Mar 29, 2010
Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor Animal Totem
Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor are a married pair of witches. They present workshops together, and Raven has written a slew of books. I did an Animal Totem workshop with them at Sacred Space.
Raven took the lead & spoke the most. Stephanie chimed in every now and then, with commentary more than information. They create a feeling of sacred space with chanting & a song called "Come to the Ways." The song is the frontispiece of Raven's book Spirit of the Witch. The guided meditation involved going to the woods and sitting by a pool, and allowing your animal spirit to approach you. Everyone in the group connected with something, and Raven made sure everyone got a chance to speak about the experience.
So, guess who my Animal Totem is. Just guess. Hedgehog? Some type of cat? A fox? A skunk? I actually really wanted a skunk, because they are small, cute and powerful. Well, I suppose the pic was a clue. Yes, Badger is the animal protector with whom I connected.
I didn't receive a crystal clear, film strip like picture of Badger; I got a swift impression of bright eyes and stripeyness. So, my first thought was a badger, and then I asked if it might not be a skunk. No, definitely not. How about a fox? I asked. Nope. I had Badger and Badger it would remain. It seemed as if you don't necessarily get the Animal Totem you love or are even thinking about much, you get what you need. I truly wanted a skunk, and I had been reading skunk stories and researching skunk info, but nope, no skunky for me.
What's super cool is that Badger is one of Raven's protectors, so he had a lot to say about it. Badger's leading quality is persistence...as in badgering someone. :) The message I got from Badger was about needing my strength & focus.
I'm now liking my Badger Totem more & more. Good fighters! And Badger in The Wind in the Willows was definitely a wonderful figure. Have you explored your Animal Totem(s)? If you've had trouble connecting, you may want to seek out some info from Raven Grimassi, as his meditation definitely worked for me.
Posted by Wizardess at 4:54 PM