relationships, Interconnectedness. Master Weaver, Weaver of the Web of Fate, Wisdom, Creativity, Divine Inspiration, Shapeshifting, Understanding the Patterns of Illusion, Female Energy for the Creative Force of Life, Connecting the Past with the Future, Creating Possibilities, Weaver of the Primordial Alphabet. Can denote a conniving individual or a personal protective measure. Can denote weaving a web or trap oneself is falling into. It may relate to a recent indiscretion, a warning against a temptation or habit. See the other aspects of the dream to see the situation one is dealing with. See also mythology for the positive characteristics. The medicine of Spider is Weaving and Interconnectedness. Spider ceaselessly weaves the web of life. She knows that so long as she remains active in her life”s purpose she will always be nourished by the Universe. Her knowledge of the Interconnectedness of all energy is reflected by her ability to catch what she needs but not to waste. If Spider has weaved her way into your life “Spirit” is reminding you that all things are interconnected. All things are woven together in this web of life. You need to put things together to see the whole picture. Hear, feel and see your answers. Don”t allow yourself to be trapped by another”s web of deception. If you are about to sign documents or enter into agreements make sure you clearly understand what you are about to commit to and how it will effect you. Don”t rush in without looking, don”t get caught up in someone else”s tangled web. Deities and legendary characters represented as spiders include Ts’its’tsi’nako the Old Spider Woman and Anansi the trickster of Africa. Anansi once tried to steal all of the Wisdom plants, the source of all wisdom. He took all the plants, put them in his calabash, tied it around his neck and started climbing up the Tree of Life, where he lived. The calabash got in his way and he could not climb up the tree. A young girl saw his dilemma and tied the calabash to his back for him. He then raced to the top of the tree. Soon he realized that even with all the wisdom he stole, the girl had been wiser that he, so he decided that he couldn’t use the wisdom, so he threw the wisdom plants off the tree. Then the wind caught them and spread the wisdom all over the world for everyone to enjoy. In India the spider is the weaver of the web of Maya, illusion. As the destroyer of insect life, it is a guardian against invasion of the lower forces. It is the maternal, feminine force par excellence, inasmuch as the female destroys the male upon completion of mating. In her web she stands as the centre of the world. In her spinning of the web and devouring her prey she parallels the waxing and waning of the Moon, involution and evolution, the alternation of birth and death. The spider, as the Moon, then weaves the destiny of everything in the world. The spider has also recently become something of a representative totem for the World Wide Web.
SQUIRREL – Conservation, Storage, Activity, Preparedness, Anticipation of future, planner, gatherer, better to do than to study, swiftness. Negative connotation – scurries back and forth telling stories, elusive.
STAG – Forest-lord, masculine regeneration, giver of bounty and beauty, mystical signs.
STALLION HORSE – denotes uncontrolled strength, usually sexual excess, a need to contain and direct one’s energies
STARLING – Sociable, communicating diversity, forceful.
STORK – Messenger of rebirth. Related to humanity, connected to emotions, water, birth process. Can also symbolize Christ and his disciples who destroyed satanic creatures in the northern latitudes and returned every spring. It was linked to Easter and the resurrection. It represents fertility and creation. In China it represents longevity. In the Netherlands it brings good fortune. It is a symbol of meditation and contemplation. Its beak represents the phallus.
SUGAR GLIDER – Sugar Glider is telling you that you are right to trust in the Universe and Spirit. Go with your gut feelings concerning that matter today. What you need will be provided by the Universe. Listen to your inner voice.
SWALLOW – denotes protection and warmth of the home and proper perspective, punctuality, a harbinger of spring, and resurrection. However, it has the speech of a barbarian. It is the attribute of the love goddess Aphrodite. It also represents the relationship between an older and younger brother.
SWAN – Sensitive, Emotional, Dreamer, Mystic, Longevity, Grace, Awakening the True Beauty of the Power of the Self, Soul, Love, Beauty, Self-Transformation, Self-Images, Intuition, Empathy, Moon Magicks, Balance, Innocence. Guide into dreams, handling change with grace and dignity, dream interpretation, divination, spiritual growth. Swan teaches us to see below the surface and to recognize the true essence of others while demonstrating how to trust the grace of our own being. Denotes a personal spiritual nature of grace, inherent spiritual essence, purity, and resulting gifts. It supposedly foresees impending death and emits extraordinary cries at its own death. The death of the swan in the ballet “Swan Lake” symbolizes the loss of the woman’s gracious qualities to jealousy. Because it has black flesh it is also a symbol of hypocrisy.
SWIFT – Feminine and psychic energies, speed and agility
SWISHER – Awakening of the faery realm, accomplishment for its own sake.
TADPOLE – denotes spiritual immaturity
TARANTULA – Ability to Shed the Outer Skin (Masks) and Transform, Creativity, Spinning a Web to Entrap Enemies, Defence of Territory, Intimidation by Size, Use of Environment to Conceal Oneself
TASMANIAN DEVIL – Purification, Self-Defence, Protection of Territory, Ability to Use Perseverance When Necessary, Understanding of How and When to Fight. Tasmanian Devil teaches us to purify our lives, to honour our bodies and to extinguish all that is impure from our systems. Tassie Devil also wants you to be determined and stand your ground today! He brings aggression your way; make sure you harness it and use it in a positive and constructive way, not lashing out at those around you.
TASMANIAN TIGER (Thylacine)- Harbinger of change, the “Silent One”, the carrier of deep messages we need to hear. The medicine of Tasmanian Tiger is Illusion and Elusiveness. Tassie Tiger once roamed the mainland of Australia, later being restricted to Tasmania, and is now believed to be extinct. Tasmanian Tiger was so called because of the distinctive white “Tiger” stripes adorning his chest and rump. The Tiger was more like a wolf in build though, and had a tail that resembles a Kangaroo”s. Tassie Tiger slept in caves and hollows during the day and hunted on dusk, thus making him elusive and more difficult to see. Though the Tiger is listed as extinct, there have long been reported cases of Tasmanian Tigers being seen on occasion, though the sightings were often thought of as practical jokes. Some people claim to have seen the illusive animal while it was hunting at dusk for food. Those that have had the great fortune to see the animal know how fortunate they have been, and know it”s no joke. If Tasmanian Tiger has materialized into your life you are being advised by “Spirit” to act with caution, become a little illusive and don”t put yourself out there for everyone else too freely. Allow yourself to slip into the background and become invisible for a while. In other words, step back from the goings on around you and observe from the outside, looking in. This is a self protective move and may be necessary so that you can have some meditative time alone with your own thoughts.
TIGER – Silent solitary power, heightened sense of touch, valour, Passion, power, devotion and sensuality, full and new moons, Energy, Strength and Will-Power in the Face of Adversity, Acting in a Timely Manner, Action without Analysis. Denotes an aggressive nature, emotionally erratic, an overly severe nature. Denotes one’s own shortcomings and a need to re-evaluate oneself. It is the third sign of the Zodiac in China. It has vitality and energy. In China it is equated with a quarrelsome woman. However, it has great maternal instincts.
TOAD – Altered state of consciousness, changing luck, adversity, longevity, courtship via the use of sound.
TUNA – denotes spiritual generosity
TURKEY – generosity, life-giver, sharer, Spiritual connection to Earth Mother, shared blessings, self-Sacrifice, patience, attentiveness, following the group, challenge. Denotes an indication of promise of acquisition of food, clothing, and work. Turkey guides you to consider sharing your gifts with those around you. Spirit is asking you to give and to share without an expectation of receiving. Remember the only way to receive is to give with an open heart always.
TURTLE/TORTOISE – Turtle: Shyness, nurturing, mother energy, mother earth, protection, healing, knowledge, grounded, earth magic. Tortoise: Feeling at home anywhere, grounding, patience, peaceful nature, ancient wisdom, feminine energy and healing, psychic protection. Many people confuse these two animals. Turtle/tortoise is associated with navigation, patience, inspiration, psychic protection, grounding, self-reliance, tenacity, and non-violent defence. Symbol of the Earth, Connection with the Centre, Associated with the Feminine, Power to Heal Female Diseases, Respecting the Boundaries of Others and the Self, Developing New Ideas, Self-Reliance, Tenacity, Motherhood, Linking Heaven to Earth, Awakening to Opportunities, Creative Source, Informed Decisions, Planning, Adaptability, Slow Progress, Retreat, Grounding, Chastity, Conservation, Mother Earth, Longevity, nurturer, protector, mother energy. Turtle reminds us that we are never alone, that no matter where we go, we are constantly being cradled in the protective arms of Mother Earth, and if we learn plod at a constant pace, we will be assured completion of all set tasks. The turtle is said to personify the female creative energy of an all-embracing earth mother, who holds the cycle of life and death in her hands. The negative aspect is a fear of facing responsibility or reality. Can represent long life because turtles live a long time. Quiet strength. In China it carries the world on its back. It is a symbol of fertility and unwavering vitality, and great patience. Many Natives refer to North America as Turtle Island, because their legends say that when the earth was covered with water, Turtle dove to the bottom of the oceans bringing up earth on its back so that the people could have a safe and dry home. Turtle is at home anywhere because it carries its home on its back. It does not become attached to places, for it is free to search for new opportunities wherever they may be found. When they sense danger, or are in uncomfortable and insecure settings, they withdraw into their shell, and are protected. If you have Turtle medicine, you value both the power of the earth, the waters of the earth, and the magic of the heavens, for Turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy, and the magic of the mystical. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don’t get “stuck in the mud”. Turtle’s medicine includes a connection with the centre, navigation skills, patience, self-boundaries, associated with the feminine, power to heal female diseases, respecting the boundaries of others, developing new ideas, psychically protecting oneself, self-reliance, tenacity, non-violent defence. The medicine of Turtle is Mother Earth and Healing Knowledge. The large Green Turtle is the symbol of Earth Mother, because she carries her home on her back. We should be reminded to be more connected with the Mother Earth because the Earth is our home and Mother. This gentle creature is recognized for its acknowledgment of the delicate balance between ocean and earth, and reminds us of the importance of respecting both. Without the health of the ocean and earth Turtle would cease to exist, as would humanity. The medicine of Turtle is also a reminder for ourselves to be very grounded. The Earth is where we come from and to where we shall return. If Turtle has swum your way, you are being asked by “Spirit” to go outside, get amongst nature, feel your connection to your Earth Mother and embrace the oneness of it all. You are being encouraged to ground yourself fully and show respect for the Mother. She gives us all our healing knowledge and asks only that we heal ourselves, for as we are healed so she shall be healed. For as the trinity of Spirit is reflected in the Turtle number (30) thirty, we take a moment to recognize and resonate with the knowing: – As above, so below and within. So be it and it is so.
UNICORN – Spirit of Purity, Innocence, Childhood. Denotes real possibilities, the reaches of reality. Healing powers, intellect and sexuality. Making dreams come true, virtue, beauty, weather patterns, connection with the woodland and the beings within. In China it stands for happiness and blessedness.
VULTURE – denotes greedy and aggressive individuals, usually with overeating. They are considered prophetic because they followed marching armies and appeared always three days before a great battle. It symbolizes the Virgin Mary because it does not sit on its own eggs. Can also denote purification, never-ending vigilance, guardian of mysteries – The ancient Egyptians thought that all vultures were female and hence they represented the notion of supreme motherhood. Mut was an Egyptian Goddess who took the form of a vulture. Her name means “mother.” She was generally depicted as a woman wearing a long, brightly coloured dress (often in a feather pattern) and a vulture headdress. The headdress was surmounted by the white or the double crown of Egypt. She essentially played the role of divine mother to the reigning king and as such many amulets representing Mut depict her as a seated woman suckling a child (a motive common for Isis and Hathor). Royal women who held the title of “God’s Wife of Amun” were all shown with iconographic features which linked them to Mut. Mut also has a more aggressive nature, that of Sekhmet the feline goddess.
WALRUS – Trickster, solitude, appreciates individuality and creativity, can be disrespectful of others. Can also denote spiritual righteousness.
WASP – indicates stinging events in life
WAXWING – Gentleness and courtesy, mask making
WEASEL, FERRET – Seeing beneath the surface for intent/meaning, developing clairaudience, ingenuity, paying attention to inner voice, keen, tricky, revenge, cunning, playful, observant, strength, energy, ingenuity and stealth. Can also denote a person who does cowardly act. Sly and secret circumvention and/or pursuit, nocturnal.
WEEVIL – denotes negative elements that can destroy a person’s natural abilities. These are usually jealousy, egotism, etc.
WHALE – Wisdom of the ages, provider, intelligence, kindness, gentle nature, highly psychic and intuitive, telepathic, clairaudient, record-keeping Remembrance, Symbolizes the world; its huge, unconscious “better” side or “healthy” nature, wisdom, provider, Record Keeper for all Eternity, All Knowledge Associated with Voice & power of song, Psychic and Telepathic Abilities, All Aspects of the Sea, Beauty of Movement, Creation, Power of Song, Awakening Inner Depths, Ancient Knowledge, Sound Awareness. Whale carries all the history of Mother Earth and teaches us to interpret sound frequencies that nurture memories of ancient knowledge by showing us how to reconnect with universal consciousness. Indicates spiritual generosity, a giving, compassionate individual. It is a symbol of the resurrection of the dead. A whale washed ashore dead is an omen of uncontrollable disaster. Whale urges you to not get wrapped up in your memories. It is important to learn the lessons Whale has brought forward so as to not repeat them, but release the old emotional attachments. Trust yourself. Look within for the answers.
WOLF – Pathfinder for the human spirit, knowledge, teaching skill, helping in finding the life-path, loyalty, cooperation, free spirited, mating for life, facing death with dignity, perseverance, fighting only when necessary, taking advantage of change, Full moon & twilights, Earth wisdom, Instinct Linked with Intelligence, Social and Family Values, Outwitting Enemies, Success, Stability, Steadfastness, Skill in Protection of Self and Family, Taking Advantage of Change, Intuition, Learning, the Shadow, Guardianship, Ritual, Perseverance, Success, Spirit, Psychic Energy, Inner Divinity, Careful Study, Cunning, Escaping Hunters, Ability to Pass by Dangers Invisibly, An Astral Wolf Could Lead You to a Spiritual Teacher. The dark, negative side of wolf denotes a clever and evasive person, infers self-interest. A white wolf indicates a spiritual guide. It is an omen of victory, but is said by some to represent the forces of Satan. In China it stands for greed and cruelty. It represents the diabolical enemy that threatens the flock of the faithful. It pretends to be lame before it attacks. They pretend to be utterly innocent and harmless but their hearts are full of deceit. A human ‘wolf’ relentlessly pursues large numbers of women for sexual gratification. It symbolizes cunning, treachery and gratification. In a dream it symbolizes prowling the landscape of the psyche, representing untamed external energies. It can, however, be trained to co-exist with humans. It represents alert caution. On the positive side, Wolves have been long regarded by Native Americans as teachers or pathfinders. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, and have a strong sense of family while maintaining individualism. In the stars, Wolf is represented by the Dog, Sirius, thought by many aboriginal tribes to be the home of the Ancients. Wolves are probably the most misunderstood of wild animals. Tales of cold-bloodedness abound, in spite of their friendly, social and intelligent traits. They are truly free spirits, even though their packs are highly organized. They seem to go out of their way to avoid a fight. One is rarely necessary when a shift in posture, a growl, or a glance gets the point across quite readily. Traditionally, someone with Wolf Medicine has a strong sense of self, and communicates well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements. They often find new solutions to problems while providing stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure. Wolf’s medicine includes facing the end of one’s cycle with dignity and courage, death and rebirth, Spirit teaching, guidance in dreams and meditations, instinct linked with intelligence, social and family values, outwitting enemies, ability to pass unseen, steadfastness, skill in protection of self and family, taking advantage of change.
WOLVERINE – Revenge, Understanding Aggression, Protection against Attackers, Multilevel Protection, Standing your Ground, Fierceness
WOMBAT – Gentle aggression. Wombat teaches us to speak up and to confront wrongs aimed at us with confidence and a sense of assuredness without being forceful, violent or rude. Wombat urges you not to give up on your dreams yet. Be tenacious, keep going, it is all there if you want it; just keep going and you will reach your goals.
WOODPECKER – Sensitivity, protection, devotion, weather prophet, drumbeats into other dimensions.
WORM – denotes an interference forcing one’s way into affairs of daily life. To see a worm in some kind of food is a warning against that type of food or the diet in general. Relate it to something you just ate the day before.
WREN – In Irish folk lore the Wren, the King of birds, was also known as the betrayer in Ireland, it was said that the wren flapped it’s wings above the place where St Stephen was hiding and this led to his martyrdom, and also betrayed armies to the enemy, and this was why the wren was hunted. It has also been written that the hunt symbolised the destruction of pagan beliefs by Christianity. In Ireland at least, this could be the origins of the hunt, as so much of pagan lore, festivals and so forth have been used against us, to uphold the idea that Christianity is the only true path.
WYVERN – Revenge, Retribution, and Creating Protective Barriers of Fear as a Defence
YAK – Ancient wisdom, understanding of higher purpose, self-doubt, lack of control over emotions
ZEBRA – represents the duality of good/evil, right/wrong polarity of life’s events. Seeing things in stark contrast, certainty, individuality amidst a crowd, balance, trusting your path.