Here are some of the meanings of the animals I saw on my serpentine and spiral walks:
A raven represents: Magic, Healing, Creation. Magic is at play if a raven has come into our life. Raven activates the energy of magic and links it to our will and intention. With raven's 'energy', we can make great changes in our life. It gives us the ability to take the unformed thought and make it reality. The raven shows us how to go into the dark of our inner self and bring out the light of our true self. It helps us with resolving inner conflicts which have long been buried. We can possess no deeper power of healing than that which we gain through raven.
How do I tell a raven from a crow? I looked it up online and just confused myself more. *grin*
This is what crow represents: They are the Keepers of Sacred Law. Having them as a totem would be very powerful. I don't know if just seeing them makes them a totem, though. There is more to an animal being a totem than just seeing them. Though I certainly can claim spider as one because I see them ALL THE TIME! *laugh* Personal Integrity is the watchword and the guide in Life in relation to Crow. The prime path is to be mindful of opinions and actions and to be willing to speak our truth, walk (ha ha) our talk, and know our life's mission. Crow is an omen of Change. It sees past, present and future simultaneously because it lives in the void and has no sense of time. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer. It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such. They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength. Crow reminds to look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life. Crows are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today and available to us.
Snake: (What I like about raven and snake is they are both about healing and that is why I started the spiral walk in the first place, for my dad's healing. It was as I was initially just walking in different patterns that I began to draw spirals in the air and felt the power when I did so--sometimes I was holding a stone, as in green ones since my dad's dis-ease is in his lungs [green for that chakra] and one of the green stones also attracts $ and it felt, too, like my dad's healing and mine financially were both connected to wrong-thinking patterns [ah, patterns *grin*]. Anyway, that is obviously not the only thing I like about those two animal symbols, but it is kinda cool, nonetheless. SO MUCH more of these relate to what is going on in my life. So cool!)
So, snake (You know, sometimes there are so many connections there isn't enough room to write about them all! But initiation was in the Earth Sister reading...Did I tell you about that in the midst of all this? Too cool!): Wisdom, Healing, Initiation. Snake is the symbol of eternity. This a powerful sign--it is the symbol of transformation and healing. The Snake is wisdom expressed through healing. Even Moses used it as a symbol for healing, as do doctors today. It is a protector and guardian, along with its sister totems, the Dragon and the Serpent. Creative forces are awakening when snake shows up. 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 (Oh good! I really, really need that!). It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation. It also signals a transition in 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."
"Other characteristics of those who are connected to snake energy include:
A natural ability to balance energies (likely a gifted healer--well, that would be me AND my dad!)
Diplomatic and eloquent in areas of speech and writing--(gee, I hope so)
Dynamically intuitive (often knowing other’s thoughts and emotional states without trying--duh) *grin*
Impulsive, but not without careful consideration – this may sound paradoxical, but those with the snake totem know what I mean here. And sometimes I'm just plain 're-pulsive.' *ha ha*
So hey, pretty cool stuff, eh? *grin*
What animals have crossed YOUR path today?
ML, T (Not to be confused with BLT--ha ha ha !!! But you will remember the wizard in Princess Bride talked about an MLT, mutton lettuce and tomato sandwich!) *tee hee*