Your power animal
is a spirit animal of the dream world that supports and inspires.
Ice Age animal totems are Indian symbols of your spirit animal.
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To the Early Native
North American Indian of the Paleo and Archaic periods, there is evidence
that suggests that they
believed animals to be reflections of their own deep inner feelings and
tendencies. In a very real way this is true. We ourselves are animals. Being
smarter does not exclude us. But unlike animals, evolution gave us
an enlarged cerebral cortex so that we can experience empathy.
126. Honey Look Bear
Short-Faced Bears of the Late Pleistocene apparently favored honey
as well. The bottom of the fossil coral headstone had been chipped
out by the early Native American artist to seat perfectly on the
fossil-ridden body. The raised "front legs" are natural creases in
the stone. Honey-combed fossil coral and crinoid bead-laden
jasper of golden honey color,
2 parts. 6.4"H; 903 gm
and Hindu belief systems it is quite possible to be reborn as an animal, which
is usually considered a lower rebirth. But this is not to say Buddhists don't
respect animals - on the contrary. We should
respect and take clues from our sentient cousins. As evolution has proven time
and again, we are kindred. Also, we are all of this planet and must endure the agonies of birth,
hunger, early peer-pressure, heartbreak, separation of limb and loved ones, then
old age, sickness and death.
127. Everywhere Eyes
Like most of our finds, the headstone gives the figure away:
Note the spooky pair of eyes observing the observer. This hawk was
looking up at us when we first saw it. Light brown
jasper, 3 parts. 5.625"L x 4.25"H; 570 gm
with tail lying flat
On a positive
side, this understanding springs forth a fountain of compassion not only for
ourselves, but also for all who share this beautiful planet with us. If
compassion is genuine, it springs forth bliss - not self righteous pleasure -
but a deep-seated peace in the abandonment of mental and physical pre-occupations.
ICE AGE HORSE
125. Spirit Run
This beautiful amethyst spirit animal washed out of the last Spoon
River flood and was one of the last figurines we recovered. The site
is no longer accessible and any remaining figures are likely
non-retrievable. It's not immediately visible in this photo, but
there is a white crystal "eye" at the appropriate location on the
head. Because of aging and patina, the plum-colored granite tail has
Amethyst quartzite w plum granite tail, 3 parts. 7.25"L x
4.125"H; 1092 gm
Top view - Note
have been dependent on animals ever since we dropped out of the trees. For
the past 2 million plus years they have fed and clothed us. We have even
made companions of them in the form of pets and now live side-by-side with
them on farms.
can pass through the veils of the elements - from water to
earth, or earth to sky were considered sacred to Paleo and Archaic
Indian. Turtles and Frogs are such animals - they can survive land
and water for short periods. More turtles can be found on this site
on the Links page under Figurine
w chalcedony geode, 7 parts. 7.0"L, 685 gm
So it is of no
surprise that they are companions in the spirit world as well. In truth of fact,
and in many ways, animals guide our destinations - physically and in the spirit
world: Because of your pet, you now have a soft spot in your heart for all of
its kind and this opens you up to a broader universe.
129. Lil' Possum
Or "Night Cat" in Latin - North America's only surviving marsupial.
Though not necessarily considered a spirit animal by most, opossums
are definitely of the night world.
We used to have several outdoor cats we fed in a shed and Delores would go out in the evening and occasionally
encounter one of these gentle creatures stealing cat food. But
caution should be observed, opossums don't always play dead when
confronted: they will hiss a warning and have very sharp teeth. They can defend themselves if
cornered or frighten. Milky quartz crystal with yellow patina,
2 parts. 2.0"L x 2,25"H; 106 gm
We do not
choose our spirit animal. Our spirit animal chooses us. Your specific spirit
animal will come to you in a real dream - not a daydream - and it usually
happens in a dream that is disturbing. Many times the spirit animal will be the
cause of the distress and provokes us to do or change something in our lives.
ICE AGE BISON
This stone perplexed
me at first: I was looking for a camel's body stone. Delores noted
that it looked a lot like a bison and we had found the horns to
match earlier near its recovery site. Note ancient chip mark to separate the head from
the front leg. The bison's beard hangs in the heads shadow.
Carmel jasper w
white flint horns, 2 parts. 4.75"L x 3.25"H; 442 gm
The neck - where stone
spirit animal comes to us in waking life. For example, in the writings of Carlos
Castaneda, he reveals that his spirit guide is a lowly gnat, yet Carlos becomes
a powerful but benevolent sorcerer of the Yaqui Indian tradition. The pesky gnat
on the nose revealed to Carlos what it was that he had to transcend. But in his
enhanced perceptual state, Carlos saw the tiny gnat as a giant, horrible monster
- a fear of his own manufacture. And up close gnats is ugly.
This was one of my
favorite figurines recovered from site 2601. The angle in this photo
doesn't show both of the owl's eyes but you can see its bulbous nose
which gives it a human quality. He is turning his head as owls do.
The foreground wing, claw clutching fallen prey, and folded-under
tail feathers give the figure a realistic appearance. It has
the feel of being handled a very long time ago and the patina
reveals it was buried nearly as long. For more Owls, see
A more simplistic example comes from the movie The White Buffalo. In
the 1977 movie, Charles Bronson's character Wild Bill Hickok was plagued by
a menacing white buffalo in his dreams which could only be resolved - by of
course - facing the charging demon.
This figure resembles an extinct
giant bird - most likely an Native American Indian Thunderbird - a Teratorn from
the Pleistocene with a beak like that of a condor.
Note that both wings butt
right up to the body stone at the appropriate angle. The Indian thunderbirds
body stone where its left extended leg (with open talons) join was chipped
(bottom foreground in left photo) to hold up its open talon as if to snatch its
prey - the only place where the figure was worked. Here in the photograph it
fell down just before I unwittingly snapped the photo. Honey jasper, 7 parts.
5.0"h x 8.0" w; 1531 gm
events in our waking lives will trigger the release of the guide in a dream that
we lock away from our waking consciousness. That dog that bit you when you were
three years old may be the cause of a reoccurring nightmare in where you are
being chased by a pack of angry wolves. In all likelihood your spirit animal is
the wolf. But to gain his confidence, you must turn and face the pack in the
dream with all the brilliance and calm courage you can muster. The trick is to
when you are dreaming.
121. Electra Bird
This electric figurine (torpedo in Latin actually means
has an iron oxide "beak". These parts were collected from the same
spot between 1999 to 2002. Rub stones together in the dark (with
Safety glasses to avoid stone dust in eyes) and they produce sparks
within the stones known as piezoelectric effect.
with pale yellow milky (Creamy) patina - piezoelectric, 3 parts.
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