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Totems ~

Have you wondered what you might have as a totem? These energies in our lives are not worshiped in the sense of worshiping Hashem, did you know that? There is Wakan Tanka, who is worshiped, {directly translated, Sacred Spirit}, the totems are allies, helpers, teachers, even friends.

So, how do they function in our lives? There is one book I would advise you to get your hands on if this is something you really would like to know. Sun Bear, and Ojibwe holy man was in trouble with the elders of his tribe for publishing such clear information as is in the book, “Dancing with the Wheel”. It is a valuable resource for me, and I have had two copies, I wore the first one out completely, and gently retired it just a couple of years ago. It sits respectfully wrapped in a special box with other books that have brought special experiences with the reading of them. But I have a working copy available, as it is something I would not want to be without. You can get the book from Amazon, B&N, or any bookstore that would handle books dealing with the metaphysical.

Sun Bear died a few years ago, much to the distress of all who loved and respected him, but his work lives on. there are websites where you can connect with his people directly. Click the book to connect with one of the authors. One of my most respected friends and teachers, Shawnodessa, is an herbalist, and respected this man’s work enough to recommend the book.

The reason I bring up this book in particular is that he has in it, a chart of totems that correlate to one’s astrology sign, his point of view regarding this perspective is that one is given this knowledge to “dance the wheel” and learn all the lessons Creator has from each particular sacred point of view. For instance, my birth totem would be the raven. This bird is a trickster in the creation stories and able to see many sides of the same situation. However, this is my starting point at birth, it does not have to be the place I end up on the wheel at my crossing over. We built a medicine wheel according to his plan on my teacher’s property, much prayer went into that wheel, and the energy of it is still lovely just to stand within it’s bounds to pray.

Traditional astrology, that was taught as though one’s fate was sealed always bothered me. Even that has changed and today is taught, as is this, that one’s free will is in full power, but looking at the influences and how they slant our choices if we are not careful to keep ourselves on a high road. You will see, in this workbook, how to connect with the stones, plants, trees, and animals for meditation and self-growth. Through it, you will begin to understand that “Power” is not really the proper way to look at one’s totem teachers, they are not to be “used” as one uses facial tissue and discards, but valued and treasured as precious friends along the journey of life.

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