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Bird Totems

Understanding Bird Medicine

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11. Penguin

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The penguin swims in water and is unable to fly, yet its movement from water to land is swift. The penguin is able to leap out of the water and land on its feet. Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak assigns penguin totem with the ability to consciously go out of body. If penguin appears lucid dreaming or astral projection is likely to come easily to you.

12. Stork

Everyone knows the fairytale about where babies come from. In the story we are told that the stork delivers the newborn to the front door. Babies are often born with red markings on the backs of their necks that are affectionately called "stork bites." When the stork appears a birth or rebirth will soon happen. The stork is typically a bringer of new energies. Its appearance often precedes a change in the family dynamic, which may or may not be a new baby born to the family.

13. Toucan

The toucan is a tribal symbol that is carved on totem poles by native tribes. The toucan's colorful appearance and large bill indicates a strong desire to be seen and heard. When the toucan appears as a totem it is likely time for you to step forward out of the shadows and stand in the lime light for awhile. If you have difficulty speaking in public toucan medicine can help clear and heal throat chakra blockages.

14. Peacock

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The peacock is a majestic and mystical totem symbolizing inner wisdom. Whenever the peacock visits it is an invitation to view higher aspects of yourself through the eye image displayed on its magnificent display of feather plumes. Ask yourself if you need to widen your perspective and look deeper regarding a situation.

15. Turkey

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Turkey totem represents a time of harvest and blessings. If you follow a wild turkey and watch you will find other foods to eat. the feathers have been used to make caps for ceremony as well as to keep rain off. almost every part of the turkey can be used for one thing or another and of course the bird is also a food source. To the Cherokee the turkey was as sacred as the eagle if not more so. they teach adaptivity for that is what has helped them survive the destruction of their forest.

16. Owl

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The owl represents wisdom and higher education. Because of its keen eyesight the owl is considered to be a great visionary. Owls also have superb hearing. As a totem it can reveal clairaudient and clairvoyant abilities. This nocturnal bird is called "The Keeper of Dark Secrets." The owl totem has a connection to the dark side and the dead.

17. Ostrich

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The ostrich is the largest bird in the bird kingdom. Because it cannot fly its lesson is the importance of grounding, teaching us not to be so "flighty" or "airy fairy." The ostrich teaches us that we can attain spiritual heights from a deeper rooted perspective. Gravity is the ostrich's strength, keeping it grounded.

18. Chickens and Cocks

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The chicken and cock symbolize the yin-yang balance of male and female energies. Together they represent fertility and sexuality. Chicken eggs have been historically used in rituals as fertility symbols. Chickens, longtime domesticated, are a stable of food in households. For this reason chickens also represent nutrition and substenance.

19. Parrot

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The parrot as a healer would be representative of both a color therapist and a speech therapist. Parrot is a magical totem that teaches us that the world is full of possibility. The role of the parrot is that of a linguist opening communication centers. When this totem appears look to see if you need assistance in understanding views that are different from your own.

20. Falcon

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The falcon is known to hover in the sky in slow motion or sit patiently on a perch but will move swiftly to the ground to scoop up its prey (beetles, grasshoppers, mice and other small rodents). The lesson the falcon teaches as a totem is to wait for the most opportune moment before making your move.
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