Tapir: Peace, Solitude
Tapir shows us how to be at peace, how seclusion and quietness can bring fulfillment to our lives. Tapir is by nature a gentle creature, but it will fight when cornered. Its aggression when cornered is fierce and terrible, but at almost all other times the tapir assesses the situation and simply runs away from the threat. Tapir teaches us that violence is never the answer. Tapir can also teach us to value the regenerative and healing aspects of mud and salt. While the tapir can be fast and agile when it needs to be, it lives most of its life slowly wandering along paths, gently negotiating most of what it does. Tapir teaches us that gentleness, patience and quietude are necessary in our day to day lives. Tapir people tend to be reclusive and shy, happy in jobs where they are their own boss, and find strength in solitary, nature-friendly environments.

Weasel: Stealth
This totem is a difficult power totem to have. It is a rare gift and great ability. Weasel medicine can teach you to find out secrets through the power of silent observation. Most Weasel people are loners, graceful, solitary and silent. They are very intelligent. People do not see their power immediately and often underestimate them. A Weasel totem will awaken your innate ability for observation. Trust your own instincts and you will avoid trouble and pursue your goals to greatest success. Use your Weasel medicine to observe what or who needs attention and offer assistance in your quiet or discreet way. Be cautious in business ventures and dig beneath the surface before committing. Weasel people are fiercely protective of their homes and families.

Tiger: Passion, Power, Devotion
Tiger's gift is focus, patience, and the ability to heal quickly, both physically and emotionally. Healers often have a Tiger totem. It is very important for Tiger people to have time alone in their own special place. Tiger is the symbol of darkness and the new Moon. When a Tiger totem enters your life, expect new adventures. It will awaken new passion and power. Tiger people do their best work at night. They are very sensual and passion people and devoted parents. Your best work will be done at night. Tigers are associated with water and have all the properties of the element of Water - healing, power through gentle flow, feminine energies.

Whale, Orca: Creation, Power of Song, Inner Depths
A Whale totem teaches you to go deep within yourself to awaken your inner creativity. But they also teach us not to become lost in our creative imagination, but to live in the real world. When a Whale totem shows up in your life, examine your own use of creativity. Apply your own creative intuition to formulas -- this is what imbues them with power and magic. Creativity for the sake of creativity is not what the Whale teaches. It awakens great depth of creative inspiration, but you must add your own color and light to your outer life to make it wonderful. The sound of the Whale teaches us how to create with song.

Toad: Inner Strength, Luck
The appearance of a Toad heralds a successful time of drawing upon and using our inner resources. Toads are associated with money and luck - especially changing your luck from bad to good. People with a Toad totem can see things and people more clearly. A Toad heralds the need for self-examination. Ask these questions: Am I hesitating to act and missing opportunities? Am I allowing fear to hinder progress? Have I forgotten my inner strength? A Toad totem is a representation of the Moon, and represents both Life and Death. In alchemy, the Toad signifies the dark side of Nature. In the ancient cultures of Mexico, the Toad symbolized the Earth.

Turkey: Shared Blessings
The Turkey is the symbol of sacrifice. It gives life so others may live. Many holy people and mystics have Turkey as a totem. With a Turkey totem, you have transcended self. You act and react on behalf of others. This act is not a sense of moralism or guilt, but a deep knowledge that all life is sacred. What you do for others, you also do for yourself. To have a Turkey totem is a true gift. Its gift may be spiritual, material or intellectual. Through giving to others will you reach your own goals. The Turkey is linked to the third eye, the seat of feminine energies within us, and the center for higher vision. Turkey is also the symbol of the Mother Earth and her abundant harvest. All of Earth's blessings and the ability to use them to their greatest advantage are part of Turkey's teachings.

Wolf: Intuition, Learning, Spirit
This totem brings faithfulness, inner strength and intuition when he enters our lives. But he also brings learning to live with one's self. The wolf teaches us to learn about our inner self and to find our inner power and strength. But to achieve this, we must take risks and face our deepest fears. A wolf totem demands sincerity. This totem demands a lot of us but gives us much in return; a spirit helper that is always there to help and gives us extraordinary powers of endurance. He reminds us to listen to our inner thoughts and trust our insights. They remind us not to waste resources and to learn how to avoid trouble and confrontations. People with Wolf totems have the capacity to make quick and firm emotional attachments. Trust your insights about these attachments. Wolf will guide you. Take control of your life with Wolf's help and do so with harmony and discipline.

Wolverine: Persistence
Wolverine heralds the awakening of passion for life and the ability to absorb all the lessons that come our way. This passion can be a gift or a curse, depending on how it is used. One can be a glutton for food (a detriment) or a glutton for knowledge (a benefit). Wolverine is the keeper of animal secrets. Wolverine teaches us never to surrender, to pursue what we desire until we reach our goals. Honor your Wolverine spirit through silence, discretion and a ferocious appetite for the truth.

Turtle: Mother Earth
Turtle is the oldest symbol for the Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy and the eternal Earth itself. If you have a Turtle totem, you must be mindful of returning to the Earth what she has given you. Honor the creative source within you. Use water and earth energies to create a harmonious flow in your life. Ask the Earth for assistance and her riches will pour forth. If a Turtle totem shows up in your life, slow down the pace of your life. Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals. Turtle is fine teacher of the art of grounding. When you learn to ground yourself to Earth's power and strength, you place focus on your thoughts and actions and use the Earth's limitless energies rather than your own to accomplish your will.

Unicorn: Purity and Innocence
This totem gives you the ability to make your dreams come true. Has the ability to restore broken spirits. A wonderful totem that has a connection to the Spirits of the Forest and the Fairy Folk. Can affect the weather patterns. A very powerful yet at the same time, very gentle totem. Helps you develop personal power that can be unlimited. The spiral horn of the Unicorn can heal and neutralize poisons; therefore, the Totem Spirit can also help its people develop their own healing abilities.

Woodpecker: Power of Rhythm
The drumming song of the Woodpecker is the heartbeat of the Earth. When a Woodpecker totem enters your life, it indicates that the foundation is there and it is safe to follow through. It will stimulate new rhythms. It reflects an awakening of new mental faculties. You may be so wrapped up in mental and spiritual activities that you've neglected the physical. Listen to your body's rhythms and sounds and heed what it is telling you.

Wren: Resourcefulness and Boldness
Wren gives you the ability to adapt and there by become resourceful. To use what is available. Wrens are noisy and sound much louder than their actual size. It is overflowing with confidence and will take on other birds much larger in size. It is fearless and bold. It is unlucky to kill a Wren, for these birds are sacred to the Earth gods and goddesses. When Wren appears to you, ask yourself these questions: Am I using all the resources available to me? Are you displaying enough confidence? Am I so wrapped up in work that I forget to sing? Are you living life to the fullest? Then ask Wren for help with any of these matters and use Wren as your guide and template.

Vulture, Condor: Death and Rebirth; New VisionVulture, Condor: Death and Rebirth; New Vision
The Vulture is the symbol of death and rebirth, the mother symbol, and represents purification. For those with this totem, you will be noticed more for what you do than how you appear. You may start to see auras and colors around people; Vulture can help teach you how to accomplish this through patience and vision. Vultures teach you how to soar without using much energy, how to ride the thermal winds instead of flapping. Go with the flow. Use your own energy powerfully and efficiently. Vulture is associated with the sense of smell and aromatherapy is a good tool to use to connect with this Totem. The Vulture promises us that no matter how difficult things are at the moment, rescue and change are imminent.

Zebra: Agility, Individuality
Zebra is the totem of individuality; to be part of a group but still retain your individuality. Blending into a crowd without losing your individuality is the power of Zebra. This ability protects it from danger, along with its agility and speed. It is also the totem of working things out. When in an argument, don't add to the fire by being confrontational; rather work towards a compromise that will satisfy all parties. Remember that things are rarely black and white, but they are usually many shades of gray. Zebra gives its totem people compassion and therefore they make excellent therapists and counselors. They can take a step back and see situations in a new light and suggest compromises and solutions. Zebra people are usually confident, balanced and capable.

Walrus: Uncovering the Hidden; Psychic Touch
Walrus' greatest gift is the sense of touch - hugging and touching those you love, shaking hands, any form of touching. If you are sensitive, Walrus can awaken a form of psychometry - the ability to sense objects through touch. Hold an object, close your eyes, and feel the object. Run your fingers along its sides and shape. Let images and ideas come to you freely - you just might be able to hear the hidden past. Psychics with the gift of psychometry can touch an item and read the entire past of that object. Some of them can even help find missing people through their gift. For those to whom the Walrus is a totem, there will come opportunities to uncover what is hidden, to find hidden treasures in the things around us. Walrus people have a need to be among likeminded people. They feel safe and comfortable with their own kind (mental and spiritual not physical). Trust in your inner senses and be careful not to become insolated.

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