Animal Totems

Spirit animals are real. Native Americans in the Old World followed the tracks of the regional animals to learn what and where they ate. Bear medicine brought much wisdom to the old folk healers, who used its totem as a powerful tool to connect with a wild animal whose anatomy resembles a human when it stands upright. They also followed by honouring the Elk, the Wolf and the Raven as one amongst many Totems of the Spirit World.

For me, White Wolf began speaking to me in my dreams sometime around the year 2012. In those early days I was not even sure what exactly she was saying or asking of me. Now I understand and it is very obvious what she was trying to get me to do. I would never write about this because I am fully aware that people will think I've gone bonkers. But the truth is, those people were going to think so anyway. In the midst of my journey to the gate of the forest school, White Wolf came to me to warn me of this. I remember her growling, to get me to buckle up and put on some thick skin, like her own. She really wanted me to learn to accept being alone, for the journey was bound to be hard and cold. And this totally depended on how determined I was to stay on the Path.

New Campervan Office. Oslo, Norway. 2018

New Campervan Office. Oslo, Norway. 2018

True enough. It got cold. Freezing cold. I have arrived at the gate of my forest school, for orientation and training at this campsite on the outskirts of Oslo, Norway. I do not have winter clothing, but I do wear everything I have to go foraging anyway. Sometimes my fingers, toes and legs are frozen for hours after I've returned to the camp.

But, if this is White Wolf's test, so be it. Come on, let's go exploring.

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Walking with Spirit Wolf

Walking with Spirit Wolf

The trees all around the campers have dispersed these leaves. I'll share my study on them in a separate blog.

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Lichens climbing trees suggest there is very little to no air pollution in the atmosphere.

Lichens climbing trees suggest there is very little to no air pollution in the atmosphere.

Rose hips on the way.

Rose hips on the way.

Fomes fomentarius, a mushroom that has been used to cure Lyme disease in the Stone Age.

Fomes fomentarius, a mushroom that has been used to cure Lyme disease in the Stone Age.

You certainly can't expect the forest spirits to invite you into their medicine on the first walk. But maybe you will be lucky on some odd occasion, as I have been before. Just don't go in with that expectation. Go to honour the life therein, and walk softly. If its snowing, be prepared with the right gear! You'll definitely need a walking stick, I almost fell into a swamp I couldn't see, as it was all covered beneath the fluffy creamy white snow. Be assertive, says the White Wolf. And don't give up, the Wold medicine is about total change, and therefore requires total commitment to the shamanic magic that is impossible to predict.

This entire exercise is to show you, that your animal spirit guide can help you on your early walks into the wild. However, it is the medicine itself that will finally invite you, when the time comes.


Further Reading:

Sacred Warrior. (2018). Animal Totems, by Matthew Wood - Sacred Warrior. [online] Available at: http://sacredwarrior.co/animal-totems-matthew-wood/ [Accessed 4 Feb. 2018].

Wood, M. (2008). The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. North Atlantic Books.

Lupa. Nature spirituality from the ground up: Connect with totems in your ecosystem.