Earthworm Totem Crawls To Teach

Earthworm Totem

A significant lesson from a lowly creature makes one stop to think about how productive you might be.

earthworm totem lesson

Sometimes the animal spirits come to me in such odd ways. Now, I am going to be honest and tell you that I never considered until a couple of days ago that there was even a possibility of a simple little earthworm having a lesson for me to learn. You would think that I would know better by now, I’ve been doing this for a very long time and should realize by now that any of the creatures on this earth can teach me a lesson in living my life in a better way. Suddenly, the worm crawled up to my attention and made me take a look at a few things in my life.

The catalyst for me stopping to reflect about the earthworm totem was when I was working in the dirt to plant some new plants. As I dug, I ran into a few worms which is a good sign for the soil. I sat for a little while almost mesmerized by the sacred crawl of the worms. They have no eyes so when they sense light they instinctively begin to go underground.

As they move under and through the soil, they eat plant debris. Their movement through the soil aerates the area creating a better and richer soil for vegetation to grow.

earthworm totem

An earthworm is hermaphroditic which means that they have both female and male reproduction organs. So, when they come to us as a totem it is about the power of fertility that they speak. As a creature teacher they come to ask you what areas in your own life can use some improvement in fertility or life giving powers. Are you helping the environment around you? Are you being productive and life affirming in your thoughts and actions?

On another note, the earthworm can represent emotions. When we get a strong rain, the worms in the ground will come to the surface to escape the water. In the spiritual realm, water represents our emotions. So, another message that the earthworm totem may be trying to give you is: Are you comfortable with strong emotions or do you try to escape the flood by moving to drier ground?

Do you slither away from your feelings? This lowly little creature that we may not give much attention to may be telling you to get comfortable with your own feelings and the feelings of other people. If you don’t the proverbial early bird may be watching and snatch you up!

We as humans often take note when a larger animal seems to come into our vision and thoughts and try to find out the message they have for us. We sometimes overlook the smaller creatures of the eco-system that surrounds us as we walk our earth journey. These undersized creatures play an important role in the life cycle and can have just as strong of a spiritual lesson as the larger animals that grab our attention more readily.

If the earthworm has come to you, feel blessed that the little creature teacher has come to remind you to be comfortable with your emotions but more importantly to aerate the soil of your soul with productive and fertile actions and thoughts.

What lessons are learned from the bull totem?

bull totem meaning

Visits From The Bull And What They Might Mean

Have you suddenly noticed that everywhere you look you see a bull? Are you dreaming about bulls? Perhaps this animal spirit is trying to tell you something. That is often how it works. So, let’s look at some of the lessons that the bull totem may want you to learn.

The basic or overall message of the bull totem is fertility but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a visit from him means that you are about to become a parent, although it could. Bulls and cows have been symbols of fertility for centuries by many cultures. The cow (female) symbolizes motherhood and nourishment through her milk. The bull also symbolizes nourishment but it is through it’s slaughter that the meat is provided. Hence, it is a symbol of fertility through sacrifice.

bull totem

The bull is a male totem and associated with the sun, a cow would be female and associated with the moon. Bull worship was a part of many cultures including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Osiris was often times depicted with the head of the bull. The Romans and Greeks included him in many of their myths. The minotaur comes to mind for me. I mention this because if the bull totem is working with you, it might be trying to remind you of a past life.

The bull is also the astrological sign of Taurus. That happens to be my star sign and was one of the reasons I felt drawn to write about him today. As a star sign it has a lot to do with possessions but it also is linked to the idea of making the ordinary parts of life more fertile.

Mother Earth is a feminine planet and the bull is masculine so there is an implication of the bull fertilizing the earth. An interesting note here is that even though the bull is often depicted as being a masculine or solar being it is also many times referred to as lunar or female. The horns of the bull can look like the crescent of the moon which is a feminine aspect. When an animal can be associated with both male and female traits of spirituality there is often an opportunity for fertility. Many things can be fertilized…ideas, thoughts, relationships.

Questions To Ask Yourself

If the bull has come to you as a messenger totem, what things might he be trying to tell you?

  • Are you being as productive as you possibly can?
  • Are you being stubborn or rigid in your thinking?
  • Are there some seeds you should be sowing?
  • Is there a need for you to be more sensitive to the conditions and people around you?
  • Are you trying to rush something when you should be allowing it to “become” in its own time?
  • Are you feeling insecure?

Brother bull as a totem can help you to affirm your feminine energies with a great deal of success. Men, sometimes you need to assert the feminine side of yourselves, too. The bull totem will teach you stability without any stubbornness. It can help you understand the relationships needed to work with the ordinary or mundane aspects of life to make them the fertile successes they are intended to be.

Study the star sign of Taurus to get further understanding of the bull totem:

bull horoscope
TAURUS: Your DAY, Your DECAN, Your SIGN: Includes 2015 Taurus Horoscope

Also, refresh yourself with the Greek and Roman mythologies that deal with the bull for better understanding of the lessons that Brother Bull is trying to share with you.

Lessons From The Dove Totem

I recently had a reader ask about the dove totem and what it might mean so I have meditated on this bird, studied some of my resources and am now ready to share the lessons we may receive from the animal spirit of dove.

mourning-dove-totem

Lore And Legend Surround The Dove

I think before we can talk about the totem of the dove we must first look at how other cultures besides the natives of North America saw this bird. Just about all, if not all, have the dove centered around feminine and motherhood symbols. According to the Greek traditions, a dove brooded the egg that Aphrodite came from. Alexander sought out council from the Oracles of Dodona which was founded by a dove. The Slavs believe that our souls become doves when we die. Christians embrace the dove as a symbol of peace and we could go on.

The Pueblo Indians honored the dove and often wore it’s feathers or used them in prayer sticks. When searching for water, they would listen for the mournful song of the dove knowing that it was an indication that water was near. Water is also considered a maternal connection. The song of the dove signified that watering holes or springs were close as the dove must return at dusk to drink.

When you, yourself, hear the song of the dove aren’t your emotions stirred in some way? Our emotions are our internal waters and respond to the call of this lonesome sounding bird.

Being a ground feeder, the dove reminds us to keep in contact with Mother Earth. We should always be mindful of the creative possibilities from the feminine energies that come from the earth.

I’ve talked before about the significance of the number 2 and feminine energy and it applies to the dove totem, also. Doves lay two eggs which falls in line with the traditional connection of feminine and creative energies.

Mourning Doves Plate
Mourning Doves Plate
by ellenlaurine at Zazzle

The voice of the dove might be compared to a rain song. It invokes new waters of life from its mournful cry. No matter what might be going on in our lives, the dove reminds us that new waters can still flow and new life is still possible.

The Between Times (dusk and dawn) are the best times to reflect on the song of the dove as it relates to you. It is at dawn and dusk that there is a thinning of the veils between the physical and the spiritual, the past and the future.

The dove totem reminds us that it is fine to mourn what has passed but to also awaken to the promise of the future. This bird of prophecy can help you to see what you can give birth to in your own life.

The mourning dove is also sometimes referred to as the turtle dove. I think that is also a significant connection to feminine energy. Many tribal traditions refer to North America as Turtle Island where life began from the waters.

Bobcat Totem

bobcat totem

If the bobcat totem has arrived in your life it has come to teach you that there is true power and strength in silence. There will be people who will immediately understand that statement because bobcat has touched their inner being at some point in their lives. There will also be people who will not “get it” at all. It is perfectly OK if you don’t understand about the silence, all that means is that bobcat is not working with you. It may not be a lesson you are ready to learn just yet.

The messages that we receive in silence has been something that I have understood all of my life, even as a child. I would literally seek out quiet places to be. Many years ago, I had a conversation with my ex-husband. He was deceiving me at the time and my “whiskers” sensed the deception. I was sitting at our kitchen table, contemplating my next move in this situation when he walked in on me. He asked me what I was doing and I responded, “Just listening to the silence.” He looked at me with such a look of contempt and gave a dismissive gesture with his hands. As if to say, you can’t HEAR silence!

What he didn’t realize that through bobcat, my eyes could see what he was trying to hide. My whiskers were picking up images of what he was doing and my ears could hear what was not being said. Bobcat had shown me his secret!

Close-Up of a Bobcat (Lynx Rufus)
Close-Up of a bobcat

from Allposters.com

In that situation and in many others when the bobcat totem was walking with me on my journey, I learned to see the hidden agendas of those around me and to hear what was not being spoken. Not everything was what it appeared to be. I learned to trust my own senses; that if it didn’t “feel” right it probably wasn’t. I learned to trust that instinct even when there was not a logical explanation for the feeling.

Bobcat comes to me from time to time when I am in situations where there are many hidden secrets. He may come to you, too. Just learn to trust that your instincts are trustworthy. He is telling you to stay silent and observe.

Bobcat Poster
Bobcat Poster
by lolanimals on Zazzle

If you feel that bobcat has entered your life to be a spirit guide ask yourself:

  • Am I being too solitary? (Bobcats are a solitary animal)
  • Are there new learning opportunities I should be looking at
  • Am I dismissing my inner senses too easily
  • Am I allowing outsiders to sway me too much

Bobcat will come to you when it sees that you need to listen to that silence and the secrets that are hidden there.

Woodpecker As An Animal Spirit Guide

woodpecker totem

Perhaps you had never considered that a visit from a woodpecker might be a message from an animal spirit wishing to guide you into some wisdom. Then again, if you have landed on this page you must have had some sort of inkling because you searched to see what the meaning might be if the woodpecker is working as one of your totems. My guess would be that if it is not a bird that you see often, if it came more than once or your dreamed about one that it is most certainly wanting to share some lessons with you.

In many American Indian traditions this bird, the woodpecker, is connected to the heartbeat of Mother Earth herself. The drumming of the heartbeat of earth has more than a few mystical connections. A couple that come to mind are the rhythms of new life to shapeshifting applications. Many a shaman has learned to ride the drum beats into a different dimension.

Obviously, there are many different kinds of woodpeckers in the world. Most of them are colored with black and white feathers and many will have at least some red on their heads. The black and white of the feathers tells us that we should be seeing the issues and aspects of our lives clearly. Sometimes, things can be pretty clear when we look at them in a black or white perspective.

red-bellied woodpecker

The red found on the head of many species of the woodpecker symbolizes the stimulation of mental activities and also the head chakra centers. It is associated with the stimulation and wakening of new mental faculties. New ways to look at things or new wisdom in general. Even the pecking that we associate with the woodpecker is a symbol of these same reflections.

We can associate the act of digging in to a topic for more analysis with the woodpecker, too. They peck holes into trees and wood to get grubs and other insects for a meal. When we dig into a book for knowledge we feed on the wisdom we find.

If you are being visited by the animal spirit of woodpecker there are a few things that you should be asking:

  • Are you looking at your life rationally?
  • Are the people around you discriminate? Are you?
  • Do you just jump into a new situation with no analysis of what is involved?

We might find that the woodpecker has pecked into our vision to stimulate new rhythms for us to dance to. Rhythm is a pretty powerful means of affecting physical energy. We humans, often, get so wrapped up in our daily mental and spiritual activities that we do not pay attention to our physical needs. That might be the reason for the visits from woodpecker. He might also be telling you to drum new changes into your life.

A good book to read about how the woodpecker lives in the wild along with images of different types of woodpeckers is the one below. Often, when we meditate about the real animal, it opens up or drums up the message that the spirit animal is trying to convey.


Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide

 

Many cultures have lore and myths that include the woodpecker. Most have to do with the drumming or the pecking rhythm characteristics of this bird. Europeans felt that the woodpecker was a prophet of the weather as it drummed out the message that change was coming. In Greek mythology the woodpecker sat on the throne of the god of thunder, Zeus. The Babylonians associated it with fertility.

Basically, woodpecker is the symbol of the rhythm of life and of discrimination. We should find our own beats of the drum to follow in our journey and do what is best for ourselves and not what others might tell us to peck at. Woodpecker comes with the message that you have the foundation and it is now safe for you to follow your own rhythms.