Is there and animal in your life that shows up as a guide or messenger? Would you like to understand what medicine they are bringing into your life? There are four aspects to consider: habitat, mating, den, and response to wounding.
Habitat: do they nest in a tree or rock cliff? Or dig a hole in the earth? Do live by themselves, a pack, or a herd? Do they roam far distances or stay in a very small area?
Mating: Are they playful and quick like the fox? Do they have a pecking order like eagles? Or a hierarchy like the elk? Do they mate in seclusion or out on the range?
Den: Are their dens clean and tidy like the bear? Or do they sleep standing up like the buffalo? Or maybe they back into their den like a raccoon?
Response to wounding: Do they whine, cry or whimper? Go to their nest to die? Or does their collective circle round them to heal the wounded?
These four aspects of any animal will begin to tell you what “medicine” they are sharing with you. Let us look at the mythological dragon as an example:
Habitat – wherever it chooses
Mating – only equal dragon
Den – likes to play with a bunch of dragons, den in sanctuary, unconquerable
Response to Wounding – heals itself with own power
If dragon is your totem animal, what can these four things tell you about its medicine?