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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Predator and Prey - What Beasts Live Within You?
The circle dance between predator and prey in Nature works to keep things in balance. If you follow a shamanic path, what totem/guardian animals do you hang out with? How did you find your totem/guardian animal? What do think the choice of a certain totem animal says about a person? What about yourself? If you are Pagan, but do not follow a shamanic path, what role or lessons can be learned from the predator/prey relationship? Do you use or were you taught about this concept in your spiritual training? If you are 'none of above', then in our best Barbara Walter's voice we would ask you, 'If you were an animal, what animal would you be?" (Just trying to be inclusive here!)
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| My Totem Animal Is Wolf. I Have Felt Something Special For/about... ||Jun 24th. at 9:06:07 pm UTC|
|Betsy (Somerville, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 38 |
My totem animal is Wolf. I have felt something special for/about/with Wolf since I was a very small child; this feeling of kinship with Wolf was one of the things that led me to Paganism in the first place. What does it say about me? I am not entirely sure, but some of the ideas are self-reliance within a small, trusted group, willingness to work with others, willingness to *act* when it is necessary, comfort with the 'messier' aspects of the natural cycle, kinship with wilderness and the animals that live there...
I find that Wolf gives me the guts to go and *do* when it's gotta get done and it's gotta get done *now*. It hasn't really been a big aspect of my training so far, not formally, but Wolf gives me the courage to do things, even when I'm scared. And Wolf reminds me that all things die, including Wolf, and are reborn as something else.
I find Mouse also speaks to me. Small, squeaky and cute -- that's Mouse. Mouse runs and hides, raises lots of children, and if allowed, lives in little family groupings. Mouse reminds me of the transitory nature of our existence, and the eternalness of life itself, for while one mouse dies, Mouse goes on. And surprisingly, Mouse is one of the prey animals that Wolf eats at times, so there's a connection there too.
Lastly, if I were an animal, I would be some sort of feline.
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