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What Is Your Inner Animal?
Do you tend to ‘bark’ at people? Howl at the Moon perhaps? Do you have catlike reflexes or can your psychic ‘whiskers’ pick up nearby energy vibrations? Do you have a ‘nest’ or like to ‘burrow’ under the covers? Do you actually even growl sometimes?
What animal traits do you think that you sometimes exhibit? Has anyone ever told you that you remind him/her of some animal?
How much of an animal nature do you think that we humans might retain? Should we attempt to completely conquer or tame the ‘animal’ within? Or do you consider your inner animal to be an ally or alter-ego?
What is the name of your inner animal? If you share space with an actual animal, does the animal (or animals) consider you ‘one of them’? Can you and your animal friends communicate in mysterious ways?
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| Easy It Goes ||Apr 20th. at 9:41:42 pm EDT|
|JadeLight (Pennsylvania, USA) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I know that the Native Americans say that your 'soul animal' is the one that is around the corner every where you go. That would be a squirrel for me. But, then, in Pennsylvania, that would be a squirrel for every resident here. LOL
No. My inner animal is a Koala Bear. I, like the Koala, am soft and cuddly. I like to do things in my own way and in my own time. Unlucky for those around me because my own time is usually a lot slower than theirs.
I met a Koala Bear at the Minnesota Zoo. Well, there was glass between me and it but we met. At least our eyes met. I seemed to be the only person that the Koala Bear seemed to be interested in. It was probably wondering, "What is that thing that moves as slow as me and looks just a cuddly?" I was thinking the same thing while looking at it.
Not to mention that Koalas are a bit shy or at least they stay away from the action. My schedule is always open fo anything that comes along. I am still waiting for something to come along, though. After all these years. LOL Additionally, if there is conflict, I just go and hide. Avoidance of conflict is my game. Therefore, I am quite easy going, much like the Koala.
And diet. Well, I have particular things that I like to each and all else is garbage. I will try just about anything as long as my particular things are the ingredients. How so like the Koala.
Yes, I love my inner animal and would never part with it.
As for my own sharing of space, I own two parakeets and three rats. I can not communicate with the parakeets but, then again, I think it would be a miracle to be able to communicate with a parakeet. They never sit still nor shut up long enough to listen. But the rats are a different story. They have particular squeaks that mean things to me. A high pitched squeak means they are interested in what you are doing. A high pitched squeal means they are scared or hurt. All other sounds mean I want fed or out of the cage. Couple these sounds with facial expressions and they are irresistable and usually get their own way. and the fact that they make themselves at home in my apartment, storing their food in strange places and stealing things of mine to make the corner bed must mean that they consider me one of them.
| Meow. ||Apr 21st. at 12:54:32 am EDT|
|Avelynd (Florida) ||Age: 14 - Email |
I think my inner animal, is the cat. I own three, and they are, overall, my favorite animal. I like to relax and be left by myself. I like to sleep and roll up into a ball when I do. I talk to my cat, Jasmine. I look her into the eyes and focus all my attention and talk to her through my mind. I'll ask her to close her eyes for a moment, then have her twitch her left ear... and she does it. I ask her questions and she responds. Like the feline do, they are most active at night then any other time, as I am. This is why I think my inner animal is the beautiful feline.
| An Awful Lot Of Ocelot ||Apr 21st. at 10:48:26 am EDT|
|DaVinci's Daughter (Greeley) ||Age: 42 - Email |
Ever since I was small, I have had ocelot dreams. I can see my spots, I can feel my body, I can feel the sharp teeth in my mouth. I've never actually seen an ocelot in real life (who has?) . It took me many years to figure out what I was, since ocelots aren't exactly common. Then one day, I saw a picture of an ocelot in a nature magazine, and I finally was able to see all of myself. It was like looking in a mirror. And suddenly I KNEW. I just knew.
| Fox? ||Apr 21st. at 11:29:32 am EDT|
|Kitsune Witch (Silver Spring, MD) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I try and emulate Fox's wisdom. I'm always curious, and I try to use my brain to keep me out of trouble instead of brute strength. I like to trick others when I can. My favorite is using my clothes and short hair to change gender. ::grins:: It's amazing how many people will call you sir if you hide your curves correctly, comb your hair in a certain way, and leave the makeup home. A useful trick when I work until 2am.
I like trouble... at a distance. I try to find out all sorts of information about something before jumping in so I can be better prepared, maybe even have the upper hand. After some years studying Japan, my boyfriend decided I must be one of thier spirit-foxes, or kitsune, so that's what he calls me. I'm not a shifter, so I'm not sure it applies, but it's sweet of him.
| Why A Hawk ||Apr 21st. at 1:48:26 pm EDT|
|Reddusk Hawk (Orange) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I realised my connection with the Hawk only after it choose me! I was walking down the road one day, delivering some videos, when a rather LARGE hawk swooped down and landed maybe fifteen feet from me on a sign. I was a bit scared at first because I thought maybe there was a dead carcass up ahead or something, but as I got closer I realized that the hawk was just sitting there, contentedly preening and looking down at me. Now keep in mind that this is on a busy stretch of road that you wouldn't find a tiger on, much less a Hawk, I got almost within touching distance and the hawk still just sat watching me. I was there a good half hour, just kinda caught up in the fact that this beautiful bird was so brazen. Ever since then, the Hawk has been my symbol!
| Magickal Crow ||Apr 21st. at 1:54:12 pm EDT|
|hawksdaughter (central florida) ||Age: 46 - Email |
A number of years ago I used a card system called Medicine Cards to discover my totem animal guides. Was I shocked to discover that my inner being animal is the crow! Although I had closely identified with most of my "other" animals (this method is done based on seven directions) , at first I couldn't figure out why the crow?. I am not really a bird person. Since then, I have learned that this reflects my nature of examening important issues from one side, then the other, as a crow turns their head to view something completely. Jamie Sams, the wise lady who authored the Medicine Cards, tells us that crow examines life from the perspective of divine law. Now I notice crow will be around to give me warning whenever something big in my life comes up.
| Starfish ||Apr 21st. at 2:51:20 pm EDT|
|AprilStarchild (Oregon) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I went on a shamanic journey with a friend, and met starfish. She's very connected to the earth in the ocean.
Got to admit, it's an odd one. Other people get wolves, or hawks, or things like that, and I get a Starfish?!?! *lol*
| Cat/dragon ||Apr 21st. at 3:41:21 pm EDT|
|Camerissan (Cambridgeshire) ||Age: 27 - Email |
I am either a cat or a dragon, I growl when annoyed at people and can scare people with the tones in my voice when I get angry, but with a cat like instinct and apparently the grace. i am stil trying to find out but I do have it down to those two
| Call Me Snoopy ||Apr 21st. at 3:49:21 pm EDT|
|Morgan Anara (Bennington) ||Age: 14 - Email |
even though my favorite animals (while growing up and currently) are the cheetah and the dolphin, I have a really strong connection with dogs. I've found the connection only recently, and I hardly believe how it happened or why, but maybe someone else casn explain cuz I'm pretty confused. I was visiting relatives in Maryland, and they have this beagle, right? my cousins and I were looking for her leash one day, and we had searched the whole yard for it and we couldn't find it. so I (being the uberwitch that i am (NOT!) ) decided to ask the dog where her leash was. Not like I was expecting an answer. and it doesn't take a genius to guess that, since I wasn't expecting it I GOT ONE! I heard the words in my head : Look to the East. and, having run out of mundane options and trusting in the fact that I am not schizophrenic, I am a WITCH, I decided to do just that. Turned to the east, took three steps, and TAH-DAH! Took me ten seconds to find what three people had been looking for for about an hour and ALL I HAD TO DO WAS ASK THE DOG. Very humbling experience, and pretty darn confusing. don't believe it? me neither, but *shrug* it was kinda neat. If I could only get my dresser to tell me where that odd sock went...
Brightest Blessings, and remember, MAGICK CAN BE FUN!
| Do Not Have One..yet ||Apr 21st. at 4:20:12 pm EDT|
|michelle (miami, fl.) ||Age: 27 - Email |
i don't have one yet. i'm working on it. i want to find one that i can feel and it can feel me.
i don't want to just pick one, i want it to pick me..
i think thats the best way to find one.
| Anyone Who Knows Me Knows The Answer To THIS One! ||Apr 21st. at 5:44:10 pm EDT|
|Puck Shadowdrake (ypsilanti, MI) ||Age: 45 - Email |
My animal is, was, and always WILL be the BEAR!!! :)
In the gay community, I'm a bear - heavy-set, bearded and hairy. In all my dealings with any shamanic rituals, the bear always has been there for and with me.
I also have a spiritual 'side-kick' that is a cinnamon-colored grizzly bear, so what else could I have?
| What Is Your Inner Animal? ||Apr 21st. at 5:47:16 pm EDT|
|Shelsea Verduzco (Dallas) ||Age: 15 - Email |
My inner animal would have to be the cat
Because I have sharp reflexes
I have always been able to communicate
Even animals that didn't know me
took an instant likeing to me
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