The practice of using
animals is of Native American, shamanic, and tribal origins. Shamans believe that animals are
messengers of the Great Spirit. They are on Earth to teach you something. The Great Spirit shares
information with you through visions and dreams using animals to represent what you should do.
More and more people are adapting this concept to their daily practices. This is so
because humans have always been fascinated with animals and their abilities and cunning.
Basically familars are animals that we sense they been with us before. Is it recarnation? Maybe, maybe not. A familar is with us to assits us in our majikical workings. An eaiser visual to understand familars would be this perception, "Traditionally cats are associate with witches." Other animals, like dogs, rabbits, horses,
and snakes, can be familiars too. You should see and be aware of the animal displayed actions towards you. Lot of tymes a familar will come our way via unexpectedly.
However, your pet is not necessarily your familiar. A familiar
represents all the good qualities of that animal, and it is atune to you. It provides you
with a link to the animal kingdom and the essence of their power.
Many tymes we cannot always work with physical familiars due to many reasons. Perhaps the most common one will be space limitation. Let's face it, who can keep a Bear in his/her house?
Therefore, many Earth practioners work with their totem animals in the astral.
Walk in Peace and Beauty.
Totems are not specific animals but mystical powers. Totem animals are sought in the astral
world. We choose those power animals that closely represent mostly our higher selves. In other
words, power animals are chosen by their affinity to the person.
Power animals are used for specific purposes too. For example, a Shaman may choose the animal that lends
to a specific kind of magick. Maybe the spell needs some "medicine" from the Snake. Some animals are associated with the quarters. Sometimes these energies are activated with the quarter calls. Totem animals are great advicers. So if you are confused about something, call the Wolf or the Bear!
Most new path takers ask me how many totem animals can one have.
Our personality has many facets, so you're likely to have more than one power animal.
However, I suggest that you begin to work with one power animal at the time. Visit the animal
in the astral world and "talk" to it for a while. Once you get
acquantainted with that one, move to the next one.
Bear in mind that totem animals may come and go out of your life as you grow.
So do not feel bad if you see the Bear spirit disappear from your life, and instead the Fox
spirit appears. There are those power animals that might stay with you for the rest of your life,
but others may come and go as need be. Welcome those that come to you for the new experiences they will bring into your life.
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