An animal totem holds an amazing symbology. Each time an animal comes into our life, its energy calls us to get in touch with specific qualities found within this animal. Animals may appear silent in their words but their way of communication is loud in subtlety. Their energetic field mixes with ours and subtly helps us sense the aspects of our own self to which we must reconnect.
Everything that expresses Life in silent tends to speak loud to our inner-self. When we seek guidance and can decipher it beyond the obvious, we can truly find signs that bring clarity to our journey and let it unfold in its own light.
Here are 5 animal totems and their symbolic meaning. Look at the pets that surround you and realize that they may have a deeper message for you through the simplicity of their presence.
1 – Domestic Cat
Symbolic: Astute, clever, secretive, mysterious, intelligent, intuitive, supernatural, selective, independent.
According to WhatsYourSign.com, cats themselves are quite resourceful and tend to give us messages of change, flexibility of adaptability. Often, when a cat makes an uncommon appearance in our lives it is a message for us to shake up our habitual routines and make some fresh changes in our lives, as well as be more flexible in our thinking.
Cats can also be quite aloof, and this too is often a message for us to distance ourselves from people or situations. Sometimes the best cure for a problem is to step away from it – the cat inherently realizes this, and we would be wise to recognize this need as well.
Lastly, the cat animal symbolism is about mystery. Unfortunately, its unpredictability has given the cat a bad name in some areas of folk lore, specifically witchcraft. When, in actuality, this is an asset that can be harnessed by us humans.
2 – Domestic Dog
Symbolic: Fidelity, loyalty, Assistance, Intelligence, Obedience, Protection, Unconditional Love, Cooperation, communication.
The dog has long been considered a liaison between the physical and non-physical dimensions. It represents the ultimate companion that judges not, accepts all, loves above and beyond. The dog is a reminder that life lived with compassion is the ultimate way to happiness as it brings only the best within the self and others.
For many, whether, it was the Greek-Roman, the Celtic, the chinese or the native American Indian culture, the dog embodies the attributes of courage, persistence, guidance, protection and assistance. No wonder why its strongest symbolism is ultimate friendship.
3 – Parrot
Symbolic: Sunshine and Color Healing
The parrot symbolizes the connection with the sun. Its colors vibrate the spectrum of Life and it represents the link between the bird kingdom and humankind. It invites the mind to learn how to deal with people with diplomacy by learning the colors of the self. It also vibrates with communication as to learn the wisdom of silence and wisdom of words while gossiping is in the air.
The parrot holds an energy of new beginning and new growth and direction. It invites the mind to go after a dream that was once out of reach.
4 – Fish
Symbolic: Fertility, Eternity, Creativity, Femininity, Good Luck, Happiness, Knowledge, Transformation.
Symbol of abundance and faith, the fish has a strong vibration related to the path of the man whose journey into the wilderness of the ocean takes him to realize his own self through the depth of his essence (the ocean).
The Pagan religion recognizes the fish as the feminine symbol of fertility and attribute it to the goddess. Represented also as wisdom, knowledge and inspiration, the fish invites the mind to reconnect with the nature of knowledge and the source of intelligence beyond the intellect.
5 – Reptiles (Amphibians)
Symbolic: Adaptability, independence, intuitive, interdependence, wisdom, healing
The cold-blooded nature of reptiles invites our mind to adapt to situation with wisdom, consideration and extreme integrity. They are conveying a message of independence as a reminder not to be slave to external conditions, reminding us that true changes occurs within the self.