Crow: Native American Totem

Crow Reminds Us Of Universal Law

It is said that Crow once had a fascination with her own shadow.  She wouldn’t leave her shadow alone.  Crow would scratch at it, look at it, and peck at it until one day her shadow awakened and came to life.  Crow’s shadow ate her and now Crow is dead.

Dead Crow became the Left-Handed Guardian.  If you were to look deeply into Crow’s eyes you would find the gateway to the supernatural. You see Crow knows the unknown mysteries of creation and is the keeper of all sacred law.

Being the keeper of sacred law, Crow can bend the laws of the physical universe and shape shift.  It is a rare ability and few adepts exist in today’s world and even fewer had mastered Crow’s art of shape shifting.

All sacred texts are under the protection of Crow. The Creator’s Book of Laws is bound in Crow feathers.  Ogallah, ancient records, are also protected by Crow.

The Sacred Law Belts which were also called Wampum Belts that were beaded by Native women long before the Europeans came to the North American continent contain knowledge of the Great Spirit’s laws.  They are kept in the lodges of women or the Black Lodges. Crow signifies the law that “all things are born of women”.

Human law is not the same as Sacred Law. Crow, more than any other medicine, sees the physical world and even the spiritual world as humans interpret them are an illusion. If a person obeys Crow’s perfect laws as given to us by the Creator, they will die a Good Medicine death and will go to the next incarnation with a clear memory of their past.

When Crow comes to you it is an omen of change.  It is time for you to pause and reflect on how you see the laws of the Great Spirit in relation to the laws of humans.  You will need to walk your talk,  speak your truths,  and balance past, present and future in the now of your life.

Remember, you do not choose the totem that comes to you with medicine. The totem chooses you.  You can certainly ask humbly that Crow help you but unless it is your time to receive a message Crow will not come.

~ Mitakuye Oyasin ~ We are all related

Badger Totem Medicine

Lesson From Badger Is: Aggressiveness

badger cardThe Badger in nature is looked upon as a vicious creature and one that will attack with powerful aggression.  One finds that a badger is quick to anger and even quicker to pounce.  Aggressiveness and the willingness to fight for what you want is the power of Badger medicine.

Many powerful medicine women have Badger as their totem.  Badger is the keeper of the medicine roots. You see, Badger can see all of the roots of Mother Earth’s healing herbs while they hang in it’s burrow home.  The roots are the key in aggressive healing.

People with Badger medicine act quickly in a crises and they do not show panic.

When Badger is a part of your own medicine you are quick to express your feelings and you don’t care what the consequences might be.  You are often times not appreciated by your teammates through life because you will be the one who insists on carrying the ball to make a score.

Badger is always willing to persist in it’s endeavors.  The medicine of badger may be pointing you to be an aggressive healer who has the courage to use even unconventional means to achieve a cure.  This does not mean, necessarily a true physical cure of an ailment.  It can be a cure for emotional healing such as we encounter in relationships or the work place.

When Badger medicine is out of balance one might find that they become vicious gossips.  They may show signs of having that proverbial “chip” on their shoulders. Whether in or out of balance Badger people will always be aggressive enough to make it to the top of their chosen fields because they will not give up.  They will also be the finest healers because all methods to ensure healing takes place. You won’t find a Badger person giving up even for the critically ill patient.

Strength comes from having Badger as your totem.  You will often be the boss, the one everyone fears.  You will get the task accomplished and keep the company afloat with Badger as your teacher.

If you were drawn to this post today, Badger may be telling you that you have been too meek in trying to reach a goal. Badger is asking you how long you will wait for the world to give you what you want.

The very essence of the message from Badger is telling you to become aggressive enough to do something about your present situation.  Brother Badger wants you to get just angry enough to react in a creative way.  The message is not to get too aggressive but to use your anger to stop lolling around.  In other words a powerful message to use for self-improvement.

When Badger comes to you he is signaling a time when you can use your healing abilities to push ahead in your life. Aggressively remove the barriers that stand in your way which are usually within yourself.  Seek new levels to express yourself and use the roots of Badger medicine to be grounded and centered to move forward.

You should also know that your totem animal will choose you to receive their message.  How will you know if Badger has chosen you? You might see one in the wild, you might suddenly be drawn to a post like mine, or perhaps without even meaning to you see a television show or pick up a book about badgers. Listen to your inner being…badger is talking to you.

~ Mitakuye Oyasin ~ We are all related.

Dragonfly Medicine

Illusion is the lesson of Dragonfly

Dragonfly - Vintage look card
The colors in Dragonfly’s wings remind us of colors not found in our everyday life experience. The shifting of color, energy, form, and movement of dragonfly explodes into the mind of the observer.  It brings vague memories of a time when magic reigned.

Some believe that Dragonfly was once Dragon and that Dragon had scales like Dragonfly’s wings. Dragon was full of wisdom and flew through the night bringing light with its fiery breath.  The art of magic and the illusion of changing form were brought forth by the breath of Dragon.  Coyote tricked Dragon into changing form and the shape of its new body became like that of Dragonfly.

The winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment, and the communications from the elemental world are the essence of Dragonfly.  This elemental world is made up of the tiny spirits of plants and the elements of air, earth, fire, and water.  This elemental world is full of nature spirits.

If Dragonfly has come to you today in a dream, physically crossed your path, or in some way has reached your thoughts; you may have forgotten to water your plants. On another level, you may need to give thanks to the foods you eat for sustaining your body.  On a psychological level, it might be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.

The medicine of Dragonfly always beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which you need to change.  Have you lost a lot of weight or gained a lot of weight? Are you tending to the changes you have wanted to make in your life? Call on Dragonfly if you feel the need for change.  Brother Dragonfly will guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

Is there a way to apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation?  Remember things are not always completely as they seem.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Beginning Medicine from Animal Totems

We have discussed the Animal Totems of one’s birth and the Elemental Clans that we each belong;  determined by the Moon we were born under. The last few posts were about the Spirit Keepers of the Four Winds. It is time to start discussing specific animals and the medicine they can share with anyone.

Before I begin,  I should explain “medicine” from the Native American point of view.  Medicine in this context means anything that improves one’s connection to the Great Mystery and all of life.  It includes the healing of body, mind, and spirit.  Animal medicine will bring personal power, strength, and understanding. With the First People this is an all encompassing way of life which involves walking on Mother Earth in perfect harmony with the Universe.

The animals that inhabit Mother Earth with us, the two-leggeds;  exhibit certain habit patterns that give us messages of healing.  For the sake of simplicity each animal has been assigned a certain lesson to share with us humans.  In reality there are many lessons that can be learned from the animals.

As my blog posts continue,  I will share the lessons we can learn from our brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom.  Maybe we can learn to walk in more harmony on the Good Red Road together….

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related