animal totem guides

WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

August, 2018

Claws with Crystals

Merry meet.

Bones are a type of fetish,” Sarah Anne Lawless posted on her website. “A fetish is ‘an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency (source).’ The word fetish originates from the French fétiche which stems from the Portuguese word feitiço meaning ‘charm’ or ‘sorcery.’ Feathers, bones, crystals, and stones are all types of fetishes. Skulls and bones have an appeal to witches who perform spirit work and are a necessary and simple way to connect with spirits of the dead and of animals.

Working with bones is not just for necromancers and black magicians. Practitioners who work with bones are a wide range of healers, diviners, shapeshifters, rootworkers, witches, shamans, druids, and pagans.”

When a hunter I respected offered me wings and claws from turkey he had killed, I accepted. I covered the severed ends all with salt, rubbing in, placing them in a box and adding more salt. When more were gifted to me, I placed the fleshy ends in borax. Both were left to dry for several months. (An explanation of a process can be found on many sites.)

When I received them they were already a couple of days old, but the claws were pliable. I was drawn to having them hold crystals. The shape of some of the polished stones I chose made them unworkable. Thankfully, the pagan store I frequent did not mind me bringing in the legs and holding up crystals to determine what would be a good fit. Certain stones seemed to want certain claws, so I went with it.

There is a lot to be said for a more intentional approach, but as I sensed only one was for me, I did not consider uses and intentions that you would if you were making one for yourself.

I positioned each toe and talon to curl around the stone and then began wrapping it all in string to secure it while it dried. In one instance I used tape and while it worked, I think the string was easier to use and adjust.

After a few months had gone by I unwrapped them and found each was stone securely held.

It would be natural to use them as a wand – as is, embellished or attached to another wand – to direct power. A woman who bought one planned to tie it with a cord that went around her neck so it hung almost to her waist.

Bones carry the animal’s magical attributes which is one of the reasons I have worked with bear claws, a turtle shell and a coyote’s jawbone. Smaller bones have fit in mojo bags created to address various needs.

Turkey is considered a good omen, signaling that gifts are imminent. It’s also “a symbol of sacrifice for renewal and that generosity will open the doors to growth and rebirth,” according to a few websites posting the same information.

Turkey as a totem animal means you are “the abundance generator” for your community.

You have a gift for attracting all the bounty of the universe available to you and you are willing to share. You will often meet the needs of others in a giveaway self-sacrifice form simply because all life is sacred to you. You easily translate your life experience into growth and understanding. You recognize that what you do for others you also do for yourself,” according to and other sites.

Awareness, creation, generosity, harvest, pride, purpose, sacrifice, understanding and virility are also associated with turkey.

Knowing this, if you would like to make something similar, ask the Source and then be ready to receive what the universe brings it to you.

Merry part. And merry meet again.


About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self-taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Red Pixie’s – Elements of a Magical Life

September, 2011

Animal Totem Guides

Spirit/Life Long Totem Guides stay with us throughout our life, but actually knowing / meeting that guide is a different thing entirely, since they will only show themselves when you are ready to being learning the lessons they have to teach you.  It’s a common thing for most people to have not met with their life long animal guide, its okay it really depends where we are on our life path and if and when they think we are ready then the teaching will being.

I met my Life Long animal guide a few weeks ago, I had been searching and almost desperate for this to happen for many years and then one day after reaching yet another brick wall, I let it go, I really let it go, I felt the release with every fiber of my being, part of me residing to the fact that I was doomed to walk the planet without any guides animal or human.  I know now that I was probably the most impatient person on the planet and when I released it I released all the pent up ‘need’ along with it, this was actually what I needed to do, so I guess stage one of the process for me was learning the art of patience, this ‘art’ was the hardest part of this journey.

Then I took to meditating, I use the term loosely because to begin with I had a lot of mind traffic, once I worked on stillness of the mind things finally got quiet, and I could just be, allowing my guides to come in and teach.  Now for those reading this that are sat there thinking ‘ugh, meditation’ take a step back people, because meditation can be for as little as five minutes a day, to as long as you need to meditate.  Please don’t think for effective meditation that you have to be sat with your legs crossed perched on a cusion on the floor, meditation position is all about you being confortable, that might mean for you laying on the bed, or in the bath, or sitting on a chair staring into the flame of a candle – these are all forms of meditation and they all work, all you have to do is find the most effective way of it working for you.

Infact this was a very active month for me meeting my guides, I even met my spirit guide, but that I will leave for another time.  My animal guide came through clear and loudly, and since I have been using my reiki and have just gained a further certificiate for a further attunment I shouldn’t be surprised that my guides took this opportunity to present themselves to me.  I was simply lay in bed in meditation, when I saw a flash image of my animal guide, then another and another all of the same animal, it soon became clear through the images I was seeing that the message was loud and clear I had had my first meeting with my guide, and what an amazing experience this was for me.  They represent what I am here on the planet to do so it’s a very fitting match.  But I wasn’t sure at that point what ‘type’ my guide would be.

Your animal guide will chose you, not the other way round, please don’t think that because you like Whales you can choose a Whale, it works differently to that, they choose you, because they are there to teach you lessons on your life path.  That’s where people go wrong, they think they can cherry pick what animal they ‘want’ and not ‘need’.  What you will gain from your guide is knowledge and lessons that no one else can teach you, you may even have a sense of spiritual kinship with your guide.  The Animal  Totem that comes to you offers you power and wisdom if you will learn to communicate with it, with respect, trust, and understanding. Developing a relationship with a live animal totem takes time, practice, patience. Having an animal totem means that you have lessons to learn and a powerful spiritual friend. Each animal has it’s own special power and message,  for each animal has a powerful spirit and an inherent skill.  It was after much mediatation that I learnt what ‘type’ my animal guide is.

So I’ll take you through some of the headings that I am aware of that Animal Totems come under.  Firstly you must learn if the Totem Animal is a Life Totem, A Message Totem, A Journey Totem, or a Shadow Totem.  All are so very important to your learning and your path but each one will have a very powerful lesson for you.

A Life Long Animal Totem – works with you throughout your life it is always there when you need it’s powers. Always reminding you of your power and the connection you have together. They may become your Life totem at any time, your Life Totem is always there for you and generally reflects your inner spiritual nature.

A Message Animal Totem – usually is bringing you a self growth, spiritual message, or a cautionary warning. It is often a wake up call or slap in the face. It will usually be a very unusual experience making it very powerful at that time and very impartial. A Message Totem is a brief period of time, a day, a week, and occasionally as much as a couple of months but can be immediate for just a few hours.   Sometimes a Message totem is not bringing you a message but causing a delay in your life. This delay, such as when you are trying to leave to go somewhere, is often in assistance for you; to be sure you are not in a place at a certain time so that you avoid an accident or can catch a phone call or meet someone you are supposed to run into.

A Journey Animal Totem – reflects a period of time. Not just a day but weeks, months, or years   the time it takes you to walk the path that the Animal Totem is reminding or guiding you on. During this journey you will find that this animal is always showing up in your life or that several animal totems will appear in your life all to guide you on the path. When you find one, two or three animals all of a sudden making an appearance and their nature all has the same basis then you have found the basis of your path.

A Shadow Animal Totem are those totems that test us. They have great power for us but will put us through tests before they will let their power work with and for us, instead of against us. In all of nature there is prey and predator. In the spiritual or Shadow World there is the same. A Shadow Animal Totem is one that initially you fear. The Shadow Totem often represents inner fears that you must overcome. You may have even been attracted by the animal; a very vivid test to see if you are ready to accept the power of the animal totem. Until you face the fears of the Shadow Animal Totem it’s powers will work against you, not letting you soar high. When you overcome the fear of the Shadow Animal Totem you bring it into the Light World as a Spirit animal totem and they become one of your most powerful  Animal Totems. Your goal with a Shadow Totem is to learn the lessons and incorporate that animal into your life. If you are scared by something over and over then you still have not accepted the lesson that animal has for you.

Working with your animal guide is something not everyone wants to do and that’s ok, working with guides for me as a Reiki Healer is a must, but it takes time and patience, and at times a battle of the wills, but remember this, your guides are on a higher plane that you are, they can see your path from your first step to your last, you want to make sure your relationship is strong and trusted, they are they to guide you for the higher good. Learn from them, take on board their teachings, but most importantly enjoy the experience.

Until Next time

Bright Blessings