If there is one animal that is feared by most humans, it is the bear! What do they recommend again? Make yourself look big? Play dead? Well, the native american meaning of the bear is quite different. The spiritual meaning of the bear is one of wisdom, insight, healing and get this protection. Yep, a bear is always a good sign and a good power.
When in the forest or near a river, if you see a bear, know that a sacred place is nearby and that spirits of the area are around you. As with all our relations, respect the bear, pray to it but do not try to intimidate the bear. However, I am not saying to get up close and take a selfie with the bear (you know in these days and age, one has to assume one has tried this….). In fact, do not approach a bear, just stand back and respect his presence. Unless the bear is provoked, wounded, he would not attack. They are protective of their youngsters but can also be protective of children, if they sense danger. Just let the bear be, don’t fear it, pray to it, respect its presence and territory and know you are in the presence of good energy and power.
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Yes I know the buffalo is not the prettiest of animals….But it’s a strong and meaningful one.
Thus the buffalo is a good sign, a sign of strong power. Seeing a buffalo is a like receiving a message of strength. If you think back centuries ago, buffalo survived the harshest conditions with the Plains Nations. The very essence of the Plains nations’ culture, spirituality, way of life, was based on the buffalo. Unfortunately, the arrival of the European explorers almost made this big animal extinct. Their number went from over 60 millions before the arrival of the first explorers in North America to a small number. The Crows tried to save the buffalo, which they considered the buffalo to be sacred. The white buffalo which you can see below, was considered to be especially sacred, being a symbol of spirituality, wisdom and wealth.
If a buffalo has found its way in your life (it could happen….), it is a reminder that you are provided for, that greed is not necessary, as abundance is present when all our relations are provided for. Express gratitude and pray for the needs of all creatures.
The Coyote, not to be mistaken for a small wolf (well I don’t know how well you know your animals….), is one of the most ancient mythic symbols in the Native culture. There is a magical flair to the coyote, who is often portrayed as a trickster. He is full of special powers and teachings however. Depending on circumstances, the coyote is usually a good sign but can also be misleading. Some thought need to be put into the sign of the coyote. The coyote has the ability to change into any form and is known to be a teacher.
Therefore, the coyote teaches us about the powers of Nature, behaviors and values. Hence why you have to look carefully at his behavior if you run into him as well as look at what is going on in your life at the moment. The meaning might be a personal one that will vary from person to person or situation to situation. Well people, animals cannot always give us signs straight up. Sometimes we have to put in some efforts into decoding those signs….
Ah the deer, the cute little deer 🙂 What does seeing a deer mean?
Deers, generally speaking are good powers but they can bring you a message in many different ways. Therefore, deers can warn us of danger, they can tell us what is ahead on the road if we are traveling for example. They can be seers and help us see what is coming in the future. But they also remind us to live our lives in balanced and grace. Nations can also have their own meaning associated with the deer. For example, in the Tlingit nation of the Northwest, deers are also symbolic of peace.
Moreover, deers can bring messages of sexual connotation. Let’s not get too excited, let me explain. As I said, they warn us if what’s coming, usually a person. If a woman sees a deer or a buck while traveling, it might mean that she will encounter a man who has sexual desire for her. This could be good or bad depending on what the woman is looking for. In any case, deers are associated with fertility in many native cultures. Meeting a deer on a hiking trail or in the woods, usually signal that someone else is there. Study the deer’s behavior to know what or who could be coming. Finally, if seeing a deer approach a campsite, think that the deer might be bringing you a message from the spiritual world. Ask the deer to communicate that message in a language you can understand (e.g. in your dreams).
The wolf, a majestic almost extinct animal. Often feared and killed out of fear. However, the native american meaning of the wolf is very different: the wolf is a good sign. He is seen as a protector, as wise, intelligent, strong and courageous. His stare is mysterious and intriguing.
Although these days, wolves are thought to attack humans, it has not always been the case in Native mythology. Warriors drew strength and spiritual power from the wolf and the wolf was seen as sacred. Therefore the spiritual meaning of the wolf is powerful. They can be shadowed to learn how to survive and live in the woods.If you listen and look, the wolf will show you where to find food (good to know for hunters!).
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