Fantasy & Mythical Creatures
Symbolism & Meaning
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Fantasy & Mythical Creatures
Symbolism & Meanings Overview
A common question is, “Can Fantasy & Mythical Creatures be my Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal?”. The answer is yes!
In the lore and myth of many cultures, Mythical Creatures abound. These fantasy animals are not of this world. They are unique, curious, whimsical creatures that spring from our imagination – maybe.
Those who follow a more spiritual path think of the ‘imagination’ as a co-creation with the divine. That is, whatever is created in this world (music, art, technology, and more) is born of humans tapping into the infinite creativity of the Universe. In this, it’s entirely possible that the “Mythical Creatures” who appear in the minds and hearts of artists and storytellers are simply the Universe allowing us a peek into a magical world which exists in another time and place.
Now, think of the Dragon, Unicorn, Gryphon and Phoenix as examples of popular Fantasy Creatures. These creatures boggle our mind and challenge our spirits in unique ways. Each of these Mythical Beasts has unique cultural contexts as well that give them even more energetic correspondences to consider. Effectively Dragon compares to both Snake and Lizard but with greater powers and the ability of flight. The Gryphon is a compound creature blended for Eagle and Lion, and so it carries some of the Spirit Animal Meanings from both those animals. Also, one can easily identify with Mythical Creatures as a Totem Animal or invoke its medicine as a Power Animal.
Based on the information already provided, you can see why the energies and teachings of Mythical Creatures can and should be accepted as a valid Spirit, Totem, and Power animal.
The unique thing about Fantasy Creatures as animal spirit guides is that these Mythical Beasts live between the realms – between the powers of good and evil, and between us and the Gods of all time. In some settings they are even ascribed with some godly powers.
In studying and working with Fantasy Animals it is important to approach them with proper respect. Think of the Fey and Devas. They will often help humans. But do not under any circumstances anger them! On that note, it must be said that many Mythical Beasts are things of which nightmares are made. In many European stories the Dragon is far from the hero of the tale, for example. For our purposes we will focus on Fantasy creatures that offer positive characteristics and lessons. Returning to the Dragon, in China Dragon represents vitality. Yes, a being with such size and power can be daunting, but they also bear ancient wisdom and are among the chroniclers of history as we know it.
There are also Fantasy Animals that are somewhat ambivalent. Consider the Mermaid who may sing a sailor into the water, or rescue an innocent from drowning. According to legend, this depends on Her disposition at the moment.
No matter the creature, Fantasy Animals are part of our communal mind. They are archetypes of the enchanted world. The most wonderful message from the Fantasy realm is that not all is what it seems. There is far more to our world than black-and-white reality. That opens the door to so many wonderful possibilities. Let your mind wander and see what you find.
Mythical Creatures As Your Spirit Animal
Fantasy & Mythical Creatures as a Spirit Animal come to you offering wisdom, insight, messages and specific energy imprints. You may find this beast arriving in your meditation or dreams. Alternatively you might see it time and time again on TV, in the pages of a book, in decorative statues etc. Your Fantasy Spirit Animal will try a variety of ways to grab your attention until they’re successful.
There are some common messages from Fantasy Animals. One has to do with your potentials. Are you ready to go above and beyond what you readily conceive? Fantasy Creatures challenge us to explore their realities as well as their mysteries and magic – as well as your mystery and magic. Take that leap of faith.
Sometimes a Spirit Animal reveals aspects of your character of which you might be unaware or that needs improvement. Alternatively they may come with assistance to an emotionally powerful event. Fantasy & Mythical Spirit Animals are highly intuitive – their messages are always meant for your highest and best good. However, all animals (except humans) are direct communicators. There is no filter. Your Spirit Animal will express the lesson you ‘need’, rather than communicating what you ‘want’ to hear. Be ready for some straight-forward truth.
Finally, when a Mythical Beast show us as your Spirit Animal, it can be letting you know that now is the time to believe in your ‘fantasies’. Do you want to be a ballerina, the president of your country, a movie star, or cure cancer? Fantasy & Mythical Creatures can appear to let us know that if you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Mythical Creatures As Your Totem Animal
A Fantasy Animal Totem is a creature with which you were born. It’s who you ‘are’. This Mythical Creature will stay with you your entire life – bringing guidance and protection. In a sense, with you carrying this Totem within your spirit, you create a bridge between Earth and other realms or dimensions of reality where Fantasy Animals reside.
Just as with any Totem Animal, you often reflect the characteristics and attributes of that creature. For example, someone born with a Unicorn Totem may be somewhat naïve but always a paragon of virtue and honesty. The Unicorn is perhaps the most positive of all Fantasy Animals as it’s always depicted interacting with humans in positive ways.
Some people innately know their Animal Totem – their ‘self’. Others may have to think on it. Nonetheless, once discovered one of the best things you can do is start educating yourself about the Mythical Creature’s history and lore. Take a look at various cultural settings to learn more about the powers inside of you. Note that during this exploration your Totem may manifest in your dreams and meditations so you build a strong relationship of respect and trust.
For some, knowing their Totem Animal is a completely natural process. It’s as if they’ve always known, inexplicably drawn to the animal or having a special feeling for the animal’s energy. For others, they wonder how to find their Animal Totem. Don’t worry! It’s there inside you. A Totem Animal is imprinted on your soul like a unique fingerprint that shapes who you are and who you become.
Mythical Creatures As Your Power Animal
What is a Mythical Creature Power Animal? It is just like a natural or ‘real’ Power Animal but derives from the Fantasy realm. Just like with ‘regular’ Power Animals, we have the ability to call on Fantasy Spirits and ask for their assistance in tasks, with problem solving, for health, and much more. Remember, when you invoke the energy of any Power Animal, you’re calling on that part of yourself that ‘is’ the particular animal – Fantasy, Mythical, or ‘Real’. Because of this, it’s important to use the energy of Mythical Creatures wisely and only to bring about positive outcomes for all.
There are two caveats with Fantasy Power Animals. First you must choose one that embodies your goal in some way. You wouldn’t call on a fiery Dragon, for example, when trying to calm an already heated situation. Know on whom you call and why. Second, Fantasy Power animals have the right, and sometimes the responsibility, to say “no”. While you might initially feel rejected realize that “no” is also a message. Perhaps your priorities are wrong or you chose the wrong creature to call on for aid.
Celtic Mythical Creatures
Celtic stories are replete with images of grand and interesting creatures. Perhaps the best known Celtic Mythical Creatures are the Faerie Folk. Fairies have all manner of characteristics. Some are bound to plants and places, some work to help things grow, some will do small tasks in return for honey and milk.
The Leprechaun is a type of fairy. Depicted as a small man wearing green or red, Leprechaun is a loner and also a bit of a trickster. If this fellow comes as a Spirit helper bear in mind that its usually with a joke or humor whose message is: lighten up!
Another Celtic Mythical Creature is the Puca. These are shapeshifters that always have dark fur. The Puca can be wise and quite approachable as a Spirit or Power Animal. Just be aware that like the Leprechaun, they are slippery.
There is also the Salmon of Knowledge who upon eating nine hazelnuts it gained all the world’s knowledge then fell into the well of Wisdom. Unwittingly a hero came by and being hungry cooked our Salmon up. He burned his thumb on the fish’s flesh and the power of all knowledge transferred into him. From that day forward all he need do was bite his thumb.
Native American Mythical Creatures
A common theme in Native American stories is giant magical Snakes. They are horned, bearing scales and shining spots. Known as the Uktena, if a hunter came across a scale from this creature it gave him good fortune for as long as he lives.
Another fantastic being from Native American is the Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a powerful Magical Creature. Some myths claim this being was created to fight underwater spirits or punish wicked people who break moral codes of conduct.
Chinese, Japanese, & Far East Mythical Creatures
The Dragon has the claim to fame among Fantasy Creatures especially in China where it represents the imperial family. The Dragon is the ultimate symbol of the Sacred Male of the universe. Both of these concepts translated into Japan where Dragon gets the additional powers of invisibility and changing sizes. In Taoism, Dragons represent the forces of nature
There are other beneficent creatures in Far Eastern myths and legends. These include;
- Pixiu – a fierce beast that brings wealth and luck into your life
- Baize – a white creature who abides in mountains and knows the true nature of all things.
- The Phoenix – an emblem of the sun, eternal love, and reincarnation.
- Hou – a lion like being who bears messages from heaven to the mortal realm.
Mythical Creatures in Dreams
It is said that when a Mythical Creature comes to you in dreams it’s a signal to consider your Path and where it’s leading you. Change is coming but it begins with better understanding of self. If you learned any good lessons in your dream, that is a very positive omen.
Another possibility is that Fantasy Creatures appear in dreams is to alert you that a new possibility is opening in your life. Magic is afoot, so keep an open mind and heart.