Exploring the Dangers of Totem Assignment
No worries, nobody is waving magic wands around turning people into toads! LOL. Rather, this post is about the tricky business of label-slapping and animal totem assignment.
Every week I always get several emails with a question: “Avia, what is my animal totem?”
On one hand, I’m thrilled with these inquiries. It suggests a desire to re-connect with our animal guides. It’s a sign that folks are becoming more attuned to the wild and wonderful realms of the Mother Nature, and that is wicked-awesome.
On the other hand, I’m often distressed by the lack of personal investment in re-connecting with our animal brothers and sisters. Connecting to our animal totems is a deeply personal act.
Avia (with Gus and Chadwick) Touches on Animal Totems
What’s really irking is the idea that a virtual stranger can arbitrarily assign a totem to another person.
I’ve watched and listed to many discussions about totems and neo-shamanism. I’m not naming names, but some presenters on the topic seem a bit flippant when they get a caller asking the inevitable question: “Can you tell me my animal totem?”
I’m floored when the totem-practitioner pops off a critter to the caller – essentially assigning a totem to him or her in the span of two seconds.
How can that cosmic connection be gleaned from a distant second party? It feels like “ slot-machine logic” – an answer spit out at random. I could be wrong. These totem experts could be mightily connected to their spiritual council, and so they are fed this totem information to the caller. Still, I have doubts.
On my most connected days, in which unification with my own Spirit Council is super-tight, I am fed information in terms of “seeing” woodland creatures or other critters scampering around my client’s energy. These visions give me a good idea about the inquirer’s totem affiliations.
Nevertheless, in the midst of these visions come strong admonishments from my Council. Admonishments like: “These are the animal energies communing with the human – but he/she must establish and nurture the connection.”
The onus is on us. We must be the ones to invest the time to re-connect with our animal guides and guardians.
Asking others to identify our totems isn’t a bad thing, but I’d be leery of pat answers from virtual strangers.
Those who ask me what their animal totems are often get frustrated with my round-about answers. I offer information that my Council feeds me, but not without belting out a few paragraphs about the importance of personal reflection , research and contemplation about the human-totem connection.
Let’s face it. Most of us wouldn’t ask a stranger “ Who is my life-partner? ” and then marry the first person named Joe or Suzie just because we’ve been given a pat answer from a so-called qualified stranger. Same with re-partnering with our animal totems. We (and our totems) require more than slapdash labels.
Our animal totems are profound partnerships – indeed, a marriage. They deserve our time and attention to get to know them. We deserve the investment to familiarize ourselves with our connection to them.
So, be wary of the “poof! you’re a toad” syndrome. Lickety-split answers to complex questions like these should be approached with caution.
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As always, thanks for reading!
Stay well, stay symbolic, Avia
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