Power Animals (in depth)

POWER ANIMALS
– by Alernon.
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Come to us: Eagle, Wolf, Bear and Cougar.

Dance we now The Power dances.

Eagle soaring above the peaks,
Share with us freedom, majesty and fighting skills.
Teach us lessons we need to learn.
Dance with us The Power dances.

Wolf, cunning tracker, by day or night.
Share with us endurance, courage and adaptability.
Teach us lessons we need to learn.
Dance with us The Power dances.

Bear, trampling along earthen paths,
Share with us Mighty strength and sense of smell.
Teach us lessons we need to learn.
Dance with us The Power dances.

Cougar, lonely tracker of terrains,
Share with us Agility, stamina and endless curiosity.
Teach us lessons we need to learn.
Dance with us The Power dances.

Movements slow
Movements rapid.
Frenzied swaying
Upward, downward.
Dipping, turning
Round and round.
Dance we now
The Power dances.
Dancing partners,
You and I.
With me, in me
I am you, you are me.
Together as one,
Yet separate, too.
Dance we now
The Power dances.

Awaken now
All Spirit Beings,
To dance the dances
With your human kin.

Dance the Cycles
Of Life and Death,
Hope and Fear,
Good and Evil.
Dance the Cycles,
Now and Again.

Lowerworld, Upperworld,
Journeying now
and forevermore.
Of Time and Space
All is Once,
There is none.
Dance the dances
Again and again.

…….from R.M.P.J. 8/86

BEAR
BEAR’s medicine includes: inner knowing, healing, dreaming, transormation,
introspection, solitude.

“BEAR, LEND ME YOUR GENTLE STRENGTH
SHOW ME THE WAY TO MY INNER CHILD
AS I EXPLORE THE MAGICAL SECRETS
OF THE DREAMTIME”

Bear is the keeper of the dreamtime. He stores your dream knowledge so tht you
may learn from it when you awaken.

Bear thinks his actions through very carefully. He is to quick to judge, but
rather thinks deeply about his decisions. When you ask Bear a question or ask
for an opinion, you can be sure that he will reply with an informed, well
thought out answer.

Bear is usually nourishing and gentle, but has quick reflexes and will readily
fight if necessary with brute strength and speed.

Bear loves to get his paws into sweet things but even more importantly, Bear
lives to feel comfortable and warm. Other people feel cozy with Bear. Bear
people are often sleepy and tend to “hibernate” more than others.

BUTTERFLY
BUTTERFLY’s medicine includes joy, transformation, courage.

“BUTTERFLY, REVEAL MY INNER BEAUTY.
GUIDE ME IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF MY SOUL.
WITH MY NEW WINGS, I RISE ABOVE THE CLOUDS.”

Butterfly is a magical animal. She represents change more so then any other
power animal. She was a symbol of the soul in earlier times. The Greek work
“psyche” meant both “soul” and “butterfly”. It was believed that when a person
died, their soul became a butterfly.

A butterfly person loves to dance. The dance of Butterfly is full of bliss, joy
and power.

Butterfly will come to you at a point in your life when you are undergoing a
change which requires courage. You are coming out of your cocoon, and that takes
a lot of bravery, going to face something you have never faced before. When
Butterfly comes to you, examine what changes you are going through. Butterfly
gives you the chance to make your transformation a beautiful experience. Once
transformation is complete, your possibilities will have greatly expanded.
Nothing can stop you as long as you use your wonderful new wings and fly.

COYOTE
COYOTE’s medicine includes shapeshifting, intelligence, cunning.

“COYOTE, TEACH ME THE PARADOX OF LIFE,
THE BALANCE OF THE DARK AND LIGHT,
THE SACREDNESS OF WHAT IS NOT SACRED AT ALL.”

While one may imagine that Coyote represents a trickster (and he does), he also
represents one worthy of trust. This is just one way he is a symbol of duality.
He teaches us the importance of balance by being foolish and wise, silly and
serious, simple and complex, happy and sad.

Coyote is humorous and funny, but sometimes his laughter is a mask for his
sadness and desolation. His laughter is really at the very brink of teats. He
will do anything to make people laugh, even if it means being a complete fool,
as long as nobody discovers his secret pain.

The important lessons Coyote teaches us are to love our children, laugh at our
mistakes and appreciate the paradox that is life – all is sacred, yet nothing is
sacred at all.

DOG
DOG’s medicine includes loyalty, protection.

“DOG, TEACH ME THE IMPORTANCE OF LOYALTY.
SHOE ME THE JOY OF BLIND LOVE.
I FOLLOW MY HEART TO SEE THE UNSEEN.”

Dog is a watcher and protector. He is loyal and trustworthy. Dog is true to
himself and lets nobody change his values. His love is absolute and
unconditional. Once you have befriended Dog, you have made a friend and guardian
for life.

A Dog person is kind and caring. There is nothing Dog won’t do to help their
family and friends. Dog doesn’t ask for anything in return for its services as
watcher and protector. A gentle touch, a kind word or a friendly gesture has
more meaning then money or material treasures. A Dog person also has a tendency
to “smell” something bad – they sense trouble from a distance and can tell when
a person has evil intentions simply by being near them.

The down side of Dog is that he can be too trusting, allowing himself to be
taken advantage of. If you are a Dog person, do not let yourself be walked all
over. Don’t let others abuse your generous and loyal nature.

DOLPHIN
DOLPHIN’s medicine includes communication, wisdom, the power of breath and
sound.

“DOLPHIN, LEND ME YOUR INSIGHT,
DEEP AS THE OCEAN,
TO FOLLOW THE RHYTHMS OF THE UNIVERSE
AND HEAR THE VOICES OF MY ANCESTORS.”

Dolphin warns mankind of the danger that nears as we ignore the balance of our
delicate ecosystem.

Dolphin teaches man how controlling our breathing can release emotions and help
us reach altered states of consciousness. If you are able to breathe in rhythm
with Dolphin, he will take you to all the places that existed before man walked
the earth, before the seas covered the land, during our primordial beginnings.
Dolphin also teaches how inner sound, along with breathing, can allow you to
enter the waters of life to seek your desires. Dolphin’s lesson is to move with
the flow of life. Go the direction life carries you and you will avoid great
obstacles. He encourages you to dive deep into the waters of life, don’t forget
to enjoy life, and always remember to breathe.

EAGLE
EAGLE’s medicine includes courage, spirit.

“EAGLE, CARRY ME INTO THE SKY,
TO RISE ABOUT MY DOUBTS.
SET ME FREE TO REACH MY SOUL’S DESIRE.”

Eagle rises above everything, he is ambitious and reaches for the stars. Eagle
is thought of as being the closest to the Creator. He flies above the material
things to see the spiritual. This gives Eagle a great amount of insight and
spiritual wisdom.

An Eagle person is tenacious, in control, and very brave. They often “rise
above” the chaos below them to reach spiritual solace. As long as Eagle follows
his intuition, he will be heading in the right direction.

FOX
FOX’s medicine includes cleverness, camouflage.

“FOX, SHARE WITH ME YOUR WISDOM,
TO SEE THE UNSEEN,
AND UNSEEN, SEE.”

Fox reminds all people to stay in touch with their feminine side. Fox people
often have an affinity for faeries, elves, gnomes and other magickal creatures
of the faerie kingdom.

Fox has a keen sense of small, so you may notice odors more then most people or
have a stronger sense of taste that allows you to pick up subtle flavors in
foods.

A master of camouflage, Fox can blend in to any background. A Fox person can
enter a room and meld into the surroundings, going unnoticed for a long while.
This “invisibility” allows Fox to silently observe his surroundings and use his
conclusions to his advantage.

FROG
FROG’s medicine includes cleansing, rebirth.

“FROG, LITTLE ONE WITH GREAT WISDOM,
TEACH ME TO CALL THE RAIN
TO MAKE NEW LIFE BLOSSOM FROM OLD WORRIES.”

Frog’s medicine brings the rain of cleansing, both physical and spiritual. Frog
will come to you at a time when you are worried, stressed, nervous, overwhelmed
or weak. Take some time to cleanse spiritually and take a break from the
troubles of life. From this cleansing comes rebirth. A Frog person has the
ability to cleanse away negative energies whether by song, words, or tears. Frog
may seem small, but his lesson is great. He teaches us that we must cleanse and
release negative energies in order to conquer our daily problems. All too often
we forget this, and let the stress consume us. Frog comes to you when you need a
vacation to regain control of your life, enjoy this message.

HAWK
HAWK’s medicine includes Messenger.

“HAWK, YOUR CALL AWAKENS ME IN THE NIGHT
AND I SEE WHAT THE DAYLIGHT REVEALS.
ONE DAY, I TOO, WILL PULL PEOPLE FROM THE DARKNESS.”

Hawk carries a message in his shrill cry which only those with Hawk medicine can
decipher. His piercing shriek slices through the shroud of unknowing, asking you
to seek the truth. His cry represents illumination in the darkness of ignorance.
Hawk will not let your talents and skills go to waste, instead, he will scope
out the situation to make sure you use as much of your talents as possible. Hawk
can solve a problem by flying above the situation. He removes himself from it,
observing it only as a passive viewer. This allows Hawk to see the big picture.
Hawk’s broad vision allows you to see the past, present and future all laid out
before you. Once you are aware of the opportunities in front of you, Hawk will
help you to wisely choose your moves to make the best of your potential.

HORSE
HORSE’s medicine includes freedom, clairvoyance, endurance.

“HORSE, TEACH ME TO SEE THE TRUTH.
SHOW ME THE TIES OF FRIENDSHIP.
FREE MY WARRIOR SPIRIT.”

Horse is a beautiful, powerful, proud creature who has taken many forms in
mythology. Pegasus, Unicorn, Centaur, and many other creatures in mythology are
brothers to Horse. Horse is a magickal creature who can see into man’s soul.

Horse shows his devotion in his willingness to carry man on his back, giving him
a freedom of movement and travel that no other animal can provide.

The lesson Horse brings to man is that there is strength in numbers. He teaches
that cooperation, collaboration, and the ties of friendship equal power. Horse
shows us that when we can synchronize our motive with the motives of others, we
have the power to do anything and reach any goal.

A Horse person has a wild spirit that cannot be broken. Horse loves freedom, but
also is unquestioning and faithful to his master. A warrior lies inside those
with Horse medicine. This warrior spirit keeps you safe in your travels and
fills you with stamina.

LION
LION’s medicine includes patience, family importance, courage.

“LION, TEACH ME TO BE A PROTECTOR
POWERFUL, YET SILENT AND STILL.
I AM STRONG AND PROUD,
BUT KNOW MY WEAKNESSES.”

Lion is a totem of feminine power and strength. The male Lion sits and boats his
beautiful mane while the Lioness is out hunting, working and feeding the pride.

The male Lion is the protector of the pride, but he does not fight if he can
avoid it. He would sooner bask on a rock as get into a brawl. Lion always tries
a passive, calm approach before resorting to violence to protect what he loves.
Lion knows that one must not underestimate the power of peace, and suggests that
we release all out stress and frustration before making any rash decisions.

Lion teaches many lessons. He reminds us to examine our behavior to find flaws
and weaknesses as well as strengths. He teaches us to keep our temper under
control. He also teaches us the power of silent, unseen observation, just like
Fox. And, most importantly, he teaches us the importance of family and of team
work.

LIZARD
LIZARD’s medicine includes dreaming, regeneration.

“LIZARD, TEACH ME YOUR MEDICINE.
LET ME SLEEP IN YOUR SKIN,
AND SEE THE DREAMTIME
THROUGH YOUR HEART.”

When Lizard comes to you, he is telling you that it is time to start paying
attention to your dreams. When you accept Lizard as your power animal, you will
see that your dreams are more vivid, more lucid, and much more meaningful.
Lizard teaches us to think about the deeper meaning of our dreams. What are our
dreams trying to tell us?

Lizard is perceptive and he can see the shadows of our souls, our doubts, fears,
uncertainly, frustration, and worries. He wants us to see these things and learn
to overcome them. Lizard encourages us to face our fears.

Lizard has the unusual ability to regenerate something which has been lost. When
a Lizard loses his tail, he can grow it back. This is a lesson to us. There is
nothing that is so easily lost. We can regain things through repair and
regeneration.

OWL
OWL’s medicine includes clairvoyance, awareness, intuition.

“OWL, LET ME SEE AND HEAR ALL AROUND ME.
TEACH ME TO UNDERSTAND EVEN THAT WITH IS HIDDEN,
TO HAVE CLARITY WHEN OTHERS DO NOT.”

Owl has a very keen perception of everything that is going on. She is aware of
everything that is happening around her at all times and she can see whatever
she focuses on with sharp clarity. People with Owl medicine know what’s going on
and have clairvoyant or psychic powers. Their intuition is accurate, clear and
precise.

Those with Owl medicine are the least gullible of all people. Nobody can get a
lie or a con past them because Owl sees right through them, peering past their
mask to see the truth beneath.

PANTHER
PANTHER’s medicine includes rebirth, knowledge of darkness and death.

“PANTHER, LET ME KNOW YOUR SILENT WISDOM.
AS MY PERCEPTION EXPANDS,
I WILL FIND A WEALTH OF INSIGHT AWAITS ME.”

Panther is secretive, silent and graceful in her every move. She is solitary by
choice, she tell little but listens much. She is careful not to share too much
information, only enough to ease curious minds.

Panther people have a broader vision. Panther medicine gives them a deeper
insight, both spiritually and physically. Their enhanced perspective lets them
see things in close detail or from a distance. Panthers enter the world
enlightened whereas others have to work to achieve that.

Black Panther is very mystical. She finds the most power in darkness. Black
Panther understands death and teaches people not to fear it, for out of death
comes rebirth.

When Panther enters your life, it is time for a new beginning, a new door has
opened for you. Panther introduces you to an expanded awareness, alternate
realities, the elimination of fears, and most of all, total rebirth. Panther
gives us the opportunity to become a whole new person and she promises to be our
protector and guardian throughout this rebirth process.

RABBIT
RABBIT’s medicine includes humility, fear, guile.

“RABBIT, TEACH ME TO FACE MY FEARS.
LEND ME YOUR MEDICINE TO FREE MY MIND OF BOUNDARIES.”

Rabbit’s lesson to us is to not let fearful thoughts get the best of us. When we
let a fear take our mind over, soon that fear will manifest itself in reality.
Rabbit people sometimes invite the thing they fear – disaster, tragedy, sickness
– so that they can overcome the fear by finally facing it.

Sometimes Rabbit comes to us to tell us that when things seem to be going
nowhere, simply wait for life to get back into motion. Re-evaluate how you are
going about things to eliminate the fears and obstacles that may be causing life
to be slow and then let life flow again.

RAVEN
RAVEN’s medicine includes consciousness.

“RAVEN, SHARE WITH ME YOUR MAGICK.
I AM THE DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT,
THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.”

Raven carries magick from the dark void of the Crone (dark mother) to our realm.
This void is where great knowledge awaits us. Thus, Raven has a great
responsibility to the spirit realm. Those who have Raven medicine will also feel
this responsibility and will tend to be those who share deeper knowledge –
spiritual teachers, healers, priests, doctors, prophets.

Raven comes when you ask for love, light and healing. When Raven brings his
medicine to you, he gives you a heightened awareness, sharper perception and an
expanded consciousness. With this new perception, you can look into the heart
and soul of people, begin feeling what they feel. This strong empathy can be a
burden.

With this refined perception comes a responsibility to use the Raven medicine
wisely. Once could abuse it, using it for selfish, nefarious purposes. This is
not the way to go. Use the clarity and understanding that Raven gives you for
good purposes. That is why Raven comes to you when you need night the most. He
does not want you to turn to the darkness because it will eventually destroy
you. As long as you use Raven’s powerful medicine for the good of others, life
will continue to flow smoothly for you as well.

SNAKE
SNAKE’s medicine includes change, immortality.

“SNAKE, YOUR VENOM IS SWEET.
MY FEAR IS GONE,
I AM READY FOR CHANGE.
I FOLLOW YOU DOWN THE NEW PATH
YOU HAVE GUARDED.”

Snake medicine is rare and is most often presented to the person using the
approach of fear. A person with Snake medicine will find that they are fearful
of this Shadow Animal most of their lives. But after surviving many venomous
snake attacks, they conquer their fear and are opened to the world of Snake’s
medicine.

Snake comes to you at a time when you are heading for change. You are ready to
explore the mysterious, voyage where you have never gone before, whether in the
physical world or in the depths of the mind and soul. People with Snake medicine
know the power of renewal. Snake sheds his skin leaving it behind and slithering
away completely renewed. Snake people can do the same, shedding their dull
layers to reveal a brilliant new self underneath.

Snake people are also creative and have strong psychic intuitive powers. Snake
represents the silver cord that connects the physical body to the astral body,
so Snake people may also be especially adept in astral travel.

The snake is a symbol of Goddess energy and he will protect you from religious
persecution.

SPIDER
SPIDER’s medicine includes we weaving destiny.

“SPIDER, WEAVER OF THE WEB,
SHOW TO ME THE CONNECTION
BETWEEN ALL THING.
OPEN ME TO THE UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS.”

Grandmother Spider was the weaver of the cosmic web which is the very fabric of
the universe. Spider has a great and very important lesson for us. She teaches
that a delicate web connects everything in the universe, when we ourselves have
a weakness, the entire web is that much weaker and thus everything we do affects
existence as a whole. When we can be stronger and more honorable, we make
everything else stronger and more honorable.

Spider represents two sides of the Goddess, the creatrix and the destroyer.

A Spider person tends to draw people into their “web”. Those who become close to
Spider are engrossed, enchanted, captivated, raveled in Spider’s beautiful
enigma. People love Spider and find her hard to turn away from, even when she
wants them to be gone. She fascinates them so much that they willingly tangle
themselves in her web in hops of understanding her better. But, the person who
really gains Spider’s affection is the one who can escape.

TURTLE
TURTLE’s medicine includes Earth wisdom, protection.

“TURTLE, TEACH ME YOUR MAGIC.
I FOLLOW YOU TO THE SOURCE OF POWER
TO LEARN THE EARTH’S GREATEST SECRETS.”

Turtle has many mystical powers – earth magic, water magic, psychic protection,
healing. Turtle can allow you to find balance in your life as well as freedom
from struggles. He teaches carefulness, tenacity, and patience as the keys to
reaching your goal.

Turtle people can feel at home anywhere they go because they carry their
protective shell with them. But when Turtle finds himself in an uncomfortable
situation, he tends to retreat into his shell instead of facing the problem.
While sometimes this keeps Turtle from learning valuable lessons, it also means
that people with Turtle medicine are survivors. They can chase new opportunities
but feel safe knowing that they can withdraw into the refuge of their “shell”
when trouble rears it’s head.

WOLF
WOLF’s medicine includes Spirit teaching, social family importance.

“WOLF, MY SPIRITUAL GUIDE,
LEAD ME DOWN THE SACRED PATH.
I HAVE MUCH TO LEARN
AND MUCH TO TEACH.”

Wolf is a teacher and pathfinder. He comes to you when you need guidance and
once you accept his medicine, you will move on to be a teacher to others about
sacredness and spirituality. Wolf can solve other people’s problems easily,
finding solutions in difficult situations. He communicates through subtle
gestures and expressions. A simple glance can be worth a million words.

Would people are social and have a good sense of family values and togetherness.
They are friendly and intelligent. They are also loyal to their mate and highly
protective of family and close friends.