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Animal Spirit Guide: Pelican

Pelican as an Animal Spirit Guide

Forgiveness, Cooperation, Release, Adaptability

When Pelican crosses your path:
— Forgive yourself
— Let go of resentment towards others
— Let go of that which ‘weighs you down’, be it material, emotional or mental

Think about Pelican:
They have that large sack with which to fish. They can fish abundantly with it, but know that it needs to be empty to have the freedom of effortless flight. They swallow the fish and empty the water out of the pouch. They know when to let go.
Pelicans know how to adapt to the conditions in which they live. Despite their large size, they are deceptively light. This makes them buoyant and they float effortlessly on the water. And although, they may, at times, have trouble taking off from the water’s surface, they persevere, not allowing themselves to get bogged down in the water. (symbolically, water = emotions)

Pelicans are very social beings. They live in cooperative colonies, teaming up to fish, and they nest away from species with whom they may have conflict.

Call on Pelican energy when:
— You feel the need to ‘lighten up’
— You feel the need to let go of resentment or anger towards another
— You feel overwhelmed and want to rise above your heavy emotional state
— You feel the need to keep your head held high, despite your trials and tribulations

Pelican medicine teaches us:
–That no matter how heavy our burdens, we will always rise to the top
— How to forgive ourselves, by releasing ourselves from that which bogs us down
— How to ‘team up’ with others in harmony and cooperation

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer
— Shamanism, Vol. III, Animal Medicine Powers, by Dolfyn. ©1992 Earthspirit Inc.
Pelican Facts
Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews

“It’s too soon” means “It’s too soon.”

“No” means “no,” and “it’s too soon” means “it’s too soon.” I just got off the phone with a person who recently lost her pet, who was guilted into adopting a pet from a pet store that works with rescues.

missyPeople need time to grieve. If someone says “It’s too soon” that means “It’s too soon.” It doesn’t mean that anyone has the right to guilt that person into adopting by saying things like “Can’t you find room in your heart for these kids?” “You’re such a good mother, “ “If you don’t take them, they’ll have a terrible life.”

This serves no one. It doesn’t serve the humans involved and it certainly doesn’t serve the pets. When people lose a pet they need time to grieve. Giving them a pet as a gift without knowing that they’re ready, or guilting them into taking a pet before they’re ready, many times, means that there will not be the bonding between animal and human as there would be otherwise. It’s simply not fair to the pet or the parent. Either the two won’t bond, or the pets will end up being taken back having been put through another, unnecessary trauma in their life.

So people at pet stores who work with rescues, or rescue organizations themselves, or those just trying to place a homeless animal need to understand that “No” means “No”, “It’s too soon” means “It’s too soon”, and “I’m not ready” means “I’m not ready.” They need to honor that, for the sake of the parent and for the sake of the pet.

Ask Caat: Animal Communication


3286How do we know when we actually connect with an animal? Is it different for everyone? I’ve tried to remember what I was feeling when I got a correct “reading” but this hasn’t worked very well for me. Do any of you get any specific feeling when you really connect with an animal?

I can’t speak for everyone, but I can tell you how I do it. I use vibrations. I visualize the animal, then I visualize a sort of radio dial. I tweek that radio dial until I feel like I am “in tune” vibrationally with the animal. There is a definite ‘vibrational convergence’ that I feel when I’ve connected.

This sounds dumb….how accurate do we need to be before we can become a professional communicator? It seems like most clients want very specific answers instead of generalizations about their animals that they already know (like he seems energetic, friendly…)

Not dumb. This is a tough question. You are probably more accurate than you think you are. I heard something the other day about knowing and practicing things. The guy said, ‘people practice for confidence, more than to learn how to do it.’ Or something like that.

I believe that the practice is not only to connect with the animal, but to learn how to interact with people who don’t understand the process, 487px-Ocicat-playingand to be confident enough that when they are saying ‘no’, you can know when or when not to say … “Yes!” There’s a strength in the things that I feel. Some things are a weaker feeling, where I know I may be on the periphery of something, but I’m not quite locking in. Other things, however, are very, very clear. I think I mentioned recently about a cat showing me a sink. No matter how many times the parents said ‘no’, I kept seeing that sink. Trust yourself. I had to go through several incarnations of describing it in certain ways to them, adding more detail each time, before they said, “oh, yes, there’s a sink in there.” (THANK you!)

Part of your job is to educate your clients before a reading. Some you talk to and understand they get it already, some you have to give them specifics. Wasn’t it you who saw a blue house or something with a dog on the forum? Actually three communicators saw something blue. It wasn’t until I mentioned alternatives to his mom that she recognized a couple of different things that he might have been speaking about. Whatever it was, he sure did want to get that color across. So a lot of it is just the practice of knowing how to present the information in the face of a negative response. Most people don’t do it intentionally, they just don’t know. Of course there will always be the “No, no, no-ers’ but they aren’t worth the time anyway. It doesn’t matter how accurate you are, they won’t believe you.

Again, confidence is the key. And don’t discount the things you give them that they already know. Those are the most important because those are the things that show your accuracy to them. I make sure to tell my clients not to tell me anything about the personality of the pet, for precisely that reason. forumI lock into the personality (or canineality, or felinality per se) first, so that we establish I am talking to their child. Once you get past that point, the parents tend to relax a bit. It’s those little tidbits of “known items” that you want to throw in every once in a while during the reading, to keep them – and you – understanding that you are connected. That’s what validations are for, and why the animal communication practice forum is so valuable.

How can I transition from doing my readings by sitting quietly by myself/meditating/calling in my helpers then reporting back to the clients, to doing on the spot phone communications? It must take a lot of practice.

There are a lot of communicators who don’t do phone communications. They get the info beforehand and simply talk to the animal alone, take notes, and report back over the phone later. How you choose to do it is up to you. It is a good idea, however, to try your hand at phone readings with friends or whoever, to get the feel of it and decide for yourself which is best for you.

Is there any where to practice finding lost animals? This is really interesting to me.

Well, that’s a good thing to be interested in, because it’s the hardest thing you can do as a communicator, and not many people like to do them. I don’t. I have done them, but I hate it. We don’t do that on the forum because people are really in grief. I think if you really want to do it, the universe will present you with the opportunity or, you can take lessons with someone who specializes in it.

Great questions. I believe that everyone has the ability to communicate with animals and if anyone has the drive and the desire to become professional, they will surely succeed. #


Denise Schultz


denise-schultzDenise Schultz has had a healing practice for about 30 years. She has been a professional animal communicator and medical intuitive for over 10 years. She is a Reiki Master, a Yuen Method practitioner-in-training with over 1000 hours experience, a CMT (certified massage therapist) and a ULC Minister. She loves cats, cooking, cartoons, arts and crafts, music, singing, being in nature, and as many friends with fur, paws, hooves, scales, and feathers as she can fit in a day.

How do you describe animal communication to those who are unfamiliar with what it is?

Animals communicate with each other in many ways, including telepathy. That is their native language, and how animals of different species can communicate with each other. Humans can also use telepathy. We are trained to ignore it while quite young, in favor of verbal language. But it is possible to regain our awareness and stop blocking it out. I have spent a lot of time doing this, but it can also happen in an instant, for anyone, without training.

What tips would you give to students of animal communication who are just starting out?

I am answering these remarks in a way that often assumes you are pros and that you are working, getting paid, etc. I know this is not necessarily the case, but I want you to feel what it is like to approach animal communication professionally. It is good for the animals and for you, to see it this way.

• Take a Reiki class. This is the best way I know to increase your sensitivity and awareness to energy. It will help you to recognize telepathy, and give you a healing skill you can use in your communication. Find someone who will teach the three levels separately, with time in-between levels to assimilate your healing skills and to practice with humans and animals. Don’t settle for someone who teaches two or three levels in one or two weekends. That is a disservice to Reiki, to the animals, and to you.

• We are not just translators. We can do a lot more with our sensitive, caring insight than just translate. Inter-species counseling skills are very valuable, and two of the best places I know to study are with Penelope Smith (http://www.animaltalk.net) and Dr. Jeri Ryan (http://www.assisianimals.org/). Also, not all counseling skills are gained in certification or training. Spiritual counseling is at the center of many communication practices. You will need to explore this in your own life, not just with your teachers and mentors.

• Start or increase your meditation practice. Don’t freak out! This is EASY! You can use Google shopping to find a meditation CD which uses “binaural beat” encoding. That means that you will wear headphones, and the sounds delivered to the two ears will be distinct from each other. Binaural beat meditation automatically creates theta brainwaves (deep meditation) by the relation between the two different sounds reaching the two hemispheres of your brain. Some brand names are HemiSync (which holds the original patent) and HoloSync, and many other versions are available; I especially like the ones with nature sounds. We have been culturally trained that meditation is difficult to do and that it’s hard to maintain a schedule of it. Neither is true.

Binaural beat meditation is a technology which delivers meditation to us. Once you begin to experience the benefits, it is not so hard to commit to the schedule. Meditation is helpful for fine-tuning your awareness, and for your well-being and ability to deliver communication on demand when necessary. Listen to the CD once a day if possible. It is important not to only listen to it just before you go to sleep. Theta brainwaves are either deep meditation or lighter sleep. If you are too tired, you will sleep instead of meditating. Many people will fall asleep sometime during the CD, but if you are awake at least part of the time, you will get the benefits of the meditation and not just the sleep.

• Find a mentor. They may be an animal communicator, a vet, a priest, or that old lady you always meet at the store. It’s up to you to attract the right person for you. This is someone who will help you to achieve depth in your work. Whatever your native skills already are, they will add new facets to your awareness.

• As soon as you can, consider charging for your work. It helps clients to take you seriously, and they put more into the session in order to get more out of it. Also things that increase your sense of professionalism are good for you and good for the field. You can start with a lower price, or work by donation if you wish.

• And saving the best for last, my number one tip is: work with animals whom you don’t already know! This is surprising for many people, who assume they will do best with animals in their own family. Not true! With our own animal family we have an inherent bias, because we are stakeholders. We want Skippy to eat his dinner in the kitchen and not drag it onto the rug, or Bella to stop hunting birds in the back yard. That is not the place to start. Those are advanced negotiations, because we are family.

Would an MD start to do surgery on their own family? No! In my animal family, when things get serious, I call another communicator. If you start by trying to practice with your own animal family, you may never find out how good you really are. It is similar when working with friend’s animals whom you know pretty well. Especially as a beginner, it is much harder to differentiate between your rational mind and your intuitive awareness when it is someone you know ahead of time. So give yourself a break and try communicating with animals you don’t know that well. Where there is an absence of rational knowledge about the situation, the ‘still small voice’ of your intuition can be heard more easily. (*Note from Caat: Couldn’t agree more. This is why I started this practice board, so people could practice on animals they don’t know!)

Can you share some verifiable questions to ask the animals for people just starting out?

I believe pursuing verifiable questions, especially at the beginning, is the wrong direction to go. We want to build relaxation, for ourselves, the clients, and especially for the animals. Relaxation creates openness to the information that is already there.

Have you ever asked someone a direct question and they answer about something else entirely? The doctor might ask you, ‘how is your hand’? And you don’t really care about your hand, you’re really worried about this mole on your face – is it a skin cancer? So you start talking about the mole. Imagine that most animals may never have had the opportunity for a real communication. Now that they have your full attention, maybe they don’t want test questions, maybe they want to talk!

I find that verification comes much more easily in the course of an unstructured conversation. For example, I would never have thought to ask a cat, ‘how many water bowls do you have, and where are they’, but during the course of the communication, he reveals that he has three bowls, and with each of them he has to turn his back to foot traffic. He would rather his people moved the bowls away from the wall, so he could have his back to the wall, and not worry that someone is going by his tail while he’s drinking. The client was amazed at the level of verifiable detail, but the quest was not for verification, it was for what the cat needed. This cat was having kidney problems, and making drinking easier for him was very important.

Really, I believe that in all communication the animal is more important than our human effort to improve or verify our skill as communicators. If we just put the animal first, it all goes so much better, for everyone! If you conduct a ‘normal’ conversation (rather than directly pursuing verification), much verifiable information will arise, without the tense struggle to be right, and get a telepathic ‘hit’.

Do you lean more towards getting your messages visually, audibly, or sentiently, or is it a combination of all. Does it change with the animal?

People tend to have a native style. Animals tend to have their own native style. I tend to get a gestalt (overall awareness greater than the sum of the parts). We all adapt to make it possible to get the information across. I believe there are the main styles or channels, like getting visual or auditory information, feeling physical sensations, feeling emotions, and so forth, but also there are a surprising number of communicators who get information in the form of song lyrics! You never know how the information will arrive. I find the primary quality of communication is not the channel by which it arrives, but the amount of energy with which it is delivered.

Many animals will ask for specific foods or supplements, even some I have never heard of before ? like the horse who asked for a blood builder and telepathically showed me the label on the bucket, and it turned out another horse in that barn was getting that supplement and he wanted it, too. So product and treatment requests are a kind of channel too. I worked with some bees having trouble with mites, who asked to be smudged with untreated tobacco. It turns out that is a very old beekeepers trick. Many times I have had animals tell me specific acupuncture points or other information which I have no training in, and the vets verify that was the correct point, or the client says, ‘oh, yes, the vet is already working that point’. It is as if there is a vibrational awareness of everything that is in our heads or theirs, in current or past culture, and they will do whatever it takes to get the message across.

Do you use the sense of smell or taste? If so, how does one become more proficient at that?

They communicate the information in a vibrational way which is not necessarily tied to my actual organs of sense. Animals may show me smells and tastes which I cannot recognize and colors which I cannot see, but there is a vibrational quality, even if it is outside of my personal abilities to recognize it with my own senses. My proficiency comes from being willing to stay with those unrecognizable sensations until I find a correlation with something recognizable to me or other humans working with the animals. So if I describe a smell and I find myself making a particular face, I describe my funny face to the client too, and she says, ‘oh Mickey always makes that face when I give him his probiotics’. To me, probiotics have no smell, but in this way Mickey establishes that we are talking about the probiotics, and his message was, ‘I don’t like the smell, but they’re helping me’.

Why do you do what you do (communicate with animals)? And how do you feel it benefits humanity? How do you feel it benefits the animals?

I communicate with animals because I love it more than anything. I feel more whole and more right with the world, more in the service of the Divine, when doing this than anything else. I believe this world is entirely out of balance too far to the benefits and rights of humans at the expense of animals and plants and the Gaia essence of the whole planet. The benefit is that I give animals a voice in the world which they have not had for most of human existence. And just maybe, giving their voice an outlet, one-at-a-time in consultations, or many-at-a-time in articles and books, we can shift the balance in their favor.

Humans can become more responsible and committed to benefit animals, plants, and the planet, and animals can come back into the better balance they deserve if we do so. A vet just sent me an article that said that three Canadian MDs are trying to force Canadian legislation that would keep animals out of the cabin on commercial air flights, to protect humans with allergies. This vet movingly described how he had been called on to examine a cat who was dead, frozen stiff from riding in an unheated cargo hold. He asked, how can we justify that we are the only species that matters?

I believe that animal communication helps the individual animal to have their say, ask for help, become a ‘person’ in our eyes, and helps to shift human understanding to include animals as more important in their own lives and to the planet than just being companions and working animals to us.

What would you recommend to students who are juggling with their full time jobs and/or school and/or children and trying to squeeze in time to do AC?

I know a high school student, 16, who makes time to study American Sign Language (ASL), a college course, when he already has an 8 AM to 6 PM schedule 5 days a week, including an after-school job, plus tutoring younger students, plus his own homework and extracurricular activities, friends, etc. He does the ASL course because it is important to him to be able to communicate with the deaf. If he can do it, so can we.

I think we get caught up in the ‘how’. How do we find time to do it? How do we get good at it? It is better to say: today, I will spend five minutes doing some little piece. I will go online and find a meditation CD. I will join an animal mentors call. I will hold up two different cans of food to my cat (knowing she can’t read the label or smell inside a steel can) and just notice that she sniffs at them, then chooses one. I will listen to the grackles in the tree at sundown, and just see if I can get any sensations or information from it. Communication begins with awareness. We have at least some time every day to explore our awareness.

Over time these efforts add up, and over the years as we get choices to eliminate something else from our packed day (now your son is in preschool, now your daughter has a job, your husband is retired) we will find the time to do more of this, because it matters. Animal communication is something to be doing for your whole life. If you can’t afford or don’t have the time for a course or a book this year, maybe next year.   Tell your friends that it matters to you, and they will bring you their stories. That is how we get more time for it. If we only think about wanting more time for it when we don’t have it, and we give up, that is a loss to us and the animals. Think about the big picture, finding time over the course of your lifetime. Opera singers and sports teams schedule for years ahead, you can too!

What would you recommend to students who shy away from practicing because they feel they’re “making it up?”

I say, try really making it up. Don’t fight it, go with it. Write some fiction from the animal in question. Then when you have really made it up, notice that some parts of what you wrote feels real to you, but there is an edge, a contrast with other things. Your rational mind will do some of the making up, and your intuitive sense will say yes and no to the things which are real and not real. You are learning to calibrate yourself by noticing what feels real and what doesn’t.

An example of calibration is this: one time I observed a chiropractor working with a client’s dog. After a particular spinal adjustment, the dog told me she was thirsty. I asked for a break for the dog to get a drink. The client said, “I heard that! But it was so soft.” I said, “There is your calibration; you are listening to find that very soft voice. Now that you recognize it, it will be much easier.” Then the dog went and drank a whole bowl of water!

Do you see how it is better to find calibration and verification where they just show up in the course of the conversation? The calibration gets easier with practice. But don’t make verification the center of your practice. Then you will be practicing to make things hard. Make relaxation the center of your practice, and you will be practicing to make things easy.

When skeptics challenge you, how do you handle it?  Do you answer at all, and if so, how do you respond?

This one is worth a whole article in itself, but I will try to hit the high points. I deal with it on a case-by-case basis; just as a stand-up comedian does not have a one-size-fits-all response to hecklers.
Some skeptics just want to know if I believe in my own work. I can tell them I’ve been confirmed by X rays, MRIs, blood and urine tests, acupuncturists, vets, and chiropractors, etc. Things animals have told me about their households have been verified by clients, neighbors, other family members, etc. My stories are so specific and there are so many of them that people tend to see that I couldn’t have made it all up.

Even skeptics have animals who need their needs met. I will try to help everyone I can, within the conditions listed below.

When a client is dissatisfied with a consultation, I give them a refund, immediately and in full. I will suggest several colleagues for them to consult if they want to continue with animal communication now or in the future. I don’t want the animal to lose the chance to have a voice if there was a bad fit between the client and me. I like to assume that someone with a different style or tone could accomplish a connection which I did not. Very often in these cases the difficulty is that the animal has needs or opinions which conflict with the client. Also after we get off the phone, I take a moment to explain to the animal what happened, and let them know I will hold them in my prayers, for them to get their needs met. I ask the animal, if they have a chance to talk with another communicator, to please give that person the chance to accomplish what I did not, and not to give up hope.

Sometimes I am not able to reach the animal – they may not have a good feeling about me, not want certain things looked at, they may be skeptical animals: ‘I’ve talked to humans before and it didn’t go very well.’ These are most delicate consultations. I try to find out what they want without directly asking. If I can get them talking, I can probably help them.

Skeptics in general are challenging us to prove things to them. They may ask trick questions, or even make up an animal to test us. Usually you can feel the dark and sticky energy around those people, and avoid working with them. You can say you are not taking any new clients right now, etc. Trust your intuition about the client, not just the communication.

Some skeptics are genuine explorers, really wanting to believe there is more to the world than their rational minds can perceive. These people are more worth working with. But I tell them straight out: you have to give your animal permission to speak freely to me, or they will sense your distrust of animal communication and/or me, and clam up. If a child sensed that their mother did not trust a stranger, they might not talk, or say weird things to throw the stranger off track. This can happen with animals too, and unfortunately it can set up the animal for multiple disappointments, with other communicators, vets, etc.

“First do no harm” is a good policy.  If the session is not going well, and you push too hard, you can harden the person against trying with another communicator. If you feel like it is not working, say so. It is okay to say the “intensity” (I don’t say the client’s ‘tension’) makes it kind of hard for me to hear what the animal has to say, so maybe we could try another time, or another practitioner, etc.

You may have a specialty which makes you a better fit for some kinds of clients than others. Get to know other communicators (even if you are all just getting started), so you have a referral network. I have a colleague who excels at after-death contacts. I’m good at that too, but if a particular session is not working, I can refer that client to her, because they may be a better fit. I have a colleague who specializes in flower essences (and in her hands it is both an art and a science, amazing). In those cases where I feel this is not something that a ‘talking cure’ will help, which needs vibrational healing, I can refer those clients to her. Kay Aubrey Chimene, of Grand Adventures Ranch, is the best bio-nutritional therapist I have ever found. Usually even a skeptic who does not believe in ‘healing’ or ‘talking’, can get help for the animal’s physical well-being from Kay. Wherever a skeptic runs into a stopping point with me, I am looking for something they can fit into their world view, which will help the animal.

I have a scientific background, so I am often a good fit for scientists and medical practitioners. Recently, for over a year, every new client was a nurse, a nurse-practitioner, or an MD, with the sole exception of a PhD geologist! I ease their skepticism by being able to speak their language.  Here is a case where “Know thyself” comes in handy. This is where I fit into the referral network from other communicators to me.

Some skeptics are wanting to expand, some to attack. I try to spend time with the former, and defuse the latter. Be aware that they may be polite to your face, and then get off the phone and talk it over with their spouse and then ask for a refund. It is even okay to provide a refund if they do not request one. I may have done a fine job, but I can still tell they are not comfortable. If I get off the phone and it does not feel right, sometimes I call or email them and say, “There will be no charge for this session because I don’t think it went as well as I would like. I hope you will try animal communication again with someone who is a better fit for you and your animal, and these are several colleagues I recommend.

In all cases I want to be an ambassador for animalkind, and for animal communication. If I can’t accomplish either of those things, then it is okay to let go and go.

How do different communicators work? (Great question, Denise. Thanks for that.)

Did you know that some communicators only take the questions beforehand, work ‘offline’, then give you a report afterwords by email or phone?
Others work only in person.
Some have to have a picture before the session.
Some want no information before the session at all, or they feel it gets stale.

I don’t work with pictures because they tend to tie me to the time the picture was taken, instead of now. I work much better on the phone than in person. I discovered I have a ‘quiet zone’ near me where I don’t hear as well. I have come to understand that this keeps me from going crazy with the overwhelming amount of information I would get from walking into a store or anywhere there are a lot of people. But my own cat family gets a little frustrated with how dense I can be sometimes. ‘You want food, food, food, right?’ . . . ‘No! It was to scoop the litter box!’ 😉

So maybe one of these alternate ways of working fits you better. Or maybe you have another way, or will start with the easiest one of these for you, but add other ways as you get more experience. Just keep at it. You have a whole lifetime of animal experiences ahead of you.


Thank you sooooo much, Denise, for your insight, time and effort.

You can find Denise at:

Website: www.deniseschultz.net
Blog: www.deniseschultz.com
Voicemail: (530) 926-1160

Denise says: I do animal communication, energy healing, and mentoring. My most recent mentoring client is a real treat. She is a young vet, several years out of vet school, who told me that she learned more about holistic vet care from me in an hour than she did from 2 years of belonging to a monthly holistic vet club (Yea!).

And you know what, some of it I learned on my own, but a lot of it I learned from the animals and the clients. It is the continuing experience that fills my knowledge banks. That is why I am more in favor of mentoring relationships than certification procedures. We need the kind of breadth that we can only get with experience. Because the cases come up in a practice, not during a class, a mentor can bring you into more situations than a class will.

Animal Spirit Guide: Elephant


Key words:
— Peaceful, Strength, Power, Loyalty, Affection, Deep Compassion, Intelligence, Ancient Wisdom

Think about Elephant:
elephantsThey are the largest land animal, strong & powerful, but they are extraordinarily loyal & emotional. Baby elephants will help their younger brothers & sisters; adult elephants will help their ill friends in their herds. Elephants live in a structured society.

Because of their poor eyesight, they are acutely aware with their other senses. In the 2004 tsunami, elephants knew long before the wave hit and retreated to high ground. Elephants are even known to visit the grounds where other elephant are buried and grieve. They have a deep seated compassion & connection with the divine.

When Elephant crosses your path:

— Help those weaker or less fortunate than yourself
— Trust your senses; If something smells ‘fishy’, back away
— Re-examine your loyalty to those closest to you

Use Elephany Medicine to:

— Connect with your higher self and the divine
— You need more strength and vitality
— You are feeling alone & in need of a sense of family and community

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer

Power Animal Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer

Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews

Animal Spirit Guide: Walrus

walrusWalrus as an Animal Spirit Guide

Physical Closeness, protection, paying attention.

When walrus crosses your path:
— Hug someone you care about
— Get together with close friends
— Join a group of like-minded people
— To take the path of least resistance

Think about Walrus:
Walrus is an interesting animal. Gregarious & physically social, Walrus is slow moving & clumsy on land (they store fat) but they at home in the water (water=emotions.)

Use walrus energy when:

— You feel the need for more physical affection
— You need to be more aware of your physical surroundings
— You want to relax & feel more positive about a financial situation

Walrus medicine teaches us:

–To be aware of our surroundings, yet not be so cautious as to push people away
— That we, too, are social animals & need others for hugs, comfort & to keep us grounded- in addition to physical protection
— To prepare & store for the future

Moving effortlessly in the water, Walrus can teach us to ‘ride the emotional’ waves inevitable in our lives, to pick our battles wisely when in defensive mode, and that as long as we are close to the people we love, we will be protected from a cold and lonely heart.

Want to learn more about Walrus? Click here.

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer

Animal Spirit Guide: Coyote


Key words:
— Adaptability, Cleverness, Family, Devotion, Cooperation, Teamwork, Survival, Curiosity

When Coyote crosses your path:
— Ease up. Stop taking things so seriously.
— Stop complicating things. Don’t try to fight the situation, adapt to it.
— Don’t berate yourself for mistakes, learn from them. Accept wisdom learned as a gift.

Think about Coyote:
Cleaver and adaptable, the coyote survives. When hunting, they hunt in pairs, using a relay cooperative effort. One chases while one rests. Their family unit is close-knit and many mate for life. They look out for and protect each other, yet they are playful and want to have fun. While looked at as a pest by many, coyotes still have a sociable nature, wit and cleverness.

Use Coyote Medicine to:

— Move beyond embarrassment of foolish acts
— Become more sociable and accepting of your child within
— Accept your idiosyncracies with humor, rather than shame
— Find the wisdom from your mistakes or missteps

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer

Power Animal Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer

Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews

Psychic Accuracy

“There are two ways to be fooled.
One is to believe what isn’t true;
the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
-Soren Kierkegaard
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently reading Crossing Over by John Edward. As a student of mediumship, the pearls of wisdom in this book are really a huge help. Crossing-Over-John-Edward

Something I read the other night drove home a very interesting point. Not one I had never thought of, but one I had never thought of with regard to my work as a medium.

Edward was talking to a scientist who was planning on doing some experiments on the accuracy of mediumship. Cautious, and rightfully so, Edward questioned the scientist to determine if he was nothing more than a skeptic trying to debunk the field.

To his surprise, the scientist gave this analogy:

“Michael Jordan is one of the all-time great basketball players. Do you know what his average accuracy is shooting from the floor? … Around 45 percent. In a good game he might get 60 – 70 percent.

So how can somebody who’s on the average missing more than 50 percent of his shots be a superstar? The answer is that he’s got to be better than everybody else. And just because he misses a lot of shots doesn’t mean you don’t count the ones he’s made. It doesn’t mean you chalk up his dazzling plays to luck.” –Photo courtesy of Steve Lipofsky

So it got me thinking a number of different things.

This person was looking for the “Michael Jordan” of mediumship to do the experiment. So where does that leave us other poor slobs ( 😉 ) who are just the average professional players?

Well, what it means is that we, as mediums, can read with confidence. It’s part of the process. The important thing is to get enough right that your sitter fully understands that you have connected with their loved one, and that you have given them the comfort they seek in the process.

The Numbers
Why is it that if a baseball player consistently “hits” only three out of every ten balls as a baseball player, or a basketball player “hits” only 45% of their shots, they are lauded as one of the greatest players ever, yet psychics are looked at as kooks?the_love_potion As tarot readers, psychic/mediums, animal communicators, and any other type of telepathic practitioners, we are expected to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time. And, if we are not – which nobody could possibly be – then we are nothing more than charlatans and frauds.

So you have to ask yourself, “Am I buying into the skepticism and dogma?” As a person being read (known to psychics as a ‘sitter’ or a ‘querent,’) do you expect your psychic to be 100/100? As a psychic, do you find yourself sometimes putting that pressure on yourself?

Well, don’t. And I don’t mean, as a sitter, not to expect your psychic to give you good, accurate, helpful information, or as a reader, not to strive for 100% accuracy. What I mean is that you will lose out if your expectations are unrealistic. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. When you get or give really accurate information, accept it for what it is and don’t discredit the ‘hits’ based on the fact that there will be inevitably be ‘misses,’ (ie: information that is either misinterpreted, or not validated for one reason or another.) In doing so, you are doing a great disservice to your yourself, and to the process.

The Dogma
All of this has made me think, once again, about the fact that people believe what they want to believe – or don’t want to believe, for that matter. I find it really interesting that Christians, or Muslims or Jews, etc., don’t need to defend or explain their belief that something greater than themselves exists. The rest of the world may or may not agree with the form that belief takes, but their faith itself is accepted and they are not called ‘nut jobs’ for believing that there is a big invisible man in the sky or that Noah built an ark and filled it with pairs of every animal, or that Moses actually parted a large body of water.

Now, personally, I have no problem with anyone believing anything they want as long as it works for them, and doesn’t harm other people, animals or the environment. But the irony here is that while organized religion is simply accepted as any given belief system, belief in the afterlife, and in the telepathic/psychic world, is not. It is, in fact, constantly under attack.

But whether people look at what we do as faith or as talent, science it is certainly not. Having done psychic work for many, many years, I feel no need to ‘prove’ my abilities to anyone but myself and my clients, because skeptics aren’t going to believe you no matter how good you are. I do find myself, however, sometimes falling into their trap of expectation. And I’m beginning to realize that the pressure put on individual skills many times speak to the larger issue of defending the belief system itself.

I think what we, as psychics (and those who go to psychics) need to do is fully embrace the “hits.” If the information is accurate, it is accurate, no matter the misses. What we do is hard work. And when you feel yourself falling into that trap of unrealistic expectation, just remember: even Michael Jordan only ‘hits’ 45 percent of the time. 😉

Animal Spirit Guide: Deer/Fawn


— Gentleness, Caring, Kindness
— Innocence, Vulnerability
— Keen Psychic Insight, Observation
— Sensitivity & Ability to Listen

Use deer energy to:
— Open yourself up more genuinely
— Become aware of your surroundings
— Stay in the present moment

Think about a deer. It doesn’t really have the defenses that so many other animals have, not the teeth of a tiger, the quills of a porcupine or the strength of a walrus. It’s true natural defense to the world around it is it’s keen sense of observation and escaping capabilities. It’s light on it’s feet, it feels and hears the tiniest things. It’s vulnerable, yet willing to move out of it’s world to explore new beings and new sights around it.

Deer medicine can teach us to let down our guard and be vulnerable to the world around us, emotionally, physically and psychically. So often our egos of armor keep us from experiencing those things which can only be experienced through vulnerability and heightened sensitivity. In doing so, we open ourselves up for hurt, as well as experience, but without the experience, we might not feel at all. And that would be a terrible shame.