Animal Totems – What Are They?

Animal Totems are sacred, spiritual totems that guide one through life. Each has a different skill and teaching ability.

A life totem accompanies an individual throughout his/her life. An individual may have one or more life totems, but they are generally a reflection of that individual’s core spirit.

A journey totem will come to you on and off over the course of a period in your life to guide you during that time. This may be weeks, months or a year.

A message totem will appear to deliver a spiritual message or initiate a self-growth experience. The message is usually unique and typically leaves a lasting impression on an individual.

A shadow totem is a conflicting totem that comes to challenge an individual. One must face the challenges before the shadow totem will come to assist. A shadow totem often represents an individual’s own fears; by facing and conquering those fears one makes the journey from shadow to light and the shadow totem becomes a spirit totem, and often one of an individual’s most powerful ones.
Source: Witchipedia

Answer these questions to help you discover the Animal Totems in your life. For Journey and Message Animal Totems you will have to often ask yourself the same questions. Remember that you may not currently have a Journey or Message totem. And finding out your Life animal totem is not always easy. When answering these questions you may have more than one answer per question, just don’t start listing out all animals – only the ones that are really important to you. Follow your instincts when answering the question – when in doubt, don’t.

Life Long Animal Totems

When you were a child, what animal did you collect or obsess over that you are still attracted to today?
Of all animals if you could have any animal as a pet or companion what would it be?
When going to the zoo, which animal do you spend the most time with or are drawn to?
If you could be any animal what animal would it be?
What animal is in your dreams that you have had since childhood?
What animal are you afraid of that you have no idea why you are afraid of it?
Of all animals what animals are you most attracted to?
When you are out in nature, do you often seem to run into the same animal?
What animal have you bumped into over and over throughout your life?
What animal have you watched for hours?
Does art work or jewelry with a certain animal always attract you?
Your Life Long Animal Totem will be the animal that you answered at least three times out of the eleven questions. The more times the same animal is listed in your answers the more important and stronger it is in your life. The one that appeared most is your current Animal Spirit totem.

Journey Animal Totems

What animal have you started to see occasionally that you never saw before?
What new animal are you attracted to?
Are you dreaming of an animal lately?
Are you thinking about an animal lately?
In the past two weeks what animals have you seen or dreamt of several times?
If you have a Journey Animal Totem you will have answered at least three of the questions with the same animal. Blessings on your new path.

Message Animal Totems

What animal surprised or startled you today?
What animal that you don’t usually see, have you seen a couple of times today?
What animal entranced you today?
If you answered the same animal to two question then this animal is your Message Totem with a very important message. Heed it’s word quickly for the message is for now and today. If you only answered one question then this is a message you should still consider.

Shadow Animal Totems

What animal attacks have you been in?
What scary or traumatic animal situations have you been in?
Does seeing a certain animal bring up feelings of fear?
What animal do you run from?
What animals do you have reoccurring nightmares about?
Does just watching TV with that animal appearing scare you?
Answering two questions with the same animal means you have a Shadow Totem you must address. Remember that the Shadow Totem will continually test you and work against you for you are it’s prey. You must embrace the lesson of the animal totem and conquer your fear, accept the power of the Shadow totem, and bring it into the light as your spiritual totem.


About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).