Totem Animals

medicine-cardsThe Native American Tribes of North America are among the most famous cultures which ascribe meaning and symbolism to the animals that surround them. Their spirituality being very grounded in a holisitc belief of all living things being interconnected, all small parts of something greater than their individual selves, also involves a belief in the symbolism of animals, both as omens in the world around them, and reflections of their own selves, 'as within so without'.

Spiritual shamans would go on shamanic quests, which would lead them to meet animal guides, each individual to them. These guides bring with them aspects of spiritual laws, lessons and purposes that the shaman would then incorporate into their own lives from their Spirit Quests.

Below you will find a brief list of the different meanings that each animal is said to embody- this list is only a short version of their true meanings.


  • Alligator - Stealth, Survival
  • Ant - Patience, Diligence and Work
  • Antelope - Taking Action
  • Armadillo - Boundaries, Self Protection
  • Badger  -Aggressiveness, Passion and Drive
  • Bat - Death and Rebirth on Personal, Spiritual Level
  • Bear - Gentle Strength, Introspection and Dreaming
  • Beaver - Building, Accomplishing Goals
  • Bee - Service, Gathering, Community
  • Bird  -Unity, Freedom, Community
  • Buffalo - Abundance, Survival Needs Met, Good Fortune, Healing
  • Butterfly - Self Transformation, Balance, Grace
  • Bumblebee - Honesty, Pure Thinking, Willingness and Drive
  • Caribou - Travel and Mobility
  • Cat - Independence
  • Cougar - Power, Swiftness, Balance
  • Coyote - "The Trickster" , Humor, Charm, Folly of Self-Deception and Survival
  • Crane - Water, End of Summer, Migration
  • Cricket - Singing, Spring, Fertility
  • Crow - Sacred Law, Gateway To Supernatural, Shape Shifting, Illusion
  • Deer - Gentleness, Compassion and Kindness
  • Dog - Protection and Loyalty
  • Dolphin - Joy, Harmony, Intelligence, Self Connection
  • Dove - Love, Gentleness and Kindness
  • Dragonfly - Dreamtime, Illusion, Spring, Water
  • Dolphin - Life Force, Rhythm and Breath
  • Eagle - Spirit Connection to Higher Realms, Courage
  • Elk - Stamina, Pride, Power, Majesty
  • Feather - Spirit
  • Firefly - Communication, Illumination
  • Fish - Water, Current, Flow of Life From the Earth
  • Fox - Camouflage, Adaptability and Integration
  • Frog - Fluidity, Water and Rain, Cleansing and Tears
  • Goat - Tenacity, Diligence
  • Goose - Safe Return, Love of Home
  • Hawk - Strength, Foresight, Truth
  • Hedgehog - Self Preservation
  • Heron - Patience, Grace
  • Horse - Physical and Spiritual Power, Carrier Of Burdens
  • Hummingbird - Pure Love and Joy, Celebration of Life
  • Ladybird - Delight, Trust
  • Lion - Pride, Nobility, Cunning, Courage
  • Lizard - Dreaming, Foresight, Ancient Secrets
  • Lynx - Keeper of Mystical Secrets
  • Moose - Self Esteem, Assertiveness
  • Mountain Lion - Wisdom and Balance in Leadership
  • Mouse - Scrutiny, Attention to Detail
  • Opossum - Strategy and Diversion
  • Otter - Earth and Water, Balanced Feminine Energy
  • Owl - Clairvoyance, Magic, Astral Projection
  • Parrot Feather - Bringer of Essential Rain and Seed
  • Peacock - Recognition, Self Assurance, Pride
  • Pelican - Abundance, Plenty
  • Pheasant - Warning, Concealment
  • Porcupine - Gentle Innocence and Trust
  • Quail - Protectiveness, Group Harmony
  • Rabbit - Fear, Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
  • Raccoon - Curiosity, Inquisitiveness
  • Ram - Strength, Determination
  • Raven - Bringer of Magic and Light, Creation and Knowledge
  • Roadrunner - Speed, Agility
  • Salmon - Dependability and Renewal
  • Sandpiper - Foraging, Scavenging, Quickness
  • Scorpion - Defense, Self Protection, Biting Truth
  • Seagull - Carefree Attitude, Versatility, Freedom
  • Seal - Inquisitiveness, Organization, Contentment
  • Snake - Transmutation, Life Cycles, Power, Life Force, Sexual Potency
  • Skunk - Reputation, Respect, Caution
  • Snail - Perseverance, Determination
  • Spider - Weaving, Symbolism
  • Squirrel - Gathering, Preparation, Thrift
  • Swan - Grace, Surrender to the Universal Plan
  • Tadpole - Fertility and Renewal, Transformation
  • Turkey - Give Away, Sacrifice of Self and Others
  • Turtle - Mother Earth, Protection
  • Weasel - Stealth, Information Gathering
  • Whale - Historical Record Keeper, Traveler, Guardian
  • Wolf - Teacher of New Ideas and Wisdom, Intense Loyalty with Balance of Independence
  • Woodpecker - Change, Persistance

Please add this to your list of favourites, and use it as your reference guide whenever you need to know the meaning of a totem animal.

Animal Medicine Cards are a great way to get to know more about your totem animals. You can learn to perform animal totem readings yourself.

If you think we've missed a totem animal from our list, feel free to email us at and we'll see if we can add the missing totem animal to our list!


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