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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:54 pm

But wait - there's more! I saved the best for last Wink

Snake



This a powerful totem -- it is
the symbol of transformation and healing.
The Snake is wisdom expressed through healing.

It is a protector and guardian totem,
along with its sister totems, the Dragon and the Serpent.

If a snake totem has come into your life, your creative forces are awakening.
Your intuition will sharpen and be more accurate.

Snake energy is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and
the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance.
It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation.

It also signals a transition in your life.
New opportunities and/or changes.

Snake is fire medicine, the medicine of transmutation.
On a material level, it is vitality; on an emotional level, it is ambition and dreams;
on a mental level, it is intellect and power; on a spiritual level (the highest level),
it is wisdom, understanding and wholeness.

Snake magic is heavy magic.
Become the Magician and transmute the energy and accept the power of the fire.

The Snake is one of the symbols of Thoth.

source: lins domain

Snake is one of my favourite totems because it brings with it rebirth and change. And I generally just like snakes chr Again, it was my daughter who noticed this one. I truly feel there is an atmosphere of shifting energy in my home. We are all on a creative vent and working together to build an environment that better reflects who we are - as individuals and as a family unit. This has been like a rebirth and all the animal messengers coming to support our evolution seem tied to that.




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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:55 pm

Yes they are strange looking birds Gem. Some people call them owls but they are more closely related to raptors. They are masters of disguising themselves.



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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:00 pm

I kind of like them, because they blend in so well. Not so keen on the cockroach or snake though!
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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:20 pm

Yesterday at least twice there were bumble bees in my path. I was a little weirded out by the fact that they were slowly crawling on the ground, dying maybe? Given that bumble bees usually represent productivity and life, I feel like these bees' lack of energy echoes my own at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:35 am

That sounds possible.

I had more animal visitors today - I swear it is like living in a zoo sometimes! There were two of them again and they were only young animals:

KANGAROO




Moving Forward


Kangaroo signals that a nine-month cycle is at play.
After starting a project, it will take nine months to mature and benefit you.
After that, it is time to move forward and commit fully.

Kangaroo only moves forward, never backward and Kangaroo people should do the same.
Kangaroo also teaches how to balance the creative energies needed to complete your task.
Those with a Kangaroo totem are given the strength and power needed.
You will have the strength and stamina to continue,
just as long as you go forward and not backward.

source: linsdomain



These kangaroos were right up close to the front of my house - where I am sitting at the computer, there is a big window and looking out they were no more than 5 metres away.



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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:44 pm

Thats FUN-ny that you have the Kangaroo again Kat, I just picked one UP the other day in the store, a little toy one and thought of you right away. Cool



I've got hundreds of birds this year at my feeder's and it's taken me sometime BE-fore I've BE-en gifted and blessed with the pre-SENTS of the Cardinals. I've BE-en waiting for you guys to arrive. Like a Star @ heaven Wink Like a Star @ heaven

They arrived for the first time about a month ago, they sure do stand-out amongst the SNOW here, BE-ing red and ALL, soooo BE-auti-FULL.





Cardinal Medicine

Cardinal/Redbird's Wisdom Includes:


Courtship

Fatherhood.

Understanding the power of the wind.

Finding your soul song.

Renewed Vitality through Recognizing Self-Importance.

Cycle of Power: Year-Round (often with rythm of 12-hours, days, months, and years).
....the following comes from the book Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.



Most people have no trouble recognizing these redbirds. They also are part of the finch family, and a general study of finches is beneficial for those with this totem. Unlike many other birds, they are usually year-round residents, and their influence and the archetypal energies associated with them can be accessed all year long. They remind us that regardless of the time of day or year, we always have opportunity to renew our own vitality and recognize the importance of our own life roles.

The cardinal has a loud and clear whistle. Whistles are often reminders to listen closely--to pay attention to what is blowing on the winds. In the case of the cardinal, the female joins in on the whistling, which is unusual among birds. This reflects that we should be listening to the inner voice (the feminine) more closely for our own health and well-being. Since most female birds usually are quiet and camouflaged, a cardinal totem almost always reflects a need to assert the feminine aspects of creativity and intuition more strongly.

All cardinals are beneficial and friendly. They eat many weed seeds and injurious insects. The seventeen-year locust (periodical cicada) is one of these. Cardinals can reflect a need to be more careful about your diet, that what you are eating may be injurious to yourself and affecting your overall vitality.

Cardinals lay three to four eggs, and they hatch in about 12 days. This along with it being a 12-month resident, reflects the rhythm of 12 that is going to become more prominent within your own life.

The male cardinal makes a good parent, and often shares with the female the task of egg incubation. The male, though, will always feed the female while she is in the nest, and the baby cardinals as well. Although the male normally has the brighter color, when it shares the task of incubation, its colors remain much the same as the females, all for the sake of camouflage. This often reflects lessons associated with responsibility and the recognition of the importance of the task at hand.

The males usually have a bright head, although their coloring will often be duller on the back and wings. The bright-colored crest is a warning to rivals, while the duller colors can help shield it.

These birds are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, with their bright red robes. If it is your totem, it may reflect past-life connections with the church, or even a reviving of more traditional religious beliefs, regardless of denomination.

Cardinals brighten the environment. They catch the eye and add color to our lives. When they appear as a totem, they do so to remind us to become like them. Add color to your life, and remember that everything you do is of importance.

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PostSubject: Christmas Thank-You & WELL WISHES of CHEER   Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:25 pm

This here is the note that I placed in one of my Christmas cards this year. I can't get into ALL the JOY and the many lessons that my fair feathered friends do provide for me. You guys know theres so much more that I get, it's so plenty-FULL.



Christmas Thank-You & WELL WISHES of CHEER

I just wanted to take the time to THANK-YOU BOTH for the Lovely service that you provide !! !!

Ever sense I started using your Black Oil Seed Sunflower seed, I have a abun-DANCE of birds that frequent my bird feeder's NOW.

I'm also UP ever morning NOW with my bird friends and BE-cause of your service, your very reasonable pricing, this has allowed me to have a very large array of bird friends and also some other furry friends. (Squirrels & Rabbits). I've got about 4-6 crows, ONE hawk, and over a doz. Blue Jays, 20 to 24 Doves, Doves can BE hard to count sometimes. I also got lots of the Barn Sparrows, Finches, and NOW 1/2 Doz. Cardinals, about 6-8 Chick-a-dee's. 4 Woodpecker's, and a few NUT-hatch. They so count on me NOW to BE there for them and they have given me so much pleasure in BE-ing able to do so, the birds have added so much JOY and Pleasure to my life.

So THANK-YOU so VERY MUCH for what you do and provive for ALL. it's a GREAT SERVICE that you both SUPPORT and do for other's !! !!

Wishing You A HAPPY NEW YEAR & A MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you both.

THANK-YOU


They grow, bag and farm many different seeds naturally on their home farm. Cool


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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:52 pm

Wow and look at the joy they are bringing other people through their efforts - I bet they don't even realise the spiritual purpose of what they provide. Thanks so much for sharing that with us Solane. What a perfect example of how the normal work of farming can be a spiritual purpose. Isn't that a wonderful gift and light to bring to the world?



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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:10 am

I've been seeing a lot of birds lately. Different kinds, although ordinary ones like blackbirds, thrushes, waxeyes and sparrows - but what stands out to me is that they are very near to me. Flying down low into my space. Two sparrows were even flying up to my window just earlier. I looked up the meaning of 'birds' in general and this is what I found:

From http://www.whats-your-sign.com/air-animal-totems.html
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As you will read in their descriptions, Air Animal Totems have a penchant for assisting us in matters of higher knowledge. Air being the most ethereal of elements, it's understandable that the creatures who inhabit it are able to lend the best understanding of it's invisible ways. Closest to the heavens, air animals are our best allies as they herald our desires to the very gods in the skies.

Air animal totems are also symbols of strength (both physical and mental) and sovereignty. Very important traits, particularly when we are experiencing new transitions or surroundings in our lives.

If air animal totems are catching your attention, you should feel very heartened by their presence. Allow their spirit to boost your confidence, and remind you that the ultimate power is within this present, unseen moment. Air animals are good omens, and their appearance is like a wink from god.

I hope this is true, because there's such a lot of change and uncertainty around me at the moment and it's been getting me down, worried and anxious. Trying my best to rise above it though.
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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:05 pm

WELL,

As If he wasn't pecking hard enough on the outside of my living-room wall, I thought he was going to come right though the wall, the outside siding of the house is all done in wood.

Guess WHO " WOODY the WOODPECKER " and he was knocking so hard and for a long time, to get my attention while Iwas posting here today.

So you know

These are some of my summer pics of him when he first arrived.











Solane Star wrote:
Power animals

Everyone has the help and protection of spirit beings often in the form of animal spirits. Power animals are usually not domesticated animals and you can have more than one.

Even if a person has never heard of power animals they will have a special affinity for certain animals, or have had unusual experiences with certain animals. It is quite likely that this is their power animal trying to get their attention.

1. Apparently there is rich reward for them in helping humans. So, the first gift is to bring them into our daily lives to help us, guide us and protect us. Call upon them for wisdom, ideas, direction, help, problem solving, etc. The more you actively engage them the more they will be there for you and the more you gift them.

2. Invite your power animals to dinner. Cook a meal and set aside a portion as offering to your power animals. Leave it out overnight and then the next day put the remainder out in the world for nature spirits to feed on too.

3. As Spirit beings they do not have physical bodies. The third way that you can gift, honor and thank your power animal(s) is by dancing your animal. You are gifting them the experience of being physical. This can take the form of literally dancing like your animal. Bring the animal into your body, move as it would move to the music.

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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:24 pm

Symbolic Meaning of Woodpeckers


To be sure, the woodpecker is an attention-grabber, and those who claim this amazing bird as their totem will attest to its ability to shake up awareness.

Nothing breaks the silence of a hiking in the woods like the urgent, rapid-fire percussion of a woodpecker's rapping against a tree.

A Quick-List of woodpecker symbolic meaning:

Balance
Progress
Signaling
Returning
Protection
Initiation
Attention
Prophesy
Listening
Opportunity
Discernment
Communication
Determination


When I hear the woodpecker knocking, I think of opportunity. You know the old saying "when opportunity knocks, answer the door." That's precisely what I'm driving at here.

Woodpeckers are extremely opportunistic themselves. Each tree is a door, revealing tender morsels of food (grubs and ants are their favorites). Other trees will yield against their beak-hammering to provide great mansions for their young.

When the woodpecker comes tapping into our awareness, it's also a signal to use our heads. Just as the woodpecker uses its head (beak) to hammer out solutions (food, shelter), we too can use our intellect in finding solutions to our own barriers.

The symbolic meaning of woodpeckers also point to a need for creative vision. Being opportunistic, woodpeckers can see value everywhere, even in dead trees. Have you ditched an idea or given up on a project? The woodpecker may be trying to tell you to breathe new life into your project, just as they build new homes into dead trees.

Further, the symbolic meaning of woodpecker indicates a return to our roots, or having trust in our basic (gut) feelings. Dr. Carl Jung observed the woodpecker as a symbol of a return to the womb of creativity. In this observation the tree is symbolic of a womb; earthy, grounded, sturdy and secure. The woodpecker's home within the tree is analogous of a fierce determination to return and protect that which is sacred to us.

When this bird comes pecking, it is a call for us to return to our roots, back to the womb of our ideas and use our intellect and discernment to follow through with our plans.

This analogy is doubly profound in the case of red-headed woodpeckers as the color red is associated with the root chakra. Prime, protective energy. Another clear sign for being aware of our core impulses, and our basic beliefs.

Native North American wisdom recognized the protective home-based themes of the woodpecker too. Prairie tribes had a myth that the title of protector of humankind was once vied for by the turkey and the woodpecker. The woodpecker won the title because of her ability to make such marvelous nests wherein the spiritual seed of humankind would always be sheltered from predatory threat.

The woodpecker may also remind us to be mindful of our words. It has a narrow tongue, extremely effective for picking up food in narrow places. This is symbolic for using a narrow route to get the most profound effect. The woodpecker asks us to use fewer words to make a stronger impact in our statement.

As we continue to explore the symbolic meaning of woodpecker, we see communication is a strong theme. In fact, when I hear the woodpecker, I think of Morse code, and I try to figure out what kind of rhythmical message the woodpecker is sending me.

It wasn't until years later I did some research on the bird that I discovered, indeed, the woodpecker actually does peck out signals to their kin as communication!





Drumming has historically marked the beginning of events such as processions, honorable ceremonies, even war. Perhaps this is why the woodpecker (and its beak-drumming ways) was often associated with Roman battle, war and victory.

Native North American wisdom also prescribes drumming as a means to journeying (transcendentalism), and so many tribes considered the woodpecker as an other-worldly messenger, and a prophet.

In Roman mythology, the woodpecker is associated with Mars, which is a planet of energy, and initiative. The zodiac sign of Aries might be drawn to the woodpecker as a totem animal because of its association with Mars too (Mars is the ruling planet for Aries).

These two (woodpecker and the Ram which is the zodiac animal for Aries) have the propensity of initiation (trail blazers, starting new projects) in common. The woodpecker is the first to initiate communication. Consider the silence of a winter day cracked wide open by the echoing beat of a woodpeckers beak.

Also, the symbolic meaning of woodpecker deals with progress because she doggedly hammers at her purpose until she sees to the other side of the obstacle. Aries are equally determined in their purpose, often ramming through astounding odds to obtain their goals.

Concepts of determination and drive in the symbolic meaning of woodpecker can be stretched further when we consider the woodpecker's love for the oak tree. Oak trees are symbolic of stability and strength of character, read more about their meanings here.

Also in Roman myth the woodpecker was noted as befriending the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus (who, interestingly were fathered by Mars, the god of war). Legend states the both the wolf and the woodpecker fed the twin boys in their infancy while they were sequestered in the wild to avoid demise (as typical Roman myth, it's a long story, you can read it here).

And so, when the woodpecker comes calling, it may be a sign to:

Fly back to our roots.
Nurture our ideas in the womb of our core passions.
Shelter our wisdom from predatory threat.
Use our heads (intellect) to think up innovative solutions to overcome barriers.
Communicate our ideas in more creative or non-traditional ways.
Stop and consider the opportunities available to us at this time.
Look at projects in unique creative ways to bring new life to a project.
Listen more clearly to subtle energies, there is a message that only our intuition can interpret.


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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:37 pm

What an interesting bird. You guys have all the fascinating bird life in the U.S. Solane! The colours just amaze me as does their behaviour. I remember watching the woody woodpecker cartoons as a child. He seemed really annoying and I just couldn't fathom a bird that hammered on wood the way that character did. But there you go - he is based on a real bird!

The one thing that stands out from this creature is consistency or persistence - it hammers away until it reaches it's goal. What projects are you working on that are unfinished my dear? Where does your energy need to go? Is it something in or around the home?

And on another totally unrelated note, how does Sheeva reacted to birds? Is he a chaser or does he just watch them fly by?



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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:44 am

Cheetahs coming my way at the moment, and it sooo rings true.

http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/cheetah.htm

CHEETAH



Speed and Flexibility


Flexibility is essential for Cheetah people.
It is necessary to have a flexible body and spirit for a healthy and fulfilled life.
Speed and maneuverability is also paramount to their well-being.
They must respond quickly, instantly to all opportunities and dangers.

Cheetah people must learn to rest after period of stress and effort.
They must never over-heat or over-exhaust their energies.

Cheetah gives their totem people the great capacity to feel
and respond quickly to the hurt of others.
This is a wonderful totem for a healer.

Cheetah also reminds us that sometimes we must struggle
and shed many a tear before we are successful.

Cheetah people tend to be solitary
and have a select few that they trust and bond with.

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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:45 am

Cheetah Wisdom


If cheetah is your animal totem, it will teach you a lot about moving out ahead of everyone else by doing what's in front of you. Maybe you need to do your homework before the sun goes down. "Get it done", says Cheetah, so that you will have some daylight to play with your friends. Cheetah may mention that you waste too much energy thinking and wishing when you need to get up and go. Is it that you are lazy or are you just stubborn? Or is it you don't believe in yourself enough? Believe that you have the power of a Cheetah and you will surely attain your goals.
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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:26 am

Wow thanks for posting that Gem - very interesting information. Cheetahs are the fastest cat on the planet as well as having those unique black tear drop markings around their eyes (very goth and cool looking Cool ). I'm gonna step out on a limb here and say that they are also about being true to yourself and BE-ing yourself even if it upsets other people. This is very much a theme that I feel relates to this year for people universally. I have found myself doing things that are unexplainable and coming from such a deep guidance that I am not consciously aware of it until after the fact. I think you might also find yourself pulled inexplicably to do things that are for your higher good without knowing why or where it is taking you. Trust your instincts cheetah girl - strong mojo is at work helping you reshape your reality. This big cat will keep you ahead of the game in a good way.

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PostSubject: Dragonfly, Damselfly, Power Animal, Symbol of Change, Piercing Illusions, Light, Understanding Dreams    Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:55 am


Dragon-FLY showing UP alot again for me. WELL I k-NOW the Dragon-FLY is ALL-ways with me, but NOW I AM just Transforming the DREAM to a NEW ONE !! !! Like a Star @ heaven dragonfly Like a Star @ heaven


Dragonfly, Damselfly, Power Animal, Symbol of Change, Piercing Illusions, Light, Understanding Dreams

By Ina Woolcott

Damselfly/Dragonfly's Medicine Includes - Mastery of life on the wing, power of flight, power to escape a blow, understanding dreams, power of light, breaking down illusions, seeing the truth in situations, swiftness, change, connection to Dragon, transcendence, winds of change, wisdom and enlightenment.

On a summer day or early evening, a beautiful sight to behold is the dragonfly. Dragonfly has the ability to reflect and refract light and colours. It is often linked with magic and mysticism. With their shimmering wings and delicate form, they appear to come directly from the land of Faerie. Their spectacular colours shine with iridescence in the sunlight. These colours take time to develop, giving the idea that with maturity our own true colours come forth. Just as light can bend and shift and be adapted in a different ways, so can the archetypal forces associated with dragonfly. Dragonfly yields the message that life is never what it appears to be. This is a power animal which can help to put us in touch with nature spirits.

Dragonfly is one of nature's shape shifters. The dragonfly inhabits two realms, air and water. The first two years of their life dragonflies live in the water, on the bottom of ponds and streams, and are called nymphs. As they age they go through metamorphosis and take to the air. As water represents the emotional body and air represents the mental, those with this power animal will frequently find themselves trying to maintain balance between their thoughts and emotions.

Children with dragonfly power animal are often very emotional, feeling things deeply and responding to situations with great passion. Generally, as they reach adulthood, through experience, they learn how to balance their emotions with greater mental clarity and control. This gives them the compassion required for any type of work relating to healing or counselling.

If you find yourself flooded by emotion and would like nothing more than some detachment from your problems so that you can solve them, Dragonfly entering your world will be a blessing. For in this context Dragonfly represents transformation. You can work with the dragonfly to help you kick-start the changes you know are necessary, but have been avoiding or neglecting. The number 2 is significant to Dragonfly, so think in terms of two-year periods when you begin a change.

When we have made ourselves believe that the limitations of physical existence prevent us from changing and growing, Dragonfly medicine teaches us to pierce our self-made illusions. Dragonfly can cause us to question the illusion which we call reality, particularly that part of our realities which hinders our ability to grow and create transformation/change in our lives. Dragonfly conveys knowledge about greater dimensions of reality, and helps us travel to a realm of light and colour in which spiritual expansion is possible.

Neither insects or birds have the flight manoeuvrability of the dragonfly. They can twist, turn, move up or down, change directions in an instant, hover and even fly backwards. If dragonfly is your power animal, this will bring the gift of skill to your life. Dragonflies are masters at what they do, and they do it relentlessly.

Dragonflies can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour when flying. They can spot movement forty feet away. Flying around and into things from different angles, they challenge rigid awareness and prompt the energy of change. This power animal is especially helpful for those who feel stuck, or are unable to grow spiritually and for those who feel blocked in their creativity. Dragonfly helps us remember that 'ordinary, every day' physical reality isn't all that is available to us. Its rainbow wings remind us we live in a world of magic.



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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:59 am

lol I had dragonfly showing up for me too alot towards the end of last week. Everytime I see one I think of you Solane and it makes me smile pnkhrt



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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:59 am

GothiKat wrote:
Wow thanks for posting that Gem - very interesting information. Cheetahs are the fastest cat on the planet as well as having those unique black tear drop markings around their eyes (very goth and cool looking Cool ). I'm gonna step out on a limb here and say that they are also about being true to yourself and BE-ing yourself even if it upsets other people. This is very much a theme that I feel relates to this year for people universally. I have found myself doing things that are unexplainable and coming from such a deep guidance that I am not consciously aware of it until after the fact. I think you might also find yourself pulled inexplicably to do things that are for your higher good without knowing why or where it is taking you. Trust your instincts cheetah girl - strong mojo is at work helping you reshape your reality. This big cat will keep you ahead of the game in a good way.

sweet

Wow, yes, I think you're right. I watched a TV programme about cats and big cats the other week, and the legend associated with the cheetah's black tear drop markings is that the first cheetah lost her cubs, and the tears remained on the faces of all the cheetahs after her. It's true also I've been deeply driven lately to do things lately, and I'm in the midst of a confused feeling about why I'm doing certain things. I'm also extremely tired, looking tired, and I know that I have to rest now - put things on the backburner so I can have my period of rest to regenerate myself like the cheetah does.
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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:23 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:56 pm

Like a Star @ heaven Wink Like a Star @ heaven Love the Very Intense Eyes on your Cheetah there Gem Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:36 pm

WELL,

I have this GemStone " Australian Rainforest Japser " that I sleep with every nite and I've noticed that its starting to form a picture of a " BAT " on the ONE corner of it, ONE that wasn't there when I found this stone back in Sept. of last yr, or should I say that I think this stone found me (picked me). ONE of the funny things about this stone is, that when I hold my stone in my left hand, it will cup it's self right around my thumb, in the plam of my hand, right by the " BAT " image. It's a perfect fit and its like it was made just for that left hand to grap onto. Like a Star @ heaven Wink Like a Star @ heaven Sept. was ALL-so the time that i recieved my two Power Totem Animals for my Journeying, the Woodpecker & the BlueJay birds.

I ALL-so noticed that the left side of the " BATS " wing is not yet totally formed and that the left side of ONE-s body is the Feminine side.

Anyways,

Here are a few pics of that Gem Stone " Australian Rainforest Japser "









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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:39 pm

Animal Symbolism
of the Bat


Bat Animal Symbolism



Let's face it, the bat isn't the most popular of animal totems. In fact, it's largely misunderstood and so therefore many of its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based.


However, the very savvy Native Americans approached the realm of animals from a position of honor - knowing that all things are connected. They understood that seeing the bat with fear in the heart would be the same as being terrified of their own children. Ridiculous.


The Native American animal symbolism of the bat comes from a keen observation of this magnificent animal. These people recognized that the bat was highly sensitive to their surroundings and so therefore was considered a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. This made the bat a powerful symbol for Native American shamans and medicine people. Often the spirit of the bat would be invoked when special energy was needed, like "night-sight" which is the ability to see through illusion or ambiguity and dive straight to the truth of matters.


It is a symbol of communication because the Native Americans observed the bat to be a highly social creature. Indeed, the bat has strong family ties. They are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.


Here is a quick-list of bat animal symbolism:

Illusion

Rebirth

Dreams

Intuition

Initiation

Journeying

Inner Depth

Communication


The bat is a symbol of rebirth and depth because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother (Earth). From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so - from the womb it is reborn every evening.



If you have the bat as your totem you are extremely aware of your surroundings. Sometimes you can be overly sensitive to the feelings of others. Additionally, you are quite perceptive on a psychic level, and are prone to have prophetic dreams.



If you work with the bat as your totem, you will be put to the test, because it is demands only 100% commitment to spiritual growth. The bat will never accept half-hearted or lukewarm attempts at self-improvement. Indeed, if the bat senses that you are slacking in your psychic/spiritual training it will likely move on to someone else who is more willing to learn the lessons the bat has to offer.



As with most of our hardest challenges, working with the demanding bat will reap some of the most profound rewards you could ever dream of. But be warned, the bat asks a lot of us, like:



Dying to our ego

Loving our enemies as ourselves

Going within to touch our inner demons

Exploring the underworlds of reality (which can be scary)

Renewing our thoughts and beliefs on a moment-to-moment basis

All of these tasks can be harrowing experiences. This is why the Native American symbolism of the bat deals with initiation; because this creature takes us to outlandish extremes. But rest assured, the bat is never leaves our side while we are journeying.



Furthermore, once we are tested to satisfaction, the devotion of the bat will never fade. It will eternally support us on our spiritual path - ever faithful and forever loving us on our journey to maintain our highest potential.


You can begin your journey with the bat by viewing the excellent 4.11 minute video from the Cave Biota evolving "webumentary." Narrated by Dr. John O. Whitaker, video by Ravenswood Media. Informative and enriching for anyone marveled by the bat:




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PostSubject: Rainforest Jasper   Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:47 pm

Rainforest Jasper...
Aids Earth Healing and
Awakening To The Joy Of Life



What Is It

Rainforest Jasper is the green form of Rhyolite... and is also known as Australian Rainforest Jasper. This is a stone that has a soft gradual energy... and will contribute to more cheerful, pleasant people entering your life. It has a vibration of happiness and joy for life... that will flow outwards... throughout your life.

It gives you a deeper connection with nature and with plants, trees and animals... and with Mother Gaia herself. This stone also carries a strong vibration for change. If you are person who is passionate about the earth and who feels that it is time to step forward to help heal the earth, then the energy of this stone will be of benefit to you.



Why Would You Use It


This stone is also known as Green Rhyolite... and is a strong stone to help you to understand who you really are. Like most green stones, its energy resonates within the heart chakra. It is a helpful stone to connect with Mother Gaia and the energy of the natural world... and may be used in earth healing rituals.

It will aid you to make a stronger connection to the great forests and green areas of the planet... as Rainforest Jasper encourages you to have a deeper, more heart based love for the earth.




Its vibration within the heart chakra aids you to communicate from the heart... and it may aid you to make contact with nature spirits, elemental beings, and other members of the Devic kingdom. If you ensure that the gardens around your home are healthy and avoid the use of harsh chemicals... you may discover that these beings may multiply in such healthy surroundings.

Green Rhyolite will also assist you to feel more balanced emotionally. It may strengthen relationships as it brings a stream of happiness, joy and contentment to your life... which will flow through to those with whom you are in contact with.


Where Does It Come From


Rainforest Jasper is the green form of Rhyolite and comes from Western Australia. The Green Rhyolite is quite different to the more yellow form of Rhyolite that comes from Mexico and the USA... although they often may be fairly similar looking.

It may be a combination of various colors... with the predominant colors being green, yellow, caramel, orangey-tan and brown.

Depending on the rock they came from... this stone contains a combination of quartz, feldspar and nepholite. It is common to see patches of quartz within the stones.


How Will It Help You


This lovely stone makes you more aware of the need to make a commitment to the earth and her health. If you have an interest in this subject and would like to feel more committed to aiding the earth, add Rainforest Jasper to your collection.

Once you begin to resonate with this stone you may recall your purpose for being here on earth at this time. The vibration of this stone may challenge you to feel more respect for all life... including animals.

This stone may also benefit your pets... and if you feel your dog or cat is feeling low... and it is usually easy to tell... it will also aid them to feel better. By simply placing a piece of this stone in their bedding it can make a difference to how they feel.

Green Rhyolite has been used as part of earth healing rituals... and some stones have quite a shamanistic energy.

This green stone will both encourage more enthusiasm for the healing of your environment... as well as bringing you personal healing.

The lovely energy of this stone will flow out and aid you to personally heal any emotional problems you may have. Even if you feel that all is well in your life... the addition of extra joy and happiness will benefit you!


How To Use It

This is an excellent stone to use during your daily meditation as it brings peace and restores your faith in life. It will help you if you have been feeling depression... and is known as a healer for when you are feeling grief. After meditating with it you may begin to feel a stronger degree of self worth and self respect.

Wearing a Rainforest jasper pendant in the area of the heart chakra and the solar plexus chakra may help these specific areas. It may be helpful to keep it on your body and buying lovely jewelry made from this stone will aid the process.

You will find it on the zodiac birthstones list, as it is an Aquarius birthstone. This is a stone for change on many levels... and it may help to heal old deep emotional wounds. By restoring faith it may bring you inner peace.

Lovely Rainforest Jasper jewelry is easy to buy. This stone is an excellent stone to aid your overall self esteem... and as you feel a greater degree of confidence its energy may aid you to change old habits that are injurious to your good health... including addictions.

It has a lovely energy that may enhance your creativity. The more yellowish stones resonate within the solar plexus chakra which may aid manifestation.


Who Should Use It

Green Rhyolite is an excellent healing stone... and it has a lovely energy that rejuvenates you physically as it heals you emotionally.

On a purely physical level... Rainforest Jasper may aid hypoglycemia and diabetes. It is said to strengthen blood vessels, so it may help to heal varicose veins.

This stone may assist you with detoxification of your body... so is a good stone to have on hand if you are doing a weight loss program.

It has a strong cleansing action... and is helpful to cleanse kidneys and heal skin rashes... as they are often linked to inadequate elimination of toxins.

It may also boost the immune system as well as energize and revitalize liver function.


Combining It With Other Stones

If you wish to encourage the presence of nature spirits... other stones that also do this may be combined with Rainforest Jasper. Combine it with Green Tourmaline, Moss Agate, Green Aventurine, Merlinite, Amegreen, Muscovite and Prasiolite for this purpose.

Green Rhyolite will also work well combined with heart chakra stones such as Gaspeite or Kunzite, to aid you to live from your heart... and with solar plexus chakra stones... to strengthen your willingness to do so.


In Summary

Once you begin to use Rainforest Jasper the quiet, constant, happy energy will contribute to the addition of new and happier people coming into your life. The vibration of happiness and joy that is embodied by this green stone becomes a stream of positive feelings that will flow throughout your life.

The deeper connection with nature and with plants, trees and animals... and with Mother Gaia herself that you gain from this stone, will help you to deal with the strong need for change on our planet. If you are person who is passionate about the earth and who feels that it is time to step forward to help heal the earth, then the energy of this stone will be of benefit to you.


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PostSubject: Re: Animal Totems   Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:59 pm

WOW,

" BATs " ECHO-Location " is what stands out the most right NOW to me.


Bats and Echolocation




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Rafinesque’s big-eared bat is a microchiroptera species found in the southeastern United States. The oversized ears help the bat accurately pinpoint its prey.In the last section, we saw that the unique wing structure of bats gives them a great deal of flight maneuverability. This is crucial to a bat's survival, as their main prey are small, quick-moving insects. The task of hunting is made even more difficult for bats because they are only active at night, dusk and dawn. Bats have adapted to this lifestyle to avoid the fierce flying predators that are active in the daytime, and also to take advantage of the abundance of insect species that are active at night.

To help them find their prey in the dark, most bat species have developed a remarkable navigation system called echolocation. To understand how echolocation works, imagine an "echo canyon." If you stand on the edge of a canyon and shout "hello," you'll hear your own voice coming back to you an instant later.

The process that makes this happen is pretty simple. You produced sound by rushing air from your lungs past your vibrating vocal chords. These vibrations caused fluctuations in the rushing air, which formed a sound wave. A sound wave is just a moving pattern of fluctuations in air pressure. The changing air pressure pushes surrounding air particles out and then pulls them back in. These particles then push and pull the particles next to them, passing on the energy and pattern of the sound. In this way, sound can travel long distances through the air. The pitch and tone of the sound are determined by the frequency of the air-pressure fluctuations, which is determined by the way you move your vocal chords.

When you shout, you produce a sound wave that travels across the canyon. The rock face on the opposite side of the canyon deflects the air-pressure energy of the sound wave so that it begins moving in the opposite direction, heading back to you. In an area where atmospheric air pressure and air composition is constant, sound waves always move at the same speed. If you knew the speed of sound in the area, and you had a very precise stopwatch, you could use sound to determine the distance across the canyon.

Let's say you're at sea level, and the air is relatively dry. In these conditions, sound waves travel at 741.1 miles per hour (1,193 kph), or 0.2 miles per second (0.32 kps). To figure out the distance across the canyon, you would clock the time between when you first started shouting and when you first heard your echo. Let's say this took exactly 3 seconds. If the sound wave were moving at 0.2 miles per second for 3 seconds, it would have travelled 0.6 miles (0.97 km). This is the distance of the total trip, across the canyon and back. Dividing the total by two, you get 0.3 miles (0.48 km) as the one-way distance.


This is the basic principle of echolocation. Bats make sounds the same way we do, by moving air past their vibrating vocal chords. Some bats emit the sounds from their mouth, which they hold open as they fly. Others emit sound through their nose. It's not fully understood how the bat's sound production works, but scientists believe that the strange nose structure found in some bats serves to focus the noise for more accurate pin-pointing of insects and other prey.

In the case of most bats, the echolocation sound has an extremely high pitch -- so high that it is beyond the human hearing range. But the sound behaves the same way as the sound of your shout. It travels through the air as a wave, and the energy of this wave bounces off any object it comes across. A bat emits a sound wave and listens carefully to the echoes that return to it. The bat's brain processes the returning information the same way we processed our shouting sound using a stopwatch and calculator. By determining how long it takes a noise to return, the bat's brain figures out how far away an object is.





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The ghost bat is Australia's only carnivorous bat species. Using echolocation, ghost bats hunt for large insects, lizards, frogs, birds and even other bats.The bat can also determine where the object is, how big it is and in what direction it is moving. The bat can tell if an insect is to the right or left by comparing when the sound reaches its right ear to when the sound reaches its left ear: If the sound of the echo reaches the right ear before it reaches the left ear, the insect is obviously to the right. The bat's ears have a complex collection of folds that help it determine an insect's vertical position. Echoes coming from below will hit the folds of the outer ear at a different point than sounds coming from above, and so will sound different when they reach the bat's inner ear.

A bat can tell how big an insect is based on the intensity of the echo. A smaller object will reflect less of the sound wave, and so will produce a less intense echo. The­ bat can sense in which direction the insect is moving based on the pitch of the echo. If the insect is moving away from the bat, the returning echo will have a lower pitch than the original sound, while the echo from an insect moving toward the bat will have a higher pitch. This difference is due to the Doppler effect, which you can read about in How Radar Works.

A bat processes all of this information unconsciously, the same way we process the visual and aural information we gather with our eyes and ears. A bat forms an echolocation image in its head that is something like the image you form in your head based on visual information. Bats also process visual information -- contrary to popular belief, most bats have fairly acute vision. They use echolocation in conjunction with vision, not instead of it.

In the next section, we'll look at the other part of a bat's life, the things they do during the daytime. As we'll see, a bat's daytime life couldn't be more different from its night life, but it is just as phenomenal.


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