So one of the things that they asked me to think about in advance of the Ragnar Ambassador kick-off for 2013 is what is my spirit animal?
I thought this was something related to the Native American history & spiritual beliefs, but wasn’t too sure.
Some research finds:
- According to SpiritAnimal.Info: Spirit animals are typically associated with traditional as well as modern Western shamanic practices. During initiations or shamanic journeys, the shaman would find one or several animals that she or another person is associated with. Traditionally, the spirit animal is used for guidance.Think of your spirit animal as a guardian spirit or spirit guide. It can play the role of protector and provides guidance. It’s like a “personal guide or protector” that has a personal affinity with the person it’s associated with.
- According to Urban Dictionary: In pagan religions and systems, a spirit animal or totem is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have. Online, saying something or someone is your spirit animal is a statement that said person or thing is a representation of you or what you want to be.
Friend 1: “Did you see Misfits last night?”
Friend 2: “YES. Nathan Young is my spirit animal.”
Kate Walsh of Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice fame even wants to know!
There is a quiz you can take:
I think my spirit animal would have to be…