Amer-Indian Totem Reading Spread
When you get a totem spread done you will be asked if you have a special affinity to an animal, fish, bird, or insect. This affinity many times indicates that although you may not be sure why, you have already been chosen by that being as a carrier of its totem.
Dr. Nikki chooses the American Indian Totem Cards for her spread. Somewhere back along the way, according to research conducted by her mother on the family’s genealogy on her father’s side, Dr. Nikki has a smidge of MicMac Indian blood. Not enough to actually claim it as any more of her heritage than her Scottish, English and French (and who knows what else) bloodlines, but a connection she personally cherishes and connects with. Having spent all her life living in the northern climes, Dr. Nikki associates most strongly with the North. In her Army days one of her nicknames was “Glacier Lady” for just reasons.
Since childhood Dr. Nikki has had an affinity for eagles. Whether just watching them soar above the high peaks or being stunned silent by the majesty of a mating flight, eagles and the North are what have given her the greatest joys and challenges. Although Eagle did not turn up in her spread today, we will still look at eagle because it is obvious that Eagle choose Dr. Nikki to be a carrier of its totem long ago. She has collected Eagle in painting, sketch and statue, trinket and design and her home holds over 50 eagle statues or pictures. The eagle will be discussed last as Dr. Nikki considers the Eagle to be the Totem of her Soul-Self, the culmination of all that we are.
This animal represents the challenges of the spirit that an individual is facing, has faced, or are yet to occur. There is usually a message about life lessons and your own true purpose when one studies the Totem Animal in the East. Through challenges of the spirit we continue to hold true to our inner self and ensure our adherence to our spiritual path. The animal in the East guides us to our higher self. The animal in the East can show us much about ourselves and our path. Any who take the spiritual journey need protection and a guide, this Totem will be just that for you. If you search for the you within and for your spiritual essence, this animal helps you connect with your higher self.
This is the totem that protects the inner child. In a sense it holds your social conscience by reminding you that through humility and judiciously granted trust an inner innocence can be maintained. Balanced with your life experience and personal knowledge, the inner child can survive and continue to grow and develop.
It is to this animal that you should look to discover the essential you – that inner self so essential to all of us. Whether we choose to listen to our inner voice or not is often a challenge and test of our own personal mettle. This animal will help to keep you focused. If you’ve become disconnected from your own inner voice, studying the habits of your Totem in the West will help you rediscover that your own inner voice is the best advice you’ll ever hear. It is the voice of your heart. It is the voice of the veritable essence of who you are and what you know
The direction of the North makes most of us think of cold winters, ice and snow. Your animal to the North should be your personal “Jiminny Cricket.” The direction of North has been held by many cultures to represent those who have survived the passage of time as North is associated with Winter, the last season before rebirth of the new Spring. From the North we can learn when it’s time to listen to what others have to say and when it is time to hold the floor and say our piece. The North Animal will always give you aspects to consider you may not have seen on your own. Finally, those who have eeked out an existence in the far north truly understand how to be grateful for each and every blessing that comes their way.
Max Ehrmann said it best: “You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.” The Above totem animal is the one that will help you stay connected with your place in the Universe and your connection and interrelationship with all other living things. The Above animal also guards the sleeping mind and is considered to be the guardian of the dream time, allowing you your own personal access to other planes and/or dimensions.
This is the animal to look to when you need to get yourself centered again. If you feel like you are getting off track, tapping into the earth energy represented by the Below totem animal with help you get back into the right groove. Getting to know your Below Totem will help you stay grounded, help you stay true to your inner self, and give you guidance on your true life path.
As the name implies, the Within Totem Animal is the keeper of your most precious and personal space. The Within Animal shows you how to set the appropriate boundaries so that only those you choose to have there may enter into that special place. Studying the Within Animal will help you to realize that which truly makes you happy on the most inner levels and how to achieve it. Finally, the Within calls to us to stay faithful to that which our inner voice knows as truth.
The Right Side Totem represents the masculine side. It is your male spirit essence, whether you are male or female. This totem animal not only is your male-protector, it is the essence of the Father-protector in some AmerIndian beliefs. Along with being a protection, this Totem is where you will find your masculine virtues of courage, determination and warrior spirit. Look to the Totem that is at your Right to ensure you are using your male energy properly. Are you allowing those around you to grow as well? Be sure to look to the Right to keep your energies balanced. Honor the warrior within you by honoring the Totem at your Right
The Left side is the receptive, or female, energy Totem. This animal will protect your feminine side (whether you are a man or a woman you have a feminine side). Feminine energy is receptive, nurturing energy. When wanting to understand yourself and how you act in the emotional realm, especially in the area of relationships, look to this Totem for guidance. This totem also shows you the abundance provided and that all you need do is learn to accept and receive the abundance at hand. When you feel bereft and low, look to this Totem to show you the blessings and bounty you have in your life but may be missing because you don’t realize it is there. By doing so you honor yourself; passing on this energy by nurturing others as indicated by your Totem contributes to the interconnected forces that intertwine us all.
As Bear appeared in the east for Dr. Nikki it should be noted that the day this spread was thrown we were visited by a grizzly bear out the back door. The bear came within ten feet from the house on the uphill side. She spent nearly a half-hour munching and scrunching through the brush and berries. She wove her way with little delicacy through the old Saskatoon and Huckleberry bushes, slumping branches against the ground to eat her fill and then allowing them to spring back as she moved on to the next branch. Her visit implanted the stamp of Bear Energy strongly at beginning of Dr. Nikki’s Totem Spread.
Moose, Bear, Grouse, Turkey, Buffalo, Ant, Swan and Frog have all appeared in the flesh within the last month or so. A moose came down through the back section of the house…we got great pictures. Grouse was seen on the side of the road in the shade of the cedar grove by the creek, Buffalo is not surprising as we live in Montana. Ant has been persistent in its appearances…whether at home or at the grocery store they seem to be making themselves known more – rather than there being more of them. Swan was seen floating gently on still water with her neck in the beautiful half-heart curve so indicative of Swan’s grace. Frog clings to the outside walls of the house in the spring. The oak barrel in the garden often has a frog visiting its cool depths. The only Totem animal she has not seen “face to face” within the last thirty days is the Opossum, so particular attention should be paid to the Opossum for it may be that through lack of appearance Opossum may have a special message for her.
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