Exploring Your Totem Strengths and Printing Gift Cards

Symbolic totems can be used to help shape positive relationships. In an exploration of strong kinship and community traditions from around the world, strengths such as kindness, authenticity, patience and determination have been matched with ancient totems. The symbolic meaning and representation of each totem comes from cultures including Aboriginal, Maori, Native American, African, Chinese, Korean and Himalayan – each with a wealth of wisdom to offer.

People since the beginning of time have looked towards nature and the animal kingdom to acknowledge and honor individual and community strengths. Totems bond people together – families, clans, lineage, tribes, genders and age-groups and create feelings of unity and kinship, by encouraging people to find their inner strengths and those of the people around them.

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Find out more about your totem strengths and what this symbolises

What are your totem characteristics?

Totem descriptions are designed to inspire positive conversations around you and your family’s unique strengths


Explore your totem and inspired positive conversations in your family and partnerships

Everyone has strengths

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Building Strong Partnerships

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Noticing One Another's Strengths

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Recognising Partnerships

Children and parents benefit when we get to know and make best use of each other’s strengths

Forms of Parenting Partnerships

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Family & Partnership Strengths

This set of family strength cards draw upon attributes that help people shape healthy relationships. The symbolic meanings of each totem comes from cultures including Aboriginal, Maori, Native American, African, Chinese, Korean and Himalayan – each with a wealth of wisdom to offer.

Select your totem


Everyone has unique strengths, gifts and talents

Totems acknowledge a wide range of personality traits that contribute to family relationships

Ancient Wisdoms

People since the beginning of time have looked towards nature and the animal kingdom to acknowledge and honour individual and community strengths. Totems bond people together – families, clans, lineage, tribes, genders and age-groups and create feelings of unity and kinship, by encouraging people to find their inner strengths and those of the people around them.


Cooperative & Community-minded

Ant – Cooperative & Community-minded

Ants remind us that good things come with time and effort. Despite their tiny size these little spirits are immensely strong with great strength of will. Ants work with diligence, with conviction, and cooperate with others to make progress towards common goals.

Ants teach us about accomplishments only made possible with the unity of the whole. Take a moment to reflect on how your own contributions in your family and day to day life fit into the larger picture. No matter how big or small a task may seem – your contribution is essential.

You are the architect of your life. Your greatest success and joy comes when you have a strong sense of your family goals and work with others in harmony.



Positive & Resilient

Bat - Positve & Resilient

Bats are a symbol of transition, of initiation, and new beginnings. Their positive approach and resilience to adapt in changing environments is one of their greatest strengths.

The message from this totem is to assess your surroundings and see what bounties are available to you. There is ‘low hanging fruit’ at your fingertips – all you need to do is reach out to the resources and people in your environment.
Bats remind us of our power to adapt and change our patterns when a new direction may be needed.

You are positive and resilient and have good communications skills. With your positive approach you bring out the best in those around you. You are perceptive of your environment and highly adaptable to any situation you find yourself in.



Patient & Nurturing

Bear – Patient & Nurturing

Bear is the epitome of the protective parent.

Bear teaches us to make choices from a position of power and maturity. Bear has a great deal of patience in manifesting ideas and projects – waiting for just the right moment to spring them on the universe.

Bear also knows when it is time to rest and retreat. This totem invites you to enjoy the journey – to delight in the sweetness of life’s little enjoyments (like honey!) Bear also travels to get the resources he requires. He knows the land well and senses the turning of the seasons that draw him to the nourishment he needs for hibernation.

You have a great deal of confidence in who you are and where you are going in life. You are looked upon as an authority figure. You are nurturing and protect your children well.



Organised, Orderly & Productive

Bee – Organised, Orderly & Productive

Bee is a powerful motivational symbol to accomplish a mission or goal. When Bee spirit guide appears for you, it brings a message of abundance and confidence in both work and reward.

Bee is a powerful totem ally in helping you to focus on what it is you want to achieve and following through with the work to get it done.

The hive of the bee is also the hub of the bee community, similar in shape to a heart, the hive is filled with rich, nurturing energy. Take care to tend to your home so that it is organised and orderly yet filled with warmth and love.
The bee symbol teaches us that anything is possible when we are focused on a clear path and work hard. The bee reminds us to make our lives productive, to notice when the sun is shining and to enjoy the nectar of our efforts.


Creative Conversations

Children love being involved in choosing totem cards. The symbols can ignite powerful conversations about situations where a particular strength is needed. Try to actively involve children in strengths-based conversations and remember to notice and name their strengths when they shine and acknowledge behaviours that showcase the strengths of your family network.


Grounded & Grateful

Bison – Grounded & Grateful

The bison reminds us to keep grounded.

This card signals us to take a moment to reconnect with the earth and the abundance that surrounds us. Bisons are known for standing into the wind and facing fierce storms head-on (rather than turning their backs). The bison recognises their strength to weather storms and calls us to take initiative even in the face of challenges.

The bison is a powerful totem that will help you to follow a sacred path, honoring every walk of life and to praise the gifts you already have.



Connected & Creative

Brolga – Connected & Creative

Brolga emphasises the importance of pursuing your creative interests and talents.

Everybody has unique gifts and strengths.

The brolga encourages you to go for your dreams and express yourself creatively both personally and on a professional level. This requires a pure and strong belief in your self and an investment of time and energy with great conviction.

Brolga invites you to open your self to pure joy and creative expression and encourages you to invest energy in your passions. What are you good at in your life? How do you express your talents? Brolga shows us that great freedom is experienced in self expression, radiating joy, connection and spontaneity.


Tapping into Totems

Totems may be used in a number of ways:

Choose a totem to set the tone of a conversation, to bring this quality to a meeting or to inspire your intention for the day

Create a bedtime story around the gifts of a chosen totem

Select a totem and share an example of a time when you noticed that strength in a family member


Stable & Determined

Bull – Stable & Determined

Bull has been an icon for worship in many ancient cultures.

When necessary, the bull charges into insurmountable scenarios in order to see its way through to the end. When the bull totem appears in your life consider it as a peaceful giant in your awareness.

Bull symbolises your ability to stand your ground and hold true to your personal convictions. The bull is stable and determined and can make its way through obstacles to provide for its tribe. Bull has been a symbol of assistance to mankind and has stood by our side through eons, helping us in industry, agriculture and other forms of provision.

The bull is a signal of your confidence and strength, stamina and provision. Draw upon bull energy in the face of challenges and in your commitment to justice and that which you know to be true.



Growing & Transformative

Butterfly – Growing & Transformative

Butterfly is a symbol for growth and transformation. The butterfly totem represents the element of air, quickly changing and always on the move. Butterflies are messengers of the moment – they teach us that growth and transformation does not have to be a traumatic experience but rather, it can be joyous.

Butterflies leave the safety of their cocoon to discover a new world in a new form without fear, trusting their untested wings to fly without a doubt in their minds.

Similar to the butterfly, we too are continuously moving through different stages, each equally as vital. It is no good rushing to a particular stage, nor is it helpful to get stuck at a stage and becoming stagnant. The butterfly totem encourages us to notice any thoughts, fears and behaviours that may be limiting or holding us back and to know precisely the time to shift and grow.



Intelligent & Adventurous

Cat – Intelligent & Adventurous

Cat carries many messages around the balance between opposites. Cats remind us of the importance to develop a sense of balance between independence and time of togetherness. The cat spirit also balances curiosity and exploration of the unknown, with stopping to be still and take moments to preserve energy.

Cat totem invites us to acknowledge the diverse sides of our selves and others. To take time for deep relaxation and connection with self. When the cat shows up in your life as a totem animal you may be inclined to explore an area or aspects or yourself that you do not know well yet. The cats great spirit of adventure enables you to enjoy both the pleasure of seeking and the delights of curling up in times when there is yearning for comfort, safety, introspection and self care. The ability to remain quiet and observe is a great skill and can place you in a position to re-energise and reach your goal.



Totems can be used to explore and celebrate the strengths and personalities that create unique family dynamics. The totems acknowledge a wide range of personality traits that contribute to family relationships.

Working with totems can help parents to identify, acknowledge and understand their partner’s strengths and use this information to build stronger partnerships.


Content & Practical

Crab – Content & Practical

Crab reminds us that not all paths lead directly to our personal goals. Sometimes a sideways approach is necessary. Shift your focus to what is all around you because your inner senses are trying to guide you towards an easier way.
When the crab crawls into our consciousness we’re reminded of the cyclical nature in our lives and what protection we may need for the path on which we embark. Crab signifies your perseverance and tenacity.

Although content and practical, this totem lets you know that there are times when it is important to fuel your curiosity on all levels.

Exploration of the world around you leads to discovering new horizons and a vibrant life.



Gentle & Reassuring

Cow – Gentle & Reassuring

Cows are generous with their lives and behave in the most selfless of manners.

Cow symbolism assists us in understanding and embracing fertility and the relationships necessary for it. Cow is a soft and nurturing creature that acknowledges the soft side in each of us. Cow receives great joy from life’s basic pleasures. They aid us in lessons of gratitude.

Often, we ignore the innocent and plain moments that make our lives wonderful. Cow totem reminds us to thank our family members and those close to us for all that they do to make our lives joyful.

They also remind us to nourish ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. How do you take good care of yourself? If we neglect the basics of our lives, it will be impossible for us to be of service to others and to live happily and thrive.



Consistent & Dependable

Crocodile – Consistent & Dependable

Crocodile These prehistoric predators hold ancient associations with many cultures. With highly acute senses, they have stealth, speed and powerful instincts.

Crocodiles have amazing hearing and mothers can hear their babies while still inside their shells. As an animal totem, the crocodile represents fierce protection. They also contain the lesson of discovering and letting go of emotions hidden below the surface.

Crocodiles are keepers and protectors of knowledge and wisdom. What wisdoms run in your family?



Loving, Kind & Considerate

Dog – Loving, Kind & Considerate

The dog totem represents your great spirit and huge capacity for love.

When this card appears it reminds us that kindness often gets us a lot further than criticism. The dog symbolises your loyalty and consideration of others thoughts and feelings. Make a point of being your own best friend as well as a good friend to others.

By having self respect and self value you can love yourself first. This is essential for you to be of great assistance to others.



Graceful, Trusting & Spiritual

Deer – Graceful, Trusting & Spiritual

The deer totem reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and with others. The grace and gentleness characteristic of this creature echo the qualities brought forth when living from the heart.

The meanings associated with the deer combine both soft, gentle traits such as grace, trust and spirituality with strength and determination.

The deer totem celebrates your sensitivity and spirituality. This card represents your ability to master the art of being both determined and graceful in your approach.



Co-operative, Involving & Joyful

Dolphin – Co-operative, Involving & Joyful

Dolphin The mystique of the dolphin is in their enigmatic energy and playful spirit.

Dolphin is an emblem of living your true purpose – of living a creative life, filled with joy and fulfilment. Giving and loving generously. Living with a sense of purpose. Contributing to the greater good of all. Dolphin reminds us that this is indeed possible.

The dolphin totem also holds signs of great intelligence and higher communications. They possess a healing energy – sublime and transformational, an energy that is so very powerful that it can heal the mind,body and spirit.
Many have travelled far and wide to spend time

in the healing presence of dolphins and to be around their energy of love and playfulness. Your inner dolphin is your guide and reveals your personal gifts and ever-expanding abilities.



Mature & Harmonious

Dragonfly – Mature & Harmonious

Dragonfly The dragonfly is a fascinating animal characterised by the beauty of its colours, the lightness of its wings and body. They exert an enigmatic influence on others. The dragonfly represents the ability to take things lightly even in the darkest of moments. Lightness in feelings, lightness in thoughts. The dragonfly spirit animal invites us to keep a light, positive outlook no matter what.

As a creature of the wind they are also incredibly sensitive to the slightest breeze. Dragonflies carry messages that deal with deeper thoughts – and ask that we pay attention to our subconscious thoughts and desires no matter how subtle the ‘breeze’ may be.

The dragonfly is a reminder that when our deeper thoughts rise to the surface we must pay attention – there are lessons to be learned. What messages are you tuning into in your life right now?



Focused & Skilful

Eagle – Focused & Skilful

Eagle The Native Indians saw the Eagle as a symbol for great strength, leadership and vision.

A born leader, the eagle is focused and skilful. With a sharp beak and strong jaw muscles the eagle demonstrates the importance of knowing when to speak and how much, and how strongly to say it – lest we inadvertently hurt someone with our words. The eagle has tact and respects their position of power.

When an eagle appears, you are called to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher, leading yourself and others to be more than you ever imagined. Look at things from a different or higher perspective.

Be patient with the present and know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see.



Caring, Peaceful & Safe

Echidna – Caring, Peaceful & Safe

Echidna totem teaches us to keep track of matters close to the heart: such as our home, relatives and neighbours and to strive to make life serene. Echidna teaches us the value of focusing on the little things. Pay attention to small details in the areas of finance, relationships, home and health. By taking care of the little things, bit by bit, we make a difference to the bigger picture.

Echidna energy is valuable for scrutinising a problem that seems mysterious or difficult to understand. Echidna gives us the tools and power to not only look beneath the surface, but to tunnel deeply into an issue that requires investigation.
This might be through research, conversation, chasing up leads or simply spending time reflecting on an issue until insight arrives.

The echidna’s predisposition is caring and safe. Never an instigator of trouble, echidna protects itself from harm and solves problems peacefully.



Thoughtful & Trustworthy

Elephant – Thoughtful & Trustworthy

Elephant is wise, thoughtful and trustworthy. This totem speaks of tremendous intelligence – and shows us the mind is our playground.

Elephant spirit animal gives us the power of recall. This totem helps us to remember the beautiful memories we have long forgotten and the reasons we have for living. Elephant reminds us of what life is all about.

The elephant has big dreams and shares his dreams with us, expanding our minds to explore new avenues we have not yet considered.
Elephant energy inspires us to be strong and patient. You are intelligent and think things through. Thoughtfulness is your speciality. Remembering the many learnings from the past, you gently shares your wisdom with others.



Knowledgeable & Fair

Fish – Knowledgeable & Fair

Fish are symbolic of unity and fairness often swimming together in pairs and groups for protection and feeding. The fish totem teaches us the importance of adapting to different environments; encouraging us to streamline our lives wherever possible and connect to the creative element of life: water.

Ancient Celts connected the symbolism of fish with infinite wisdom. Fish know stuff, and they know it in sonic ways – acoustic ways – neural ways. When talking about the realms of perception (emotional perception), we would do well to navigate in these extra-sensory ways of the fish.

Fish have symbolic significance in the art of adaptability and determination, inspiring us to manage the ups and downs of our days, and go with the flow of the currents and tides. Fish also see clearly in dirty, murky waters, stirring us to look through the hard times and envision a bright future.



Attentive, Energetic & Involved

Fox – Attentive, Energetic & Involved

The fox invites us to swiftly find our way around obstacles. When we follow the wisdom of the fox we are called to use quick thinking and an energetic response. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when facing tricky situations.

The spirit of the fox implies the importance of sharpening our physical alertness and attentiveness. Fox also helps us keep a healthy sense of humour and look for lessons to learn.

The power of the fox is a great support in developing the ability to find the sharpest and smartest solution to a problem. Fox offers helpful teachings to get around obstacles instead of confronting them head to head. Call on the guidance of fox when you feel lost and need help finding your way.



Open-minded & Present

Frog – Open-minded & Present

Frog calls us to be open-minded and present to the abundance and new waters of life.

Frog totem reflects our emotional connectedness to our thought patterns. When we clear our minds, our hearts open and our emotions and energy centres rejuvenate. Are you bogged down in old ways, drowning in emotions, filled with unhelpful mind chatter? Frogs encourage us to take a deep breath and move towards healthier pools and environments that nourish and sustain us. They signal us to add fresh water and positive ‘ingredients’ for a happier, healthier life.

Frog teaches us to get in touch with our feelings and emotions and wash negativity and doubts away. Are you open to your feelings and the voice of your heart? Are you getting bogged down in life – maybe it’s time to leap forward with a fresh approach?



Curious & Purposeful

Goat – Curious & Purposeful

The goat reminds us of the importance of a firm foundation on which to stand. They teach us to develop a solid network of support and help us develop confidence as we move towards new heights and achievements. Goats are well known for their sure-footedness on high rocky ledges. They are attuned to natures energies and are therefore able to move strategically through difficult terrain and go where other animals cannot.

The symbolic meaning of the goat totem also deals with curiosity and inquiry. Goats are insatiably curious. They encourage us to engage and entertain our own sense of curiosity.

The goat is an endearing, life affirming animal totem. They remind us to honour ourselves, honour our loftiest ideals and keep exploring our vistas until we achieve our highest vision. With great risks come great rewards. Launch out into uncharted territory as the goat does, and odds are, provision will be granted to you every step of the way.



Growing & Transformative

Hawk – Growing & Transformative

Hawk inspires us to use the power of vision and intuition in our daily life. The hawk totem provides wisdom about seeing situations from a higher perspective, using the power of observation, and focusing on the task at hand.

When you feel the presence of the hawk totem you avoid distractions. This animal as a spirit guide emphasises your ability to lead and influence others. When the hawk is present in your life, it could signify that it’s time to take initiative and to lead.

The hawk symbolises the power of observation. This spirit animal’s guidance may also indicate that you have the opportunity to study a situation before taking action. Observe the situation and then act when the time is right. You have the ability to see clearly and form a powerful vision.



Driven, Passionate & Motivated

Horse – Driven, Passionate & Motivated

Horse spirit animal symbolises your personal drive, passion and an appetite for freedom. You have a driving force that sees you thrive and carries you in life.

The horse totem also represents a balance between the instinctive and tamed parts of your personality.

According to psychologist Carl Jung, horses symbolise natural forces mastered by human beings. Just like we harness a horse to ride it or use its power, we can harness our own energy or nature’s to serve us. This spirit animal reflects your ability to deal with primitive desires and urges, living with them in harmony and a healthy sense of control.



Direct & Balanced

Kangaroo – Direct & Balanced

The kangaroo totem strengths include hopping away from negative situations, creating a safe home environment and protecting their young. Kangaroo is a symbol of strength, stamina and balance.

When being hunted, kangaroos are very fast and hop effortlessly to safety, without a moments thought of where they are going, instead they use their instincts to guide them. For humans, there is a great lesson to be learned from this – instead of thinking about every tiny step we take in great detail, sometimes we must let our instincts guide us. This animal totem teaches us to balance intellect, intuition and creative energies necessary to complete challenging tasks. You have the strength, stamina and power needed in your current situation.

The kangaroo only ever moves forwards, not backwards, continually growing and leaping into the unknown without fear or hesitation.



Relaxed & Calm

Koala – Relaxed & Calm

Koala When the koala appears you are being invited to relax and enjoy the moment. Koalas are oracles for physical well-being, and come to us as a signal to get some much-needed rest. Known to sleep up to 20 hours a day, koala is a sign to catch up on sleep – take a break – find an oasis of calm from the calamity of daily life. Koala’s invite us to savour this down-time, enjoy a daydream, and revel in relaxation.

Those with an affinity for koalas often crave a stress-free home where they feel safe and protected. Koalas are empathetic and in tune with the emotions of others. Often because of this, they need time alone to detox and regroup.

Koalas are naturally likeable, friendly, amicable and content. They have strong nurturing instincts and represent a keen interest in society. They are willing to help others in need and do so with endless patience and calm. Koalas are sensitive souls and introduce gentle adjustments to their environment slowly and with deep consideration.



Courageous & Controlled

Lion – Courageous & Controlled

Th lion is a symbol of personal strength, courage and leadership. When a lion appears as your totem animal, it calls you to lead by example.

The lion invites us to check in on our body language, behaviour and tone to ensure that we are aware of our emotions and able to communicate effectively.

Lion acknowledges our ability to moderate impulses and to listen intently to what people have to say before responding. Lion supports us to explore ways of expressing our needs openly, respectfully and constructively.



Adaptable & Flexible

Lizard – Adaptable & Flexible

Lizard is an ancient one, a survivor of the age of dinosaur in miniature form. Lizard has learned ways of survival. He reminds us of our hidden gifts and that it is our responsibility to use these gifts for our own well being.

Lizards have an innate ability to recognise danger and can remove themselves from harm’s way. If lizard should happen to lose his tale in a battle of survival, he quickly regrows one to take it’s place.

Lizard symbolism teaches us there are powers yet untapped within. Powers of regeneration and renewal, so that we may be transformed and transcend beyond our wounds and what has happened to us. In the warm glow of this knowledge, just as the lizard baths in the sun, have faith that the horizon ahead is bountiful and many new possibilities await.



Communicative, Social, Expressive

Magpie – Communicative, Social, Expressive

Magpie The magpie totem holds a strong, and ancient Aboriginal wisdom. Female magpies are strong and assertive. Male magpies are calm, and quietly contemplative. There is no species on earth that demonstrate a more perfect balance of the inner female and male. The magpie invites us to sing and create with all the beauty in one’s heart, and also to stand up for what is right – to take assertive action and constructive risk.

Magpie isn’t concerned with the odds, and will ‘give it a go’ at all costs, for she knows the prize is great. If you take the time to watch a magpie, you will see their true nature. Magpie is feisty and thriving, and yet takes time out every day to sing a most creative tune, to contemplate, to observe.

The animal spirit of magpie teaches that we can achieve balance of our masculine and feminine sides. She asks that we swoop and fight when the time is right. He asks that we pause and contemplate in place of acting ‘busy’.



Protective & Challenging

Monkey – Protective & Challenging

The monkey totem represents animation and entertainment. Monkeys are depicted as mischievous figures in myth, legend and lore – attributed with playfulness and shenanigans. It’s important to note however, their goofing off isn’t random. Monkeys are particular about who they play with. If the monkey is your totem, you’ve got a penchant for practical jokes and good-hearted trickery. You choose the objects of your tricks wisely and are aware of the time and place for good humour.

In their social habitats, monkeys display great depths of compassion, understanding, and bonding. Grooming is a major task for monkeys and they spend ample time tending to one another. This is a way to get close to family members and is also a form of protection and an expression of caring.

These creatures are not shy. They are quick-witted, and agile in movement and mind. The monkey totem offers a message of audacity, boldness and confidence.



Resourceful & Detail-oriented

Mouse – Resourceful & Detail-oriented

Mouse is symbolic of your great gift for paying attention to the minutest of details in everything you do. You can easily discern which details are important and which do not need your attention.

Mice can also be messengers of tidiness. When mice come into our awareness they pitter-patter a question asking the self if it’s time to clear out, clean up, and establish order in our realms?

Mice are also consummate conservers. They are one of the most ingenious and industrious hoarders of the mammal realms. This adds to their symbolic meaning, reminding us to conserve our own resources and energy. The mouse totem often sends a message to review our resources (of all kinds – energetic, financial, emotional, physical) and to be conscious of how we are spending or distributing these resources.



Tolerant & Supportive

Octopus – Tolerant & Supportive

Octopus The octopus is extremely intelligent with the ability to reason, strategise, and recall information. This totem reminds us to use our logic to our highest advantage and urges us to be the master of our intelligence, not the slave. By using our reasoning skills the way the octopus does we are utilising a great tool.

As a spiritual guide, the octopus acts as a symbol of more things than most. In addition to the above mentioned, octopus has a lengthy list of attributes to help guide our hearts and minds: free will, focus, logic and reason, defence, insatiability, knowing, complexity, and unnerving unpredictability, just to name a few.

Octopus symbolises great energetic depths and offer a plethora of lessons. They are born and live at the sea floor, representing the necessity of being grounded in our lives.

Although we each possess special gifts, we cannot allow ourselves to become aloof. Furthermore, the octopus animal totem reminds us to remember our foundations as we continue to move about and explore the world.



Friendly & Team-player

Orca – Friendly & Team-player

Orca Central to orca’s life is the pod – it’s family. When the orca comes to you, it may be speaking to you of a need to reconnect either with your blood family, or the family of your heart.

The orca totem also reminds us of our ability to enter depths of mind and emotions, accessing ancient memories buried deep within. The orca recognises the power of vibrational energy and can help you discover your own personal ‘song of the soul’. Orca teaches us to swim in life with grace and strength and dive into the heart of our being. This animal demonstrates creativity and joy, inviting us to feel free and empowered, heightening our ability to heal with sound and song. Orca taps into unconscious memories for health, growth and personal discovery.

It is a time to carefully listen to your dreams and visions for orca will teach you the mystery of your inner depths.



Wise & Decisive

Owl – Wise & Decisive

This spirit animal is emblematic of connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as your totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers inspiration and guidance to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life.

The owl is a strong spirit guide for discernment and making decisions based on solid foundations. When making a decision, owl carefully considers all. She will notice any inconsistencies, and will be driven to dig them out, to find the truth beneath the veil. When owl touches you as your totem, you will be more alert to the details that may have previously slipped beneath your radar.

Call upon owl energy when you are assessing a complex situation or are going through confusing times.



Self-Confident & Straightforward

Peacock – Self-Confident & Straightforward

The peacock totem speaks to us of vitality and living vibrantly. When we recognise our own beauty, we allow ourselves to shine. We each are the only ones who can make ourselves shine like this. Self-esteem and confidence are crucial to living true to ourselves.

The peacocks colour and movement exudes a strength of character and inspires a rejuvenation of the spirit. If you are ever feeling down or overwhelmed by any mundaneness or boredom in your life, know that you can call upon the noble peacock totem to spruce up your energy.

When the peacock totem enters your life, it reminds us not to take things too seriously. Stay centred and balanced, being grateful for all that you have. By having a light-hearted approach to everything that comes our way, we are happier, healthier, and more in touch with the important things in our lives. Peacock fills us with confidence in our abilities. Stand taller and be proud of your own accomplishments.



Solitary & Independent

Platypus – Solitary & Independent

The platypus totem dares us to be ourselves! No matter what others think, it is important to express who we are without hesitation. Real friends will always accept us for who we are and family will love us as we are. When we pretend to be something we are not we lose sight of our heart and our purpose.

Platypus totem teaches that part of being ourselves is taking the time to nurture the things that make us happy.
You enjoy your solitude and don’t pretend to fit into mainstream situations. You are comfortable with this because you revel in your own uniqueness and strength of character.

You work well on your own, and are not afraid to use your imagination and logic to manifest what you desire in life. Platypus is adept at examining life experiences and subtly sharing their lessons gleaned without preaching.



Strategic & Influential

Possum – Strategic & Influential

Possum totems are characterised as highly intelligent, preferring to use strategy and wit as opposed to physical strength to get what they desire.

Possums understand the use of diversion and create action plans with foresight and anticipation. They have a habit of coming out of nowhere and seemingly stepping into successful situations with perfect timing. Most people never see possum coming until it’s far too late and they have won the game!

Possum totems are known to be sensible and down to earth. They work well in group situations and tend to rise to the top inconspicuously.
Possums are quietly influential and patient in allowing situations to develop. Trust that you will know the exact moment to make a move.



Sensitive & Vulnerable

Rabbit – Sensitive & Vulnerable

Rabbit The soft and jovial rabbit totem is the ultimate symbol of abundance, prosperity, and fertility.

Their strong connection with the life cycle makes the rabbit totem guide a powerful symbol of longevity, ancestry, and creation. They are social animals that frequently express happiness and affection toward their friends and family.

Along with that, they are capable of exhibiting challenging behaviours towards those same loved ones, just as humans do in their social networks.
The rabbit reminds us that family disputes are normal, as long as you can work them out and remember your love for each other at the end of the day.

The rabbit totem is also associated with sensitivity and vulnerability. They prompt us to examine our own sensitivities and vulnerabilities and become aware of these elements in others.



Playful & Inventive

Racoon – Playful & Inventive

Racoon wisdom includes understanding the nature of masks, disguise and dexterity. They seek guidance and question without fear.

The racoon is playful and inventive with magic in their mask. No one, including you and I, are ever quite what we seem – even to ourselves, for in our lives we experience many identities. Be it with friends, partners, children, parents, work colleagues, strangers etc. The art of the mask helps us to take on and let go of the many roles we fill. Having various identities isn’t necessarily negative, for we can learn to become adept at changing our behaviours when appropriate.

Racoon reminds us to leave no stone unturned in our quest for resolution to a problem we may face. Take the time to look at the whole picture – the seen and the unseen to find a solution. You are an excellent problem solver and have a great deal of ingenuity in solving puzzles and mysteries. You are calm and serene under pressure and often calculating in your response to chaos.



Generous, Sharing, Appreciative

Seahorse – Generous, Sharing, Appreciative

Seahorse This totem animal represents caution, patience and grounding. It may be time to take on different roles than we are accustomed to, and take some time to observe, watch and move slowly with awareness, keeping our eyes forward and focused.

Lessons of protection, peace, grace, emotional clarification and nourishing qualities for yourself and others are the lessons of the seahorse. This totem animal awakens the male/female balance of duties and responsibilities. It aids in bringing forth romance and deeper connections to relationships.

Is it time reverse roles from provider to one who nurtures? Do you need to be more understanding towards friends and family? It is time to be aware of the watery emotions of others. Seahorse will aid in this balance. With a generous spirit and sense of appreciation for one another’s gifts, this little creature is revered for power and thought to be symbols of good luck.



Perceptive, Instinctive, Equipped

Shark – Perceptive, Instinctive, Equipped

Shark teaches us to swim with the currents of a busy life, using our strengths to navigate effectively. Shark totems aid us in attuning to the world of the un/subconscious and other-worlds.

With heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities, shark teaches us how to accomplish ‘impossible’ tasks by utilising discernment and trust.

Shark does not second guess his decisions. When a shark makes a decision he is all in. There is no turning back. Shark has unwavering commitment and dedication to the pursuit.

Be bold. Go after what you want with clear intention and determination. You can do this while not taking what belongs to others. Succeed at your goals and balance your powerful force with a sense of style and grace.



Compassionate, Tender & Helpful

Sheep – Compassionate, Tender & Helpful

Sheep The presence of the sheep spirit offers ways to get in touch with the innocence and vulnerability in you. In the realm of spirit animals whether it’s in dreams or in physical reality, when you encounter a sheep, it usually represents an innocent, child-like aspect of yourself. Sheep expose vulnerability with a positive meaning: self-acceptance and the ability to respect your own limits.

This spirit animal points to being kind and tolerant with yourself, to look at any emotional suffering you may be experiencing in your current life with compassion and take care of yourself instead of blaming yourself or others for how bad you feel.

Sheep are symbols of the simple goodness we bring to life when we have the desire and intention to do good for others and to be good ourselves. Such goodness is gentle, compassionate, tender and helpful.



Aware & Powerful

Snake – Aware & Powerful

Snake totem animal is connected to life force and primal energies. In many cultures, the snake is revered as a powerful totem representing the source of life. When the snake spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting.

The snake is close to earth energies. Since it is a reptile, the snake totem is reminiscent of unconscious drives and primal instincts.
The snake invites us to pay attention to how we use our energy, where we draw it from and how we sustain our selves.

As the snake sheds its skin, so too can we shed our illusions and limitations. Then we are able to use our vitality and achieve wholeness.



Receptive & Subtle

Spider – Receptive & Subtle

The spider is an ancient symbol of mystery.

We take our first lesson from this ancient totem by contemplating its web. Just as the spider weaves a web, so too must we weave our own lives. The symbolic meaning of the spider serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the spider appears, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making – and ask ourselves: How are my choices affecting my life? How can my choices improve my life?
How are my choices affecting others in my life?

Spiders do this by calling our awareness to the awe-inspiring construction of their webs. Fully functional, practical, and ingenious in design – spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators – seemingly limitless in their functionality. When we consider this ingenious diversity, we can also consider the web-like construct of our own lives. How are we designing the most effective life for our selves and our family?



Authentic & Hopeful

Starfish – Authentic & Hopeful

Star fish teaches us how to manoeuvre successfully in diverse situations. This creature is agile and extremely strong. Starfish have remarkable regenerative properties indicating the sense of bouncing back stronger and more abundant after times of upheaval. When starfish comes to you, something in your life may need some time to regenerate, but when it does, it will be better and more abundant.

Starfish shows how emotions can propel you forward with tenacity and determination, with slow and steady movements.

It is a time to keep intuitions sharp and your outer ‘shell’ hard. The wisdom of starfish invites us to strengthen our resolve using the wisdom of emotions and our own inner fortitude and strength to move forward.



Faithful & Intuitive

Stingray – Faithful & Intuitive

Stingrays navigate through life with grace, style and elegance – and with strong faith. This totem teaches us of undulating and persistent movements in life. He demonstrates the importance of regular cleaning and cleanliness; to clear and maintain the clutter at home and work, to sift through, balance and centre your emotional and spiritual being-ness.

Stingrays also teach the art of camouflage and blending in. When do you choose to stand-out? When is it helpful to let things slide? How do you acclimatise to different surroundings? Stingray’s adaptation abilities can aid in transitions and teach us there are times to be defensive and times to swim on by. Stingray chooses with great precision when to use his venomous spines to strike effectively. This totem shows that at critical times, movements in life must be balanced with sharp action and graceful tenacity.



Honest & Dedicated

Swan – Honest & Dedicated

Swan awakens the power of honesty and dedication, of balance and inner beauty, of innocence, self-esteem, and grace in dealing with others. Swan totem is committed to self respect.

The Ugly Duckling is a widely known folk tale about an apparently ugly little duckling, who doesn’t look like the others and is rejected and labelled a misfit, different. In the end all are surprised when he grows into the most elegant of birds, the swan. This highlights the deceptive nature of first appearances and also reminds us that true beauty grows from within.

The swan teaches that we all have inner grace and beauty, and evokes self-esteem. As we begin to realise our own true beauty, we reveal the ability to bridge new realms and new powers, attracting positive people in our lives.



Persistent & Competent

Tiger – Persistent & Competent

The primary meaning of the tiger totem is persistence and competence. They have great willpower, personal strength and courage. This spirit animal may point to a recent event or situation that prompted you to show your persistence and competency. Tiger represents both physical and mental strength, vitality, and health and is connected with an appetite for life.

The significance of the tiger teaches us the gift and skill of walking in tune with the rhythms and motions of the jungle – representing both our internal and external environment. The tiger has perfected crafts that have been passed down through his lineage through the ages, growing more acute with every eon.

When tiger symbolism appears in your life, expect exciting and challenging adventures ahead, testing your courage and might. You will be fully alive and awakened to your gifts.



Orderly & Reliable

Turtle – Orderly & Reliable

Turtle totem teaches us to walk our path in peace and stick to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have turtle as their totem are encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for grounded and long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether that be inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or peaceful relationships with our families and our environment.

The turtle anchors us, inviting us to breathe, slow down and pace ourselves so we can take our next steps with greater confidence. The wisdom of the turtle teaches us about reliability and staying strong despite obstacles or distractions.

If you have the turtle as spirit animal, you may be inclined to base your decisions on a deliberate process of reviews and considerations. It may sometimes take you longer than most to make your move, but the results tend to be long-lasting and solid.



Expansive & Humble

Whale – Expansive & Humble

Whale represents inner awakening, expansiveness, creation and movement. The whale has a strong sense of family and they sprout in creative imagination, reaching both within and outside to find inspiration. When whale totem appears go for your endeavours, don’t hold back. Be strong and move swiftly. Whale shows how to dive deep within to awaken your creativity, imagination. Whale awaken you to inspiration so you can see your own beauty reflected into the world.

It is time to create your own song, your own rhythm in which creative imagining takes place. Are you using your true creativity? Whale will teach you how to access the power and magic of the creative, emotional, passionate force.

The whale spirit animal is the earth’s record keeper for all time. They are nurturers and go-getters who understand there is more to this life than meets the eye.



Loyal & Understanding

Wolf – Loyal & Understanding

Wolf The power of the wolf brings forth loyalty, understanding and instinctive intelligence. Although the wolf has an appetite for freedom they also carry awareness of the importance of social connections.

Wolf is an extremely gregarious animal, enjoying the company of others. Wolves mate for life. The clan has a solid social structure, in which all adults participate in the upbringing of the young. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, with a strong sense of family whilst upholding individualism.

Wolves seem to go out of their way to avoid a fight. A shift in posture, a growl, or a glance gets the point across quite readily without violence.

When wolf totem appears, we are reminded to conserve resources and to practice avoiding unnecessary trouble or confrontation. People with wolf as their power animal have the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments. Trust your insights about these attachments, wolf will be there to guide you. Take control of your life with wolf’s assistance and do so with harmony and discipline.


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