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Old 01-02-2007, 12:55 PM   #1
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What is your animal?

What is your totem, power, sperit animal? This is the animal that you feel you have a conection with and most represents you or you it. A symple google search will lind you lots of info on your animl. my key words were llama totem, change the animal for you. Please share your animal and info about its symbolic meanings.
here is mine the llama

The Llama

The llama is a member of the camel family. Intelligent and curious the llama shows us how to adapt and preserver in all situations. They have a high thirst
tolerance and incredible endurance. Llamas are used to carry heavy loads traveling 15 to 20 miles per day. Their ability to subsist on a wide variety
of forage has made them as important transport animal. Gregarious animals with a gentle disposition they hold the teachings of true service. If maltreated,
the llama will lie down and spit, hiss, kick and refuse to move. Those with this totem have easy going personalities although if treated unfairly they
can become stubborn and willful.

Llamas were used in sacrificial ceremonies in pre Colombian civilizations. On the first day of every lunar month 100 pure white llamas were driven into
the great square, Huayaca Pata in Cuzco, moved to various images of the Gods and assigned 30 priestly attendants each representing a day of the month.
Sacrificed chunks of flesh were then thrown onto fire and the powdered bones were used for ritual purposes. Symbolically this suggests that those with
this medicine have a tendency to sacrifice their own lifestyle to accommodate another.

Llama medicine people carry the weight of the world upon their shoulders. They are giving caring people that strive to serve others sometimes forgetting
to serve themselves equally. Responsible and hard working those with this totem need to remember to take time to enjoy life and allow others to solve
their own problems. Balanced action and reaction is one of the soul lessons associated with this animal.

Llamas are happier in the company of other llamas and do not like being alone. Those with this totem can feel uncomfortable and sometimes fearful without
close friends or group support. They make friends for life although care in the type of friends they choose is advised.

Female llamas first breed at 18 to 24 months of age. Llamas don't have a heat cycle, but are induced ovulators, thus they can be bred at any time of the
year. Women who hold this totem find that pregnancy can occur at any time. Menstrual cycles are unpredictable and health concerns related to the reproductive
system are common. Proper medical attention will ensure optimum health. Those who do not want unexpected pregnancies should take extra birth control precautions.

To many native tribes the llama has been the source of meat, wool, leather, tallow and fuel in the form of dried dung. When the llama appears to us lessons
involving service, sacrifice, and balance are at hand. They show us how to incorporate patient persistence, equality and inspired action into our life.
Llama
Comforting to others
Llama: The Llama brings in the energies of hard work, responsibility and endurance. It shows perseverance when the going gets tough. The message of the
Llama may be reminding you that it takes effort and hard work to accomplish your dreams.
Llama
Magical Element:
Nickel
Magical Mineral:
Ruby
Magical Herb:
Witch Hazel
Magical Tool:
Cord or Belt
Sacred Tree:
Black Spruce
Constellation:
Sagitta
Magical Archetype:
Mother Teresa

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Old 01-02-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: What is your animal?

Uh.... well, I do have a pet turkey named LoverBoy. He's a heritage breed, a Bourbon Red. Gorgeous chestnut plumage with a white stripe on his tailfeathers, and white wing primaries.

He struts around the barn like he owns the joint, and always gets underfoot when I'm working because he is naturally curious and wants to see what I'm up to. Then he puffs his feathers and tail, inflates his snood and wattles, and struts some more, trying to impress me. Sometimes he lets out a mighty kiai that sort of sounds like "GOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLE." Other times, he makes cute trilling sounds like a (Star Trek) tribble, and sometimes he makes this sharp call that sounds kinda like "POIK!" He usually does that when I give him a treat, like some scratch grain with sunflower seeds.

I'm not sure he's exactly a "spirit" animal, but he does have quite a personality.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:09 PM   #3
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Re: What is your animal?

There is an interesting story about Ueshiba and Shioda Sensei that had a question along the very same lines.

I believe Shioda Sensei's answer was "A Man".

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Ron (looking for the account now...I think I posted it before)

Previous link to a post here:
http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...mal#post115698

Still no direct reference though...

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Old 01-03-2007, 08:51 AM   #4
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Equal parts wolf and bear here . . .

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Old 01-03-2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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Re: What is your animal?

Badger.
Very short, very round, low to the ground and of the earth, wears black and grey; generally inoffensive but will defend itself without backing down.

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Old 01-03-2007, 10:54 AM   #6
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I'd guess wolf. Being part of a pack changes you.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:16 PM   #7
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Mine is the naked mole rat ;0

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Old 01-03-2007, 12:48 PM   #8
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Re: What is your animal?

Eww...

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Old 01-03-2007, 12:52 PM   #9
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Re: What is your animal?

Not as big an "Ew Factor" as a banana slug. Anyone wanna a banana slug as their spirit helper?
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:06 PM   #10
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EEEEEeeeeewwwwww......



I trying to think of something worse than a banana slug...

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Old 01-03-2007, 01:14 PM   #11
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VOICE OF BANANA SLUG: Ronnnnn.... I am your sssspppirrrrit helper, Ron. Follow my sllllliiiiimmme trail and I will guide youuuuuuu to enlightenmennnnnt. *GURGLE*



Sorry. I'm just on one of those jags...
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:42 PM   #12
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Quote:
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EEEEEeeeeewwwwww......



I trying to think of something worse than a banana slug...
Dung Beetle?

You'd sure get a lot of sh*! over that. LOL!
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:44 PM   #13
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Um, earthworm?

You'd sure get hooked for life with that.
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:58 PM   #14
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Don't quit the day job, Mark.
Personally, I am all for appointing the priapulid worm as chief totem:
http://classes.seattleu.edu/biology/...lid/basics.htm

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Old 01-03-2007, 06:13 PM   #15
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Re: What is your animal?

Coyote

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Old 01-04-2007, 05:34 AM   #16
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Ah, the trickster...I'm watching you Lynn...I've got my eyes on you....

Cady, just when all the soft-bodied inverteprates thought it was safe to come out of the closet...

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Old 01-04-2007, 06:53 AM   #17
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So, Ron, are you gonna stick with "Man" as your answer or have you succumbed to the banana slug, yet?


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Old 01-04-2007, 07:29 AM   #18
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Re: What is your animal?

Sticking with Man...

It is an interesting question...many traditional societies maintain an attachment to nature through the use of totems. It is a well respected tradition in many ways. But I tend to believe that my struggle in life and in aikido is to become "truly human". To accentuate the best in human nature. I may indeed find an affinity with the elements of nature, or totems, as it were...but I cannot loose sight of the fact that the true struggle is self-discovery, and finding in me the best that is human.

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Old 01-04-2007, 09:09 AM   #19
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Dunno, Lynn. Last time I was in the Cobb County area, the most frequent "totem" critter I saw was the Smyrna police, patroling their stretch of highway. They had bagged at least 5 drivers for each 5 miles of road. Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner wouldn't stand a chance.

Ron, nicely put. The more we struggle, the more we find out about our true selves, neh?
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:25 AM   #20
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Dunno, Lynn. Last time I was in the Cobb County area, the most frequent "totem" critter I saw was the Smyrna police, patroling their stretch of highway. They had bagged at least 5 drivers for each 5 miles of road. Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner wouldn't stand a chance.
Wow, I thought the totem for Cobb County was "road kill".

Just look how many DUI schools are next to the liquor store, next to the collision shop, next to the title pawn.

And for Marietta itself, of course, the totem is the "Big Chicken".

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Old 01-04-2007, 09:42 AM   #21
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lol
True -- roadkill is right up there as a totem. I counted a lot of ex-raccoons on County Services Drive and Windy Hill.

Ohmigosh! The Big Chicken. But, my first impression of Marietta (outside the downtown) was that pawn shops and bail bondsmen seemed to be the most frequent businesses, but now that you mention it, the DUI schools and collision shops are right up there too. Nice town, tho'. And you have a Smith & Hawkin! (gardener's overpriced paradise)
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:49 PM   #22
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My first encounter with a business in Marietta was the Waffle House! :0

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Old 01-04-2007, 01:41 PM   #23
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Bob,
Well, Waffle House is about as ubiquitous as the pawnshops and bail bondsmen in Georgia, so you can't miss 'em. I actually only ate at two different WHs in Marietta, but there must be more.

Then there's the Cracker Barrel, over by LaQuinta...

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Old 01-04-2007, 02:55 PM   #24
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Quote:
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Anyone wanna a banana slug as their spirit helper?
As a matter of fact, that's the mascot for the big university here in town...the banana slug.
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:59 PM   #25
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Well, somebody's gotta love them!
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