Skunk Medicine

Skunk Medicine, The Creature that leaves a lasting impression.

Skunk Medicine
If you don’t now, you will learn to respect me.

Who hasn’t run up against a lesson from this amazing creature-teacher at one time or another? The smell of Skunk Medicine is something that one doesn’t soon forget. Skunk Medicine brings the lessons of Reputation , Respect, Sensitivity, and Confidence.

Skunk says, “If your ego is not your amigo, you know it stinks!”

When one learns to assert, without ego, what and who you are. Respect follows. Your self-respectful attitude will repel those who are not of like mind, and yet will attract those who choose the same pathway. As the odor of Skunk attracts others of its kind, it repels those who will not respect its space.

There are two main types of skunk, spotted and striped. The striped is the most common and most easily recognized. It actually has a double stripe that runs from its head to its tail. The stripe, whether single or double, is an sign of the active flow of the kundalini or life force.

Skunk Medicine and Kundalini
The power that lives in us all.

The kundalini has ties to the sexual energies and to the life force that is active in every aspect of our life processes. In individuals with this totem, the kundalini is usually already active. Skunk shows up at a time to amplify and to teach the control use of this life force more effectively.

In eastern metaphysics, students are taught of three channels of energy that flow through the body along the spine, the ida, the pingala, and the sushumna. Respectively, the moon, sun, and the balance of the two. This reflects the ability of those with Skunk Medicine to be able to turn on and off the creative force and direct it along several lines.

When Skunk crosses our path, we are presented with the perfect opportunity to become more confident in our interactions with others. Skunk spirit sets the perfect paradigm for meeting life challenges with a calm and peaceful stance. Skunk guides us to command respect from others, by first and foremost, respecting ourselves.

Skunk Medicine wisdom teaches us to honor our spirituality as we spend time alone in silence. Helping one to build confidence in them self and to develop more strength of will and independence. Skunk Medicine people are not pretentious and feel compelled to be who they are without the need for approval of others to define them.

Be who you are. Some of us stink at this.

Skunk Medicine will help you develop trust in yourself (intuition) and to trust your instincts. Skunk has a reputation, presence, and strength most creatures of the animal kingdom respect. If not now, they soon learn their lesson.

The skunk is a powerful small mammal about the size of a house cat. It is easily recognized by its long black fur and double white stripes, from its head, to the back of its legs and bushy tail. Skunk is a peaceful warrior, fearless and friendly. It appears nonchalant as it moves slowly but deliberately towards its goal. However, do not interfere with Skunk’s Medicine or you maybe left with a long-lasting impression of respect.

Skunk has a distinctive behavior trait, which sets it apart from other animals. When skunk feels threatened it will turn its back on you, raise its tail and emit a smelly , irritating, chemical spray , which numbs the senses and stings the eyes.

You will never forget an encounter with skunk.

Skunk Medicine teaches you how to get respect without being overly aggressive or domineering. Skunk encourages you to raise a big “stink” if you are threatened, or being pushed around by a bully. Do not be afraid to speak up to defend your space. If you are being threatened in someway by somebody or something. Don’t worry about causing a ” Big Stink” when you expose these tyrants.

Respect yourself and others will respect you. Be aware of your reputation. What is your self-image and how do people respond to you ? If you ” smell” something bad, make sure that it is not you, dumping negativity on others , or being dumped on.

Skunk closeup
I am cute, but I command respect!
Come on I dare you to get in my way!

Skunk Medicine

Skunk… smell me a story, so I will know it well, of how to attract and how to repel.

Respect is the key, to be around me. I create a big stink, than give you a wink.

Reputation in tack with white stripes on my back. When we meet again, will you be my friend?

Skunk Medicine! Go ahead and laugh, you may even thinks this stinks. This furry little animal has a reputation that has a great deal of power. Due to its distinctive behavior, humans and other animals give this tiny, smelly, creature a wide berth.

Unlike other predatory animals, Skunk does not threaten your life but threatens your senses. You know this to be true if you have ever been in the vicinity of its spray its powerful medicine.

In observing the habit patterns of Skunk, it is easy to notice the playfulness and its nonchalant natural behavior. The “I-dare-you” attitude of this four-legged creature commands you, as the observer, to respect its space by mere reputation alone.

Skunk Medicine is teaching you that by walking your talk and by respecting yourself, you will create a position of strength and honored reputation. The carriage of your body relates to others what you believe about yourself. There is no need to bully, aggravate, torment, or overpower other beings when your sense of “self” is intact. As with Skunk, the resonant field of energy around your body is relayed through the senses.

Human Totality is living through all your senses. Self-esteem permeates the body’s energy, and is instantly recognized on an extra-sensory level by others.

Skunk Medicine people have the ability to attract others, and they are very charismatic. At the same time, the other side of their natural power is to repel those who seek to take energy from them without recycling the gifts they have taken.

Peppy Le Pew Cartoon
My Cheree, I want to smother you with kisses

Skunk Medicine people also know how to use the energy flows that will attract a lover. Remember Peppy Le Pew? Some people call this sexual magic, as it is akin to the musk scent that animals excrete to attract a mate. It can be dangerous to leak sexual energy if you are not looking for a mate. It puts you into a games condition that may feed your ego but not how others feel about you. If you are attracting others who have an interest in you, you are in a sense saying, “I’m available.” This can cause hard feelings when the truth comes out. It also leaks energy that you could have used in a more constructive way.

The Skunk is a bad sign and a bad power. The sorcerers work with this power and send it as an ally against people to cause conflict, sickness, and bad luck. A skunk is usually a sign that evil is around you and that every effort should be made to pray against it.

If you see or smell a skunk in a dream it is said to indicate some temporary disappointments or upsets forthcoming, but they should be short-lived.

However, Skunk Medicine, is good to learn, allowing one to handle their energy flows. Modern psychologists call this body language.

In tribal teachings, this is your personal medicine which you are showing to others. Use your medicine well, and know that you are known by your reputation. How you use your energy will attract either honor or disgrace. You may want to examine what energy you are putting out that creates your present situation.

This symbol, is asking you to notice the kinds of people who are attracted to you. If they emulate favorable characteristics, have enough self-esteem to recognize those characteristics within yourself. Walk tall and be proud of the accomplishments you have made. Bear in mind that what you believe about yourself is your greatest protection.

Project self-respect!

Spotted Skunk ready to spray
I can do this all day! Get out of my way.

Contrary Skunk Medicine

Meaning the abuse or misuse of this Medicine and the big stink it causes. Skunk Medicine operating through the contrary or reversed position indicates that your self-esteem may seem to others as if you are putting on airs. Observe whether you are repelling others in your vicinity because of envy, jealousy, or a projection of their low self-esteem. Examine your feelings. Be truthful with yourself. Right the situation by assuming the attitude of Skunk: nonchalance. In assuming nonchalance you are neutralizing the effect of leaking energy.

In leaking vital energy, you may be stinking up your environment. This is similar to dumping all your woes on anyone who will listen. If you are doing this, it may be time to shut your mouth and go within.

You may also be leaking sexual energy and repulsing the object of your interest. That person may be too shy to tell you to lay off. Look deeply at your self-image and how others are reacting to it.

To balance the causes and effects of your actions and energy flows, you must decide whether you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy, or over-amorous tendencies.

You need to always maintain your “right to be.” Self-respect is the key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe yourself to be.

Skunk and Raccoon
It’s nice to have a friend to share a meal with.

Again, If your ego is not your amigo, you know it stinks!

Ego is one of the first things we need to bring under our control when we’re learning to walk a spiritual path. There’s just no room for it there and it is a mask for what we want to accomplish, not what we have accomplished. Raccoon Medicine may better serve you here as they are the masters of wearing masks.

The skunk walks tall and proud with the knowledge that even though small, he has a power of protection within him. This symbol is reminding you, “Walk tall. There is a strength available within you that will protect you and keep you safe.” For courage and will-power to raise a “stink” if you are being harassed or threatened. Radiating self-respect and self-confidence.

Become aware of the type of people attracted to you and repel the undesirable. Sifting out and getting rid of “friends” who do not want you to succeed.

Self-assertion and confidence. The skunk’s scent is a protective odor, but it is uniquely its own. Getting the respect one is due. Skunks do not like confrontation, and usually withhold their spray until no other option is left.

Have you been holding back in some area where recognition of your abilities is long overdue? Irritating people or situations. Being sprayed by a skunk causes all kinds of distress, most of which stems from frustration about being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

Ordinarily, skunks are peaceful, friendly creatures. They are slow and deliberate in their movements. When menaced, however, the skunk can emit a nasty spray that can be smelled for half a mile. The idea that skunk sprays its odor on its tail and then flips the droplets at the aggressor. Is simply not true; when that back-end faces you the tail raised, watch out! The glands at the root of the tail have strong squirting power.

Skunk Spray
We all stink to some degree

The skunk is one of the most widely recognized mammals, but it is also one of the most misunderstood.

Skunks are fearless, but they are also very peaceful. It is a very powerful totem with mystical and magical associations. Just look at how people respond to it. They show great respect for it and what it can do. This is part of what skunk teaches. It teaches how to give respect, expect respect, and demand respect. It helps you to recognize your own qualities and to assert them.

The skunk does not get out-of-the-way of any animal. It moves along at its own speed, with its own mind. It is self-assured and confident in itself.  It can teach you how to be more self-assured and how to assert yourself.

Because Skunks are peaceful by nature, they always give warnings before spraying. This warning involves three stages. First, it will stamp its feet and turn its back to you. Second it will raise its tail up, as the gland which sprays is located underneath it. When the third step arrives, it is usually too late. After raising the tail, the skunk will look back over its shoulder. This is to line up the correct angle for spraying. Once the skunk has seen you over its shoulder, it is too late.

Skunk ready to spray
If you see this pose it maybe to late

The skunk can spray 12-15 feet with tremendous accuracy. It can repeat the spraying five to six times before it must build up again naturally. The spray is an irritating oil chemical. It won’t kill, but it can sting the eyes causing temporary blindness and numb the senses.

Tomato juice is still the one thing which helps to eliminate skunk odor. The qualities and characteristics of the tomato should be studied as it is part of the contrary or balancing Skunk Medicine associated with the skunk.

Skunks are usually quite silent, so it is good for those with this totem NOT to blow their own horns. It will back fire and only serve to push others away. Sit back and let others do the noticing for you. Skunks are very adaptable and this is what those with this totem must also learn. Skunk can teach you when it is best to be noticed and how to go about it most effectively.

The skunk smell is one that almost everyone can recognize. This links to how skunk awakens in others a great recognition of you and your own abilities. The sense of smell also has ties to sensuality and sexuality.

Research is being conducted that reveals the various connections between fragrance and sexual response. This includes work with pheromones and studies show a surprising similarity between the cells of and response of the olfactory nerves, and those within the genitalia.

Fragrance has long been used as an aphrodisiac. Those with skunk medicine will find that the use of fragrances will elicit dynamic responses in those they associate with. People will respond to the fragrances you employ.

A study of aroma-therapy would be very beneficial for those with this totem. When skunk shows up, you can usually expect to experience stronger sexual responses to others and in their response to you. A greater ability to attract people will begin to unfold. It is interesting how people respond to some fragrances. They complain that certain smells drive them nuts.

Crosseyed Man
What is that smell?

Skunk Medicine teaches us to understand a warning. Our instinct often foretells trouble ahead, but often our mind gets in the way and gets in the way of this knowledge.

There is much wisdom to be gleaned from skunk. You can learn how to honor the part of yourself, which like the skunk, gives you many warnings before an actual problem or disaster develops. If skunk appears in your life, it could well be your intuition sending you a signal of imminent danger or caution.

Skunks do their thing quietly. Skunk does its hunting at night. This is the power of this animal totem, you are advised to do the same.

Unbalanced skunk people have a habit of blowing their own trumpet, looking for recognition. As skunk possesses intense energy, this can create problems in communicating with others. Those with Skunk Medicine are either well liked or disliked. The art of attracting and repelling are natural skills, and very beneficial when mastered effectively.

Remember this, people notice you all the time, but how they notice you can be controlled by you.

Skunk Medicine
Will you be my friend?

A Few Symbolic Meanings of the Skunk Defense

Good judgement

Western Spotted Skunk
I am just minding my own business

We would all do well to take this animal symbolism from the skunk: Do no harm. Indeed, as a totem animal, the skunk asks us to defend ourselves effectively, without causing further conflict or harm.

Seek Turtle Wisdom, Crow Medicine, Spider Medicine, Bat Medicine, Rabbit Medicine, Squirrel Medicine, Raccoon Medicine, Hummingbird Medicine and The Great Spirit for other teachings in Animal Medicine.

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Winky, thumbs up to you
Skunk Medicine may smell a little. But you catch my drift.

Skunk Medicine leaves a lasting impression, of respect.

Dragonfly Medicine

Dragonfly Medicine a strong, positive spiritual force of the Dream-time aspect.

Dragonfly Medicine the journey home

The Highest energy and destiny of carrying Dragonfly Medicine is the Principal of Vibration.

A Southwest Native American Myth says,… the speed in which the wings of a dragonfly moved would open doorways to other realms and dimensions. Some legends say that Dragonfly was once Dragon. Dragon had scales like Dragonfly’s wings. Dragon was full of wisdom, and flew through the night bringing light with its fiery breath. The breath of Dragon brought forth the art of magic and the illusion of changing form. Then Dragon got caught in its own facade. Coyote tricked Dragon into changing form, thus the shape of its new body became like Dragonfly’s. In accepting the challenge to prove its power and magical prowess, Dragon lost its power.

Dragonfly with Dragon head
The Dragonfly has wisdom for us all.
Don’t give away your power.

Dragonfly Medicine represents the Dream-time , the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The Illusion, and the Power of Light. Dragonfly is the power of light vibrations.

Dragonfly inhabits two realms,… Air and Water and the influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. They will be emotional and passionate during their early years, (the influence of water), more balanced with greater mental clarity, and control as they mature, (the influence of air).

Dragonfly Medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing. Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment, communication from the elemental world where all things vibrate.

Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time, or place where magic reigned.

Mastery of life on the wing Power of flight, Power to escape a blow, innerstanding dreams, Power of light breaking down illusions. Seeing the truth in situations, as Life is never the way it appears, it is always filled with light and color, and vibration.

Dragonfly Medicine will help you to see through your illusions, thus allowing your own light to shine forth. Dragonfly brings the brightness of transformation, the wonder of a colorful new vision.

Dragonfly on flower
Life is color. Paint it

Dragonfly …
Breaking the illusions, on the wings of change.
Brings the visions of power, in ones own dreams.
No need to prove it, your spirit will move it.
Now is the hour. Where Dragonfly Magic has the power!
Know it, believe it, the Great Spirit intercedes,
Feeding you, blessing you, Fulfilling all your needs.

Dragonfly Medicine

People with Dragonfly Medicine are dreamers. They can be perplexing and annoying to others. The dragonfly person may appear almost schizophrenic as he or she rests (or hovers), absorbing light and energy for a time, then flits off to a new project. As individuals, dragonflies have lots of nervous energy.

Intermittently, it is good for them to land and get grounded for a moment.

Dragonfly Medicine beckons,… seek out the parts of your habits which need changing. Call on Dragonfly Medicine it will guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

The face of Dragonfly
Looking through the eyes of Dragonfly may change your life!

Dragonfly is asking you to question the illusion which you call reality, particularly that part of your reality which limits your ability to grow, create, and  transform your life. Dragonfly speaks of greater dimensions of reality, helping us to travel into the realms of light color, in which spiritual expression is vibration.

Dragonfly embodies a stripping away of all beliefs that say, “I cannot do this or can’t do that, or achieve a dream or goal”. It reminds us anything is possible when we understand, we are of the Great Spirit, (ALL) , and as such we have the power to manifest anything we desire.

Dragonfly is the keeper of dreams, the knowing within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonfly strips away the illusions that says, we cannot achieve our dreams and goals, that we are not worthy or capable, when in fact it is our birthright, and our true power to create anything we choose!

Dragonfly Reflections
Isn’t reality just a reflection? Reflect something new!

This Animal Medicine power symbol is especially helpful for those who feel unable to grow spiritually, for those who feel blocked in their creativity.

Dragonfly Medicine reminds us that “ordinary” physical reality isn’t the ALL that is available to us.

Its rainbow wings remind, that we can live in a world of magic, color and Vibration. With the power of color comes the ability to work with many different vibrations to achieve anything we want to experience in life.

We begin to see how the colors we wear via our clothing, the colors that we fill our homes with, even the color of the car we drive is impacting us for better or worse. Continually wearing dull drab colors while asking for more adventures or excitement in life sends the message, I don’t really want what I’m asking for.

The colors we surround ourselves with sets up a vibration that attracts circumstances, people, and energies, that reflect back to us messages we are sending forth.

When we want change we need to affirm that we are ready and willing for the changes to occur through the use of color vibrations matching the energy we are seeking to experience. When one wants to become better recognized for the work one loves doing, then wearing shades of red or violet will help one achieve that.

For new beginnings try wearing shades of green. Feel more empowered wearing shades of yellow. To feel more deeply connected with the Universe and to develop greater intuitive ability, all shades of blues and indigo are excellent!

Color is vibration, a very valuable tool in expressing who we are, who we desire to be, and what we desire to experience in our lives.

Looking at the world around, one sees. All of nature sets forth its intent and requests through the use of a vast range of color vibrations. A flower will attract a pollinator through its color. A Tree Frog may warn predators that it is not good to eat through the colors it displays on its body. A Lion can attract a mate through the color of his mane.

Working with Dragonfly Medicine teaches us how to use color to attract that which we desire or at least, to understand what messages we, ourselves are putting forth through the color vibrations we project.

Dragonfly Medicine
Colors of the Rainbow in the Dragonfly wings

People who carry Dragonfly Medicine are often quite talented in the use of Color for healing. They see or sense the colors that an individual carries in their aura. Learning how to help the person adjust the color rays so that one becomes a part of their own healing process, rather than relying on someone else to do the healing for them.

The Dragonfly Medicine person can help one learn to work with drawing in all the colors of the Universe, both seen and unseen, to repair and invigorate the aura. This is done through Vibration.

Dragonfly people are very talented in helping others navigate their own emotional waters. How often have you heard someone say they “felt Blue” or “tickled Pink”? Our emotions have colors just the same as our world, it is filled with color. Yep, and so are we.

In our culture uncontrolled emotions are not “nice”, people are not encouraged to feel the wide range of emotions we have been blessed with, so often this energy gets trapped or stuffed down, especially in the lower chakras. Working with Dragonfly energy, calling it into the lower chakras, (where much of this energy is trapped), can help stir this energy up, thus get it moving again.

Red Dragonfly
Change your Color to something Vibrant

If Dragonfly Medicine has shown up in your life, you may need some fresh air regarding something emotional. One may need to gain a new perspective to make a vibratory change.

Are you neglecting your emotions? Are you being too rational about everything? Are you not keeping the color of your emotions alive?

It need not be as painful as one might fear, it is always less painful than having that energy constantly attracting more and more of the same negative energy through vibration!

To work with this, and you don’t know a Dragonfly person to help you through the process, simply call on the energy of Dragonfly Medicine through your mind, thinking about it is enough. Next, visualize Dragonfly moving through your lower chakras, infusing them with clear, brilliant colors, the loveliest you can imagine. Feel the vibration of each color.

When you start to feel emotional, stick with the process! Usually, it does not take very long for this energy to clear, feeling those emotions helps to let them go!

Cry, yell, stomp your feet, do what ever it takes to get that energy up and out. Bear in mind that you have a powerful ally working within you, helping support you during this process.

Hanging Dragonflies
Quit hanging around.
Color your life.

Contrary Dragonfly Medicine

Are you trying to prove to yourself, or someone else, that you have power? Are you caught in an illusion that weakens your true feelings, or minimizes your abilities?

If so, you may have contracted with “Dragonfly dive-bombing.” Is this the final “crash and burn” for some pipe-dream that had no real purpose?

Look within, feel the sense of self energy within. Notice if it is ebbing or tiding,  find the point in time where you were deluded into believing that you would be happier if you changed, because someone else wanted you to.

Misery is a prime clue that you lost your will and personal validity when you bought into someones vibration of who, or what you should be. The illusion was that you would be happier if you did it their way.

In forfeiting what you know is right and true for you personally, you give away your power. It’s time for you to take it back!

Follow Dragonfly Medicine to the place inside where magic is still alive, and drink deeply of its power. This strength belongs to you. It is the power of becoming the illusion.

Bubbles of Perception,Traveling at the Speed of Consciousness to other worlds Playing with Reality
Each Bubble is a Reality all it’s own. Consciousness is the one blowing the bubbles

This ability is ever-changing, and contains within it the knowledge that you are creating it all.

Part of Dragonfly’s Contrary Medicine, is its ability to play among the air currents and to dazzle others with light. However, its gift also carries an implicit warning… as a Master of illusion, those with Dragonfly Medicine should be warned not to fool themselves.

See how to apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation,  remember that things are never completely as they seem. Dragonfly teaches us how to balance emotion with mental clarity and control.

Dragonfly Medicine works in a two-year cycle, so if Dragonfly has come into your life, you can expect change within this time period.

Dragonfly people need to honor their health by spending time outdoors in the sunlight near streams or lakes. Teaching us to use water to see through our own illusions and travel to other dimensions.

Dragonfly in the rain
Water has the magic to transverse awareness

Linked to elemental spirits, Dragonfly speaks of Otherworlds, other dimensions, and those that inhabit them. This animal-teacher encourages the creativity of our own imagination, a powerful tool in letting our gifts shimmer in the light of a new day.

Hers is the Dragonfly Medicine of the Dream Lodge; it tempts you to go beyond mundane or superficial appearances into the explosive colors of your own mind. She urges to explore other possibilities, always with the promise of enlightenment. Encouraging you to shed negative attitudes or old habits, she nudges you to emerge from your cocoon and dance among the early dawn mists of the still pools of creation.

As Dragonfly dances on the wind or skims the water’s surface she demonstrates changes, the shattering of illusions. Through willingness to see from various perspectives, changing colors as the situation calls for it. Let your own creativity dictate how far you can go. Thus painting your world any color you prefer.

In the world of your dreams the possibilities, the colors, the vibrations are endless.

Dragonfly People
Dragonfly people are special

Seek Turtle Wisdom, Crow Medicine, Spider Medicine, Bat Medicine, Rabbit Medicine, Squirrel Medicine, Raccoon Medicine, Hummingbird Medicine and The Great Spirit for other teachings in Animal Medicine.

Knowledge is Power

Experience is Wisdom

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Vibrating on the Wings of Dragonfly Medicine


Winky, thumbs up to you
Dragonflies are people too! Some of us even breathe fire.

Dragonfly Medicine helps to see through the illusions