The Nine Totem Animals
Each and every person has nine power or totem animals that represent the medicine they carry intheir Earth Walk. These animal or creature beings emulate each person's abilities, talents, and challenges.
For instance, if a person is connected to Wolf as a power animal, that person is a born teacher,pathfinder, innovator, and self-starter. This does not necessarily mean that the person has acknowledged those gifts and is using them to the fullest.
It can mean that Wolf is there to bring that person to an understanding of the talents that need developing. If the person is ignoring those talents, you might say that Wolf would be appearing in the contrary.
As you come into this Earth Walk, there are seven directions surrounding your physical body.
These directions are East, South, West, North, Above, Below and Within. The direction called Within exists within you, but also surrounds you, since the entire universe is inside of your consciousness.
You have a totem animal in each of the seven directions. To find these totem animals for yourself, you will need to complete the animal spirit ceremony.
The other two animals which make up your nine totems are the ones which are walking at each side of you at all times, and which may have been coming to you for years in dreams. If they have not come to you in dreams, they may be animals that you are drawn to but which have not appeared amongst the seven you selected. You may find that these last two creatures will appear for you at a later date.
Or when you read the qualities of the animals here, you may simply 'connect' with the two that walk at your sides. However, the two that walk by your sides may not be in this text. They may be from any part of the animal kingdom on our Mother Earth.
One of them could be a giraffe, a koala, a panther or a raccoon. To better understand the medicines of these animals, consult a book on their habits, and see how their characteristics apply to both humankind and yourself.
Your opinions of yourself cannot get in the way when you pick these spirit animals, therefore you will tend to learn more about your true nature when you simply allow the animals to come to you.
Significance of The Nine Totem Animals
East: The animal in the East guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.
South: The animal in the South protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust, so that innocence will be balanced in your personality.
West: The animal in the West leads you to your personal truth and inner answers. It also shows you the path to your goals.
North: The North animal gives wise counsel and reminds you when to speak and when to listen. It also reminds you to be grateful for every blessing every day.
Above: The Above animal teaches you to honour the Great Star Nation, and reminds you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return. This animal is also the guardian of the Dreamtime - for your personal access to the other dimensions.
Below: The Below animal teaches you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on the path.
Within: The Within animal teaches you how to find your heart's joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths. It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.
Right Side: This animal protects your male side and teaches you that, no matter where you turn, it will be your Father-protector within. This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.
Left Side: This animal is the protector of your female side and teaches you that you must learn to receive abundance as well as to nurture yourself and others. The left-side animal is also your teacher about relationships and mothering.