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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 

 

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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.

Octopus as a Spirit Animal

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

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

Owl as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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Owls and their haunting call bring forth so much symbolism from the depths of the subconscious. Have you been hearing their whisper in the forest? If this magical bird has perched itself in your awareness, it has a special lesson just for you! What is Owl encouraging you to do? More importantly, whoooo is Owl calling you to be?

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Wisdom

Knowledge. The Keeper of Secrets. Magick. Study. Owl is classically associated with wisdom and learning. To gain wisdom, challenges are often called forth to be a teacher to us, so that particular lessons and skills can be learned. Owl asks you to reflect on past lessons. What wisdom did you gain from the situation? What lessons are your discovering right now? Owl also comes to recognize you for your continued growth and the lessons you have mastered. This majestic bird also invites you to bring more of a sense of magick, awe, wonder, and mystery into your life. Connect with the spirit of Owl for an extra boost when doing ritual or spellwork.

Clairaudience + Clairvoyance

Keen sense of hearing and vision, an awakening of these psychic senses. Owls have 3 eyelids and this fact can only make me think of one thing - the Third Eye or pineal gland. This is the center for your psychic sense of clairvoyance. Owls also have an acute sense of hearing which combined with great depth perception helps them tremendously in their hunting. Pay special attention to the messages you receive clairaudiently. The Owl calls upon you to work with and strengthen your psychic senses.

Perspective - The Owl Head Turn 

Foresight, seeing the big picture, seeing the situation from the perspective of another. Extend your range of vision! Owls can rotate there heads to a max of 270 degrees without doing any damage! Does a situation have your feathers a bit ruffled? Owl says there is no harm at looking at things from a different point of view! This may also help you to understand someone else in a new way - especially someone you may not be getting along with. A new angle can bring refreshing insight, opportunity, and information as to what may be coming your way! Use this along with your intuition and clairvoyance to help you in decision making as well.

xo Ariel