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Spirit Animals



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.

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Spirit Animals & Divine Guides: An imism & Native American Mythology

Mythos & Logos are two ancient words that can be roughly translated as “Story & Meaning.” Academic study of the Iroquois Creation Story, Animism, and the famous debate between Las Casas and Sepúlveda.

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Animal Sutras: Animal Spirit Stories

For Stephen Levine, “animal-people” were his greatest teachers.

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Power Animals, Totem Animals and Spirit Animals

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.

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Working with Power Animals

Gerry Starnes, an Austin Texas area shamanic practitioner and teacher, expands on the discussion of Power Animals, or Spirit Animals, to learn more about the messages they bring from Spirit.

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Kindling the Native Spirit: Sacred Practices for Everyday Life

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.

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How Indigenous Culture Is Appropriated When People Declare Their ‘Spirit Animals’

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.

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Llyn Roberts on Shapeshifting into Wholeness

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...

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Shamanic Power Animals: Embracing the Teachings of Our Non-Human Friends

Shamanism teaches us that the intelligence of nature is all around us, waiting for us to reach out with open hearts and listen to its guidance.

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Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

Much of the ancient knowledge that has been passed down from Native American medicine men, or shamans is in danger of being lost.

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Animal-Wise: Understanding the Language of Animal Messengers and Companions (10th Anniversary Edition)

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.

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