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Guides / Totems / Elementals
Guides / Deities, Totems & Elementals have been adopted and recognised by every culture across the planet and none more so then the Celtic Druids.
The Ovate's duties were to recognize and interpret "The Totems."
Either by choice or by synchronicity animals/entities appear to us and can play a significant part to our lives if we recognize the significance of the timing and the appearance of the Totem. The appearance of the Totem should be seen as a life force stream that compliments others, recognizing and accepting the energy for what it is will enhance everyday life. The co-operation of all life force streams, physically, mentally and spiritually is a natural process that has been forgotten, our ancestors depended on it for survival and used it as their first sense but in the modern fast tracked lifestyle of today it is sometimes if recognized it has become the sixth sense.
One belief system is that we have 9 totems one for the four directions, one above and below, one inner, and one that walks on either side of us through life.
The Celtic Queen Boudicea is known to have pulled a hare from her tunic and based her decision on which direction it ran after she released it, the hare being a totem of the goddess Andraste, this was recorded in the 1st century AD.
The Unicorn with the Golden Lion is seen on each side of the British coat of arms, this is displayed in every court room on the mainland UK, it is also to be seen on every British passport. It is known that the Unicorn is adopted from Scotland heraldry, it is also documented that Julius Ceasar in 1st century AD despite numerous attempts, failed to catch a unicorn.
A totem is a stipulated ancestor of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe. Totems support larger groups than the individual person.
In kinship and descent, if the apical ancestor of a clan is nonhuman, it is called a totem. Normally this belief is accompanied by a totemic myth.
Although the term is of Ojibwe origin in North America, totemistic beliefs are not limited to Native Americans. Similar totem-like beliefs have been historically present in societies throughout much of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Arctic polar region.