Animal Totem Mouse Teaches Scrutiny

When Mouse comes to us as a totem we find a lesson in scrutiny.  Native American Ancestors tell us that without Mouse we would have no system of knowledge.  You see Mouse knew from the very beginning that there are always more things to learn, more ways to go deeper into a subject.  Little brother mouse might say, “I will let my whiskers touch everything so that I will know about it”.  Oddly that can be a great power and also a great weakness.  For instance, it is good medicine to see things up close and to pay attention to detail.  Chewing every little thing to pieces is bad medicine.

Tiny little brother mouse has many predators who cause him danger including birds, snakes, and cats.  He has to have a highly developed sense of danger at every turn to prevent himself from becoming someone’s dinner.  We humans can really relate to Mouse in civilization today.  Our modern world is comprised of highly complex sets of components that call for extremely good organizational skills along with scrutiny for the details.  Mouse is a powerful medicine  to have with us in today’s complex social settings.  Mouse will find great importance in things that might seem insignificant to others.

Sometimes Mouse people are looked at as nit-pickers by people with other medicines.  They may find people with a personal totem of Mouse as ones who will take the simplest of tasks and find much difficulty to reveal in it.  Mouse people are fixated on methodology and will sort, categorize, and file away everything for later use.  Others might think they are hoarders but that is far from the truth.  They have tucked things away to explore it more carefully at a later time.

Mouse may come to you when you need to look at yourself and others with better scrutiny.  Perhaps you need to examine that which is right before your eyes more carefully and take the appropriate action.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Buffalo Gives Medicine Of Prayer

Buffalo has great meaning to me as a Native American Totem along with many others who follow and learn of the Spiritual lessons of the First People.  Let me tell you of the medicine we receive from this wonderful creature and share a personal story too.

As a totem Buffalo brings us lessons of prayer and abundance. All animals are sacred but in many traditions of the First People the White Buffalo is the most sacred.  The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard and that the sacred pipe is being honored. Promises of a prophesy are being filled.

The Lakota tell of the White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the sacred pipe to the people and taught them to pray.  The pipe represents the coming together of male and female giving a connection to the Great Spirit with divine energy.  With tobacco added to the pipe each family in nature is asked to share the medicine as prayer and praise to the heavens. The smoke becomes the visual prayer and is sacred and cleansing.

Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for the indigenous peoples of the Plains in North America.  Brother buffalo gave meat for food, hides for clothing and warmth, and hooves for glue.

If the White Buffalo comes to you as a messenger totem, you are being asked to use your energy in prayer.  You may be used as the instrument of someone else’s answered prayer.  It is a time to recognize the sacredness of every walk of life, even if they are different from your own.  We are reminded that we can achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and we must be humble when we ask for help and most grateful when we receive it.

Why did I choose Buffalo to talk about today? My sister-in-law just had a liver transplant last week and our family is grateful for the humble prayers that have been answered.  I write in honor of those answered prayers. But there is more to my reasons for writing about Buffalo today.

You see, my sister-in-law has Waboose or White Buffalo as her Spirit Keeper.  She does not follow the same spirituality as I, so she did not know this.  As we were visiting her on the second day of her recovery, we talked about the strong medicine for pain that she is being given. The doctors told us that it was possible she would have hallucinations while taking this medication.  Our ancestors would have called these visions.  So, I looked at her and said, “If you see a White Buffalo don’t be frightened or concerned”.  She looked at me with such surprise and said, “I’ve been seeing a White Buffalo! It just seems to be watching me.”  I explained briefly that it was good that she was seeing this most sacred of animals because he is her Spirit Keeper, her power totem.  She wants to know more when she feels better.

Whether you know it, acknowledge it, or even believe in it your totems are with you.  White Buffalo watches over my sister-in-law, it heard my humble prayers to help her, and it has shown itself to her without her even knowing what it all meant.  I take this time to share this story with you to say a prayer of thanksgiving to Spirit for watching over my sister-in-law and our family. I take this time to honor Buffalo for the sacred medicine it gives to all of us.
Credits for Image used: First People

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We ARE all related

The Teachings of Skunk

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 totem

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

What does the Ant Totem teach us?

Oh surely the Ant doesn’t work with lessons in Native American Totems, you say.  Yes the tiny little ant can teach us much wisdom.  It can give us many lessons but the strongest message is the one of patience.  Let us find out today about the tiny little creature…the Ant.

ant totem

An Ant can carry a leaf over hundreds of miles just to get it back to its anthill. There are ants in Africa that will strip a forest bare if their food is scarce.  It might take them a year to do it but they will get it done.  The medicine of Ant is the strategy of patience.  Ant shares characteristics of many of the other animal totems. Like Beaver, ant is a builder.  Ant can be aggressive like Badger.  It can match Elk in stamina and knows scrutiny like Mouse.

There is a group mind in every anthill as all of the ants work for the Queen and the hive itself. Self-sacrifice is a part of Ant medicine but patience is by far the strongest of its gifts.

People with Ant medicine are active and community minded people.  They are planners of great magnitude and are quite content to see their dreams being built slowly and methodically over time.  There is a trust in Ant that the Universe will provide and that whatever is yours will come to you in its time.

If you were drawn to this message today, what is Ant telling you? Ant says it is time to show some trust and patience in a life situation.  Have you forgotten that you will always receive what you need at the time you need it the most?  This thing that you know you need but isn’t just around the corner for you, do you need to use some strategy to get it closer?

Also, Ant always works for the good of the community. Are you? Remember the universal community wants goodness for you and it will be provided. It just takes some powerful patience from you at times.

Have you ever looked at Ant this way? I know I had not.  Society usually looks at Ant as a nuisance.  So, this lesson reminded me that respect of all creatures is important and that we all have a purpose on Mother Earth.  I know I will never look at Ant in the same way after having researched how it falls in the Native American Totems.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We ARE all related

What Totem Message Does Swan Bring?

Did you know that the beautiful Swan is one of the Native American Totems? Sister Swan gives a message of Grace.  She teaches us to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe and to slip away from our physical bodies to enter the Dreamtime. Swan people have the ability to see the future as they surrender to the power of Great Spirit. They are accepting of the healing and transformation of their lives when that surrender takes place.

If you are suddenly noticing the Swan in your life, you are being given the message to start paying attention to those Swan print instincts you have been having.  Act on those hunches you have.  If you have been resistant to your own transformation, Swan is telling you to relax and just go with the flow…let it happen. Sister Swan knows it is good for you.

There is a story about how Sister Swan learned about Grace and now gives us the message when she comes to us as a messenger totem.

Little Swan was flying through the Dreamtime looking for the future but she wasn’t sure how to find it. She stopped for a moment and became confused. She had entered the Dreamtime by accident and found the landscape a little disconcerting.  She looked up toward Sacred Mountain and saw a big swirling dark hole just as Dragonfly was flying by. So she asked him if he could tell her about the black hole.

“That is the doorway to the other planes of imagination. If you want to enter there, you have to ask permission and earn the right. You must be willing to accept whatever the future holds without tring to change Great Spirit’s plan”

Little Swan looked down at her ugly duckling body and decided that she would surrender to the flow of the spiral in the black hole and she would trust what she was shown.  Dragonfly was pleased and let little Swan enter.

Many days later Swan reappeared and now she was graceful, white, and long-necked. Dragonfly was stunned by her new appearance. He asked her what had happened to her.  She told him of the many wonders that she had seen on Sacred Mountain and that because of her faith and her acceptance she had been changed.  Through Swans healing and her acceptance of the state of grace she was given the right to enter the Dreamtime.

I so love the message of Swan and the story that explains the meaning.  But then, I’ve yet to learn about any animal, plant, or mineral that doesn’t have a wonderful story behind it as I journey on the path of understanding the Native American Totems.

~Mitauye Oyasin~ We are all related