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Keeper of Vitality


Meanings and Messages: self-acknowledgement, life-blood, revived energy, responsibility toward family


The cardinal, a red finch, is easily recognized among other birds. Cardinals also tend to stick around for all seasons so easy to spot year round. As a totem they interject vitality or serve as a reminder that vitality is lacking. What is your energy level right now? You may also need to brighten up a drab wardrobe with some color. Cardinals will whistle loudly to alert danger, for this reason a cardinal sighting can be a signal to be on alert for possible trouble. The cardinal is family-oriented. The male helps out with feeding and protecting the fledglings. Ask yourself if family members are at risk or need extra care.

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