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Dragon as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Dragons are not creatures I have worked with much in my practice however, I do have an awareness of them. After my blog on Unicorn as a Spirit Animal, I had a friend ask me if I could focus one of my Animal Totem blogs on Dragon as a Spirit Animal, and I am happy to oblige him. Please note that the information contained within this blog has been channeled from Spirit, my guides, and of course Dragon himself.

There are many different types of Dragons from what I've been told.

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Elemental Dragons 

 

Fire - Dragons of Fire

They may dwell in volcanoes or the belly of the earth. They are flame dancers. Full of powerful, creative, and sexual energy. Work with them for stamina, drive, passion, creativity, or sexual pursuits as well as energetic protection.

Earth - Dragons of Earth

They may be cave, forest, or mountain dwellers. They are stable and wise. They understand resources and tend to work harmoniously in accordance with natural law. Work with them in earthly and physical matters ranging from health to abundance as well as energetic protection. A cave dwelling dragon may be particularly helpful in shadow work!

Air - Dragons of Sky

These creatures are of the wind. They bring to mind tornadoes - a tameless energy. Work with them for speed or matters of the mind, intellect, and communication. They are great strategizers and have a sort of military precision to them in my opinion.

Water - Dragons of Water

These creatures reside in bodies of water ranging from oceans and lakes to rivers and waterfalls. They are gentle beasts full of mystical majesty and secrets. They are helpful when in transitions and cycles. Work with them in healing, matters of the heart, energy work, and intuitive endeavors. Ice Dragons also wanted to be mentioned here.

 

Luminary Dragons

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Solar Dragons - The Divine Masculine

Like a fire dragon on steroids, to me Solar Dragons embody the Divine Masculine. They are born of the fiery sun's rays. There is a golden light energy about them. They are of great aid in matters of personal power and assertiveness.

Lunar Dragons - The Divine Feminine

To me, Lunar Dragons are almost like a more evolved Water Dragon. They embody the graceful energy of the Divine Feminine and the Moon. They have the silvery blue glow of moonlight about them. They are of great aid in matters of intuition and spiritual development.

 

Extra Special Dragons

Image from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

Image from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

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Rainbow Dragons

I feel that Rainbow Dragons are extremely rare. They are a mix of Air, Water, and Solar Dragons in one and are made of pure light. As a prism of color surrounds them, I have been told that their purpose is joy, peace, and the upliftment of human consciousness. Plain and simple. They look for the ascension of humanity and want to assist in this process. They work mostly with children or those of a childlike energy.

Crystal Dragons

These Dragons of Earth reside in crystals and work with crystal energy. Each one has a purpose or personality that corresponds directly to the traits of the crystal that they inhabit. 

 

Now here is what it may mean for you if Dragon has come into your awareness or if Dragon is your Spirit Animal.

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Fight for your Goals

Dragon has amazing manifesting ability and stamina! They have a deep warrior spirit. The only way you get to be millennia old is to have stamina, foresight, skill, and perseverance to overcome obstacles. Dragon comes to you to let you know that this capability is within you too!

The Wisdom Keepers

Use the wisdom contained in your past experiences. Learn from your elders. Talk to your ancestors and family members. Incorporate their wisdom. Hear their stories. Dragons are holders of secrets and keepers of wisdom. You too are a wisdom keeper. Ask Dragon for aid in accessing this higher knowledge.

Defend your Fortress

Protect what you've built. Shield the energy of yourself and your home. Defend to the end the worthwhile - your truth and those you love. Protect yourself and your assets.

Watch your Words

You have a fierce power of words. You can inspire or hurt with them without a moments notice. Use this power wisely. Speak with honesty and integrity, all while being mindful of the fragileness and feelings of others.

Feisty, Wild, & Untamed

There is great strength and power behind you! You exude it. There is an air of mystery and seduction about you. You may have a magnetic energy and people are attracted to you. You may be the life of the party and love to be the center of attention. Be mindful of ego, being manipulative, and extreme overindulgences.

Self-Loyalty

Dragons are extremely self-reliant and so too are you. You are loyal to self above all else. True to you. Dragon is asking you to be secure in who you are, your dreams, goals, and abilities. Know your worth.

Luck and Abundance

Dragons are often seen as symbols of wealth, luck, fortune, or status. If Dragon has approached you, the tides may be turning for you. Focus on the fullness and abundance currently in your life and have gratitude because there may be more on it's way to you!

Slaying the Dragon

Don't let others steal your shine! Some may be jealous of you and your achievements. Knights make long journeys to destroy the infamous Dragon, win the girl, and make a name for themselves in the kingdom. Don't allow their negativity or mind games to "slay your dragon" or snuff out your flames as it were.

 

Has Dragon come into your awareness? Do you work with Dragon energy? What has been your experience connecting to them? Leave a comment below! 

xo Ariel 

 

Images from pixabay.com unless otherwise stated. 

Octopus as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Under the sea in an Octopuses garden...

Has Octopus crawled across the ocean floor and swam into your mind's eye? Octopus as a Spirit Animal is akin to the call of the siren. Octopus is a magical creature of the sea who is often feared, revered, and unseen. This master of disguise and sea legend has something to say to us about how we live our lives and the mysteries it holds. Octopus is also a great model for working with the energy of Mercury Retrograde. Here is what it may mean for you if the spirit of Octopus has grasped you in its tentacles. 

Octopus as a Spirit Animal

Multi-tasking & Focus  

Octopus has multiple arms which are great for having your hands in many pots. If you find yourself constantly busy multi-tasking, call upon Octopus to help you do your tasks effectively with equal attention. Balance and time management is key. Know your strengths. Octopus also reminds us to 'Get a grip!' as the suckers on their tentacles encourage us to get a firm grip on something before going at it full force. 

Abundance

With 8 appendages, Octopus definitely has something to share with us about prosperity as 8 is the universal number of abundance and cycles. The infinity symbol, or lemniscate as it is also known, tell us that there is no beginning and no end, just an endless cycle of energy flow. Connect with Octopus when working with you sense of self-worth and prosperity, or when manifesting abundance. 

Flexibility & Fluidity

Be flexible and have an escape plan. Octopus can fit through incredibly tight places which look seemingly impossible to squeeze through. They are also great problem solvers due to their high functioning intellectual abilities. The Octopus knows it's limits and can understand obstacles from many perspectives, thereby allowing them to do the impossible - find a way out, down, or around. If you are struggling to find a solution to a problem, ask Octopus to teach you flexibility and to think outside of the box. They also have phenomenal strength and a fierce beak to devour prey. Octopus also encourages you to work on your strength and flexibility in your physical body.

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Shadow work, Creativity, & Inuition

Explore the depths of the ocean floor. Octopus is a great companion in shadow work as it is not afraid to go to the unexplored depths with you, for it lives and breathes naturally here. When emotions creep up from hidden chambers and wrangle your mind, Octopus asks for you to explore them. Pick them up with your many tentacles and analyze them with reason. Are the monsters that lie within your depths really as scary as you think? The unseen darkness, the sea creature with abnormally long tentacles that stretch out of the sea and into your imagination, tickling your cranium with it's ideas - Octopus also reminds us to work with our creativity and intuition. Get your creative juices flowing! The sea monster of lore and fantasy asks for your fear to spark your intuition, increase your awareness, and allow your creative energy to flow.

Illusion & Confusion

Are you really seeing what you think you're seeing? Octopus is great at camouflage as it can readily change it's appearance through playing with the colors, spots, and textures in it's environment. A creature that can truly hide in plain sight. Is all really as it seems in your world? For the Octopus, black ink is yet another defense mechanism to confuse predators and allow for a quick escape from danger. Be mindful that what you are experiencing may just be an illusion caused by your own projections or what someone else wants you to see. What is the truth of the matter? Again, be flexible and fluid. Look out for predators. Have a plan or a trick up your sleeve, if you need to make a great escape from an unhealthy, dangerous, or toxic situation.

xo ariel

Unicorn as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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Has Unicorn come trotting across your mind's eye with glitter hoof and silky mane? Unicorn is special - a star in it's own right. As a mythical creature, it is connected to both the heavens and the earth. A creature of magic on the physical plane. Fantasy given flesh and bone. A beauty of both land and sky. Here is what it may mean if you have Unicorn as a Spirit Animal.

Sparkle + Shine 

Shimmer and shake! Prance and dance! Be magical, mystical, and majestic. Make them stop and stare from the twinkling of your aura. You are something special! A body of light. Created from magick dust, glitter bombs, and angel feathers. Unicorn animal totem asks you to know this in your heart. Be confident in the magic of your own soul. Express it.

Be YOU-nique

The Unicorn is one of a kind. It accepts itself for who it is - sparkles, rainbow glitter, horn, and all. Each is unique and beautiful in it's own way. Unicorn asks you to release comparison and jealousy. See the elegant magic of your individuality. Don't be afraid to stand out in the crowd!

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Be Imaginative, Playful, and Dreamy

Don't close out them realm of possibilities. Fantasize. Dream BIG! Embrace your purity and innocence. Unicorn invites you to play with your inner child. Allow them to run wild and laugh freely. See with new waking eyes that view the world with awe and adventure. Imagine. Open and meditate on your Crown Chakra. Journey. Reawaken your sense of discovery and expedition.

Love Freely with an Open Heart and Mind!

See the good in all living things. Feel the connectedness and wonder of everything. The wisdom of the cosmos. Share love and kindness wherever you go. Be empathic and understanding. The spirit of Unicorn encourages you to open, heal, balance, and strengthen your heart chakra. Greet everyone you encounter with love and light straight from the heart.

Fight for your Dreams

Charge forward. Pierce through obstacles. The horn of the Unicorn does all these things. It leads the way and will navigate you to your true north. Believe in your own power. You are capable and worthy of all you dream. Even in the most challenging of circumstances, the love and support that Unicorn gives is undying. They are loyal to the end. Unicorn gives you strength to help pierce through challenges and clear a path to your goals. Do not give up hope - BELIEVE!

 

xo Ariel

Be a Luscious Lightworker | Maven Mindset

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Being a Lightworker and/or an Empath is not always an easy task. You have chosen to incarnate on this planet at this time in history for a particular purpose - your spiritual vocation. Here are some ways to help you stay lusciously shiny and feeling your best through it all!

Luscious Lightworker + Enigmatic Empath Tips

Spiritual Protection

Call in your angels and your guides to surround you in the white light of protection. Archangel Michael is a great spiritual warrior and protector. Invite him into your energy to create a shield of protection around you. Spiritual and Psychic Protection is extremely important to have up when going into toxic environments. Perhaps you have a rough relationship with a coworker, volatile communication with a family member, or maybe you just go to a party and feel vulnerable? It is also important for environments where there will be a lot of buzzing, clashing, and swirling energies abound like a mall or busy restaurant.

Is this mine or someone else's?

When you feel overwhelmed by emotion or when you are having a great day and decide to go out with friends only to return sad and depressed. In those moments, try and see if you can separate the thoughts from the emotions and ask yourself the question of if these emotions really belong to you. Catalog everything you are feeling and try to determine to the best of your ability if you're really angry or if you just happened to pick up your anger from the guy at the bar or your girlfriend's heartache after a fight with her boyfriend.

Clearing your energy + your space

Keeping your aura clear and fresh is a major part of spiritual hygiene, plus it just feels damn good! Use florida water to create an aura mist or get a smudge stick and sage yourself, your home, and your property. You can even get a himalayan salt lamp. See how re-arranging the furniture in a particular room in your home changes the flow of energy. Cleanse your crystals and other magical tools.

Stay grounded

Ground your energy daily to help keep you mindful of the here and now. This will also help to release excess energy or emotions into the earth. Staying grounded is also extremely important in helping you to adjust to and assimilate higher vibrations.

Taking a step back + away from toxic situations

This is important so as not to have your energy drained by toxic situations. The first part of this is being able to recognize an unhealthy situation for what it is. Know when and where to focus your energies. Try not to engage in toxic and unhealthy habits, behaviors, and situations that are not for your best and highest good.

Some may just not understand and that's okay

Some of your family members and friends may not embrace or understand what you do or why you're doing it. Some may think you're crazy or woo-woo or airy fairy and flaky. Send these people love and keep your practice if that is what your soul tells you to do. Just because they may not understand your path, does not mean that they're bad people or carry a low vibration or are not a part of your soul tribe.

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Keep spreading your light anyway

Even though there may be naysayers, shine anyway. Even though you may be frustrated, shine anyway. Even when you feel like you're not being heard, shine anyway. Even when you feel unappreciated and unnoticed, shine anyway. When you feel alone in your cause, shine anyway. When you feel beat down and worn, allow your heart to shine anyway.

Work with high vibe crystals and stones that protect your energy

Some of my favorite crystals for this purpose are selenite, clear quartz, apophyllite, elestial quartz, moldavite, nuumite, aqua aura quartz, celestite, rose quartz, tektite, amethyst, and scocelite. There are many more out there. Don't be afraid to do research on your own. If you're new to the vibration of crystals, be cautious as some of the crystals listed above carry an intense vibration that may make you uncomfortable (like being lightheaded, hot, dizzy, or feeling your body vibrate) if you're not accustomed to the vibration! This is why grounding is important.

Meditate often

Get in touch with your soul. Talk to your Higher Self. De-stress and calm yourself. Clear your mind. Find peace. Sink into your heart center. Meditation is great for stress relief, soul searching, increasing your sense of happiness, and boosting your creativity! It also helps to connect you to the world of spirit, the higher realms, and raises your vibration.

Connect with your spirit guides regularly

They have much guidance and love to share with you. I have had the most beautiful experiences with my spirit guides - especially one's that started in meditation and carried on into the waking world. They send you beautiful signs and symbols if you open your eyes and ears to it!

Drink plenty of water

This keeps your energy clear and flowing as well as helps you stay hydrated. I also believe drinking water helps to strengthen your connection to spirit. The more spiritual work you do, the more water you may drink.

Eat more foods that keep your vibration high

Fruit and veggie it up Lightworker friends! Invite more color into your diet. Try to eat organic when you can. These foods are less dense and keep your vibration lighter as your body isn't busy working on digesting heavier foods like meats and cheeses.

Stop comparing your spiritual journey

Refrain from comparing someone else's experience and knowledge to your own. Whether it be ego and pride or from a lack of self-confidence - cut it out. Seriously love, let it go. All this does is lower your vibration and traps you in a state of insecurity. How can you shine your light as brightly as possible, when you continue to turn your spotlight in someone else's direction? Besides, you have your own unique perspective that needs to be shared. Focus on you and what makes you happy. Those who inspire you did not become a success or full of spiritual wisdom overnight. It took years of lessons, tears, and hard work. You never know what someone else went through or is currently going through. You are exactly where you are meant to be right now in your journey. Embrace it in love. Spiritual growth is not a competition.

xo Ariel

 

Featuring artwork by Josephine Wall

26 Questions to Ask your Spirit Guides

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Hi Loves! As a follow-up to Spirit Guides 101 Part 1 & Part 2 , here are 26 questions to ask your guides while connecting with them. These questions will allow you to begin to deepen your relationship and connection to your Spirit Guides. Happy communing in discovery!

  1. What is your name?
  2. Why have we chosen to work with each other?
  3. Did we share any past lives together? If so, what was our relationship?
  4. What lesson are you here to help me learn?
  5. What was your life like?
  6. Where were you born?
  7. What era are you from?
  8. What kind of guide are you? Are you a lifetime guide or are you here to guide me through a particular lesson?
  9. What do I need to release?
  10. How can I love and support myself more?
  11. How can we deepen our connection?
  12. What is your "sign" to let me know you're around?
  13. Is there a gift you have for me?
  14. How can I feel your presence more?
  15. How is my spiritual development going? Are there any spiritual tools or concentration of study you would have me embrace?
  16. What can I do or learn right now to aid my spiritual growth, evolution, and development?
  17. How can I listen to and follow your guidance?
  18. What is your preferred form of communication? (Tarot, Oracle, Runes, Meditation, Clairaudiently, etc.)
  19. What is a significant time in my current life that you helped me with?
  20. How can I tap into my soul purpose more?
  21. How can you help me with my manifesting? How can we co-create?
  22. Where should I keep persevering?
  23. How can I strengthen and develop my intuitive gifts?
  24. How can I be more of a Lightworker in my community?
  25. Where should I put my focus in shadow work?
  26. What karmic lessons should I concentrate on? How can I break this karmic cycle?

I hope you find this to be a great resource for deepening your relationship with and getting to know your guides! Don't be afraid to add some of your own - allowing one to lead to another. What additional questions would ask them?

xo Ariel

Spirit Guides 101 | Part 1 of 2

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Part 1

This 2 part series is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding your spirit guides and building a relationship with them. This article is only the beginning of that partnership. Just as any significant relationship takes time, nurturing, communication, and patience to develop, so too does one with your guides. It is not instantaneous and will grow and change over the years. Be open to the discovery, the wisdom, and the experience. 

What is a Spirit Guide? 

A Spirit Guide is a spiritual teacher, a highly evolved soul, who helps to guide you through life and navigate the path of your soul purpose. Their number one concern is you and what is for your best and highest good - however, they cannot intervene in our affairs without our permission due to the free will we have as souls.

Is a Spirit Guide the same thing as a Guardian Angel? Not exactly...

Your Spirit Guides have a different role than your Guardian Angel. Your guides are with you everyday. I feel that your Guardian Angel only comes around when their is a specific need for their help and protection.

What do they do? 

Each guide you have has a different role in your life. You may have a guide for your business and career, for joy, for wisdom, love, health, protection, etc. You also have a Master Guide who oversees the whole of your life and is like a manager who oversees the duties of your other guides. Your Master Guide comes around for the big spiritual lessons and themes of your life. Your guides can help you through challenges, work with your energy, and place timely opportunities on your path. If you're a Medium, working with your guides is extremely important as they help you in readings while communicating with the other side. They are your personal spiritual team of teachers! The ultimate guides to help you navigate this life in order to fulfill your soul purpose.

Does everyone have a spirit guide? 

YES! Everyone has at least one spirit guide - even your mom, grandmother, significant other, or child.

How many can you have? 

As of now, I have met 10 of my Spirit Guides. It has taken about 3 years or so to connect with them and to be able to understand each guides unique name and vibration. There is still much to discover. You can have 1 - 1,000 or more I suppose.

Do you have one guide your whole life or do they come in and out as needed? 

Some may come and go from your life. Perhaps only there to help you with a particular lesson or situation. As we learn from them, they learn from us too! It is about the evolving of souls on both planes of existence.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week, where we'll answer...

Can an animal be my Spirit Guide? Can my loved one in spirit be my spirit guide? How do we choose and communicate with our guides?

And more!

xo Ariel

Related: 26 Questions to Ask your Spirit Guides

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

What is a Spirit Animal? | Animal Totems

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I've always been attracted to and fascinated by the animal kingdom. I have so many random facts about animals in my head it's ridiculous. I can't help it. There is a message in every creature on this planet. Perhaps I always sensed it, even as a child. Over the last few years, I've taken this passion for critters both big and small, and expanded on it. My learning has taken on a spiritual nature. I've written about a few Spirit Animals (FoxBlue HeronDolphin, Owl, and Squirrel) and yet, I hadn't explained what one is, how to work with them, or even why you should care about who your Power Animal is. It's time to correct that.

So now, based on my own experience, I bring you the answer to the question, What is a Spirit Animal?

 

What is a Spirit Animal?

A Spirit Animal, also known as Animal Totem or Power Animal, is an animal whose spirit has a special message or mission for you. They offer guidance, wisdom, and support. This is also known as their medicine in shamanism and Native American cultures. They may come into your life to help you through certain situations or to offer their strength and protection.

 

How do you know which animal is your Power Animal?

You may go outside your home everyday for a week and see a Raven as soon as you step outfront. You may encounter a Tiger in your dreams. You've been seeing images of Killer Whales everywhere! Perhaps you were always intrigued by Dolphins as a child. These are all Power Animals! You were attracted to or encountered them synchronistically. Is there a particular animal that you fear? Snake is often one of these creatures for most people. Perhaps it has something to do with this creatures inherent qualities. Snake is about change and transformation - the shedding of old skin. Is there a message they have to give to you that you're resisting?

 

How do you make contact?

Go into meditation. There are plenty of Meet Your Spirit Animal meditations on YouTube! If a guided meditation doesn't seem right for you, close your eyes, do some deep breathing, and see which animal comes to you. Don't be put off if it is not an animal you were expecting. Say if you were hoping for an Eagle and instead a Bumble Bee comes to visit. Be open and willing to listen. I'm sure the meaning of this creature is pertinent to you and your situation. You can even set the intention before you go to sleep that you'd like to encounter your Spirit Animal in your dreams.

 

Do you have one Spirit Animal for your whole life? 

Yes you can! Some stay for a lifetime. Others may come just for a short period of time to help you learn a lesson. Once the lesson has been learned, they may move on. You may have many animal teachers come in and out of your life as you grow spiritually.

 

Can you choose your Animal Totem?

Absolutely! Think about what qualities you would like to embody. Do you want to be more of a tiger in your relationship - abundant, fierce, and playful? Work with Tiger energy. Would you like to invite more focus into your work? Then choose a creature like Hawk. Do you want more peace and purity in your life? Work with the spirit of Dove. Do you want to invite more childlike energy into your day? Invite the spirit of Dolphin to come and play! You can also work with the energy of an animal you've always been fascinated with and want to learn more about.

 

How do you work with your Spirit Animal?

Meet with them in meditation. Ask them to be with you as you go about your day. Ask for their strength in trying circumstances. Ask them to help guide you in the right direction when you're confused. Get a statutette, photo,or an item in their likeness. Something that reminds you of them. I, for example, have a Raven pendant I wear everyday. I also have a Raven figurine carved from black onyx that I keep on my altar. Try taking one day out of your week and embody their qualities. Walk as the Lion. Think and use your wisdom as the Owl. Be prepared and resourceful like the Squirrel. You can even invite them into your rituals and manifesting!

 

So you found your Spirit Animal...Now what?

Work with them daily. Ask to feel their presence. What does their energy feel like? Listen to and decipher the messages they bring. Keep an eye open for any signs they give you. When do you see your Spirit Animal? When do you most feel them? What were you just thinking about before they happened to cross your path, run across the road, or squwak loudly, gaining your undivided attention. There are messages in the synchronicity! Keep an eye out for it. Pay attention to the world around you. Expand your awareness. You may be surprised at what you find.

What's your Animal Totem? How do you connect? What has been your experience since the spirit of this creature came into your awareness?

 

xo Ariel

Awakening the Magic Within | The Magician 

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You don't need the next hot thing to make your tarot or spiritual practice effective. As you scroll through Instagram, there is a bombardment of color! From shiny glittering crystals to vibrant new tarot decks, social media has it all. You may feel like you need to have 'all of the things' to make your practice deeper, more high vibe, or just all around trendy. You don't want to feel like you're missing out on anything - trust me, I get it! But I am here to tell you that you don't need all of the wonderful smelling essential oils, reiki charged candles, juicy crystals, luscious incense, and hot new decks to make your practice worthwhile. Remember - you are your practice. Not who you show the world, but who you actually are inside. You are a living embodiment of the work you're doing. The most fabulous products that money can buy won't change that. So when you're itching for the hot new thing, just know that you already have all you need to manifest your desires.

You have mystical flowing intuition that guides you and connects you to the Universe. Your spirit, your soul, is filled with a natural will power and determination for success. You have a brilliant mind and intellect to plan a course of action. And you have a body to use these gifts and make them a reality through the power of your human hands.

Go back to basics. Work with the natural tools the Universe has blessed you with - fire, water, earth, and air. Your ancestors worked with nature and all of her gifts. They used what the land and Spirit blessed them with. They didn't need to be trendy to trust that their practice was relevant! They didn't need validation from the tools they were using. Their connection was their validation! Work with your guides. Co-create with Spirit! For you inherently are a natural manifestor and a Magician of the ages.

xo Ariel

2017 The Year of the Lightworker

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The Year of the Visionary. The Year of the Mystic. The Year of the Lightworker. A 1 year in numerology. And a year of some major manifesting! Whew - you may be wondering where to put your focus in 2017. Here are some 2017 SuperPowers you can use to help you start the year off right and embrace all of your shimmering Lightworker self!

Energetic Clearing + Protection

This is a biggie! Tighten up, deepen, and expand you knowledge of energy clearing and protection. Keep the Sage and clearing spray on hand! As the vibration of the planet is shifting, its important to protect yourself energetically every day - especially if you happen to be an empath. Keeping your energy fresh will help you to feel more like yourself this year and will help you to shine your inner light even brighter. By clearing out energetic junk, you'll make room for new and better to come into your life all year long!

Heart Chakra Healing + Forgiveness

To help you be the best Lightworker possible, put more focus on healing your heart. 2016 was about releasing, letting go, shaking our foundations, and waking us up. 2017 is going to be about healing from this and offering forgiveness to ourselves and others. Work on healing, strengthening, and expanding the Heart Chakra. Get to know rose quartz, green calcite, malachite, and other Heart Chakra stones. Work with their vibration. I also feel the energy of Mother Mary will be extremely beneficial in helping us to open our hearts to more love and wonderment than ever before.

Solar Plexus Chakra + MAJOR Manifesting Power

2017 is about knowing and getting comfortable with your own power and manifestation abilities. Gain confidence in yourself, your skills, and your abilities. Know that you are strong. Tap into your sense of will and determination to help make your dreams a reality. Listen to your gut instincts. What is your sense of clairsentience telling you? Working with your Solar Plexus Chakra will help you to get in touch with your personal manifesting power. Strengthen this energy center. Work with its golden sunshine yellow energy. As 2017 is a 1 year numerologically, we will be called to be leaders. To be strong. To set an example. In the tarot, the 1 is the Magician. The most powerful manifestor of all. Invite more Magician energy into your life and space. Work closely with this card this year. The Magician comes into our lives to let us know we have all the power we need to create whatever reality we wish.

Crystal Companions to Help You Along the Way

Black Obsidian - For protection, transmuting negative energy, grounding, and working with your shadow

Clear Quartz - To amplify your intentions, manifesting, connecting to your soul and Spirit

Pink Tourmaline - For forgiveness, heart healing, love, and truth

Selenite - For energy clearing, working with the Crown Chakra, and inviting high vibes into your space

Workshops, Classes, + Courses

Learn as much as you can this year! Dive deep. There will be a hunger that only knowledge and spiritual development can fulfill. Have you been wanting to learn the tarot? Numerology? Understand your natal chart better? Or maybe you just want to deepen your overall spiritual knowledge? Take a class, facilitate a workshop, create an e-course. Perhaps write a 'how to' guide based on your experiences. Get your gift out there. Hone it and own it! Share it with the world. Bring your gifts to the forefront and make their development a priority this year!

What is there for us to gain this year? What is ours for the taking?

Independence + Leadership

These themes vibrate to the number 1 which is exactly the vibration of 2017 (2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1). This is the year for the Lightworker in you to take center stage! To come out of the closet. Find your sense of independence. Know that it is okay to stand out in a crowd, to follow your heart even though naysayers may be screaming in your ear. Fight for your truth. Lead by example. Don't be afraid to extend a helping hand! It may be trying and a bit intimidating, however, you do have a team of guides, angels, ancestors, and loved ones in spirit who are ready and willing to help! Don't be afraid to ask the Universe for courage and guidance this year.

Stepping Fully Into Your Soul's Purpose

If you have been waiting to give yourself permission to start your business, expand your business, to share your gifts, to help heal others, to deepen your study, to put yourself out there - This. Is. It. No more hesitation. Step fully into who you are. Embrace your gifts. No more hiding in the shadows. No more worrying about the opinions of others. Your gift is a gift to the world. So why are you hiding it dear one? No more flirting around with the idea. Step in fully and completely into who you are. Don't just dip your toes into the water - dive in! Now is not the time to be shy. It is not the time for meekness. Be bold! Be daring! Be colorful you. Allow your true spirit and intentions to shine through. As you do this, your light will begin to ignite the flame in the heart's of others.

Shine bright this year, dear one! I believe in you  <3

xo Ariel