Ant: Patience, Order, Discipline
An Ant Totem can help you see future needs and plan for that future. It will show you how to build your dreams slowly over time, content in knowing that everything will come in time. The ant teaches you how to become the architect of your life. The greatest success comes with persistence. The ant shows you how to work with others.    

Anteater: Curiosity
Anteater people are naturally inquisitive, and can often sniff out trouble, or those in trouble, with little difficulty. Anteater also gives you the ability to find lost objects and an understanding the value of "rooting around" to find solutions. They are a connection to the insect world, especially the Ant.

Bee: Fertility, Accomplishing the Impossible 
Bee tells you to take the time to appreciate and enjoy the sweetness of life. Bee's gift to you is productivity - making the best of your time so you have some time for yourself. The bee reminds us to extract the honey of life and to make our lives fertile (productive) while the sun shines. No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams. Bee people are very focused and hard workers. They are capable of succeeding at whatever they attempt. Although they are self-sufficient, they work best when they are working with others. If a Bee has shown up in your life, examine your own productivity.    

Antelope: Action, Speed

Adaptability of the Mind
Antelope teaches survival and how to avoid indiscriminate destruction of life. The Antelope signifies knowledgeable action. Antelope medicine is the knowledge of life's circle, the knowledge and understanding of death. Through Antelope you can learn to truly live and action is the key and essence to living. Antelope is the messenger of a higher purpose; he knows the way and through him, so will you. Antelope can teach clairvoyance by listening to his voice inside of you. An Antelope person is intrinsically psychic. Often it is in the form of clear-smelling - fragrances and odors will awaken this power. Mediate using a fragrance with musk in it. Trust your instincts. If a person or situation does not "smell" right, back away from it.    

Blackbird: Omens and Mysticism
Blackbirds symbolize the tie to nature and her energies. Recharge your energy by sitting in a quiet outdoors spot and through meditation, with Blackbird's help, you can gain a new understanding of the forces of nature all around you. You can go a step further and use Blackbird's ability to open doors to the ethereal planes. Imagine Blackbird flying ahead of you, leading the way, so that you can go deeper into meditation than ever before and possibly even achieve astral travel. Blackbird is also the symbol of change and when you see many Blackbirds around you, it means that change is coming. Place close attention to where you see Blackbird and what you are doing and you may be able to foresees what changes are coming.

Armadillo: Boundaries, Protection, Empathy
Armadillo teaches you how to protect yourself and when to let your defenses down. Make yourself an energy body shield using Armadillo medicine. Make a circle on a piece of paper and see it as a medicine shield. Write in the circle all the things that you want to have, experience, and give you joy. This shield will reflect what you are and what you will on an unconscious level. If you have an Armadillo totem, it is time to define your space. You may have trouble saying "no" and are being taken for granted. Learn to guard your personal space and allow entry only when you want to.

Bluebird: Modesty, Happiness
Bluebird is a reminder that you are born to happiness and fulfillment, but you can sometimes get so wrapped up in everyday things, that happiness seems rare. Bluebird reminds you to take time to enjoy yourself. Bluebird is associated with the throat chakra and creative expression. Bluebird is symbolic of the need to work hard and play hard. Be careful of shouldering too much responsibility. Bluebirds, and their totem people, are gentle and unaggressive. They do not push or bully, but they are very scrappy if threatened. A Bluebird person should have their front door facing south, the door for awakening their inner child.

Badger: Aggressiveness, Reliance, Self-Expression
The power of the Badger totem is its aggressiveness and the willingness to fight for what it wants. This aggression can also be turned to healing - for Badger is the keeper of Earth's healing herbs. Badger people are often leaders and bosses, the one who will get the job done. If you have a Badger as a totem, you will likely be solitary but comfortable being alone. You are comfortable in your own skin and very self-reliant. Badger anger can get you out of apathy, but be careful not to cut yourself (or others) to ribbons. Badger is a powerful totem when used properly.

Blue Jay: Proper Use of Power
If you have a Blue Jay totem, you must learn to use your personal power properly. Be careful not bully others. The word "jay" comes from the Latin word "Gaea" which is Mother Earth. A Blue Jay totem links you directly with the power of the Earth itself. It can link the heavens and the Earth and give you access to universal energies and power. If Blue Jay is your totem, you may have tremendous abilities and potential, but you must learn not to be scattered and neglect to develop your abilities to their fullest. Blue Jay people can become dabblers - a little bit of knowledge about many things but master of none. Develop your gifts and you will have unlimited potential.

Bat: Transition, Rebirth
A Bat totem appearing in your life is a call for the end of a way of life and the beginning of another. You must face your greatest fears and get rid of the part of your life that no longer is needed. This transition is very frightening for many: "better the devil you know..." But you will not grow spiritually until the old parts are gone. Face the darkness before you and you will find the light in rebirth.   

Bear: Caution, Healing, Leadership 
The power of the Bear totem is the power of introspection. The answers to all our questions lie within us. Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence and know. Just as the bear hibernates during the winter, people with a Bear totem will be quieter during the winter months. But they must awaken in the spring and seek whatever opportunities are around them. When you have a Bear totem, you are being guided to a leadership role. You must be fearless in defending your beliefs. The Bear also encourages you to exercise your abilities as a natural healer.

Polar Bear:  Purity, Death, Rebirth, Transformation
Polar bear's medicine includes the ability to navigate along the earth’s magnetic lines , introspection, ability to find sustenance in barren landscapes, purity of spirit, strength in the face of adversity, solitude, expert swimmer through emotional waters, finding ones way back from the brink, communication with Spirit, dreams, death and rebirth, transformation, creature of dreams, shamans, mystics and visionaries, defence and revenge, Intelligent and fearless.

Boar, Pig: Self-Reliance, Protection. 
This totem is one of the most powerful and its gifts are many. Boar is the totem of prosperity and spiritual strength. It is also a strong protector totem. Boar is the master of its domain and can teach you that same self-reliance. With Boar's help, you can face all of life's problems head on and emerge the stronger for it. It is a fearless guide through any tribulations you may face on your life path. Since Boars root around in the dirt, this totem is very connected to Mother Earth and is an excellent grounding totem. Before grounding, imagine you are Boar, low to the earth, standing firm and strong, and digging deeply into Mother Earth.

Buffalo: Prayer and Abundance
Those who have a Buffalo totem must walk a sacred path, honoring every walk of life. You will achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and you must be humble enough to ask for assistance and then be grateful for those gifts. A Buffalo totem will seek to help you establish a deep connection to Mother Earth and it will ask you to help the endangered species of our planet. He will bring you strength of character and an independent spirit. It is the totem of abundance. Do not push or force, but follow the easiest path. Buffalo medicine is knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every part of creation. Buffalo medicine is prayer, gratitude and praise. Praying for the needs of all creatures, for harmony and give praise for the gifts you have already received.    

Beaver: Dream Builder
The Beaver totem reminds us that we have to act on our dreams to make them reality. It is time for action. The Beaver reminds us that we have to act on our dreams to make them a reality. It is the time for action. Beaver can show you how to construct wonderful dreams! If you are a Beaver person, do not neglect your dental care. It is essential to those with a Beaver totem. A Beaver is also sets the example of teamwork for you to take into your work life and your family life. Dreams are easier to build with a team helping.

Bull/Cow: Sacrifice and Productivity
A Bull totem symbolizes nourishment through its slaughter or sacrifice, while a Cow totem symbolizes motherhood. The two are connected - for they are both needed to create new life. People with a Bull/Cow totem often have insight into their past lives. When a Bull/Cow totem appears, ask yourself if you are being as productive as you can be? Are you ready to sow new seeds? Are you being stubborn or rigid?

The butterfly is the symbol of change, joy and color
It is the symbol of the soul. They remind us that life is a dance, not to take things quite so seriously. They also remind us to get up and move. Dance brings the sweetness of life. Butterflies bring color and joy to your life. Look at them and remember what joy is in your life, if it's a lot or a little, it is still joy. They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to be traumatic; it can occur gently, sweetly, and joyfully.

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