I am working on Lesson 12 of my First Degree for Sacred Mists. This lesson is is about the Celtic Tradition and Faery Wicca. I have been drawn to both of these areas since starting my journey so am excited to be learning more about them and exploring them a bit more. I picked up the book Celtic Traditions: Druids, Faeries, and Wiccan Rituals to read as I'm taking the course. I am loving it so far.
The first section of the book is about Celtic Roots and Shamanism. I finished up this section with a meditation to find my totem animals last night. Some of the animals common to the Celts were: wolf, cat, dog, fox, rabbit, mouse, dragon, crane, seal, salmon, bear, deer, swan, owl, squirrel, falcon, crow, raven, otter, dog, eagle, boar, horse and the cow. The purpose of the meditation was to find our spirit animals of the North, South, East and West. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I started because I wasn't sure that I was going to have an animal appear, let alone one for each direction.
The meditation started with focusing on a candle to relax my mind and get ready for my journey. It then took me on a journey into a beautiful forest. Within this forest was a natural clearing surrounded by various trees, ferns, wildflowers, and quartz rocks. A large oak tree was in the Northern point of the clearing. Within this oak tree on a branch of the tree was a natural altar with several magickal tools. It contained a wooden bowl filled with earth, a crystal-tipped wand, a golden sword covered with jewels, and an earth-colored stonewear chalice filled with water.
Her eyes were very dark, they seemed to be blue but were so dark in color they were almost black. As I looked into them I immediately felt comforted and knew that my experience was indeed working well. I have been drawn to the white wolf quite a bit over the last year and she has appeared to me in dreams and in the cards, slowly making her presence known to me. So this was a wonderful confirmation that she was indeed one of my spirit animal guides. I spent a few minutes in my meditation with her attempting to get to know her better and learn more about her. I then thanked her for being my spirit animal of the North and prepared to move on to the East.
"The wolf is sometimes considered a symbol of solitariness. However, the wolf is a very social creature. The wolf interacts with it's pack with a high degree of cooperation and nourishing behavior. A powerful symbol of ability and strength, if a wolf comes into your life, know that you are capable of overcoming whatever challenge is in your path. Through keen awareness and quick powerful reaction, deal with obstacles with extreme confidence right now. If any doubt comes into your life, call upon the image of the wolf for reassurance and courage." (taken from totem animals iphone application)
"The hawk is a very powerful totem animal. It represents power, but also loyalty and comradeship. When the hawk enters your life, it is time to examine the friendship you offer others. Can you be a better friend? Are you letting a friendship wane that should be maintained? Also, the hawk may announce an oncoming new friendship of great importance." (Totem Animals, Iphone Application)
"The rabbit has long been considered a sign of luck and and sexuality. When the rabbit enters your life, one way or another, expect to get lucky. This could come in the form of sexuality, money, emotional currency. etc." (Totem Animals, Iphone Application)
As I sat there I started noticing a very large shadow moving towards me. As it came closer I realized it was a killer whale! One that I was familiar with from going to the aquariums. :) I was a bit surprised that it was not a dolphin but all of a sudden it just felt right and seemed to make sense to me. I was immediately at ease even though she was absolutely enormous next to me. She was mostly the glistening black but had the gleaming white belly and I just was amazed by her absolute beauty and friendliness. I spent some time getting to know her. Her skin was amazingly smooth, silky and cool to the touch. Upon looking in her eyes I immediately felt the urge to giggle and realized she wanted to play. I spent some time swimming with her and just enjoying myself. Once again it was an amazing experience.
"The killerwhale has been venerated in myth and culture by the tribal people of Siberia. They consider the wolf and Killerwhale to be the same animal which shapeshifts. They believe this animal brings them good luck, especially in the hunt. When the killerwhale comes into your life, expect help from friends soon. Most importantly, make yourself open to this help. Don't let your pride and independence prevent you from receiving some very valuable help at this time." (Totem Guides, Iphone Application)
After I completed the meditation I sat in awe for several moments and tried to absorb everything that just had happened. It was my first experience working with animals and exploring shapeshifting. I definately loved it and was amazed how comfortable and well it worked on my first attempt. Since this was something I had not been exposed to previously I honestly expected to struggle with it. I have worked with the totem guide deck on my iphone application for almost a year now. I downloaded it last year when I kept seeing animals that I thought seemed out of place and though they may be a sign, like a hawk sitting on a wire that goes over a highway. :) lol It is definately a journey that I will take again to try to get to know all 4 of my spirit animal guides better. One thing I find rather ironic is that in my signature tag if you look closely I have both a hawk, and a wolf in the background.
Love and Blessings,