WEEK THREE: Animal Medicine Work

This week, I want to discuss “unlikely” members of our Pack. The Animal Spirits that want to help you, are waiting patiently to help guide you and support you…but who might have been overlooked, or even, rejected.

Have you possibly felt reluctant to accept certain Animal Guides into your pack (think: Snakes, Spiders, Salamanders, Rats, Bats, Mice, Lizards, Ants, Cockroaches).


I love what the MysticFiles have to say on the subject of Insects and Small Creatures: “The small size and sheer number of insects on our planet has led to some unfair assumptions about these magical and ancient creatures. Their habit of being a tiny bother or pest, zooming around you and your body, makes them easily assume the role of annoyingly getting under a person’s skin, but an insect as an animal spirit guide should never be considered as an infliction. When your insect totem seems to be annoying you, just know they are simply trying to gain your attention and get you to listen to their wisdom. Do not thoughtlessly or impulsively try to swat away your insect spirit guide. They are here to help you just the same as any other animal mentor.”

Recently, I received a letter from a student, that epitomizes what it feels like when we have a repulsion to an animal (usually an insect or reptile, though not always) and yet that animal continues to insist on being present for us!


“I’m having issues with ants now.  The day after I had the dream about the ants, I saw the biggest, hugest, scariest ant in my house (he was almost 1″ long, I kid you not…maybe 1/2″-3/4″, but it was HUGE).  At first I thought it was a beetle, and it wasn’t such a big deal – but when I realized it was an ant, I tore the kitchen apart to get rid of it. These situations are much worse than finding  a trail of ants hiding from the rain or something, which is nerve-wracking enough.

I do NOT want ANT to be one of my animal guides. I don’t want ants in my book.

Then I thought about when I was in kindergarten, for my graduation we sang the song about the ant moving the rubber tree plant, and I loved that song and that ant and I can still visualize the ant moving the plant just as I did when I was 5 or 6 years old. That reminded me of how I used to play with ants. Like you said – memories will start to come back.”

I got a good chuckle reading this letter, but then I could also empathize greatly! At one time I too rejected certain species,  never even gave them a moment of respect, because I was too busy shrieking and running for a chair (and any other adult who could kill the thing).

This week, I want you to investigate your knee-jerk reactions to insects and reptiles who may want to be Power Animals for you.

Let’s ask ourselves some pointed questions about these creatures.

– Have any of these caused you to recoil in repulsion, even fear?

– Why are we afraid of these types of creatures?

– Why does their presence send us into a tizzy?

– If I suggested that one of these was showing up for you as a guide, would you be adverse to putting them into your book? Why?

The very fact that you have an aversion to the creature may be a red flag, or signal, that this is the Guide you really need to be looking at, and learning from. You might have more to learn from what you are avoiding, than from what seems fun, or comes easily. 

My friend Heather asked me, some time ago, to create a custom journal for her. She asked that I do an intuitive Animal Reading, and then to create a Journal painted/illustrated with this Animal.

I was not surprised one bit by who showed up for Heather. SPIDER! Heather is a true writer : a published novelist and poet. Knowing her, I happen to think there is a lot more writing in her. Different writing. Spider must feel the same : Spider is the totem for writers!

Heather shared with me the difficulty she has in even pasting down an image of Spider into her Field Guide – so charged is her fear, or repulsion to Spider. I encouraged her to consider these very questions, and to investigate.

We often don’t want to hear what we most need to hear. That’s many of us. But if we have a guide who can give us direction and accompany us through that lesson, we are indeed truly blessed.


One thought on “WEEK THREE: Animal Medicine Work”

  1. Most excellent article! I would say that Spider gives me the creepy crawlies the most. I included her in my totem list, but I haven’t even looked for any photos yet. My aversion is great — yet I can’t kill them — I’ll trap them if they are small enough and set them free outside if I can. I respect how important they are to the earth and all of the flies and mosquitoes that they catch. I enjoy seeing their webs OUTSIDE the house, they are beautiful and magical especially when they catch dewdrops…an uneasy peace I’ve made with Spider, but perhaps I’ll explore her medicine more now.

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