Animal spirits have the most amazing meanings that you will ever find in the spirit world. They are so incredibly pure and unfiltered with their intentions. If you see a vision, a dream, or a spirit of an animal; they have come to deliver a message or to protect you.
There are a lot of misconceptions about certain animals, I highly suggest you research their meanings in things like “Totems” or “Spirit Animal” search pages. A lot of the dream dictionaries will state that certain animals are a negative omen. I do not believe this! I’m sorry (#sorrynotsorry), but snakes do not equate to the devil and ravens are not an omen of death. Call me an optimist, but that is just ridiculous and I choose to see them as positive symbols.
There are animal spirits that will linger around individuals for the sole purpose of protection. They have chosen to stay with you and be part of your spiritual groupies. Which is awesome! Good for you. Still do the research on what their totem meaning is though, regardless of their purpose they still carry a message through their spiritual form.
My totems have changed over the years, but a few of them always seem to find their way back to me no matter where I go.
Frogs always sit at the front door of every house I have ever lived in. As a personal totem, they symbolize being at ease with the world of intuition, feminine energies, and the magic of nature and the elements. Which is right on point.
Cats have always managed to live with me. I never look for them and I have never actually gone out of my way to find one, I just always end up with them. They choose me. It is said that being followed by the cat’s spirit fosters a balance between ones personal need for freedom and time alone with the company of others and social activities. Which is a surprisingly accurate description of my home life. I am not solely an introvert or an extrovert, I need both in a steady and consistent balance, which is very indicative of the feline personality.
A new totem, that actually found me recently, has been the Raven. I am told they are never around the house unless I am there on the property. Whenever I am open to the spirit world or truly unencumbered by the chaos of the world, no matter where I am, Ravens begin to gather or circle in the sky. According to my research, the raven seeks stillness and quiet, and prefers it to the constant onslaught of chatter and noise in daily lives. The people that have them as a totem are wise and are often used as messengers for others. The spirit world uses them as a bridge to the physical world in order to bring forth its messages. Hey, that sounds a bit like a psychic, doesn’t it? Funny how that is.
Another thing I want to address, which is super important to me, is not to discount the animal/insect that you have a phobia of. They find you for a reason! I have people close to me that are utterly inconsolable when it comes to spiders, but have you (persons I am referring to) stopped to actually check out what it means for them to constantly find you? Let me help you out…
“If a spider has woven its way into your life: The Spider is bringing your attention to your creativity. Is it at a peak right now? Are you ignoring your ideas and dreams? Have you taken the time to find the balance between your past and your future? All these are subtle messages that you need to focus on. This arachnid is giving you the message that you weave your own web in life. The reality you see before you was created by yourself. If it does not suit you then it is time to make changes.“
Pretty interesting stuff isn’t it?
My phobia is weird as hell and involves a very unlucky instance of almost swallowing a 3 inch (wing to wing) moth while I lived in the desert. To this day, just seeing them makes me have the instinct to gag, my body convulses and I have to force myself to look away. Somehow they always seem to find me and I hate it, but I also see that they are there to tell me something.
Moth totem meaning: “You are the most optimistic of souls! You can find the silver lining in every crisis, the light in any darkness and the love in any frustration. Your ability to seek out the positive in any situation makes you a good listener for your peers, a great peer counselor and advice giver, as well as highly sought after as a friend. You are popular, generous with your attention and understand the subtleties of the way the universe works around you. You have a gift for attracting what you need in life and have very little difficulty moving through life changes and transformations. You find joy in rituals and dance. You also know how to use your intuition and have a great deal of psychic awareness.”
See? That shit is magical you guys. I may hate moths with a passion, but what that says above is a surprisingly perfect description of who I am on the inside, the side that I guard very carefully within me. I very rarely let anyone see that side, well, at least not until they earn it. That may sound conceited, but a person gets taken advantage of enough times in their life, they learn to keep that side under lock and key. Look at that message though! I had to almost swallow a massive moth to finally get that message. Maybe if I wasn’t so dang stubborn sometimes it wouldn’t have taken that drastic of a measure for the universe to make it’s point.
Try to open your eyes to the signs sometimes. Like I have said on many occasions, you may not want to learn the things that the universe has in store for you, but you obviously need to hear it. Give it a shot.
Go with light and love.