The following animals all have magickal qualities that
can be harnessed in times of need. Choose an animal to work
with that best represents a personality characteristic you
would like to develop or improve.
Bear (introspection, stability, wisdom)
The strength of the bear lies in its ability to enter into a
state of hibernation. In this state it is able to digest the year’s
experience. The bear gains wisdom through sleep in dream
time. When warmth and sunlight return, the bear emerges
strong, stable, and with renewed vitality. Bear is strongly protective
of home and family.
Deities: Artemis, Diana, Thor, Cernunnos
The bear will teach you great wisdom. He will also teach
you the value of stillness and introspection. When you feel
the need for stability, call on the bear during meditation.
Ask him to bring you wisdom.
Buffalo (abundance, prayer, thanksgiving)
The buffalo was the major source of food for the Plains
Indians. The buffalo provided meat, hide for clothing, and
hooves for glue. The buffalo was considered sacred in many
traditions because it represented the ideal that when all was
in balance there was great abundance. When there was abundance,
prayer and thanksgiving were offered in gratitude.
Direction: North and South
Elements: Earth and Fire
Deities: Apis, Cernunnos, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus
When you feel out of synch with those around you or
your environment, ask the buffalo for help. Work with the
buffalo during meditation. When you feel the need to pray
or give thanks for blessings received, ask the buffalo to help
you express your emotions in a proper manner.
Cat (independence, secrets)
The cat is very independent, a mighty hunter, and has
many secrets. The cat was worshiped by the Egyptians because
of its cunning and ability to purge the house of undesirable
elements. Bast, the cat-headed goddess, was considered to be a great protector of women. In ancient
Rome, the cat was a symbol of freedom. The cat is known for
hiding and being secretive.
Direction: North and South
Elements: Earth and Fire
Deities: Bast, Brighid, Hathor, Isis, Maat, Osiris, Ra
If there is something you need to find out about yourself
or others, ask the cat for help during meditation. If you feel
overburdened and feel the need for more for independence,
invite the cat into your dreams.
Dog (friendship, loyalty)
Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend. The
dog is loyal to a fault, content with the bare necessities of
life, and, like the wolf, protective of home and family. For
thousands of years, dogs have been honored for their loyalty.
Hermes (Mercury) was frequently accompanied by his
faithful dog. Argos, Odysseus’s dog, was the only one to recognize
him when he returned from the Trojan War. Dogs
have a keen sense of smell, hearing, and sight. It is said they
can sense evil and death approaching.
Deities: Odin, Lugh, Demeter, Mercury/Hermes, Ishtar
Use the dog when you feel the need for support from
your friends, or when you feel loyalties are divided. During
meditation ask the dog to protect you from the negative
thoughts and vibrations others send your way
Eagle (spirit, connection to the Divine)
The eagle is believed to be the messenger or connection
between humans and the divine. The eagle has the ability to
live in the realm of the spirit and yet remain connected to
the Earth and its inhabitants. The eagle represents the grace
that is achieved through hard work. The eagle teaches
humans how to have courage and learn from the lows in life
as well as the highs.
Deities: Zeus, Indra, Jupiter, Mithras, Apollo
When you need help with spiritual development ask the
eagle for help. In meditation merge with the eagle for help
with rising above material desires. Ask the eagle to enter your
dreams and impart knowledge of about the Ancient Ones.
Elephant (wisdom, stability)
The elephant has always been revered for its size, intelligence,
and devotion to family. The Greek philosopher
Aristotle admired the elephant for its great wisdom and
intelligence. In Hinduism, the elephant-headed god Ganesha
is invoked before any undertaking for his wisdom. Ganesha
is said to bring stability and abundance to shop owners.
Deities: Ganesh, Indra, Siva
If you’re having problems making decisions, work with the
elephant for wisdom and stability. If you’re considering starting
a business or need to attract more customers to your present
business, ask the elephant-headed god Ganesha for help.
Horse (swift action, power)
The horse has long been a symbol of swiftness and power.
In ancient mythology it is the horse that bears the heroes
and the gods across the earth, and even across the sky, at
great speed. The horse is physical power and unearthly
power. In shamanic practices, the horse enables the shaman
to fly through the air to reach the heavens or spirit realm.
The horse is able to carry great burdens for long distances
Direction: North, East, South, West
Element: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Deities: Epona, Helios, Brighid,
Apollo, Godiva, Mars, Artemis
When you need to respond swiftly to a situation, call on
the horse. If you need more personal power, or are overburdened
by too much work, ask the horse to give you strength.
Owl (clairvoyance, magick, astral projection)
The owl has been called the night eagle because of its
connection to the world of spirit. The owl hunts at night.
The owl can see in the dark and pinpoint prey by sound.
Humans may be afraid of the dark, but night is owl’s friend.
The owl is silent; you can’t hear it when it flies. The owl has
often been associated with the Witch because of its connection
to the night.
Deities: Athena, Lilith, Hecate, Bloeuweed,
During meditation, ask the owl to help you unveil the
truth and see things clearly. The owl can also help you learn
to interpret omens and intuit dreams. Before doing any kind
of divination, ask the owl to be present and help you interpret
Wolf (power, protection, psychic development)
Wolves howl at the moon, they mate openly, and walk
silently through the woods. The wolf lives by instinct. The
wolf is the pathfinder, the discoverer of new ideas who
returns to his family to teach them the ways of the world.
The Wolf has keen senses, works with the power of the moon,
and is a symbol of psychic energy
Deities: Loki, Odin, Diana, Artemis,
Brighid, the Morrigan
When you are in need of more personal power or psychic
energy call on the wolf. The wolf will take you to his
private den and teach you how to walk silently and work
with the power of the moon to build psychic skills.
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