What is a Spirit Animal? | Animal Totems

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

What to Do When You’re Tired of Being the Bigger Person | Maven Mindset

We all have times where we get into arguments with those that we love. If you’re like me, you have often found yourself in the position where you have to be the bigger person in the situation. But what do you do when you’re the one who always has to be the responsible adult? The one who lets it go. When you don’t want to shrink on your beliefs or feelings for the sake of a peaceful night, because you resent never being able to just speak your mind without ridicule. When you feel like you’re forfeiting your dignity and intelligence to suffer in silence. When you’re angry because that one person is just not listening to you, here is how you can hold sacred space for yourself.

Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue)


The World

Connect with your guides and angels in meditation. What qualities does this person have that are bothering you so deeply and why? Try to form a deeper sense of understanding. Ask your guides to help you with this. If this is a family issue, ask your Ancestors to come in to help clear up any karma and to begin ancestral or bloodline healing. Extend love and forgiveness to the person. It’s not as much for them as it is for you so that you’re not allowing bitterness and resentment to take over your energy and harden your heart. Oh ya, and of course send them love and light like the high vibe lightworker you are!

The Devil

Avoid addictive behaviors resulting from an ‘F – it’ attitude. You won’t hurt them by doing this, the only person you’ll really be hurting is yourself. Resist the urge to lash out. Don’t leave them lying in the dust after you stampede. Don’t trample what is already a probably a very fragile ego. Yes, it may feel good in the moment to take out your agressions, frustrations, and disappointments on this person, however it doesn’t heal the situation. Remember that it’s their lesson too. It’s not your problem if they’re not ready to learn it.

Two of Cups

Talk with others about the situation. Find common ground with the offender, but don’t be afraid of setting boundaries! Remember the good qualities they have however, don’t romanticize them or the situation. Protect yourself. Why keep giving to a person who is not willing or open to receive? Don’t cry over spilled milk whether it’s wasted time or energy. Pick up your cup, wash it clean of their bs, and take it with you as you meet others who believe in kindness, compassion, and an even exchange of energy. Refill your cup with love, understanding, and appreciation.

Justice

Trust that the Universe will handle it. Karma will level the scales. Do not be unfair or unjust to this person even though the human part of you wants to snub them like they’ve snubbed you. Don’t worry about wanting them to hurt as much as they’ve hurt you. Get rid of that low vibrational thinking. Take the high road!  The Universe has already laid a plan. This situation, this person, has come into your life to teach you a lesson. Perhaps it may even be a karmic relationship if this type of thing happens repeatedly or if you notice a pattern. How can you break the cycle?

Hope this helps you keep your power when you feel like someone you love is trying to take it away.

xo Ariel

Awakening the Magic Within | The Magician 

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.

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The Magician from Lumina Tarot (Inner Hue, 1st ed.)

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  ❤

xo Ariel