Animal totems can be wonderful medicine for the mind/body/soul. They remind us to connect to ancient wisdom of nature and the traits that we may wish to embody. As humans we have given these magnificent creatures labels and stories so that we may relate to them. I urge you to remember that although these labels may contain many truths, each creature is unique and will show up for you with special teachings that may not always jive with what the books say. We each perceive the world differently. One of the first T's I designed was the crow because for me it embodies the element of curiosity. The crow will doubt what is placed before it, and explore it at it's own pace, in it's own way. This is one of the qualities of a shaman. So, when an animal shows up for you, notice how you feel, what is your response, your thoughts and feelings and explore that from your heart and inner sight, you can even doubt what you are feeling, sometimes the message is within the reaction, not the reaction itself. But most of all have fun and respect the creatures that appear, especially the large growling ones and the biting ones! I hope that you will enjoy wearing these T's! Below are the totems on the T's in a bit more detail referenced from Ted Andrews, Animal Speak and Steven Farmers, Spirit Animals, with a smattering of myself, friends or students personal encounters.
They can intrigue and aggravate us, their size and sounds are amazing, but they can talk incessantly and act rowdy. There is time for play and there is time to listen to your true voice. Their black color is like a vessel, it is the absence of all color, it holds great potential. Like the night before the dawn, it holds the pregnant potential for the day. They are watchful and associated with the magic of creation: teaching us to keep watch for the magic in each moment. Therefore one could infer that the crow teaches us about looking for/tapping into and manifesting our own magical potential. You can also research Raven for more information.
Associated in some indigenous cultures with the direction of the North and with one of the main energy centers in the body. It lives on sweetness, helping us to seek sweetness in our lives but to also carry this sweetness into each moment, embody it. To only bring forward what it sweet. Their ability to fly 1000's of miles and to stop and hover shows great strength and skill. They are fearless and will chase off much larger birds. They are small but epically powerful. They are playful but independent. Perhaps they teach us how to stay true to ourselves while having fun with others and enjoying our journeys no matter how challenging they might feel.