Saturday, February 4, 2012

Animal Totems


There is knowledge in nature . . . just glance around you . . . and learn to listen.  For instance, consider wildlife weather forecasting and look no further than the Yankee Drolls in your backyard.  Is there a frenzy ‘round your feeders?  Better prepare for a storm.   Are  insect-eating avians flying low to the ground? Expect rain.
PhotobucketBut wildlife can impart wisdom in other more individual ways. Native American culture, among many others, believes that animals can assist us with self-discovery and aid the journey through our spiritual and physical life. A totem can be of fin, feather or fur:  any creature that connects to us in personal and profound ways.  Your special totem animal—through its own adaptation to nature—serves as both an instructor and a guide and can be determined by a close examination of your history.  Is there a certain creature that comes to you in dreams or at significant moments in your life?  This is your totem animal and personal protector.  Watch, read, and learn everything you can about this teacher and inspiration will be yours.

At Bon Bon Pond, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is our animal totem. 


There are many wonderful websites that offer instruction for identifying and understanding animal totems.  Spirit Walk Ministry and StarStuffs are two of my favorites.


  1. Yesterday I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch fly out of some brush in the Nevada backcountry right through my drivers window. Felt its wings on my leg as it flew under and perched for a second or two on my steering wheel. Looked at me and flew right back out the window. Made my day.

    1. WOW! What an exhilarating experience! They are such friendly, inquisitive and bold birds Hope your experience brings you wisdom and good fortune. Thanks for sharing your story.


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