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Animal Archetypes

Archetypes are one of the levels of building-blocks of this entire physical-universe. They are fundamental definitions that can be found anywhere on earth, in any culture, on any continent, even before that society has any contact with other cultures.

Every human on earth has some degree of natural connection to one or more animal archetypes . . . it is up to each of us to decide to either acknowledge and use that part of us, or be used by it.

Carl Jung (aka. Karl Jung) found various types of archetypes in his research, including animal archetypes and found that their influence on people is normally beyond conscious control.

Children find it easy to identify with animals as can be seen from the fact that animals are very common in children’s stories anywhere in the world. In all primitive civilizations animals are deified and a direct relationship with animals (as food or danger) is very necessary for survival.

A totem is an element of nature (which can be a plant or animal) which is perceived to have some particular relationship with a person. The totem is not associated with a single member of a species, but with the whole species, ie. the archetype rather than a specific manifestation of that archetype into an animal body.

Many cultures are famous for their use of animal archetypes, including native American cultures, Australian aborigines, Celtic cultures, ancient Egyptian and Indian gods, Chinese civilizations and many others across the globe.

Common animal archetypes include the wolf (teacher or guide), crane (good fortune and long life), crow (spiritual strength, creation, opportunity), dog (unconditional love), eagle (messenger, far vision), fox (cleverness and subtle change), heron (dynamic balance), lion (fearlessness), monkey (ability to see what is hidden), owl (wisdom), snake (rebirth, see without being seen), horse (power by movement), swan (serenity), dove (peace, compassion).

For lots more details on animal archetypes, see our Animal Archetypes Blog post.

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