A spirit animal, companion, protector, or helper is a guide one connects with while on particular types of shamanic journeys or vision quests. Traditions vary about the way in which animal guides are identified, but all agree that we do not choose our animal guide; it reveals itself to us. However, as with many Indigenous traditions and teachings, the concept of spirit animals has been widely misappropriated, abused, commodified, and divorced from their sacred contexts, especially by those of Caucasian descent. There are many individual traditions involving spirit animals or spirit guides, and they should be respected in their original contexts.
The use of a totem animal is not part of traditional Wiccan practice. However, as Wicca and other modern Pagan practices evolve and blend together, many people who follow non-mainstream spiritual paths find themselves working with a mix of many different belief systems.
International lecturer and healer Denise Linn is a member of the Cherokee Nation and has gained wisdom from native cultures around the world, including the Zulu in Africa, the Maori in New Zealand, and the Aborigines of Australia, as well as Native American tribes in North America.
With a simple Google search of the term “spirit animal,” people everywhere can participate in the pop culture phenomenon that is choosing an animal, TV character or even a drink at Starbucks that is representative of themselves.
In this clip from the introductory session of her new online course, "Shapeshifting with EarthWisdom: Saying YES to the Earth's, and Our Own, Deep Mystery", Llyn "Cedar" Roberts explains what shapeshifting is and how shamanic teachers from different traditions use aspects of the sacred elements to...
In this 10 year anniversary edition of Ted Andrews' best selling and award winning book on animals, Ted expands and revises the entire work. In 1999 it was chosen Best Spirituality Book, Best Non-Fiction Book, Best General Interest Book and BOOK OF THE YEAR.