Spirit Animals,Totems & Familiars

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A Spirit Animal is the one who will come to you in order to show you how to deal with and teach you what you need to learn, in order to help you meet the challenges of your spiritual journey.

Each spirit animal has certain powers and skills to teach and knowledge to share for overcoming the many challenges it must meet in order to survive.

Your spirit animal’s appearance signals a time to connect with your true self and your life’s purpose, pay attention to the repeated appearance of this animal and of repeated patterns or themes. Awakening to the recognition of these seemingly synchronistic occurrences teaches you to be aware of the hidden messages in everyday experiences.

There are many ways your spirit animal will make itself known to you and pass on its message. Do not let your perceived image of the animal prejudice you as to the significance of its message. You will meet with the spirit animal whose lessons you need to learn.

You cannot choose your spirit animal, it chooses you. Spirit animals will appear only at the time and place in your life when you are ready to accept them and the wisdom the come to offer, and they always turn up at exactly the right moment.

A “Totem Animal” is an animal spirit that you call upon or invoke, for its special powers and survival skills, to serve as a guardian or protector when facing adversity.

It is customary for many Native American tribes (as well as others) to be made up of smaller groups or “Clans” united by actual or perceived kinship and descent and formed around a founding member or “ancestor”. Often this ancestor is an animal spirit which becomes the Clan Totem. The clan totems are often the animals that inhabit the local area, (The wolf, bear, turtle, and deer are common clans of the Great Lakes area.), and which have a unique relationship to the tribe and its heritage.

The spiritual powers of the various totems help each clan to carry out its own special duties and responsibilities within the tribe in accordance with the attributes of that totem. (The Turtle Clan usually being the tribes “Keepers of Wisdom”, the guardians of the legends and mysteries within the tribe’s ceremonies and practices.)

Again, never let your perceived image of an animal effect how you see its ability to serve as a “Totem”. Though it may seem incongruous to invoke a rabbit as a totem for battle, remember the wisdom shown by “Briar Rabbit” in defeating an enemy.

Totem Poles

The Totem Pole is an arrangement of symbols representing animal totems from the tribe’s ancestral past. Totems were a form of communication for the Pacific Northwest Coast Native Americans as they had no written language and thus the poles were used to convey their legends, stories and events. Totem poles may also be messages passed on by those that carve them. The pole’s symbols may often tell a very personal story of the carver himself, as well as that of his own family, clan or tribe.

The Familiar

The next type of animal spirit, mainly used in Shamanism and Witchcraft is called a “familiar”. The familiar is a spiritual entity that will appear as a facilitator in the communion of the human, animal and spirit realms.

The true Shaman or Witch does not just decide to walk the Path. They must first be chosen by and then accept a spirit being or deity as their mentor. Usually, this mentor will send forth an animal spirit to guide the initiate to them, or in many cases, they themselves may take the form of an animal spirit, only later revealing their true nature.

One example, in the case of Shamans and Witches who come from the background of the European Celtic traditions, the Goddess Morrigan will often appear to the initiate in the form of a raven or crow as their familiar and she will reveal her true self only after the initiate has actualized as an “enlightened being”.

This information has been modified slightly and shared from spiritwalkministry.com website.

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Squirrel Spirit Guide

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When the squirrel spirit animal appears to you, this is a sign to take life a little less seriously.

The squirrel symbolism encourages you to inject more fun and laughter, and just enjoy the wonders of your world!

Having the squirrel spirit animal reminds you to be adaptable, and to be ready for any changes that you need to make at the last minute.

The squirrel meaning is about surrendering and letting things happen.

The squirrel spirit animal highlights the importance of communication and showing respect to the people around you through your words, actions, and behaviours.

It encourages you to respect your differences and find a way to work harmoniously together.

Squirrel symbolism also focuses on the changes that are taking place in your life.

These changes are what will force you out of your comfort zone so that you will grow, and these changes can help lighten your load by getting rid of what no longer serves your purpose.

The meaning of the squirrel reminds you to tackle any issues or problems head on instead of ignoring them or pushing them aside.

Be honest about your thoughts and emotions, and don’t bottle them up inside you.

Saving up is another important squirrel symbolism. Be mindful of how much you consume when it comes to your resources and how much you spend when it comes to your finances.

You need to teach yourself to save for the rainy days and to adjust accordingly when money is tight. Work to have a comfortable life so that you don’t have to spend your whole life just trying to make a living.

When the squirrel totem scurries its way to you, it’s a message for you to have fun. Your life is filled with work and commitments, but you deserve some rest and relaxation, too.

The meaning of the squirrel reminds you that life doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. There’s a time for work and hustle, and there’s a time for fun and play.

Rid your life of stressful and toxic clutter, and that applies to both physical and emotional clutter.

Lighten the load as you go on with life because this is important if you want to create a healthy balance of peace and happiness.

( original post by moon sisters tribe )

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Symbolism of The Horse Spirit Animal.

The Horse

Very few animals convey such majesty, power, pride, and nobility of spirit as the horse spirit animal.

With the horse spirit animal, you can see the true essence of freedom in your life, and you can live vicariously through it with each mile it runs and each obstacle it overcomes.

If you have this powerful animal working for you, you will truly experience the energy of a genuinely free spirit.

When you have the horse totem, this most commonly represents power and stamina.

The horse is known for being one of the most hardworking animals on earth, with the ability to carry on even on the roughest roads and the toughest climbs.

The horse meaning signifies overcoming obstacles, and how you should carry yourself in the face of adversity.

The horse spirit animal works hard to remind you to take care of your emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

The horse symbolism also speaks about freedom. It possesses an unbridled desire for freedom because of its naturally wild and powerful spirit, and it always wants to break free.

Another horse meaning is journey. The horse is usually seen carrying a rider on its back, embarking on all kinds of journeys.

This signifies the time to set your soul free. It’s time to go on your journey and jump over the hurdles of your life with strength and courage.

The meaning of the horse seeks to remind you that you have the power and the motivation to carry through anything. You are full of vitality, and you have the freedom to do whatever you want!

When the horse spirit animal comes galloping into your life, it carries a very important message.

You need to take stock of your life and see where you have been spending your energies on, and whether you have been giving your personal freedom or power away.

It signals a time to evaluate which aspects of your life allow people to treat you harshly or domineeringly.

You should think about whether you are putting the needs and demands of others before yours.

The horse symbolism in your life is simply telling you that no one can take away your power from you. You will only become powerless and weak if you allow it.

Harness the meaning of the horse in your life to get you out of your stupor you only need to have faith!

Facts About Horse Symbolism.

The horse is going to bring forth a number of different ideas and theories surrounding the symbolism that is associated with this animal.

However, you do need to pay close attention to the animal and the way in which it is viewed in real life as this is something that is seen as being quite majestic and almost regal in its approach.

The same symbolism is then going to be applied to the spirit animal and what it represents.

It represents power and stamina.

Horse symbolism is closely associated with the idea of both power and stamina, and this is directly linked to the way in which the horse can seemingly run for miles before it gets tired.

It has the determination to get to the end point and will push itself to extremes, and this is certainly something that you need to be doing in order to really get anywhere in life.

It is symbolic of getting over obstacles.

A horse is capable of getting over fences in its way, and you can also benefit from linking in with the symbolism associated with this animal.

It is directly linked to the idea of having the faith and confidence that you can get over any obstacle that is placed in your path as you know the rewards when you get to the other side.

You believe that you are going to be able to get over it without any problems and you have the strength and desire to go ahead and achieve this.

It is symbolic of going on a journey.

As the horse was originally used for being able to travel around, it should be no surprise to then discover that it is directly linked to the concept of going on a journey.

However, this is going to be something that you are going to be in control of every step of the way. You are going to effectively have itchy feet and a willingness to see what else is out there.

You should not be afraid of encountering new things as exciting times are ahead, but only if you allow that to be the case.

It seeks to keep your emotions and spiritual self healthy.

Horse symbolism is also closely linked to the idea of keeping your emotions and spirituality in check.

You need to constantly remind yourself of the need to not break your own emotional bonds as that in itself is going to cause some serious damage.

Maintaining this healthy balance will prove to be an advantage for you in life.

Horse symbolism is all about strength and the ability to carry on even when others may have fallen by the wayside or you would have previously felt as if you were struggling with energy levels.

This is showing you that there is a very real need to go ahead and keep carrying on as the rewards of getting over those obstacles are going to be far more important than you could have ever imagined.

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Original post from the Moon sisters tribe.

 

Lammas

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Handfasting

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You might be wondering what a Handfasting is, it’s the pagan equivalent of a marriage ceremony. This ceremony is not a legally binding in the eyes of the law, it is however a binding contract to the couple on a deeper spiritual level.

The ceremony usually begins with everyone gathering at a selected spot, the area is then cleansed, swept with a broom to get rid of any negativity and turned into a sacred space.

The 4 elements,  Air, Fire, Water and Earth are called in, as well as the God and Goddess. Once this is done then the main ceremony begins.

The couple are led through their declaration of love and vows their hands are held together and bound loosely by a special set of Cords (usually Gold & Silver) however any colour is ok.

The couple then `jump the broom’ which is a symbol of hearth, home and fertility, as well as protection.

This act symbolises leaving the past is behind as they jump over the broom in to the future together.

During the celebrations other couples can get to jump the broom, which is held at knee height by specially designated people.

It is also traditional for the couple to bless the wedding cake & wine, meads, champagne etc, and all the family, friends & guests are invited to come forward and offer their own blessings.

How the rest of the ceremony then proceeds is really up to the couple.

The handfasting ceremony can be intimate and small  with the couple and a few family & friends, or a big festive event just like any other wedding ceremony with lots of people, entertainment and dancing.

The venues can vary from a local park, woodland, forest, a hall, a home garden, by a stream, near a waterfall or on the beach.

As pagans consider nature to be sacred usually they take place in woodlands or some natural setting.

The ceremony is usually an initiated by a High Priestess or someone involved in Wicca or other spiritual practices.

We like family & friends of the couple to help out and get involved with some of the ceremony by doing readings & poems.

It is important that some of the tools for the ceremony, especially the rings, cords and the broom not forgetting an altar which is created and decorated for the event.

The couple may have a wedding theme or dress code for their guests, a colourful dress for bride and suitable attire for the groom.

The venue which can be decorated with ribbons and flowers, the entertainment can be traditional musicians, drummers, violin & harp players, or even Morris Dancers. There are no rules all you need is imagination.

For more info on wedding & handfasting ceremonies visit my website – www.thespiritualcelebrant.co.uk

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Witches Keys

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Keys are very old tools used in magic, they can be used for both divination and ritual purposes, they symbolise the power to change reality and open the doors of the other realms. Usually an old key is used by a Witch to travel through realms and seek the guidance of higher and wiser entities.

Skeleton Keys hold quite a lot of mystique.  They are connected with gateways and portals, doorways to the unknown, knowledge, mysteries, powers, initiations, new ways, forbidden things and answers to curious questions.  They are often associated with specific deities or spiritual figures, and are often used as part of charms or other magical tools.

Keys represent knowledge and access, and it’s important to note that they can both open and lock doors. Possessing a key is both about gaining access and setting boundaries.

Hecate, a goddess often described as the Queen of the Witches, is a deity associated with gate keeping and keys, she holds the keys that allow passage into the spiritual realm, she is also a great protector among other things.

Keys are often made into talismans or charms with many various functions. They will always be of great desire and use to those that practice the craft. They can be used as protection charms for doorways that included keys and protection blessings so that homes can be shielded from the spirits of the place passing through doorways.

You can also use them on your altar:

  • For divination, the passageway ‘in’.
  • The holder of the key is allowed access to all that is unseen
  • A symbol for sealed or locked away secrets
  • An initiatory tool held by the one that has gained access into specific spaces on the other side
  • A talisman in a protection spell
  • The amulet of the Traveller
  • Can be hung at doorways of your home for protection
  • Removing blocks
  • Opening roads
  • Calling spirits

Invocation to charge your key.

Sacred Key, Sacred Key,
I charge you with the task
of unlocking the path of mystery.
Grant me pass, let me in
Make available the secrets
that exist within.

I like to repeat on the power of 3×3, but do it as often as feels right for you the more you rely on your intuition, the more affective you will become.

All information was taken from various places on the internet, if you’re interested in finding out more about keys and there magical uses, try reading a few witchy / spell books.

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Cutting The Cords

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We are all linked on an energetic as well as a spiritual level the people we connect with can often influence what we think to how we feel.

Our connections with those around us can make us feel inspired and uplifted although occasionally we find ourselves having to deal with people or relationships where we feel drained.

You might have heard of the spiritual technique of cord cutting, this is where you visualise the other person, seeing the energetic cords that run between you and them then seeing them being cut then you must surround the ends with a healing white light and then send them on their way

It can be a very powerful yet doesn’t have to mean the end of the relationship that exists between you.  It’s more about reclaiming your own power and restoring the energy balance between you.

The modern day approach means that we need to use spiritual practices like cord cutting with other things that can heal or transform whatever situation we find ourselves in. Otherwise, we can visualise cords being cut until the sun goes down and smudge ourselves every day and still find ourselves feeling as we were before.

Here’s some of what you can do.

Try and avoid the urge to go back, if we’re talking about exes, then no checking out face book to see what they are up to and no midnight sexting or answering booty calls.  It can be harder to gently ease away from a relationship that’s passed its sell by date, but sometimes that’s what you need to do.

Try to fill the gap, everything that we do, including our thoughts, actions and habits can be hard to break. Get rid of your bad habits and replace them with ones that inspire you and lift your energy.  Try taking that evening course or find a new hobby this can help you transform or balance a relationship that saps the life out of you.

Focus on yourself, nurture yourself and then put your new found energy into making your life better.  Make an effort to spend time with people who make you feel good for all the right reasons.  Go after your dreams, remember who we connect with can impact on our whole life and what we wish to create.

Sometimes there is a bigger picture that can reveal the people who appear to be dragging us down, have shown up to help us step into our power or move us on to the right path. If someone is rude or aggressive remove yourself from that energy and literally go somewhere else.

By changing our energy and thoughts, we create the positive experiences we want in our life and people that we destined to meet.  Make some changes because that kind of magic can work for you.

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Clearing Your Space

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Did you know that Bells, Chimes, Singing Bowls, are all wonderful tools for clearing living spaces, or any space that you spend any amount of time in.

It’s better to start at the back of your house and ring a bell or play your bowl as you move through your entire space, make sure to include any corners, move clockwise through each room starting and ending at the door.

The vibrations help to break up stagnant energy and lift the general feel of the space. You will be dispersing the negative energy and welcoming in happiness, health and all positive energy.

Clearing with bells and chimes are a personal preference, they leave a crystal clear energy field in a room. The quality of this energy will depend on the size of the bell and clarity of sound the kind of metal used and the energy and culture of the bell maker. The best are always the ones that feel comfortable to you and that you love the sound of.

Hand held chime bars and chime balls come in various sizes and have different pitches. The sound can be made light or very penetrating, depending on how you strike or shake them.

As well as filling the room with sound they can be held in such a way as to direct the sound at a particular area. The tone will sound much clearer and last much longer after a space clearing is complete.

If you need some proof of the effectiveness of space clearing, ring the bell before you start the clearing and again after you are complete. On each occasion, count for the duration of the time it rings it will clearly show that the sound lasts longer after the space clearing.  Bells are also very good at clearing ones aura.

Hold the bell lightly with relaxed hand, ring vigorously, this creates a continual ringing swing your arm to help get the energy flowing.
Then ring gently, hold the bell at the base of the handle and ring it gently with the left hand move the sound out into the room.

Striking the bell gives you more control over the sound it is best to use a wooden stick. You can also use your bell like a singing bowl, just tap the bell and run the wooden stick around the rim.

Singing Bowls – Again begin at the back of your house or space hold the bowl in your hand, while tapping then running the wooden stick clockwise around the rim of the bowl don’t forget to do this in each corner, going counter clockwise beginning and ending at the door.  Carry on and do this in each room until you reach the front door.

Another option is to place the bowl on a soft surface in the centre of each room and gently strike the wooden stick on the rim and drag around the rim if the bowl, again clockwise. Do this 4 times in each room allowing the vibrations to reach every corner of the room.

Once you reach the front door, open the door, allowing the negative energy to leave and welcoming positive energy in. The air will feel light and the vibration of the space will be high, soothing, energizing and balanced.

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Beltane

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Beltane is one of my favourite pagan holidays because it represents fertility, abundance and growth.  Like Samhain, the opposite holiday on the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin, and a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits.

A festival of fun and merriment, a time of feasting and Maypole dancing,  as we celebrate the woodland union of The God and Goddess it is a time of rejoicing in the Earth’s fertility.  A beautiful time of year, often some of the sunniest warm days and surrounded by May blossoms, bluebells in the forests the whole world blooming with new life.

Beltane is associated with the Celtic God Bel, also known as Balor or Belenus. He is a God of Light and Fire, and associated with the Sun (akin to the Greek Apollo). Fires were the traditional symbol of Beltane.

Maypole dancing, originally a trunk of a fir tree with side branches removed, but you can use any large branch to tie your ribbons on its great fun. It also represents the ancient phallic symbol of fertility and the God aspect. The cauldron represents the goddess for love romantic and well as self love.

People would jump over the sacred Beltane fire, the young, unmarried men would leap the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure fertility.

Beltane fire ritual

Build a fire outside make sure it’s somewhere safe and dance round it with your partner or friends. In ancient times this was done naked after drinking a fair amount of wine. It was probably more fun that way! Anyway, fully clothed is more an expectable way to have a fire ceremony.

Designate a May Queen and King of the Forest to lead the celebrations and dancing. Invite your loved ones and friends to celebrate and together you eat and drink.

Beltane blessing

Beltane is here, and we welcome the time of fertility.
We greet this season of fire, love, and passion
with open arms and loving hearts.
We come together to create life
to honour the Divine union between masculine and feminine
from which all life flows.
As the Earth grows and creates life, we shall grow and create life.
So mote it be.

Beltane celebrations

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane – Green Man, Spring Maiden, May Queen.

Prepare a crown of flowers for the May Queen/Maiden.

Prepare a crown of greenery and a staff with bells, long ribbons and leaves for the Green Man.

Beltane Incense: Mulberry, lilac and frankincense.

Candle Colours: Yellow and White.

Ritual Colours: Green and Yellow.

Decorate your Altar with green and yellow, May blossom and young Oak leaves.

Kindle a bonfire, make and cook your own oatcakes.

Create your own Maypole, crown with a circle of young leaves, fresh May blossom and flowers, decorate with ribbons and bells. Go dance and enjoy

Decorate your altar in vibrant flowers you can use roses and flowers in any rainbow hues, and don’t forget your crystals.

Make your own sacred maypole using found wood, rainbow ribbons, and topped with a quartz point you can also place this on your altar.

If you’re looking to attract a new love, light a purple or green candle on the evening before May 1, and again on May 1 night, while you visualize the relationship coming into your life, asking that it manifest for the highest good of all.

So it is, so it shall be, and so it has always been. As you celebrate this special day, let the colours of nature inspire you to remember that all things bloom again, and a time for lovers to find each other again.

May you find yourself, your spirit, your passion, remember it’s never too late for you to become who you are intended to be.

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Imbolc – February 2nd

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This is one of the four fire festivals it celebrates the first signs of spring, this is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, the first sprouting of leaves and the sprouting of the Crocus flowers. It is the day that we celebrate the passing of winter and make way for spring and the day we honour the rebirth of the Sun.

It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid, Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Midwifery. She is a triple Goddess, so we honour her in all her aspects.

At this time of year, Wiccans will light multiple candles, white for Brigid, yellow or red for the God this is to remind us of the passing of winter and the entrance into spring, the time of the Sun.

It is also a festival of light and of fertility, once marked in Europe with huge blazes, torches and fire in every form. Fire here represents our own illumination and inspiration as much as light and warmth.

Imbolc is also known as Feast of Torches, Waxing Light, Brighid’s Day, and probably by many other names.

It is traditional upon Imbolc, at sunset or just after ritual, to light every lamp in the house or turn on every light if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honour of the Sun’s rebirth.

Ritual for Imbolc.

Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly, Besom, Spring Flowers
Colours: White, Orange, Red
Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Bloodstone, Onyx, Amethyst
Supplies: white flowers, an orange candle anointed with cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil (unlit), red candle to represent the elements, and your ritual supplies.

Arrange your altar, light the candles and cast your Circle.
Invoke the Goddess and God you can say such words like the following.

This is the time of the feast of torches, when every lamp blazes and shines to welcome the rebirth of the God. I celebrate the Goddess. I celebrate the God.

Light the orange taper from the red candle on the altar. Slowly walk the circle clockwise, bearing the candle before you.

Say these or similar words:
All the land is wrapped in winter, the air is chilled and frost envelopes the earth.
Lord of the Sun the horned one of animals and wild places unseen, you have been reborn of the gracious mother goddess of all fertility, Hail great god, Hail and welcome.

Stop before the altar, holding the candle and gaze at its flame then visualize your life filled with renewed energy and strength.

If you feel the need to look into the future, now is a good time. Spell work or magic may follow. Then celebrate with a simple feast, when your finished remember to thank the Goddess and God and then close your circle.

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