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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)

I don't know what to call them other than this...

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

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

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 

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