What is Totem Jewelry?

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What is totem jewelry?
According to Webster’s, a totem is:
: something (such as an animal or plant) that is the symbol for a family, tribe, etc., especially among Native Americans
: a usually carved or painted figure that represents such a symbol
: a person or thing that represents an idea
In shamanism, a totem animal is a power animal. How do you find your power animal? You journey to find it, or you have a shaman journey to find it for you.
The shaman belief is that if a person doesn’t have a power animal, he/she won’t live very long in infancy. We all have power animals; we just don’t know them. They are waiting for us to come and meet them. If you dream about an animal frequently, or see an animal often, it could be your power animal trying to get your attention. It could also be a sign of something that you need to pay attention to.
So…getting back to the original, totem jewelry is jewelry that honors your power animal. That reminds you of the love and protection you continually receive from your spiritual ally.
You can find this butterfly totem necklace in my etsy shop here:

Stories from 2016 – March 15th

I was feeling very low energy last week. I had a lot going on: two days of classes in Albany, lots of pottery to make and, of course, my full time job. Progress reports were due, which always stresses me out. I didn’t want to do anything but go home and sit on the couch on Friday, but I had a coffee date with my friend Luann, so I decided to go.

We met in Saratoga Springs for coffee at Uncommon Grounds, a great coffee shop/cafe, and I’m so glad I went. Luann always inspires me: she is well-travelled, very upbeat, full of creativity and ideas. She also teached kundalini yoga, which I want to try soon. We decided that she’s going to take some pottery lessons so she can perhaps work with me and help me if my business gets busier. I haven’t even done any advertising yet, and it’s getting busier, so it’s a real possibility. So Friday was a success.

My daughter Kate came home, so we went to Saratoga, again, on Saturday. I needed some stuff for my workshop I’m offering April 2nd (you can read about it here – it’s a Learn to Journey workshop I’m offering in Saratoga Spring. I went home and didn’t do much: I have some pottery to make, jewelry to finish and I want to make Katie a new quilt for her May birthday.

Sunday I wanted to sit on the couch. Plans got complicated, so I suggested that Bill and I go for a hike. We went to Spectacle Pond , a mile and a half hike near Schroon Lake. It was wonderful!! There was some snow/ice still on the paths, but it was easy to avoid by walking around and there was a gorgeous brook all the way up to the top.  Afterwards, we had a quick bite to eat, and then home. With the time change, it seems like we lost most of the day. I hate the day we change the time, but I love the later sunsets.

Busy week, this week. Am traveling, so I need to get organized. It seems like time doesn’t stand still for anything recently. This school year is going so quickly, I can’t believe it. Time goes more quickly the older I get, it seems.