Native American Horse Totem

It has been said that the Horse was the first animal medicine given to civilization. And if you think about it all humans owe a great deal of gratitude to the gifts and medicine that Horse as a totem and animal has given us. In Native American traditions, the Horse totem is a lesson in power. At one time many tribal traditions had a saying that was in the order of “Stealing horses is stealing power.”

The horse has given a physical power to humans since the first adventurous soul mounted the back of one and domesticated it. Suddenly the burden of carrying heavy loads became lighter. A trip to see a relative that might take several days on foot, became easier to make on the back of a horse. If we think about it, Horse decided to let that human on its back to give the human a power like he or she had never known before.

There is a story of a medicine man who was traveling a far distance to visit a particular band of his tribe. He was on foot, carrying only his pipe and what few belongings he possessed. The feather in his hair pointed down to the earth which marked him as a man of peace.

He was greeted by a herd of mustangs as he walked. A black stallion approached him and told him, “I am from the Void where Answer lives. Ride on my back and know the power of entering the Darkness and finding the Light.” The man thanked the stallion and agreed to visit him when his medicine was need in the his Dreamtime.

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Yellow Stallion approached the man, next. This horse offered to take the man to the East where he would find that illumination lives. The man would learn what to teach and illuminate his people with. Again, the man humbly thanked the horse and promised to use these gifts while on his journey.

The man was playfully approached by the Red Stallion who explained the importance of balancing work with joyful experiences. Humor could be used to hold the attention of those he wanted to teach. The man thanked the Red Stallion for his gifts.

The man was then approached by the White Stallion who was the message carrier. Instinctively the man mounted the White horse as he represented the wisdom in power. “No abuse of power will ever lead to true wisdom, ” the horse shared with the man. “Power is not given lightly but awarded to those who are willing to carry a balanced responsibility.”

The medicine of Horse teaches us that true power is the wisdom found in remembering our total journey. You might be interested in reading my thoughts of the horse and it’s part in the Old West.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

My Personal Power Totems

Yesterday I introduced you to the Power Totems that guide us throughout our lives. These Native American Totems choose us at birth and work with us during our lifetime.  Representing the directions of East, South, West, North, Above, Below, Within, and our left and right sides.

My East Totem is Elk. The animal that works with you in the East direction teaches you of your Spiritual Challenge and your path to illumination. Elk reminds me to pace myself and not to drain my own energy and also to align myself with support groups of my own gender.

My South Totem is Skunk. Don’t laugh! The South direction works with us on knowing when to be humble and when to trust. Skunk medicine teaches us how to use our energy to attract honor or disgrace…our reputations.

My West Totem is Coyote.  The west direction holds our personal truths and our inner answers.  Coyote seems odd for this direction but he works with the ability to laugh at myself.  He helps me to keep things light and not too serious.

My North Totem is Deer.  The north direction gives us wise council and Deer comes to me often with council. Gentleness is the message of Sister Deer. The gentleness of spirit that will heal all wounds. Loving people for who they are. Wise council and peaceful energy.

My Above Totem is Dolphin. The above direction reminds us of the Star Nation from where we came and it protects our Dreamtime.  Dolphin represents the “breath of life” and swims with me through my dreams helping me enter the rhythm of my inner being.  Dolphin brings the message that I am to be a link to some solution for the Children of Earth.

My Below Totem is Eagle.  The below direction works with us to be grounded. It might seem odd to have a flying animal to be my grounding animal. Eagle is connected to the Divine. In order to be grounded we must first be illuminated and look higher to Grandfather Sun with our hearts.

My Within Totem is Bat. The within direction is our sacred space or personal truth. Bat represents the rebirth of the soul. Bat works with me to let go of old habits, old patterns and to be reborn. We are always asked to grow. Bat reminds me to let the old die so that I can become my future.

My Right Side governs my male side. Blue Heron walks on my right side. Self reflection and the courage to look at myself honestly keeping my reflection in balance. I must act like a warrior to keep the enemy within at bay and defeat my personal weaknesses.

My Left side nurtures my female side. Raven walks on my right side. Magic and the power of the unknown are the gifts of Raven from the Great Spirit.

How did I find my power totems? I used the Medicine Cards of Jamie Sams to discover them. They might help you, also. I found them quite enlightening and use the cards each day for guidance.  Once you have done the spread to find your Nine Power Totems, there is no need to do them again as they will never change.  You can use other spreads to delve deeper and also pick only one card per day for a message that you are to receive for that day.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

Nine Power Totems Or Spirit Guides

We have talked in earlier posts about the Native American Totems given to us when we are born.  There are specific totems that travel with us through out our lives that are associated with the Moon that we are born under.  There are also what is known as Power Totems that choose us at the time of our birth.  Notice I said “choose”. No matter what notions we might have about a totem that we would like to work with the Nine Power Totems or Spirit Guides chose us at our birth.

We might not acknowledge the existence of these totems or even be aware of them but they are there determining our own abilities, our talents, and our challenges.  We are surrounded by seven directions: East, South, West, North, Above, Below, and Within.  The additional two are not a direction per se, but are walking on either side of us at all times.

So today, let us explore the messages that the Nine Power Totems give us in our walk on Mother Earth.

East: The animal or creature in our East guides us to our greatest spiritual challenges and also guards our path to illumination.

South: The child within us is protected by our power totem of the South.  It reminds us of when to be humble and when to be trusting so that innocence will be balanced within our personality.

West: We are led to our personal truth  and inner answers by the totem of our West.  This totem also shows us our path to our goals.

North: Our animal of the North gives us wise council reminding us when to speak and when to listen.  North animal also reminds us to be grateful for each blessing of each day.

Above: We are reminded by our Above Animal Totem to honor the Great Star Nation and that we came from the stars and will someday return to them.  This power totem guards our Dreamtime.

Below: We are taught about the inner Earth and how to stay grounded on our path by our Below Totem.

Within: Our animal or creature totem of Within shows us how to find our inner joy and to be faithful to our personal truths.  Our sacred space is protected by this Spirit Guide.

Right Side: Walking with us on our right is our protector of our male side. This animal totem carries our courage and warrior spirit. It will always be our protector from within.

Left Side: Our female side has a protector too. Walking on our left side this animal teaches us about relationships and mothering along with learning to receive abundance. Left Side animal totem reminds us to nurture ourselves as well as others in our path.

With all of these totems working with us, we should never feel lonely! Tomorrow, I will share with you the Power Totems who chose me to teach on my journey here on Mother Earth.  I will also share with you a way that you can find out what the Nine Power Animals are in your Native American Totems are.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related.