Animal Totems | Spirit Animals

Rabbit as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Has Little Bunny Foo Foo come hopping through the forest and into your awareness? Sweet, loving, shy, and full of energy, Rabbit is an animal with much legend and lore surrounding it. Here is what it may mean if you have Rabbit as a Spirit Animal or Animal Totem.

Fertility

Rabbit really embodies the energy of fertility, virility, sex drive, and growth. They are great to work with if you are looking to add a few branches to your family tree! Rabbit is about reproduction and expansion. They are known for their fertility as they can have several litters of kits (babies) a year and reproduce at an incredible rate. Rabbit comes to you to bring more fertile energy into your life, encourage you to plant new seeds, and to birth many new and auspicious opportunities.

Rebirth & Renewal

As Rabbit is most often seen in Spring, it's energy is associated with that of not only the season of Spring, but also one of new beginnings, fresh starts, and exciting energy! Coming alive again after being stagnant or dormant through the winter months. Expanding your awareness is part of the rebirth and renewal process! Looking at the world with fresh eyes and revitalized energy is Rabbit's specialty. If Rabbit comes across your path, you may be on the verge of a new outlook and beginning - especially if you have been experiencing difficulties or hardships as of late! Things may be starting to look up for you!

Fear & Bashfulness

Known for it's acute hearing and sensitivity, Rabbit reminds you to always be on your toes! Timid, jumpy, skittish, and shy, Rabbit is always aware of what is coming next or is in fear of the predator. Hyper-vigilance is key to Rabbit's survival. It must be ready to make a quick getaway if needed. Always ready, waiting, and watchful. Rabbit encourages you to be aware, alert, vigilant, and to have an exist strategy in the back of your pocket should any danger approach. Expect the unexpected! You may cower and run to your burrow for cover however, know that you do have to come out of your burrow sometime. You cannot live a full life when constantly plagued with worries and anxieties, for the greatest discoveries and your deepest courage are discovered when facing your fears. 

Speed

The gestation period for a baby rabbit is about 28 - 31 days which is very fast! Things may be picking up the pace for you in several areas of your life, so hold on! Move with the speed and agility of Rabbit. Rabbit comes to give you energy to carry on and keep hopping through life. Get ready to take a leap and make a move! You are being called to enter into a new, faster vibration and rhythm of living. Keep an eye out for some new developments in the next month or so. 

 

xo Ariel

How to Know if You're in the Flow with the Universe | Maven Mindset

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Synchronicities 

Just thinking of someone and they call. Having a dream about a certain animal or object and they pop up in your waking life. Your intuition is on point without you even realizing it. You may even be experiencing the beautiful synchronicity that is spirit animals and angel numbers. And sometimes the synchronicities are not always awe inspiring. Sometimes the Universe likes to give us (and itself) a laugh or two whether this reminds us of our responsibilities, an item on our To-Do list, or something embarrassing we may have done.

Spirit Animals 

A Spirit Animal is an animal spirit who has a special message for you. You may dream about them, see yourself as this animal, feel a sacred connection to them, or even just run across the animal itself or it's image repeatedly. This is not a coincidence! This animal more than likely has a special and timely message for you. Here you can find more information as to What is a Spirit Animal and how to work with them.

Angel Numbers 

These are number sequences that you see over and over whether it be when looking at the clock, on license plates as your driving to work, phone numbers, lottery numbers - you name it! Examples of these are 11:11, 222, 333, 444, 555, 999, 646, 578, any repeating number sequence. These numbers are messages from your angels, guides, and the Universe. I have found them to be spot on for what I am experiencing in the moment. A message that I personally needed to hear. For example, while testing for my Psychic Medium certification, I was scared, and stressed out. I happened to look out of my hotel window and saw the number 299 on the top of a bus. I thought it quite odd as I caught sight of it just before it disappeared around a corner. I ran to look up the meaning and cried in amazement and gratitude. My favorite go-to site for angel number meanings is Angel Numbers - Joanne Sacred Scribes by Joanne Walmsley.

Easier to Manifest | Timely & Auspicious Opportunities

When you're in the flow with the Universe, you begin to see doors that are open for you which you may have missed before. The job you've been searching for may come your way. Perhaps you've been sending out the vibe to attract your tribe and you begin to meet people of a like vibration in random everyday happenings. Know that these opportunities may not come in the way you expect them to. You need some extra money to pay the bills and you have the chance to make some overtime cash.  You may need extra cash, but that doesn't mean you'll win the lottery, but the Universe does make a way for you to get what is needed. Be open to new experiences.

Raise in Vibration 

You've been realizing the connectedness of all things. You are beginning to feel and work with energy. As your vibration raises, your intuition becomes stronger. You put your focus on positivity, love, joy, and happiness. You're interested in learning more about spirituality and what your spiritual truths are.

Law of Attraction 

This is all about your thinking. Both positive and negative. How do you talk to yourself? Is it in a loving way or is the tone of voice more condescending? Having negative self-talk or thought patterns doesn't mean you are out of the flow. It is a part of the human experience. Be conscious of your thinking. When you see negative though patterns creeping in, re-channel and redirect your thoughts in that moment! It takes some practice, but it is possible. The more positively you think, the more blessings that come your way. Negativity is sticky - negative thoughts, actions, words, and deeds have a tendency to stick to your energy. Thereby, lowering your vibration. Your vibration is tied to the law of attraction. What you put out into the Universe is what you attract to you.

Reaffirming that you've Learned Old Lessons

The Universe may send a few old lessons your way, just to confirm you got the message the first go round. The situation or people may be different, but the lesson the same. Do you recognize this? What didn't work the first time? Now is your chance to correct it. To show the Universe you're serious. You have taken heed. That you've integrated the wisdom from previous happenings. This lets the Universe know that you're ready to move on to the next chapter, the next lesson of your spiritual development.

How do you know you're in the flow with the Universe? What signs have been given to you? What has been your experience thus far and how do you keep the link going?

xo Ariel

Squirrel as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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Squirrel has been ever present as of late, making chucking noises and happily bounding across the yard. As I sit at the window watching them intently searching for acorns, my thoughts turn to what this cheerful little creature has to share with us. Here is what it may mean if you feel called to discover Squirrel as a Spirit Animal.

Preparation

Winter is coming - and the Squirrel intuitively knows it. Months ahead, they begin planning and making their preparations for shelter and food stores for the long winter ahead. Squirrel teaches us to always be prepared. To think ahead. To gather your resources. What do you have now, what tools do you have at your disposal, that you can save for a rainy day? Maybe now is the time to save more money or invest in your education. What is an old skill that you can repurpose and use in a new way? You never know how what you already have in your repertoire will come in handy!

Expect the Unexpected

Squirrel is always on the look out for predators - he has to be. He also has to be crafty and cunning in how he avoids these dangers. Squirrel invites you to make a plan B so that you're not blindsided by the unexpected. Squirrel knows it is better to climb to the tree tops for safety. This way he can get a bird's eye view of the situation and maneuver accordingly.

Be Resourceful - and a little fiesty

Friendly and not afraid to let you know how they feel, squirrels are some of the most resourceful creatures out there! Squirrel may be telling you it's time to survey your resources. What do you have? What can you share with others? Having a Squirrel animal totem also encourages you to be curious and to make new friends! Chat it up. This creature also reminds us that sometimes it's okay to be bit nutty. It's okay to be passionate and to express your pleasure or lack thereof.

Remember to help the planet 🌎💚

Squirrel isn't afraid to do a little digging! With such a short attention span, squirrels forget where they buried their nuts within seconds. This actually turns out to be a good thing as although forgotten, these acorns have been given a chance to germinate, grow, and sprout new life. Squirrel encourages you to recycle, plant a tree or garden, donate your money or time to worth environmental causes. Squirrel also reminds us to live in an environmentally friendly and ethical way. When his acorns mature into trees, his energetic footprint provides oxygen for generations - long after Squirrel is gone. What kind of footprint do you leave on Mother Earth?

Squirrel is a small creature that may often be overlooked but his message packs a powerful punch. Don't you think?

xo Ariel

Dolphin as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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Dolphin has always been in my life in one form or another. As a child, I used to try to imitate the sounds they make and I wanted to swim with them (as mermaids do of course haha!). I've always loved them and often spend time with them in meditation. If Dolphin has swam across your path lately, here are some messages it may have for you!

Sense of Adventure

Let your adventurous side come out to play! Travel! Dolphin also invites you to dive straight into the waves, beneath the surface, and bring light and joy to the shadowy depths. Explore with the adventurous spirit of a child! Dolphin could be sending you a sign to go on that trip or vacation you've been thinking about taking, to try something new and daring! Step out of your comfort zone and go and do what you haven't before! Don't let fear keep you anchored close to shore - explore the unknown caverns of the Seven Seas, the unfamiliar parts of your soul even. Dare to dream.

Intelligence

Dolphins are highly intelligent and very emotional creatures - just like us! They have a very high IQ and can be quite complicated animals in their interactions. Dolphin encourages you to continue learning. You don't have to be in school or taking a class to do so. There are many ways you can continue your education in the great school of life. Read, write, speak. Share and realize your intelligence. Make informed and intelligent decisions. Don’t take anything at first glance.Think about what it is that you're facing and use your brain power to help you find a way through it.

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Companionship

Dolphins live in pods and look out for each other always. They nurse their young together, hunt together, play together, live together. Dolphins are all about community. Companionship is very important to the Dolphin. Their social interactions are quite colorful and complicated. In these relationships they experience anger, violence, love, sadness, and even pleasure - they are the only known creatures to have sex for more than just procreation but for pleasure as well! Intriguing huh? Dolphin encourages you to take a look at how you interact with those in your "pod". How do you work together? How can teamwork help the good and growth of all? How can you better your interactions and relationships with those you care about? What can you do to be more helpful or involved in your community?

Communication and Vibration - Echolocation

Dolphins use echolocation to hunt and communicate with other Dolphins. Echolocation allows animals to use vibrations to communicate and is nature's sonar, allowing the animal to see better. These sound waves bounce off of objects and comes back to the animal, giving them information to process such as the distance between them and the object or even what that particular object is! Dolphin encourages you to work on raising your vibration spiritually, and to learn about different types of energy and vibration. Read about energy work and it's different modalities. Dolphin also encourages you to communicate freely with others. Work with your Throat Chakra. Dolphin asks you to take a look at if you are expressing yourself clearly and effectively.

Oracle of the Mermaids | Blue Angel Publishing

Oracle of the Mermaids | Blue Angel Publishing

Joy, Laughter, and Play

Jumping, diving, laughing, playing under the sea. Twisting, turning, whirling, and grinning - Dolphin is probably the most playful of all spirit animals. They are sweet, nurturing, gentle, and kind. They are optimistic and always looking for fun. They are such emotive creatures! Did you know that there's a connection between Dolphins and Mermaids as well? How cool is that?! Dolphin encourages you to invite more joy, laughter, and play into your life. Don't take yourself too seriously. Let loose, be silly, and don't sweat the small stuff! Dolphin invites you to allow the spirit of your inner child to come out and dance, sing, and be free! Give yourself permission to do so.

Have you seen playful Dolphin jumping over the waves on your path? Has it invited you to swim with the Mermaids? I'd love to hear your experiences and thoughts on this intelligent creature!

xo Ariel

Great Blue Heron as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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When we cross paths with Heron, what does he want us to know? What is his message for us? In this blog post, I will talk about the Blue Heron as a Spirit Animal.

Peace, serenity, stillness, patience, silence, grace, and healing. These are the traits that come to mind when I think of this beautiful bird. I've recently had 2 encounters with this majestic animal. Both times that I witnessed the creature, I immediately became like the heron itself - quiet, still, and contemplative. The Great Blue Heron is a true Mystic of the Chesapeake! Here are some things I've learned about the spirit of the Great Blue Heron.

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Know Thyself

Heron's are solitary creatures. They do not hunt or live in flocks. Since they spend so much time with themselves, they really must become their own best friend and ally - but that doesn't seem to bother them too much! The Heron comes to us with the message to take time out of your busy schedule and truly get to know yourself. The best way to do that is to spend time alone! Put away distractions - the cell phone, the Xbox, the iPod, Facebook, anything that you can watch, listen to, play, or that makes noise. Sit in the silence with yourself. Be in the present moment. Don't worry about the future or the past. Who are you - right now?  Who are you without prying eyes? Who are you bare bones? What is in your heart? Yes, it will probably be uncomfortable the first couple of times you try this exercise. In the 21st century, silence can  feel deafening with life and the media always hurling things our way! Silence can be scary. Being alone can be intimidating. But the key here is that you can be surrounded by people and feel completely alone. Blue Heron is never lonely because he knows he can rely on himself and is confident in who he is! Get to know yourself - your strengths, your weaknesses, your talents. Become your own best friend. That way, even when there is no one in your physical presence, you are never alone. You carry YOU with you wherever you go! Do you want to be your own biggest cheerleader or do you want to be a stranger to yourself? If you don't know who you are, how can you expect someone else to?

Be Still + Reflect

As the Great Blue Heron stares into the water, ever so patiently waiting for a yummy morsel to swim by, he has lots of time to contemplate. His reflection stares, unblinking, unmoving, back at him. What does he see - past battle scars and ruffled feathers or a peaceful, calm, and sleek independence?  Be still in the present moment and reflect on your life and who you are. The Heron comes to us with a message of meditate and contemplate. You are exactly where you need to be right now in this moment! When this graceful bird crosses your path, stop and think - just pause. Sometimes that is all we need to do when we are in the middle of a chaotic situation or a difficult decision. If we pause long enough in disturbed waters, the ripples will smooth out, and we can once again gain clarity. 

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SEIZE OPPORTUNITY!

The Heron is a patient hunter. Barely moving, with eyes unblinking, they search the surface of the water with their eyes. Daring not to breathe, for the slightest breath may cause a ripple in the water. They wait like tall statues, unbearably still, until a fish swims by unaware of the danger overhead. The moment has come - the heron moves at lightening speed, catching the fish and gulping it down. If you do so much as blink you will miss it! Heron comes with the message to wait for the perfect opportunity before you strike. You will know when it is time. I also think this has a warning element of not letting opportunity pass you by or you may go hungry! Don't be too afraid to make a move. Don't hesitate or you might miss the moment you've been dreaming of! Go after your prize! Be confident in yourself when you strike and you won't miss your mark.

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Home Sweet Home

The Heron is always moving between the worlds of water, earth, and sky. He has to feel a sense of home in every one. He is comfortable in all of these environments and can move from one to the other without any fear or resistance. He flows, flies, glides, swoops, and dives in and out of these 3 habitats. He knows how to use each of these elements for their resources to help his survival. Become one with your surroundings. Where are you most at home? How do you co-create with nature and your environment (especially to find opportunity)? How easily do you adapt to change in your environment? Learn about your environment and how you can tap into its resources. Realize that you are a part of a vast ecosystem. Know that whatever you do, it will create a ripple effect throughout your environment. Everything is effected because everything is connected. For example, how does your work life, carry over into your home life, carry over into your romantic life? Are there any boundaries that you need to set between them all? Are you expecting something from a situation or from someone that they are just not capable of giving to you (often times to no fault of their own)? The Great Blue Heron knows he won't catch a fish in the sky and that he can't fly in the water. He knows that he must go to the water if he's hungry and wants to hunt. He takes to the skies if he wants to fly! How can you be more in the flow with the different parts of your life and the demands of each? Do you know where to go to get what you need? When you're secure in who you are and your capabilities, you can feel at home almost anywhere!

King of Vessels | Heron - Wildwood Tarot

King of Vessels | Heron - Wildwood Tarot

Has the mystical Heron flown across your path? Did his lack of movement catch your eye? I'd love to hear about your experience with this majestic creature!

xo Ariel

Fox as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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What does the Fox say?

I have had several encounters with Fox recently. They've been popping up wherever I go - from images and videos on Facebook to even having a stare down with one out front of my home! As of late, rarely a week goes by without me having some kind of interaction with this lovely creature. I decided to do some research on the meaning of Fox and what Fox may have to tell us.

My biggest encounter with Fox

I had been seeing Fox for several months by this point. I was very confused as to what it meant for me every time it showed up in my life. It was late at night on Valentine's Day. A family member was sick and had just been rushed off to the hospital.  I had stepped outside to get some fresh air and do some thinking. I wasn't paying attention to too much of anything when something told me to look up. When I did, standing out in the darkness, there in a red blaze of glory, was a fox. I stopped moving, my breath caught in my throat.  It seemed to have appeared out of thin air. It looked so magical standing there! A message just for me. We locked eyes for a good minute or so. I tried to tune in to what it was trying to communicate with me as I know it had a message for me. Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried to tune in, I couldn't understand what it wanted to tell me (I am still working diligently to find the answer). After a few more moments, we dropped eye contact and the fox scampered off into a neighbor's backyard. In all my years of living where I do, this has never happened to me before. Needless to say I was stunned.

So what does the Fox say?

When I first thought about the fox, I believed they were just sly and cunning tricksters. Fox is so much more! The Fox is a smart and daring creature. A survivor. Foxes can easily blend into their surroundings, masters of the art of camouflage, when in hiding or stalking their prey. They can live in cities, suburbs, or out in the country (they're very adaptable and resourceful creatures!) and yet may never be witnessed by the human eye! Fox wants you to take a look at your surroundings and see how they are affecting you and how you are adapting to them.

Taking quick, swift, silent action is the way of the Fox. They are playful and yes, they can be a bit mischievous! The Red Fox excites passion, creativity, sexuality, mystery, and a hint of danger - just like the terms vixen or stone cold fox imply. Fox is also a shapeshifter, a walker between the worlds (since they mainly comes out at dusk/dawn), who revels in the subconscious and the unknown. Since there are 21 species of Fox, it is also associated with The World card in tarot. This is about connection with all there is, unification, community, integration, endings and beginnings.

Passion & Discernment

Fox encourages us to be our most bold and loving self. To only come out into the open when the moment is just right. Fox asks us if we are showing our true intentions,  following our truth, and living our most passionate life. Are you?

Stay foxy wild one!

xo Ariel