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In many cultures, it is customary to work with animal guides or spirits - - to adopt the positive qualities of the animal's personality and to use this positive force in daily life.

Adder/Snake - wisdom, cunning, striking ability in defense

Badger - facing down larger adversaries with unyielding courage

Bat - out only at night moving at great speed

Bear - solitary, defensive when protecting it's young

Bee - works in cooperation and coordination

Blackbird - has it's own distinctive song and sings for the joy of singing

Boar - cunning and ferocious; sly and agressive

Bull - strength and potency; protection

Butterfly - carefree; yet able to defend itself against predators; able to camouflage itself

Cat - independent, competent; can fight its way out of a bad situation, but knows when it should retreat from overwhelming odds

Cock - confident

Cow - loving; comfortable with others

Crane - dignity

Crow - cunning and bold

Deer - shy, inconspicuous, swift

Dog - devotion

Dolphin - intelligence, communication

Dragon - knowledge, riches

Eagle - wisdom, longevity, quick to attack

Eel - quick, fluid

Fox - intelligent, loving, playful

Frog - still, invisible, able to take large leaps

Hare/Rabbit - peaceful, defensive

Hawk - keen sight, swift to strike

Hedgehog - able to curl up with sticky spines to deter enemy

Heron - slow and methodical; dignified

Horse - freedom, friendship, stamina, defense

Lizard - able to camoflage itself; quick to move

Lynx - travels over any type of ground and any type of weather; playful

Mouse - shy, fast

Otter - playful, friendly, curious, enjoys life

Owl - knowledge, wisdom, protects itself with talons and beak

Pig - ferocious when attacked; otherwise, peaceful and content

Rat - sly, invisible, silent

Raven - intelligent, noisy when disturbed

Salmon - wise, magickal, will travel in rough water to get where it wants to go

Seagull - knows when to take advantage of a situation

Sow - unpredictable

Squirrel - diligent worker; evasive

Swan - stately, beautiful, defensive

Turtle - slow, methodical, withdraws from danger

Unicorn - links physical and spiritual realms

Wolf - cunning, intelligent, free, invisible

Wren - musical, joyous, yet able to swoop down on intruders