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The tradition of the Shamanic nine Animal Totem Reading

Shamanism is a spiritual practice that dates back thousands of years and is rooted in various indigenous cultures around the world. It revolves around the belief that everything in the natural world, including animals, plants, and elements, possesses its own unique energy and wisdom. Shamans, who are spiritual practitioners and healers, often connect with these energies to gain insights, guidance, and healing.

The concept of the Nine Animal Totem Reading is a specific aspect of shamanic practice. In this tradition, individuals seek to discover their Nine Totem Animals, which are seen as spiritual guides or allies. These Totem Animals are believed to represent different aspects of a person’s life, personality, and spiritual journey.

This is how a Shamanic Nine Animal Totem Reading typically works:

Selection of Animals

The practitioner, often with the help of tools like oracle cards or intuitive guidance, selects nine animals that will serve as the person’s Totem Animals.

Individual Animal Meanings

Each animal chosen is associated with specific qualities, characteristics, and messages. These may be drawn from the mythology, behaviors, and symbolism of the animals.

Personal Interpretation

The practitioner interprets the meaning of each Totem Animal in the context of the individual’s life. This involves looking at how each animal’s energy may be influencing or guiding the person.

Insights and Guidance

The reading provides insights into various aspects of the person’s life, such as strengths, challenges, opportunities, and spiritual direction. It can offer a deeper understanding of the individual’s path and purpose.


The individual is encouraged to integrate the wisdom of these Totem Animals into their daily life, seeking to align themselves with the energies and guidance offered by each animal.

Overall, the Shamanic Nine Animal Totem Reading is a holistic and spiritual practice aimed at helping individuals connect with the natural world and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their life journey. It’s a beautiful way to tap into the wisdom of animals and nature as a source of guidance and healing.

the dragonweaver's approach

Marlene DragonWeaver utilises the Shamanic Medicine Wheel as described in the groundbreaking divination tool, “Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams & David Carson. Read more about the Nine Directions of this particular Medicine Wheel here. Marlene also does not do an interpretation of the animals for each of the directions in her readings at present, she only identifies them for you and leaves you to explore their guidance on your own…for now…

Marlene will be exploring the guidance of the animals for each of the nine directions in her future planned in depth guidebook for her Magic of the Animal Kingdom Oracle Card Deck. You can find out more by subscribing to the  Soul Tools Newsletter down below for updates.

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