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Strength and Stamina


Meanings and Messages: service to others, survival traits, reserves energy, strength, self empowerment


Best suited for desert habitats, the camel can thrive in the harshest of environments. Camels store fat, food, and water reserves in their hump to carry them through prolonged periods of drought or food shortages. Camel as a totem teaches the importance of slowing down and reserving our energy. The camel may show up when you are giving away too much of your power or energy to others as a reminder not to overextend your personal energies. It can also show up if you are in the habit of looking to others to empower you. Camel will teach you to stand strong and learn how to take care of yourself without depending on others for hand outs or inspiration. Camel teaches how to draw from your own power.

Camel has a strong connection to the element of water, it will gorge on water when it discovers an oasis in the midst of the desert. It does not drink enormous amounts of water out of greed, but because of its survival instincts. Camel doesn't know how many days or weeks may pass before it finds another watering hole and is merely restocking its body's reserves. When camel appears it could be a reminder to take care of your needs, also to take only what you can carry. You may want to take inventory of your pantry or food stuffs as well, the camel showing up could be warning you to stock up for leaner times ahead.

The camel is a beast of burden which has been put to service to carry people and their belongings across desolate regions. A person with camel as their personal totem often chooses a career of service to others, helping to lift burdens from the weak, crippled, or sick. The camel person has the challenge of learning how to help others without giving to much of themselves. Giving too much is the final straw that breaks the camel's back.

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