Alligator Alligator:
Aggression, survival, adaptability
Group minded, perseverance, step by step.
The ant represents self discipline and a group effort.
bat Bat:
Guardian of the night, cleaner
Power, mother cunning, healer, gentle strength, dreaming.
In the Zuni tradition, the bear symbolizes the direction West.
Black Bear
Beaver Beaver:
Builder, gatherer
Sacredness, life builder.
The buffalo provides all good things
for living, and bestow's great curing powers
Butterfly Butterfly:
Metamorphosis, carefree, transformer
Leadership, courage, power, swiftness and balance.
coyote Coyote:
Prankster, insight, playful. The coyote
symbolizes duality and the ability
to present both sides of an issue.
Clowning and humor, perhaps sarcastic.
Solitude, independence
Deer Deer:
Love, gentleness, kindness, gracefulness
and sensitivity. Deer carries
the message of purity of purpose,
and of walking in the light.
Kindness, play, bridge man to ocean.
Dolphin brings us teachings from the water.
Breath control and the awareness of
tone is also Dolphin power.
Dragon Fly Dragonfly:
Flighty, carefree. Dragonflies symbolize whirlwind,
swiftness and activity. The dragonfly is
an important insect in Zuni legend, where they are
shamanistic creatures with supernatural powers.
In Hopi rock art, the dragonfly is symbolized by a
vertical line with two or sometimes one,
horizontal cross line.
Divine spirit, chief of all the creatures in the air,
the primary servant of the sun. Powerful in battle,
the eagle protects the people from evil.
Eagle medicine attributes
include clear vision and soaring spirit.
The eagle is associated with success,
prosperity and wealth. In the Zuni Tradition,
the Eagle symbolizes the direction Up.
Elk Elk:
Strength, agility, freedom, power and nobility.
Cunning, provider, intelligence.
Fox represents twilight and feminine magic.
Red Fox
Frog Frog:
Connection with water element
Grizzly Bear:
Mother, nature's pharmacist
Grizzly Bear
Hawk Hawk:
Messenger of the sky, observer
Stamina, mobility, strength and power.
The horse was introduced to the plains tribes by the Spanish.
Shaman's are often pictured flying on mythical horses.
Horses can symbolize coping under difficult circumstances.
Horse is love and devotion, loyalty.
Humming Bird Humming Bird:
Messenger, stopper of time.
Hummingbird represents optimism and sweetness.
Being able to roll with the punches
is an attribute of Hummingbird.
Conservation, agility.
Lizard promotes dreaming.
Green Skink
Moose Moose:
Headstrong, unstoppable longevity.
Moose represents value and integrity.
Laughter, curiosity, mischievous.
Otter is a feminine power,
and the symbol of grace and empathy.
Great Grey Owl Owl:
Wisdom, truth, patience.
The Mescalero believe that Owl carries the
souls of the recently deceased, a death messenger.
Owl is the totem of clairvoyants and mystics.
Alertness, nurturing
Raven Raven:
Trickster, teacher, hoarder.
To Pacific Northwest Coast tribes, Raven represented the
shaman's powers and a belief in transformation between
human and animal spirits. Raven symbolizes change in
conciousness and is the mark of a shape shifter.
Instinct, persistence, determination
Salmon, swimming upstream
Seahorse Seahorse:
Confidence, grace
Hunter, survival, adaptability
Rattle Snake Snake:
Shrewdness, transformation.
Life, death and rebirth are represented by
the shedding of skin. Among the Pueblo Indians
snakes and lightning are equated with rain and fertility.
Creative, pattern of life.
Spider connects the past with the future, creating possibilities.
Spider-woman is a major Pueblo goddess
Tarantula Spider
Swans Swan:
Grace, balance, innocence
Self contained, creative source.
Turtle represents Mother Earth.
Informed decisions, planning and adaptability
are attributes of Turtle.
Wolf Wolf:
Loyalty, success, perseverance, stability and thought.
Wolves are also regarded as path finders and teachers.
Wolf is represented by the constellation Sirius, the Dog.
In the Zuni tradition the Wolf symbolizes the direction East.
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