Individual Totem Animals


Badger Animal Totem: Aggressiveness, Reliance, Self-Expression

The power of the Badger totem is its aggressiveness and the willingness to fight for what it wants. This aggression can also be turned to healing - for Badger is the keeper of Earth's healing herbs. Badger people are often leaders and bosses, the one who will get the job done. If you have a Badger as a totem, you will likely be solitary but comfortable being alone. You are comfortable in your own skin and very self-reliant. Badger anger can get you out of apathy, but be careful not to cut yourself (or others) to ribbons. Badger is a powerful totem when used properly.

Bat Animal Totem: Transition, Rebirth

A Bat totem appearing in your life is a call for the end of a way of life and the beginning of another. You must face your greatest fears and get rid of the part of your life that no longer is needed. This transition is very frightening for many: "better the devil you know..." But you will not grow spiritually until the old parts are gone. Face the darkness before you and you will find the light in rebirth.

Bear Animal Totem: Caution, Healing, Leadership

The power of the Bear totem is the power of introspection. The answers to all our questions lie within us. Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence and know. Just as the bear hibernates during the winter, people with a Bear totem will be quieter during the winter months. But they must awaken in the spring and seek whatever opportunities are around them. When you have a Bear totem, you are being guided to a leadership role. You must be fearless in defending your beliefs. The Bear also encourages you to exercise your abilities as a natural healer.  (Note: Polar Bear has its own entry.)

Beaver Animal Totem: Dream Builder

The Beaver reminds us that we have to act on our dreams to make them a reality. It is the time for action. Beaver can show you how to construct wonderful dreams! If you are a Beaver person, do not neglect your dental care. It is essential to those with a Beaver totem. A Beaver is also sets the example of teamwork for you to take into your work life and your family life. Dreams are easier to build with a team helping.

Bee Animal Totem: Fertility, Accomplishing the Impossible

Bee tells you to take the time to appreciate and enjoy the sweetness of life. Bee's gift to you is productivity - making the best of your time so you have some time for yourself. The bee reminds us to extract the honey of life and to make our lives fertile (productive) while the sun shines. No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams. Bee people are very focused and hard workers. They are capable of succeeding at whatever they attempt. Although they are self-sufficient, they work best when they are working with others. If a Bee has shown up in your life, examine your own productivity.

Blackbird Animal Totem: Omens and Mysticism

Blackbirds symbolize the tie to nature and her energies. Recharge your energy by sitting in a quiet outdoors spot and through meditation, with Blackbird's help, you can gain a new understanding of the forces of nature all around you. You can go a step further and use Blackbird's ability to open doors to the ethereal planes. Imagine Blackbird flying ahead of you, leading the way, so that you can go deeper into meditation than ever before and possibly even achieve astral travel. Blackbird is also the symbol of change and when you see many Blackbirds around you, it means that change is coming. Place close attention to where you see Blackbird and what you are doing and you may be able to foresees what changes are coming.

Bluebird Animal Totem: Modesty, Happiness

Bluebird is a reminder that you are born to happiness and fulfillment, but you can sometimes get so wrapped up in everyday things, that happiness seems rare. Bluebird reminds you to take time to enjoy yourself. Bluebird is associated with the throat chakra and creative expression. Bluebird is symbolic of the need to work hard and play hard. Be careful of shouldering too much responsibility. Bluebirds, and their totem people, are gentle and unaggressive. They do not push or bully, but they are very scrappy if threatened. A Bluebird person should have their front door facing south, the door for awakening their inner child.

Blue Jay Animal Totem: Proper Use of Power

If you have a Blue Jay totem, you must learn to use your personal power properly. Be careful not bully others. The word "jay" comes from the Latin word "Gaea" which is Mother Earth. A Blue Jay totem links you directly with the power of the Earth itself. It can link the heavens and the Earth and give you access to universal energies and power. If Blue Jay is your totem, you may have tremendous abilities and potential, but you must learn not to be scattered and neglect to develop your abilities to their fullest. Blue Jay people can become dabblers - a little bit of knowledge about many things but master of none. Develop your gifts and you will have unlimited potential.

Boar, Pig, Javelina Animal Totem: Self-Reliance, Protection

This totem is one of the most powerful and its gifts are many. Boar is the totem of prosperity and spiritual strength. It is also a strong protector totem. Boar is the master of its domain and can teach you that same self-reliance. With Boar's help, you can face all of life's problems head on and emerge the stronger for it. It is a fearless guide through any tribulations you may face on your life path. Since Boars root around in the dirt, this totem is very connected to Mother Earth and is an excellent grounding totem. Before grounding, imagine you are Boar, low to the earth, standing firm and strong, and digging deeply into Mother Earth.

Bobcat Animal Totem: Silence and Secrets

People with a Bobcat totem are often solitary like their totem animal. Coming to terms with that, learning to be alone without being lonely is part of what the Bobcat can teach. Bobcat people often become keeper of secrets and they must learn never to break their silence and friend's confidences. Bobcats have the ability to turn on and off creative forces. Bobcat magic uses darkness and secrecy; be silent about your magic and power - don't broadcast what you can do to everyone. Speaking of it dissipates the power. You must learn when to speak, how much to say, and what to share with others. This is essential. Bobcat people are night people.

Buffalo Animal Totem: Prayer and Abundance

Those who have a Buffalo totem must walk a sacred path, honoring every walk of life. You will achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and you must be humble enough to ask for assistance and then be grateful for those gifts. A Buffalo totem will seek to help you establish a deep connection to Mother Earth and it will ask you to help the endangered species of our planet. He will bring you strength of character and an independent spirit. It is the totem of abundance. Do not push or force, but follow the easiest path. Buffalo medicine is knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every part of creation. Buffalo medicine is prayer, gratitude and praise. Praying for the needs of all creatures, for harmony and give praise for the gifts you have already received.

All images are public domain.
Some of the information on this webpage was derived from the following sources:
Sams, Jamie & Carson, David. Medicine Cards: the Discovery of Power Through the Way of Animals. Santa Fe, NM. 1988. Print.
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Butterfly Animal Totem:  Change, joy and color

It is the symbol of the soul. They remind us that life is a dance, not to take things quite so seriously. They also remind us to get up and move. Dance brings the sweetness of life. Butterflies bring color and joy to your life. Look at them and remember what joy is in your life, if it's a lot or a little, it is still joy. They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to traumatic; it can occur gently, sweetly, and joyfully.

Bull Animal Totem: Productivity and Power

A Bull totem gives you physical power, and the need to protect your family. A Bull person tends to be stubborn and when you want something, you are determined and resolute. You value commitment and once you commit to something or someone, you are in for the long run. You carry yourself with an air of nobility and expect respect from others. Call on Bull when you need a burst of strength and endurance. If you are facing difficult times or a difficult challenger, Bull will see you through it.

Bobolink Animal Totem: Endurance and Awakening Abilities

Bobolink is a member of the Blackbird family, so that bird needs to be studied as well. Bobolink awakens the mind to changes in your perceptions. He stirs psychic abilities and brings to consciousness latent healing gifts and creativity. He shows how to move with determination, assertion, focus and tenacity and how to use your power to its fullest potential. Trust your intuition and watch for synchronicities to show the way. Bobolink gives the gift of endurance. He infuses satisfaction, joy, and empowerment of the hard work you are doing. He teaches the importance of voice and communication and cooperation with others. Bobolink speaks of knowledge and intelligence with an emphasis on utilizing your voice to "sing" beautifully. This is a period of balancing the light and dark and grounding the physical with the spiritual.

Beetle Animal Totem: Transformation

Beetles aid in transformation, metamorphosis, resurrection and rebirth - rebirth of the soul to a new spiritual ideal and renewed devotion. This animal teaches harmony in the coming changes by utilizing your intuitive abilities and teaches discernment where you need it the most. Beetles have a protective quality that will aid in the ability to socialize and communicate effectively by illuminating problems and situations in the correct perspective. Are you eating correctly? Now is the time to examine eating habits. Beetle will teach persistence with charm, trust in the process, proper movement and actions which allows the regeneration of your spirit to prosper.

Bee-Eater Animal Totem: Color and Auras

Bee-eater gives its totem people the ability to see auras around people and animals. They show you how to use color in healing, through color rays, gemstone and visualization. Its totem people are quick and agile. They have the innate ability to research to find the answers to their questions. Families and friends are important to a bee-eater person. Children are usually raised in a family unit, often with help of other family members. Bee-eaters are very gregarious. Weak feet can be a problem for bee-eater people. Bee-eaters are not hard workers, preferring comfort and ease. They are a daytime totem and love the sun.

Baboon Animal Totem: Communication, Adaptability

Baboons are very social in nature, applying facial expressions, hand gestures, and a wide range of different vocal sounds from low-sounding grunts to high-pitched screeches when communicating. If the baboon is your totem it is likely that you have an animated personality who talks with his hands and demonstrates excellent communication skills. You are willing to go to great lengths to get your point across. Also, you are not a person who hides their feelings, you lay everything out for all to see. Baboon totem teaches us not to stuff our emotions. Baboons are also very adaptable to change and are able to interact with humans very well. Baboon people seldom feel like a fish out of water and are comfortable in almost any situation or location. When baboon shows up it may mean that you could soon be asked to lead or give a talk. In Egyptian mythology, Baboon was known as the attendant of Thoth (the god of Communication).

Bulbul: Insight, Messenger

Bulbuls are song-birds, although their song is not very pretty - giving their totem people the gift of seeing past a homely exterior into the true interior of people. Bulbul people are usually faithful to their mates and have long relationships and marriages. Family is very important and older children often help raise the younger ones. When a Bulbul visits you, it is carrying a message for you. Meditate on it and open your mind to hear its message. It might not be what you want to hear, but it is important to listen. The Bulbul's song is the expression of spiritual experiences at various stages of development.

BullfinchAnimal Totem:

Bullfinch is a member of the Finch family and has those characteristics also, but they give their totem people a little extra. They have precise timing of several organized actions as well as accurate control of different pitches and durations of consecutive notes when they sing. They give the gift of precise timing to their people. They give this timing in little spurts of energy, not continuously. Bullfinch people have a way with words, and sometimes are great speakers and orators.

Bunting Animal Totem:

Bunting speaks of knowledge and intelligence with an emphasis on utilizing your voice to "sing" beautifully. She speaks of joy and purity within a small body which speaks from the heart. She can teach when to camouflage oneself in order to rest along with showing oneself when it is time. Emotions may need to surface or remain hidden in order to heal. Pay attention to the color of Bunting for this will guide in understanding. Colorful Buntings may mean adding color and vitality to one's life. Blue/Indigo Buntings is significant of good, truth and love with spiritual origins. White Buntings is also about truth but also light and emphasizes purity, cleansing and healing. Let Bunting sing her song to your heart and allow the singing to show you the way.