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You don't choose an animal spirit.  They choose you.

Date: 2010-11-19 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fickery.livejournal.com
I adore this answer. :-) Do you mind sharing what yours is (or should I go for the obvious given your interests)? :-) (I'll tell you mine!)

Date: 2010-11-19 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gen717.livejournal.com
Since I was a small child I've been inexplicably drawn to horses, but never had the opportunity to be around them until I was an adult. It might sound odd but being with them gives me a sense of peace. I think I'd go nuts if I didn't have my weekly visit to the stables. That two hours or so I get to brush, saddle, ride, and just spend time with horses is cheaper than therapy, and such a stress reliever. If I had more time and money, I'd be there more than once a week, for sure!

Wolves are also special for me.

Tell me yours! :)
Edited Date: 2010-11-19 08:42 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-19 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fickery.livejournal.com
I figured yours would be horses! It's not actually something I've thought about in a long time, but when I was in college I did a meditation thing in a class once where we shut our eyes and imagined ourselves going for a long walk outside, noticing various things, and finally coming to a clearing and seeing our spirit animal, and mine was a Bengal tiger. Which surprised me, for some reason, but also felt very...accurate. I kind of identify with the strength and watchfulness and very controlled ferocity.

Date: 2010-11-19 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gen717.livejournal.com
I think once you answer the call.. so to speak, that's exactly how it feels. There's always something you can identify with, and a sense of "rightness" about it. And then you start seeing them everywhere.. on TV, stuffed animals, lol, you just notice them more. There are horses all over my house in some fashion.

Years ago I went through a period of taking classes like that. I devoured books about dream study, Native beliefs, spirituality, symbolism, synchronicity, self-help things like that. Some stuff was a bit out there for me and I've sort of moved on from the phase, (as I think back it was during a rough time in life, and I was probably searching for something) but it helped me when I needed it.

Date: 2010-11-19 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fickery.livejournal.com
It's funny, I don't have any tiger-related tchotchkes or anything around. I do have some elephant stuff--I fell in love with elephants during a trip to Thailand/Sri Lanka years ago--but I don't think it's because I relate to them particularly, I think I just like them. I'm also very fond of giraffes. :-)

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