Grasshopper Symbolism and Meanings
As an animal totem, the grasshopper appeals to artists, musicians and dancers. To wit, the lilting song this creature emits is an inspiration to our muse; its skittering and jumping is divine choreography. The artist within us all easily recognizes the grasshopper making its own dance steps, and grooving to its own special melody.
The grasshopper moves to its own rhythm and tune, indicating this creature is a advocate of intuition and listening to our inner voices.
The grasshopper encourages us to listen to our own stirrings - those beautiful chirping lullaby's that sing in our hearts are indications of our inner beauty and creativity. The grasshopper totem reminds us these inner musings must never be silenced - rather, they should be nurtured, and always remain as the background music to the performance of our lives.
As with most insect totems, the grasshopper keeps itself to the ground. As such, this is a grounding totem, and the grasshopper can teach us stability, patience, security, and solidarity.
The grasshopper chooses those of us who are innovators, forward-thinkers, and those who progress in life by unorthodox methods. This is because grasshopper symbolism recognizes tremendous leaps of faith, impressive jumps in progress and consistent forward momentum. Those with this totem are likely to aim high, and achieve amazing feats - they take great leaps where others fear to tread (or jump, in this case).
What is the crow’s meaning?
Throughout history, the crow has been associated with both positive and negative symbolic meanings. The most common are:
mystery of creation
Being fearless, audacious
Trickster, manipulative, mischievous Other traditional meanings associate the crow with bad omen, death, and dark witchcraft. The crow also carries the power of prophetic insight and symbolizes the void or core of creation.
Originally posted by Darkblade71
reply to post by spacedoubt
Thanks for the correction!
I do appreciate accuracy,
especially when it is something I say
Cunning rat of silent creeping,
Friend of Ganesha, lord of might,
Guide me through mazes by your foresight,
For all good things are mine by right.
People with a Rat totem have a pronounced drive for success.
Ask yourself if you are pushing too hard or to the contrary,
if you are not pushing hard enough.
Rat also give their totem people a great ability to adapt to almost any environment.
Rat shows you how to gain foresight in any coming situation to avoid problems.
Rat people are cunning and shrewd, and can defend themselves aggressively when necessary.
They can also be restless and nervous and need to be careful of these traits.
The Hindu God of Overcoming Obstacles Ganesh uses a Rat as his steed.
For the Hindus, the Rat represents prudence and foresight.
Which is the reason that you see rats leaving a ship before it sinks or scurrying out of a building before it collapses. They know....
To the ancient Egyptians, Rats symbolized wisdom. Rat is the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac, symbolizing fertility and wealth. A white Rat is the companion of the Japanese god of happiness and a symbol of Daikoku, the god of prosperity.
Eagle's medicine includes
illumination of Spirit,
knowledge of magic,
ability to see hidden spiritual truths,
rising above the material to see the spiritual,
ability to see the overall pattern/big picture,
connection to spirit guides and teachers and higher truths,
great power and balance,
dignity with grace,
intuitive and creative spirit,
respect for the boundaries of the regions,
grace achieved through knowledge and hard work.
Us earthbound humans have for time unknown been inspired by the sight of eagles soaring high in the sky. In ancient Greece the eagle was associated with Zeus, who sometimes shape shifted into one so he could hurl his thunderbolts. In some Native American belief systems the eagle symbolises the Thunderbird, also associated with thunder and lightning. The eagle is a sacred messenger, carrying our prayers on its wings to the Creator/All That Is/Spirit, and returning with gifts and visions for the people.
Eagle feathers assist medicine people/shamans in connecting with Spirit for healing.
They are deemed the most sacred healing tools, a symbol of power, healing and wisdom.
The eagle is also linked to the sun in Gaelic lore, having been called in the Gaelic language Suil-na-Greine,
Eye of the Sun. As well as its ties with the powerful energies of the sky, Eagle holds a deeper meaning. From eagle we learn that life looks different from an aerial perspective. We need to take a new view on the challenges in our lives. If we don't readily find solutions it may be because our vision is too limited to see the solutions that are so glaringly obvious.
Tying in with this thread of thought, one of the lessons to be learned from eagle is not to depend exclusively on intellectual solutions. Through its connection to the air element, eagle is connected to intelligence, but also to Spirit, the knowing that goes far beyond intellect.
Some of Eagles powers are independence, vision and strength. We can see why the eagle has been, and still is, revered. The eagles home is the freedom of the sky. He spends most of his time fearlessly flying high above, bridging heaven and earth, scanning below carefully. Their vision is 8 times stronger than humans, enabling them to see prey miles off. Weighing less than a domestic cat, Eagles strength has nothing to do with his size. Their feet and talons are stronger than a human hand, able to soar down with precision grabbing hold of their prey, mid-flight.
Eagles beak is connected to his jaw and the strongest part of his body. It is designed for breaking and crushing. We are reminded to pay attention to our speech and how it affects others. What we say and tone of our voice should be examined. We mainly use our jaws for speaking. The lesson here is to control what we say, how much and when. Uncontrolled talk makes it easy to hurt someone verbally, to break or crush them with your words. The vision they posses helps us learn to take a step back and view the bigger picture. We need to view the past and the present objectively, whilst looking towards the future. We need to open our minds and hearts to see past old, restricting beliefs that are holding us back.
Eagle teaches us to courageously face our fear of the unknown, so we are then able to fly as high as our heart's joy can take us. Your strengths need to be utilised wisely and remember, to soar like Eagle you must view things with caution, being confident and trusting your abilities. Eagle is also linked with courage. To give up our limited perspectives, to release ourselves from comfortable, familiar thought patterns, even when they don't appear to be working, and fly into a larger world requires that we are brave enough to enter unknown realms.
This is further emphasized by Native American and Celtic tales, of shamans and druids who shapeshifted into eagles. Mental and emotional shapeshifting is sometimes necessary if we want to grow and learn. As with all things there are risks involved in allowing our beings to assume new forms, however the rewards are greater. Eagle asks us to recognize that the earth is not our only home, as well for us to join it in the flight to our true home - the world of Spirit.
Originally posted by Tiger5
Mine is a Ratel Which is a Southern African badger. I met it whilst doing shamanic training back in the day . It was about 6 ft tall whe walking on its hindlegs. I did not know what it was until I saw one one a nature programme where it used a piece of wood as a tool to get at some fruit by moving it into position and climbing onto it.
Badger symbolizes aggressiveness, reliance, self-expression, holding ones own, link to the underworld and the magic and mystery of creation, link to plant and animal spirits, fearlessness, boldness, braveness
The power of the badger lies in is its aggressiveness and the readiness to fight for what it wants. On the flip side, the badger is also about healing - they are the keeper of Earth's healing herbs. Badger will persevere in finding a cure. People with this power animal are often healers and have the guts to use unconventional methods.
Badger’s are a member of the weasel family. They grow 2-3 feet long are around 12 inches high. As they have poor eyesight, family members often mark one another with scent. However, their sense of hearing and smell are excellent. Those with this power animal could do well in jobs that use sound as a healing tool. You may also need to develop clear sight, psychically and physically and not only depend on your other senses for survival.
People with this power animal also usually :
* are leaders and bosses and will get the job done.
* quick to express their feelings with concern for the consequences.
* likely to be solitary but comfortable and happy with themselves and their own company.
* are self-reliant
When used correctly, this is a powerful power animal to have on your side!