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