The Snowy Owl
Also known as the Arctic Owl or the Great White Owl, She is one of the world's largest Owls, and lives and hunts in the Arctic tundra. Snow Owl represents Patience, as She must be patient to find food in the snowy Arctic. The Great White Owl shows us how to be still and listen, and how to find what we are searching for. Call on Snow Owl to learn when to take action. This Arctic Owl can teach us about strategy, how to conserve energy as She waits out Winter to find food, and how to be more observant of our surroundings. She also has the power of Prophecy, and will share Her vision with us, when She flies into our lives, either in the waking world, or in the Dreamtime.
"The legend of the White Owl means many things to many people. To the Mayan it is a messenger who brings a warning that the world has become so out of balance that we need to change. The white owl is also a guardian that allows us to see with clarity beyond fear and illusion. Often depicted as the companion of Isis and Athena, the owl is a powerful messenger from the spirit world for mankind."
From: The Wisdom of the White Owl
Website: White Wolf Journeys
Here are some links that tell more about the White Owl:
The Owl Pages
Totem Animal info on Snowy Owl can be found on Funkman.org
The White Buffalo is a very Sacred creature. She brings about a time of prophecy, when all colors of mankind come together as one. She brings abundance to our lives, through our prayers and giving thanks. Buffalo shares all parts of Her body with man, teaching us about sacrifice for the greater good. This is a reminder to us that when all of life is honored as sacred, and prayers are offered for the good of all, abundance is always present.
White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman brought the Sacred Pipe to the Sioux, along with Her teachings. The Sacred Pipe takes our prayers to the Creator, via its smoke. The Keeper of the Sacred Pipe of the Lakota, is now Chief Arvol Looking Horse. His World Peace and Prayer Day on Summer Solstice, honors Sacred Sites of the Ancestors, such as Chaco Canyon, Bear Butte, and Mount Shasta. A great web page for info on these sites can be found HERE. Honoring Sacred Sites is a part of honoring Mother Earth, and protecting Her, and healing Her. Just as North on the Medicine Wheel represents Mother Earth, it also represents all of Her creatures. When all creatures live in harmony with one another, respecting the space and customs of each, abundance is present. And that is the lesson of Buffalo!
Here are some sites of interest on White Buffalo:
Sioux White Buffalo Legend
Native American, The White Buffalo
Crystalinks on the White Buffalo
More Totem info on the Buffalo can be found at:
I came across a Snopes.com story about the White Moose, and that inspired me to write this blog on White Animals. The photos are amazing! Here is the page where they can be accessed:
Snopes.com White Moose
The above photo is from this website, which also has many photos of White Moose:
First Nations page on White Moose
Totem info on Moose can be found at: Sayahda.com
The legends of the White Deer are many. I want to share a couple here with you:
Chickasaw Legend of the White Deer
Lenape Legend of the White Deer
Seneca White Deer website
Deer represents the power of Gentleness. She overcomes those who would do Her harm, through love. It's not surprising that Prophecy is tied up with this gentle, loving creature. She embodies harmony and compassion, while Her white color represents peace, all traits of a more peaceful world.
To learn more about Deer Medicine, check out Sayahda.com and Funkman.org.
One of the most majestic creatures in the world, She represents the strength to endure in harsh conditions. She provides the humans who live in the Arctic with not only her fur for warmth, but the rest of Her body, to help them to survive. In this way, she teaches us about survival, and is considered a teacher to the Inuit and Inupat Nations.
“Polar Bear Dreaming ignites the desire to partake in a spiritual quest that will see our life regain its integrity, wholesomeness, and clarity.” Copyright: “Animal Messengers”, Scott Alexander King.
She can also teach us about flexibility, change, and stubbornness. Similar to Bear Medicine, with added qualities, Polar Bear is also a great Spirit Helper. She can help us learn to adapt, and face our fears.
"The white color associated with the polar bear is very significant. It represents 'purity of spirit'. When it enters your life the awakening of your own true colors is at hand." -Sayahda.com
The symbolism of the snow and ice, represents our emotions. When they are frozen, we are blocked. When they are melting, are we being too emotional? The cold of the Arctic can also represent our emotions. Are we ourselves being too cold to others? Snow is also related to Sacred Geometry, due to the shapes of the individual flakes. If Polar Bear is your Medicine Helper, you may want to study Sacred Geometry. Snow can also be compared to a Crystal, which not only helps us to see clearly, but also amplifies the energy of other stones, especially when used in healing. Using natural elements to heal, such as rain water, snow, lightning, and dirt of the Earth, may help you, as well as working with the healing abilities of the Ancient Ones (Stone People). Most of all tho, pay attention to what Polar Bear is doing when She appears to you. That will assist you in applying Her lesson properly.
Polar Bears are becoming endangered due to oil and gas exploration of the Arctic, and due to global warming. If you'd like to help, check out the following.
Let the Fish and Wildlife Services know the polar bear needs all the help it can get as it adapts to a warmer Arctic. The designation of critical habitat is a good first step.
Take action here: Sierra Club
Here are some more Polar Bear links:
Defenders of Wildlife
There are other White Animals I haven't mentioned here yet, and will need to do a Part 2 to this blog, in order to cover them all. The Arctic Fox, above, is one of these fabulous animals. We'll also talk about the White Horse, White Ermine or Weasel, and possibly, the White Wolf, and any more I can come up with. I will post part 2 in a couple of days.
Feel free to leave any comments, or share any further info or links you may have on these sacred White Animals.
Walk in Beauty....