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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.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-speak: the Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1993. Print.
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Magpie: Intelligence, Familiars, Occult Knowledge
A Magpie totem helps you use whatever metaphysical or occult knowledge you have - no matter how incomplete it may be. The flip side is that Magpie people can become jacks of all trades, but masters of none - dabbling into everything. Be careful to apply your intelligence to the task and take it to its completion. Magpies have the ability to open up the doorways to the Spirit and Fairy Realms. Magpies have been familiars and if you have one as a totem, it might have been your familiar in a past life. If this is the case, Magpie will be at your side permanently, helping you as it did in the past.
Meerkat: Watchfulness, Group Dynamics
A Meerkat totem teaches how to live within the dynamics of a group, even to sacrifice oneself for the good of the group. It teaches how to be alert and watchful. Meerkats are a female dominate society; therefore the female is very important. If you are a female, Meerkat will show how to find your strength; if you are a man, this totem will show you how to honor your female partner and support her endeavors for the good of the family.
Mockingbird: Finding your Sacred Song
The appearance of Mockingbird signals that it is time to share your inner gifts and not keep them hidden any longer. People with a Mockingbird totem are known for their talents, rather than their appearance. Therefore, look at people through their talents rather than what is on the outside. A beautiful cover can conceal a bad book. Mockingbirds are singers and they call on you to sing along with them. They will help you find your "sacred song" or your life's purpose and Mockingbird will help you "sing" it without fear. Remember that your inner song is never lost - if you missed one opportunity, another one will always appear. Mockingbird also helps you see the life purpose of others - you see what is hidden to most.
Mole: Sense of Touch, Underworld Guidance
A Mole totem gives you a heightened sense of touch. You either derive more pleasure from this or become more aloof because of your sensitivity. Psychic touch is also possible with a Mole totem. People with a Mole totem need to trust their senses. They will know what is true and what is false with just a touch. Mole is also a guide to the Underworld, to hidden treasures and mysterious places. Fresh air is extremely important to a Mole person.
Monkey: Dark and Light
The Monkey represents the dark side of the human psyche, but also holds the key to right living. See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil. The ability to see both the dark and the light may unexpectedly enrich and strengthen. The Monkey totem is creative and imaginative. It can lead you into a deeper study of the origins of the human species and the examination of ancient wisdom. Its agile mentality provides you with inspiration and insight when you most need it.
Moose: Self-Esteem, Primal Feminine Energies
Moose is one of the most ancient of the power totems. A Moose totem gives you sacred and unique energy. With a Moose totem you will be full of contradictions. Awkward yet graceful. Large yet able to move swiftly and silently. Moose people usually have excellent depth perception. Moose is also associated with the maternal forces of the world, the primal feminine energies. This can be awakened through water or the sea, the womb of life. Mediate using the sounds of water or ocean. Autumn is the power time of the Moose. People with a Moose totem instinctively know balance: when to use gentleness, when to use strength. They know what to say, when to say it and to whom. Moose people are usually wise beyond their years.
Mouse: Scrutiny, Detail
Mouse is a great totem when you are feeling overwhelmed and disorganized for Mouse's gift is scrutiny and detail. However, this can also be a great weakness, for people with a Mouse totem can become fixated on methodology and appear to be nit-pickers. They will make the simplest task fraught with difficulty. Everything must be in order in a Mouse's house. Therefore, you must learn that it is good to pay attention to all details, but bad to over-analyze every little thing. If Mouse appears to you, ask yourself if you have neglected the trivial but necessary things in life. Have you become too focused on one or two activities and neglecting opportunities around you? Or are you trying to do too many things at the same time? Mouse medicine can show how to focus and how to attain the big things by working on the little things.
Moth: Relationships; Sense of Smell
Moths are messengers. When they fly around you in great numbers, expect a message to come to you. A single Moth flying around you can mean that what was hidden will be revealed. Moth can cut through confusion, so ask Moth for help when you are being pulled in many directions and are unsure of what project to tackle first. Moth gives you good instincts - when you meet someone, ask yourself if he/she "feels" right. If they feel wrong, walk away. Moth can help you attract a romantic partner; but be sure to trust your senses. If the person is wrong for you, you will feel that the attraction is wrong and may even be repelled by that person. However, if it does feel right, essential oils rather than perfumes or other man-made fragrances will enhance the attraction. Moths are nocturnal so if Moth is your totem you are more active during the evenings and nights.
Nautilus: Intelligence and Camouflage
Nautilus is the symbol of beauty and proportional perfection. Appearance is important to those with this totem - but this is not vanity, but environment. A Nautilus looks one way from above and another from below -- making it blend into its surroundings. They have the ability to conserve their living environment and make it a safe, comfortable place to be.
Mink: Intuition, Joy, Solitude
Mink shows how to walk in the spiritual and physical world with joy and playfulness along with a balance of fighting for just cause. He teaches attention to intuition and timing, keen senses, awareness and how to move in the emotional waters balanced with the mental world. Mink aids in understanding the nocturnal realm of dreams, visions and hidden knowledge. He will teach how to remain within, a quiet solitude of personal space for contemplation. Are you completing a life cycle, something that you started long ago? Mink will aid in this returning with understanding and compassion. Allow Mink's wisdom to show you the power of adaptability and balance.
Mongoose: Defense, Clearing
Mongoose shows you how to defend yourself with courage, honesty and openness so that the outcome will be beneficial to all parties. With Mongoose as your guide, you can pursue your goals with passion and get the results that you desire. When Mongoose appears, it is time to clear out all the clutter in your life - the annoying and distracting things that interfere with your productivity and your ability to relax. Mongoose can show you how to distance yourself from relationships that are not good for you. This can be a problem, for people with a Mongoose totem have a high tolerance and lots of patience with people whom others find annoying and toxic. Mongoose people have fast reflexes and are agile and quick. They are intelligent and witty and have a very clear about their purpose in the world.
Mosquito: Temporary Irritants
Mosquito can show us the unimportant and temporary things that are affecting our vitality and joy. The key is to remember that these things are only temporary and will soon pass. Rather than letting the temporary irritants take over our lives, focus on protecting our creative projects and our sense of joy and accomplishment. If Mosquito is truly becoming a constant pest, then we need to take serious look at our environment, both work and home. Something needs to change in it.
Manatee: Slow and Steady Progress
Use Manatee to reduce and even eliminate stress. Slow down to 80% of your usual pace and you will find that slow and steady is the way to accomplish your goals. Don't procrastinate, rather move forward with courage and conviction. Manatee people need friends around them to share ideas, but they feel uncomfortable in large groups. They are very open, trusting and willing and therefore can be vulnerable. Be sure to include a lot of green leafy vegetables in your diet and try eating several small meals, rather than 2-3 larger meals a day.
Muskrat: Cleanliness and Order
Muskrat gives you the give of being able to create order out of chaos. You are well organized and fastidiously clean and like your home and place of work to be the same. You can get so involved in a project that you lose all sense of what is happening around you. You enjoy being with family although there are occasionally flare ups, mostly related to boundary issues. Muskrat people are water people; they like to be near water, in water, and/or living by water.
Marten: Resourcefulness and Balance
Marten gives you the ability to be resourceful and of great lateral thinking when necessary. It gives you a great sense of where your boundaries are, swiftness of action and movement and keeping your body in good condition. Be careful not to fuss over things and not to be exploited for what you have and what you do, Marten invokes a sense of balance and blessings within your life or that of a loved one. It also gives you forest and tree wisdom and helps you use trees and forests as healing places.
Margay -- see "Ocelot"
Manta Ray -- see "Stingray"
Meadowlark -- see "Goldfinch"
Mountain Lion -- see "Cougar"
Nightingale -- see "Lark"
Nuthatch: Grounding, Agility, Renewal
Nuthatch teaches grounding of spiritual energies along with faith and trust in the realms of spiritual and physical. Nuthatch shows how to move in many directions in search for spiritual and mental "food", sometimes head first is needed but rest assured, Nuthatch will also show how to hang on with amazing agility. Nuthatch is also a bird of ingenuity. Perhaps it is time to be creative and find solutions in new areas? Do you need to crack something open before your reap rewards? Nuthatch can demonstrate rebuilding or refurbishing your own dwelling to suit you better. Is it a mental/emotional overhaul or a physical one? In any case, he will bring attention to details in moving from one phase to another. It is time be sharp and aware.
Motmot: Intuition, Balance
A Motmot indicates a period of increased mental and spiritual activity. He will show how to manifest your destiny by listening to your intuition. Since psychic perceptions are increasing, he will instruct how to remain grounded in the earth and be comfortable in doing so. Take time for yourself in quite solitude connecting to Mother Earth. Grounding and centering is needed. His lesson goes much deeper than what is on the surface. This is another opportunity to balance masculine and feminine energies. He aids communication and reaching higher spiritual energies along with the ability to express ideas with coherence.
Millipede, Centipede: Psychic Movement and Protection
Centipedes and millipedes alert us to new psychic environments and connections and to new and previously unrecognized psychic relationships. They also appear to alert us to any possible pitfalls within those relationships. Theirs is the energy of quiet protection in psychic exploration. Animals with legs a predominant feature often show us how to increase stability and move forward in our endeavors more successfully. For those whom the millipede is a messenger, successful movement in all endeavors will come with age. These are often "late bloomers." Centipedes and millipedes have a pair of antennae which reflect increasing psychic sensitivities and perceptions. Because they are also nocturnal, it will be important to pay attention to dreams when the centipede appears as a messenger. Dreams will become increasingly prophetic and clairvoyant, providing great insight and inspiration. Many centipedes are also blind, and this can be a reminder to trust our inner perceptions and not outer appearances. Trusting in our higher perceptions will help us succeed in our endeavors and activities.