Native American Totem Animals & Their Meanings

A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Some Native American tribe’s tradition provides that each person is connected with nine different animals that will accompany him or her through life, acting as guides.

Knowing your 9 Animal Totems and which direction they are in and how they guide you; what influence they have in your life journey and where.

Each and every person on earth has nine power totem animals that symbolize the medicine they carry in their Earth Walk. These animals or creatures beings imitate each person’s abilities, talents, challenges and dreams. For instance, if a person is linked to a Wolf as a power animal, that person is born a teacher, pathfinder, innovator, and self-starter. This does not necessarily mean that a person has acknowledged those gifts and is using them to the fullest. It can mean that Wolf is there to bring that person to an understanding of the talents; you might say that Wolf would be appearing in the contrary. As you come into Earth Walk, there are seven directions surrounding your physical body. These directions are East, South, West, North, Above, Below, and Within. The direction called Within exists within you, but also surrounds you, since the entire universe is inside your consciousness’.

You have a totem animal in each of the seven directions to teach you the lessons of these directions. The other two animals, which make up your nine totems are the ones which are walking at each side of you at all times, and which may possibly have been coming to you for years in your dreams. If they have not come to you in dreams, they may be animals that you are drawn to but which have not appeared amongst the seven you selected. You may find that these last two creatures will appear for you at a later date. The two that walk by your side may be from any part of the animal kingdom on Mother Earth. One of them could be a Duck, Big Horned Sheep, Vulture, or a Raccoon. Seeking advice from a book on animal habits to better understand the Medicines of these animals, and see how their characteristics applies to both human kind and your self. Your opinions of your self cannot get in the way when you pick these cards, therefore you will tend to learn more about your true nature when you simply allow the animals come to you.


1-EAST: Guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to illumination.

2-SOUTH: Protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust, so that innocence will be balanced in your personality. I have found this to be your most primal gifts.

3-WEST: The animal in the West leads you to your personal truth and inner answers. It also shows you the path in your goals.

4-NORTH: Gives wise counsel and reminds you when to speak and when to listen. It also reminds you to be grateful for every blessing every day. I believe this represents your relationship to personal authority.

5-ABOVE: Teaches you how to honor the Great Star Nation; and reminds you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return. It is the guardian of the Dreamtime-for your personal access to the other dimensions.

6-BELOW: Teaches you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on the path.

7-WITHIN: Teaches you how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths. It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.

8-RIGHT: Guards your male side and teaches you that, no mater where you turn, it will be your father-protector (spirit guide) within. This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.

9 LEFT: Protector of the Female side and teaches you that you must learn to receive abundance as well as to nurture yourself and others. The left-side animal is also your teacher about relationships and mothering.