Animals as totem and their meaning in dreams

Note: for this article I made use of the following sources: to describe the dreams related to birds and to describe the Animal totems.

If Dreams Depart this life, Life is Broken

No matter how great the dream is, there is a promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams. Working with animal spirits (Shamanism is the world’s oldest healing tradition and is found in all cultures in the whole world—Shamans work with their allies ‘the animal spirits’.

An animal being your totem animal spirit implies an animal which is a reflection of yourself.

A totem animal says a lot about how a person lives out of their life (animal spirit) out of the spirit of the wild, in their natural habitat. The traits of your animal totem will be seen in you, it will be felt by you, and it is heard speaking to you in your innermost. You feel it; you live by its traits.
Some animals have almost the same traits differing slightly in few personalities, manners and activities. It may take some people a long time to figure out that a certain animal is your totem animal other than the one you might have thought of; for an example a tiger and a lion, a leopard and a cheetah, a wolf, a fox, a jackal, a wild dog, a hyena and a dingo, these animals have in common that they all hunt and feed on meet but they differ in many things. You will hardly understand which one is your totem animal until you get to know the exact traits of your animal totem. Feel the animal in you, have this feeling of being that animal, like it, imagine the pain you can suffer seeing it killed, feel its life in you and yours in it.

Finding your Totem Animal

Now how do you find your totem animal? You can find your totem animal in any way that best work for you. It is either through dreams or just a feeling. It might be through the love of the animal, a feeling and a kind of wish to have it may be as your domestic animal, a family of yours, a friend, a protector, a pet or something of that nature. You can even go to the parks and some places where animals are kept, you can read a lot of books about animals or talk to people about animals and that may be the other way you can discover your animal totem. There are many ways. Find out more about animals as totems and in their dream meanings

Aardvark as Totem Animals

Aardvark, Anteater, Earth Pig, Antbear, groundpig: Ability to find lost objects, connection to the insect world, can smell out trouble before seeing it, slow-moving old biddy, cannot help sticking its nose where others don’t want it to.

Aardvark and Their Secrective Nature

Aardvarks are not readily seen due to their secretive nature. Magicians make charm from the heart, skin, forehead and nails of the Aardvark/Anteater which they pound together with the roots of certain trees. They wrap them in a piece of skin and wear them around the neck or on the chest. The charm is said to give the owner ability to pass through walls or roofs at night.
The charm is said to be used by burglars and those seeking to visit young girls without their parents’ permission. It is also said to be used by the witches and wizards to enter closed houses at night during their witchcraft attack.

Some tribes will use its teeth to make bracelets that are regarded as charms for good luck.

Anteater/Aardvark/Antbear/Groundpig/Earthpig whatever name you call it in your area; travels and operates mainly at night, in most African countries it is believed to be used by witches and wizards for their transport as their horses. This comes from its association with the night and the belief that it has magic to pass through walls.

Meaning of an Aardvark in your Dreams

To dream of an Aardvark (Anteater) (Antbear) indicates that you will be exposed to new elements, people or events that will threaten your life discipline and work ethic.

Ants as Totems

Ants as totem it tells you that you are a person from the family line of the people who are bonded by the same spirit in all walks of life and more in the spiritual side of life. You are a go getter, a survivor of all odds, you can make things happen changing situations from one form to another for instance; the ant’s system of changing wood into soil, is the spiritual force of linking the spirits of trees/of the forests and the spirits of the underground.

Spirits of Underground Animals

Spirits of the animals, of the underground, of the forests and that of the insects meet when the anteater/aardvark/groundpig digs the ground and eat the ants. The water spirits are also linked when the aardvark drink some water with its stomach full of ants and small particles of soil that the aardvark accidentally swallow when it feeds with ants underground. The spirits of air, the mighty above and the birds connect when the birds sit on the aardvark removing pests or eating those ants which are hanging on the hairs/fur of the aardvark.
One might wonder how birds connect with aardvark which travels by night when the birds are sleeping; early in the morning the aardvark will be going back to its holes which it use as its shelter, when the birds are already awake and moving of trees to start their day.

Meaning of Ants in Dreams

Ants: Ants in dreams means achievements in life, they indicate that you have to prepare for anything good or bad to come, you must be ready when destructors of a nature or of people come your way. It requests you to save for the future. In business you can succeed by working well with others, if you are in a cooperative business it asks you to contribute and participate fully. It tells you that you will succeed by working hard but with the possibly help of others.
Ant represents a super strength, intelligence, psychic abilities, telepathic communication, sharp thinking and planning. Ant’s pillar of strength is the strategy of patience and stamina. Ant people are planers, and they are content to see their dreams being built bit by bit, a little at a time (they are very patient). Ants always show a trust in the universe.

Alligator / Crocodiles as Totem Animals

Alligator/Crocodiles: As totem: It represents the forces of the unconscious because of the observation of the crocodile emerging from hidden depths.
This totem animal contains all the unbridled creative forces of the world and the fury and ferocity of primal energies. IT IS THE KEEPER AND PROTECTOR OF ALL KNOWLEDGE.

Meaning of an Aligator /Crocodile as a Totem

If alligator and crocodiles are your animal totem; you have a gift of bringing harmony into your life in ways that help you to survive and prosper. You allow others to be their true selves and work hard at being your authentic self at all times. As an alligator and a crocodile person, you are always in touch with your true emotions in any given situation. You know and understand that what you project emotionally is important for others to see. You also have a lot of patience in the chaos of other people’s emotions as well as a deeper understanding of what they are truly expressing. You are a gifted healer in the emotional realms.

Alligators and or Crocodiles in Dreams

Alligator and Crocodiles: In dreams: it represents not only threats but also a wealth of wisdom about unconscious things. It symbolizes freedom, hidden strength and power. It also forewarns of hidden danger. Someone might be giving you bad advice and is trying to swing you into bad decisions.
Because a crocodile and alligator can live in water and on land, they also represent your conscious and subconscious and the emotional and rational. To dream that you are being bitten or chased by a crocodile denotes disappointments in love, business and other areas of life.

Antechinus as Totem

Antechinus: as totem: Sacrifices for the health of children and so having relationship troubles,full of abuse and assault, destructive and creative, bereavement and birth. It is very jealousy and aggressive, it treasures sex and places too much importance on sex, that’s one reason you find that the male one looks smaller than the female, it look as if it is a child to its female. It is because the male does not feed enough because it is always at the back of its female.

Antechinus in Dreams

Antechinus: in dreams; dreaming of antechinus foretells that you need to attend to sensitive matters of your relationship. It tells you somebody misses you the closure the loyalty and the love you share. It request you to make sacrifices for you loved ones.

Antelope as Totem

Antelope: as totem: Strong survival skills and mental adaptability. Ability to leap over obstacles. Jumpy and easily startled. Knowing when a situation does not smell right, benefits of smell therapy (see also: ‘Pronghorn’)
It has heightened psychic ability; it teaches how to overcome obstacles with a swift and a gentle nature. Antelope teaches listening to intuition. Are you adapting like you should? Are you taking chances or afraid of failing? Are you listening to your instincts? Antelope can teach you strength and courage in all areas.

Antelope in Dreams

Antelope in dreams: Seeing antelope in dreams foretells your ambitions will be high, but may be realized by putting forth great energy. For a young woman to see an antelope miss its footing and fall from a height denotes the love she aspires to will not bring it desired happiness.

Ass / Donkey as Totem Animal

Ass/Donkey: Ass or donkey puts much about patience and humility. They have wisdom and teach when to use it with timing. Donkeys aids in realizing outer recognition of inner potentials and the strength that comes from internal fortitude. He can aid in showing one how to move with the flow and allow spirit to work and to trust your strengths.
Are you following your intuition in what you should do? Are you working hard and not being productive? Is stubbornness hindering you mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Listen to your properties of donkey as your totem animal, it will teach you how to listen to your head and heart. Ass/donkey people are hard working people with patience.

Dreaming of a Donkey and the meaning

Donkey in dreams: To dream of donkey braying in your face denotes that you are about to be publicly insulted by a lewd and unscrupulous person. To hear the distant braying filling space with melancholy means that you will receive wealth and release from unpleasant bonds by the death of some person close to you. If you see yourself riding on a donkey means that you will visit foreign lands and make many explorations into places difficult of passage. To see others riding donkeys denotes a meager inheritance for them and a toiling life. To dream seeing many of the old patriarchs travelling on donkeys shows that the influence of Christians will be thrown against you in your selfish shamelessness, causing you to ponder over the right and the duties of man to man. To drive a donkey signifies that all your energies and pluck will be brought into play against a desperate effort on the part of enemies to overthrow you. If you are in love, evil woman will cause you trouble. If you dream that you are kicked by a donkey means that you are carrying on illicit connections from which you will suffer much anxiety from fear of betrayal. If you lead a donkey by a halter indicates that you will be a master of all situations and lead women into your way of seeing things by flattery. To see children riding and driving donkeys signifies health and obedience for them. To fall and be thrown from a donkey denotes ill luck and disappointment in worldly affairs. To see a donkey dead in your dreams denotes full appetites resulting from depraved excesses. To dream of drinking the milk of donkey denotes that fanciful desires will be gratified even to the displacement of important duties. If you see in your dreams a strange donkey in your stock or in your premises means that you will inherit some valuable effects. To dream coming into the possession of the donkey by present or buying, symbolize that you will attain enviable heights in your business if single you will contract a congenial marriage. To dream of a white donkey denotes an assured and lasting fortune, which will enable you to pursue the pleasures that lie nearest your heart.

Ape as Totem Animal

Ape:-Effective use of the voice, willing and able to communicate, communication through gesture and expression. Imagination and extended childhood. Problem-solving, wisdom, survival, inspiration. Loyalty, leadership, compassion,intelligence and learning capacity,dignity, strength, responsibility, nurturing, connectivity. Nobility and honor. Temperance,understanding and compassion. Symbolizes the need to take action.

They have the ability to perform complex tasks. Although they are giants among primates, they generally are shy and quiet in nature.

When a Gorilla shows up as a totem it can indicate a higher education opportunity.

Apes in Dreams

Apes in dreams: if you are visited by apes in your dreams; it may be an indication that your recent behavior may have been overly exuberant or excited. Or it could mean that you are compensating in the dream world for some rigid qualities you experience in your waking life.
Apes are powerful symbols of the primitive impulse, instinct, wildness and sexual energy. With apes in dreams, you are being shown the inhibitions of lack in your personality. After all you can behave in a more uninhibited way in your dreams than you can in your real life.
The interpretation of ape dreams depend on how they present themselves, sometime they may come as messengers from your own ancestors wanting you to follow some certain commands.
Sometime they appear in dreams to warn you of troubles ahead of you, this is especially when you see them angry, hungry, sad, sick, or fighting. In the fighting dream sometime they mean protection, it all depends on what they were fight with or against, did they win or were they beaten.


Armadillo: as totem Carrying personal protection. Understanding boundaries and respecting boundaries of others. Knowing bad spirits and bad situations. Assists others in finding their soul song.

Armadillo in Dreams

Armadillo in dreams: indicates that you are dealing with issues of self-protection and self-preservation. It is a sign that you should be more assertive in your life, protect yourself better, stop letting everybody walk all over you. It tells you to establish appropriate boundaries with the people around you Armadillo means little but armored in Spanish, that armor feature and represents your vulnerability. It says, you need to protect yourself from harm but you don’t want to put up so many defenses between yourself and the people. Armadillo suggests in a dream that you may be co-dependent or covering or covering up important emotions that you should be communicating to the people who are significant in your life. Armadillo says “Take special care!”

Baboon as a Totem Animal

Baboon: as totem animal: if a baboon is your totem animal, you are very much family oriented with a deep commitment and a strong protectiveness towards your family. You are very effective on working out any problems or conflicts that surface in your family, close groups or friends.You are very wise and have a deep connection with others;you have the understanding of ancient mysteries.
You always listening to the appeals of the departed; the baboon is a counselor and mediator of the Egyptian gods who assists in the judgment of souls bound for the underworld.

The baboon was connected to the profession of the scribes and to divine measurement.

The baboon is sacred to the God of Wisdom. It was also admired by the ancients for its sexual lustiness, and the baboon feces and sperms were an ingredient in ancient medicine of man sexual power and other health disorders.As an animal totem the baboon represents our ancestors, the apes, appeals to judgment, defense of the family, old world traditions and values and hierarchical domination through vocal assailment.

Baboons in Dreams

Baboon: in dreams; To see a baboon in your dreams tells you that you need to be more expressive in your feelings. You need to be more direct in your telling others how you feel. It tells you that you are expressing yourself in a wrong manner.In other ways a dream about a baboon is the connection and the link with the spirits of the primitives; it all depends on what the baboon was doing in your dream.
It may appear hungry and suffering, that means that your ancestor spirits might be having some unresolved issues where by you need to come in and do may be some rituals and offerings. When you see it may be dying, that becomes a very bad dream because that will simple mean that you are being disconnected from the spirit of your primitives for some particular reasons, which may lead to hard and very harsh times of your life.
If the baboon is falling on the cliff getting hurt it means failure and troubles. If it is harvesting or stealing from some people’s fields and the maize or whatever crops are falling; it means much effort and energy but negative results; it takes a lot of crops , just loading and loading and dropping and loading messing up—this symbolizes great lose, it might be even death in the family. Remember crops and trees represent life, now the spirit, the baboon, the ancestor, the ape is destroying it.
In some cases the loading and dropping of crops by the baboon in a dream may simply mean an easy come and easy go. A gain that won’t last longer, it symbolizes a bigger thing that you might get and be taken or stolen from you.

Badger as Totem

Badger as totem: Is keeper of stories with earth knowledge and wisdom. It is a call to persevere and see things through to completion. Associated with having the courage to face danger and fight regardless of size and strength of the other.

The badger as your totem animal helps you to fight for your rights. Shape shifting quality: the badger is small, but can still defend itself against larger animals by backing itself into a hole or corner so the back of its body is protected. The badger is self interested and does not relate well to others. A remorseless attacker, when encountering a badger do not be surprised at the seeming cruelty and viciousness of its attack and its lack of concern for its victim feelings afterwards, that is just its nature.

Badger in dreams

Seeing a badger in a dream means all things are possible when we tap in our inner creative powers. The badger stops at nothing to get what it wants, and this teaches us to be persistent in our pursuit.
The dream about the badger symbolizes your: Strong will; Confidence; Focus; Determination; Eagerness;Independency and Stubbornness. You will finish everything you start. In short the badger tells us to walk our own way at our own pace.

Bandicoot as totem :

The Gentle Shadow, Earth magician, Sand Magician, Coastal Desert Understanding, Knows the secret of the land.
Bandicoot is a great guide for those who are currently in a dark part of their lives who need some respite from what might seem an endless, shadowy and commotion. It teaches us sand knowledge and sand magic.

Bandicoot in Dreams:

Bandicoots in your dream indicates the need to nature your spiritual life. It also presents that you will be met by some disheartening news.

Butterfly as Totem:

The butterfly is one of the most emblematic totem animals symbolizing personal transformation.
This animal totem guides you to be sensitive to your personal cycles of expansion and growth, as well as the beauty of life’s continuous unfolding.
When the butterfly comes into your life as a spirit guide you may be going through or expecting important changes in your life. The transformation the butterfly points to are more internal, they could be related to your own perspective on a subject, aspects of your personality or personal habits.

Butterfly in dreams:

To see a butterfly in your dream signifies Longevity, Creativity, Romance, Joy and Spirituality. You may be undergoing a new way of thinking.
Alternatively a butterfly refers to your need to settle down. You are lacking focus in your life. You tend flighty and jump from one thing to another.
Consider the term ‘Social Butterfly’ to describe someone who is popular and outgoing, perhaps you need to be more outgoing.
To see two butterflies in your dream represent romance and a long happy marriage.
To catch or kill a butterfly suggests that you are being too superficial.

Bat as totem:

An unjustly Malign and Demonized creature of the night. The bat is a symbol of initiation into, Mystical practices, ofSpiritualist Experience and of Embracing the magic of the night, Able to observe unseen; it is a finder of hidden messages and an omen of divination. Rhythmically maneuverable in flight, it is a ritual dancer of a spiritualist dance of the sacred worlds.
In Western Countries, Bats are symbols of misery and the underworld, Primarily because in the Medieval Europe mind they could not be classified as any known animal and this was seen as a violation of God’s law.
However in China bats bring good luck and happiness.
In fact, The Chinese word fu means either bat or blessings.
Fear of bats is fear of the shadows. Bats teach you to face your fears. They navigate through dark places with their echolocation. Bats can be your guides through the known places of your fears.

Bats in Dreams:

Seeing a bat in dreams reminds us that we need to pay close attention to things within our lives we may have fallen asleep to, of which needs our concentration in order to feed our relationships or souls.
It goes on to tell us that we may not always be on everyone else’ timing, that is ok. We must honor our own timing and even if that means we do our best problem solving in limited time while we are dreaming or meditating,

Flying Fox: as Totem:

A large fruit bat found mostly in Madagascar, Indonesia and Malaysia and the Rest of Eastern Asia Possess Fruit andFlower Magic and is Nutritional, a Dietician, puts in health and fitness creating nature. Have power over wind and air magic and celebrates the night.
Community and social structure; It teaches you to know your community role, fitting in, belonging and finding your place.

Flying fox in Dreams:

Signifies a form of assistance and guidance that will be bestowed of you, it also refers to some emotional feelings you may have as well as feeling of incompetence and issue of influence and control.

Bear: as Totem:

was one of the first animals to be revered by humans, as the Primal Mother as represented by the Goddesses.
Many Native American cultures believe that the Great Spirit lives through the bear and that it is a creature of the dreams of spiritualist and mystics.
The bear is highly protective of its charges and the most dangerous animal in the woods is a bear mother protecting her cubs.
Hibernating during the winter months the bear knows instinctively the times to be quiet and the times to be active.
Bear medicine teaches us introspection that aides in the understanding of life’s lessons and in the discovery that we have the answers to all questions within us.
Do not be too quick to anger or too sure of your own power for that may lead to a lack of caution.
Understand that you sometimes need to be alone in order to reflect on life’s journey. Native American Totem Animal for “Virgo”

Bear in Dreams:

To see a bear in dreams Represents Independence, Strength, Death and Renewal and or Resurrection.
You may also be undergoing a period of introspection and thinking.
If a bear is chasing you, This means you are avoiding a big issue in your life and it is time to deal with it.
If the bear is standing up, it is a sign that you need to defend your beliefs.

  • Black Bear: Growing up quickly, Shy and Secretive, Enjoying the mountain solitude. Tend to keep themselves in isolation and also excellent climbers.
  • Black bear teaches the importance of unburdening yourself in order to attain higher knowledge. Black bear are very playful as a totem they teach us to stay connected to the child within.
  • Brown Bear: Can smell out what they seek, will eat whatever is put in front of them, Fairness, Curiosity, Leadership
  • Grizzly Bear: A healer. Stability, Tenacity, Introspection. Maturity and Leadership. Raw power and the necessity of self-control.
  • Himalayan Brown Bear: A strong connection to ‘primitive man’ energies, Man-bear, Carrying bear energy inside of you,Instead of around you, a connection to the supernatural, Staying grounded, Realism, Introspection, Curiosity, Strength.
  • Polar Bear: Dream guide of spiritualists and mystics, Powerful and Wise, Intelligent and fearless, Expert swimmer through emotional waters, the most aggressive of all bears
  • Spirit Bear: The white “Spirit” Bear is a genetic variation of the black bear that roams throughout British Columbia. It is not a Polar Bear) The Spirit Bear is a symbol of hope.
  • Bearcat: Solitude, Defense of personal space, Ability to see in darkness, Communicates by alternate means.

Beaver as a Totem Animal

Beaver: Builders of Dreams, Masters of the skills of ancient masonry, Engineers who alter the environment, Being productive in multiple ways by not limiting their options.

  • Beaver can show how to achieve by building with the necessary resources that are available to you.
  • Teaches lessons of breath for health, Persistence and Durability, Balancer of emotions and good dental hygiene
  • The beaver likes structure and teamwork, working with the group instead of against it.
  • Beaver is history teller, Teaching you to live your dream.
  • Beaver is a Native American totem animal for ‘Taurus’, it is also the grand totem of Canada.

Beaver in Dreams:

Beaver in dreams means ambition and hard work required to meet your goals. Dreaming of a beaver building a dam it means that you should transform your ideas into real world actions. Their appearance suggests that you should take more time for yourself and enjoy your family as well.

Bees as Totem:

Bees are the symbol of fertility and sexuality. Its honey comb as a hexagon is the symbol of the heart and stands for the sweetness of life found within our own hearts. It is also the symbol of the sun and all its energies. The bee reminds us to make our lives fertile while the sun shines.

Bees in Dreams:

Bees in dreams indicates a buzzing network of communication. They point at our attention of ideas that are pollinating successful in our lives.
They also indicate that you are ready to communicate spiritually and to gather all that you may be in need of at that time. It invites us to recognize the treasures that are within us.
The bees are simply saying to you “Are you making time to savor the honey of life and not becoming a workaholic,
Are you doing all you can to make your life more fertile? Are you busy enough? The bee is a symbol of accomplishing the impossible.

Bighorn Sheep: as Totem:

The ‘battering ram’. With its massive horns and its sure footed hooves, The Bighorn Sheep is a true martial artist;Agile on its feet and able to deliver a powerful blow. New beginnings, Creativity, Energy and endurance, Defend your territory. Butting horns are an example of meeting resistance head-on. Doing things with or without struggle both works.
You sense something is going to happen before it occurs. Ancient people used horns for tools, Utensils, Ceremony,Power Object, Head Dresses.

Bighorn sheep in dreams:

Sheep horns signify wisdom. Sheep use horns as weapons, Shields, to clear snow or dig up plants. Sheep in a dream represents righteousness and a higher rank and justice.

Bilby: as totem:

The lessons of love and fear and the courage to learn these lessons. Living in temporary homes for as long as there is opportunity there and moving on.
Sitting down to rest instead of lying down to sleep.

Bilby in dreams:

(See ‘Mouse’)

Bison: as totem:

A bison is American buffalo, it is a totem of Prayer and Abundance, the symbol of sacred life and prosperity.
The Buffalo Spirit calls you to seek a deep connection to Mother Earth.
Buffalo Spirit will bestow you with strength of character and a free, Independent Spirit.
It summons you to walk the sacred path and be grounded to Earth.
The Buffalo brings the gift of life to others by sacrificing its own.
It provides with Meat for food and hides for clothing and shelter.
The Spirit of the Buffalo teaches that true prosperity comes only when you are grateful for what you have.
You will achieve nothing without the help of the Great Spirit and you must be humble enough to ask for this help and then be grateful for the help you are given.

Bison in Dreams:

You are provisioned and have attitude towards great quantity. You are grateful and you respect what has been given. You need to hunt down your resources rather than the trust that your treasury is always stocked.
You are guided by the spirits, you are well looked after. It is bad when you dream of a buffalo attacking you, this signifies that you are at war with your spirit guides, perhaps there is something you haven’t done right pertaining your spirit guides.

White buffalo as Totem:

Feminine Courage, Knowledge, Prophecy, need to care for the tribe, the White Buffalo is a rare and sacred animal.
It reminds you of the gravity of being human and how your presence impacts and influences everything else. With this kind of power comes a great responsibility.

White buffalo in dreams:

White buffalo is the considered incredible sanctified. When the white buffalo comes into our awareness, Dreams, andVisions or even while Hiking, it is a huge sign of promise and a great prosperity is soon to come after sighting this majestic creature.
White buffalo calf means that all things are interconnected.

The Black Panther: as totem:

Is endowed with great magic and its power is the Moon.
A very ancient and powerful spirit guide who holds the secrets of unseen worlds.
They represent the power of the night and come to welcome the darkness and rouse the light within it.
They possess acute sensitivity and their unblinking eyes stare through the body to see into the soul.
The panther represents hidden emotions, Silent Thought and Sensuality in Embracing Sexuality.
They hold the teachings of quick decisive action and following your passion.
The panther brings guardian energy to those for whom it comes. The Black Panther embodies aggressiveness and power, though without the solar significance. It is secretive, Silent and graceful in its every move. It is careful not share too much information. Panther has the greatest mysticism associated with it.
Panther people have a broad vision. Panther Medicine gives them a Deeper Insight, both Spiritually and Physically.
Enter the world enlightened where as others have to achieve that.

Black Panther in Dreams:

If you dream that you are a panther, this means that you see yourself as blending into the background despite your sharp personality.
It might as well be that people are scared of you and that is the reason why they are avoiding you.
To dream that you are seeing a black panther denotes that you are feeling fearful of something,
Usually a person. There might be someone in your life that has the potential to hurt you.
The dream tells you not to let anybody beat you down and intimidate you; it also reminds you that as a panther person you have all to win that fight. The other reason you might dream of a panther is the general fear that you have of anything.

Boar: as Totem:

(Wild Hog) There are several varieties of boar, The Javelin, and Razorback or Skunk Pig), and this powerful medicine applies to all of them.
Its medicine teaches us to confront human weaknesses and to change them into strengths.
The human spirit is empowered through Wild Boar’s willingness to confront fears, The challenges at hand, and uncomfortable circumstances. Power animal of warriors they represents Male Virtues of Bravery, Nobility and Fierceness in Battle.
Can help to balance out male energy and ground the more virtuous aspects of the masculine nature.
If the Wild Boar has appeared to you, this could be a warning that you have been unwilling to confront some challenge,Situation or Feeling and it is about to explode in your face.
It could be time to evaluate your honesty. If some lie is present, now is the time to come clean with yourself or another. If you do not believe that you are brave enough to confront your mistakes or denials, quit lying to yourself and acknowledge the authentic power of the honorable self within.

Boar in Dreams:

Dreaming of a boar in some cultures mainly in Africa, is an honored symbol of Courage and Fearlessness, while in others such as Christianity and its Sister Religions mean Death and Demons that Devour Humans and overall danger.
The boar or Pig Represents the Earth Goddess who is Beyond Good and Evil.
The dream of a wild boar Represents Courage, Assertiveness and Confrontation.
It is the Ancient Symbol of the Hero and Warrior.
Its Dreams indicates success and protection in troubled times.

Bobcat as Totem: Has spiritual force residing within them. Solitary in nature they will often carry the burden. Manifestation of power and control. A bobcat animal totem is a sign of patience; Bobcats are superior hunters and they Incorporate Stealth, strategy and apply patience.

Bobcat in dreams:

To see a bobcat in your dream suggests that you need to pay attention to what you see and hear in your daily life. You are looking for excitement in your sex life or other side of your life.
To dream saving the life of a bobcat means that you are claiming your independence and power.

Buffalo: as totem:

(see Bison above) Buffalo in dreams: (see Bison in dreams)

Water (Swamp) Buffalo: as totem:

Ferocious in the wild, Good-Natured, Mild-Natured and easily led in Domesticity.
Large groups in youth and later solitary old men. Will come running when their children cry. Trying to let go of burden. Personal crosses. Being a burden to others. Being hunted. Feeling unwelcome. Being out of place. Knowing when you don’t belong. Wetland energy.

Water (Swamp) Buffalo in Dreams:

Striving, Toiling, and Tight handedness though others may still benefit from him/her. If a buffalo is used in plowing in a dream, it connotes an insult or misdeed.

European Buffalo: as totem:

Possessing great strength. Living in harmony with all creatures. Connecting with the past and its meaning to life now.
European Buffalo in dreams: Courageous man who endures beyond his capacity and who likes to do well. The She-Buffalo should be interpreted as a cow.
If a woman dreams that she has a horn like a buffalo, it means she will rule or she will be wedded to a king if legible, if not she will obtain some benefit proportionate to her status.
(Buffalo milk, Cow milk and Camel milk all three symbolize Prosperity and Goodness.
Sheep milk symbolizes prosperity and goodness as well but to a lesser degree).

Bull: as totem:

Nourishment through its Slaughter or Sacrifice. Insight into the past. The ability to stand your ground. Element of the Sun and fatherhood, chief god of the gods.
Dominant spirits in your spirits guide, and believed to be the Symbol of the Egyptian god Osiris.
By most Africans still doing their ancestor worship, it is believe to be connection not only with the bull, but the male dominant spirit of your fore-fore fathers in the family that you are born into.

Bull in dreams:

The bull is not a Negative Dream; it is the Link between you and your guide spirits, historically the bull in dreams symbolized the creative power of spring.
The dream of the bull symbolizes fertility and sexual power. The bull associate with the color red so are the worshipers of ancestors (Amadlozi). The bull in a dream also indicates success in a love affair.
For other cultures the bull represent Family Leadership, Power of men, Ruler ship, Headmen, and The nature power of God.
In some cases it may represent stubbornness; many hero myths involve overcoming a bull. A courageous man who fears no one.

Steer: as totem:

Fertility of thoughts, Ideas, Possessions, makes the commonplace and earthy more fertile, new ideas need to be expressed, teaches stability. May demonstrate the necessity for a balance diet.
Steer will teach how to adapt and make any changes you need to make.

Steer in dreams:

To see a steer in dreams Refers to sexual contact or masculine energy. The steer may also be symbolic of several deities and gods.

Bush Baby: as totem:

(Night Monkey): The bush baby’s medicine includes: The ability to see in darkness and quick movement,
with an ability to adapt to its territory and the proper use of that territory.

Bush baby in dreams:

An end to some journey, situation or relationship. This means that you have successfully transformed.

Camel: as totem: The ability to remain positive in times of having little to go on. The appearance of a camel can signify hard times ahead, but you have reservoirs of internal energy that you can tap.
Camel acts as a connection to desert energy and magic.
Deserts often have pools of energy, or oases of energy located across them. Finding these places in the desert can take time and skill, but camel has a natural dowsing instinct for finding such energy places in the ground. You may suffer from unusual sleep habits, rarely sleeping through the night and need a nap to compensate, but keep going and complete the journey.

Camel in dreams:

It shows a load bearer, we ourselves and the loads of psychic and physical nature. The camel is a Symbol of Dignity,Bearer of the Majestic, the Clear-Headedness and Moderation in dream.
Dreaming that you are milking a Camel means that you will gain power and rule.

Capybara: as totem:

(the world’s biggest rodent) Being highly Social and Gregarious. A male dominated family or group.
A love of swimming and being at home in the water. Being able to smell out trouble ahead or behind.
Trust in the nourishing and protectiveness of water and water magic.
Being able to hide regardless high exposure to others. Mastering your environment, Clashes with snake ernegy,Making your environment work for you. Offering up gentleness instead of fear.

Capybara in dreams:

A dream about Capybara implies that you may need to concede a quality or attribute so that you can continue on with your life.
You may need to cut off a part of yourself in order to move ahead.

Caribou: as totem:

(Reindeer) — Protection of the traveler. Mobile and can adapt to new surroundings. Prefers to keep moving and have freedom. Ability to go long distances in the dark. Retaining personal power within groups.
Connection to home while wandering over Long distances, Protection, Ability to go long periods in the dark.

Caribou in dreams:

Signifies that you are satisfied with your current position or situation.
Your life is in a complete balance and you are in a joyous state.
You are not bothered or troubled by any issues or burdens at the moment.

Cat: as totem:

(general) Cat is the greatest teacher of magic and mystery; the cat lives totally in the moment with a Deep Psychic andSpiritual Awareness.
Independent and Unpredictable, Agile of body and mind, a Free thinker that meets challenges by perceiving the unseen.
You can not own a cat, it is always on its own, and the cat will receive love only on its own term.
At home in the dark of the night it is a valuable collaborator when encountering the supernatural and facing your primal fears.
As the cats energy field flows opposite that of humans it has the healing ability to neutralize your negative energies.
The healing energy cannot be taken from the cat; it is only given as a gift.)-The cat teaches that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separate, but one.
In ancient Egypt cats stood guard at the temple gates and throughout history cats have been seen as the protectors of the pathways to the sacred mysteries.
Some Egyptian goddesses are depicted riding chariots pulled by cats,
The Egyptian goddess Bastet takes the form of a cat. Note the colors and characteristics of your cat for that shall be mirrored in your life and will help you to understand the mysteries that your cat will reveal.
Cat Spirit often brings the warning of being the recipient of misdirected anger.
Cats in the home often serve the role of healer and will sit near anyone in the household who needs healing, speeding the recovery period.
A cat’s purring can help reduce his owner’s stress or anxieties.
Cat purring can ease discomforts such as stomach pain, and also help boost immune systems.
It is also important to pay attention to the health of your cat.
Cats will often take on the symptoms of ailments being suffered by their humans. When this happens, appreciate their talents as diagnosticians, so take heed. Get your cat to the vet and make an appointment for yourself to have a health checkup.

Kitten: as totem:

Innocence of character may indicate a feeling of helplessness with others in a situation.

Feral cat: as a totem:

Can indicate the wild nature of your personality.
A feral cat messenger could be signaling caution, reminding you to be wary of anyone who tries to come near you who you don’t know very well.
Colonial living, Tribal hunting and gathering, Communal responsibility, “it takes a village…”

Black: cat as totem:

Who, it was said, could shape-shift into a cat nine times. Intuitive dreams, Ritual Magic

Calico cat: as totem:

Patterns of color, Ladies choice, guide to the realm of the feminine mysteries

Maine Coon cat: as totem:

A breed of Naturals, Slow Developer, Likes to tag along, shakes off a soaking.

Manx cat: as totem:

Intelligent and playful, often exhibits bizarre behavior, a late bloomer.

Siamese cat: as totem:

Talker, Affectionate but demanding, The Royal family of the cat world, “the story is in the eyes”

White cat: as totem:

A reminder that frequent sunburns may lead to skin cancer and can indicate hearing problems;
there may be a need to check for these conditions. (Legend says that a white cat is a sign of good luck in the day, but its appearance at night may be a forerunner of ill. Another legend says that a white cat sitting on the doorstep just before a wedding is a sign of a happy marriage.)

Cat (general) in dreams:

To dream of a cat denotes ill luck, if you do not succeed in killing it or driving away from your sight.
If the cat attacks you, you will have enemies who will go to any extreme to blacken your reputation and to cause you loss.
If you succeed banishing it, you will overcome great obstacles and rise in fortune and fame.
If you see a thin, dirty looking cat, you will hear bad news.

Cheetah: as totem:

Swiftness, Agility, Keen sight. Intense focus for short periods of time.
Learn to rest when under stress and respond quickly to opportunities.
Keep your eyes on the prize and fulfill your goals with speed and focus.
The magic of the cheetah will accelerate time.

Cheetah in dreams:

To dream of a cheetah means that a man or a woman is missing from your life.
To dream of a cheetah chasing you, means you need to get moving and be more active in pursuit of your goals.
To dream you are cuddling with a cheetah means that you are angry and full of rage. To dream killing a cheetah means that people are mad at you.

Chimpanzee: as totem:

Intelligence, Language and inventive problem solving. Understanding the complexity of society.
Connection to the forest spirits. Patrolling boundaries and fighting with neighbors. A spiteful temper.

Chimpanzee in dreams:

To see a chimpanzee in dream symbolizes that people you know are being deceitful in order to get their own way.
Chimpanzees can also signify a playful and mischievous side of your own personality.
To dream of a chimpanzee hanging or swinging on a tree suggests that you will be troubled by younger people, possibly your siblings.
To dream that you are feeding a chimpanzee suggests that you will be betrayed by somebody who you thought cared about your interests.

Chinchilla: as totem:

Effective communication, Exploring, Sitting high up to observe the world below, and a warning to eliminate toxins from the body. The chinchilla is a forerunner, pay attention to the advice it brings.
Though they hold a variety of messages, one thing is for sure, if they come into your life there is bound to be something out of balance that needs correcting right away.

Chinchilla in dreams:

Dreaming of a chinchilla is an important messenger that demands respect. When it appears in your dreams, it asks you to follow questions. Are you using you observations skills to help you reach your goals? Do you need to apply more discernment in your life to avoid chaotic situations? Does your health need attention? Do you take joy out of experience by over analyzing it? Do the wonders and the magic of life still excite you? Do you communicate effectively with others?

Chipmunk: as Totem:

The messenger of many realms. Curious and Inquisitive they explore everything that comes into their lives; there is no detail that goes unnoticed. They do what they want to do in their own time and will not tolerate being told what to do. Running about; first in one direction and circling back to where they started from. (Don’t get over-excited or you will forget what you set out to do.) The chipmunk is content to live under your porch or near stone foundations for warmth and protection from the elements, joyously singing in a chorus when gathered together. Chipmunks are nut gatherers, creating a stash for cold winter days. When the chipmunk visits this may indicate it is time to tighten your spending habits, allotting more funds into your savings account. If you have a chipmunk or family of chipmunks living in your yard you are likely to be blessed with abundance and can also signify a need for planning for the future. Learn to carry your nutrition with you, keep new projects secret and always have more than one exit.

Chipmunk in Dreams:
To see a chipmunk in your dream suggests that you are holding onto the past and need to learn to let go. You are full of grudges and a lot of unresolved issues that you need to let go.

Coatimundi: as totem:

Sociable and gregarious. Maternally inclined females and males with behavioral problems around children. Groups of single mothers. The men only come around for one thing.
Coatimundi in dreams:
Implies that you are wasting your natural skills and talents. You should take some initiative instead of expecting things to happen own their own.

Cougar: as totem:

A lesson in the wise use of leadership power and knowing in leadership the responsibility of truth. A quest for confidence and strength by finding the best in yourself. Can be quick to anger and slow to forgive. A totem to invoke when protection is needed.

Cougar in Dreams:

When cougar appears in our dreams it is reminding us to pay attention to specific details in our lives that at the present moment we may be overlooking. By no mistake a cougar is a powerful animal. It relies on its instincts and experiences through trial and error trusting its own knowledge which brings it into alignment with a strong sense of personal power. A cougar in dreams signifies that you are becoming a master of survival, reminds you that you have to stay focused.

Cow: as totem:

Connection to the Great Mother and to the goddess of fertility. The cow is symbolic of the maternal instinct to nurture and care for others by performing both a duty (milk) and a sacrifice (meat).

Cow in dreams:

To of seeing cows waiting to be milked promises abundant fulfillment of hopes and desires. To see cows stampeding means that you will have to exert all the powers of command you have to keep your life in a profitable channel. To see a herd of cows at milking time means that you will be a successful owner of wealth. To a young woman it means that her affections will not suffer from the one of her choice.To dream of milking cows with udders well filled means that great good fortune is in store for you. To dream of seeing cattle looking good and looking fat happily grazing in greener pastures, denotes prosperity and happiness through a good-natured and pleasant companion. To see cattle, tilt, untidy and poorly fed, you will be likely to toil all your life because of misspent energy and dislike of details of work.

Coyote: as Totem:

A mixture of wise sage and foolish prankster. Coyote brings lessons that are crucial to growth and change; yet the lesson is contained within a grand joke that Coyote plays. His lessons are taught through the humor and wisdom found within each trick he plays; for those Coyote comes to teach are often the most unwilling to learn. Playful and mischievous, yet capable of deep contemplation and introspection.-Coyote understands that all things are sacred and nothing is sacred, teaching us that only when all illusions have fallen away will we connect with the source. Do not be discouraged and give up.-Coyote is very adaptable so keep going and keep the faith. Coyote will be a mate for life.

Coyote meaning of Dreams:

The appearance of a coyote in a dream symbolize a lack of ambition or a weakness of some kind. Seeing a coyote in a dream is a reminder to keep your sense of humor and not become overly serious in life.

Cuscus: as Totem:

A sense of calm instead of lethargy. Slow, purposeful steps lead to a long, safe and meaningful journey.

Cuscus meaning of dreams:
If you dream of cuscus you can look forward to success and good luck in the near future. If you were afraid of the cuscus in a dream, chased or attacked by it, then the dre4am may indicate you will feel troubled by different elements of you waking and emotional life. Deer: as totem: Understanding emotions, understanding the physical and the spiritual, the connection of heart and soul. The power of gently inspiring others by touching them without pushing them to change.
(When a large herd of deer move during the day-they will be in sight of each other, yet spread out. As night falls the deer will form into single file, nose to tail and move together by following the white tail that is in front of them. So, trust your instincts to lead you, yet know when it is time to follow.)
The deer is linked to the arts, specifically poetry and music in ancient Celtic animal lore due to its graceful form. There are two aspects of deer – female (the Hind) and male (the Stag: see below) . The Hind (the red female deer), symbolizes femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to be associated with the pixie realm, tempting us to release the material trappings of so-called ‘civilization’, to go deep into the forest of magic, to explore our own magical and spiritual nature. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women, often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild things in the spirit of love and communion. Both Celts and Native Americans prayed to the deer to give them a good hunt, and in return promised to take no more than was essential for the survival of the tribe. This helps remind us that our spirit of gentleness and unconditional love should extend to all species, not only our own. They also knew the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would follow the deer to prime herb patches – many of which proved to be highly beneficial in their medicinal purposes.

Stag: as Totem:

(Male deer) Lord of the forest, masculine power of regeneration, giver of bounty, beauty and mystical signs, fights when cornered but prefers to run away. The antlers of the stag have long been a symbol of worship and are associated directly with the fertility of the God. The pagan Horned God, in his many incarnations, often appears wearing a headdress of antlers or in some depictions, the horns grow directly from his head. In some Pagan paths, there is a correlation between the shape of a pair of horns and the crescent moon. The image of a stag with a full moon between his antlers represents both the male (the antlers) and the female (the moon) aspects of the Divine. Most people know, from popular literature of the importance of the bison or buffalo to the daily existence Native American peoples, but the more common and useful, animal was the deer. While the buffalo provided meat and heavy robes to help sustain life they were mainly limited to the tribal lands of the Plains Indians. The more universally found deer provided a cornucopia of items to the hunter. Besides the good meat and strong skins an amazing number tools came from the deer. The lower leg bone, for example, has been called by some nature’s Swiss Army Knife. The thick and sturdy bone can be used for an almost unlimited number of tools. These include knife handles; hide scraping tools, hairpins, fishhooks, games, flutes, decorations and sewing needles. The deer in fact provides an entire sewing kit with bone awl and sewing needles and sinew for thread. The deer was, to the ancient peoples, a true gift from the Creator.

Deer meaning of Dreams:

To see a deer in your dreams symbolizes grace, compassion, gentleness, meekness and natural beauty. It represents independence, alertness and virility. It also represents vulnerability and immaturity. If the deer is black, you may not be in tune with your feminine side. You are rejecting the feminine qualities in you. To dream that you kill a deer suggests that you are trying to suppress those feminine qualities.

Dog: as Totem:

(general) — Faithful, inner loyalty to a fault, unconditional love, fast friend, able to smell out trouble, guardian of the underworld, protector of the Goddess, serving humanity as a “conscript”. A study of the breed and its purpose will help to define the energy it represents.

Feral dog: as Totem:

Also known as “primitive” dog) – Its Spirit Animal message imparts a releasing of the conditioned ego and a return to the primal id. A Feral dog is a dog that has returned to the wild and with each successive generation has reverted from its domesticated state to a DNA structure resembling that of its primitive ancestors. The feral dog is returning to its original genetic code after having been selectively and anomalously bred in captivity. This animal is considered to be a genetic “throwback”, that scientists do not recognize it as a species and they are calling for its extermination as a supposed “threat” to the ecosystem.- However this animal is “labeled”, it exists in the wild and it is a part of both the natural and spiritual environs.- It is reawakening to its original nature and returning home to the environment from which it was taken. Aboriginal dog, Dingo, Africa painted dog, Czechoslovakian wolf dog, Aso, Singing Dog,-Wild Dog,-Bush Dog: ,Duality, intuition, living in balance and harmony within all realms of existence, adapting a behavior to harmonize with the reality in which you live, a master at shape shifting and being invisible, Being torn between two worlds, dividing up different sets of instincts, being able to believe two things at once, struggling with duality, balance, versatility, being skilled at many different things, ability to remain unique and maintain individualism, finding the truth and understanding the persecution that this truth may bring, a reborn soul. While feral dogs are definition as pariah dogs. Pariah type aboriginal dogs are not necessarily feral. This designation is used by scientists to refer to wild dog populations which have not been domesticated, as well as recognized dog-species with pariah dog heritage Difficulties exist when looking to the domestic dog as an Animal Totem. Most have been bred to produce some accented appearance or behavior, thus creating a genetically muddled animal. Many of these dogs are mentally and spiritually “confused” about their identity as they may be trapped somewhere between their original nature and their artificially bred persona. Be aware that often times these animals may feel “lost” and be looking to you for guidance. When a sheep dog has been bred, generation after generation, to herd sheep and it finds itself living in a city apartment, it may feel misplaced and without a purpose. It may want and need your help to find a job it can do to give its life meaning.

  • Puppy: Signifies devotion to someone or something. Some way in which loyalty or devotion is being tested.
  • Beagle: A sympathy seeking friend • Black Dog: English folklore has a legend of the black dog, a beast whose appearance presages doom, death, or despair. There is also a legend of a benevolent black dog, which appears to guide travelers to a safe haven.
  • Bulldog: Persistence and tenacity. Solitary defiance
  • Chihuahua: Do not underestimate the power or abilities of the other person in a situation
  • Cocker Spaniel: Companionship, a faithful friend, good associations
  • Collie: A faithful friend. Something is blocking your spiritual path
  • Dachshund: Be cautious against the tendency to make physical aspects of oneself too important, a high interest in materialism
  • Dalmatian: A traveling companion, since they are black and white can represent the right and wrong of a situation, the positive and negative sides, the faithful and unfaithful • German Shepherd: A helpful friend or condition; except if dog is threatening then it is a symbol of enforced obedience
  • Greyhound: Fidelity, vigilance, majesty, courage, and swiftness. A symbol of pride and nobility
  • Husky / Malamute: Inner strength and guidance. The ability to pull together as a team when guided by a determined leader.
  • Irish Setter: Nervousness and lack of focus on a situation
  • Mastiff: Mastiff teaches us how to go out and do what needs doing and make the kill
  • Poodle: Bred for fashion. Human games, social graces and expectations
  • Retriever: Fetchers bring a sharp focus to the household on what is being brought or bought. The focus is on getting things and bringing them home
  • Saint Bernard: A helpful friend and guide
  • Sheep Dog: Keeping the group together for its own good
  • Terrier: Focused determination and getting something accomplished no matter what obstacles come in the way
  • Whippet: A nervous type, needs soothing and comfort, be you aware of nerves and stress. A very high level of sensitivity • White Dog: Believed by Native Americans to represent the Great Spirit and is a symbol of purity, life, and renewal Dog meaning of dreams: to see a dog in your dream symbolizes intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection and fidelity.

Dreaming of a dog suggests that your strong values and good intentions will enable you to go forward in the world and bring you success. If the dog is vicious and growling then it indicates some inner conflict within yourself. It may also indicate betrayal and untrustworthiness. If the dog is dead or dying then it means a loss of a good friend or corrosion of your instincts. To dream that the dog bites you on the leg suggests that you have lost your ability to balance aspects of your life. Alternatively it symbolizes disloyalty. To see a happily barking dog in your dream symbolizes pleasures and social activities. You are being accepted into some circle. Do you dream barking as a dog, it symbolizes unfriendly companions. To dream that you are buying a dog indicates that you are buying complements and favors. If you are being guided by a dog in your dream indicates that you are having difficulties and navigating out of a situation or problem. Dreaming that you are sending your dog away indicates that the decisions and choices you make may be misinterpreted and disloyal. To dream of a black dog symbolizes the shadow aspect of a friend. To see a dog eating a snake in your dream implies that a close friend is trying to prevent you from making a bad decision.

Donkey Ass: as Totem:

Stubbornness, refusing to move when you know it isn’t right, saying “no” to others, ignoring others’ opinions. Sacred animal of the goddess. Donkey meaning of dreams: to see a donkey in a dream means that you are unwilling to cooperate with others. It represents your stubbornness and unyielding personality. You may be feeling overburdened and stressed. It also symbolizes menial work.
To dream that you fall off or thrown from a donkey signifies separation or harmony in love. To dream that you are kicked by a donkey suggests that you are afraid of being caught in some illegal activities; there is a cloud of suspicion over you. To dream that you are leading a donkey by halter signifies your leadership abilities. You have the gift of convincing people to see things your way.

Echidna: as Totem:

An ancient creature with a unique and well developed brain, detecting subtle electrical impulses originating from the Earth, ability to communicate with the spirit.

Echidna Meaning of Dreams:

Connection with your spirit guides, being able to protect yourself from dangers. Seeing echidna in your dreams signifies that something harmful or dangerous is approaching but it is shy to attack and your spirit guide are watching your back.

Elephant as Totem:

Long life, doesn’t listen to insults, and learns much by watching, strong but peaceful, acute awareness, ability to remember long lost friends, unbelievably great swimmer, resolve to overcome obstacles.
Elephant meaning of dreams:
To see an elephant in your dreams indicates that you need to be patient and more understanding of others. There must be a memory that you are holding onto for too long. You need to let go of the past. The elephant symbolizes power, strength, faithfulness and intellectuality. If you see a white elephant in your dreams then it symbolizes royalty or achievement in your life, you are soon to achieve the most important goals of the goals that you set forth.
To dream that you are riding an elephant indicates that you are in control of your subconscious and some aspects that you were once afraid of.
To dream that you are afraid of an elephant suggests that there is an enormous problem that you are afraid to confront.
To dream that you are an elephant suggests that you need to voice out your ideas; you need to make your opinion s known.
To see elephant tasks in your dreams suggests that you have the power and the guts to take on any challenges to triumphant.

Elk as totem:

Keeper of the Forest. Pride, beauty, ageless wisdom, stamina, strength and nobility. Elk have tremendous stamina and can run for a very long time. They are unpredictable, passive one moment and aggressive the next. Elk can sense danger the moment it arrives and can teach us how to become more observant of subtle energies. Elk never graze at night. An attacked herd will bolt in all directions so as to confuse a predator. The art of survival is part of its teachings. If Elk medicine is fully developed a strong self image is expressed.

Elk meaning of dreams:
To see an Elk in your dreams symbolizes strength and endurance. It is also an indication that you need to spend more time with friends maintaining good health habits, consuming healthy foods.

Ermine as Totem:

The judicial office is invested with ermine. The Ermine is acutely sensitive as to its own cleanliness and it becomes paralyzed and powerless at the slightest touch of defilement upon its snow-white fur. A like sensibility should belong to him who comes to exercise the august functions of a judge. In Native American tradition, the addition of ermine skin to a war bonnet was the highest honor, signifying not only bravery in battle, but being gentle at home, a friend and a brother.

Ermine meaning of Dreams:

Ermine is an omen of purity and faithfulness. It denotes exaltation, lofty character and wealthy forming, a bear to want and misery. Ferret as totem: (see under “Weasel”)

Fox as Totem:

The Fox is seen as a sacred animal throughout the world. The fox is the cunning and stealthy messenger of the gods and the magical guide to the world between time and space often shape shifting on the journey, (sometimes into human form). The fox lives in the “In-between Time” on the edge of dusk and dawn and can guide the way into the Spiritual Realm. There are many species of fox, but they all share the cleverness and cunning from which comes the expression, “sly as a fox.” For the fox learning to be invisible is an important skill in life. The fox shows how to develop the arts of camouflage, invisibility, and shape shifting. The fox teaches how to be unpredictable by mastering the ability of blending unseen into the surroundings. A creature of the night it is imbued with supernatural powers and is a totem of healing of body, mind and spirit. A basic lesson fox offers is to stay clear of complications, rather than getting involved in controversies, step back and observe differences from a distance. It is likely you do not need to take sides. The fox takes a neutral stand when he is not being threatened. The fox runs from trouble, preferring not to get in the mix of conflicts.

Arctic fox as Totem:

Benefits coming from a different sources and ways for each season. (An arctic fox will sometimes tease a polar bear by darting into nip at its heels in hopes of distracting it from its prey.) Playing a dangerous game.

Fennec fox as Totem:

Amazing what you can hear when you take the time to listen, retaining fluids

Grey fox as Totem:

Represents shape shifting, being invisible and the female magic of camouflage. Gray Fox’s power cycle is dawn, dusk and at night. A long positive history of magic. A symbol of good luck.

Red fox as Totem:

Associated with the female in folktales and legends. Sexual energy and the freedom of the creative force. For a woman it is a sign to bring home and children back into focus. A winter spirit.

Fox meaning of Dreams:

Hunting, catching or killing a fox in a dream can indicate plans to outwit those who have conspired against one. Dreaming of the riders who hunt a fox announces a forthcoming social obligation or a pleasing exchange with others. Seeing a fox in dreams indicates wealth, luck and love. Seeing a fox catching something you will expose a wrong friend or you will discover a confidential plot.

Gazelle as Totem:

Speed, agility, beauty, grace, vertical movement, ability to maneuver. Awareness and skill discovering and exploring the unknown. Gazelle meaning of dream: A female gazelle represent a beautiful woman. Capturing a gazelle in a dream means taking advantage of a beautiful woman it also could mean marriage. Throwing a stone at a gazelle means raping a woman, committing adultery or offending women in various forms or simply divorcing one. Hunting a gazelle in a dream means making profit. Slaughtering a gazelle in a dream means deflowering a female servant. If you dream that you are a deer or gazelle it means that you live solely to satisfy yourself with pleasures, lust, sensual desires in this world. If you receive the gift of a gazelle it means that you will be wealthy. If a gazelle jumps at you in a dream it means that your wife or girlfriend will rebel against you, it works the same with the opposite gender.

Gerbil as Totem:

Represents aspects of life that are small comforts.

Gerbil meaning of Dreams:
Gerbils means reality and surety.

Giraffe as Totem:

The gift of foresight. Seeing over the crowd to what the future holds on the horizon. Having your feet firmly planted on the ground but your head in the air. A link to the higher and lower worlds. Silently reflect on what you hear and what you say.

Giraffe meaning of Dream:
to see a giraffe in your dream suggests that you need to consider the overall picture. It tells you to take a broader view of life as in where it is heading to. Your dream of a giraffe may serve in indicating how you view things. How far deep do you read situations and atmospheres around your life? It is a warning to stretch your neck and see dangers that surrounds you.

Gnu as Totem: (Wild beast) The ability to know when to act and when to retreat, shape shifting, altering perceived realities, using body language in a variety of ways.

Gnu meaning of dreams:
To see a Gnu in your dreams indicates a lack of control in your life. You are letting your bitter feelings and negative emotions get the best of you. The dream might be telling you that you already holding the truth.

Goat as totem:

Awareness of new heights and the willingness to work to get to the top, a knack for getting off on the wrong foot with people, always getting into complicated predicaments, insecure and a need to be loved, pessimistic and anxious, prone to laziness and day dreaming.
Goat meaning of dreams: To see a goat in your dreams represents your lack of judgment and your gullibility. Goats are symbolic of sexuality and sexual desires. To dream that a goat butts you forewarns of dishonesty and lies.

Gopher as totem:

Understands the necessity for being prepared. Gopher knows what lies beneath the surface of any situation and can show us how to uncover hidden truths.

Gopher meaning of dreams:
To see a gopher in your dreams symbolizes that you are being use and manipulated by others. The dream says; go for it, you need to take initiative and act now.

Gorilla as totem:
Powerful, compassionate and wise, inner sadness, an emotional self, taking care of one another, represents those who keep peace through aggression, working with the deaf

Gorilla meaning of dreams:
To see a gorilla in your dreams suggests that you are too much ‘pessimistic’ in your behavior. Perhaps you are compensating for your rigidity and stiffness in your waking life. The gorilla symbolizes your primitive impulses, wild nature and repressed sexual energy.

Groundhog as Totem:

(Woodchuck) Connection to seasonal changes and understanding the power of cycles, the ability to hibernate (sleep) during hard times, the ability to go underground when trouble arises. The groundhog is symbolically known as being a trance dreamer because of its deep slumber while hibernating underground. If the groundhog is your personal animal totem or makes its appearance in your life it may indicate that messages are being given to you through your dreams.

Groundhog meaning of dreams:
To dream of a groundhog symbolizes that you already know the right answer of the question you had in your mind, so follow your instincts.
Guinea-pig as totem: Gentleness, humane treatment of others, responsibility.

Guinea-pig meaning of dreams:
To see a guinea-pig in your dream represents your need to be more responsible and attentive. It suggests that through experimentation and taking risks, you learn how to and how not to do something, you learn from your mistakes.

Hamster as totem:

Bringing likeminded together, a time to explore new possibilities, a time for communal spirituality

Hamster meaning of dreams:
To see a hamster in your dreams represents underdevelopment emotions. You are distancing yourself from others so that you won’t end up getting hurt. It may also indicate that matters of sexual are trivial to you. You are able to separate sex from love.

Hare as totem:

(see under: ‘Rabbit’)
Hedgehog as totem: (Inhloni) symbol of the “Wisdom of the Female Elder”. Basically gentle and non-aggressive the hedgehog shows how to be gentle, yet protective at the same time. A natural affinity to earth allows them to hear its voice clearly and teaches the need to pay close attention to what you hear. The hedgehog knows the secrets that lie beneath the surface and can teach how to uncover hidden knowledge and wisdom. Avoid all things that lead to chaos and protect and defend the truth.
Hedgehog meaning of dreams: T o see a hedgehog in your dreams suggests that you are being overly sensitive. You are taking everything too personally. It also represents your psychic abilities and the connection with your ancestors. It symbolizes in you; energy, vitality, fertility, intuition, protection, perception, intelligence, uniqueness, and resourcefulness.
Hippopotamus as totem: Amphibious, an innate ability to know what lies beneath the surface of any situation speaks and sees truth and demands that others do the same.

Hippopotamus in dreams:

To see a hippopotamus in your dreams symbolizes you aggressive nature and your hidden strengths. You have more influence and power than you realize. It indicates that you are being territorial. May be someone is stepping over your boundaries. It suggests that you need to escape from the daily crush and calm down.

Horse as totem:

symbol of freedom and of the wind. No other animal has given Man the freedom of mobility like the horse.-The horse gives the promise of speed and adventure. The horse is the symbol of true power and this power should not be used in a negative manner. Powerful and rebellious, hot blooded and hot headed, horse spirit has power within that is sometimes hard to control. Needing love and intimacy yet also feeling trapped by it. Leaving home early yet having a hard time belonging elsewhere. Very self-interested yet its work benefits others, the horseishowsimany contradictions in character.

Brumby as Totem:

(Australian Wild Horse) —Spiritual journeys. Guiding and guardianship. Overcoming obstacles. Endurance. Stamina.  Energy. Healing and guiding others. A powerful ally.  Possible danger. Wildness. The wild spirit.

Pony as totem:

(Miniature Horse) — Magical wish granters. Discovering the power to make wishes come true.

Horse in dreams:

Dreaming of a white horse symbolizes your development and your spiritual aspirations. Placing a bet on a horse suggests that you are currently taking risks in your life and warns you. Horse shoes are symbols of chance; they are considered as lucky charms in a lot of cultures of the world. It is a sign that luck is on its way you need to be patient. Talking horse in a dream could be a manifestation of your animal spirit guide bringing you a message form instinctive self, your unconsciousness and ancestors.

Hyena as totem:

The custodian of the Savannah, who cleans up whatever is lying around waiting for the leftovers instead of being the aggressor in a situation. Hyena has a lack of seriousness and a vicious nature, laughing at the absurdity of life. Hyena knows the secrets of the wild and shows discernment, knowing what smells right and what doesn’t. Communication is important to the hyena and it teaches the need to choose words carefully. The hyena knows its power for success lies within the group. (Many cultures, including those in Africa, have historically viewed the hyena negatively, associating them with gluttony, unclean and cowardice. Part of their bad reputation comes from the hyena’s tendency to scavenge graves for food. They are one of the few creatures naturally suited for this, due to their ability to devour and digest every part of a carcass, including bone.)

Hyena meaning of dreams:
To see a hyena in your dreams indicates greedy and uncleanness. It also suggests that you are overwhelmed with responsibilities. You feel that someone is relying on you too much. A hyena represents someone in your waking life who has a sense of humor or someone who is laughing at you.

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4 thoughts on “Animals as totem and their meaning in dreams

  1. Khokhovula

    Help me out, last night I dreamt of of my self walking in the dark from the top of the city to the bottom, I was scared and as I was walking the fear was overwhelming as if I was approaching some dark forces or danger, all of a sudden I heard a pig’s squealing right of my side, it sounded very angry, when I checked, it was bulldozing and digging the roots of three, all of a sudden if felt like it was protecting me from something because I ended up holding one of the heavy roots as my weapon, then when I looked down as approach the city, I sew dark birds flying up like they are running away from the path that I was walking on.
    I couldn’t even notice the pig because it was in the dark as well.

  2. Thokozane mkhulu,I’m having dreams of a snake sitting with me under the water and telling me that iam the king of mmaloti in Lesotho and it was busy apply soil on my face.and when the sun comes out it told me its taking me out sit on a tree to harm by the sun but surprised me its its farmers who greet him and say hi the king of mmaloti we were inside something like a mist.iam thwasa that its preparing to go home in June.please help what does it say this dream.I’m scared

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