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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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Deer Animal Totem: Gentleness and Innocence
Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings that are in our lives. Don't push towards change in others; rather gently nudge them in right direction with the love that comes from a Deer totem. A Deer totem shows you a new innocence and freshness in life. You will feel the gentle lure of new adventures. There will be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.
Dog Animal Totem: Faithfulness and Protection
The Dog is a symbol of the small becoming the great. People with this totem have great spirit and a great ability to love. It takes a lot to break a dog spirit. A Dog totem is a great spirit booster. People with a Dog totem are usually helping others or serving humanity in some way. Dog medicine embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the fierce energy of protector. You will have a deep understanding and compassion of human shortcomings.
Dolphin Animal Totem: The Power of Breath and Sound
Dolphin reminds us to listen more and talk less. Through listening to someone while they talk, you can "hear" the tones of the voice, not just the words. Also, listen when you are outdoors - listen to the heartbeat of Mother Earth, to the sound of the birds. Listen to the trees talking as a breeze rustles their leaves. Sound is creative life force. Learn from nature and Dolphin how to create inner sounds so that you can create outer manifestations. A Dolphin totem can show you how to enter the waters of life and then with breath and sound call forth what you most need or desire. Sounds are a part of dolphin life, and therefore, if you have this totem, they need to be a part of yours. Dolphins always seem to be smiling - take a clue from them and smile more often. Be more loving and kind towards people and they will return the same. Dolphins are also one of three sentient beings here on Earth (humans and Whales are the other two) and we are just now beginning to understand their complex language.
Dove Animal Totem: Feminine, Peace, Maternity, Prophecy
The Dove is the embodiment of maternal instinct. She can connect you to Mother Earth and her creative energies. Her mournful call speaks to our deepest self and stirs our emotions. The voice of the dove is a rain song and brings us hope of a new beginning. The dove is the totem of "Between Times" and shows us the time of the thinning of the veils between the physical and the spiritual world.
Dragon Animal Totem: Protection, Elemental Magic
If you have a Dragon, your soul has lived during a time when spiritual practices were predominant. It is rare that a younger soul would have a Dragon totem. Dragon represents the supernatural, infinity itself and the spiritual powers of change and transformation. It is a fierce protector and adds extra power to any magic you may perform.
A Fire Dragon Animal Totem brings vitality, enthusiasm and courage. He will help you overcome obstacles and give you qualities of leadership and mastery. He can fuel your inner fires. He is a powerful protector. Fire is the element of transformation, so he can help you transform yourself, your life or change the energy around others.
An Air Dragon Animal Totem brings Inspiration, Insight, and Vitality. This totem must be treated with great respect. Great flashes of illumination in intellect and psyche are possible with this totem. The Air Dragon brings insight and clarity to all problems. Trust your inner voice.
An Earth Dragon Animal Totem brings Power, Potential, and Riches. This totem shows us our potential, our riches: what we are capable of. With his help, we can discover the beauty and power that lies in all of us. He lives deep within the Earth and can help you ground scattered energies. When you call him, think of a slow moving, heavy Dragon pulling himself toward you. Feel his weight around you. He will nurture you as Mother Earth does.
A Water Dragon Animal Totem brings Passion, Depth, and Connection. This totem brings memories and wishes, perhaps long hidden, to the surface. By facing painful past experiences, we can achieve a sense of peace and balance in our lives. This totem gives us the courage and compassion in this challenge. This Dragon also has the gift of emotional healing since he lives in the element of Water.
Dragonfly Animal Totem: Illusion, the Power of Light
Dragonfly is the power of light. The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits that need changing. Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. Dragonfly brings the light and color of transformation into your life.
Duck Animal Totem: Emotional Comfort and Protection
Duck is connected to feminine energies, the astral plane and emotions through their connection with water. Duck reminds us to drink deeply from the waters of life. Find comfort in your element and with those of like mind and spirit. Duck teaches you how to maneuver through the waters of life with grace and comfort. Psychologist and therapists often have Duck as a totem, assisting them to help others move through emotional tangles.
Donkey Animal Totem: Hard Work and Patience
Donkey gives you the gift of hard work and the willingness to help others. Donkey people are hard workers and always willing to lend a helping hand. Donkey also gives you the gift of patience. A person with a Donkey totem must learn to proceed slowly and cautiously, but still moving forward. Be aware of giving too much of yourself to the point of exhaustion. Learn to set limits by saying no.
Dingo Animal Totem: Groups, Adaptation, Energy
Dingo teaches us about the importance of group dynamics and about status, respect and the pack mentality. Study your relationship in the groups of humans around you and learn your position. If you do not like it, Dingo equips you with the energy to learn to accept it, or to challenge your position in a group. Dingo also teaches us about family wisdom. This wisdom when given to us from Dingo helps us to maintain monogamy despite disloyalty, partnership in the face of great conflict, and a cohesive family dynamic despite any internal rivalries. Dingo teaches us that families are not perfect, but they can be a wellspring of support, and in turn they can also provide us avenues towards new opportunity. Dingo is a spirit messenger; its presence in a reading or in dreams can signify messages coming through from the creator, or from other deities and spirits. Dingo teaches us the value of taking risks whenever we see opportunity. Dingo brings radical change and a need for adaptation in our lives. If we resist this change and ignore the opportunities, we may find that Dingo can teach harsh and painful lessons when life passes us by, or when change is forced upon us regardless of how we try to ignore it. However, if we embrace Dingo energy, then we find that the positive aspects of change and risk-taking far outweigh the negative. Dingo is a powerful energy, and can help us to change our attitude towards life, becoming more proactive as people in the process.
Storm Dragons give their totem people the power of a storm, combining Water and Air properties. You have Water's gift of emotion and Air's gift of problem solving and clear thinking. Their gift is powerful and must be used wisely. If your emotions get out of control, a Storm Dragon could cause a real storm to appear in answer to your emotional outburst.
A Snow Dragon gifts are calmness and tranquility. It can tame the fiercest of fires, cool the deepest pain, and stop water's torrents. Its totem people are healers and counselors, mediators and peacekeepers. They try to stop fights, arguments and help with anger and grief. A Snow Dragon person is powerful but always gentle.