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    Totems & Animal familiars

    So i’m Reaching out to elders out ther out of curiosity. I know questioning the universe is usually a bad idea, however, for educational purposes here we go! So when I was searching for my totem and familiars I dedicated a lot of time to meditation and study, dream magick, etc. I expect a bird, dog or at least some sort of standard animal like my peers. But I got the Wendigo, and through meditation and study I found that everything online or in literature was wrong. Including running into one while camping down south. That rather than monsters they’re defenders and harsh teachers, that as long as you respect and love the forest they are protecting they have no reason to be aggressive. So this begs the question, this is a spirit/creature. Not an animal as seems to be the norm.
    Why do you think they’re my totem?

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    Re: Totems & Animal familiars

    I've got to ask which wendigo?

    You have to flesh eating spirit that inhabits the body of man. Not a pleasant creature to be honest as it distorts the host and by native american lore is really screwed up. You have the hairy man creature that can be either a big foot type entity or a forest spirit that is a watcher in the woods type entity. Also a native american creature from lore but again depending upon which area and which particular nation your dealing with can be good, bad or sort of neutral in how it deals with mankind. Then there is another variety that is more remote and limited in lore that some nations recognize as an ancestor type spirit. Lore on that one was real limited but almost a transition between bear and humanity it seemed when I came across it, but still more than an animal but less than man (modern man anyway). But none of them are totems or seen in any such way by the nations in their respective areas. Land spirits yes, totems no. To be respected yes, feared, sometimes, killed, definitely depending upon the type ie the flesheater (killer).

    The flesh eater seemed more prone to the US northwest and Canadian northwest in most of the lore I ran across. But it also seemed to cross somewhat into the US Southwest in some lore with ties to the Skinwalker lore.

    I have a different opinion on Totems & Guides & Power Animals & familiars so I'll bow out of that discussion.
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    Re: Totems & Animal familiars

    Quote Originally Posted by Twin.Wendigo View Post
    So i’m Reaching out to elders out ther out of curiosity. I know questioning the universe is usually a bad idea, however, for educational purposes here we go! So when I was searching for my totem and familiars I dedicated a lot of time to meditation and study, dream magick, etc. I expect a bird, dog or at least some sort of standard animal like my peers. But I got the Wendigo, and through meditation and study I found that everything online or in literature was wrong. Including running into one while camping down south. That rather than monsters they’re defenders and harsh teachers, that as long as you respect and love the forest they are protecting they have no reason to be aggressive. So this begs the question, this is a spirit/creature. Not an animal as seems to be the norm.
    Why do you think they’re my totem?
    I can't say. I don't think anyone here can, because finding one's totem / familiar / guardian spirit / patron / etc. is completely personal. You are drawn to the Wendigo for a certain reason. Do you know why? What is your history with the Wendigo? What is its message to you? What exactly does it do or say to you in your dreams or meditations? What lessons has it for you or what do you want to learn from it?
    These are the sort of questions to ask yourself which you can only answer by spending more time with your totem through meditation or finding other ways to communicate with the Wendigo.

    What do you mean exactly by all literature being wrong about the Wendigo? I'm not very familiar with this creature, but if several sources describe the same behavior there must be at least a certain truth to it.
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    Re: Totems & Animal familiars

    It might be more useful to consider descriptions of wendigo as convention of interpretation endemic to Great Lakes culture, rather than literal truth. I offer this in that it represented taboos surrounding excess and environmental exploitation - which were negatively valued by those cultures, then....but the positively valued basis of modern civilization.

    If a person was powerfully drawn to taboo breaking and the highs and lows of the spirit of present culture, wendigo would be a near perfect match. Perhaps not a thing that the originating culture would identify with, but times and people have changed.

    The culture that replaced the natives is nothing less than the human manifestation of wendigo, for better and for worse. Excess and exploitation are a razors edge. Done right, wonderful....done sloppily, there will be blood. The drive to endlessly pursue “more” is the source of a level of happiness and wellbeing never before achieved by humanity - and otoh, it comes at a price, deferred....perhaps, but always due.
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    Re: Totems & Animal familiars

    Are you sure its actually a windigo? If "everything online or in literature was wrong" another option is that its really something else you haven't discovered yet.
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