animal-guide

Spirit Guide Spread

I developed this spread first for my own use, in an effort to let me communicate with my spirit guide when I was not able to find the peace I needed for proper meditation, and could not reach them through dream. This deck can be used to communicate with your spirit guide (or animal familiar), or to try and meet them for the first time.

1. The Head. This card represents your Spirit Guide. If you have not met them, it can hold insight into what form they might appear to you.

2. The Hand. What they hold highly. This card represents qualities or attributes your spirit guide consider of great importance at this time.

3. The Fist. What they disregard. This card represents an issue you may be paying too much mind to, or something your spirit guide wants you to ignore.

4. The Heart. What is inside you. A hidden strength your spirit guide applauds, and wants you to focus on fostering at this time. If reversed this can indicate a festering issue your spirit guide is concerned may be harming you.

5. The Heels. A last word. This card represents any last pressing messages or warnings your spirit guide may have for you.

I hope this spread assists those of you who, like me, struggle in forming spirit connections in a busy, mundane, world. If you try this spread and like it, please consider liking this post, as a vote for the #Craftaspread challenge.

(p.s this is a sideblog, mainblog blithebereavement.tumblr.com for contest reasons)

I really wanna know what my spirit animal is & I suck at visual meditation. Are there other ways of finding them?

I’ve also heard your spirit animal from birth is an animal you’ve been drawn to all your life. Like for instance if your obsessed with cats, like you own 4 or more pet house cats, collect figurines or artworks of cats it’s a cat. The thing is I never been drawn to only one animal my whole life. Anything canine is cool like a fox or wolf (not a dog not that I hate dogs I use to own one just think that a bit bland for a spirit animal) but something mystical like a phoenix or dragon would be so badass. How do I make contact with it?

Holy shit 150 notes?! What did I do right?

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Crow is known to be one of the most intelligent beings. Crow speaks his truth without dismay. Crow is a warrior of justice and teacher to many. They are watchful protectors and provide spiritual strength.

Use these five stones to connect to Crow’s energy:

  • Blue Calcite - recuperation, clearing
  • Black Onyx - self mastery, strength
  • Golden Labradorite - wisdom, intellect
  • Nuummite - magick, protection
  • Lapis Lazuli - mystic knowledge, third eye
Animal Patronuses 101: How to Find Your Patronuses!

The first, and most important, thing to know about working with animal guides is that they choose you, you do not choose them. This is very important when first working to seek out who your personal patronuses are as you don’t want to force a relationship that is not meant to be. Some times an animal will contact you in reality with a physical appearance of the animal being so obvious that you notice it. But for most of us, a dip into our subconscious is what we need to find out what’s going on.

The following is my personal method for contacting animal guides. Throughout this you can seek out who your patronus/patronuses are. Some people have one singular animal, some have more (I currently have seven constant patronuses). In some belief systems you can have up to 9 animal guides, each representing a different aspect. But no matter the number, you first need a way to contact them. As many of us are city-bound or have affinities for animals that do not necessarily live near us, this spell is a way of reaching out via a mental nature walk. The great thing about a mental nature walk is that you can easily walk from the mountains to the oceans to deserts of any place you think up without leaving the room.

What you need:

- A Bathtub or Bed

- Candles/Incense/air freshener with a soothing scent 

- to be undisturbed

- a notebook/journal and a way to write in it (pen, pencil)

  1. First get comfortable. You want to be at a state of relaxation without falling asleep. Personally I use a bath because I’m less likely to fall asleep, but you can use a bed/sofa/anything you can recline on. Light your candles/get that soothing scent around you. It helps you relax.
  2. Take deep breaths and visualize a forest. It can be any kind of forest, just picture one. You need make sure your vision of it is sturdy enough that you can travel through it, so a still photo in your mind isn’t enough. Imagine the sounds you hear, the wind in the trees, the rustling of branches, the way the light filters through. Once you think you have it solid, begin to walk through it.
  3. Travel through the forest and wherever it leads. Let your mind make it up as it goes along, your subconscious is going to guide you to so don’t try to make it go anywhere specifically. Sometimes my forest follows a stream to the ocean, sometimes it opens to a field or desert, sometimes it goes to a cave or mountain. Let your mind take you where it will.
  4. Now here’s the hard part- you will meet animals along your path. Once again, do not try to force a meeting by thinking of specific animals, just let them come naturally to you. You must try very hard to remember these animals and the specific order you see them in. I know that sounds simple in writing, but it’s not. Once you “wake up” from your nature walk, it’s very hard sometimes and it may take practice to get the hang of it. 
  5. Every animal you meet, greet them and ask them to come walk with you. Some animals are there to give you a message and be on their way, some will walk with you once but not always, others will appear every time you take a mental nature walk. The last group- those that always show up every time you do this meditation- those are your guides. 
  6. Once you reach a destination on your walk, you can thank those that walked with you and “wake up.” You will just know when this is, as you will reach a stopping place and gather for a moment with the animals. Once you “wake up” write down the animals you met in order.
  7. As I mentioned before, remembering all the animals along the route is sometimes very hard, especially in order. I always try to write down immediately a quick list of who I saw and whether or not they came with me. Those who you saw that didn’t come are still important and still might have a good message for you. The order sometimes relates to an order of events in your life, so keep that in mind when you note who appeared first/second/third/onward.
  8. The more times you do this, the more you will notice a certain group of animals always appearing. They will not only be the same animals (for example an owl) but will always be the same individual animal (for example a female barred owl that is always the same personality). These are your patronuses. Your subconscious keeps bringing them back because they are meant to walk with you always.
  9. Spend a week going on multiple nature walks in your subconscious.  Sometimes by the second or third walk you will notice which animals are the same and sometimes it takes more. For me, one of my patronuses has a very distinct personality and I knew immediately on my early walks that the one that kept appearing was the same one. Others took a few walks before I put things together.
  10. Remember to heed the advice of all the animals that appear. Those that appear but don’t come with you might have a message just for that day. Those who walk with you once but not always might have a message for that week. Sometimes if I enter a walk thinking of a specific problem the animals that appear give answers for it. Your subconscious showed you a random group of animals for a reason, so don’t dismiss any of them.
  11. Once you have written down the animals and their order, you can then research what meanings they may have. This site (which outside of it’s use of the word “totem” avoids most other cultural appropriation) has a wide listing of animals and specific types of animals that you can reference. This site is amazing and uses the terms “animal energies” and has a solid list of over 290 animals for reference. As you read the possible associations of an animal, certain things will stand out to you personally. Note those beside the animal’s name in your journal. Sometimes it’s a negative trait you have that the animal is warning you about, sometimes it’s a message about a problem you have. If you look at the meanings of the animal, something there will stand out with meaning to you- that’s what your subconscious was showing you.
  12. Keep the journal so you can always log your nature walks and find patterns in them. As I mentioned, certain animals always walking with you is an important sign. But there are also those who always appear under certain circumstances as well.
  13. Once you’ve thought on your messages, you can now go forward with your day/week with the knowledge your animal friends have given to you. If you are having a rough time, I’ve found it’s really soothing to close my eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine my patronuses embracing me in a hug. These are your patronuses, they are there to protect you from negative energy and to guide you. Do not hesitate to call to them if you are in need, but always thank them for their time with you.

I hope this method works for others as I developed it personally and have had great success with it. My mental nature walks are a great place for me to go when stressed or worried about a problem and the animals that come with me for them always have such sage wisdom to give to me.

In this post I’m going to touch on the three different hacks that are available for Animal Crossing: New Leaf–the LeafTools hacks, the RAM editor, and the map editor–including general requirements and tips for all of them. This isn’t going to go into step-by-step details on every aspect of every hack, but it will give you a general idea of what they do and how to use them, if you can.

General Requirements + Tips

To hack your 3DS/ XL/ 2DS with any of the following, you must have the software version 9.x up to 9.5.0-22. If you have updated to 9.5.0-23 or higher, you will not be able to use these hacks, no exceptions. The creators of all the hacks have stated there is absolutely no way around this yet.

These hacks can be used on both physical and digital copies of New Leaf. It doesn’t matter how many copies you have; you can hack them all!

The number one thing you have to do before using any of these hacks is to back up your save file, explained in steps 1- 7 here. LeafTools also provides a way to back up your save file, but I recommend the one I link to, because that will also be the save file both the RAM editor and map editor use to edit your town. By backing up your save file, you guarantee that your game can be restored if it happens to corrupt from hacking.

LeafTools Hacks

Things you can do with LeafTools:

  • Backup/ restore multiple save files
  • Water flowers, unbury items, pull weeds
  • Max out your bank account
  • Max out your island medals
  • Fill your town with/ remove all grass
  • Unlock all Public Works Projects
  • Unbox a moving villager
  • Rig the stalk market
  • Duplicate items
  • Move out an unwanted villager
  • Remove/ add rocks
  • Put a train station locker in a house
  • Generate items*
  • Create, move, or destroy buildings*

These hacks are all activated by visiting specific URL’s on your 3DS’s internet browser while your game is running. The creators’ thread provides these URL’s, along with instructions for each individual hack. For all of them, you must be playing as your mayor for them to work. Some of the hacks can be done anywhere, but some require you to run it as soon as your game loads, be inside a building, place an item in a certain place, etc.

The linked guide lists some hacks as “easy peasy,” a few as “tricky tricks,” and two as “hardcore mayors only.” The “tricky tricks” aren’t really tricky; they just require you to do something a little more than step inside a building, but they aren’t very risky so don’t worry! The “hardcore” ones are the two hacks marked with a * on my list, which are the more complicated and dangerous ones. Again, the linked guide explains them in detail, but I just wanted to urge caution when approaching these hacks. Don’t attempt them until you’ve run other hacks multiple times and feel confident.

RAM Editor

Things you can do with the RAM editor:

  • Place items (clothes, furniture, songs, etc.) in your town/ island
  • Place nature (trees, bushes, flowers, etc.) in your town/ island
  • Lay down patterns from your characters’ design slots
  • Remove items, nature, rocks, and patterns
  • Place items in your characters’ storages
  • Exchange a villager for a new villager
  • Move existing buildings/ PWP’s
  • Change your native fruit, grass shape, town hall/ train station color

The RAM editor is an online program found here that you can use to do the above to your town. It edits your town using the file on your SD card (called acnlram.bin) that was created when you backed up your save file earlier.

The program has five different sections: Map, Dressers, Island, Villagers, and Buildings. On the Map section, it shows your town map, identifying items, nature, and patterns with different colored blocks. On this page you can place items from a drop down menu and remove existing items. On the Dressers page, you can place items in your characters’ storages. The Island page allows you to interact with your island map in the same fashion as the original Map page. The Villagers page shows a list of your current villagers. You can choose to replace any villager with any other villager from the drop down menus here. The the Buildings page lists every building and PWP in your town with their X and Y coordinates, which you can change in order to move the corresponding building in your town. Keep in mind that there isn’t a way to place buildings or PWP’s that aren’t already there. This page also provides drop down menus to choose your native fruit, grass shape, and town hall/ train station color.

The main things people use the RAM editor for are to place items/ buildings/ PWP’s where they normally can’t go. You can put trees right on cliffs, houses in rivers, PWP’s on the beach, bushes around your town tree, etc etc. The creative possibilities are pretty endless with the RAM editor!

Once you’re done editing your town, you’ll save the file, replace the old acnlram.bin file on your SD card with the new one, eject your SD card, put it in your console, and follow steps 11- 15 here to make the changes appear in your town! I’ll be sure to make a more thorough RAM editor guide soon. Check my Helpful Links page to see if I’ve added it by the time you’re reading this!

Map Editor

Things you can do with the map editor:

  • Move/ alter rivers
  • Create multiple rivers
  • Choose locations for ReTail, town hall, town plaza
  • Choose stone plaza shapes for above areas
  • Move/ alter beaches

Things you can’t* do with the map editor:

  • Move your waterfall/ make another
  • Make a map with no side beach
  • Switch which way your map faces
  • Get rid of the beach your dock is on
  • Move the dock and have it function properly
  • Remove the town plaza
  • Have more or less than two beach entrances
  • End more than one river at the cliff
  • Town hall and ReTail will not move when moving the stone, you must move them with the RAM editor

*i.e.- shouldn’t because it will corrupt your game, rendering it unplayable

The map editor is an application you can download from here and use to, erm, edit your map (duh). It’s an .exe file so it only works on Windows. If you have a Mac, you can use a Windows emulator to run it or WineBottler to turn it into a .app file you can use!

You will use the file on your SD card (called acnlram.bin) that was created when you backed up your save file earlier. The program will open up your current town map divided into 16 grids. You can scroll through the different land types on each grid to create a custom map, keeping in mind the limitations listed above. After you’re done editing it, close the program (it will automatically save), eject your SD card, and insert it in your console. To make the changes appear in your town, you’ll inject the edited save file, explained in steps 11- 15 here.

There is a more thorough guide to the map editor here!

(Special thanks to descrossing for the map editor restrictions and for getting me started on hacking with their hacking information!)

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A guided meditation created by Lilian Eden to help you meet and communicate with your spirit animal(s). 

This particular mediation offers:

  • Deep relaxation
  • A journey through nature
  • Meeting your animal spirit guide
  • Conversing with your animal spirit guide
zayn left 1D bc he is the avatar

evidence:

- he has a lot of pets to hide the fact that one of them is his animal guide
- we never see yaser bc he’s a bender and he doesnt want the world 2 kno
- zayn had zuko’s hair
- zayn had sokka’s hair
- zayn now has aang’s bald head
- this is bc he just mastered airbending and hes getting airbending tats
- now he’s going on a break for two years…interestinG
- maybe to learn the other elements???????? HMMMMMMMMM
- zayn is the avatar he told me

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Bat

The bat isn’t the most popular of animals. In fact, it’s largely misunderstood and so therefore many of its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based.

History:

The 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.

Symbolism:

  • Illusion
  • Rebirth
  • Dreams
  • Intuition
  • Initiation
  • Journeying
  • Inner Depth
  • Communication

If Bat is your Animal Guide:

  • You thrive on being in the company of others and prefer groups of people to being alone
  • You’re able to see in others what they keep hidden, and hear what they don’t say
  • You’ve earned your gifts as a visionary and shaman through a series of difficult initiations that have been a significant part of your soul’s path
  • You’re able to look beyond immediate circumstances and perceived limitations to see the bigger picture, as well as possibilities that overlook
  • You are extremely aware of your surroundings
  • 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.

If Bat shows up:

  • Let go of those habits and attachments that no longer serve you
  • Welcome changes that are long overdue
  • An ordeal you’re facing is a necessary part of your transformation and an initiation into a much more spiritually directed life
  • It’s time to confront and conquer your fears, trusting that doing so will bring about dramatic and beneficial changes
  • Mingle and socialize more with others, perhaps by joining ongoing classes or group activities that you think you’d enjoy

Call on Bat when:

  • You’re in transition, where a life that you once lived is dying and a new cycle is emerging
  • You’ve been isolating yourself far too long and need to make contact with others
  • You’re feeling anxious and fearful without knowing why or what you’re afraid of
  • You find yourself having powerful dreams and visions but don’t understand their meaning
  • You’re being drawn to explore your shamanic practices


There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the appropriate term to be used when an animal comes into your life to give you a message, be it for your life to a day. Totem/Spirit Animal is used for a group/clan of people, i.e. Native Americans. I have also been told about the terms Animal Guide and Spirit Familiar. The book that I use is titled “Spirit Animal” but mainly uses “Power Guide”. Due to all the terms, I choose to use Animal Guide while recognizing that there are other terms used - as can be noted in my tags. None of these terms are meant to offend or disrespect.

[Source 1. Source 2; Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.]

Animal Guides 101: Familiars, Messengers and Patronuses

Starting to post some of the basic framework of my practice with animal guides in hopes it can help others. 

What Type of Animal Guides Are There?

There are many types of animals who come into our lives literally or symbolically for many reasons. Some of these animals are our guides- there to be with us and work with us on a daily basis. Most importantly, they are there to teach us something about ourselves or for ourselves.

The three types of guides, as I call them, break down into the following:

  •  Familiars (pets and outside friends)
  •  Animal Messengers (real-life and dream)
  • Patronuses (those that choose you and those that you are born with)

Familiars (which I go into a bit of the history of here) are going to be a real-life animal that works with you. These are often what people term “pets”- but the emotional bond is different. These animals are fond of you in a specific, special way. It’s not something easily put into words, and it’s not something that can be forced- it’s just a stronger bond than one has traditionally with their pets. Familiars are the cat that likes to sit on your lap but no one elses, the bird that will only do a trick for you and you alone, the dog that gets extra excited when you come home. These are relationships that even others will make note of- noting that the animal seems to prefer you or loves you more. Sometimes you can also form a bond with a wild animal that lives near you or visits with you frequently (a chipmunk that presses its paws to your glass door so you give it food, a wild deer that is often seen on your property that doesn’t seem to spook as easily when you are there, etc). Once again, it is a considered by “normal” people- a unique bond that makes your relationship with the real animal different.

Animal Messengers are those animals that can be in real-life or dreams/meditations that only appear once or twice. These are the ones that are there to give you a message then be on their way. It’s the random bat you see driving home one night or that dream you had last night with a tiger. Some of these can become a patronus, but when they only stop by once or twice, it’s more “hey here’s today’s lesson, peace out.”

A Patronus is an Animal Messenger that keeps appearing, and literally appears so often you take notice and go “okay, this is getting weird.” These are the guides that walk with you always and are always there for you to call on. Perhaps you always see a hawk sitting on a lamppost every day as you drive to work one week, or the last five meditations you’ve had involve a raccoon trying to play with you. These animals are the ones that are your personal teachers. Something about them is trying to teach you something about yourself. Some of your Patronuses are given to you in a way- those who strongly identify with their zodiac animals may receive visits from them for example. Also, the same can be said of animals representing a deity/deities on their behalf (ie- a cat for Bast, for example). The others are ones you find, but do not choose. Some are animals you feel oddly drawn to or constantly see despite how rare they are to appear to others. Many times, it takes direct personal meditation or dreamwork to find them all. I say “all” because it’s entirely possible to have a lot of patronuses making up your own personal team. Even if your first meeting with a patronus is in real-life, you can meet them easily in meditation or dreams as well. Like the Harry Potter term, I often also visualize them in a blueish white light when I “send them out” from myself to other places to help others. 

In short, think of animals as a special schooling course. The Patronuses make up teachers on staff, the Animal Messengers are guest speakers who come to speak on a topic, and Familiars are your own personal home tutor on a subject. Just like every person in the world is not a teacher, not every animal will connect with you in one of these three ways. But being open to work with animal guides gives you an opportunity to seek out what they have to tell us about ourselves and give us aide when we face trouble in life.  

As for books on the matter, finding ones without cultural appropriation are very difficult, but I have a few recommendations here!

Spirit Animal Meditation

This meditation is based on shamanic concepts but is integrated with modern visualization techniques.

If you have someone with you, ask if they can drum a steady and consistent beat for you while you travel inward. The drumming serves as a guide to the spirit world, and then back to your body after the meditation is finished. Have them quiet the drumming, read this guided meditation to you, and then start the drumming again to lead you back home. Another option is to find a shamanic drumming track online and remember this visualization as much as possible.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Relax and focus solely on the drumming. Visualize the room you are currently in. Step out of your body and head toward the door and then outside. There is absolutely no sound and you notice there is a thick fog to the South. You head slowly into the mist. Keep walking into it, farther south, further into the spirit world. (drumming stops, if you are using a recording it is okay to let it continue playing)

The fog begins to lift and you find yourself in a clearing in the forest. These woods are familiar to you. You have a sense of safety and home here. You see a path across from you and you head toward it. As you reach the path a small animal appears. It has been waiting for you. It wants you to follow it down the path. Your new friend encourages you to take in the beauty around you and to stop along the path as much as you would like. There is no urgency here.

The path finally ends at another clearing in the woods. This time there is a large group of people sitting in the center around a fire. They beckon you over and your animal friend bids you farewell and returns to the path from which you just arrived. You slowly approach these people gathered together and realize they are all here for you. These are all of your loved ones and ancestors. Old, new, and unknown. They have traveled from all over the world and across time. They are celebrating you. They are honoring you. They greet you with warm hugs and kisses.

You join them and have a seat next to the oldest of them. An elder with lines of great wisdom written all over their hands and face. The elder hands you a gift. Accept it. They then point to a new path that you hadn’t noticed earlier. All of these people have honest smiles with twinkles in their eyes. They are telling you to go on your journey and that they will always be here whenever you need them.

You bid them farewell and head to the trail that has just appeared. The gift the elder gave you begins to glow a warm light that radiates and illuminates the path before you. It is leading you to your destination, to your animal guides. You follow the trail down hill. There is a stream ahead of you and a large tree trunk that serves as a bridge. You cross over the stream and continue on your way. The path curves and you see an opening ahead. You hear ocean waves crashing onto the shore.

You race down the rest of the path until each step you take starts to sink in the sand. There is a person standing beside a giant boulder. They are waiting for you to come to them. They smile and congratulate you on reaching your destination. They point to white robes laid out on the boulder and tell you to remove your clothes and change into the new clothes. You turn to express your gratitude but they have vanished. You change your clothes and head to the water.

As you reach the water you stop and close your eyes. You take a deep breath and exhale into the wind. The water laps over your feet and a light mist graces your skin. You feel whole again. You feel at peace with yourself and with nature. You are one. A light appears in the sky directly above you. You look up to admire its divine beauty and are overcome by the energy of this celestial being. It is the most peaceful and serene sensation you have ever felt. It is as though this light has embraced you with a great and powerful hug.

The light begins to dim slightly, but still remains. You can’t help but smile as you notice animals slowly emerging from every direction. From the water, from the sky, from the woods, and from the cliffs. They are all here to greet you. They each come with a message. Many of them stay where they are right at the edge of the sand, but a few decide to come closer to you. Approach them. They have gentle eyes and are here to offer you their guidance. Let them whisper to you. Remember what they have said. You sit with these animal spirits for a while in the sand. It is as if you  are among old friends on the beach.

Much time passes and it is time for you to bid them farewell for now. All of the animals return to the directions they came. You change back into your clothes and leave the white robe on the boulder. Head back up the curving path and continue on it across the stream. Take your time walking it and reminisce on the experience you just had. You make it to the clearing with all of your ancestors and loved ones. They are waving to you and you wave back as you head toward the path that leads back home. Your small animal friend is waiting to guide you back. You hear a quiet drumming in the distance, it gradually becomes louder as you walk farther up the path. (start drumming very softly and get louder as you read the next paragraph)

You have reached the first clearing you found earlier. You can feel the vibration of the drum in your chest. The mystical fog starts to fill the space. It is so thick it is hard to even see your hand in front of you. You smile as you remember the journey you just took and head into the fog toward the drumming. You keep walking and it begins to clear. Look around, you know your body is near. Walk in the front door and walk towards your body. As you settle back into your skin you are overcome with joy and are happy to know you have new animal totems to guide you in life. Slowly open your eyes. (stop drumming)

Whenever doing a deep journeying or meditation it is important to journal right away and drink lots of water. Don’t be too quick to stand up. Take your time.

When reflecting on the meditation take note of what the gift you were given looks like. What animals came up to you? Which animals did you notice the most out of all of them?

Wolves

If Wolf is your Animal Guide:

  • You have a strong sense of family and community, an intuitive sense of social order, and are very affectionate with your friends and family
  • Even though living in close knit packs provide Wolves with a strong sense of family, they are still able to maintain their individuality
  • Wolf can also teach how to balance the responsibility of family needs and not to lose one’s personal identity
  • Wolves represent the spirit of freedom, but realize that having individual freedom requires having responsibilities
  • You would much rather avoid confrontations, but will fiercely defend yourself and your loved ones whenever necessary
  • You’re very expressive verbally and non-verbally and can tell a story with a great deal of passion, sincerity and animation
  • You’re a natural-born teacher, imparting knowledge based on experience more than from formal education
  • Because Wolf is a teacher and pathfinder, He comes when we need guidance in our lives. 
  • Those who have a Wolf Animal Guide will move on to teach others about sacredness and spirituality
  • Although you’re at ease with your closest friends and family, in most other situations you’re actually quite shy

If a Wolf shows up, it means:

  • Characteristics and behaviors that no longer serve your spiritual purpose are being removed from your consciousness
  • Make cooperation a priority over competition
  • Valuable insights, ideas and new beginnings are coming your way so pay close attention
  • It’s important to maintain your self-esteem and integrity and deeply trust in your inner knowing, even when you feel misunderstood for misaligned
  • You’re being spiritually and psychically protected at all times

Call on the Wolf when:

  • You feel lost with regard to a relationship, project or your career, or else you’re confused about your life path and purpose
  • You feel at one extreme or the other with your social ties, either feeling isolated and alone or overly enmeshed with family and friends
  • You’ve been feeling a little too civilized lately and want to tap into the wild and instinctual
  • You’re having trouble discerning the sincerity and truth of what someone is communicating to you
  • You want to be more expressive in your communication, particularly by adding more body language and vocal inflection

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the appropriate term to be used when an animal comes into your life to give you a message, be it for your life to a day. Totem/Spirit Animal is used for a group/clan of people, i.e. Native Americans. I have also been told about the terms Animal Guide and Spirit Familiar. The book that I use is titled “Spirit Animal” but mainly uses “Power Guide”. Due to all the terms, I choose to use Animal Guide while recognizing that there are other terms used - as can be noted in my tags. None of these terms are meant to offend or disrespect.

[Source 1. Source 2; Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.]

New Leaf Wifi Games

hey friends!! since acnl prom is upon us and some people will be hangin with people they’ve never wifi’d with before, i thought i’d redo my CF list of wifi games so that when you’re wifiing and maybe don’t know what to do, you don’t have to panic! these are just a few of my favorites c:

HIDE ‘N’ SEEK
Players: 2+
Materials Needed: 1 timer
How to Play:

  • Set the timer to 3 minutes so everyone can hide
  • If people can only hide outside, set the timer to 10 minutes
  • If people can hide inside too, set the timer to 15 minutes
  • 'It’ tries to find everyone
  • The first person found is ‘it’ the next round
  • If nobody is found, the person who was ‘it’ is ‘it’ again
  • Can also be played without the timer, and just goes until everyone is found
  • Can also be played on Main Street

SARDINES (My favorite!)
Players: 3+
Materials Needed: 1 timer
How to Play:

  • The person who is 'it’ hides somewhere in the town
  • They start the timer once they’re hidden to start the game and then shut the timer off (game isn’t timed, it’s just used to show when the hider is ready)
  • The game can be played only outside, only inside, or inside and outside, OR inside the buildings on Main Street
  • The Museum is a good place to play for speedy rounds
  • Everyone tries to find the person who is it
  • Once you find 'it’, you hide with them
  • The last person to find ‘it’ is it next round

MARCO POLO
Players: 2+
Materials Needed: Timer
How to Play:

  • The person who is ‘it’/’Marco’ goes inside a house and starts the timer for 3 minutes so the other players can hide, like hide and seek
  • ‘Marco’ calls out “Marco!” and all players MUST type back “Polo!”
  • Players hiding can move around as much as they want, but wherever they are, they HAVE to reply when ‘it’ calls out
  • Easier to play outdoors since the seeker can see where the speech bubbles indicate players are
  • The next person to be ‘it’ is the first person found
  • The round can end once one person is found, or when everyone has been found

NOTE: For games that use timers, you don’t necessarily HAVE to use timers, the person who is ‘it’ can count themselves and just call out 30 second warnings or something

so those are just three games that are easy and fun to play, and don’t require any prior set up! you can find some more games in my cf guide, and some more here! enjoy! c: