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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Animal Symbols in Magic

Animal magic is use of an animal for its symbolism and energies. Animals can also be animal spirit guides. Similar to spirit guides, they are used for their strengths, skills, and guidance. Using animal symbols in your spell work can be very effective. They can be used to represent persons or situations, and/or to add strength and ability to what it is you are working to achieve. Here is a listing of many common animals and the general properties associated with them. You can also use this list as an aid when decifering dreams, omens, shapes in tea leaves, etc.


  • Alligator-aggression, survival, adaptability
  • Ant-team player, worker
  • Armadillo-active, nocturnal, protection
  • Bat-guardian of the night, cleaner
  • Bear-power, adaptability
  • Bear Paw-strength, mobility
  • Beaver-builder, gatherer
  • Bobcat-fierce, loner, intensity
  • Buffalo-sacredness, life builder
  • Bull-strength, warning
  • Butterfly-metamorphisis, carefree, transformer
  • Camel-weary, enduring
  • Cat-independence, grace, healing
  • Cougar-leadership, courage
  • Cow-patience, stoicism
  • Coyote-prankster, insight, playful
  • Crane-solitude, independence
  • Deer-love, gentleness, kindness
  • Dog-loyalty, protection
  • Dolphin-kindness, play, bridge man to ocean
  • Dragonfly-flighty, carefree
  • Eagle-divine spirit, connection to creator
  • Elephant-long life, self-preservation
  • Elk-strength, agility, freedom
  • Fox-cunning, provider, intelligence
  • Frog-connection with water element
  • Giraffe-watchfulness, mobility
  • Goat-stubborn, omnivorous
  • Gorilla-brute strength, adaptibility
  • Goose-faithful, communicative, traveler
  • Grizzly Bear-hunter, nature's pharmacist
  • Hawk-messenger, stopper of time
  • Hippo-linking water and earth, survival
  • Horse-stamina, mobility, strength
  • Hummingbird-messenger, stopper of time
  • Kangaroo-feisty, funloving
  • Lion-power, strength, respect
  • Lizard-conservation, agility
  • Loon-solitude, song, romance
  • Manatee-peaceable, unassuming
  • Monkey-playfulness, agility
  • Moose-headstrong, unstoppable, longevity
  • Mouse-timid, secretive, sneaky
  • Orca-focus, power
  • Ostrich-fickle, fast moving
  • Otter-laughter, curiosity, truth, patience
  • Owl-wisdom, perseverance
  • Panda-playful, kindness
  • Pelican-ever watchful, grace
  • Penguin-playful, loving
  • Pheasant-confidence, attraction, perseverance
  • Pig-intelligence, hunger
  • Polar Bear-fearlessness, power
  • Quail-sacred spiral, ceremonial, Holy
  • Rabbit-alertness, resourceful
  • Raccoon-bandit, shy, determination
  • Ram-new beginning, teacher, hoarder
  • Raven-trickster, mischievous
  • Rhino-durability, strength
  • Road Runner-speed, agility, cleverness
  • Salmon-instinct, persistence, determination
  • Seahorse-confidence, grace
  • Shark-hunter, survival
  • Skunk-wary, conspicious, intense
  • Snake-shrewdness, transformation
  • Spider-creative, pattern of life
  • Squirrel-trusting, innocence
  • Swan-grace, balance, festive
  • Turkey-smart, elusive
  • Turtle-self-contained creative source
  • Water Buffalo-enormus strength, hard working
  • Whale-wisdom, power, cleanser
  • Wolf-loyalty, success, perseverance
  • Wolf Paw-freedom, success, guidance
  • Zebra-family-oriented, alert
Note: This post was compiled from various sources by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Monday, April 13, 2009

An Easter Monday Bìcáben

In the old days (back in the 1800's), this is how the Hungarian Gypsies celebrated Easter Monday. They made a wooden box or receptacle called the bìcáben, pronounced like the English gypsy word bitchapen and meaning the same, that is ~ a sending, a thing sent or gift.

In this, at the bottom, two sticks were placed across, "as in a cradle," and on these were laid herbs and other fetish, or meaningful stuffs which every one touched with the finger; then the whole was enveloped in a winding of white and red wool. The box was then carried by the oldest person of the tribe (or family) from tent to tent; after every one had spat upon it, it was borne to the next running stream and left there.

By doing this, all the diseases and disorders which would have befallen them during the coming year were conjured into the box. But woe to him who might find the box and open it, instead of throwing it at once back into the stream! All the diseases exorcised by the gypsy band will fall upon him and his in full measure.


Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Water Witching

If rain is your desire, whipping pond water with a hazel stick is believed to invoke a downpour. This is known as "water witching."

From: The Good Spell Book

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