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Do You Have A Sacred Animal?


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dyslexic - easy when you have spyll chicker

 

 

Unsurprisingly my Sacred Animal is the Wild Boar

 

and Ravens ~ yes definitely Ravens

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Last night, as I drove back from a wedding reception, a rabbit hopped into the road - too close for me to be able safely to brake or swerve. It's not my sacred animal, but it certainly got sacrificed.

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Possibly unsurprisingly Ravens and Cats for me.

Ravens for my Lady, their intelligence, sense of knowing and majesty.

Cats because they are ‚Äúhalf in, half out‚ÄĚ to quote John Constantine and their tendency to treat humans as pets!¬†

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Ursus arctos horribilis (the Grizzly bear) is never far from my side. She appeared around the same time as my children were born and readily comes to my aid whenever anyone foolishly tries to harm me or mine. She's not easily provoked but when it happens, evacuate the area quick smart! 

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I knew someone on another site who had a similar ursine type attachment.

Do you see your bear as separate to you or a version (for want of a better word) of you?

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My own bear, considerably smaller and a lot more scruffy than a grizzley, is part of me.  Like Dr. Jekyll's Hyde, bear used to be optional when I needed bear characteristics.   After a while, just as Hyde had later to be pushed back so I had to suppress bear.  Now I don't bother and the old bugger is evident most of the time..

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I now have a mental image of varying sizes of bear typing away on their laptops...

"Part of me" is the answer I was expecting.  The alternative, if that is Sinistra's position, might be an interesting exploration.

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I do not have a sacred animal as far as I am aware... perhaps I am just ignorant :blink:

I have a fondness for quite a few animals, but nowhere near the idea/concepts of familiars, fetches or sacred animals. A quick list would include: tigers, lynxes, dogs (not the small, scrappy kind), bumblebees, moths, pipistrelles, magpies, jackdaws, crows, red deer stags, foxes, and owls. I think they're all stunning and majestic.

Maybe one day ;)

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There is a big Ursidae family around here.  Definitely wellies in the woods :biggrin:

Of all the bears in our family, I'm guessing that I am the teeny-tiny bear.  Most of you seem to have or be North American bears.

Is no one a Kamchatka, Kodiak or Polar?  All bloody big.

Please don't be sun bears.  They are miniature [smaller than my bhalu], very smartly turned out but the nastiest little buggers I have had the misfortune to clean up after.

 

Family photo

I'm third from the left.

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"Do you see your bear as separate to you or a version (for want of a better word) of you?"

Sorry Elianas, I completely forgot about this thread hence the lack of response.

My bear is a version of me which was suppressed until motherhood. I was brought up in a very disciplined environment (I'm not complaining, it was very happy and safe) I was a very quiet child and accepting of my lot. I didn't like confrontation and was prone to being pushed around and manipulated. That all changed with the birth of my daughter and natural instinct kicked in along with the bear. She taught me how to question and not just accept what was going on around me especially if it affected my child. As with Moonsmith, the bear is very close to the surface most of the time these days and is allowed very regular airings. I was watching "The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug" the other night, and chuckled to myself at the dread that was felt on the impending return of Beorn to his dwelling - hubby commented "I know how they feel!" Cheeky bugger!¬†ūüėܬ†

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Hi there, I feel like I should disclose that I am not really religious or spiritual, but just signed up here to learn more about my Celtic ancestry. 

When I saw this topic I did want to comment though. I feel I have a strong connection with animals. Since I could first speak I‚Äôve been insistent on always keeping them. I‚Äôve had a whole dynasty of various rodents haha as well as a Dog.¬†I get very emotionally attached to animals. Most recently I broke up with my s.o. of approx. 2 years. I was¬†more¬†upset about leaving because of the cats! ūü§≠ūüė≥ Especially Fluffy. Strongest bond I‚Äôve ever had with any animal. In one argument (prior to breaking up with my ex) He was yelling at me from the top of the stairs and I was at the bottom of the stairs by the front door, and Fluffy walked out from behind him and came and sat right next to me and just looked at him. I didn‚Äôt read to much into it until afterwards when my ex commented on it. It was like she was taking my side. I still miss her. As a child I was also very much interested in all things equine. I rode horses and was forever reading books on them.¬†

However, I can’t say that there is a single animal I prefer above all others. I am quite keen on keeping a reptile though, as I’ve never had one before.

Also, I’m vegan which is largely because of how I feel regarding animals being farmed industrially and slaughtered in conveyer belt style fashion. 

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Fox and Magpie are two that instantly come to mind. Fox has been important to me after a series of very intense dreams, and subsequently in several meditations.

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Wolfs are very special  for me  i keep seeing them in my  dreams one of the things i see is a white wolf  and an native American little  girl  they are calming and talk to me when i am feeling unwell  they soothe  me  when am scared or upset  

i have seen wolfs in a nature reserve before there amazing  and beautiful and i wish they where free   i dont normally go to nature reserves  or zoo  i would like to see animals free 

I just became Vegan  in the last  few months  i love animals  there beauty  and there uniqueness  wolfs more so 

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7 hours ago, WillowLily said:

¬†i keep seeing them in my ¬†dreams one of the things i see is a white wolf ¬†and an native American little ¬†girl ¬†they are calming and talk to me when i am feeling unwell ¬†they soothe ¬†me ¬†wÔĽŅhen am scared or upset ¬†

A witch friend of mine kept dreaming of a wolf, sometimes with a girl and sometimes she felt she was the girl.  This is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of my anything zone but I sent her this picture:

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The title is "Wolf Protecting Girl".  Now I am not into dream interpretation at all but we worked together on her thoughts.

Like you she felt protected and calmed.

We noticed that the eyes of both subjects are the same.  Perhaps they were the same person.  My friend laughed and pointed out that the wolf is better equipped to handle their current situation than is she in that weather.

However she left with that thought: that girl and wolf were one.

Later I mentioned the she-wolf and again she laughed.  She had always thought of the wolf as male.

Make of it what you will but you are not alone.

 

[Deebs this picture is copyright - delete it if you think you should and I'll try and find a link.  Failed so far.]

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Yes I have some sacred animals whom I seek guidance from and some of these give me new inspiration. One of te most powerful impressions was when i was a child. We went to this pond in the forest. It was a warm summers day and above the heat the sun shone  pearlescent light upon the water. Dragonflies were dancing hanging on the invisible strings of that moment so Id choose them. they have literally opened my eyes by showing their humble beauty.

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I have, or maybe had, a crow. I have interacted with him in meditations and dreams. But spiritually, I went through an odd patch around the change of life, adjusting to the upheaval. A time of necessary change, and things do tend to shuffle and change position and priority. As a result, the bond I had with him has not been as strong in recent years, he's still there in the background, but seems to have withdrawn. I have been getting the sense of something much smaller, still a bird I think, but I'm not certain, whoever it is hasn't made themselves known fully yet. But something has been tugging at the edge of my awareness recently. 

In lockdown, I am lucky the area supports a lot of wildlife, despite being urban, I'm on the edge of semi rural part. I pay attention to the birds and the trees, I even saw a fox the other morning. There is also the river, which has been important to my family for years. My father as a boy, and myself with the children, have lived near the Ely river along different stretches of it, but within a short walk away. Now I'm right at the mouth, nearest I've ever been. (There are cycle paths along there apparently, but I wouldn't like to tackle them without help. Someone who can advise me I'm too close to the edge, grab me if I wobble and if necessary jump in after me. Perhaps not, then.) Part of the unexpected consequence of all this has been the tightening of focus on a restricted area, and more wildlife has been encouraged by the quiet streets to wander closer to us than before. Things do seem to be picking up though, even here, so that probably won't last much longer.

 

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5 hours ago, hedgerose said:

I have, or maybe had, a crow. I have interacted with him in meditations and dreams. But spiritually, I went through an odd patch around the change of life, adjusting to the upheaval. A time of necessary change, and things do tend to shuffle and change position and priority. As a result, the bond I had with him has not been as strong in recent years, he's still there in the background, but seems to have withdrawn. I have been getting the sense of something much smaller, still a bird I think, but I'm not certain, whoever it is hasn't made themselves known fully yet. But something has been tugging at the edge of my awareness recently. 

In lockdown, I am lucky the area supports a lot of wildlife, despite being urban, I'm on the edge of semi rural part. I pay attention to the birds and the trees, I even saw a fox the other morning. There is also the river, which has been important to my family for years. My father as a boy, and myself with the children, have lived near the Ely river along different stretches of it, but within a short walk away. Now I'm right at the mouth, nearest I've ever been. (There are cycle paths along there apparently, but I wouldn't like to tackle them without help. Someone who can advise me I'm too close to the edge, grab me if I wobble and if necessary jump in after me. Perhaps not, then.) Part of the unexpected consequence of all this has been the tightening of focus on a restricted area, and more wildlife has been encouraged by the quiet streets to wander closer to us than before. Things do seem to be picking up though, even here, so that probably won't last much longer.

 

Rose , your post was so well expressed, the way you described it made me see it with my mental eye!

I am Fortunate to live closer to the country side. Closer to the country side meaning not on the main land but on one of the islands on the west coast. If I write or say "I live on an island! I have the feeling people tend to expect Im in the middle of nowhere and  have to row to get my shopping or something.. But no, there is a LOT of urban life which I wot talk about in this post. Id like to express my gratitude to the landscapes I have nearby. Your story about wildlife is one I deeply care about. 

We should leave the wildlife as it is. If we would then more animals would return to the wild, the same with the flora and fauna. I used to live closer to wild nature where I could see eagles soaring. Sometimes an owl visited my garden. There was a wild streaming river which I miss still. The sound of it was like nothing else. There also is an area where you can walk which has lakes and you come to this hairpin path going up and look into a fabulous landscape. If the local community would advertise for it I am sure this would be a route that would be visited even more. Not many take the whole route though cause its a steep one.  

A local farmer said he has seen the Gaupe, or norwegian lynx there. This is a very small version of a lynx so its really like a big cat. How i would love to see one of these in its natural environment. Seeing these animals return to the local wildlife is great. Lets hope we humans will keep it this way!

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As with others here, to me, all animals are sacred. I resonate with rabbits/hares, but also with all Corvids. I tried to find my spirit animal once, through meditation, and it seems it was a Bald Eagle. Didn't see that coming...

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On 7/24/2020 at 11:07 PM, Jackal Girl said:

it seems it was a Bald Eagle. Didn't see that coming...

A you will see from my post back in March 2017, we appear to have that in common - though I'm not sure whether my eagle is bald.

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I think that a spirit animal kind of adopts you. Sometimes they stick around, and become almost an alter ego. But sometimes they can make themselves known for a short while, because we need to learn something and they have agreed to teach us. A shamanistic view of this would be that you are using the spirit animal magic, to bolster some quality that you lack but they have in abundance, for example.

Many of the old folklore stories from all over the world have surprisingly similar themes and attributes given to spiders, say, or foxes. Ancient stories and poetry have many layers of meaning, and dreams and visions are how our subconscious mind interprets and makes connections the conscious self might miss. 

The little stranger that had been aheming discreetly for my attention is a wren. Actually, I was told this many years ago by one of the coven elders, but unfortunately we were both a bit tiddly-p*ssed at the time and I had forgotten. It took lockdown, of all things, for the wren to start chirping at me, reminding me to be bold, and speak out when needed.

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On 7/21/2017 at 10:01 PM, Hillwalker said:

Mine would have to be the field mouse - wonderful little creatures they are!

And much overlooked, I think! How cute!

I had the opportunity to hold one once. We were at a nature reserve and the guide had trapped a few in order to monitor numbers (or something similar - I can't remember now). He asked which one of us would like to be the one to release it, which involved holding it briefly in the hand before it scampered off into the undergrowth again. It was such a lovely experience.

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I've already contributed to this thread so can I have a cursed animal instead of a sacred one?

How do I know it was cursed?

Because I cursed it - twice!

I have been visited tonight by a bat just before midnight - a little pip but if it was a female it probably had young so needed to leave rather than buzzing me as I tried to read.

It was first cursed as I put down my kindle and hauled to my feet.  Ten minutes later it was cursed again when, after eventually catching it, the ungrateful little bugger bit me as I chucked it through a window.

This shall look good on the COVID Symptom Study tomorrow.  Symptoms - morbid fear of water, overwhelming desire to bite necks and using a sunshade indoors.

 

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I believe that animals pop up in my life when their guidance is needed, but that whales and rabbits resonate heavily with me in the long term. 
 

I resonate with rabbits because I have long term trauma, and they mirror what I often feel- the fight or flight responses, being watched, feeling nervous like a prey animal, etc. I’ve come to expect any rabbits in my dreams to represent me. I actually also own two house rabbits, and it’s quite healing maintaining a positive relationship with them. 

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On 7/27/2020 at 10:21 PM, hedgerose said:

think that a spirit animal kind of adopts you. Sometimes they stick around, and become almost an alter ego. But sometimes they can make themselves known for a short while, because we need to learn something and they have agreed to teach us. A shamanistic view of this would be that you are using the spirit animal magic, to bolster some quality that you lack but they have in abundance, for example.

I’ve found this to be true. I had jellyfish around me a lot in my early 20’s because I had weak boundaries and needed the extra support! 

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On 7/27/2020 at 10:21 PM, hedgerose said:

I think that a spirit animal kind of adopts you. Sometimes they stick around, and become almost an alter ego.

My cats have part of my personality each, One is a stand offish git the other a total stroke me slut (dont judge me ūüėĀ)

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