In the shamanic world certain powers and attributes are acknowledged
to be specific to the different species. Each of the wide variety of animal specie on earth carries a unique energetic signature. For example a horse has archetypes of strength and character while an otter is playful and rambunctious.
This is a general observation and does not take into account the individuality all animals have within their archetype.
Most people are usually drawn to several favorites in the animal kingdom. This is where one usually finds their power animals. It is
not uncommon to have several different animal friends both in the physical and the spirit world.
I have a couple of birds which have been my archetypal guides for most of this life. They exist in this realm and the spirit realm and
can be quite adamant in their delivery of messages and support.
One day, a few years ago, i was going somewhere and set out on foot from my house. It was mid-morning, and a beautiful day, but i was in a foul mood and did not want to do what i had set out to do.
As i walked down the sidewalk i heard a Raven cawing from an overhead wire. As i walked under the bird it got more vocal. After this went on for a few minutes, it was apparent this raven was following me. I looked up and said “yeah,yeah, i see you ” I hurried on my way in a fog of discontent.
Suddenly the bird swooped down and bashed me in the back of the head with the full force of it’s body. I didn’t see it happen but i definately felt the impact. I stopped cold in my tracks. The raven flew off unscathed.
For a moment i was not sure what to do. It was obvious the bird was trying to tell me something. But what? I had never seen a bird behave like that.
As i began to regain my composure i decided it was probably best to not continue on my mission that day and that this was definately a warning sign that something ahead was going to be unpleasant or maybe even dangerous. Instantly my mood shifted and i turned around an went back home. Discretion being the better part of valour in this case.
I did not go out the rest of the day. I knew that if you develope these kinds of connections you have to pay attention to the signs. This was a powerful sign from one of my beloved power animals. I never knew what might have been ahead for me on that portentous day, but i could not shake the feeling somehow i had been averted from some sort of calamity.
I invite you to share your story about your power animal here on this blog.