NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMAL SYMBOLS
This is a general listing - meaning may vary per tribe.
Elk - nobility, power, freedom, stamina, pride, majesty, great strength and agility.
Bull - beneficence, wealth and richness of life, potency, strength and courage in battle.
Buffalo - abundance, prayer, strength, healing, good fortune, sacredness. "Buffalo Medicine" means to bring a special honor, reverence or appreciation for all things the Earth provides for her children. Provides all good things for living, and bestows great curing powers.
Feathers - Symbols of prayers, sources of ideas or marks of honor. Representing the Creative Force, and are taken from birds with the attribute for which they might be used.
Turkey - food source, resourcefulness. Its feathers have many spiritual & ritual uses. The spirit of turkey is free, and opens up the channels between us and others on a meaningful level. The turkey sacrifices itself so that others may live, showing us courage and faith in our present life and the next.
Horse - independence, pride, purification, stability, courage, freedom, power, safe movement, love and devotion, loyalty. Pictured as an animal with supernatural power in many cultures, Native American Shamans fly other realms on mythical horses. People with Horse Medicine often carry the burdens of other people. They are strong and able to bare the strain of difficult circumstances.
Wolf - teacher, intuition, learning, the Shadow self, pathfinder, shows intense loyalty with a balance of independence. The wolf is the teacher of new ideas and earth wisdom. Traditionally, someone with Wolf Medicine has a strong sense of self, and communicates well through subtle gestures.They often find new solutions to problems while providing stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure.
Deer - sometimes mentioned as "first helper" in a few emergence stories, also family protection and of course speed. People with "Deer Medicine" are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often appearing to have well developed, even extra sensory perceptions and whose thoughts may "race ahead". Deer Medicine brings beauty and grace to any surrounding. Deer carries the message of purity of purpose, and of walking in the light.
Pheasant - symbolizes warning and concealment. The silver feather has always been a constant Native American symbol of prosperity and wealth.
Fox - cunning, intelligent, diplomacy, wildness, camouflage, shape shifting, invisibilility, elusiveness, agility, cleverness, camouflage, subtlety, discretion, providing, represents twilight and feminine magic.
Alligator - Aggression, adaptability, stealth and a fight for survival.
Turquoise - harmony. Traditional Native American jewelry stone, wearing turquoise brings good fortune.
Moose - self-esteem, wisdom, unpredictability, spontaneity, headstrong, unstoppable longevity, value and integrity, scrutiny and attention to detail.
Antelope - is quick to bound into action, grace, rapid advancement. Builder and symbol for partnership, with the message of act sensibly.
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