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Choose yourTotem Animal

There are several ways that witches and pagans use to find their totem animals.

A particular animal feels good to you.
Your own affinity with an animal.
Medicine cards
Read books on Native American culture and shamanism, and other books on animals and their symbolism in different cultures.
Perform your own ritual
Meditative state
Vision quest
Simple Exercises to Find Your Totem Animal

Exercise 1

Research for the local animals in your area. Keep in mind that power animals are not limited to mammals. They can be reptiles, insects, birds, and fish. Make a list and study them carefully. Notice what they eat, their behavior, and their habitat. If you want, visit them in their natural habitat and watch them interact with the enviroment. Pay special attention to the legends and sayings about them. Remember, ´clever as a fox, strong as an ox.´ You will find some pretty interesting things! Think of their strengths and weaknesses. Recognize these qualities working within you. In this way you will narrow down your choices.

Exercise 2

Take a sheet of paper and make a list of your good qualities. Be honest here! If you want, you can also ask your friends and family to write down all those good qualities they see in you. Sometimes we do not see many of our own good qualities, so this might help you see how others perceive you. Once you have a list of all your good qualities, start researching for those animals that have those qualities that represent your higher self.

Exercise 3

This is a very simple exercise. All you have to do is look around your room. Yes, you heard me right! Look around your room and notice those posters, figurines, and maybe stuffed animals you got over your bed. Have you noticed you have a tendency to favor certain kind of animal(s)? Maybe you should consider it. It might be trying to tell you something. Reflect upon these questions:

´Why do you like that animal so much?´
´What characteristics does that animal have that you can identify yourself with?´

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