Yes, little Skunk has teachings to share with us as a Native American Totem. The medicine or lesson to be learned from this little creature is Reputation and respect. It is a message with a great deal of power.
Skunk is unlike other predatory animals in that it does not threaten your life but your senses. If you were to observe Skunk in the wild you would notice it has a playfulness about it. With an attitude of “I dare you” this little creature commands that you respect its space by the sheer reputation of what it can do. If it feels that you stepped too far into his or her territory; you will wish that you had not invaded that space.
Brother Skunk teaches us that by walking our talk and by respecting ourselves, we can create a position of strength and an honored reputation. The way we carry our bodies relates to the people around us and what we believe about ourselves. If our sense of self is strong, there is no need to bully, torment, aggravate, or overpower the people around us. Our self-esteem permeates our body’s energy and is recognized by others on an extrasensory level.
If we learn to impart who we are without ego, respect will follow. Our self-respect actually repels those who are not of like mind and attracts those who are walking the same pathway. Skunk uses his odor to attract its own kind and to repel those who choose to invade his space.
The medicine or lesson of Skunk is to learn how to handle our energy flows. Our body language is the personal medicine that others observe or our reputation. The way we use our energy will attract either honor or disgrace.
What we believe about ourselves can offer great protection if we walk tall and respect ourselves and others. This is not to say that we should be pompous or conceited in our nature that would repel good energy much like the smell of Skunk. “If ego is not your amigo, you know it stinks!” is a message from Brother Skunk.
A great resource to learn more about the animal totems in your life is: Animal Spirit Guides: An Easy-to-Use Handbook for Identifying and Understanding Your Power Animals and Animal Spirit Helpers.
~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related