A few years ago, my husband and I started noticing something really funny. Whenever we were out and about, whether it was driving in the car, or exploring somewhere, we’d come across a heron. Most times we would see the heron flying overhead, especially during Family Fun Days. Sometimes it was even when we were just running errands or going to the gym in the morning. We started noticing these occurrences more and more and would laugh and say, “Look! It’s our long-legged friend.” Eventually we started joking that the heron must be our animal totem, and the more we looked into it, the more we believed it.
“If Heron is your Animal Totem:
You love to explore various activities and dimensions of Earth life. On the surface, this may seem like a form of dabbling, but more than likely you are wonderfully successful at being a traditional ‘Jack of all trades’.
This ability enables you to follow their own path. Most people will never quite understand the way you live because on the surface it seems to be unstructured without stability or security to it. It is, though, just a matter of perspective. There is security underneath it all, for it gives you the ability to do a variety of tasks. If one way does not work, then another will. This is something you seem to inherently know.
You do not seem to need a lot of people in your life, nor do you feel pressured to keep up with the material world, or to be traditional in your life roles. You stand out in your uniqueness, and you know how to snatch and take advantage of things and events that the average person would not even bother with.”
This completely sums up my husband and I perfectly, and how we live our life. I think it’s so awesome what the symbolism is behind having the heron as your totem animal. The cool thing is we didn’t go looking for it, it just happened, and we took notice. No matter where we go or what we do, we always run into a heron.
I also came across this on another website, which made me pause, and I had to read it to my husband.
“The heron deals with being comfortable in spaces that are neither here, nor there. It prefers hunting at twilight, which is a symbolic and magical time of ‘in-between’. The heron will have one foot on land, and one foot in the water – this action has been recognized by ancient cultures as a sign of liminality – of crossing into the a space that is neither here, nor there.”
My husband is an earth sign (land) and I am a water sign. I thought this was so symbolic of the two of us.
What is a Totem Animal exactly?
“A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each person is connected with nine different animals that will accompany him or her through life, acting as guides.
Different animal guides, also called spirit guides and/or power animals, come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.
One thing to remember is that you cannot choose your totem spirit, rather it chooses or has already chosen you. The Spirit chooses you and they decide to whom they will reveal themselves. Much of the process of identifying your spirit animal is paying attention to both your past and your present. It is a process of developing your inner knowledge and spiritual understanding.”
So, I’m wondering. Has anyone else come across their totem animal? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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