All animals have certain properties and meanings, some signal prosperity, others courage, more still healing. If you feel you are in need of a certain trait or need to manifest something specific in your life first see what animals represent those qualities and energies. Then, work to attract that animal energy to you. You can call upon several animals at a time, or concentrate on just one. Keep in mind each animal has more than one “meaning” depending on your personal experiences, if any, with that animal and also each culture may place different meanings on an animal. There are many sources to find the meanings of animals, and what areas of life they can affect. Two well known authors are Steven D. Farmer and Ted Andrews. Another way to find the animals you may need to work with in your life is to have an Animal Guide reading done.
An easy way to attract the animal you want is to meditate about that animal every evening before bed. Picture it’s actions throughout the day, how it hunts, plays, how it interacts. Make sure to ask for that animal to visit you in your dreams. You’ll be surprised how if you put that request out there the animals will visit. Make sure to have paper and pen on your nightstand so you can write down notes about your dream with your desired animal or other animals. Those animals likely have a message for you too.
Anything that can get that animal into your thoughts is helpful, such as watching a documentary about the animal. See what you can learn from their day to day activities, how they cope with problems, how they raise their young. If you find You Tube videos those can be useful, generally they are going to show you the humorous side to an animal however.
One of my favorite ways to bring animal energy in is to make a collage of pictures on a large poster board and hang it where I will see it constantly. I do this for my yearly animal guides after I do my Animal Guide reading on New Years. Look for other knick-knacks of your animals, such as statues, gemstone carvings, pictures, photos, and books. The internet is a great source for free pictures.
To bring that energy to you all the time, seek out jewelry with that animal drawn or carved on it. If it is an animal you feel strongly about, and have for a while, or that you really connect to, consider a tattoo. Something a little less permanent, but still a way for the animal energies to be part of you would be a henna tattoo.
Another way to attract those energies is to be in the presence of that animal. One of the easiest and most direct ways to attract animal energy to your life is to get that animal as a pet. This is pretty easy if you are thinking of a cat or dog, some lizards and snakes, small caged animals like a rat or ferret, or one of a few types of birds. This is impractical if you want the energies of an elephant or cougar. You can however be in that animal’s habitat. This is easy if it’s an animal native and plentiful to the area. If I wanted to be around duck or goose energy heading over to Loose Park would do the trick. In our neighborhood are deer, owls, squirrels, and raccoons that I encounter almost daily. Other ways would be travel to where you can find your animal. A safari to Africa would be great for seeing and “feeling” lions, gazelle, elephants, zebras and more. Even trips closer to home would have you finding elk, dolphins, pelicans, some types of lizards, snakes, just to name a few. A zoo would be a place to see animals from faraway places if a trip isn’t in your budget. I would strongly suggest looking for a zoo that creates more of a natural habit for the animals versus just housing them. Our zoo here in Kansas City actually has a Polar Bear!
A more controversial way is to have part of that animal in your home or near you. For example a shark’s tooth necklace, a raccoon’s tail on a hat, rabbit skins on your dresser, antlers, or other actual animal parts. Try to find items sourced from animals that have passed naturally or that have been obtained humanely. Always remember to give thanks to the animal and spirits for the gift they are giving you, and to honor them.
Open yourself to the knowledge animals have to teach you. Not only taking note about the animals around all the time, but as discussed here, drawing animal energies to you for a specific need or purpose. If you have certain animal totems for a time period, or for a long-term situation such as a divorce, these animals are energies you will want to draw to you as well. Try some of these techniques to bring the animal energies you want to your life.
This Saturday I will be doing Animal Guide readings for a fundraiser, in person if you are in the area, or by email. Click here for information: https://www.facebook.com/events/291708627542929/