Many First Nation People are able to find the connection between all things, a gift given by the Creator. Connecting with the animals and their spirits is one of those shared gifts. The following animal characteristic list was shared with me and now I pleased to be able to share it with you. Enjoy!

ANT
Tirelessly works with her tribe in perfect unity. Invoke ant medicine for patience and ability to work hard and plan carefully.

ANTELOPE
Shy, silent antelope medicine is the wisdom to keep still. Invoke for mystic awareness through silence and meditation.

ARMADILLO
Wears effective protective armor. Armadillo medicine helps us set healthy, effective emotional boundaries.

BADGER
Aggressive, fearless. Bites and never lets go. Forms a hunting alliance with Coyote and other animals. Invoked for courage, persistence, ability to form alliances.

BAT
Hears in dark by sonar. Invoke to hear messages from the dark recesses of the psychic realm, to develop magical abilities. Tribal peoples invoke Bat medicines for rebirth and initiation.

BEAR
Invoked by American Indians for healing, renewal, meditation and the ability to grant great shamanic powers to humans.

BEAVER
Builds dams. Also digs canals from pond to pond. Invoke to open new channels of thought and to build our dreams.

BEE
Invoke bee medicine for communication, and the ability to work hard and harmoniously while still enjoying the nectar of life.

BLUEBIRD
Invoke for happiness, luck, joy and contentment.

BOAR
A ferocious aggressive fighter. Ancient cultures invoked Bear medicines for healing, cleverness, courage and protection.

BUFFALO
American Indians honor his medicine which opens our hearts to prayer and peace. Nearly hunted to extinction, small herds still survive. Invoke for endurance.

BULL
Bull medicine is invoked for power, leadership, protection and fertility, since he can impregnate large harems of cows.

BUTTERFLY
Transforms from larvae to caterpillar to butterfly. Invoke for self-transformation, spiritual growth, courage to change.

CAMEL
Expert at conversation, goes for ten months with out water. Invoke her medicine for stamina, endurance, conversation.

CAT
Invoke for understanding mystery, cleansing, purification, independence, magical powers, mystic visions, sensuality, grace.

CHEETAH
Fastest land animal. Flexible spine allows very long strides. Invoke for flexibility and accelerated spiritual progress.

COYOTE
Increasing while most predators decrease due to amazing adaptability and cunning. Honored as a mischievous Trickster. Invoke for adaptability, cunning and wit.

CRANE
Courtship dance creates ritualized bond of love. Invoke for wisdom to create ceremonies that connect us to the spirit realm.

CROCODILE and PLOVER
Plover(a bird) protects Croc's teeth and cleaning gums. Invoke both to help form interspecies alliances.

CROW
Indians honor Crows as tricksters and law giver. An assertive, successful survivor in may locales. Invoke Crow for boldness, shamanic powers, magic and intuition.

DEER
Always alert. Invoked for ability to quickly sense danger, and exit fast. Male deer regrows antlers. Invoke for renewal.

DOG
Invoked for loyalty and for ability to love unconditionally.

DOLPHIN
Most intelligent being on earth. Her medicines invoked for wisdom, peace, love, harmony and communication.

DOVE and PIGEON
Monogamous and very loving towards mate. Invoked for romantic love, loyalty, peace and innocence.

DUCK
A very protective and patient mother. Her medicine is invoked for developing our nurturing and mothering energy.

EAGLE
Invoked for courage, fortitude, shamanic powers, illumination, inner vision. Inspires our spirit to soar to great heights.

ELEPHANT
Visits ancestors' burial grounds. Tribal people invoked for longevity, intelligence, awakening ancient memories.

FALCON
Great hunter. Exquisite precision and speed in flight. Invoke Falcon for rapid progress, unerring accuracy and sure success.

FLAMINGO
Longest migration of any being on earth. Invoke for far rapid journey, whether physical or spiritual.

FOX
Very clever and adaptable. Alert to every opportunity. Invoke for resourcefulness, wit, adaptability and cunning.

FROG and TOAD
Associated with rain, for most must lay eggs in moisture. Invoke for times of drought.

GIRAFFE
Invoked for the inspiration to reach for the heights.

GOAT
Invoked for determination to climb to the summit, playfulness and the ability to glean nutrition from anything.

GORILLA
A peaceful conservationist. Leaves enough edible vegetation for regrowth. Invoked for wisdom to caretake earth.

GULL
An excellent and effortless flyer. Invoked for the ability to soar through life with ease and effortless achievement.

GROUSE
Moves in ritualized circle during ceremonial courtship dance. Invoked for wisdom to learn about rituals and ceremonies and the harmonizing effect on the spirit.

HAWK
Greatest flyer, carries prayers to the Great Spirit. Invoked for perspective, clarity and inner vision.

HIPPOPOTAMUS
At home in water and land. Invoked to develop psychic intuition while staying grounded and practical.

HORSE
Among the strongest of all animal clans. Invoked for strength and inner power. Can live in wild if set free. Invoked for freedom of spirit and to get in touch with our own wildness.

HUMMINGBIRD
Passion, joy, luck, energy and romantic love.

JAGUAR
Loves to sw3im, will hunt in water. Invoked for the medicine power to hunt in the deep waters of the subconscious.

KANGAROO
Leaves womb while still a fetus and climbs up to pouch. Invoked for courage to go forward when feeling weak.

LEOPARD
Hunts at night. Invoked for understanding of the subconscious mind, the shadow aspects of our selves.

LION
More size, strength and power than any other cat clans. Invoked for strength, prosperity, good luck, courage, cooperation, health and nobility.

LIZARD
Can let his tail fall off when caught, then regrow a new tail. Invoked for regeneration, renewal and transformation.

LYNX
A very secretive, rarely seen wild cat. Invoked for getting in touch with that which is elusive, rare and hard to hold.

MANATEE
Invoked for serenity, gentleness and trust.

MEERCAT
Member of the mongoose clan. Only mammal on earth with no hierarchy. Invoked for freedom from authority.

MOOSE
Largest deer clan. Invoked for power and confidence.

MOUNTAIN LION
Solitary, silent, survives harshest environments. Invoked for ability to silent when necessary.

MOUSE
The most successful, prolific and varied of all animals clans. Invoked for success, alertness and versatility.

OPOSSUM
Peacefully watches the world while hanging upside down by its tail. Invoked for creative way to look at things.

OTTER
Quickly, efficiently meets her food requirements giving her time to play. Invoked for efficiency and playfulness.

OWL
Invoked for occult abilities, dreamtime visions, acceptance of the dark, the night, the shadow within and without.

PEACOCK
Psychic protection, courage, luck, rain and serenity.

PENQUIN
One of the few animals who live in large groups but maintain monogamy. Invoked for loyalty in romantic love.

PIG (Wild)
Lives in small clans in forests. Very communicative with her tribe. Invoked for expressiveness and intelligence.

PORCUPINE
Climbs trees to great heights. Invoked for ability to defend oneself uniquely. Inspiring to reach the heights.

PRAIRIEDOG
Lives in towns with tunnels of up to 160 square miles. Invoked to deal with pressures of urban living.

RABBIT and HARE
Breed rapidly. Are numerous and successful. Invoked for alertness, abundance success and prosperity.

RACOON
Insatiably curious and mischievous. Invoked for humor, playfulness, ability to skillfully inquire and scrutinize.

RAVEN
Honored as tricksters. Invoked for far seeing prophecy, clairvoyant vision and strong magical powers.

ROAD RUNNER
Ability to survive in harsh environments.

ROBIN
Folk wisdom tells us that upon seeing the first Robin of springtime it is wise to stop and pray for hope and healing.

SALMON
Fights her way up stream to spawn. Invoked for the power to overcome obstacles and take difficult challenges.

SEAHORSE
Female lays eggs in male pouch. Invoked for fluid, nonstereotyped parenting abilities.

SKUNK
Most effective defense in animal clan. Doesn't cause permanent harm. Invoked for respect and for defending oneself in creative ways.

SNAKE
Sheds and regrows skin. Invoked for regeneration, transformation, wisdom, wholeness, good fortune and rain.

SPARROW
Weaves unusual things into nest, like gum wrappers. Invoked for courage to walk one's own unique path.

SPIDER
Invoked for creativity, originality and the manifestation power to weave our dreams into reality.

SQUIRREL
Playful. Buries food for winter. Invoked for the ability to plan ahead, playfulness and joy.

SWAN
Strictly monogamous. Mates for life. Invoked for loyal, affectionate love, grace, intuitive powers, faith and commitment.

TIGER
Approaches prey very slowly. Pounces when timing is perfect. Invoked for careful preparation, seizing opportunities.

TURTLE and TORTOISE
Protection, longevity and wisdom.

WEASLE
Hunts under deep snow with cunning, stealth and great fierce. Invoked for fearlessness and occult power.

WHALE
Invoked for intelligence, power, wisdom and the ability to sing you own song and express your own individuality.

WOLF
Prey is usually old and sick. Keeps a species strong by eliminating the weak. Invoked to help us eliminate our own weaknesses and nonproductive thoughts that weaken our spirit.

WOODPECKER
Linked to his drumlike peck with thunder spirits. Invoked for rain regeneration and cleansing.

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