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Tagua Pendant Animal Totem Jewelry

Every creature has something to teach us, if we are open and willing to learn these lessons.

My passion for the natural world has driven me to create these images. The 'glyphs' are designed to capture the essence of the animals they represent in a simple, elegant, and powerful manner.

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What is tagua?

I experimented with all manner of materials — bone, wood, metal — but nothing felt quite right. I wanted something natural, durable and beautiful yet not damaging to the environment. When I discovered tagua - it was love at first sight. Tagua 'the nut of a rainforest palm tree' - is a naturally renewable resource with many qualities similar to animal ivory.

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Why a pendant?

Wear it, display it, or simply keep it nearby and always have your guardian close to your heart. These talismans are a physical reminder of the spiritual essences which inspire and surround us. Lovingly hand-crafted one-by-one, each pendant is a unique work of art.

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Animal Totem Meanings and Symbolism


Ancient wisdom, primal energy, survival, tradition. Alligator people tend to be assertive and self-assured, but are subtle and not overly showy. They are confident in their own power and not afraid to use it, but are rarely aggressive without good reason.

An alligator totem can teach us to be patient, observant, and how to excel in life using our natural talents.

Arctic FoxArctic Fox

Cunning, stealth, persistence. The arctic fox is infinitely adaptable, living its life in one of the world’s most extreme climates. Arctic fox people tend to be sly, graceful, and have a near magic ability to make something out of nothing, utilizing even the most limited of resources. Arctic fox as a totem can teach us the ability to go with the flow of life, changing ourselves to suit our ever-evolving environments.


Aurochs are the ancestor of modern day domestic cattle. These massive bovines stood well over six feet at the shoulder and were much larger than the cows we know today. Aurochs as a totem can teach us to go back to our roots, explore our family and personal history, and simplify our lives to the core.

Also, see the totemic information regarding Bull.

BadgerBadgerPowerful, passionate, aggressive. Badger people are often very self-confident and self-reliant, fiercely loyal to those close to them and rather off-standish to those that are not. Badger medicine teaches people how to be introspective, withdraw into themselves, and create a strong, defensive exterior.
BatBatLuck, happiness, transformation. Bat medicine is often hand in hand with the need for personal transformation; whether that is a need to break old habits or ties or form new ones. The bat is a guide, helping people to understand difficult situations and giving them strength to make necessary changes.
BearBearThe bear is an extremely strong symbol of healing and personal strength. Bear medicine is often tied to introspective healing; the need to go within oneself to find answers. The bear is also a symbol of direction and of being able to know when you are on the path that is truly right for you.
BeaverBeaverSymbolism coming soon.
BeeBeeCommunication, organization, abundance, productivity. Bee people tend to be industrious, family oriented, protective, and represent a strong sense of the feminine. Bee as a totem can teach us to refine our skills, simplify our lives, and is a great source of healing, purification, and renewal. Bee medicine is full of insight, seeing the parallels between nature and our lives, finding inspiration.
Beluga WhaleBeluga WhaleFun, Joy, Curiosity. Beluga as a totem teaches us to be playful, empathetic, thoughtful, and sociable. It highlights the importance of relationships, communication, touch, and sharing. Beluga people tend to be gentle, imaginative, creative, musically inclined souls. They heal through the power of words, music, voice, or song. Beluga people tend to trusting to a point of vulnerability, sometimes shy or easily frightened. Beluga medicine teaches us to keep a light attitude, to not take things too seriously; keep a positive attitude in dark or difficult situations, always looking for the light. Beluga symbolism is full of the wisdom of humor; the carefree, clever prankster, attentive sensitivity, and genuine caring.
BinturongBinturongFlexibility, relaxation, zen. Binturong as a totem teaches you to take things at your own pace, the ability to handle multiple tasks without being stressed or rushed. Though often relatively unknown and underestimated, binturong people are very talented, agile, and confident in their personal element. Binturong medicine teaches us to be happy with what we are given and to find the positive aspects in any situation.
BobcatBobcatSolitude, Clear vision, Secrets. Bobcat as a totem teaches us to be open and observant, to listen and be receptive to our own perception and that of others. It highlights the value of trust and keeping confidences. Bobcat medicine develops the ability to be nurturing, accepting, and curious about ourselves, flexible and involved in our own development and in control of our relation to the world. Bobcat people tend to be mysterious, enigmatic, outgoing, elusive, quirky and energetic. They know how to live life to the fullest – whether it is work, play, or relaxation.

See also Lynx.

BuffaloBuffaloCommunity, sacrifice, wisdom. The buffalo is an intense symbol of life and abundance. Buffalo people are often wise leaders, good providers and gentle in nature but firm in resolve.
BullBullFertility, masculinity, strength. With a fiery temperment and no lack of brute strength, the bull is a very strong symbol of masculine power. It is often associated with the sun, but also with the moon and the skies. It is also a symbol of justice and order.
ButterflyButterflyFreedom, creativity, beauty. Transformation of mind, body, or soul and a light-hearted, joyful attitude. Living for the moment, in harmony with yourself and your path in life. Butterfly medicine often brings major changes in a short period of time, often large bursts of dramatic energy.
CamelCamelPatience, perseverance, stamina. Camel people are often superbly adapted to their own situation, but rather clumsy and inflexible in others. The camel is a symbol of a strong work ethic and stubborn attitude. While camel people can often be short tempered with small annoyances, they have almost limitless patience for life's most difficult hurdles.
CaribouCaribouCaribou is one of the strongest symbols of a personal, spiritual journey. The caribou spirit is a guide, carrying and leading people to the spirit world and back. Caribou people are often very sensitive to the energy around them and spend their lives walking between two worlds.
Cat-CuriousCat-CuriousCat represents a balance of strength in both physical and spiritual, psychic and sensual powers, merging these two worlds into one. Curious, intelligent, and physically adept, cat people tend to live in a world all their own.
Cat-LeapCat-Leap(see above)
Cat-ManxCat-ManxCat represents a balance of strength in both physical and spiritual, psychic and sensual powers, merging these two worlds into one. Curious, intelligent, and physically adept, cat people tend to live in a world all their own.
Cat-TomcatCat-TomcatCat represents a balance of strength in both physical and spiritual, psychic and sensual powers, merging these two worlds into one. Curious, intelligent, and physically adept, cat people tend to live in a world all their own.
CentaurCentaurPart human, part horse, the centaur is a harmonious merging of dual aspects. Centaur people are often philosophical and intellectual but at the same time capricious and full of good humor. They are often a seemingly unpredictable study in extremes.
CheetahCheetahSpeed and focus. Cheetah medicine can give us the burst of energy necessary to start a task or the focus needed, when the energy is there, to complete it. Cheetah can teach us to stick to our goals no matter how much the path weaves and winds.
ChimeraChimeraSymbolism coming soon.
ChipmunkChipmunkChipmunk people are often spunky, energetic, and trusting. They are often inquisitive and independent, having their own agendas and are not likely to tolerate being told what to do. Chipmunk medicine is deeply rooted in observation and detail.
CougarCougarPersonal power, assertiveness, agility. Cougar teaches us to be capable leaders (though often in an unconventional fashion) – guiding others through example, expertise, experience, and a judicious use of well-earned influence. Mountain lion people tend to be confident, moving through their lives with purpose and skill. Puma medicine teaches us balance in our lives, leaping sure-footedly from challenge to challenge, meeting all difficulties in life with poise and grace.
CoyoteCoyoteCoyote is a complex symbol of humor, cunning, and survival. Coyote is often portrayed as the 'wise fool', helping people to see the truth in difficult situations. Coyote medicine is often strongly tied to learning to be adaptable, seeing the humor in even the worst situations, and being able to cope with even the toughest things life can throw at you.
CrowCrowIntelligence, adaptability, survival skills. Crow people often find a harmonious balance in their lives between cities and wild places, though they often stay tied to city life through want or need. Crow represents change, whether it be through growth or destruction. Crow is the opposite side of the same coin as raven.
CuckooCuckooSymbolism coming soon.
DeerDeerCompassion, regeneration, sensitivity. Emotionally sensitive, deer people tend to be quiet, gentle, empathic, spiritually well-attuned. Deer medicine teaches people to fully open themselves to the world, physically and emotionally. From this, they gain incredible power and experience, but give themselves a balancing weakness, the chance of being hurt, at the same time.
Dog-AkitaDog-AkitaCompanionship, loyalty, protection. Dog medicine can often teach us how to be a good friend, the power of forgiveness, and how to love unconditionally. Dog people tend to have good intuition, keen senses and quick-learning, intelligent minds.
Dog-ChihuahuaDog-Chihuahua(see above)
Dog-DachshundDog-Dachshund(see above)
Dog-Golden RetrieverDog-Golden Retriever(see above)
Dog-HuskyDog-Husky(see above)
DolphinDolphinCommunication, intelligence, emotion. Dolphin people tend to be sociable, playful, and kind. Dolphin medicine teaches people to be motivated, inquisitive, and full of life. It also teaches people the importance of not taking oneself too seriously.
DoveDoveTrust, Simplicity, Innocence. Dove as a totem is a symbol of serenity, calm, and peace with the world. Dove medicine can teach us to be gentle, loving, generous, and accepting people. Dove people tend to be affectionate, flirty, home-oriented, and are natural nurturers. Dove energy can teach us to be more open and allow ourselves to be vulnerable, letting our true selves out from behind barriers and masks we have created as protection from the world.
Dragon-EasternDragon-EasternThe eastern dragon is a symbol of power, courage, and nobility. They lord over the water, sky, and earth alike, combining these elements into strong celestial powers. As a totem, the dragon is a supreme spirit of luck and good fortune. He is a vigilant, divine protector. No matter where your life may take you, be assured your true path will be shown to you. This benevolent dragon heralds blessings, kindness, and greatness. Dragon people tend to be energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.
Dragon-WesternDragon-WesternThe dragon is a strong and ancient symbol, appearing in almost all cultures in some form. The western dragon is strongly tied to the energy of the earth — representing a powerful and sometimes terrifying master of the elements. A dragon totem is a powerful protector and can be very inspirational, fueling creativity and inner motivation. Dragon medicine can teach us honesty, courage, regeneration, vitality, and personal power. Dragon people tend to be wise, passionate, independent, and sometimes egotistical.
DragonflyDragonflyThe dragonfly is steeped in illusionary magic – the ability to create a strong, almost ‘hypnotic’ outer shell for the world, to see beneath your own illusions and those of others, and to gain strong mental clarity. It is also a messenger, carrying with it messages from the past, from far distances, and from the spiritual realm. Dragonfly is a representative of what it means to be light, reflective, and full of joy – in all senses of the words. Dragonfly medicine tends to be very emotional, and passionate, often accompanying a great revelation or discovery of self.
EagleEagleFreedom, power, clarity. Eagle people tend to be ambitious, passionate, intelligent, and playful though they often have a quick temper. Eagle medicine can teach us how to take risks, making a leap of faith when the time is right. Eagle as a totem helps us to embrace and develop a sense of confidence, clarity, righteous judgment, and balance in our lives. Eagle is a tempestuous teacher, but brings deep wisdom and helps us to aspire to greatness.
ElephantElephantAncient wisdom, power of the feminine, strength. Family values, health, longevity, good fortune. Elephant people tend to be intelligent, loyal, affectionate, and have a strong sense of self and community. An elephant totem can teach us to trust our intuition and fully develop our perception, sensitivity, and empathy.
FalconFalconFalcon medicine teaches us to truly see the world around us, to always be aware, and to find the hidden meanings within both ordinary and complex situations. Falcon people tend to take things to the extremes. The falcon is a symbolic messenger, able to fly between the physical and spirit worlds.
FennecFennecPlayful, light-hearted, crafty. A small fox, the fennec is similar to its larger cousin, but has a more easygoing nature. Fennec people can be shy, but tend to have a good sense of humor, keen mind, and enjoy being an all-around jokester.
FerretFerretCurious, mischievous, high-energy. Ferret people are often playful spirits with a calculating mind. Ferret medicine teaches resourcefulness, self-reliance, and ingenuity. Very similar to the weasel, with a slightly less serious edge.
FlamingoFlamingoSocial, Community, Heart. Flamingo as a totem teaches us the importance of relationships, that we are much stronger when part of a group both giving and receiving support. Flamingo medicine can teach us the healing power of a rich emotional self, strong interpersonal connections, and being true to our deepest passions. Flamingo energy is rooted in the social; a sense of fun, the balance of a strong individual self with a sense of community. Flamingo can teach us to filter our emotions, learning to manage and recognize what is fleeting versus what is truly central to ourselves. Flamingo people tend to be open, affectionate, flamboyant personalities and despite their tendency to be taken lightly, are wellsprings of inner strength. They are able to weather great travails and accomplish amazing things, confident in their own abilities and support of their family and friends.
FoxFoxPatience, wisdom, intelligence, adaptability. Fox people can be high strung or exceedingly calm, charismatic or mysterious, prone to stand out or blend in, keep peace or make mischief. They tend to be partially rooted in the spirit world, living day to day in sort of a 'world between'. Foxes are a strong symbol of femininity, shape-shifting, illusion, and magic.

See also Kitsune.

Fox-RunFox-Run(see above)
FrogFrogSensitivity, regeneration, renewal. In many cultures, frogs are a strong symbol of luck and wealth. Frog medicine teaches the power of transforming oneself, a natural path of change that occurs over a lifetime. Frog is also a symbol of femininity and fertility, and natural healing. Frog people tend to be pleasant, positive, and well in-tune with the energies around them.
GenetGenetPhysical awareness, agility, stealth, independence. Passion, sensuality, personal magnetism. Inquisitive but cautious, alert, resourceful. A genet totem can teach us to be more passionate, connected and balanced in our lives; To be efficient and focused at work and playful and relaxed at home.
GiraffeGiraffeForesight and vision. The ability to see the big picture while remaining firmly grounded in the reality of the physical world. Giraffe people tend to be practical but creative thinkers, often coming up with novel, integrative ideas. They also tend to be strongly community-minded, and very protective of the people who often come to look up to them for their reliable nature.
GriffinGriffinPride, strength, vigilance. Traditionally part eagle and part lion, the griffin represents a combination of the lords of air and earth. It is a symbol of duality, power, and courage. Griffin people tend to be self assured, moralistic, and make good leaders.
HareHareSee Rabbit.
HawkHawkPrimal energy, objectivity, focus. Like all of the raptors, hawk is often seen as a messenger, flying between the physical and spirit worlds. Hawk as a totem teaches skill gained through hard work and patience, honing our natural talents into strong abilities. Hawk people tend to be visionaries, with keen eyes; observant and with great attention to detail. Hawk medicine teaches us to soar above ourselves and see our lives from a broader perspective, getting a better view of the big picture. This particular glyph image invokes the idea of hawk as Thunderbird.
HedgehogHedgehogDefense, simplicity, tenacity. Hedgehog as a totem teaches us independence, the importance of taking care of ourselves, and how to enjoy life. Despite their carefree nature, hedgehog people remain well grounded, practical, and have a solid constitution. Hedgehog medicine teaches us to be curious, confident, meek, and present in life.
HeronHeronThe Orator – Patience, grace, agility, integrity. Heron people tend to be well-spoken, natural leaders with great wisdom and strong, indomitable spirits. They can guide without overpowering, persuade without manipulating, and bring great fortune to all those lucky enough to know them. Heron medicine can bring along with it lessons of being more vocal, communicative and taking initiative in all aspects of life.
Horse-DanceHorse-DanceEmotional intelligence, freedom, wisdom. Horse people often find a happy balance between strong social and family ties and a fiercely independent streak. Horse medicine is full of gentle healing, nurturing care, and a sense of freedom of body and mind.
Horse-LeapHorse-Leap(see above)
Horse-WalkHorse-Walk(see above)
HummingbirdHummingbirdHummingbird as a totem is a symbol of resurrection, eternity, rekindling of life, and passion. Hummingbird people are often fiercely independent, motivated individuals. Home, tradition, persistence, and routine are as important to a hummingbird person as joy, vitality, peace, and dreams. Hummingbird medicine teaches us to live in the moment and live life to the fullest, reveling in the beauty of life, light, warmth, and movement.
HyenaHyenaHyena people tend to have a good sense of humor and do not take themselves too seriously. The hyena as a totem is a symbol of integration between aspects of male and female. Hyena medicine teaches us balance, realizing our own powers, and being happy with what we are given; not wanting for what we do not have.
Hyena-StripedHyena-StripedIndependence, communication, community. Hyena people tend to have a good sense of humor and do not take themselves too seriously. They like to be a part of a strong community but still maintain a personal, independent spirit. Unlike the spotted hyena, the striped hyena is a strong symbol of balancing the masculine and feminine, without any bias towards the feminine role. Hyena medicine teaches us balance, realizing our own powers, and being happy with what we are given; not wanting for what we do not have.
JackalJackalTenaciousness, Intelligence, Self-confidence, Skill. Jackal as a totem can teach us to be capable, courageous, and when it is wise to take well-calculated risks. Jackal people can be hard for many to relate to, often appearing irresponsible and chaotic when they are really thoughtful, brave, and intelligent people. Jackal medicine can teach us to be eloquent, resourceful, adept, and adaptable. Jackal represents daring, challenge, and competence in our lives.
JaguarJaguarPassion, Self-confidence, Independence. Jaguar is a totem of solitude, awareness, and empowerment. Jaguar people are passionate, tenacious, and have a tendency towards self-indulgence. Jaguar medicine is one of strength, purpose, and ability. Jaguar teaches us to face our fears and to be comfortable with the darkness within, bringing to light our hidden desires and connecting us to our more base natures.
KangarooKangarooEnergetic, creative, capricious. Kangaroo people are often dreamers and can tend to be impulsive. Born travelers, they rarely stay rooted in the same place for long. The kangaroo is also a strong symbol of endurance.

The kitsune is a shapeshifting Japanese fox spirit. Extremely intelligent, long lived, and magical, the kitsune is often portrayed as a trickster. The number of tails a kitsune bears is said to be relative to its age and wisdom. Kitsune as a totem can teach us cunning, control, patience, observation, and the ability to manipulate our environments and selves to suit our needs.

See also Fox.

LadybugLadybugLuck, protection, happiness. Ladybug as a totem is one of personal expression, turning weaknesses into strengths, creating an image for ourselves and others which reflects the truth of our inner powers. Ladybug symbolism is an expression of love, pleasure and appreciation of the simple things in life, letting go of old hurts and pain. Ladybug medicine teaches us to follow our dreams through a combination of hard work, patience, and positive energy, fulfilling our wishes without sacrificing our experience or enjoyment of the present.
LemurLemurFamily, Play, Happiness. Lemur as a totem is very focused on family and friends, food, tradition, and enjoying the simpler things in life. Lemur people tend to be charismatic, unique, spirited individuals. They have a great sense of fun and are often considered eccentric, living in their own world (and happily so). Lemur medicine is rooted in communication, practical skill development, and matching energy level to situation so as to navigate smoothly and enjoyably through life.
LeopardLeopardLeopard people tend to be independent, graceful and secretive. They are self-assured, aggressive, and are often known as intimidating. Leopard medicine helps people to learn to listen to their own intuition and instinct, and to understand that this sense is just as powerful as logic.
LionLionSelf-control, strength, nobility. Fairness, courage, patience. Lion people tend to be charismatic, prideful, protective, and peaceful unless challenged. They are very tactical, well aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, able to judge a situation and act to their best advantage through wit and skill. A lion totem can teach us to be a better leader and the importance of balancing work with family time and relaxation.
LionessLionessMotivation, drive, strength. Lioness as a totem teaches us the power of the feminine, communication, relationships, and family. Lioness people tend to be responsible, ambitious, capable, and amazing caretakers and providers. Lioness medicine teaches us to be courageous, persistant, successful, intuitive, and present. Lioness is a master of balance between hard work and total relaxation, work and home life. Lioness can show us the importance of practice and persistence, giving us the energy and patience to pursue our goals. See also Lion.
Lizard-GeckoLizard-GeckoSimplicity, change, perspective. Gecko medicine teaches us to focus on what matters, shedding away things that are harmful or unimportant. Gecko as a totem teaches us to live simply and to be true to our ideals. Gecko people tend to be objective and keen on exploring different points of view. They are flexible, open to new ideas and ways of being. A gecko totem can teach you to recognize what you can control and change and what you cannot, sticking to what is important and how to let go of what is not.
LlamaLlamaEndurance, service, sacrifice. Hard work, responsibility, stubbornness. Llama people tend to be sociable, giving, and easygoing, but fully capable of standing up for themselves if crossed. Llama medicine can teach us to relax and trust in our own abilities to maneuver even the most difficult paths in life.
LynxLynxThe secretive lynx represents controlled power, individualism, and sharp-sightedness. Lynx people are generally exceedingly observant, quiet, intelligent, and curious. Though their independent nature can strike some as aloof, they are often excellent guides and steadfast friends. Lynx medicine teaches one to develop their own unique strengths and trust in sense, instinct, and self.

See also Bobcat.

MacawMacawIntelligence, beauty, inventiveness. Loud, self-confident and active, macaws are the symbol of creative intelligence, inspiration, and freedom. Macaw people are often artistic, whether their talent is in visual art, music, or dance.
MagpieMagpieExpressive, Perceptive, Flamboyant. Magpie people tend to be creative, curious, true to their natures, gregarious, and energetic. They are free spirits who enjoy being in the thick of things and as such, tend to get a reputation for the dramatic. Magpie medicine can teach us to take joy in the unpredictable aspects of life, making opportunities out of any circumstances. Magpie as a totem can help us see things more clearly, looking past illusions and seeing through falsities. Magpie can help us be more playful, social, communicative, and confident. Magpie energy is full of intelligence and cunning, but is more light-hearted than its other corvid cousins the crow and the raven.
ManateeManateeCalm, contentment, trust. Manatee as a totem is about taking life at a slower pace, stepping back and simplifying our lives, enjoying the little things. Manatee people tend to be gentle souls; playful, happy, loving, and generous of spirit. Manatee medicine can teach us to trust and open up, finding peace even when we have been hurt before.
Maned WolfManed WolfElegant, gentle, innovative. The maned wolf, or kalak, is a spirit of independence – aloof and secretive, sometimes avoidant, but steadfast and loyal once trust has been gained. A maned wolf totem can teach us to follow our own path and not give in to the pressures to conform. Maned wolf people tend to be unique, individualistic, sensitive, shy, and are often misunderstood.
Manta RayManta RayGrace, maneuvering, movement. A manta totem teaches us how to let go of the importance of physical possessions; embracing simplicity, peace, and freedom from want. Manta medicine offers direction in life, confidence, letting go of doubt and hesitation Manta teaches us to make our decisions with focus and poise. Manta people tend to be observant, sensitive, alert, free spirits, not to be tied down in one place.
MartenMartenIndependent, inquisitive, resourceful. Marten as a totem can teach us live more within our own worlds, becoming less dependent on other people and more in control of our own lives. Marten people tend to be introverted, reserved, and private, though they can be playful and affectionate with close friends or family. Marten medicine can help us to learn to withdraw from conflict and take a more active role in our fate, becoming more flexible and adaptive, less perfectionistic, and less influenced by external pressures. Marten is a very self-oriented energy, often showing a need to withdraw and spend time alone or put yourself first in a situation.
MinotaurMinotaurMinotaur symbolism information coming soon.
MooseMooseSelf-esteem, unpredictability, movement. Moose as a totem demands respect – it is a powerful, impatient energy that can be quite aggressive in its guidance. Moose people are often wise and experienced beyond their years. Moose medicine teaches us determination, confidence, ability, strength, and agility. Moose can help us find our personal paths and strengths, helping us to find greater purpose and place.
Musk OxMusk OxEndurance, strength, survival. A musk ox totem can give us the inspiration to find life and hope in the hardest, darkest of times. To find an inner light and hold onto it despite anything that might be thrown at us. Musk ox medicine helps us to develop a strong defense against peer pressure, judgment, negativity, and adversity. Musk ox people tend to introspective, quiet, and observant but can also be playful and belligerent; they are easily overlooked or misjudged.
MustangMustangFreedom, independence, strong-willed. The mustang is a symbol of hardy survival and a strong, fighting spirit. Mustang people are often born travelers and are very opinionated.
OpossumOpossumPossum medicine is about health of mind and body despite external (or internal) pressures - keeping cool despite what life can throw at you. Confidence and flexibility, strategy, and comfort with one's true self. Possum as a totem can teach us that sometimes it is better to hide our strengths and not to fight, but to divert attention and stay out of the conflict. Possum people are often underestimated, but in truth are alive with hidden depths and talents.
OrcaOrcaOrca people tend to be powerful, sensitive, and thoughtful. Orca medicine teaches excellence in leadership, teamwork, and communication. The orca is also a symbol of balance, health, longevity and a wild, untamed spirit.
OstrichOstrichOstrich is a symbol of pride, fertility, luck, and simplicity. Ostrich people tend to be truthful, happy, and sometimes avoidant. Ostrich medicine can teach us to enjoy the little things, and how to uncomplicate our lives.
OtterOtterPlayful, capricious, active. Otter people are often very lighthearted, playful people who are naturally joyful. During rough times, otter people are often optimistic and are masters in finding the humor in even the worst situations. Otter medicine teaches the value of laughter, play, and feminine wisdom.

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Wisdom through learning and experience gives us the vision to see and navigate anything we come upon, no matter how dark or foreboding. The ability to truly listen, and not be deceived by outward appearances; how to recognize the truth. Owl people tend to be secretive and complex, often preferring the solitude of their own thoughts to general interaction, though when they so choose, they make excellent teachers and spiritual guides.
Owl-Great HornedOwl-Great Horned(see above)
Panda-GiantPanda-GiantTradition, vulnerability, specialization. Giant panda as a totem is about solitude and self-discovery. Giant panda people tend to be quiet, unassuming, focused, and unyielding. Giant panda medicine teaches us how to step back and disassociate from the more impatient aspects of life, being at peace with ourselves and letting go.
Panda-RedPanda-RedSecurity, Trust, Patience. Red panda as a totem can teach us to be content, to tone down the pace of our lives and come to appreciate the fruits of patient persistence. Red panda people tend to be carefree, nonchalant, laid back, and playful. Red panda medicine can help to teach us the value of gentleness, caring, and compromise. Red panda people tend to be peacekeepers and expert negotiators.
ParrotParrotPlayfulness, appropriate caution, joy in life. Parrot people tend to be thoughtful, intelligent, and often appear as shy, though are generally comfortable and vivacious around people they are close to. They are good communicators, often eccentric, vividly expressive and individual.Parrot as a totem can teach us to develop our intuitive judgment of people and situations, observing and taking time to develop and balance relationships; not letting our emotional responses and first impressions rule our relationships.
PeacockPeacockIndividual beauty, confidence, self-esteem. Peacock medicine can teach us to be bold, proud of our accomplishments, watchful, and observant. Peacock people tend to be successful, visionary, sensual, generous, and dignified. Peacock energy has an aspect of the phoenix to it, often a 'rising from the ashes' of great adversity to become a stronger and more vibrant, centered person. Peacock can teach us to balance pride with humor, being able to laugh at life and not take ourselves too seriously despite a tendency in that direction.
PenguinPenguinPenguin people are often very organized, thriving on order and control. The penguin is a symbol of agility, drive, and purpose. Penguin medicine teaches the ability to move freely between realities and situations, and to replace chaos with order.
PhoenixPhoenixEnergy of Fire, Rebirth, Renewal, Growth Spiritually, Strength.
PorcupinePorcupinePorcupine as a totem is about taking life at your own pace, being self-confident, not getting caught up in other peoples’ energies. Slowing things down, relaxing, concentrating on the simple things in life. Porcupine medicine can teach us to be less sensitive to criticism and outside influence and to let go of the past. Porcupine people are gentle and non-aggressive but with very powerful defenses against negative influences.
PronghornPronghornSpeed, effectiveness, quickness of the mind and body. Curiosity, creativity, intuition, balance. Pronghorn people tend to be adaptable, efficient, and skillful at what they do. A pronghorn totem can teach us to thrive in even the most difficult of situations and find multiple solutions to a problem by looking at it in new and innovative ways.
RabbitRabbitSelf-sacrifice, humility, family. Rabbit people tend to be soft-spoken and non self-assertive. The symbol of the rabbit is strongly tied to the cycle of life, fertility, death, and resurrection. The rabbit is also a symbol of luck, health, and clear-sightedness.
RaccoonRaccoonCuriousity, secrecy, adaptability. Raccoon people have a tendency to be defensive, on-guard, ambiguous, and aloof. They can also be charismatic, involved, and unpredictable. Raccoon medicine is integrated with the idea of having the right 'mask' for any situation, and taking control over change. Raccoon is a symbol of disguise, transformation, and openmindedness.
RamRamTenacity, authority, determination. Ram is an aggressive symbol, directly tied to creative impulse and action. Ram medicine teaches strength in the face of even the most severe of opposition, never giving up. Ram people tend to be strong-headed, masculine, prosperous, and assertive.
RatRatAmbitious, sociable, adaptable. Rat people tend to be creative, intelligent, impulsive, and ostentatious. Rat medicine teaches interest, involvement, and the ability to live in the moment. Rat is both a symbol of luck and misfortune, of taking things as they come and the ability to deal with whatever comes your way.
RavenRavenRaven is a strong symbol of both creation and destruction. Wisdom through intelligence, observation, and challenge. Raven is strongly tied to the spiritual world, living in a constant state of otherworldly awareness. Raven people tend to be very introspective and savor time spent 'alone'. The opposite side of the same coin as crow.
RhinocerosRhinocerosProtection, Self-assurance, Tenacity. Rhino people tend to be confident, solitary, and oftentimes difficult to read – which has lead to a stereotype of unpredictability. Generally withdrawn and introspective, they present a front of power, invulnerability, and ferocity when provoked. Rhino as a totem can help teach us to draw within ourselves, becoming less sensitive to external influences and more in tune with our own wisdom and intuition.
RoosterRoosterInquisitive, observant, empathic. Rooster people tend to have a strong sense of individuality and need for personal space. Rooster medicine teaches us to be self-reliant and not to become too dependant on personal relationships at the expense of oneself. Without a good outlet for their strong energy, rooster people can become nervous or high-strung.
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Sabertooth symbolism coming soon.
SalmonSalmonStrength, determination, renewal Salmon people are often known for their dependability, wisdom, and strong sense of tradition. Salmon medicine teaches the value of being in tune with the cycles of the earth, skies, and our own bodies.
ScarabScarabRenewal, Acceptance, Perspective. Scarab as a totem can teach us to be practical, grounded, objective, and logical. Scarab medicine is about accepting things as they are and working with what you've got towards a goal, making your ambitions and dreams become realities through planning and effort. Scarab is about seeing the bigger picture and being able to break down complex tasks into more manageable pieces. Scarab people tend to be able to bring out the best in other people and are hard-working, persistent, frugal, and efficient.
ScorpionScorpionThe scorpion is an emblem strength, destruction, and self-protection. Scorpion people tend to have an aggressive 'shell', often being known as aloof and intimidating; the impressive defenses protect a soft, emotional core. Scorpion people tend to wield a lot of power but are often reserved in its use, though they will not hesitate to retaliate if crossed.
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SeahorseSeahorseGenerosity, serenity, individuality. Seahorse people tend to be creative, flexible, and unique. Seahorse as a totem can teach us to go with the flow of things, to let go of material possessions and to simplify our lives. Seahorse medicine can help us find contentment, to enjoy where we are and where life takes us. Seahorse can teach us when to hold tight and when to let go, patience, and confidence in our own independent abilities.
SealSealInner voice, inner rhythms, feeling, knowing. Seal totem helps us come to know the deepest parts of ourselves. Seal medicine is about embracing change, an ability to move fluidly within our lives, being flexible and powerful despite upheavals and changing situations. Seal symbolism is about movement, direction; even if you're not heading towards a specific goal, always going forward with all senses keen, primed, aware. Being able to handle anything that comes at you, confident in your personal abilities. See also Sea Lion.
SharkSharkPerpetual motion, prowess, ability. Shark as a totem depends on movement and energy – navigation, water, primal instinct, and ancient roots. Shark medicine can teach us to go deep within ourselves and connect to our animal core; our ultimate motivations and true selves. Shark people tend to be powerful, introspective, motivated, high energy, and assertive.
SkunkSkunkCaution, reputation, self-esteem. Skunk people tend to garner respect, having an extraordinary sense of self-assurance. Skunk is a symbol of truth, simplicity, and the ability to follow through. Skunk medicine teaches you to have pride in your own accomplishments and the importance of self-image.
SnakeSnakeSnake medicine is strongly rooted in the cycle of life and death. Snakes are a powerful symbol of continuity and personal change. Snake medicine helps people to let go of things in their lives when they need to, and to be stronger for it, similar to a snake shedding its skin.
Snow LeopardSnow LeopardSensitivity, camouflage, agility. Snow leopard people tend to be introverted, quiet, observant, and independent. They tend to live partly in their own world, calmly perched above the small things that can easily consume day to day life. Snow leopard as a totem can teach us to overcome obstacles and navigate our lives with an agile, flexible step.
SpiderSpiderSpider medicine teaches us that we are in control of our own lives, that we make our own destinies. What energy we put out is what we create. Spider can be a strong guide to show you the right path when the choices seem overwhelming or limitless. Spider people are often marvelous storytellers, keen listeners, and good at balancing all aspects of their lives.
SquirrelSquirrelSquirrel people tend to be organized, thrifty, prepared for anything, slightly obsessive. Squirrel medicine teaches the benefit of good planning, looking towards the future, and conservation. The squirrel is a symbol of delayed gratification, resourcefulness, agility, and foresight.
SwanSwanGrace, Dignity, Intuition. Swan as a totem teaches us to be calm, strong, meditative, and realistic. Swan medicine helps us be accepting of the things we cannot change, recognizing the good things we often ignore or take for granted, and to focus on the positive. Swan teaches us to trust that we will be supported and surrounded by what we need in life, buoyed by our outlook and attitude which in turn manifests and reinforces the cycle of faith and provision. Swan people tend to be faithful, serene, radiant, and fair-minded.
ThylacineThylacinePersonal power, solitude, fortitude. The thylacine is a strong symbol of the unknown and the unknowable, making peace with the fact some questions in our lives may never be answered. Thylacine can teach us to step back from the public eye and live our lives along our own paths, protected from the pressures of outside influence. The Tasmanian tiger as a totem can help us learn to trust our own intuition, take pride in quiet accomplishments, and avoid the need for praise or dependence on external validation. Thylacine people tend to be secretive and aloof, introspective and self-confident, living mostly in their own worlds.
TigerTigerIndependence, strength, beauty. Tiger people tend to be confident, powerful people that need space, enjoy solitude, and revere silence. Tiger medicine teaches ferocity, passion, sensuality, and physical grounding. The tiger is a symbol of power, physical strength, and indulgence.
TurtleTurtleKnowing how to retreat within yourself, to use your own strengths to shield and protect you from the outside world. Turtle medicine teaches us the importance of staying grounded, keeping our feet firmly in reality.
UnicornUnicornTrust, purity, innocence, good luck, vision, emotion, intuition. Unicorn is a symbol of both feminine and masculine energies – powerful but gentle, mysterious, wild, untamable, selfless and selfish alike. Unicorn medicine is about creativity, healing, renewal of spirit and imagination. Unicorn can teach us to let go of pure logic and analytical intellect, opening oneself to things that cannot be rationally understood; a suspension of disbelief
VultureVultureVulture medicine teaches us to trust in the universe to provide for us; that if we follow our true path we will be taken care of. Vulture people tend to be resourceful and fully developed in the skills that they possess. Mess seems to follow vulture, but in fact vulture follows mess. They are excellent at the ‘cleaning up’ of problem situations – whether they are emotional, physical, or spiritual. Whatever the mess, trust a vulture to have an efficient, effective solution to it.
WeaselWeaselStealth, energy, curiousity. Paying attention to your own intuition, being able to see the true intent behind words and actions. Weasel people tend to be self-assured, observant, and well grounded. Weasel medicine teaches us to be analytical, and to hone a keen, sharp mind. Similar to the ferret, with a slightly more serious edge.

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The werewolf is a shapeshifter – assuming the shape of a man, wolf, or a creature somewhere in between the two. Though often portrayed as a creature of horror, the werewolf is also a symbol of man’s connection to nature and his animal roots - the idea of being in touch with one’s baser nature.
WhaleWhaleWhale medicine teaches us to open ourselves to the heartbeat of the universe. To take things in on a grand scale, and not sweat the little things. To remember the magic of life and of living. Whale medicine teaches us to listen to our inner voices, and to be in tune with the rhythms of our own bodies.
Wild BoarWild BoarPower, independence, strength of will and body. A wild boar totem can teach self confidence, self reliance, and avoidance of unnecessary conflict. Boar people tend to be aloof, stubborn and intimidating but are sensitive, intelligent, and loyal at their core. Boar medicine can teach us to be successful through hard work, vigilance, and fortitude.
Wild DogWild DogThe African wild dog is also known as the painted dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, spotted wolf, or spotted dog. Its symbolism is of family, community, and a positive attitude. African wild dog as a totem teaches us success through perseverance, to be a good judge of character, and to be free with our affection but guarded with more intense love. Wild dog people tend to be friendly, social, compassionate, and determined. They are slow to offer trust but exceedingly protective and loyal to those they hold close.
Wolf-DanceWolf-DanceWolf people tend to revere individualism, but retain a predominant sense of family. Wolf as a totem represents all aspects of sociability, and the need for variety (in internal and external affairs) to remain healthy. Wolf is a strong symbol of loyalty and patience. Wolf medicine is deeply rooted in the importance of learning through teaching, new ideas, freedom of mind and body, and responsibility for self and others.

The dire wolf is a prehistoric member of the canine family that disappeared around 10,000 years ago. The dire wolf was taller and more massively built than its modern day cousin, the grey wolf.

Wolf people tend to revere individualism, but retain a predominant sense of family. Wolf as a totem represents all aspects of sociability, and the need for variety (in internal and external affairs) to remain healthy. Wolf is a strong symbol of loyalty and patience. Wolf medicine is deeply rooted in the importance of learning through teaching, new ideas, freedom of mind and body, and responsibility for self and others.

Wolf-RunWolf-RunWolf people tend to revere individualism, but retain a predominant sense of family. Wolf as a totem represents all aspects of sociability, and the need for variety (in internal and external affairs) to remain healthy. Wolf is a strong symbol of loyalty and patience. Wolf medicine is deeply rooted in the importance of learning through teaching, new ideas, freedom of mind and body, and responsibility for self and others.
WolverineWolverineCunning, passionate, opinionated. A wolverine totem helps us find dogged determination in pursuing life goals. Wolverine people tend to be resourceful, adaptive, and tenacious survivors. Wolverine medicine teaches us fierce independence and the ability to stand up for ourselves in even the most difficult and trying of circumstances.

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Wombat medicine teaches us to dig beneath the surface, to find the substance and meaning hidden from view. Wombat people tend to be resourceful, self-assured, motivated, and capable. A wombat totem can teach us to stand up for ourselves, strengthen our work ethics, and strive to fully develop our natural talents.
ZebraZebraStubborn, Confident, Capable. Zebra as a totem teaches us to look at opposing viewpoints to every situation, to try to look at things in novel ways. Zebra people can often seem obstinate and argumentative, but also have the ability to work through problems that would have stumped others. Zebra medicine helps us to think outside the box, stand out as strong individuals, and appreciate our personal uniqueness.


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