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Fire, Earth, Iron, Water, Wood
The four auspicious animals
The Dragon (Inscrutable) enjoys resting in the sky among the clouds and wind. It is energetic, powerful and unwavering yet gentle and playful. The Sky Dragon symbolizes generosity, spontaneous achievement, elegance, and equanimity.
The Dragon thunders in the sky with the sound of compassion that awakens us from delusion and increases what we can know through hearing. Dragons have the power of complete communication. Just as we do not see sound, we do not see dragons -- at least not usually. Displaying a dragon banner is said to protect one from slander and enhances one's reputation.
Associations: main quality is power, dominance over the sea, and the water element.
The Garuda (Outrageous) is daring and fearless. Possessing great strength and power it soars beyond the beyond - no holding back. It symbolizes freedom from hopes and fears, the vast mind without reference point. The Garuda is daring and fearless and abides in the north. With great strength and power it soars beyond without holding back. It symbolizes freedom from hopes and fears, the vast mind without reference point. It is a powerful antidote to the negative influences of Nagas (spirits) which can cause disease and all kinds of harm.
Associations: main quality is wisdom, dominance over the sky, and the fire element.
The Snow Lion (Perky) represents unconditional cheerfulness, a mind free of doubt, clear and precise. It's synchronized body and mind results in a youthful, vibrant energy of goodness and a natural sense of delight.
The Snow Lion resides in the East and represents unconditional cheerfulness, a mind free of doubt, clear and precise. It has a beauty and dignity resulting from a body and mind that are synchronized. The Snow Lion has a youthful, vibrant energy of goodness and a natural sense of delight. Sometimes the throne of a Buddha is depicted with eight Snowlions on it, in this case, they represent the 8 main Bodhisattva-disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.
Associations: main quality is fearlessness, dominance over mountains, and the earth element.
The Tiger (Meek) symbolizes unconditional confidence, disciplined awareness, kindness and modesty. It is relaxed yet energized; resting in a gentle state of being with a natural sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
The Tiger abides in the South, symbolizing unconditional confidence, disciplined awareness, kindness and modesty. It is relaxed yet energized; resting in a gentle state of being that has a natural sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, referring to the state of enlightenment.
Associations: main quality is confidence, dominance over forest, and the air element.
Sets of five color flags should be put in the order: blue, white, red, green, yellow (from left to right or from top to bottom.) The colors represent the elements: space, air, fire, water and earth
This is Solar meaning 5 X 12 = 60 years 12 X 30 days = 360
The Lunar is 13x28 = 364
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.