Beaver’s Lesson for Lightworkers

 A friend recently asked me for insight on symbolism of Beaver spirit animal. Beavers are awesome animals and I could write pages on them, but today I’d like to share one of the biggest lessons we can learn from this aquatic rodent.

Beavers are considered a keystone species. That means that their presence in the environment has a direct and positive influence on the entire ecosystem of which they are a part.

As you may know, beavers like to eat the bark of fast-growing trees such as aspen. They gnaw them down and use the limbs and branches to dam up streams to create ponds. They then build their homes, or lodges, in the middle of the pond, which acts as a moat, helping to keep the beaver family safe and secure from predators.

The beavers, of course, do this for their own benefit. But in doing so, they benefit a huge number of other species as well. When they build these ponds they make possible entire ecosystems where other animals- including waterfowl and many species of fish and other aquatic creatures – can thrive.

This is a big lesson for lightworkers. We, too, are keystone creatures, capable of exerting powerful positive influence. The Beaver power animal shows us that taking care of our own genuine needs opens up space for not only us, but everyone around us to thrive. This includes helping ourselves to the resources we need.

Some people have a hard time with beavers, because they cut down trees. (Just as some people have a hard time with healers charging for their services.) But remember, they go for the fast-growing trees, which grow back quickly. A small price to pay for all the gifts and benefits Beaver brings, don’t you think?

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Coming Soon: Spirit Animal Oracle Cards

Horse spirit animal oracle cardYea! I’ve been wanting to do this for ages, but it’s finally happening. This is one of my new Spirit Animal Awareness Oracle cards – part of a whole deck of 44 cards designed to make spirit animal guidance accessible to everyone.

I’m aiming to have the artwork all done by my birthday, February 24. And shooting to have the deck itself (complete with guidebook) available by the Spring Equinox. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Spider Totem: Spirit Animal Meaning of Spider

Spider spirit animal image
For more about Spider spirit animal meaning, watch my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unpDsV9ORVg

Spiders. They evoke our wondering admiration, and our horror, both.

On the one hand, we have the miraculous, ethereal beauty of a spider web, like a garment woven for angels. On the other, a horrifying entity creeping into our nightmares, or emerging from the darkest imaginations of a Tolkien or a J.K. Rowling.

Why do Spiders, more than any other animal, elicit such a spectrum of emotion?

I believe it’s because, more than any animal I am aware of, they embody the power of the Deep Feminine—an energy that is deeply misunderstood in our culture.

The thing to remember is that feminine energy is all about connection. This is what makes it so super powerful. On the one hand (in its Light aspect) it’s the driving force behind Oneness. On the other (in its dark aspect) it can be horrifically manipulating and subversive.

Here are just a few of Spider’s powers:

Spider web

Positive (Light) Spider Energy:
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Magnetic Allure
  • Networking/Connectedness
  • Wealth attraction
SpiderNegative Spider Energy (dark side):
  • Ensnarement
  • Calculating manipulation
  • Venomous thought
  • Vampirism

Whew – that’s quite the list! So if Spider appears to you, be aware that she may be pointing out tendencies towards any of the above in you or someone you’re dealing with.

I’m not going to go super deep into Spider symbolism here (if I did it might take all night). And I am definitely not in the mood right now to delve into its dark aspects. (Although I just released a Spider video that touches on the topic.)

For now, I want to focus on one of Spider’s strongest and most positive aspects: Creativity. The act of Bringing Forth.

Spider is an absolutely fantastic power animal for anyone wishing to expand their creative abilities, and especially for creative people wanting to make a living from their skills. A few thoughts:

spiderweb

  • Watch a spider spinning her web. It will just about put you in a trance. Spider demonstrates complete attunement to a pattern that comes not from intellect but from her own inner knowing, manifesting it precisely and deliberately in the physical world.
  • Notice all the different types of spider webs in the world – the variety is breathtaking. Besides the beautiful orb type web, there are cobwebs; funnel-shaped webs; the little gossamer webs you find in the lawn; even trap-door-like webs that aren’t meant to ensnare but to hide a spider so that it can ambush its passing prey. And check it out – they’re ALL awesome. You won’t find a Spider comparing her web unfavorably to her neighbor’s!
  • To continue that thought, some webs are notable for their beauty, some as amazing feats of engineering. Creativity is not just the realm of artists! How does your own creative self want to express him- or herself?
  • Patience is another of Spider’s virtues. And Faith. Most spiders have to wait to be discovered. Sometimes a while!
  • Persistence, too. Despite being crafted out of one of the strongest materials in existence, spider webs are fragile and sometimes have to be rebuilt again and again. Spider just doesn’t give up. (If you’re an aspiring author trying to get published, take note. Some of the world’s most successful authors only got published after they got rejected again, and again, and again.)
  • Notice that the web is both a beautiful creation and a source of livelihood for Spider. No reason the two have to be mutually exclusive. “Starving artist” myth be damned! (Including the healing arts!)

Well, like I said I could sit here riffing on Spider all night. But I’d like to get some sleep. So if you want to know more about Spider, check out my latest YouTube video here. (And discover a simple exercise you can do to open yourself up to a more feminine, creative style of vision.)

(P.S. Next time you find a Spider in your house, please don’t smash her. Find yourself a yogurt tub with a lid and gently remove the little artist outside where she can spin her dreams in peace.)

Do you feel a connection with Spider? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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Spirit Animals vs. Angels: What’s the Difference?

“Spirit animals and angels, one ‘n’ the same or no? I’d like to tune more into my angel if she isn’t shaking her head and going now what are you doing lol”

A good question from a curious client! 😉 I’ll do my best to answer here, to the best of my knowledge and experience.

masculine feminine balance angelSpirit animals vs. angels: what’s the difference, if any?

Spirit animals and angels are both spirit beings. And in my experience they are both positive spirit beings (as opposed to spiritual entities with a negative or malevolent energy or intent.) Although I suppose it’s possible for an animal to get warped into something negative through the influence of some negative power, I’ve never come across it.

In my experience spirit animals range from neutral positive to actively benevolent. Angels are always purely benevolent.

The most obvious difference to me is that spirit animals are definitely ANIMAL. You can generally sense what kind of animal it is.

Angels, on the other hand, can show up in different ways. Often they appear in some sort of human form, whether it’s as a vision or in art. They can also show up as an orb of light, a feeling of warmth, unseen hands, etc. I think they take human form so often because it is so easy for us to relate to them in that form. It must make it easier for them to communicate with us that way!

Going a bit deeper, though, my sense is that spirit animals and angels have different origins.

Where do Spirit Animals come from?

I have a very strong sense that Spirit Animals are of the earth. They are creatures of Mother Earth and very much connected to Her.  You can think of a spirit animal as being the essence, or wisdom, of a particular species of animal. (Or sometimes the essence of a particular type of that animal, Spirit Buffalo with matlike a white wolf as opposed to a black wolf.)

As creatures of the earth, and as animals, they speak to our instinctual selves, our subconscious selves, our animal nature. (Or, depending on your background and beliefs, you might consider that they are a part or emanation of our own instinctual selves.)

In the shamanic tradition, the earth/nature/subconscious realm where power animals make their home is known as the Lower World.

Spirit animals teach us how to reconnect with our healthy, wild instincts. In this world of ours that is very important for coming back to a sane path of living, a sustainable path that will keep us long-term healthy both as individuals and as a society.

From whence do Angels come?

Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015

Angels, on the other hand, come from above. That is, they are beings of the Upper World, or Heaven; Light, and pure consciousness.

Angels help us to expand our consciousness and grow and evolve spiritually towards ever higher consciousness and spiritual vibrations. It is their job and their pleasure to support us in our journey; however angels won’t jump in where they aren’t invited. Once you open yourself to their assistance, though, you will likely experience extremely powerful changes in your life.

Communicating with your Angels and Spirit Animals

You can ask your angel to communicate with you. Just intend for his/her guidance on whatever topic and tell her you’re ready and willing to hear from her, and thank her for her presence. Then stay open to guidance. It could come in the form of a dream, or a sudden inspiration, download of wisdom, message, or synchronicity of some kind. It usually happens when you’re not expecting it! 🙂

You can do the same with spirit animals. If you feel a connection with a particular animal, ask it what it would like to tell you. However spirit animals are more animal-like and may appear shy or even (rarely) hostile or sarcastic at first. I suggest doing things to honor your animal, such as wearing its image or offering tobacco. After a while if you are sincere and if it really is a match for you, it will likely come around and work with you.

Have you had both spirit animal and angel encounters? What do you feel are the biggest differences in working with them? Leave your reply below! 

 

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Message from Turtle Totem

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball


DTurtle on birchbarko you, like many highly spiritual people, ever feel out of place and socially awkward in mainstream society? If so, this message from Turtle is for you. 

Turtle came forward the other day while I was working with a client who feels that way at times. I thought this part of Turtle’s message to that person might be helpful to others as well: 
Turtle is a very cosmic symbol – one Ojibwa medicine man I know told me Turtle represents “all of life”, and there are several myths where Turtle carries the Earth on her back.

Many species of Turtle are awkward and slow on land (the everyday world), but graceful and swift in the water (the spiritual world). So Turtle often shows up for people who are highly spiritual, to help them ground themselves. Turtle’s message to you today is to accept yourself and be loving and compassionate towards yourself. If you find yourself feeling out of place in everyday life, work or society, just think of Turtle, center yourself, and smile.

You have the power to bring your spirit energy into the mundane world, just by being present. That is a great gift. Don’t feel like you have to “fit in.” Most people don’t have that connection as strongly as you do which is why you don’t relate to their everyday actions and words. In actuality, these people often feel insecure inside. When you accept yourself and stay grounded in your spiritual connection, others will feel it. You may find that they start to gravitate to you. You will have a calming influence on them, and while you may still not feel quite like one of them, you will earn their love and respect.

Turtle is very self-contained, and knows how to protect itself. The shadow side of this can be a tendency to retreat into one’s shell. You have developed powerful spiritual protection that you may not even be aware of. It is safe now to stick your head and limbs out of your shell. As you move forward you will find that the shell remains to protect you, but it will become more and more transparent to let the light that is within you shine forth.

If you are feeling shy about bringing your healing gifts into the world or simply being yourself, remember Turtle. Imagine her protective shell around you as you swim forth, bringing your Light out into the world! 🙂
Is Turtle your spirit animal? What does Turtle mean to you?

 

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