For those of us who feel a strong connection to the elements, the earth, or have a more spiritual belief in life, the spirit animal can be incredibly important. Many of the Native American cultures believed that everything is connected. There is a rhythm to life, to the way things happen, when they happen. We may not understand it all either at the time or later, but we know it’s there. We feel it. We breathe it. We live it. It is important to know that there are spirit animals and totem animals. These are different, and I have included the link to the video below. There are many different ways to interpret totems, spirit animals, or guides, and most of them were relatively similar in Native American beliefs. So looking up information about this was fascinating and redundant, but also satisfying to know how closely the beliefs were concerning each particular animal. I have also included the link to a video on other tribes, not in North America, that seemed interesting.
A Totem is a spiritual being, a sacred object, or a symbol of a tribe/clan, a family, or an individual. Some of you may identify with a particular animal that has been prevalent in your entire life. This is your Totem Animal, you identify with it physically, spiritually, emotionally. Your personality, the way you live your life, who you are as a person, how you handle situations, tasks, problems, reflects your Totem Animal. This is the primary guardian that watches over you and sends messages to you through other spirit animals. Typically, there are a few different animals that will visit you throughout your life to act as messengers, giving you insights into how to handle a particular issue or change that is going on in your life. These are the Spirit Animals that guide you through your transformation or task. If you understand what the animal is, it’s habits, instincts, the way that it handles situations, or what its spiritual meaning is, this can help you interpret the message and what you need to do to help you through your problem, issue, or challenge. Once you’ve gotten the message, usually you don’t see the animal much after that.
There are many different “spirit guides” out there in the world. I have included a list of websites and a couple of videos in the links section for you to check out. The animals we have in our Spirit Animal Rings are selected because they are some of the most popular. Most everyone has had one of these animals show up in their life at some point or admired them in some way. The artist has included his explanation of the animal’s medicine or meaning on our website.
The Buffalo is representative of sacredness, life, strength, abundance, gratitude, consistency, blessings, and stability.
The Wolf is representative of loyalty, perseverance, success, intuition, spirit, appetite for freedom, and can be a loner.
The Bear is representative of diligence, instinct, healing, power, autonomy, guardian of the world, watcher, courage, willpower, self-preservation, introspection, and strength.
The Eagle is representative of the divine spirit, sacrifice, connection to creator, intelligence, renewal, courage, illumination of spirit, healing, creation, freedom, and risk-taker.
Please take a look at our beautiful Spirit Animal Rings. Now that you know more about spirit animals, I believe they will call to you in a primal way that will make you feel more connected to this earth and the creatures that are in it. The artist has captured the beauty that is around us in this world and put it in these rings to admire. Capture the beauty for yourself.
For now, reach for the stars, believe in yourself, and howl at the moon for the sheer joy of it. Forever Follow the Wolf.Written by Samantha Ford
Legends of America Native American Animal Totems
Navajo Animal Symbols
Animal Spirits – general explanations
Tribes and Totem Animals (Non-Native American)
Understanding the Difference Between an Animal Totem and an Animal Spirit Guide
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