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Old 06-09-14   #1
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Question Can I find my Animal Guide/Totem using the DAO?

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I was just wondering… Would it be farfetched to try and identify my animal spirit guide and/or totem animal (some people view those as two different things) through using the Druid Animal Oracle? By that, I mean, directly asking, "Which animal is my spirit animal totem?" and then shuffling and drawing one card. I suppose it eliminates a lot of species not included in the deck, though. I wonder if you could rephrase it, "Which animal in this deck guides me more than any other?" or "Out of the animals in this deck, which is most suited to me as my totem animal?" What do you all think?

Oh yeah, if you own this deck and work with it, what animals did you put on the three blank cards - that is, if you did that. And, what medium of artwork did you use to illustrate them? I put the snail, the whale, and the dolphin. I'm not a very good artist, yet also a neat freak, so I found images off of Google images, resized and cropped them, and then printed them out and carefully taped them into place. I'll scan in pictures of them and post them in this thread later on
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LoT - well, first, I don't think it's far-fetched exactly, but I would look for your Totem (yes, I make a distinction) in Vision work. I can suggest a basic technique for that (later today) if you want - I'd make it formal, work in circle, and journey as many times as you need, until you *know*.

For me, your Totem is fixed and lifelong, whereas Spirit Helpers come and go. You could easily work with your Oracle to find a Helper right now; every year, on January 1, I draw three cards (with the same Oracle) and one represents my main helper for that year. One represents the aspect of Self I will need to grapple with or overcome, and one represents the aspect that will help me the most. I find these readings to be very powerful - but, I also listen deeply to the animals that *appear* in unusual ways, as in the Moose walking through our back field, or anything in dreams or inner journeys. you may have read about my extraordinary Contact last month, with white birds that heralded the death of my very loved Aunt Judi.

very basically, I divide my own relationship with Animals into three categories:

1) Totem - found through trance, divination, sense of gnosis - and permanent -Lifelong
2) Helpers gleaned though divination, deliberate seeking - a yearly reading or any numebr of readings throughout the year. I often use my RWS deck for clarity on the core reading, as in asking the deck for more information about the original three animals I drew at the start of the year.
3) Unsought - the animals (birds, reptiles) that just arrive and carry meaning. It takes some time to learn to differentiate between just seeing an uncommon bird visitor, and knowing there is a message. I encourage people to work with their own true responses, because it's only through trial and error you learn to differentiate. You will certainly learn a lot about Animal Medicine through that process, too!

For example;
my Totem is the Butterfly; this year I drew Fox as my main "theme" Animal - and, without any seeking., I have had two major, unexpected Otter encounters so far this summer. Otter informs both my need to slow down and play more, and the risks associated with too much socializing. Otter represents the need for balance. I didn't get that clearly enough when I did my yearly reading (Otter was the detriment card) so, I got a huge reminder. Wren has played a key role this year too, in both readings and sightings.

Once you really tune into this current of magic, it's absolutely astonishing. I'll be interested to hear where you go with it.
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I phrased the reading in this way, "Which of the animal archetypes in this oracle am I best suited to work with right now at this period in my Druidic studies?" I got the Wren, right-side up. We don't have wrens in Northern California and I don't think I've ever seen one before, let alone what it looks like, what it's like in general, how it acts, what sounds it makes, or what behaviors it enacts - I'm going to research the general stuff (taxonomy, behavior, biology) and then look at pictures and videos of them on Google and YouTube… Just so I know what the animal is, in the academic sense. Then I'm going to go into a deeper, more archetypal and shamanic study of the wren.

As for the totem animal… I do have this helper that I could ask. (Gosh, sometimes talking about shamanic things sounds kind of crazy…) When I started doing the Bardic Grove Ceremony, I met this old Druid-looking man in my visions, and have spoken with him in trance-like visualizations at times. He usually doesn't speak or answer questions, but sometimes he does. He's also shown up in the CD meditations from Mara Freeman when his presence wasn't part of the guided imagery at all. When I did the shamanic journey to Dinas Affaron in Gwers Ten, he was there in my Sacred Grove and escorted me onto a horse and then slapped its hind quarters to get it running. Seeing that horse enter into the circle of trees has never left my mind. I know the horse was part of the visualization exercise, but I've often wondered if it means more than that. It wasn't white and female, as the exercise described it in the Gwers; it was brown and male. I think I should look into this particular horse in more depth…

Oddly enough, when it comes to trying to divine your totem animal using a deck that's got a lot more animal species in it - which I tried, (with the Animal Whispers Oracle deck), I got the manta ray. I have no idea what a manta ray would symbolize, lol.
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Oh yeah, did you do the Dinas Affaron shamanic vision journey exercise? If so, and if you feel okay with sharing about it, what did you find there? I met up with the Pheryllt and they gave me a blank journal and a deck of cards that had plain brown backs. Less than a week later I was drawn to the DruidCraft Tarot and found that the cards are exactly the same as what I saw in the vision. I also found a journal that I use just for the OBOD program sometime later that just happens to be identical to the one in the Dinas Affaron journey. I didn't technically *find* it somewhere random though - I found a journal I liked on Etsy and ordered it and then noticed later that it was identical to the one from the dream state vision.
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I wrote you a detailed reply and a two-second power out erased it all. And now I am behind in work, lol! It will have to wait.

There definitely are wrens in your area - just have to dig up which species. They are an ancient Druidic bird and a very powerful symbol for you right now. One idea about using cards for your Totem - I don't advise it, but if you do, use a deck that has fewer species and more resonance. I wouldn't use, say,a Ted Andrews deck with all the insects and African animals etc. I admit to using the Medicine Cards(Jamie samms) when I found my own, but that was before you were born, lol. And - external signs repeatedly reinforced it.

Journey in vision, ask for a totem, watch nature around you, in a calm state, not frenzied searching. Make offerings, stay patient. It will come.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wren#Di...on_and_habitat
http://www.birds-of-north-america.net/wrens.html
http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/art...g_of_birds.asp
http://www.spiracanada.com/ravendreamer/totems/wren.htm
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Some animals that have been highly spiritual to/for/with me have been the snail, the dolphin, and the whale. For that reason, those are the three animals I put on my three blank DAO cards… The bottle-nosed dolphin is not a UK/Druid animal as the waters up there are too cold for them, but they do have baleen whales and snails around there.

I learned so much about patience and perseverance from the snail… Studied them by watching them for hours every evening for two or three years (consequently, I know more about their mating processes than any average person would ever want to contemplate, lol).

The dolphin and the whale I seem to have some sort of deep, spiritual connection to. I collect all sorts of things with dolphins on them, dolphin cards, dolphin tarots, larimar (the Dominican Republic's national stone that represents the dolphin and Atlantis), dolphin energy orgones - I've been doing this for as long as I can remember - in fact, sometimes my most accurate card readings come from Nancy Clemens' Dolphin Divination Cards. I always am giving huge donations to dolphins and whales - this year to the beluga, and I tend to listen to and meditate to a LOT of dolphin and whale song CDs. In my dreams and visions I swim with them in the stars.

This deep connection is another thing that's curious to me about a possible totem animal here… Pulling the Manta Ray from that other deck seemed to have a sort of eerie connection to the dolphin - same waters, environments, they see/encounter each other throughout their lifetimes, both seem to radiate peace and non-aggression, etc. etc. So perhaps pulling that manta ray card was just some sort of aspect of the dolphin… I don't know.

Last night I did the Sacred Grove meditation in search of my totem. The old man was there - I still don't know his name… He rarely ever speaks (just whistles, sings, or plays a harp). I waited and waited but no animal came. I'm not discouraged though… It's just going to take time and, I feel, that you can't demand an animal spirit to show up at your preferred time/planned meditation - I think it will show up when it wants to and when it's ready to and you're ready for it
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Sorry to hear your original post go blitzed - I HATE that! I've gotten so angry about that before that I've wanted to smash the computer. Other times I've actually broken down crying. Silly, I know. Now I copy everything to the clipboard every few sentences or so and I always copy to the clipboard compulsively before hitting submit on any website
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How is this process going for you. LoT? Just following up.
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I'm enjoying it. I pulled the River Otter again recently. That was the first card that came up a year or so ago. Then the Wren. Now the River Otter again - and I just saw one a week or so ago for the first time ever. I've been looking into the otter a lot now.
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do you meditate with the animals you draw, visualize them and ask their spirit to be with you and that you are open to their magic

sometime if you are looking to work on a particular part of your life such as patience.......call the animal or bird etc that helps you learn these lessons
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