Animal energy is an extension of life itself. When we allow ourselves to come into contact with animal energy, we are entering into its realm. We learn to understand how these animals see the world, how they interact with nature, how they care for their children and how they inhabit their own bodies.

Totems can come spontaneously into our lives. Suddenly, the animal energy that wants to contact us visits us. We feel it through an intense curiosity about a particular animal or we see images of them everywhere. It’s like being contacted by someone who wants to be friends with us but does not know how to get our attention.

The energies of animals are pure and contain skills that have been developed according to what they need according to their habitats. They are always open to us and when we immerse ourselves in their essences, we receive a sacred gift. All we need is to open our hearts and let them in. Once we have integrated a totem inside, we can access it when we need it.

But how can we recognize a totem? The best way to understand non-human animal energy is through being very aware of what human energy is. Our totemic animal teaches us this, by contrast. It is a process that takes time because we must eliminate all our current beliefs about animals. As we have many layers of social conditioning, it can be very difficult to reach our essence, but with the help of a totemic animal, we can do it. Our animal Totem helps us to unravel the parts of ourselves that are similar to them and in this way, we begin to develop them.

When we allow Totem animals to enter our hearts, our animal self awakens and we realize how amazing our nature is. We must thank these energies for the gift they have given us, especially given the way we treat other species. In a way, when we receive the visit of an animal Totem, we are receiving a sample of what unconditional love is. And when we really allow ourselves to become One with a Totem, our relationship with other species changes forever.

Pay attention to all animals. Insects, mammals, birds, cetaceans, fish, etc. They all expect our recognition of them as conscious beings so that we can establish a relationship with them and expand our own consciousness. The laborious ants, the playful dolphins, the family-oriented elephants, the gentile cows, the affectionate pigs, the curious hens, all have specific abilities that they would share with us if we let them in our hearts.

How To Start

One way to enter into a relationship with an animal totem is to look at the one that reigns your year of birth. Chinese culture has zodiacal signs that are represented by animals. When you discover who they are, investigate them and meditate on them. But meditate with your whole body. Animals are more aware of their physical bodies than we are. You can feel them more clearly within your sensations. Avoid using your mind to imagine them. Below you will find the list of animal matches based on the years of birth.

Chinese Astrology

Zodiac AnimalRecent YearsPersonality Traits
Rat1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind
Ox1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Diligent, dependable, strong, determined
Tiger1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Brave, confident, competitive
Rabbit1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible
Dragon1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic
Snake1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Enigmatic, intelligent, wise
Horse1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Animated, active, energetic
Goat1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Calm, gentle, sympathetic
Monkey1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Sharp, smart, curiosity
Rooster1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Observant, hardworking, courageous
Dog1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Lovely, honest, prudent
Pig1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Compassionate, generous, diligent

If you feel rejection for the animal that represents your year of birth, this is a good time to discover what social conditioning is generating your rejection. For example, rats have been linked to diseases and the plague, especially since the Middle Ages. Many people fear them because we learned to fear them according to what we have been told, not because of personal experience. Scientists have discovered that rats were not the cause of the Black Death (it was the humans), and it is time to look at them with new eyes, after all, they are like rabbits, except they have long, hairless tails.

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