Spirit Animal Reading for 9/14/2018: Hawk medicine for if you’re feeling stuck or challenged

This has been an interesting week. Seems like there’s a lot of intense energy swirling around the planet. Or maybe weird stuff going on in the stars. Or something! I’ve had a lot of people mention feeling emotional, vulnerable, etc. Personally I’ve been experiencing some sort of cleansing reaction and a recurrence of flu-like symptoms (but it wasn’t the flu) that had followed me all through this past summer’s eclipse season. Fun stuff, for sure!

If this has been a bit of a rough week for you, too, today’s spirit animal reading is for you. The Hawk power animal came forward with a great reminder to keep it in perspective.

I was shown Hawk soaring, just scanning the landscape. I’m told they will do this in part to case out the scene for potential good hunting spots.

I’m seeing this as a reminder to rise above it when things seem challenging. To utilize the positive aspect of the element of air – which corresponds to our mind, our mental ability to think logically.

If you’ve been working hard on yourself, on raising consciousness or manifesting abundance, etc. and are feeling stuck or challenged, take the time today to sit back and look at the big picture. Look back to a year ago, and you will see the progression you’ve been actually making. Wow, right? 🙂

There’s a bit more, but I’ll let you watch the video to catch it.

Have fun, and if you like, post your observations below.

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Spirit Animal Reading for 9/10/18: Monday Morning Owl Medicine

Today’s spirit animal reading brought up Owl. A big part of Owl medicine has to do with stealth.

If you’ve ever looked closely at an owl feather, you may have noticed the fringes at the edges, which is what gives Owl its somewhat soft, raggedy appearance compared to other birds.

owl feather

Even the feather fibers themselves are a bit furry.

owl feather

This feather feature helps to break up the air as the owl flies, effectively muffling the sound and allowing it to fly silently through the dark night air.

So this stealth can manifest in our lives in both positive and negative ways.

In its negative form, it can look like sneakiness or manipulation. So today, be aware of the possibility of manipulation. This could look like someone trying to slip something past you, or sneakily trying to influence you (whether consciously or not.) Or, it might be your lower self exhibiting sneaky or manipulative tendencies.

But let’s not spend too much time there, because I’m feeling that today we want to focus on the positive use of stealth.

Think “cloak of invisibility,” or maybe the Underground Railroad. There are times when it can be really advantageous to simply keep quiet and slip around doing your business or moving through undetected.

Maybe you just want to get some work done without getting caught up in office drama, for instance. Owl medicine can help you lay low.

How? Start by keeping your mouth shut! 😉 But also keeping in mind that strong emotions produce energy that can get you noticed, sometimes not in ways you want. So if you are feeling upset or frustrated or angry, take a little time to “soften those edges”, perhaps with a few deep breaths or a 5 minute yoga break.

A side benefit of keeping silence is that it opens up the opportunity to listen.

Owls are great at listening – in fact they locate their prey with their ears (watch the video to find out how.) It’s amazing what useful bits of information you can pick up simply by keeping your ears tuned!

So to put it succinctly, that’s the message for today from Owl: shut up and listen!

Try it, and see where it takes you.

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Masculine and Feminine Energies in Spirit Animals

I love questions from readers. Here is one from Angie, about masculine and feminine energies in spirit animals:

Hi Christie! I enjoyed reading about owl totem. Can you tell me if different species put out different energies or is it based on sex of the animal. For instance, I believe snakes are a feminine energy which applies to both the male and female. Is that correct or no?

While in Sedona I discovered I didn’t react well to the masculine energy of a male juniper tree – it made me nauseous. However, when near a female juniper I felt fine. I would enjoy any insight you have on this.

Great question, Angie! Masculine and feminine energy, and the balance of the two, is a core spiritual topic. The divine union of masculine and feminine gives rise to new life on the material plane and the expansion of consciousness on the spiritual plane. The sexual energies have a lot to do with Unity, Harmony, Abundance, Manifestation, all those good things. Super awesome stuff, and super powerful stuff. When not in balance, though, watch out! The effects can be horrific.

wolf spirit animal painting

For a lot of us, a central part of the ascension or self-realization journey has to do with balancing the masculine and feminine energies within ourselves, and getting them to work in harmony with one another rather than fighting or undermining each other. When we do, it enables and empowers our divine creative ability to manifest wonderful things in our lives and in the universe.

But it’s not always easy. Male and female energies are quite different. They have different needs and purposes, and don’t always see eye to eye. This is a topic worthy of its own post (or maybe even a book!)—so stay tuned; I’ll write more about it soon. For now though, let’s look at masculine and feminine energies in spirit animals. Identifying these can help unlock the lessons they can teach us about balancing the masculine and feminine within ourselves.

Male and Female Energy in Spirit Animals

Let’s return to Angie’s question (I’m paraphrasing it here:)

When working with spirit animals, do we consider that a species of spirit animal is either masculine or feminine? Or do we need to consider the sex of the individual animal we are working with?

First, we need to determine what type of power animal we’re working with.

When I teach about spirit animals, I usually spend a little time explaining what a spirit animal is, and about the types of spirit animals. I won’t go into that in depth here, except to say that we can work with power animals on the species level or the individual level.

On the species level, it’s like working with the oversoul of the animal: the collective spirit of all Horses, all Turtles, etc. (although we usually just say the spirit of Horse or Turtle.) It’s the spiritual energy associated with the species as a whole—the archetype of that animal.

On the individual level, you’re working with a specific animal of that species. This can be an animal that comes to you in spirit, or it can be a physical animal. (Or in Angie’s case, a plant.) This being will resonate with the archetypal energy of the species, but it will also have its own individual characteristics. For most animals, one of these traits will be its sex (male or female.)

So when it comes to the animal’s sex, do we work with the masculine or feminine energy of the individual animal, or of the species/oversoul?

The short answer is: both, or either—depending on circumstances.

But that probably isn’t very helpful. So let me explain a little about each.

horses power animal painting

Archetypal masculine and feminine energies in spirit animals

Some, but not all, archetypal (collective to the species) spirit animals have characteristics that tend to polarize more towards the masculine or feminine. Spider spirit animal, for instance, has very pronounced feminine energy, while an animal like Eagle leans more towards the masculine. This manifests in various ways in the animal’s behavior and physical structure.

There are also animals which are energetically highly dimorphic, meaning that the meaning can change if it appears in its masculine vs its feminine form. Take the Deer power animal, for instance: while they do share some things in common, the meaning of the Buck varies significantly from that of the Doe.

More rarely, you may find an animal that embodies both sexual energies very strongly. Personally, I regard Snake one of these. While it is phallic in form, it is also highly receptive (a feminine quality) in its habit of soaking up the sunlight. (I could go on about the masculine and feminine qualities of Snake but will save that for another post.)

So it’s quite common when a spirit animal to presents itself for it to be pointing out something to do with one of these energies.

Individual masculine and feminine energies in spirit animals

But what if it’s an individual animal that presents itself to us—one that is clearly its own being above and beyond representing its species?

eagle spirit animal painting

This happens quite a lot. Most of the time when we come across a flesh-and-blood animal it will be either male or female. But even animals that come to us purely in spirit or dreamtime will often appear as distinct individuals, and many times they will have an obvious gender.

Even if it’s not as clearly male or female as a bull vs. a cow, you can usually get a feeling for the sex of the critter. This may be different from the overriding sexual energy of the species as a whole. For instance, you can very easily come across a spider that is quite obviously male.

Working with the sexual energies of spirit animals

So when we’re working with spirit animals and sexual energies we do need to take into account the masculine and/or feminine energy of the spirit animal oversoul in question.  But if that spirit animal comes to us as an individual animal—whether purely in spirit or in the flesh—we also need to be aware of the sexual energy of that individual. Either one can override the other, or temper the meaning.

Ultimately, the important thing is to trust your intuition.

If you find that the sex of the animal (either the individual or the energy of the species) comes forward strongly for you, it probably has something important to tell you regarding the balance of masculine and feminine energies within yourself, or in a situation you are involved in. You will need to  keep this in mind and pay attention to your emotions and intuitive hits when working with the animal. Allowing these to guide your interpretation will help you arrive at helpful insights for your situation.

If you would like to see my video on masculine and feminine energies in spirit animals (including an example using Hummingbird), watch here:


 

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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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How to Tick Off the Trickster

CoyoteHappy April Fools Day!

Don’t worry. I’m not the trickster type. But many spirit animals are!

The Trickster archetype pops up everywhere, from folk tales of the world to our own lives. Often shapeshifters, Trickster characters delight in breaking the rules, creating chaos and generally shaking things up.

In many storytelling traditions, animals take on the Trickster role. Common Trickster animals include Fox (such as Reynard the Fox and the Japanese kitsune), Coyote (a well known Trickster character from Native American folklore), Wolf, Spider (e.g. the traditional African character Anansi the Spider), Rabbit or Hare (think Brer Rabbit and Bugs Bunny), and Raven.

The Trickster operates outside the rules and can really turn life upside down. While Tricksters can be highly entertaining and are often well-loved for their tricks and mischief, they have no boundaries and can be downright malicious at times.

Despite this, the Trickster has an important role to play. Tricksters show up when we become complacent, stuck in a rut, or when we are not operating in alignment with our higher selves. They also remind us that all is not always as it seems.

The chaos they bring helps to break up stuck patterns. At its extreme it can be lethal – especially for those who continue to resist. However, Trickster encounters can actually be extremely positive, even when they are painful. They can serve to shock us out of unhealthy patterns of being, if we are flexible enough to recognize and respond to Trickster energy for what it is. When that happens, the Trickster himself may end up the victim of his own cleverness, as in this tale of Anansi the Spider.

If you find yourself beset with misfortune, or if you feel like every time you start to make progress, something happens to set you back, Trickster may be at play. Trickster energy is exceptionally fluid, and opposites attract, so look for areas of rigid thinking or entrenched beliefs. (Often these will be deeply buried fears.)

In the spirit animal world, our shadow totems can sometimes appear as Trickster animals. If an animal comes into your life that is exceptionally pesky or troublesome, it may represent a part of you that hasn’t been allowed full expression or release.

One of the best antidotes to Trickster energy is to laugh! Laughter reveals the Trickster for what he is and brings his tricks out into the light. It often will also work to dissolve the underlying stuck energy that attracted him in the first place.

If you’re in the mood for some Trickster energy, enjoy this classic Warner Brothers flick, in which Bugs Bunny plays the consummate Trickster:

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