Coyote Medicine

Coyote Medicine, The Trickster who tricks them self.

Coyote Medicine
Coyote Magic. Coyote Medicine bring a message.

Coyote Medicine is symbolic of the magic in life and creation. It’s sometimes hard to grasp the wisdom of Coyote Medicine without experiencing some unsettling or disruptive feelings. There’s often wisdom in making fun of serious matters and letting go of certainties. This animal totem provides its teaching with a good sense of humor. Even if Coyote Medicine is often presented in many stories as a trickster and a spirit animal bringing complication to whoever crosses his path, it is a good reminder to keep things simple and open up to possibilities where surprises await you. Pay attention, you may find a piece of wisdom in the most unexpected places. The wisdom delivered by Coyote Medicine is rarely direct. The way of the coyote is to teach through ways that do not appear straightforward. Call on the spirit of coyote to support you in refreshing your perspective and lighten the weight of circumstances.

Coyote Medicine is often seen as the Spirit Keeper of the South because of his ties to Fire. The Trickster portion of Coyote Medicine comes because he is always being burned by his own REASON, the wisdom comes in as his ability to bring it to humanity. Coyote Medicine is tied to solar energy as well, for Coyote is said to have pushed back the Sun when it was scorching people from being too close to Earth.

The one whom with Coyote Medicine journeys will be an individual that feels they are here for a specific purpose or “mission.” However, the irony is that despite this strong sense that there is a mission to be accomplished on this Earth-walk, the Coyote Medicine Spirit will spend many years in attempting to discern what that special purpose is. At times glimmers of their “destiny” will appear clearly before their questing eyes only to suddenly disappear as ensuing doubts and issues of self-worth clouds their vision.

Coyote Medicine people have many magical powers, but they do not always work in their favor. Their own trickery fools them. Coyote is the master trickster who tricks himself. No one is more astonished than Coyote at the outcome of his own tricks. He falls into his own trap. And yet he somehow manages to survive. He may be banged and bruised by the experience, soon he goes on his way to even greater error, forgetting to learn from his past mistakes. He may have lost the battle, but he is never beaten.

Coyote Medicine is sacred Medicine. In the folly of Coyote’s acts we see our own foolishness. As Coyote moves from one disaster to the next, he refines the art of self-sabotage to sheer perfection. Coyote takes himself so seriously at times that he cannot see the obvious. No one can blindly trick themselves or others with more grace and ease than this holy trickster. For example, Coyote is standing in front of a steamroller that is about to run over him. When it hits him, he still cannot believe it. “Was that really a steamroller? I better go look,” he says. And he is run over once more.

Contained within the trickster Coyote Medicine is the humor of the ages. The cosmic joke is not just on ourselves but on everyone else, if they are following Coyote or have strong Coyote Medicine. Someone like this may be able to convince others that a skunk smells like roses, but the fact remains that it is still a skunk. Coyote Medicine teaches the balance of wisdom and folly, and how they both go hand in hand.

If Coyote Medicine enters our life, it is asking us to look at something we may have been avoiding. They are mirrors for the lessons we must learn so we are able to walk a good sacred road. The mirror will be held up incessantly until we finally get the picture. Reflect these attributes in Coyote Medicine.

Coyote Medicine
Are you talking about me? I bring you this Coyote Medicine Message, go ahead and laugh at yourself

Coyote Medicine Attributes

  • Skill
  • Instinct
  • Ingenuity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Resourcefulness
  • Transformation
  • Inventiveness
  • Intelligence
  • Playfulness
Coyote Medicine
That was a good joke I played on my self. Good thing I have Coyote Medicine.

Like coyote, we can either work with others to get what we want, or we can dive into a lake to catch a reflection. We can dispel troubles or invite them carelessly. It all depends on how one uses Coyote Medicine. As Snooze time is over if Coyote Medicine has crossed your path. Watch out! Your glass house may crash to the ground at any moment. Your self-mirror may shatter. The divine trickster is dogging you, and you may fall into a trap having to chew your leg off to get out. When Coyote scratches under his arm. He does a crazy dance. He catches his tail on fire playing with matches. He jumps in the fish pond to save himself and nearly drowns. Coyote seduces a concrete statue. Coyote thinks he has found a bone, but it’s a rattlesnake. Everyone watches the comedic scene. Coyote is you, me, with life’s booby traps, jet airplanes with toilets that don’t work, blind dates, and all the humorous and whimsical things we encounter along life’s way. Get ready for more of the laughs, and a lot more.

Go immediately beneath the surface of your experiences. Ask yourself what you are really doing and why? Is Coyote Medicine your medicine? Are you playing jokes on yourself? Are you trying to fool an adversary? Is someone tricking you? Do you want to give the office “geek” the phone number of the beautiful new secretary? Or do you want to “punk” your best friend? When was the last time you did something just because it was crazy and fun? Yep, that’s Coyote Medicine.

Coyote… you Devil.
You tricked me once more.
Must I sit and ponder the magic,
Or what you did it for?

Coyote Medicine
Look into my eyes and you will hear the story of Coyote Medicine

Coyote Medicine

In the beginning of this world, the Great Spirit called a council meeting of all the Animal people. Great Spirit said: “Some of you do not have names yet, and some of you do not like the names you have now. So tomorrow, before the sun rises, I will give a name to everyone. And I will also give each person a special arrow.”

This caused a big uproar and chattering, but the Great Creator continued. “Come to my lodge as soon as the darkness is gone. The one who gets here first can choose any name he wants. And I will give him the longest arrow, and this power symbol will mean he has the most power.”

As everyone was leaving the meeting, Coyote turned and said to his friend the Fox: “I don’t like my name, so I am going to make sure I am there first. I think I would like to be called Grizzly Bear or Eagle.”

Fox just laughed and laughed. “Nobody wants your name. I think you’ll probably have to keep it,” he said.

“No!” said Coyote. “I’ll prove it to you. Just wait and see. I’ll be there first. I won’t even go to sleep tonight just to make sure.”

That night he sat by his fire and stayed awake for a long time. Owl hooted at him, making him feel nervous. Frog croaked in the marshes and sang songs that made Coyote sleepy. Coyote heard all the animals, even the Crickets. He kept staring at the sky, and soon even the stars began to slowly disappear, making his eyelids feel heavier and heavier. He became very sleepy.

Suddenly he jumped up and said: “I’ve got to do something about this!” So he looked around, found two sticks, and propped them under his eyelids. “Now I can stay awake,” he said to himself.

But soon he was fast asleep. When he did finally wake up, the sun was already passing over the mountains, and Coyote’s eyes were dry from having been propped up all night. And even though his eyes were sore and he could hardly see, he ran as fast as he could to the Great Creator’s lodge. It was empty except for the Great Creator.

“I want to be Grizzly Bear,” he screamed, thinking he was the very first one there. The Great Creator responded: “That name is already taken, and Grizzly Bear has the longest arrow. He will be chief and medicine man of all the animals on Earth.”

“Then I will be Eagle,” said Coyote firmly. “That name has also been taken,” said the Great Creator. “And Eagle has the second-longest arrow.”

Coyote became frustrated and worried. “Then I will be Salmon,” he cried sadly. “That name has also been taken, and Salmon has the third arrow,” said the Great Creator. “So he will be chief of all the Fish people. Only the shortest arrow is left, and it has only one name on it. Here, take it,” said the Great Creator.

Coyote sank down by the sacred fire in despair. His eyes were still sore and dry, he couldn’t even cry. So the Great Creator put water in them. Coyote sat and thought about his situation.

“I know,” he said, jumping up. “I will ask Grizzly Bear to change names with me.” And off he went. “No, no, no,” said Grizzly Bear. “I cannot do this for you because the Great Creator gave me this sacred name.”

Coyote returned to the fire and thought some more. “Then I will go look for Eagle. But how can I fly? I know! I will go look for Salmon. But how can I swim?” He was so sad and disgusted he began to cry.

The Great Creator heard him and came out of the lodge. He said: “Don’t feel so bad, Coyote. I have a special power for you. I wanted you to be the last one to come because I have special work for you to do, and you will need a special power and ability to do it. Now study your arrow and gift. With it you can change yourself into any form. And when you or someone else needs special help, call upon your power.

“And lastly, Fox will be your little brother and messenger. He will help you when you need assistance in your work. If you die, he will have the power to bring you back to life again. Now go throughout the world and be a teacher.”

That is how Coyote got his name and special power; he teaches us about the powers of Nature, behavior, and values.

Coyote Medicine people sing the Song of Life Trickster. Coyote Medicine, always carries with it, lessons that are crucial to growth and change, teaching the importance of fun and play, using one’s ability to laugh at one’s Self Hidden Lessons. Yet the lesson Coyote brings is usually one that is contained within a grand joke that Coyote plays. Though he is a Teacher Spirit, his lessons are taught via the vehicle of humor and wisdom found within folly. Shape-shifting is one of Coyote’s talents along with Intelligence, and Child like Trust. The Wisdom of Coyote Medicine and Innocence Stealth are some of Coyote’s best attributes.

Coyote Medicine
Coyote Medicine can help you make friends and enemies. Meow!

Contrary Coyote Medicine

If Coyote appears in the shadows or reversed, you can be assured that he is going to be contrary and a pain in your side. Look around yourself and watch which direction he is coming from. If Coyote is approaching you from the shadows, beware of this master of illusion. Coyote may put you in his spell and take you to a briar patch to pick berries. It will be a painful lesson for you if you follow him. Coyote Medicine reversed can appear in your life as a supposed all-knowing teacher, a scam artist, a get-rich-quick business planner, a rare coin door-to-door salesperson, a femme fatale, a movie producer, or anybody who wants you to follow their lead. Coyote Medicine people are not the recommended business partner or lover.

Contrary Coyote Medicine may signal a time when everything you touch backfires. All your jokes may be exploding in your face. In this reversed energy, Coyote also signals a time to be aware of the intentions of others, and to look for the boomerang you threw at another person coming back to knock you from behind. Someone trick may be on you as well, or there could be deception in the wind. Whatever Coyote Medicine reversed has conjured up, it could be coming from any direction. Remember, this joker is always wild!

Only through exploring the many different paths will the Coyote eventually find the Path that his/her Heartmind resonates to. Along the way a variety of interests will capture their restless curiosity. However, the Coyote Medicine individual needs to explore and investigate as theirs is an active and inquisitive mind. Hence, fields where they are challenged intellectually or spiritually will resonate the strongest with them as well as a field in which they can share their insights and knowledge gained with Others.

Coyote Medicne
Sometimes you just have to laugh. That’s Coyote Medicine

Coyote Medicine Lessons

Among some native tribes, coyote is called the trickster and there are many tales about Coyote Medicine. They are known as the great one and the foolish one. Truth is, they don’t consciously try to trick us, rather they reflect back to us our own capacity for being clever and stupid, sometimes at the same time. We are cleverly stupid when we are being too serious about life, Coyote teaches us to laugh at ourselves and life’s ironies. Be prepared for your sense of humor to arise in full force with what is happening around you and to you. Coyote also remind us that whatever we do to others will be done to us. Coyote Medicine brings the Golden Rule, Or in other words, what goes around comes around.

The symbolic meaning of Coyote Medicine resonates with the energy of youth. Cocky, rebellious, fearless, spunky, playful, curious, qualities that are raw electric, and driving. Everything about Coyote Medicine seem to say “lean and keen.” So, when Coyote comes into our awareness, or presents itself as a totem. One is tapping into a high voltage energy craziness. Do you ever feel moments of youthful clarity, simple amusement, and/or a dumb luck high? Yep, that’s Coyote Medicine.

Another interesting observation is the idea of instinct. Have no doubt, the Coyote Medicine is pure instinct. This is why they’ve got the themes of influence in the Native American history. Their instinct is so laser-like, seamless and pinpoint. They’ve been given the crown of “cleverness” and “shape-shifter.” They’re sharp, super sharp, and highly sensory-activated. Coyote’s resourcefulness is second-nature, instinctual.

Coyote Medicine meets tree
Man, I never saw that tree coming. That’s Coyote Medicine in the making, those sudden stops. Damn, that’s going to leave a mark.

Coyote Medicine comes with a message about learning from our mistakes, by learning, we become free from getting trapped or run over by the steamroller time and time again. Coyote Medicine tells us to be mindful of our actions. Being aware of playing tricks on ourselves or others. Coyote Medicine reminds us that the consequences of our actions effect more than just ourselves. This wonderful creature reminds us that no matter what form we take, (as we “shape-shift” our personality). Or how many difficult situations we may find ourselves in, we can always see another side. This is what shape-shifting is partly about, being flexible enough to laugh at the fear, and weep at the joy. This may sound contradictory; that’s the crazy-Coyote Way. Despite the portrayal of Coyote’s humorous, sometimes bungling side, this totem also represents a powerful catalyst for change.

Coyote Medicine energy is linked to simplicity and trust, spurring renewed innocence and a childlike wisdom in the world. Coyote teaches how wisdom and folly go together. In others mistakes we see our own foolishness and can learn from their mistakes. Coyote’s song touches our Spirit, reminding us of our primal connections. People with this power animal adapt easily to new situations. They also usually have close families, especially when children are involved. Coyotes normally mate for life. They live in the sides of hills or in underground dens where their family is pretty much safe. Coyote people will sometimes go to extremes to protect and nurture family members. Sharp cutting words that hurt another should be avoided. Energy bursts are common if this is your power animal, balanced action is necessary for overall well-being. Coyote Medicine people often put other people’s needs before their own, remember to give to yourself equally.

Coyote Medicine brings us many gifts, many of which are greatly unappreciated in modern-day society. Coyote is our right to be individuals while learning how to cooperate and work with others. Coyote is our ability to adapt, to hide when needed, to act the fool to discourage others from invading our space or doing us actual harm. Coyote is the ability to speak the truth about a given situation, to tell it like it is. Coyote is our ability to play, to take risks, to not conform so maybe we might find a better way of going about things that will be of greater benefit to all. Coyote brings us the gift of laughter which has been shown to heal dis-eases. Laughter is powerful medicine and one that all of us would do well to take more and larger doses of. Coyote is the part of us that knows what it feels like to be at the bottom and how to climb back up again with patience and persistence.

Coyote Medicine can teach us how to live in a world that really has gone completely batty, being run by individuals who can no longer see the need to work for a greater good. Coyote Medicine can teach us how to walk into our full potential as unbounded Spiritual beings if we will but listen for its call and respond. Our greatest teacher is waiting! It is said that if all the other creatures of the world were to die off, one would remain. Coyote. Somehow Coyote would find a way to survive and who knows, perhaps all the creatures would be brought back to life again because Coyote one day decided to close his eyes and envision what could be.

Coyote Medicine
Envision a different world with Coyote Medicine. Sing with laughter

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

Take your Power Back

Coyote Medicine

CJC

Winky,on the Coyoye Medicine
When Coyote calls, Call back. Coyote Medicine is the mirror of reflection

Somebody is laughing at you. You might as well join in the laughter. Coyote Medicine is the best Medicine.

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Bear Medicine

Bear Medicine the Power of Introspection, an offering to the Eagle.

Bear waving Hello
Bear Medicine says Hello. Gimmie Five!

Bear Medicine is powerful medicine, bringing healing, renewal, and rebirth. This is the gift that Grandmother Bear brings those who live with Bear Medicine.

Leonardo da Vinci Drawing
It could just as easily been a Bear in the Boat. Maybe Bears of old had horns. And that’s no Bull.

Bear Medicine is the power associated with the spirit of the bear, particularly the bears ability to heal, is known in virtually all cultures within the bear’s range. The bear is known to seek plants for its own healing. North American brown bears are known to dig up Ligusticum porteri, not surprisingly known as, “bear root”. The plant is known to have antibiotic properties, being good for stomach aches, and repelling insects. Now that’s Bear Medicine Medicine, if you know what I mean! They chew on it and then rub it on their fur. For that feel good feeling.

Black bear eating berries
Bear Medicine, Medicine, Good stuff.

The Alaskan brown bears are known to chew on sedge to rid themselves of tapeworm and parasites before hibernating. The common names for other plants in the Bear Medicine medical pack reflect Bear’s usage. Like Bearberry, bear’s paw, bear tongue, bear clover, just to name a few.

Bear Medicine teaches us introspection, aiding us to digest our experiences, to discover within ourselves is the answers to all our questions. When we slow down and listen to what our intuition, our inner knowing voice tells us. We all have Bear packs of wisdom in Silent Knowledge. It becomes useful for us to go within our self at times. Able to uncover our own answers to whatever challenges we are facing, allowing us to be ourselves. However, just like Bear one needs to know when to come out of ‘hibernation’ and to interact with the world around them.

Bear awakes early
Man, I thought it was Spring. I just had this wonderful Dream!

Bear… Invite me. Entice me, into the cave.
Where Silence surrounds through winter days.
I sleep in the cave. Like it’s my grave.

To be born again on a spring day. Exploring new life with the answers you gave.

Bear Medicine.

The Bear Medicine is always a good sign and has special powers. As Bear represents wisdom, insight, introspection, protection, and healing. When you see a Bear while hiking in the woods or along the river, know that a very sacred place is nearby and the spirits of that area are checking you out. Respect the Bear, don’t intimidate it, pray and give thanks, then make a special wish.

Because of Bears size and temperament they can be dangerous. As Mother Bear will protect her cubs. If Bear comes to your house or around the camp in late fall looking for food, it is a sign that a harsh winter is coming early.

Hibernation reflects immortality, the power of healing, the ability to lead with discernment, with confidence, and the ability to draw on one’s courage. Bear will teach you that balance, harmony, centering of the mind, body, and Spirit to control of your emotions. Where we stop Feeding the Beast. As heart is in the center of our being. Using our emotions as triggers, draws ones attention to the important issues. Allowing one to feel these emotions as one takes the time to reflect with greater clarity the moment at hand. This is achieved by awakening the Heartmind of Spirit and our Spiritual instincts.

Since Bear Medicine also represents maternal love, patience, nurturing, healing, balance, harmony, cycles of death and rebirth, discernment, wisdom, strength, protection, defense, dreams, intuition, and introspection, plus the psychic powers the shaman uses to journey into other worlds. Bear Medicine is Mother Earth energy, exemplifying a gentle and often playful nurturance accompanied by a healing love. Bears haven is the womb of Mother Earth and Bear Medicine will teach one to enter into Inner Silence to face the smoking mirror of reflection. These inner reflections one sees will show one their true self (Spirit), with all its weaknesses and strengths. Learning to seek the Inner Silence, to see with clarity the inner truth of all worldly affairs, (Illusion) going into the heart of them swiftly. Learning to react and draw from ones inner courage and strength to sustain them, thus gain control of their life as they walk the path with Heart, doing this with the gentle love of Spirit.

Polar Bear Cub
Won’t you help me. I love my life.

For this reason, the gift of Bear Medicine is mastered over many lifetimes and reaches full potential when ones Spirit has reached a significant level of growth and maturity. Their Spirit will burst forth, as the Life-giving rays of the sun herald a new day, touching all with its golden brilliance, as one is born again. Then, the Grizzly Bear Medicine Spirit will remember the Ancient Knowledge and wield the Light of Eternal Energy to benefit all who dwell above, upon or within the Earth Mother as ones Spirit walks in harmony beside their Ancestors, hearing the whispered Wisdom of the Sky Nation, along the High Red Road of physical Spiritual Life.

Bears last stand
Come on People. I am running out of room here.

As the guardian of the Dream Lodge, Bear Medicine will teach one to trust, and work within, their dreams. Awaking in their Dreams. As Bear is the Keeper of Prophecy and Vision. When Bear comes, Bear speaks of deep truths that cannot be ignored.

Bear Medicine shows one how to know self and to be true to that knowing. Bear Medicine is the teacher of deep psychic abilities that lead to shamanic journeys and the projection of ones inner spirit. Bear will show the secret of going within to achieve levels of trance that lead to the sacred dimensions. These dimensions are doors to other realms. Bear will show one the ability to project their Spirit into them and walk the path of higher purpose.

Bear Medicine
Bear with me. I am having a bad day

Bear Medicine Introspection, the Art of looking within.

The strength of Bear Medicine is the power of introspection. It lies in the West on the great medicine wheel of life. Bear seeks honey, or the sweetness of truth, within the hollow of an old Tree of Knowledge. In the winter, when the Ice Queen reigns and the face of death is upon the Earth, Bear enters the womb/cave to hibernate, to digest the fat of the year’s experience. It is said that our goals reside in the West. To accomplish the goals and dreams that we carry, the art of introspection is necessary.

Bear Medicine Wheel of Life
The Medicine Wheel of Life. We all must face the Directions. Our Life presents the Challenge.

To become like Bear an enter the safety of the womb/cave, we must attune ourselves to the energies of the Eternal Earth Mother, and receive nourishment from the placenta of the Great Void. The Great Void is the place where all solutions and answers live in harmony with the questions that fill our realities. If we choose to believe that there are many unanswered questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions live within us. Each and every being has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence, and know the answers of the Great Spirit.

Many tribes have called this space of inner-knowing the place of Silent Knowledge of the Dream Lodge, where the terrifying death of the illusion of physical reality overlays on the wonder of the expansiveness of eternity. It is in the Dream Lodge that our ancestors sit in Council and advise us regarding alternative pathways that lead to our goals. This is the Power of Bear Medicine.

Bear in water barrel
Ah, that’s better. All I need is a Bear Beer. This wheel could be a little bigger.

The female receptive energy that for centuries has allowed visionaries, mystics, and shamans to prophesy is contained in this very special Bear energy. In India, the cave symbolizes the cave of Brahma. Brahma’s cave is considered to be the pineal gland that sits in the center of the four lobes of the brain. If one were to imagine an overview of the head, the top of it would be a circle. The South would be the forehead, the North the back of the skull, the West would be the right brain, and the East the left brain.

Bear is in the West, the intuitive side, the right brain. Where it is to hibernate, Bear travels to the cave, which is the center of the four lobes where the pineal gland resides. In the cave, Bear seeks answers/vision while Bear is dreaming or hibernating. Bear is then reborn in the spring, like the opening of spring flowers.

Male Squash Flower
We all bear fruit. Did you like that play on words?

All seekers of the Dreamtime and of visions, have walked the path of silence, calming the internal dialogue, reaching their place of rites of passage, the Third Eye or pineal gland is the place of inner vision. From the cave of Bear, you find the pathway to the Dream Lodge and the other levels of imagination or consciousness. In choosing Bear Medicine, the power of knowing has invited you to enter the silence and become acquainted with the Dream Lodge, so that your goals may become concrete realities. This is the strength of Bear Medicine.

Third Eye
The Third eye. See into other worlds.

Contrary Bear Medicine

If you find Bear in a tree, Bear Medicine is reversed, your internal dialogue may have confused your perception of your true goals. In seeking answers or advice from others, you may have placed your own feelings and knowing aside. The time has come to regain your authority, for no one knows better than yourself what is proper and timely for your evolution. Follow your Heart. Reclaim the power of knowing. Find joy in the silence and richness of the mother’s womb. Allow the thoughts of confusion to be laid to rest as clarity emerges from the West, nurturing your dreams as the Earth Mother nourishes us all.

Bear Medicine in the contrary position is teaching that only through being our own advisor can we attain our true goals. Using our death as our advisor, one makes very act count. Anything less than the doing, that which gives one the most joy is denial. To achieve happiness one must know thyself. To know thyself is to know our body, our mind, and our Spirit. Using our strengths to overcome our weaknesses and know that both are necessary in the evolution of you. As Light and Dark need each other for their own reflection. Where they meet in the shadows of not doing.

Shadow Play
Shadow play. The Essence of Light and Darkness. They need each other.

Journey with Bear to the quietness of your cave and hibernate in silence. Dream your dreams and own them. Then in strength be ready to discover the honey waiting in the Tree of Life. Open the gateway to the Garden of your Dreams and walk on in. On four legs or two as bear can walk either way.

Bear Medicine Facts

Signs in the Heavens
It’s shaped like a cup to hold the essence of life.

The bear is a powerful symbol and image in both myth and lore. Stories about individuals that turned into bears, and bears into humans, and bears as gods. Has stirred imagination so much that even a constellation was named in honor of Bear, Yep, Ursus Major, The Great Bear. Seven stars of this constellation are probably the most easily recognized in the northern hemisphere. These seven stars form The Big Dipper, and they link to the seven great rays of light to the Divine. As they point the way to the North Star.

Big Dipper point to North Star
Here this should help you find your way back home.

The Bear has lunar symbology as well, giving it ties to the subconscious and the unconscious mind. It is an animal associated with the goddess Diana, a goddess of the moon. It is also a symbol for alchemy, the nigredo of prime matter. It relates to all initial stages and primal instincts. Creation its Self.

Like birds, the Bear is often considered among native American people’s as kin to humans because, like birds, Bear can stand and walk upon two legs. For many, the bear and the wolf are the last true symbols of the primal, natural world, and many ecologists believe. That how humans respond and protect their lands and their future, will be the most honest depiction of how serious humanity is about preservation of the environment and the natural resources within it. Humanity is at the crossroads. One path leads to destruction. The other is the path to life beyond life. Don’t be mislead by the signs of the times. As somebody as turned the signs to face the direction of Darkness. To lead those away from their destiny. Follow your Heart it knows the way back home.

Dream Traveler shared some Magic
We are Magical in our Dreams. Powerful in our Hearts. We don’t have to choose one or the other. We have them both. Find your way home. Enjoy!

The Bear is the largest of the carnivores, but will eat almost anything. It is omnivorous, eating both plants, fruits, and meat. It actually eats less meat than many smaller carnivores, such as the fox or coyote.

Contrary to popular belief, Bears do not truly hibernate. They Sleep. During the winter they live to a great degree on their stored-up fat. Their body temperature will drop around 13 degrees, and their breathing rate can be cut in half. The depth of their sleep depends greatly upon the amount of fat stored.

This reflects the Bear’s ability to teach those with this totem to go within to find the resources necessary for survival. The Bear teaches one to draw upon all of our inner stores of energy and essence which have never been tapped or accessed by their Spirit. Meditating and working with Bear Medicine will help one to go within their Spirit’s den into their inner sanctum of Heart, to find the answers their Reason seeks. As Reason has no answers, it only has questions.

Turkey Bear
What the heck? Does that Bear have feathers?

During the winter sleep the Black Bear’s kidneys shut down completely, and scientists are studying this activity, hoping it will offer clues to more successful kidney transplants. Physicians would love to find a way to duplicate this in humans so diseased kidneys would have time to heal. This is part of what Bear Medicine is about. But science must first study Spirit to find the answers.

The kidneys serve a vital function in the body, excreting urine, and filtering the blood plasma. Metaphysically, the kidneys are symbols of discernment and discrimination. If Bear Medicine has shown up in your life, ask yourself these important questions. Is your judgement off? How about those around you? Are you not recognizing what is beneficial to your life? Are you not seeing the core of goodness deep within all situations? Are you being too critical of yourself or others? Are you wearing rose-colored glasses? Am I living only in Reason and without Heart? Am I following my path with Heart?

Lazy Bears
Sweet Heart, that was a Great meal. How did you cook that Seal? Burrrrrp! Where’s the remote?

Bear Medicine can teach you to go deep within so that you can make choices and decisions from a place of power. Using Heart over mind. Thus putting them in the Divine order. As we only have decisions in the face of our death. As we recapitulate our life in the womb of Mother Earth we can offer this reflection up to the Eagle as food. As it eats our offering we can dart pass the Eagle to be free. This is the swiftness of Bear Medicine.

All bears are astonishingly swift. The Black Bear and grizzly can reach running speeds of 35-40mph for short distances. All bears, including the polar Bears, can climb. Only the size of the tree will discourage the climbing. Bears are often associated with trees. Nature programs love to photograph Bear cubs high up in trees or even adults scratching themselves against them. There are even “Bear trees,” trees marked with claws as signposts along the well-worn and traveled path of a particular Bear. This is how one knows the way back home. As Bear Medicine has marked the way. This is the Wisdom of Bear Medicine.

Bear markings
Look for the Signs. They are everywhere. If one knows what to look for.

I Love trees. I use them a lot in my writings as signs. The tree is a powerful and ancient symbol, just like the Bear. It is a natural antenna, linking the Heavens and the Earth. Different trees do have different meanings, but in general, it represents knowledge. It is a symbol of fertility, of things that grow. As man and trees are closely a lined. We both feed each other though our breath. Using our breath is how we recapitulate. This Introspection is the insight of Bear Medicine. And through it we find freedom.

Bear Sign, Bear Medicine
Can you read it? It says, this way home. Bear Medicine marks the way!

Bear Medicine teaches one to go in and awaken the potentials inherent, the tree serves as a reminder that we must bring what we awaken out into the world and apply it, have it grow in the light. Using Bear Medicine to make our marks on life. As everyone with Bear Medicine should keep their inner cub alive and occasionally climb trees, if only to get a clear perspective. As one enters into the trees aura the tree will talk to you and secrets will be reveled.

For those with Bear Medicine as a totem, it is important to remember, not to hide away and try to hibernate all year-round. You must come out of the den. This is reflected in the birthing process of Bears. Female Bears give birth during their heavy sleep, semi-hibernation stages.

Usually two cubs are born, sometimes three. They are born helpless and semi-conscious. The cubs nurse in the safety and warmth of the den throughout the winter. As spring approaches, the mother Bear and her cubs will emerge. The cubs have become strong enough to follow their mother. This is tremendously significant for those working with Bear Medicine. As it reflects a need to go deep within oneself, to have periods in our life when we can be more reclusive. Then emerge in full strength.

Bear Directions
I think the path is that way. No I smell it that way. Guys I feel it’s that way. How do we get down from here?

During these times, we go within and give birth to two or three new ideas or projects. They can be nursed through the winter, and then as spring approaches, emerge with our babies to help them grow.

The Bear is so highly revered as a totem animal that many Medicine priests have adopted “Bear” as a part of their name. I am known as Barenaked. LOL You can call me that, but I won’t come running. Running Bear, I wonder if he was cold?

According to some tribes, the Spirit of the Bear never dies, and thus has become synonymous with supernatural powers and the ability to heal. Among nearly all shamans, the bear is reverently addressed as “Grandfather.” The Bear was a totemic symbol for St. Gall and St. Seraphim. In the Native American zodiac, those born from August 22 to September 22 are in the Medicine Wheel sign of the Bear. Bear people are said to be slow, cautious, and quiet. To have the Bear as your totem animal is to be aware that you are being guided to assume a role of leadership. Your Spiritual guardian will also encourage you to exercise your abilities as a natural healer. You may be placed in a position in which to defend your beliefs in a firm and fearless manner, but your Bear totem will give you the insight and powers of discrimination/discernment, and the strength to present the truths of your life-path with confidence and courage. Follow your Bear totem guide, and you will be led to greater balance in body, mind and Spirit.

Running Bear
Hey wait for me. Bear Medicine on the move.

The essence of Bear teaches us how to dream what is desired into our physical reality reflection. Of all the species, Humans probably spend more time acting and doing than listening and being, often much to our detriment. We do not shape shift our reality through constant thought, or inappropriate actions but through the focused emotions of the Heart, the reason of the mind, and the power of Spirit. The Spirit or Higher Self speaks to us through our emotions, when we feel good and uplifted we know we are on the right path, taking the right actions because our Spirit is sending us the emotions that this feels good. The Spirit always seeks Pleasure, Love and Joy, never strife, pain or struggle. When we feel ill at ease, in pain or stuck down. Be aware our Spirit is saying, “There is a better way”. Slow our breath, use introspection, and slow our activity down long enough to hear what your Spirit saying. Bear Medicine can teach us how to do this if we explore Bear’s own cycles of being.

This is the powerful energy of the womb/cave, going deep within Mother Earth to renew and heal the self or to send healing to another. Bear Medicine is a powerful ally who offers protection and guidance during stressful situations, to resolve long-standing problems, in which one may feel locked in and can’t find their way out. Bear Medicine teaches us how to be silent and still so that we may receive higher guidance and inspiration. Bear Medicine also teaches us how to meet all of our needs from within so we never have to go without. Through Bear, we learn to use the guidance of Shamans who have walked this path before us and have many gifts to share if we will only receive them.

Bear Fishing for Salmon
Here this is for you. Bear Medicine is a sharing of Love. That’s why there are Teddy Bears.

In Bear Medicine, one may also find that they too need to set aside resources to tide them over during the slow cycles of their lives. These resources can be money, food, even time. Bear Medicine can teach us how to use our time more wisely, even how to store it. As we only live in this moment. Cut back on those things that keep us busy, and are not truly productive. If you find you are constantly rushing about and always doing, yet your hopes, dreams and goals never seem to materialize, then it’s time to tune into Bear Medicine and ask for counsel about how to make better use of the time you have. Bears are very focused on doing what they know they need to be doing during the spring, summer and autumn times. As they know winter is coming.

Those who constantly defer the time and energy needed to put into their own needs, goals and dreams in favour of constantly helping others will soon find their energy depleted. I refer to it as drinking from an empty well. As we forget to pray for rain to replenish the well. Seek Frog Medicine in this case.

Sleeping Bear
Don’t just be a bump on a log. Use Bear Medicine in your Dreams. Become Bear

When we don’t follow our own dreams, when we are constantly setting aside the things that bring us happiness, a sense of fulfillment because others always seem to be needing our help, time and attention, we are literally starving ourselves of life energy that our Spirit needs. We are cutting ourselves off from the life force that keeps us alive because we are no longer living for ourselves as we were meant to. Become Hummingbird. Instead of allowing someone else or something else to drain off our life force for their own needs and purposes. We each came to this earth with many wonderful and valuable gifts to share. Each of us has a contribution that only we can make. There will never be another you in this universe. It is in the finding of you, and making that contribution to the world. That allows the life force of the Universe to flow through us freely.

Bear Medicine Won't rub you the wrong way
Ah that feels good. Oh a little to the left. That’s it.

Bear Medicine People know this instinctively. Stand on your own two feet and scratch your back on the Tree of Life. The honey of life awaits Bear Medicine People.

Knowledge is Power

Experience is Wisdom

Take your Power Back

Bear Medicine makes it easy to Bear life.

CJC

Winky, thumbs up to you
BearNaked, That’s a good one.
And yes, Running Bear was cold. That’s why he kept running.

 Bear Medicine, or just grin and Bear it.

Snake Medicine

Snake Medicine is the Energy of Transmutation.

Snake Medicine
Hi I’m Snake Medicine. 2013 is the year of the Snake

Snake Medicine also represents initiation, transformation; psychic energy, wisdom, creativity; mystery, the unknown, and life cycles.

Unaware and in my own world. I walked up to the garage to get a screw driver. I had a job to do, in my mind. Snake Medicine crossed my path. Things changed. And than snake disappeared into the winter wood pile. I was wondering what I would write about after my last rant. How to Fix Fukushima. Or if I would even write again.

Self Importance is a powerful reflection. Hence, Snake Medicine slithered into my awareness and brought me change. Thank you. Great Spirit!

Green Racer Snake
The Great Spirit knows best.

What a beautiful being. As I looked for snake to stick its head out of the wood pile. I called out to snake, Hey snake where are you? The answer came from behind me. I turned and snake was headed down the path right to my door. This is the second time Snake Medicine has come to me. See Having my Snake and Eating it too!

Nothing ever happens by chance.  When one is connected to Great Spirit, living with Spirit. That’s what life is about. Right? If we are not Spirit. What do we have? A body. Filled only with blood and bone. Seems like a waste of space, at lease for me. I can’t say for you. Nor, would I be so bold as to tell you, how you should live your life.

Snake Skin
It’s going to take a lot of lotion to smooth this skin

Snake Medicine it’s all about skin. The outer layers and the inner layers. Being shed as we grow. What do we leave behind? Some part of our self we have out grown. Some part of our self no longer needed.

Snake… Came crawling. Made itself known.
There’s fire in your eyes. Light from inside.  
 If you bite me. Will you excite me?
I’ll learn to realize, how much you have grown? The poison transmuted, the old skin, shed. Does this mean, that I AM dead.
Brings the Eternal flame, inside my heart. To burn things said.
You opened my heart. What more can I say, Was that me or was that you?
Open me to heaven, I am exposed.
The shedding of skin. Let it begin.
Layer upon layer. Love to LOVE.
Taking fight, with the wings of a dove.
To heal me again, again and again. With the messages of LOVE from above.

The snake dwells in many places, climates and environments, and comes in many colors, shapes and sizes. This creature can be said to be one of the most versatile of all. Indeed snakes represent versatility, transmutation and change, their natural inclination to “shed their skins” leaving behind the old, and adapting to the new.

Snake Medicine Shedding the old skining
Time to let go of the old me

 Snake Medicine

The snake is powerfully connected to life force and primal energy. In many cultures, it is revered as a powerful Medicine representing the source of life. When Snake Medicine Spirit appears in your life, it means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting in your spirit..

Snake moves through life sensing and tasting its surroundings, it feels with its body and thus the feelings you maybe experiencing are in keeping with its nature. The underbelly of Snake is highly sensitive. If Snake has crossed your path. Pay close attention to your intuition. As Snake often goes underground delving deep within it. Snake Medicine can help you to delve deep too! Feeling your way as you understand the issues before you. Snake’s ability to wind its way around obstacles, penetrate the land, and the speed of its strike all indicate the skill to swiftly react to any change in the environment and remain in control. Therefore, Snake Medicine will take you to lessons of moving forward on the path of least resistance while absorbing the energies of the universe. You will gain the knowledge of that passage on a conscious level. This link to the universe allows you to tap the cosmic memory and support a vast wealth of information.

Snake Medicine is Transmutation
Look into my Eyes, Transmutation is on the rise.

Its ability to glide into the darkness through cracks and crevices in the rocks connects snake to the Under or Other-world, and the realm of Death. It is the totem animal of the Earth Goddess, and the Sky Father Sun God, and represents our ability to die and be reborn. The energy that enables us to be born on earth is sexual energy, but this also necessitates our death. Befriending Snake Medicine will enable you to journey through life gracefully and magically, shedding your old life easily when the time comes. Whether that old life be of the physical, emotional or a stage in this present incarnation that’s no longer needed.

Two headed Albino Snake
Are two heads better than one?

Snake has the ability to go within Mother Earth and tap her wisdom as well as her protection. Snake addresses mystery and the unexplained and shows you how to see through its own skills of sight and sensory perceptions. The fact that Snake travels across the ground on its belly teaches the importance of sensing the vibrations of energy around you and going with your “gut” feelings, teaches the higher wisdom that come from being attuned and balanced within the environment be it on a level of the mental, physical, or spiritual. Then snake instructs you on bringing all into harmony allowing you the greatest advantage and perceptions.

Coral Snake
I maybe pretty. But it’s best to keep your distance

If Snake Medicine winds itself into your life know that change is in the wind and that you are at the center of it all as the catalyst. Make sure that your intentions are clear and that you have a clear sense of the direction that you need to strike out in. Snake is letting you know that these changes are safe and that there is no need to fear them.

Non Venomous Red milk Snake
Same Colors as the Coral Snake. But different order of stripes.

Snake Medicine people are very rare. Their initiation involves experiencing and living through multiple snake bites, Which allows them to transmute all poisons. Be they mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional. The power of Snake Medicine is the power of creation. It embodies sexuality, reproduction, alchemy, psychic energy and ascension.

Snake Skin Tattoo
We are more snake than we realize.

You will find Snake Medicine can instruct one on ways to penetrate their own senses and attune to those of others creating a greater psychic awareness. Snake devours his prey head first and whole. This reflects the ability to absorb the thoughts and wisdom of others and apply them naturally to your own. Because snake can take in the entire body of its prey. Snake Medicine also reflects the ability to absorb enormous quantities of information that will later surface on a subconscious level when it is needed. The hypnotic eyes of snake can hold its prey or focus on a situation that allows for entry into states of meditation and trance. You are also being reminded to stay connected to the self through observation of both the tiny vibrations in the earth, and the warmth and smells of the air and sky. When we learn to connect with our spirit we can continue on the path of growth, and discard the trappings of the past.

Snake Medicine
Oh I bet that little birdy is going to change.

The transmutation of the Life-Death-Rebirth cycle is exemplified by the shedding of snakes skin. It is the Energy of wholeness, comic consciousness and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation, and that those things which might be experienced as poison can be eaten, ingested, integrated, and transmuted if one has a proper state of consciousness. Thoth, the Atlantean who later returned as Hermes and was the father of alchemy, used the symbol of two snakes intertwining around a sword to represent healing. Complete understanding and acceptance of the male and female within each organism creates a melding of the two into one, thereby producing divine energy.

Coiled within this polarity, we clearly see the symbolism of duality and the search for balance.

Snake Symbolism The power of Snake Medicine
In Religion, Science, Medicine and more. Snake Symbolism is everywhere

The snake has been, throughout the ages, controversial in many regards. Some see the snake as a bearer of evil or bad news, but those in the know see snake as the healer and spiritual icon that it is. The debate among Christian’s has always been whether the snake is the personification of evil or a holy and sacred icon. There are many references to the serpent in the bible, portraying this creature as a bearer of evil, but snake people refer to its energy as healer and spiritual muse. No where in the bible does it say that snakes are evil, like any creature, human or animal, they have both noble and questionable qualities. Some people fear them and many are charmed by them.

This medicine teaches you on a personal level that you are a universal being. Through accepting all aspects of your life, you can bring about the transmutation of the fire medicine. This fire energy, when functioning on the material plane, creates passion, desire, procreation, and physical vitality. On the emotional plane, it becomes ambition, creation, resolution, and dreams. On the mental plane it becomes intellect, power, charisma, and leadership. When this Snake energy reaches the spiritual plane, it becomes wisdom, understanding, wholeness, and connection to the Great Spirit. If you have chosen this symbol, there is a need within you to transmute some thought, action or desire so that wholeness may be achieved. This is heavy magic, but remember, magic is no more than a change in consciousness. Become the magician, transmute the energy and accept the power of the fire.

Snake Bites face of man
Man that looks like that hurts. Snake Medicine should not be played with

Contrary Snake Medicine

If you have found Snake in a tree, this symbol is Contrary Snake Medicine, you may have chosen to mask your ability to change. Look at the idea that you may fear changing your present state of affairs because this may entail a short passage into discomfort. Does this discomfort keep you from assuming the viewpoint of the magician within? Is the old pattern safe, reliable and a rut? In order to glide beyond that place which has become safe but unproductive, become Snake. Release the outer skin of your present identity. Move through the dreamlike illusion that has insisted on static continuity, and find a new rhythm as your body glides across the sands of consciousness, like a river winding its way towards the great waters of the sea. Immerse yourself in that water, and know that the single droplet which you represent is being accepted by the whole.

Feel Snake’s rhythm and you will dance freely, incorporating those transmuting forces of the universe as a part of your sensual dance of power.

Snake Bite Injury
Well he won’t be dancing on that foot for sometime. Now that looks painful.

Most of us recognize the snake as the symbol of physicians and alchemists, which shows two snakes wrapped around a staff. This again, supports their totem reputation as healer. Double snakes are common in almost all cultural symbolic languages. Ultimately the double snake is an icon representing, The connection between primal forces, the integration of opposites, advanced communication, joining together on a divine level, and making whole what was once fragmented and doing so in a magical, organic way.

Carrying this dual snake imagery a step further, we can look to the language of science. Observe the formation of DNA and how it forms a perfect, serpentine double helix. This prompts us to consider how the energetic mind is connected to the grander whole, and how it so effortlessly makes graceful connections between the basic building blocks of data with the manifestations of the natural world.

DNA Helix and Snake Medicine
Double helix DNA strand looks like two snakes intertwined

There is no doubt, that Snake Medicine is a unifying force embodying infinite messages to those who are energetically available to perceive them. Alchemists understood this, and thus incorporated the philosophy of snakes in their grimoire, practices, and even their daily life.

Snakes awaken spiritual and magical intuition in the person who chooses this totem or is chosen by it. Snakes are associated with unseen creative forces at work. With the snake totem the powers of intuition and observation becomes keener and more precise. As snakes represent change and intuition the combination of these characteristics will allow for great new developments in life and the proper instinct for deciding which changes will be effective and which should not be made. They represent openness to new experiences, and thus, opened horizons.

Snake Totem and the tree of Knowledge
Snake Medicine a Sacred Totem

The Snake in the wild is generally clam and peaceful. They hunt for food when hungry and can go long periods of time without eating again. They bask on warm rocks and will usually not attack unless prompted. Because of their calm and somewhat shy nature, many believe that they are too still or quiet to be much harm, however, as many have discovered, while a snake may seem as though it is still and unaware, if pressed they can and will deliver a dangerous blow or bite, sometimes without warning, that can leave permanent damage or even cause death to its victim. To annoy or provoke a snake is a very unwise mistake. Snakes rarely, if ever, attack unless provoked, which is an excellent lesson for all of us to learn. Others should be aware when in snake territory and should respect the snake’s province.

Snake Eating
Snake Medicine going in head first

The Magnificent Snake Totem possesses the following Medicines:

Wisdom, healing, intuition, awaking of creative forces, ability to handle change without resistance, new opportunities for change, material vitality, intellect, power over rashness in speech and thought, emotional control, increased sensitivity to the environment, increased powers of smell, transmutation, and increased powers of observation.

Those who posses Snake Medicine have control over their emotions, excellent intuition and the ability to heal quickly. They are slow to anger but have enormous coiled power within them and will strike with control and precision when they must.

Knowledge is Power

Experience is Wisdom

Take your Power Back

Snake Medicine People

CJC

Dreaming Awake Winky
Snake Medicine I wish I was a Snake

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.

Snake Medicine is powerful Medicine  Enjoy the journey, you have a good Guide in Snake Medicine!