Mythical & Extinct

Spirit Animals can also be mythical animals. A Mythical Animal Spirit can be a strong symbol for a change in life. Mythical Spirit Animals are not usually a birth totem, nor do they stay with a person for a long time. The mythical totem is likely there for just this one challenge in your life.

Avanyu — The feathered Native American Sky Snake and guardian of water. It is revered as the storm bringer and the changer of seasons. It is connected with lightning, thunderstorms and violent, sudden change. Its influence is most noted amongst the peoples settled around great rivers, like the mound builders of the Mississippi and the pueblo dwellers along the Rio Grande.

Babel Fish– (from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) The Babel Fish represents removing barriers to communications, knowing what someone else is up to or mind or they knowing what you are up to, leeching off someone else’s ideas. A load of dingo’s kidneys

Benu/Bennu Bird — (see: “Phoenix” below)

Black Dog (Hell Hound) — A black dog is the name given to a being found primarily in the folklores of the British Isles. The black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil. It is generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog, and often has large, glowing eyes. It is often associated with electrical storms and also with crossroads, places of execution and ancient pathways. Its appearance is regarded as a portent of death.

Cabbit — A cross between a cat and a rabbit. Male rabbits are famed for their willingness to attempt sex with any female animal of roughly the same size, whether it is a rabbit or not. In additional, female cats will happily raise the young of any species alongside their own kittens. Thus comes the legend of the cabbit. The cabbit represents particularly randy males and particularly maternal females

Cheshire Cat — The grinning, charismatic, trickster of Wonderland in the famed tale “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The origins of the cat could have been from an old expression: “grinning like a Cheshire Cat”. The phrase possibly is a result of Cheshire cheese, which was sold often in the shape of a grinning cat. The “Cheshire Cat”, therefore, was most likely a totem for the the cheese makers. In the story the cat appears and disappears at will, engaging Alice in amusing but sometimes vexing conversation. The cat sometimes raises philosophical points that annoy or baffle Alice. But, the Cheshire Cat is the only one in Wonderland who actually listens to Alice and he teaches Alice the ‘rules’ of Wonderland. A spirit guide that will give you insight into the madness of others and the seemingly absurd world around you.

Chimera — (Not to be confused with the “Chimaera” fish) According to Greek mythology, the Chimera was a monstrous fire-breathing creature composed of the parts of three animals, a lion, a goat and a tail that ended in a snake’s head. A hybrid “monster” which has a deep connection to the evil and demonic.) (Physiology: an animal that contains more than one set of genetic codings.) The chimera represents what happens when you try to combine things and end up with the worst possible combination. Associated with a warning of genetic meddling.

Dragon,– The Dragon represents prosperity which may be of spiritual enlightenment rather than material riches, the guardian of treasures that lay hidden deep within the unconscious

Fire Dragon — Vitality, enthusiasm and courage, help in overcoming obstacles

Air Dragon — Great flashes of illumination in intellect and psyche, insight and clarity, trust your inner voice

Earth Dragon — Power, potential, riches

Water Dragon — Redirect your enthusiasm

Gryphon (Griffin) — A magical lion/bird guardian of sacred arcane libraries. It is said that no one can pass a Griffin if they are fearful, greedy, or have no self-confidence; they are refused entrance. It symbolizes a need to protect something powerful within by the use of fierce boundaries. Wisdom, agility, flexibility, persistence, guardian of hidden treasures, guardian of the path to spiritual enlightenment, a symbol of the divine nature, Griffins mated for life and if their partner died they would continue alone forever.

Hell Hound — (see: “Black Dog”)

Hydra — (A dog monster with nine indestructible serpent heads and deadly poisonous blood. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Hercules as one of his Twelve Labours.) Conquest of a powerful enemy.

Jackalope — (A cross between an extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit) Extremely shy unless approached gently, can be aggressive and unpredictable, a medicinal mother’s milk, “the warrior rabbit”

Kneazle — (from the “Harry Potter” stories) Familiar of witches and wizards, similar to a cat in appearance. An uncanny ability to detect suspicious and distrustful people. Can safely guide their owner home. Kneazles must be licensed if they become tamed in the event that a Muggle mistakes it for a cat.

Liver Bird — Symbol of the city of Liverpool, England. The Liver Bird was a mythical bird that once haunted the local shoreline .According to legend, they were a male and female pair, the female looking out to sea, (watching for the seamen to return safely home) whilst the male looks towards the city. Local legend also holds that the birds face away from each other as, if were they to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist. Another local saying that, whenever a truly virgin lady passes by the Liver Buildings, the Liver Birds will flap their great wings. A symbol of sexual abstinence and innocence.

Mermaid — A legendary being of the sea, whose body is configured as half woman, half fish. Mermaids are commonly portrayed as being mesmerizing seductresses who lure men with their provocative beauty. While many a sailor has mistaken a dugong or other sea mammel for a mermaid, it is the way of this water nymph of the sea. The mermaid is akin to these creatures even to the point of being able to shape shift into one. The mermaid is a symbol of beauty and transformation, as well as an archetype of the classic dark female of mythology, (such as Lilith), leading us into the realm of the deep sea. (the unconscious). Mermaids call us to the unknown, urging us to abandon what we are and to become something new. If a mermaid has shown itself to you it may indicate a need to be near water to draw upon the energies associated with the element of water.

Pegasus (The Winged Horse) — Pegasus comes to us from Greek mythology. He was born of the blood of Medusa as she was beheaded by the hero Perseus. Pegasus was concerned with sacred places and guarding them. He is the inspirer of rising above difficulties and teaches the importance of having quick and agile wisdom, as well as humility and knowing one’s boundaries. In modern times, Pegasus is seen as the symbol for the immortality of the soul, and as the carrier and protector that guards the spirit in its journeys into the astral plane. Pegasus is the power of the creative spirit in all of us. Pegasus is the horse of the Muses and in the service of poets. He is the symbol of inspiration, and of the beauty we bring to our life and the lives of others. Pegasus, calls you to create, in music, in poetry, in writing, in art and to share your expressions of beauty.

Phoenix — “Death and Rebirth.” The Greek Phoenix is a bird-like creature, that lives for 1000 years. Once that time is over, it builds its own funeral pyre, and throws itself into the flames. As it dies, it is reborn anew, and rises from the ashes to live another 1000 years. Phoenix symbolizes immortality, reincarnation and eternal light, the Phoenix brings with it a desire for change. When Phoenix comes it is likely that you are ready for a significant change, a renewal, a fresh perspective, or even a life-changing transformation. “Arising from the ashes!” (In ancient Egypt the Phoenix is called the Bennu Bird)

Pushmi-Pullyu — (From “The Story of Doctor Dolittle”: A llama which has two heads at opposite ends of the body, when it tries to move, both heads try to go in opposite directions) Being pulled in different directions by opposing forces. A need to free yourself from contradicting ideas and choose a path to complete the journey. (“Pushmi-Pullyu” has begun to come into usage as “business jargon”)

Rainbow Serpent — Sacred dreaming. Having a primal connection to water, and all water sources, seeing the world in terms of good people and bad people, judging others, colour therapy, rainbows nourish you, benevolence and malevolence, fertility and fecundity, sacredness, the wisdom of mountains, gorges and rocky outcrops, animism.

Sasquatch (Yeti / Skunk Ape) — Primordial creatures of Earth. living secretly in harmony with Nature and preferring to be alone. They represent a desire to be reclusive, and shy. While possessing deep feelings, they may appear snippy and hostile toward others. In a clearing they emerge as a trace of the enormous beings we were when we were the missing link. These creatures denote spiritual truths not easily accepted. A longing to retrieve innocence lost

Sea Goat — Not a marine mammal, the sea goat, better described as a goat fish, is a mythical creature with the head and upper body of a goat, and the lower body and tail of a fish. The fish part of this symbol represents passion, spirituality, intuition, connection with soul, the deepest depths of our being. The goat symbol represents intelligence, curiosity, ambition, but also steadiness, and ability to thrive in inhospitable environments. The goat climbs the highest mountains carefully, step by step, ever seeking higher vistas. It is the symbol of the astrological sign Capricorn.

Skunk Ape — (see: “Sasquatch” above)

Sphinx — The body of a lion and the head of a human (?) (The Greek Sphinx has wings, the Egyptian Sphinx does not) The Greek Sphinx poses a riddle and strangles all those who cannot solve it; the Egyptian Sphinx is a goddess of wisdom and knowledge. (Some archeologists theorize that the Egyptian Great Sphinx, upon which the Alexandrian Greeks based their image, may be much older than previously thought. Originally it may have had the head of a lion which a later pharaoh had removed and his own head carved in its place. The image of the Sphinx having a human head may be an imposture.)

Thunderbird — The Thunderbird is said to be an enormous bird-like creature with legendary strength and power. They govern the weather (their voice is thunder and lightening flashes from their eyes). The meaning of the Thunderbird as a Native American symbol varies according to the tribe. Commonly it is a Native American symbol of creation; the Thunderbird marks the separation between the heavens and the earth. A servant of the Great Spirit who carries messages from one spirit to another.

Unicorn — The ability to negate the effects of venom and poisons, the magick to make dreams become reality, connection to the spirits of the forest with its fauns and fairies. The magick of the unicorn can effect the weather. (see: Whale/Narwhal ) The legend of Zeus and the “horn of plenty” may be the origin of the myth of the Unicorn.

Womble — Fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures that live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Wombles were created by author Elisabeth Beresford, and originally appeared in a series of children’s novels. Although Wombles supposedly live in every country in the world, Beresford’s stories are concerned with the lives of the inhabitants of the burrow on Wimbledon Common in London, England. Wombles are extremely honest creatures. They dislike lies and deception, though on occasion they are known to stretch the truth or to omit important details. The Womble motto is “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish”. They symbolize ecology and care for the envionment.

Wyvern — Revenge and retribution, creating protective barriers of fear as a defense. They can also symbolize envy, viciousness, war and pestilence. (Wyverns are heraldic dragons that look much like birds. They have two legs and a pair of wings. Sometimes these wings are depicted as “hands”, such that they can claps each other when the wings are folded. Wyverns are usually small and have wedge-shaped heads, but are sometimes depicted with smaller, more rounded heads. In addition to a beak-like jaw, which would be necessarily for the wyvern to carry food, the wyvern might also have a, a tail with a poison sting at the end of it.)

Yeti — (see: “Sasquatch” above)


Extinct Animal Spirits

Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making. Extinct animals often represents the primordial past out of which your present self has grown. It may also suggest something you are dealing with that is no longer alive or functioning in your life.

Dicynodont — (Mammal-like reptiles that looked something like a cross between a rhinoceros and the demon dogs from “Ghostbusters.” Researchers have now found that these dicynodonts pooped in communal latrines, designated areas for depositing dung.) Trying to balance natural with socially acceptable behavior. Potting training issues.

Dinosaur,– Ancient wisdom from the primordial, returning to the Earth and transformation within, (“sic transit gloria mundi”). A dinosaur also represents an all powerful fear. A fear that is too big to confront or so time consuming that you can’t think of anything else

Carnivore Dinosaur — Knows no fear, pursuit of prey

Allosaurus — Clear vision , stealth, understands the power of co-operation

Tyrannosaurus — Confrontation skills, ruthless pursuit

Velociraptor — Working in groups to problem solve, speed is of the essence,

Herbivore Dinosaur — Seeing through emotional issues

Brontosaurus– Awareness of the power of self, proper use of slowness, ease of movement through emotional waters, ability to digest all aspects of an issue

Triceratops — Connection to the rhinoceros, Understanding of the predator-prey relationship, completion of cycles, ability to stand ones ground

Omnivore Dinosaur — Ability to be in two places at once, ability to go either way

Dodo Bird — Growing up in near isolation and then being overrun by others. Having no enemies until you start getting noticed. Being unjustly blamed for your own problems because people say you are stupid. “The new neighbors make life impossible and we can’t get up and fly away”

Saber Tooth Tiger — Savage energy. Going for the throat. Facing deep primordial fear.

Thylacine (Tasmanian Wolf) — The recently departed. (Thought to have become extinct in the 1930’s) Withdraw from the mob and walk alone for a while. Accepting and embracing the unknown. Moving between past, present and future. The secrets of rock caves

Thylacoleo (Marsupial Lion) — Getting what you want in a straightforward manner, being unafraid to attack others to get what you need. Finding it difficult to be appreciated by others, fighting for recognition. Having the ability to crush others with your words. Forgotten power and strength.

Wooly Mammoth — (In the legends of the arctic peoples it was believed to be a large, burrowing monster who died when it saw sunlight) The use of ancient medicines. Freezing food for much later use.