Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Animal Totems

Animal Totem: An Animal Totem is an important symbolic object used by a person to get in touch with specific qualities found within an animal which the person needs, connects with, or feels a deep affinity toward. 

I love wolves and owls, but honestly since I was small, my fascination was with the squirrel. They scamper around with great agility, save for the winter, are too cute for anyone to mess with, and are always on an important mission. I saw myself as a red squirrel. Then, I read the description of the animal totem of squirrels and understood that this is my animal totem:

When the squirrel comes into our lives it is often a message for us to have more fun, and take life a little less seriously.
  • Energy
  • Play
  • Prudence
  • Balance
  • Socializing
  • Preparation
  • Resourcefulness
  • Passion
  • Expression
  • Vitality

Squirrels are quite sociable, and are often seen in pairs or groups. Any amount of observation of the squirrel will reveal that it is a vocal creature as well, and using extensive communications - particularly when in play or when it feels threatened. 

In this manner, the animal symbolism of squirrels addresses our ability to express ourselves in social settings. The squirrel reminds us to communicate effectively with others, and to honor those around us with our presence (rather than dishonor them with inappropriate or rude behavior).

Do you want to learn how to find your own totem? Here's a great site. I want to hear what you find.


  1. There was a long time when I saw turkey or turkey vultures everywhere I looked...

    I thought that was my temporary totem....

  2. ……. Interestingly enough, Sharon, one of the gods of the ancient Scandinavians, Ratatoskr, meaning "sharp-tooth", IS a squirrel. I, too, have had many a squirrel sync in my life. One CAN, however, have more than a single totem animal. Thanks for this. Peace ~ (•8-D