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The Fetish Gift

Feather and Medicine Bag Items



What Are Fetishes?

Fetishes are sacred objects used as a tool to facilitate an awakening into your whole self, used in prayer, or utilized for protection and healing.   Many of these Animal Totem items are placed on one’s sacred altar or in one’s medicine bag.


Spiritual gifts or Animal Totem fetishes that keep appearing at our feet, in very unusual places or  are given as very special gifts by friends and family… these fetish items can be…

feathers, crystals, seashells, clay figures, fur, leather, stones, shells, twigs, leaves, wood carvings, sea glass, Indian arrow heads…and even money…

remember that all these sacred items that we get at unexpected times and fill our hearts with joy, hope, dreams are sent for a reason.


The Feather


Our connection with feathers and stones, and any found objects, are special connections between you, your animal totem and Spirit.  While we go through life changes, or just vision journeys  to change our lives , Spirit and our ancestors try to give us these  gifts to let us know that we are connected, that we are on the right path, that we have the strength and courage to move forward….to be one with Spirit and to be a servant of Spirit.  


The feather seems to be one of the most  sacred totem animal item  that we can get.  Maybe because we know that there are Angels out there watching over us….


I have always gotten feathers from blue jays to turkey vultures, some I keep, and some I hold for the moment honor and let it lay were it was found.   When I was going through a difficult time of divorce, accident, and caring for  my mom, there was always a feather on the doorstep, either my place or my mother's.   So, I knew that things were  to be as it should be and that I had to take things slowly….cardinal feathers…walk with Spirit.   My favorite feathers are crow, raven and hawk feathers.  Raven is my Welsh clan animal, my father's family.  My father's family crest has four ravens on it.  


Hawk is my Cherokee clan animal, my mother's family.  I see them every where.  Even in the trees, when they should be out of sight.   Though I do know that my mother, Tinie Marie, has strong raven/crow medicine with her, too.  Before she passed, I was out calling for my morning visit with the local hawk, when 300 plus crows came up and over the hill.... my heart dropped because I than knew that they had come to get their sister... when I made it back to the house I could not wake my mother, who was than in her final two weeks on the earth.  So when she passed, I thought that we would see a crow or hawk, nope,   a  female mallard was the first bird my bother, Tim, and I saw when our mother transitioned.  It flew right past us, and its wing was close enough for us to touch…. family first…..the mother  duck controls all…and there are times I have come out of a store to see a duck standing by my car….of  course she left a feather….  When I need confirmation from my mother, I get a duck feather.


All  birds are very special to me and if they are for you too… I really recommend Ted Andrew’s book “Animal -Speak”.  His book is a must have if you are interested in learning more about your animal connections and how to communicate to them. Just know this any bird or feather that enters your life brings a message that it is there, becuase there is something greater and  that Spirit is there to help you use your intuitive senses.


Where do you keep the feather…any where you  like.  The ones I find by my house tend to go in either my house shield, dream catcher or on my altar.  Found on a walk or by my car, I will hang from my car’s medicine bag or place on my reading table and even in my reading/healing basket which holds my crystals and fetishes.


Incorporating Feathers in Healing


Feathers are our connection to the "air" forces; air being one of the four elements. The remaining three elements are water, fire, and earth. These special totem animal gifts are utilized by readers and healerrs. A healer can incorporate the use of feathers in different ways.  Most follow what their heart tells them to do, some study many alternative shamanic ways.  The feather is useful in cleaning auras, energy blocks, and emotional blocks. The healer may breathe through the feather during a toning session or just wave it in gentle motions. Some of us chant sounds through a feather over the client's body, which can elicit a powerful healing. Turkey feathers are wonderful for cleansing auras, and the entire digestive system. Cardinal feathers give vitality to blood conditions and bring in strong desires to return to the church. Blue Jay helps the throat chakra.  Each bird and its feather once studied can help in different ways. Remember the client heals themselves.  Sometimes if the client is very drawn to my feather, I will gift it to them.


 SO, the next time you come a cross a feather ...stop and ask yourself....."What is my message or confirmation?"        

Love your Animal Totem..........namaste




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Finding Your Animal Totem

 An Animal Totem is an important symbolic object used by a person to get in touch with specific qualities found within an animal which the person needs, connects with, or feels a deep affinity toward.

You can have several animal guides through out your life. Sometimes an animal guide will come into your life for a short period of time, and then be replaced by another depending on the journey or direction you are headed toward. Your guide will instruct and protect you as you learn how to navigate through your spiritual and physical life. When you find an animal that speaks strongly to you or feel you must draw more deeply into your life, you might fill your environment with images of the animal to let the animal know it's welcome in your space. Animal guides can help you get back to your Earthly roots, and reconnect with nature by reminding you that we are all interconnected.

To first do this you need to know what your Animal Totem is.

If you don't know what your Animal Totem is there are several questions you can ask yourself. All of the questions below are designed to get you thinking about a prominent animal in your life. There are no right or wrong answers. Only you can truly know which Animal Totem(s) are right for your journey.

Questions to ask self


1.      Since we are drawn to that which resonates with us, what animal, bird, or insect are you drawn to?

2.      When you go to the park, forest, or zoo what animal are you most interested in seeing?

3.      What animal do you most frequently see when you're out in nature or in the city?

4.      What animals are you currently interested in learning about?

5.      Which animal do you find most frightening or intriguing?

6.      Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?

7.      Is there a recurring animal in your dreams or do you have one you have never forgotten?



Still Uncertain?    If you are still uncertain which animal is your totem, here a few exercises you can do to come closer to the answer. You must not try to force the animal to come, it can pick up on that energy and be put off. Being patient and doing the following exercises will draw your animal totem to you.

1.      Ask yourself what animal has played a meaningful part in your world? If you're unsure, make a list of animals that have drawn your interest or have left a deep impression on you from paintings, photographs, stories, movies, carvings, etc.

2.      Which animal shows up in your life most frequently? Keep a journal of the animals present in your dreams or that you encounter through the day for the next month. How did the animal behave? Did you interact with the animal?

3.      Find a place where you can be alone to meditate. Sit quietly and ask your animal to make it's nature known to you. Feel free to use tools such as incense, smudge, and candles to help you.

4.      Don't give up, sometimes your animal totem is nearby watching to see if you're serious about connecting with it. Keep doing the above exercises until your animal totem makes itself known to you.


Totem Drawings by Mary



Totem Animal Basic Meanings

Totem Animals are a sacred way for Spirit to contact, guide and answer your questions.  Follow your heart and remember to listen to the lessons your animal totem is giving you. Honor self and sacred Animal Guides.


Pay attention to how your guide came in did you see it in a dream (intuition), while driving (movement), reading a magazine (intelligence), watching TV (attention), walking in the woods (self growth) etc…

Research your animal - its color, habitat, family or herd?, children, solitude time...etc...


Next where is your animal guide from…continent/hemisphere?…use this to determine medicine wheel position…

North American Animals


Alligator & Crocodile- motherhood, maternal protection of nest and house, single parent, connection to the Earth Mother, patience, lock jaw problems, understanding deceit, revenge on those who attack family, initiation, understanding weather, Access to Ancient knowledge, aggression, survival, adaptability, feeling adopted,


Ant- teamwork, group oriented,  living with many or communal living, storing for the future,  perseverance, Step by Step,  industriousness, discipline, may lack self discipline must work in group, loyalty, hard worker, are you a leader or follower


Bat- the guardian of the night, are you listening, transition,  strong radar senses, night best energy, group living, hearing and sight problem, initiation and rebirth, study the  hanged man in tarot deck


Badger- very strong medicine, keeper of stories, aggressiveness,  passion, cunning, perseverance, self control, passivity or victimization, persistence in the service, very grounded, knowledge of the earth and mystic powers, earth magic and wisdom, creative action in a time of crisis,  someone who stands for protection of rights and Spiritual Ideas, gardener, herbs medicine


Bear-very powerful, strong medicine, Shamans and Mystics, Visionaries, Healers, unconscious mind, taking time, enjoying life, old wisdom, mother cunning, gentleness, strength, dreaming, lone leader, introspection, healing, solitude, communication with Great Spirit, death and rebirth cycles, transformation, astral travel and strong of dreams, defense and revenge, wisdom, need for rest, intuitions, awakening the power of the unconscious,  nature's pharmacist  

Bear Paw- strong pathway to power, direction, connection to creator.

Beaver-water family, builder, very creative, death and rebirth cycles, strong bite, breathe, hard worker, tooth care, eating enough fiber, believing in your dreams

Bee- group worker, strong union with friends and co-workers, connection to the goddess power, “queen bee”, understanding female warrior energy, believer in reincarnation, dances with the spirits, helper of earth-bound energies, usually gate keepers, concentration, prosperity, strong sense of community, celebration, organization, fertility and the honey of life, watch sugar intake


Blackbird- enchantment, The Gateway Caller, finally getting your inner calling, understanding of the energies of earth on universe, survival of the fittest, children leave nest early, life by water, boundaries must be set, new interest in Spiritual doctrines


Blue Jay-owning your  own power, light blue- instant healer, black- minister, white drawing in spirit, gray the universal connection, planter of the forest, fairy guardian, strong mother earth, “the GREEN way”, gatekeeper, messenger like crow family, but usually watch dog


Boar (see pig)- cycle of two, born loner and leader, warrior spirit, not getting boxed in, aggressive,  


Bobcat- strong medicine for intuitive readers, claire audient, clear vision in dark places, vigilance, playful, seeking ancient mystical mysteries, ability to live in solitude, ability to see through masks and deception


Buffalo (bison)-must be kept sacred, life builder, the buffalo provides "all
things" for living, clothing, food, shelter, creativity, abundance, knowledge of power of prayer, generosity, hospitality, strength in masses, survival in harsh times.  Sacredness in White Buffalo - creation


Butteyfly- grace, keeper of time, spiritual transformation, "never judge  a book by its cover" - two meanings, symbol of resurrection for many cultures

Cardinal- church is becoming important, temple of the soul, grounded -in beliefs, life and love, power in fate, root chakra


Cat – female energies, independence, discernment, protective of love, dreams are strong, Egyptian medicine , assists in meditation, all mysteries especially magic, guardianship, detachment, sensuality, are you too aloof, reincarnation, self-assured, sees all Spirits


Chameleon- taking Life very slowly, patience, aura energies, camouflage, attaining goals, using the sun power, clever


Cougar-mountain lion-Leadership, courage, power, swiftness and balance, balancing  power, intention, gaining self-confidence, time well spent alone, freedom from guilt


Coyote-prankster, clown, insight, playful, the ability to present both sides of an issue, class clown and humor, perhaps sarcastic, story teller, are you telling people what they want to hear or are you being true to self


Cow- Very Holy for some cultures, brings nourishment, abundance, Great Mother Goddess, love, herbal grasses, sharing community, vitality, contentment, stomach issues

Crane(BLUE HERON) Solitude, independence, “Great Spirit”, grace, keen eyesight! (almost cat like), universal connection, barer of good news, (some still believe white crane announces new baby), leg issues, good balance, What is your connection to Spirit??

Crab- understanding the power of dance, side stepping, emotion is sacred, male aspects, multitasking, protector space, agility,  must be water, pincher, or who always pinches you


Crow (Raven)- The Guardian - Celtic roots, carrier of souls, no fear,  guidance of Shadow Spirits (seeing low vibration spirits),  governor of ethics, Shapeshifter, secret magic of creation (said to be once white and upon carrying the flames to the sun, became black), thief  (I would say lover of fine things, don’t leave jewelry outside!), playful, family first, discipline, warns one of danger, protector  most of all they are tribal, with clans, clutches of 4, and just like many indigenous tribes they have gatherings with song and dance  


Deer-  love, gentleness, kindness, gracefulness and sensitivity, message of purpose, sensitive to movement, family is strong




Cheetah- speed agility, focus strong, self esteem, beauty, keen eyesight, time management, manifesting with time and speed, works well with pairs, sleek body, very toned





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