Animal Medicine Monday – Dragon

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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?

Animal Medicine Monday – Cougar

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Yesterday began the month of the Cougar Earth Astrology animal totem, which corresponds to the sun astrology sign of Pisces.

Cougars are the Keepers of balance and harmony on one’s Path with Heart. They teach us how to have balance in movement and change; how to awaken the aura, increase orende (chi, ki, prana, life force energy) and make death an ally. Cougar helps to design and bring in what’s needed for our Path with Heart. They are a balancer and healer of muscles, bones, joints. A supreme survivalist, Cougar teaches us to stabilize and learn how to do any physical act without injury. They are also the Keeper of choreography. (This also includes all big cats like the puma, panther, and mountain lion.)

Animal Medicine Monday – Otter

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We are now in the month of the earth astrology totem of otter, with Aquarius being the complimentary sun sign.  Otter helps us to cleanse and purify our sacred waters, that is, all emotional states, blood, and lymphatic systems of humans.  They teach us how to play in our child shield (our inner little girl for women and inner little boy for men) and give with our heart.  The otter also protects men as they learn to deal with the energy of women’s moon cycles.

If you want to experience the joy of moving through frozen waters, even when frozen, check out the first few minutes of this PBS America show on the Otters of Yellowstone, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_c_JOtZu4Q

Animal Medicine Monday – Coyote

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The South Spirit Keeper, who guides your spiritual self-growth and development, in the Wheel of Allies is the Coyote. This gentle trickster teaches you about illusion and tricks you into the light by showing you your dark side with humor. As the south Spirit Keeper, Coyote is a teacher of trust, innocence, humor and love. S/he is also a teacher and protector of children and a master of disguise, camouflage and imagination. When you put on a coyote robe you can “see the world with a different eye”.

Animal Medicine Monday – Turtle

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Turtle, the clan animal of the West, is the sigil of Grandmother Earth and teaches the sacredness of the Earth Lodge (including our bodies).  The turtle is the protector of the lodges of women, keeping both our home and womb sacred.  This clan animal is the keeper of the teachings of shields and carrier of teachings of humanity.  The turtle also brings alignment with the mineral world, especially that of the crystals.

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Animal Medicine Monday – Snow Goose

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Snow Goose is the Sweet Medicine animal totem within SunBear’s Earth Astrology that corresponds to the sun sign of Capricorn.

The Snow Goose is the Bringer and Keeper of the earthly, personal and tonal dream, meaning how we live our every day life. Do we have a roof over our head, food in the pantry, gas in the car?  Are our bills paid?  Are our bodies healthy?  They are also the Keeper of mirrors and the masks of self, our Book of Life.  Who do we know ourselves to be?  How do people, events, and relationships mirror our self-concept? Are we aware of when we wear a mask to fit in, conform or belong or as an act of controlled folly?  Snow Goose helps us to translate the screenplay our Higher Self wrote it in our Book of Life, bringing clarity to our awake dreaming.

You might recognize some of Snow Geese’s traits that you relate to… They don’t like to travel without the company of another couple dozen geese and can form flocks of several hundred thousand. Snow Geese stay with the same mate for life. During spring migration, large flocks of snow geese fly very high along narrow corridors, more than 3,000 mi.

Animal Medicine Monday – Thunderbird

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The bringer of thunder, lightning and rain; awakener of the voice of our Hokkshideh (our Higher Self); keeper of memory. The thunderbird is the over-soul of all winged ones and thus is able to communicate with all the winged ones. It teaches mastery of elemental alchemy. The thunderbird is the mythological equivalent to the phoenix, the dragon, the peyote waterbird and is a cousin to the roadrunner.

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Animal Medicine Monday – Wild Turkey

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Wild Turkeys are called ground eagles.  Like the eagle, communicates with the Great Spirit, but from a more tonal and grounded place.

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Animal Medicine Monday – Frog

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Frog, the clan animal of the Water Clan, is a cross-cultural symbol as a totem for the shaman.  This “shield-jumper” helps us to integrate all the teachings of the different powers into our own system of knowledge. (A shield is a body of knowledge.) The frog is the keeper of the great memory clans, secret societies and magickal lodges.

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Animal Medicine Monday – Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear is the Spirit Keeper that sits in the west of the Spirit Keeper wheel of animal totems.  They are the Keepers and Teachers of the Sacred Dream, called the “sleeper-dreamer,” who teaches us to know ourselves through introspection of the dream and teaches us to sleep dream and actualize our reality. A great dream interpreter, the grizzly bear teaches us how to survive turmoil and trauma. Teaches protection of home, loved ones and possessions. Teaches us to stand and walk tall: how not to give power away to tyrants and how to pace our physical body.

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