Power Animals are the loving and compassionate teachers we meet most often in the Lower World. They embody an essence of the divine and are willing and ready to share their gifts with us, should we open ourselves up to them. Power Animals give power and healing to the shaman, they are essential to his or her success.

Power Animals are not a specific wolf, fox or bear that has left their body, they are the spirit of Wolf, the spirit of Fox, the spirit of Bear. They are the spirit of that species. They are with us all the time and act like a guardian spirit, giving us power and protecting us from illness. You could look at them in a similar way to guardian angels.

The shaman gains teachings from his Power Animals by meeting with them and merging with them. Some he will work with for a lifetime, others he may meet for a specific teaching, and yet others he may work with for a certain amount of time before moving on. A shaman believes that we all have Power Animals and may have several over the course of our life. If an animal leaves, he would consider that person to have power loss, to be disempowered. This may cause the person illness or bad luck in their lives.

Power Animals can be any animal, including insects and reptiles and birds. They are not generally domesticated animals, though people can sometimes get a domesticated animal showing up as their ally. Mythological and extinct animals can also serve as Power Animals. The size of animal does not determine how powerul the animals teachings are. A mouse is just as powerful as a lion.

Barn owl

The gifts each Power Animal brings to an individual can vary and can be very specific to the individual. The language of the Power Animals is one of metaphor and they are using our imagination to communicate with us. We all have very differing experiences, so how our Power Animal talks to us can be very unique. It is best not to use a book directory to look up the meaning of a specific animal because of this reason. We are journeying for direct revelation, for direct experience.

When we meet our Power Animals it is a good idea to honour them in this reality. To make an offering to show your respect for your relationship with your teachers. If for example you had an animal guide who in this reality is on the endangered list, you could donate towards a charity that supports their plight. A wonderful way to honour your animal is to dance with them, find a piece of music that speaks to you of that animal, that evokes their essence and dance. You can merge with them and become that animal for the dance, moving like them and making their sounds. You can draw or paint your animal teacher. Purchase a picture of them and place it somewhere that you will see it each day. Find out about their habits and behaviours, their natural habitats and what they eat. Call on your animal to be with you at certain times of day, when you feel in need of a boost. Meditate with you Power Animal or do a shamanic journey to meet them. There are many ways we can build on our relationship. This builds respect and shows that we appreciate their help and assistance. This deepens our connection to our spirit teachers.

Shamanic practice acknowledges that everything has a spirit and that there is wisdom to be gained by tuning in to this truth. Animals are a part of the whole and have a wealth of wisdom to share with us.

If you would like to learn who your Power Animal is you can visit myself or another shamanic practitioner. You can set a dream intention and ask to meet your power animal. You can set the intention in waking reality and see if you notice an animal trying to get your attention.

with joy,