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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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| Feline ||Apr 16th. at 5:52:47 pm EDT|
|Entropy Aurelius (Ann Arbor, Michigan) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I've discovered, over the years, a very strong affinity with cats of all types. Your average household cat, a tiger in the forest on TV, or the fantastical creatures with wings or six limbs I read about in fantasy and sci-fi books.
I yawn like a cat (curling the tongue, snapping jaws shut at the last moment) ; I stretch like a cat (arms first, then one leg, then the other) ; I certainly act like a cat. I sleep too much, get rather bitchy when woken suddenly, and resolve conflicts the same way -- strike fast, hard, and then run like hell.
Animal nature is certainly retained by humans. We sympathize with different ones, with many possible reasons: from a personal liking to the creature, perhaps a past life or past life encounter, or the spirit of the creature simply allowing the affinity.
I don't communicate directly with the cats I know. I've had some interesting experiences simply staring into their eyes, and the dreams I have with them almost always have meaning. I may choose names for them, but ultimately they have their own names, and anything I call them is only a human nickname.
| A To Live The Life Of.... ||Apr 16th. at 6:35:13 pm EDT|
|silverkitty (newfoundland) ||Age: 19 - Email |
... a cat! as you see by the name i have chosen to post with here, as on many other boards and what not. :) i am definitly a cat inside. i have a shillouhete of a cat tattooed on my back as well as paw prints on my thigh. i yawn, strech, loll around in the sun, and have the personality of a cat. i used to have one when i was younger, but unfortunaltely it was put down by my parents. a traumatic experience, i might add. so yea, i certainly express the characteristics of our feline friends. as is popular with others as well, i noticed. i'd have to guess and say these fellow feliners are women, as well, as we tend to act like cats sometimes. :) which is not a bad thing at all... bright blessings! :)
| Hmmm... ||Apr 16th. at 7:59:31 pm EDT|
|Erce (Pipe Creek, Texas) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Well, to be perfectly honest, I feel like a whole bunch of animals live in my heart and soul.
Sometimes I feel big and loving, very respectful to my ancestors, most definitely like an Elephant.
Other times I feel small and quiet, but definitely powerful, most like an ant (I say powerful because they are powerful, in great numbers) .
But a lot of the time I feel like a Crow. There's one that lives here by my house and when I heard it call out, it's like it's calling to me to come and fly with it. I have dreams where I'm flying, and sometimes I feel like I'm with someone else, a bird, but I can never see who.
But the one animal I feel most drawn to?
That's easy - my goldfish, Cujo. He's an albino goldfish, and he's cool. He and I click really well and I feel drawn to him.
The other two animals I am drawn to (but not as much as Cujo) are dachshunds (Don't Laugh!) and Labrador Retrievers. I like to think that my two dogs are like my power animals and they have made me feel like they are within me.
But they rule my heart and soul, all these animals.
| *purr* ||Apr 16th. at 8:15:27 pm EDT|
|Ailionora Starsong (Radcliff, Kentucky) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I have found that the cat in all its myraid shapes and forms calls to me the most. I am so much like a cat. Graceful, yet lazy. Timid, yet oh-so fierce when I my pride is hurt. I love to sleep and just stretch out my body. I love it when I am "petted" and loved on. Then I have my moments of ultimate bitchiness when I just want the world to leave me be until I am ready to bask in it for myself. So yes, I am a cat at heart.
| Alert! ||Apr 16th. at 9:08:25 pm EDT|
|petra (antrim, nh) ||Age: 42 - Email |
all my life i have been drawn to the eagle, the graceful
flight, alert watch, independence and freedom.
my soul cries with every eagle that vanishes
- may it be due to humans or natural causes -
for the eagle to represents pride, honor, honesty and
| Shifting..... ||Apr 16th. at 9:59:09 pm EDT|
|Fionn (Campbelltown, South Australia) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Frankly, it is in the middle of a change. The Wolf in me is still strong and I have a habit of biting people. The thing that gets me is I seem to be going from a wolf to a lion.
| Call It Family Tradition, But... ||Apr 16th. at 10:05:18 pm EDT|
|Juniper Jupiter (Overland Park) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I would probably combine the turtle and the owl, not just for myself, but probably my entire family. The shell of the turtle is its own battle armor. And its own strong house. Every time my mom gets sick just about every grandchild of hers draws her a little turtle smiling and saying "You'll make it!" Wouldn't surprise me if she has forty or fifty of those pix!! That and "mean old" Mom never let me keep a turtle I caught. Even if I stuck it in a two gallon bucket, she always claimed it ran away! It's pretty bad that I didn't realize she was bluffin' until just a couple of years ago. See? Another reason I connect with the turtle!!:)
The owl is probably because it helps guide me into the right paths in life. I am blessed to have a silver and turquoise owl pin that was my grandma's. I keep it on my altar to let me know that she wanted all of us to have sufficient wisdom. Just about everybody in the family has an owl to remind us of Grandma.
Those two animals basically describe myself and my family!
| Always The Cat ||Apr 16th. at 11:02:06 pm EDT|
|KATGODDESS (oregon) ||Age: 42 - Email |
I have always had cats since i was a little girl. I have been drawn to the large cats, especially the tiger, cougar and jaguar. I have been told by my healer that I at one time in my journey was procected from danger by a jag. I find cats fancinating. I have great respect for them. I have found over the last several years , that I can feel what they feel and sometimes can hear their words. My nick name is KAT. My family has said that my death would probably result in being killed by a cat because I have no fear around them.
| I Relate Well With Cats ||Apr 17th. at 6:00:48 am EDT|
|Steele (Tampa, FL) ||Age: 44 - Email |
I've had cats all my life, but as I get older I relate with snakes, as well. I find myself getting more and more cold blooded and am happiest when lying in the sun (preferably at the beach!)
| Different Traits.... ||Apr 17th. at 7:16:16 am EDT|
|jade (canada) ||Age: 17 - Email |
when i was younger i had an amazing connection with crows, ever since then, the crow has been my guide. when i'm having a problem, he's around, he's in my meditations.... but my traits are probably a mixture of a few animals. i can walk without making a sound and am very stealthy and graceful at the same time, in that aspect i'm like a deer. some people really look like a kind of animal, i really look like a cat. no jokking, my eyes are a yellowy-green, exactly the same color as my cat's, and i stretch and sleep like cats do. i also am intuitive when it comes to my cat, i know what she wants and when. personality is different from these two. i am a tiger. with all animals i have a connection, i think that animals can sense when somebody is harmless, and i'm patient. most people can get tame animals to come near them, i can do it with wild ones, not necessary come to me, but they won't move and they'll let me get close. it's like magic!
| Raven ||Apr 17th. at 8:12:44 am EDT|
|Shadowing (Sydney, Australia) ||Age: 22 - Email |
I am a lone witch and I feel a strong connection to the Raven. I see them every day and when I am thinking deeply about something or questioning something I am not surprised to sense, see or hear the Raven guiding me to an answer. Another weird thing is that I often feel a pair of black wings behind my head and I feel a strong breeze even if it is a calm/still day.
I feel that we must embrace our 'animal'nature but not tame it. If we suppress what is a facet of ourselves we are denying the true nature of our spirit. I think that society has given a bad connotation to the word "animal". We should strive to uplift the status of our otherkin (as I like to call them) and this can begin with something as simple as conversation - don't compare someone you may dislike with an animal or attribute 'bad' characteristics to an animal. It is not fair and not right.
| Its A Dogs Life..... ||Apr 17th. at 8:34:41 am EDT|
|River Gecko (Coventry) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I've always had a close link with the canine breed. I have grown up with Dags all my life. My first Dog sally taught me how to walk, She would walk up to me turn her rear to where I was sittng and wait for me to hang on, walk away and when I fell down she would do the same over and over again untill I learnt to walk. Georgeous Collie cross. I think she thought I was 1 of her pups. Weirdly enough I was born in the Chinese year of the dog!
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