Shamanism and Working With Animal Spirits

In around 4000 B.C. the Aryan people, who occupied what is now known as southern Iran, formed a cult based on the ritual ingestion of the fly agaric mushroom which is a hallucinogenic. Two years later northern India was invaded by the Aryan's taking their beliefs with them. From there they moved eastward to the Pacific Ocean shores of northeast Asia. Here the ritual practice developed into Shamanism, a nature-spirit religion. Now Shamanism is found in Australia, Tibet, Indonesia, Mongolia, Siberia, South America, and North America (especially the Pacific Northwest).

A Shaman is a person who is a combination of a priest and a healer. They are responsible for keeping the balance between the here and now world as it is known and the world of spirits, souls, and gods. It is believed when a Shaman is in an ecstatic trance state they are able to travel among the spiritual world where special supernatural realm knowledge is gained. Some of the ways Shaman in different parts of the world are said to achieve this trance are by eating a fly agaric mushroom, a Psilocybe mushroom or a peyote then by using magical phrases and words being chanted, dancing, or by rhythmically beating on a drum they achieve the perfect state of mind.

Jaguar's Wisdom Includes:
  • Understanding chaotic patterns
  • Ability to see the paths within chaos
  • Soul work facilitation
  • Empowerment of oneself
  • Traveling around in unknown places
  • Moving in darkness without fear
  • Psychic abilities
  • Shape-shifter
Black Jaguar's Wisdom Includes:
  • Gatekeeper of the Unknowable
  • The keeper of circular time continuum
  • Understanding chaotic patterns
  • Ability to see the paths within chaos
  • Soul work facilitation
  • Empowerment of oneself
  • Traveling around in unknown places
  • Moving in darkness without fear
  • Psychic abilities
  • Shape-shifter
Orca Whale Wisdom Includes:
  • Cosmos Creator
  • Can convert raw matter into planets, stars, etc.
  • Can Free the physical body's soul
  • Can control Earth's rainfall
  • Use song's vibration energy to heal
  • Aid humans with finding their soul's song
  • Soul memory
  • Sees the unseen
  • Teaches the ability to seal energy leaks and soul fissures
Crow-Rook's Wisdom Includes:
  • Honors ancestors
  • Guardian of places before they existed
  • Ethics and Ethical behavior
  • Able to move through space and time
  • Transporter of souls out of darkness into light
  • Freely moves within the void
  • Provide guidance when working in shadow
  • Works in darkness without fear
  • Shape-shifter
  • Understands ethics and all things related
Mountain Lion-Cougar-Puma's Wisdom Includes:
  • Uses leadership power wisely and void of ego
  • Balancing intention, power, and strength
  • How to free oneself from guilt
  • How to gain self-confidence
  • Cunning

Animal Spirit Symbolism Resources

Lynx

Wolf

Rabbit

Hare

Bear

Coyote

Owl

Frog

Tiger

Lizard

Deer

Butterfly

Alligator

Otter

Wild Boar

Bat

Dolphin

Rhinoceros

Elephant

Eagle

Horse

Badger

Hawk

Vulture

Hummingbird

Raven

Buffalo/Bison

Spider

Swan

Raccoon

Donkey

Cremation Urns

Power Animals