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How your Power Animal can guide you

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My Power Animals appear when I am working and help me do the healing work necessary. During Extractions, they assist with the removal of energy that no longer serves a person’s highest Good.

Sometimes there is a tag team effort that takes places with my Power Animals – It’s like one is better at doing certain things, like clearing a certain kind of energy than the other, and so, during the Extraction, one will step in to do his/her thing, then, the other will finish it off.

All of them don’t always appear. There is Power Animal that was retrieved for me a few years ago who is rarely present. I forget about her sometimes. But, I know she is always there. And since I started a regular practice, I noticed that she appears when a super deep healing is about to happen, and I’m like “Hey, long time no see.” And she winks at me.

Whenever I journey, I am always greeted by one of them. If I have a general question for a client, friend or myself, there is always one that appears to counsel me. When I do Soul Retrievals, there is at least one that guides me along a path and walks with me until I meet the soul fragment that I am to converse with.

In everyday life, I call upon my Power Animals (spirit guides) when I need. Whether it is to help me be seen and heard – so the people around me hear my “roar” or “growl”. Mostly, though, I am in the backgound listening, poised; Seen but not always actively participating.

Power Animals are around to support you, give you power with the unique gifts they each posses, and, give you guidance – if you ask.

For a time, you can embody characteristics of that animal for better health, to heal, for power. For example, if your power animal is a bear – know that winter is not the best time for you to start new projects. Winter is the time when Bear hibernates. So, set your plans in motions in the spring.

Your power animal may be Elk (also part of the Deer and Moose family) – gentle and innocent creatures with a quiet regal presence. They are herbivores. So, maybe if you are experiencing digestive issues, switch your diet to vegetarian to bring out Elk medicine. Unlike Bear, the cycle of power for Elk is autumn and spring.

Your power animal is a sacred being. With the sacred nature of this spirit guide, know that sometimes sharing what it is with certain people may diminish it’s power (and your power). So, please be selective, prudent even, with who you share this information with.

With time, you can build a relationship with your Power Animal – get to know him or her. Learn if it is a him or a her? What are his favourite foods – for offering purposes. Learn his habits. Ask how can he assist you best.

If you talk to the animals

they will talk with you

and you will know each other.

If you do not talk to them,

And what you do not know,

you will fear.

What one fears, one destroys.

-Chief Dan George

Here are some of the Power Animals that I have retrieved:

Bear (brown bear, Kodiak, panda, polar bear)













Snake (gartner, cobra, python, anaconda)





For more information about Power Animals/Spirit Guides:

Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews

Animal Spirit Guides, by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.

Pocket Guide to Spirit Animals, by by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.d

Power Animal Retrieval – my first time

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One of the first times I retrieved a Power Animal for someone was during the first class (a weekend retreat) for (for simplicity sake, we’ll call it) “shaman school”. We were given instructions then partnered up. My partner was stationed across from me, so I made my way over to her.

At the start of each journey, we go to a place, an earthy place. For me, it is a nice patch of grass in a beautiful garden in front of a white marble bench. I enter the Underworld (non-ordinary reality) from there.

Immediately when I entered, I saw the face of a Cheetah – a yellow cat with black spots. If I was watching TV, the face of this Cheetah would fill the entire screen.

As I said made note of this feline n my head, I watched letters in CAPS pop up in front of the Cheetah’s face: JAGUAR.

The letters that formed the word entered in from the bottom left rose upward hovering over the Cheetah’s forehead, then dropped down like a roller coaster and disappeared.

As I saw the words pop up, I immediately thought to myself: “That’s not a Jaguar. Jaguar’s are black. It’s a Cheetah.”

I continued on the journey to complete the rest of the steps involved to confirm this was my partner’s Power Animal, including sitting with Cheetah to ask what gifts it brings to my partner.

I made my way out of the Underworld carrying her gifts in my arms to present to her.

When my partner and I awakened from the journey, I shared with her what I saw minus the word JAGUAR popping. I led with I seeing a yellow cat with black spots and told her that her Power Animal was a Cheetah. She interrupted and asked: “Are you sure it wasn’t a Jaguar?”

I paused and looked at her wondering if she could read my mind. “That’s so weird that you ask because the word JAGUAR did pop up. But, I dismissed it because Jaguars are black.”

“Hang on,” she said. She reached into her backpack and pulled out a piece of paper and flipped it over.  As preparation for the retreat, one of the pieces of prep was to bring a picture of your power animal or animals. “Did it look like this?”

It was photo from the internet of a yellow cat with black spots.

“Yes,” I said. “That’s what I saw. A Cheetah.”

“Linda, this is a jaguar,” she said.

My breath caught for a moment as the magnitude of the situation caught up with me. I realized there were Forces at work here that couldn’t be explained. Well, they could be explained by simply saying “Holy shit, I’m psychic!” Just joking. I would never say that. It’s more like somehow I saw something and it was good information, and it came from nowhere – maybe, not even nowhere. Maybe from Somewhere…

I felt goosebumps in the back of my neck.

Despite all this awareness, I said: “But, I thought Jaguars were black. And Cheetahs are the only cats that are yellow and spotted.”

“In some places, like Central America, Jaguars are spotted or coloured,” my partner said.  She pointed back at the picture. “Is this what you saw?”

“Yes,” I confirmed.

We sat for a moment in silence.

In the pause, I realized there were Powers at work. And I was totally blown away – like, Whoa. One, showing me what I asked – a visual of my partner’s Power Animal. The Other, knew how my mind worked or how what I knew and what I didn’t know. “It” knew I would think this yellow spotted feline was a Cheetah, and so, “It” decided to send me a message in CAPS, just to make sure I get it right….I say again: Whoa.

She broke the silence first. “That’s interesting,” she said, “because a few months ago, I had a soul retrieval and he retrieved a Jaguar for me as well.”

“Daniel?” I asked. “Did you ask him if it was spotted?”

“Yes and No, I didn’t,” she replied.

“Let’s find him and ask,” I said.

We looked around the room and saw him at the snack station.

“Daniel,” my partner called. “The jaguar you retrieved for me a few months back – Do you recall what colour it was?”

“Spotted,” he said without hesitation.

My partner and I looked at each other eyes wide. Whoa.

If Jaguar is your Totem or Spirit Animal

The jaguar spirit animal is the gatekeeper to all that is unknown. A mystical totem, the jaguar offers lessons about reclaiming your inner power by awakening your inner core energy (sometimes referred to as Kundalini). When the secretive, graceful jaguar enters your life it is time to resolve old issues and to make way for a spiritual rebirth. Understanding the darker side of life is what offers this powerful animal totem its mystery. With understanding comes the ability to embrace change and life’s multitude of cycles.

More about the Jaguar:


If Cheetah is your Totem or Spirit Animal

If the cheetah is running through your consciousness, it’s a good time to make your move. No more mansy pansy, wishy washy. Nope. If cheetah is your sign, then you’ve got to blaze a trail, act, respond, and do it quickly.

Too often we lose out on incredible opportunities because of doubt or fear of risk. Cheetah tells us that life is too short to hem and haw. Cheetah bolts into action when it sees an opportunity. And that’s a big message the cheetah imparts to us humans.