Animal Allies

ANTELOPE The antelope is the hallmark of the Sacred Twins. They are revered for their ability to give birth to twins, always separated at birth to insure their survival. This phenomenon is one of the metaphoric symbols of tantric enlightenment. Antelope enjoy a diversity of environmental comforts. They are extremely fast, have profound wide-angle vision and a powerful sense of smell. They are quick to warn others of danger and invest, at all cost, in the protection of their group. Antelope excel in their harem societies, so tightly interwoven that an entire herd will look toward a curiosity simultaneously.

BADGER The badger is the keeper of stories and the wielder of empowered words. His knowledge of deep Earth medicine allows him to dig relentlessly for solutions. The badger is a healer that works alone; capable of entering another's most guarded recesses to affect healing for them. He's endowed with the definitive wisdom of the complex maze we refer to as the human spirit. The badger hoards and safe keeps his knowledge, defending it to the death if needed and never, ever surrendering.

BEAR The bear is the herald of the warrior, fighting spirit. He invokes the imperatives of protecting children and the disadvantaged, remaining sexually inaccessible until those imperatives are secured. The bear is a champion of the moon and instills in us a love for animals. Their infrequent interest in predation allows them to excel as omnivores. Adaptability to height creates comfort for them in rocky forests that grow at high elevations. Bears are solitary and patient but will lobby for position if needed. Although unpredictable they will most often retreat when faced with danger, splitting up and regrouping later. Females with cubs are the exception, enjoying the immortality of reputation in their fierce defense of their offspring. In ancient times infants were often passed through a slit cut in a bear pelt to endow them with this power.

BEAVER The beaver enjoys an ancestral link to water, the agent of dreams and emotion. He is a monogamous creature building intricate dwellings to shelter his tight knit family. Industrious teamwork is the hallmark of the beaver community. Deeply touching is their penchant to abandon their home when a mate dies. Yet the community at large adopts the safekeeping of the surviving partner for the entirety of his remaining life.

BOAR The boar is a mystical old soul, the keeper of the secrets of sacred spots and the hearts of groves. The knowledge of the universe is always taught within the sanctity of groves when one enters into the mystery of the boar. He is the epitome of the virile, phallic, sacrificial son and the master magician of sacred marriage tying him to winter solstice, resurrection, regeneration and fertility. The boar is the impeccably confident lover of the lady of the grove. He dies a perfect death daily in the arms of his human mate and returns to life every sunrise. The caldron of inspiration and rebirth is the gift given to mankind by the boar. As the first teacher of man the boar taught us to dig roots and eat acorns. He also revealed the divinity of our omnivorous nature and introduced us to the canine world.

BULL The bull shimmers in the scope of the medicine he safeguards. He is strong, amorous and invulnerable. Confident virility allows him to excel in the mystery of sacramental death and rebirth into infinity. The male is linked to the magic of the sun and the apex and subsequent descent of summer solstice. The female of his species is the hallmark of fertility and abundance. She teaches that food is sacred and stability a blessing. Within this wisdom one will find that prosperity, creativity and non-violence can thrive. She is inherently a creature of the moon and the one who sows new seeds. This leads to the power that is availed when one is flexible and open-minded, yielding happily to new ideas. From the sacred union held by the cow and her bull we discover another affinity to affect oracular dreams that reveal visions of things unseen, from which prophesy is born. Libations offered on hills are the heart and soul of Bull Medicine.

DEER The guardian of birth, death and rebirth has long been recognized as the pregnant doe. Her nurturing nature and her association with the holy trinity places her at the heart of the moon, the grove, the cave and the grave. The buck and his sacred union with the hunter makes him the epitome of the sacrificial son slain by arrows and reborn in his progeny. Deer Medicine deeply relates to the annual shedding of the encumbrances of the previous year. Emulating the deer affords heightened awareness at twilight and requires the championship of those who are disadvantaged.

BIRDS Bird Medicine is one of the most complex due to the sheer diversity of species. Every behavior of each of them is unique, every bird song prophetic and magical. Birds are master shape shifters, charming and elusive. Most are tied to solar divinity and the illumination of lightning. They are passionate, protective and stand among the creatures that are escorts to new lives. All are virtuous and confident. Some like the eagle are by its very nature further characterized by their annual migrations, profound eyesight, and their skills at hovering and soaring. They snatch resolutions through the surface with talons and beaks. Their pursuit is swift and focused. The eagle conceals himself inside flocks of others to observe his prey; when satisfied with what he has learned he tears it to pieces. This behavior epitomizes the occasional need to devour the impediments of illness and disharmony. The eagle has long been heralded as the predator of death and guarantor of rebirth via rising from his own ashes. Devoted observation of any species of bird will reveal equally wondrous qualities and mysteries.

ELK The elk epitomizes stamina and the ability to outrun adversity through strong and effective pacing. He is fierce, territorial, protective and the harbinger of alarm for the group whose company he relishes. The courtship behavior of the elk suggests that the cyclical balancing and overarching of genders is essential to life. The elk is a staunch vegetarian. A sacrificial son figure rebirth for the elk is empowered by the predation of wolves and bears.

FOX The trickster medicine of the fox teaches discernment and discrimination. He is crafty, charming, even dainty and a master of mesmerizing absurdity; all tools employed by his predatory nature. The fox is an adept, profoundly skilled at shifting his shape or disappearing at will. He manages energy impeccably. Moving easily between the worlds the fox knows the spirit world intimately. The fox is a monogamous homemaker but harbors a need to be alone with his medicine for half the year. This is perhaps the opportunity needed to hone his ability to see others as they really are and to hear what is actually being conveyed by the minds of others. Trickster medicine on the surface can be annoying, antagonizing, and even appear deceitful but the fact is it preys of self-involvement. Once relinquished we can move into the arena of humility and compassion; the only keys that open the doors to enlightenment and wisdom.

GREIHOUND The greihound is a creature of the twilight. Hailing from the canine world he is the privileged student of his ancestor the wolf. And like the wolf, the greihound is mystical and more complete. The canine world, opportunistic and resourceful teaches that an investment into loyal, protective family groups and the cooperative techniques of pack hunting can overcome the frailty of our species. It shows us the sacred drama of the predator/prey union that affords strength and empowered blood, securing the survival of both players' clans. The stamina of the greihound links him to long and determined pursuits of knowledge. Swiftness places him next to the eagle as one of the premier escorts of the dead and guarantors of rebirth.

HARE The hare is a creature that excels in the twilight and is therefore one of the gatekeepers into other worlds. The hare exemplifies ambition balanced with artistic awareness. He teaches that passive defense is most often the key to strength and health. The hare has long been associated with spontaneous sexuality linking him to the moon. This union gives the hare sophisticated knowledge of the mysteries of cyclical nature. He epitomizes a life that is fleet and effective, overflowing with fertile creativity.

LYNX The lynx is the keeper of ancient, expansive knowledge that embraces equally both the depth and the infinite reach of the wisdom that links him to inspiration, revelation and mysticism. As one of the guardians of the deep recesses of the Earth the lynx is capable of seeing into the inner workings of the universe and all of its elements and inhabitants. And yet he is the hallmark of one who never divulges the secrets entrusted to him. The lynx gave us the confidence to trust in our own instincts, and to feel comfortable and secure when alone. This ultimately led to the confidence needed to transmute or transcend to other worlds in the interest of learning the secrets safeguarded by those realms.

MOOSE The moose is the champion of comfort, skilled and confident in a wide range of habitats and weather. This translates into the ease of moving into and out of other realms and embracing sudden and unforeseen phenomenon. His association with water not only links him to feminine mysteries but teaches that depth perception is one of the tools needed for illumination and enlightenment. The moose is quick and silent. He enjoys profoundly enhanced senses affording him the ability to fiercely protect others. Despite his vegetarian predisposition beware that moose medicine includes pronounced aggression toward any interference with regard to love. It should be noted that predation comes to moose only from the world of the bear.

OTTER The delightful nature of the otter teaches that playfulness and charm stand among the guarantors of good health. Peace and tranquility are facets of the otter world while never forgetting the imperatives of his divine, predatory predisposition. As one of the guardians of water medicine the otter will forever be linked to the feminine imperative that ties cyclical abundance to longevity.

OWL The owl is the distinguished keeper of the beneficent magic held in the world of darkness. It ties him to clairvoyance, oracular power, ancient wisdom and astral projection. The owl's association with the moon makes him a seductive, silent, nurturing harbinger, the guardian of the deepest heart to heart secrets. The owl can see and hear what others try to hide. As esteemed healers they are capable of seeing into the darkest recesses of the human spirit. Although the owl is unwilling to share his habitat he will do anything to gain his lover's trust no matter how long it takes. His knowledge of pursuit is incomparable. Any fragment the owl secures from his pursuit that he finds to be unsuitable later he simply discards without a second thought.

RAM The ram is kaleidoscopic in his empowerment. He is orgiastic, phallic, amorous and promiscuous. In exchange for his privileges he stands as the manifestation of the spirit of sacrifice, the scapegoat, the one who bears the blame for others. The ram exemplifies the Sacred Clown as well, where force and power are balanced with mummery and mystery. The ram will forever be a lover, tied to the moon and cyclical fertility. He enjoys inordinate strength and mental acuity and he is highly skilled at putting the spin on embarrassment as one of the guarantors of rebirth through personal evolution. The ram epitomizes the ability to defend status and territory while holding that attribute in check with limited adaptability. Linked to the ancestral imperatives of birth, death and rebirth Ram Medicine is deeply rooted in the healing arts.

RAVEN The raven is distinguishes as the prophetic messenger of outcomes. He is a trickster, the keeper of life and order, and the one who brings light from dark places. The raven is a fast, wary magician and an amorous enchanter. He teaches that the enhancement of will and intention can only be found in the world that exists beyond the void and inspiration is a voice that exists outside of oneself. The secrets of the remedies in his medicine bag are contained in the mystery of weaving. The raven is a carnivore that is dexterous and adroit at survival as well as highly skilled in comprehending the languages and behavior of all other creatures.

SALMON The salmon is perhaps our greatest link to wisdom and abundance. He is tied profoundly to the moon and the cyclical nature of unified sexuality, inspiration, and ancestral medicine. His knowledge leads us to the mystical connection between the womb as a vessel of enlightenment and rebirth. He further reveals the secrets of immortality contained in man's union with his mother-bride. The salmon is not at all afraid of being reeled in but does not hesitate to elude his pursuer in the presence of inept behavior. In the world of magic the salmon both glistens in his freedom and hides in the dark recesses of shadows. As a wisdom keeper the salmon revels in his ability to be seen briefly even as he evades the seeker.

WILDCAT The European wildcat is one of the most elusive creatures on Earth. He teaches that the sheer demands of isolation are rewarded with the privilege of an independent, curious nature. He is a master magician and a shifter of shapes. His medicine is equally comfortable in the cloak of the virile seedbearer and the feminine vessel of the life giver. This makes the wildcat a formidable link to the mystery of creation and therefore an excellent familiar to either gender. Profound in the medicine world the wildcat wields the powers of unpredictability and adroitness. He has absolutely no fear of things unseen making him a superb healer and a champion of the night.

WOLF The world of the wolf is the oldest and most complete of the canine tribe. He is the champion of family and community governed by loyalty, ritual and discipline balanced by unspoiled freedom and playfulness. The hallmark of the wolf is his intelligence and devotion. Disagreements are avoided in the interest of harmony. Confidence is a thing that never needs proven. The complexity of both his vocal and body language allows him to assert his wisdom with nothing more than posture or a glance. The wolf is discriminating about details and a spiritual idealist capable of long journeys in the pursuit of knowledge. The wolf is deeply linked to Winter Solstice and the cyclical imperative of the rebirth of the sun. This union ties him to the sexual bliss needed to thwart the intentions of any spirit bent on disrupting the sacred consequence of rebirth into illumination.