This is updated and revised version of my second toten blog more than two years ago.
The tricky thing about totem animals is they don’t have to be real for you to see them. Often people have mythological creatures for spirit guides. I never expected to have a lion as a totem. The other night I dreamed of lions. Not a single lion, but dozens of lions prowling the street. They were all lionesses, but none chased me or attacked me. My first thought was the lions symbolized overcoming fear.
I checked out Steven Farmer’s Pocket Guide to Totem Animals. The lion extolled me to stand strong, keep my integrity in the situation, and think things through before acting. The lion reminded me I was stronger than I believed. The message was an odd one for me. I wasn’t sure how it applied to me until a colleague informed me a stranger was using my name and image online.
This is an important issue to an author, but I remember the lion and the message. I handled the situation quietly and it worked out. If I flew off the handle, the results could have turned out differently.
The lion reminds us of the strength and wisdom we already have.
The lion shares the gift of emotional mastery.
The lion represents animal magic through thought magic, lightning, and thunder.
The lioness brings other gifts, including timing. Knowing when to say the right thing. She also teaches the importance of sisterhood. The lioness is important to the Goddess Artemis.
The lion reminds us to be brave.
Lions appear everywhere from coats of arms, flags, and even statues flanking buildings. When people choose to use the lion image they hope to inspire some of qualities listed below.