Common Animal Totems and Animal Meanings
Meaning of Animal Totems
Animal totems play huge roles in our lives. They aid in self-discovery and capture our imagination, giving us incredible avenues of self-expression and awareness.
Additionally, they assist in understanding our past, and if we are attentive, our animal totems can reveal glimpses of our future. By paying attention to the creatures that come into our lives, we can learn huge lessons and get vital guidance.
Since time immemorial, animals have served as harbingers of personality traits we, as humans, all aspire to achieve. This makes animals some of the most powerful symbols in our spiritual toolbox.
Native American animal totems most commonly come to mind when discussing this topic. However, animal signs are found throughout all cultures spanning the globe.
Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and lived with purity of thought and emotion. Therefore, incorporating animal totems into our lives affirms our spiritual goals.
By focusing on the attributes of our totems, we internalize these traits and thus begin to externalizethe very character we absorb from our totems.
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Below are different classes of animals, birds, fish, etc. Each are broken up into their dominating environment and personality. Please enjoy browsing through these animal totems and animal totem meanings. I hope these articles offer you as much enlightenment as they did to me in creating them.
“Whatever happens to the beast,
also happens to the man.
All things are connected.”~Chief Seattle, Suwamish Tribe
Land Animal Totems
Every animal resonates to a specific kind of energy. As you would imagine, earth animal totems rock this ‘burg called Earth. Essentially, these are the mammals of our animal kingdom. They spend most of their time upon the body of our Mother Earth, or within it. They carry a special kind of message, and it’s important to realize their habitat as a feature of their animal meanings.
First up: Earth animal totems. These are critters who are mostly found hanging out on the land. As land creatures, these babies talk to us about what is foundational in our lives. This list of animals will speak to us in terms of what anchors us, such as: Home, Family, Work…elements that are essential to the ‘creature comforts’ of our lives.
You can get a snap-shot of earth animal totems and animal meanings here: Meaning of Earth Animal Totems. This article will provide you with the core ideal of land animals and their profound messages they have to share with us.
Water Animal Totems
If you’ve taken a gander at my earth animal totems and animal meanings, you can see a very distinct message offer up to us humans. Water animals, such as fish, crustaceans, etc. have an equally vibrant and diverse wisdom to share with all of us. It’s important to note each habitat of each animal carries with it a unique flavor that also seasons the meaning of each creature visiting us.
Second up: Water animal totems. These are critters who are mostly found hanging out marshes, seas, lakes, ponds, etc. As water creatures, these lovelies speak to us about what is churning within our emotions. These water babies tend to lend us understanding when it comes to our dreams and intuitions. Consider – water is an unknown quantity. We can see what is above the surface, but we’re rather clueless as to what is mustering below. That means water creatures will help us understand some unknown/unseen or murky elements in our lives (should we choose to listen to them).
You can get a more focused view of water totems totems and animal meanings here: Meaning of Water Animal Totems. This article will provide you with the essential ideals behind water animals and the messages they have to share with us.
“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings
with men. We can judge the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals.”~Immanuel Kant
Air Animal Totems
Moving through all these different animal meanings according to their environment might have brought you to a higher level of thinking. That’s great, because there is no better being on this planet to get you high than air animal totems. Just consider: Air creatures all all about freedom. They express a kind of limitlessness that all we humans crave. When you hear the adage “the sky is the limit”, that’s what the birds and babies of the air offer us – endless horizons upon which to soar.
Third up: Air animal totems. These are critters who are mostly found caught up in the clouds. These creatures live in an ephemeral, dreamy realm. Think on it: Unless they are touching ground, or nesting, our creatures of the air are consistently in a state of intangibly, airy bliss. These air babies tend to lend us understanding when it comes to our communication. Our air creatures are superior messengers. Why do you think a dove was selected to bring Noah the big news about the Earth’s condition (according to Biblical text)? And why are so many birds the icon of so many nations? It’s because the beasties of the air represent infinite potential. They bring us news of a certain type that is both reliable and remarkable.
Not sure what the heck I’m talking about? Just take a look around at my articles on these amazing air creatures. You can get a more focused view of air totems totems and animal meanings here: Meaning of Air Animal Totems. This article will provide you with the essential ideals behind air animals and the messages they have to share with us.
Reptile and Amphibian Animal Totems
Are you jump-jiving with animal totem juju yet? If not, then you’ve got to peruse these glorious example of animal messengers. The reptile and amphibian world gives us fathoms of lessons and wisdom. Wonderful stuff like: Transformation, Disguise, Agility, Adaptation, Sensitivity. Don’t believe me? Just take a look through these articles on reptile and amphibian totems and you might have second thoughts. 😉
Fourth up: Reptile and amphibian animal totems. These are creatures who are snuggled up in the earth or even in muggy bogs. We’re talking about nitty gritty critters here. Amphibians and reptiles are all about sensory perception. They reverberate to the energy of awareness, being alert and taking care of business. What’s more, these creatures take care of their business in short order. In essence, these creatures help us understand our primal instincts. They also guide us in obtaining our goals on the straightest path of least resistance.
Still unsure about what amphibians and reptiles have to say to you? Just take a look around at my articles on these amazing creatures. Don’t freak out. Snakes and lizards are surprisingly generoug of their time and wisdom. It just takes our compliance and understanding to allow them into our consciousness to get their drift. You can get a more focused view of amphibian and reptile totems totems and animal meanings here: Meaning of Reptile and Amphibian Totems. This article will provide you with the essential ideals behind these unique critters and the messages they have to share with us.
I will admit…this is usually the point where I lose a lot of folks. Let’s face it, bugs aren’t everybody’s bag, baby. I get that. But if we could just take the time to dig their scene…to understand where they come from…how they make a living, how they get through this world…insects have huge wisdom to offer.
Fifth up: Insect totems. Don’t snicker, and don’t disclude these tiny beasties. You ever heard of that old adage: “Big things come in tiny packages”? Yep. Big truth with bugs. Okay, I will agree, they can be irritating. Mesquitoes, flies, gnats…yep, aggitating. And I realize spiders really freak out a lot of folks. But that doesn’t mean these special babies are doomed to the back of our shoe. No! They have a lot of lessons to give us. Just give bugs a chance. Rest yourself enough to relax with insect energy, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the amazing revelations you receive from these often overlooked creatures.
Not sure what I’m talking about? Just take a look around at my articles on these amazing insect creatures. You can get a more focused view of air totems totems and animal meanings here: Meaning of Insect Totems. This article will provide you with the essential ideals behind these unique babies and the messages they have to share with us.
“Some people talk to animals.
Not many listen though.
That’s the problem.”~A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Miscellaneous Animal Totem Articles
Tips For Identifying Animal Totems
Okay, so by now you may have figured there are as many animal totem messages as there are hearts to receive them. Messages from our animal kin come in a myriad of different varieties. From their environment, their prime attributes, to where you are when you encounter your animal – that will influence the message your critter has for you.
So what do we do? With so many different meanings behind animals and an infinite way of how they reach out to us, how can we get assurance we are interpreting animal messages correctly? Well, there is no one-size-fits all meaning. And there are no quick-an-easy answers either. Let’s face it. Anything worth having is worth working for. If we want insight and guidance from the Natural world, we’ve got to meet it half way. In other words, we have to take the time and make the investment to investigate the potential messages our animals are wanting to share with us.
Not sure what I’m talking about? Just take a look around at my articles on how to identify animal totems, how to interpret animal visitations and much, much more.
You can get a more focused view of how animals communicate with us and how we can learn from them here… How to Identify Animal Totems and Animal Meanings. This article combined with the other pages offered below will provide you with the essential ideals behind animal communication.
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time, and mass societal opinion. What’s cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, “Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder.”
Having said that, it’s in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I’ve got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic.
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It’s a language that is universal and everywhere. It’s super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!