A Dream Journey
Mammals: Animal Medicine
Dream Time, Dream World
Understanding the Conscious
Energies in Dreams
Levels of Being in Dreams
Past, Present and Future
The Living Things: Ancestors, Guides, Medicine
Numbers and Shapes
Season, Cycle and Directions
The Human Being
Animal Cycle, Parts and Items
Mammals: Animal Medicine
Mammals Continued
Animals in the Waters
Birds Medicine
Reptiles and Amphibians
Insects and Arachnids
Earth and Element
Stone, Mineral Meanings List
Places, Homes Prelude
Places, Homes List
Common Actions
Items and Objects
Planes, Trains and Auto
Mythical Beings and Gods

Mammals: Animal Medicine

Armadillos are a particularly ancient animal that makes its home beneath the earth and regions South America and the southern parts of North America. It is also a natural carrier of leporsy and is most closely related to the sloth and ant eater. They are practically blind with specialized claws for digging and have plates of armour made out of bone that serve as its defense against its natural predators. In defense the three banded armadillo curls itself up so that a bear or cougar can paw it around but hopefully be unable to penetrate the vulnerable under belly. Is Armadillo in your dreams using his plates as a shield of protection or as a shell to hide in? Is your armadillo digging in the dirt? Something in your underworld?
Bats are nocturnal mamals who eat tons of insects or in the case of the fruit bat, lotsa fruit. They are also a natural carrier of rabies and like to make their homes in dark, dry places. When they hang upside down they do so by their toes and cling better the more they relax them. The insect eating bats use sonic echoes to detect their prey and are very fast and adjile for flying so pecariously on their membrane wings. Despite their fear and superstitious associations bats symbolize your own ability to hear, pay attention, mental activity or warnings of danger. Clairaudience and clairvoyance.
Transformation and change. http://www.sayahda.com/cycle.htm
Are there any bats in your belfry? Are you feeling flighty, fleeting? Something unseen perhaps trying to gain your attention or caught your eye?
Guano or bat droppings are highly toxic with amonia when it is a massive collection particularly in caves but it is also a very rich mulch that is high in nitrogen and a virtual smorgeshborg for waste removing insects. Guano can also be a dream jumble of Gauna, (Gawa, Gawama) a Botswana mythological character representing death, who was the leader of the spirits of the dead and would travel to the upper world to try to catch mortals and bring them back down to the underworld.
Bears make themselves dens or make use of caves and crevases and range abroad the earth. Bears are ominvorous, eating other animals as well as using its powerful claws to dig for insects or catch fish along a river. It also eats a wide variety of berries and some fruits and plants. They are most reputed for having a love of honey. Bears are also often opportunistic and are very territorial, marking their areas by scratching up trees as much as the use of scenting. Bear is a fierce warrior guardian, a keeper of the dream world and the carriers of all the medicines of the earth.
Bear was the only one who came to me when my crazy time with voices and all wouldn't even let me dream without them. After Bear came to protect me I slowly began to dream again like I wanted to and my guides and other totems began to return.
Wake up to your dreams. The power of introspection.
Are you bearing it? Teddy Bear, Bare.
Resides in upper North America. Beaver builds dams along streams and rivers to create wetland for its home which is a large mounding den it makes out of small timbers it chews down with its super teeth.
Cooperation. Teamwork. Buisness, industry and engineering. Constructive. Making the home. Resourcefulness.
Are you daming things up or finding some backlog?
Represents stubbornness, strong will, strength and tenacity. Bull also represents possibly supressed sexual energy, virility and fertility. Tough competition, taking descisive actions.
Bull by the horns. Bull corn. Bull in a china shop. Bull's eye. Matador.
In the ancient times great herds roamed the earth, creating the great plains that they graze upon, traveling by seasons to prosperity. Ancestors such as the Native Americans of the northen plains would follow them in these seasons. In the days before the arrival of white men, buffalo herds were said to range as far as a sea. They were a vital importance to the plains nations. No part of a buffalo was wasted, every part of a buffalo had significant meaning and purposes. Buffalo represents the north of the Medicine Wheel, more specifically the white buffalo, White Buffalo Calf Woman. You should refer to the teachings of Black Elk.
The buffalo teaches abundance, sharing, generosity, selflessness, wisdom and represents great hope and reconnecting with Father Sky and Mother Earth.
Boar, Hog, Pig
In the Chinese Zodiac those born under the year of the boar are chivalrious, pure of heart, generous, trustworthy, sincere and kind. They are also full of inner strength, courage, can take on any task and are driven by their passion for life.
The domesticated pig is a very intelligent animal with an even keener sense of smell than a dog, they are also capable of learning more commands than the dog and more quickly. Pigs and hogs are most often associated with dirtiness, greed and overindulgence or gluttony. In dreams they may also pertain to family affairs, buisness or official matters. Are you satisfied?
In the wild, pigs, boars and wart hogs are unrivaled defenders against predators. If such as a jaguar has not been clever enough in the hunt they could easily end up at the buisness end of the tusks. Most make wallows of mud to keep themselves cool and ward off insects. Are you wallowing in something? Have you found yourself in some sticky situation?
The Jewish among others believe the pig to be ritualy unclean and inedible because it is an animal with split hooves but does not chew the cud (basicly only animals that are strict herbivores are edible). Which may have also been an awareness of pigs being a carrier of trichinosis. Pigs are also actually rather omniverous and will eat just about anything. Some also associate a repulsion of the animal due to a bibical account where Christ drives the daemons inflicting a man into a herd of pigs who then throw themselves into the water to drown. The meat and skin of the pig is also very simular to human flesh, so much so that researchers are still in prossesses of adapting the pig as a substitute for organ transplants.
Hogging it all. Ate like a pig. Bore

Dogs, Jackals, wolves, foxes and a number of wild dogs belong to the family-Canidae, order-Canivora, class-Mammalia. Other carnivore include the Usidae (bear), Mustelidae (stoat, weasle, otter, wolverene, badger), the Viverridae (genet, civet) and the Felidae (cats).
The order Carnivora origionated some 12 million years ago in a mamal known as Amphictis which then descended an Ursid known as Cynodictis (resembeling the most primitive of viverridae). It is believed bears and wolves are direct descendants of the Cynodictis, the further off-shoot of Cynodictis being the Mustelidae who then off-shoot seals, sealions and walruses.
From wolf (virtually sister to only the bear) descends all other forms of dog. Jackals, foxes and wild dogs being the closest related.


The Canines
Coyote is a clever trickster and represents a dual nature. They are very versatile, opportunistic and quick to adapt. Coyote is willing to teach with positives or negatives and teaches how to be able to laugh at ones self or understand something from a completely unexpected perspective. They also teach such as understanding that all things are sacred, yet nothing is sacred. They also teach balance between risk and safety.
Intelligence. Trust in truth. Shape-shifting. Illumination. Stealth
Are you being honest with yourself? Can you laugh at your mistakes? Are your dangers real or imagined?
Some simularities to Coyote and to Dog. Duality. Deception and shadow self.
Loyalty, faith, companionship, guardian, helper, worker and secrets. For humans descending from primates, it would seem we have adopted the dog. Instead of "Planet of the Apes" maybe they should make a series of movies like that called "Planet of the Dogs". The dog is rather vast and versatile abroad the world. They are mostly seen as a masculine symbol and can bring many different meanings to your dreams. They are the closest descendant of Wolf, particularly the sled dogs, so you can look for meaning there as well. The word dog itself has a very wide range of meanings across cultures and slang.
Work/play like a dog. Men are dogs. Dogging it. Dirty dog. Dog gone it. Puppy dog eyes. Double dog dare. Dog meaning feet. Dog Soldier. God.
The fox mates for life and is found abroad the world from tundra and forest to deserts and plains. They are ingeniously clever with a particular alertness and hearing. Perhaps their most distinct physical characteristic being their ears. The fox is most associated to being crafty, clever and cunning. They also teach discretion and to look before leaping. Like the crow and raven they are able to make uncanny aliances with other animals such as wolf, whom they also fear as one of their natural predators. They've also been known to 'help the hunt' and get a few bites out of the prize as reward. The fox is a shapeshifter and mostly seen as the feminine principle with a relation to silver.
Foxy. Vixen. Fox hunt. Fox in the chicken coup. Can't out fox a fox. The fox smells his own fart first.
Wolves live in packs with an alpha lead who is the only one to have a mate in the pack, to which the two mate for life. Wolves have been known to adopt orphaned cubs and have long been the mediators between the delicate balance of earth and herds, taking care of population control among such as the elk. Wolves used to have a very large range which has greatly decreased over a very short span of eras. In Europe the Dire Wolf that rooted in so many superstitions, lycanthropy, folk tales and ancient wisdom there is now completely extinct. The Red Wolf which used to have a broad range across the southern parts of North America are in danger of becoming extinct and lost into cross-breeding with coyotes.
Wolf is largely feminine principle and associated to the moon. They have held dual roles among mankind from being associated from cowardice to bravery and from competition to companion.
Wolf is also the most recognizable tie to the connection with the wilderness and den and the mysticism of shapeshift. Shapeshifting itself has come to be most popularly known today as lycanthropy, a term derived from the case of were-wolves. Despite superstitious fears of wolf attacks wolf is also the most commonly associated to the stories of children being raised by wolves or a child being left to wolves for a short time to learn wolf's teachings. It is more likely, as wolves are mystic, adoptive and have never attacked human's even when they have invaded their dens. Very few other animals are so closely related to mankind in such a manner.
The family unit. The balance between patriarch and matriarch, life and death. Councilor. Ranger. Pathfinder. Team work, intuition, understanding, profoundness, reasoning, patience, devotion.
Crying wolf. Wolfing it down. Call of the wild. Lone wolf. Are you holding on to misconceptions?


Connection to home over long distances. Power of wandering. Protection while traveling. Social skills. Retention. Ability to travel long distances at night.
Princess Carabou. Rudolph.

The cow is most sacred in India and represents the Mother Earth goddess.
The domestic cow provides man with every part of itself just as the buffalo had done among the plains Native American's. In some cases it is also a labor animal just as the ox. The cow is maternal and nurturing, best represented in her milk which also provides for a vast majority of mankind as much as her calf. Domestic cows are also very placid, peaceful and docile.
In dreams Cow can mean your maternal, mothering side, nourishment, prosperity or fertility. The obedience to authority and the sense of belonging to the 'herd'. Cow can also represent how their unconditional giving to mankind needs to be respected. That their lives have more meaning and more to give as respected and well cared for providers than if they are just treated like a pack of so much meat. You are what you eat afterall, and you will treat yourself and others the way you treat your animals.
When the cows come home. Cud. Bull. Calf. Udder. Rudder. Utterly. Moo.

Deer are connected to the spiritual realms particularly due to the antlers which represent attunement. Deer is also connected to wilderness, the subtle and the femunine aspect and the love of Creator. They represent swiftness, alertness, gentleness, grace, caring, sensitivity, sacrifice and gratitude. The natural predators and plants of the deer should also be looked into for their meanings.
Clairvoyance and Clairaudience. Dear. Dare. Stag. Doe. Dough. Fawn.

Dolphins live in large schools of family units and use their complicated language to communicate as well as stun the fish they eat such as tuna. Dolphins are most well known for guiding sailors at sea towards land and following their ships. This may also have something to do with a relationship with whales and their attempts to keep a whale from beaching itself. This may be integral to an understanding of death and in the case of the leads of the pods, this can mean the death of the entire pod. They seem to hold the same society system as the elephants. Some alternative therapies use dolphins to work with the depressed and autistic with very positive results. Some tribal islanders associate the dolphin to the ancestors who have been enchanted into joining the sea which isn't such a far cry from their evolution. Dolphins, like whales were once land mammals who returned to the sea.
In these senses dolphin can be regarded as a guide towards healing self, to awaken from the depths of the deeper waters and find solid ground. In some sense, like the seal, they can be as a light house to guide the self towards healing, enlightenment, self awareness and serenity. Dolphins are most proficient and elite at swimming in the ocean and along the correct path one can find themselves within the wisdom of the dolphin, which is unconditional love and everlasting joy.
Change, freedom, trust, wisdom, harmony, balance, serenity, guidance. Empathy

If intelligence has been determined by the sciences according to brain size, why isn't the elephant then considered a super intelligence? Because the size of an elephants brain is indeed huge, the most important aspect of it being memory. Memory, especially within the matriarchs, is vital to the elephant herd. Elephants, like lion prides, live in matriarchal family units where the males are excluded out at a young age. The term of rouge elephants comes from a young bull that has not tempered itself enough to be more than anti-social. Not even the females will accept this one for mating. During the mating season this drives the rogue male into a frenzy of musk rage.
Elephants keep very closely knit family and social bonds. They hold reverence and respect for each other and seem to have an awareness of death. Elephants also demand respect. In some Asian cultures the elephant is believed to be the grandfather of god. In Hindu belief, Ganesha is an elephant god who is the lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. The elephant is treated with reverence and respect among handlers who use them as beasts of burden. It is well accounted for that a handler who treats his elephant with abuse may be found one morning dead. Within an elephants ability to never forget, can also hold building resentment of constant ill treatment. This can serve a warning to most circuses and petting zoos. Before you put your child on the back of that elephant ride, consider how that elephant was broken of its will into submission or the use of those hooks and cattle prods to make them obey.
In the ancient times of the northern hemisphere the ancestral memory is of the wooly mammoth, who was hunted by the Neanderthals and later the Cromagnons and all parts of it used. There is still evidence of how bones of the mammoth were used to make dome shaped homes where the hide was stretched over it. It is very likely these clans regarded the mammoth as others do the buffalo and the cow. The cloning sciences are looking for ways to return the wooly mammoth, which if successful, will be part of Hopi prophecy.
Elephant can best represent ancient wisdom and ancestral memory, the matriarchal society and family bond. Temperance and judgement. Respect, reverence, dignity, honor and passion. The deeper tones of the earth and communication. Elephant can also represent virility.
An elephant never forgets. Trunk. Tusk. Musk. Ivory. Elephant burial ground. Mouse.
Do you honor your ancestors? Have you been following the ediquettes? Are you dragging around a trunk full of resentments? Are you aware of your own strengths and courage?

Persistance, health, endurance, agility, stamina


The Felines
Almost all of the cats will represent the illusive, the ability to weave in and out of appearance and see things others cannot. Their wisdoms include finding balance and order amid chaos and existence between 'here' and unknowns. It is a stronger trait in some more than others. The feline mostly represents the feminine and energies of the moon or in some cases the sun. Because many cats can hunt man, they are feared and revered.
Cat (domestic)
The feminine. Independence. Self discovery and transformation. Curiosity, cunning. Balance, cleansing and healing. Seeing in the dark. Meditation, affection. Natural guardians of the home.
Cat usually tells of the immediate and your self in dreams rather than of others. They are territorial and protective of their homes. Cats are rather sensitive to the moons energy and the astral realm such as in the case of "chasing phantoms" and the element of air. They use their whiskers in coincidance with their specialized vision for the night time, which is most proficient for catching the quiet mouse. If one could only speak cat they are just about as super bionic as Lassie and most communicative.
Grace, always landing on one's feet. "I meant to do that". Wise placement, timing and patience.
Balancing power, intention and strength. Using leadership ability wisely and without ego. Self confidence.
Wisdoms of the jungles. Royalty. Goddess. Judgements, order. Speed and access.
Lion and Tiger
In dreams lions and tigers are a powerful strength from a golden aspect like the sun but can represent masculine or femunine. They can represent the guarded path of the spirit into the "heavens", the struggle between life and death.
Gatekeeper, mysticism, keeping secrets. The hidden. Intuition, clairvoyance.
Black Panther
Snow Leopard
The mist in mystery. Beauty, peacefulness, gentleness.