Critters, Symbology, Spirits… Me

Recently, Melanie at Sparks From A Combustible Mind did a post that was about animal spirits that she identifies with and other parts of herself. It really got me doing the ol’ Hmmmm… I just love it when something grabs my mind by the hand, says “Let’s go!”, and runs off into the wilderness.

I don’t have a specific animal that I would say represents me per se, but there are several animals that I’m drawn to, or they’re drawn to me.

The two obvious ones are dogs and cats. From the age of eleven or twelve on, I’ve had a dog or a cat, usually both and usually several cats. I have never lived alone and the animals were not always my animals, but they all chose me to spend the most time with.

A wild critter that I seem to have an affinity with is the dragonfly. I love these insects for their beauty alone, but there is some interesting symbology (yeah, I know the correct word is symbolism. You get it, or you don’t) associated with them too.

Dragonflies carry messages that deal with deeper thought – and they ask that we pay attention to our deeper thoughts and desires.

To be sure, this creature is a magical entity. Please pay close attention when the dragonfly comes into your life, because its energy holds the essence of being alive, being aware, and giving thanks for the simple things in life.

What’s Your Sign

Before I read this, I had thought of dragonflies as messengers. Specifically, as messengers from the spirit realm. Looks like my thoughts align with this site, where I found the info. Some other things that dragonflies symbolize:

prosperity
good luck
strength
peace
harmony
purity

The next animal that I’m drawn to, or that figures prominently in my life, is the hummingbird. Some words associated with hummingbird are:

Energy
Vitality
Joy
Renewal
Sincerity
Healing
Persistence
Peace
Infinity
Agility
Playfulness
Loyalty
Affection

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.

…hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination

The hummingbird animal totem is a messenger of hope and jubilation.

What’s Your Sign

Hummingbirds are amazing. When I was reading about them, everything I learned confirmed that what they represent and what they do is a part of me. They bring me joy!

There are some ancient Aztec beliefs about hummingbird as a carrier of souls. The Aztecs also believed that hummingbird represented life, creation, inspiration and promise. A sacred symbol of the Sun.

Other Native tribes believed hummingbird brought the rain or was the germinater of seeds for crops.

The last animal that I identify with and just love is the otter. Some words associated with otter:

Joy
Agility
Energy
Curiosity
Creativity
Dexterity
Protection
Friendship
Playfulness

I’m gonna add cute to the list. How can anyone look at, or watch an otter and not smile?

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Otter are associated with liminal spaces in some Native and Celtic lore. They are also associated with the moon, divine feminine, twilight, land/water, marriage, birth and death, as I read here.

To me, they’re adorable and playful, but they also have an affinity to the ‘woo woo’ stuff like I do.

I was going to write about the Chinese Zodiac and my ‘animal’ and also some Celtic Zodiac information I read, but I think I’ll save that for a different post.

Are there animal spirits that you identify with? Do you find yourself noticing certain insects or birds?

(featured image is mine. otter pic was grabbed years ago and I can’t find who to credit)

 

 

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Thank you Rory for the Beary lovely compliment!