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Working With The Animal Totems

ANT: Patience, Order, Discipline, Teamwork

ANT ~ (general) on Wikipedia

Ant's Wisdom Includes:

* Patience
* Stamina
* Planning
* Energy and patience needed to complete work
* Communal living
* Storing for the future

The ant is very industrious. Some ants are solitary but most are part of a large community. Within the community there is a repertory of activities and behaviors. Their activities include gathering and hunting. Within a community each ant knows its place and performs its duties with total loyalty to the whole.

ANT ~ Ant spirit walks the path of cooperation and community. Ant's presence in Dreamtime reminds us that the individual benefits the most by working with the whole. Persistence and hard work are ant's greatest gifts. The key is to make all things sacred through a willing surrender of the ego. By learning the way of the ant, we accept that we are all humble servants of the Universe. Thus, ant medicine is the offering of unconditional love.


Worker ants are excellent architects and can show us how to construct our dreams into reality. Ants are very persistent and can teach this skill as well.

The power of ant medicine is teamwork. Each ant will do its part to ensure the survival and health of the whole colony, regardless of the role it has been assigned. If ant has to fight, it will; if ant has to dig tunnels, it will; if ant has to carry leaves for miles, it will, all for the good of the community.

Ants are selfless servants always looking out for their fellow ant. They focus on the best outcome for the community and teach the art of self sacrifice and true service. The queen ant has wings and the ability of flight until fertilized. Once fertilized she pulls off her own wings sacrificing her own flight for the birth of a newborn. Although there is a caste system within the ant community all ants honor and respect each other and work for the common good.

Ants are tireless workers and hunters and teach the art of perseverance and patience in all that they do. Those with this totem will find that many of their life lessons will involve the mastery of patience in some way.

Ant medicine is subtle yet powerful. It teaches us how to release our egos and aligns us with the virtue of equality. Imagine what the world would be like if humanity held and applied the values that the ant expresses. The next time you step on, squash, injure or kill an ant intentionally, ask yourself why you are choosing to destroy the unconditional love that the ant shares so freely. Valuable insights about yourself and your history can be learned from this tiny little totem.

Patience, Order, Discipline

A person with an ant totem is active,
community-minded who sees future needs.
You are a planner
but content to build your dreams slowly over time.
You are content in knowing that everything will come to you in time.

The ant teaches you how to become the architect of your life.
The greatest success comes with persistence.
The ant shows you how to work with others.

Ask yourself if you are making things harder than they need to be.
Are you being patient with your own and others' efforts?
Using discipline, you can lay a foundation for success.

The ant is the promise of success through effort.


The ant is tenacious, strong, aggressive, generous, and very meticulous. The Ants most pronounced characteristic is patience. An ant can wait patiently for hours, hidden in the sand, for its prey, or it can transport items larger than itself over long distances without giving up. Ants typically live in groups, and everything is done for the ant colony and the good of the community. The ant teaches that you will have everything you need and will receive it when you need it most. It is the symbol of basic trust. It knows that it will ultimately be rewarded for all its efforts. If your activities are for the common good, then you will receive back any energy that you have expended in amplified form. It may be, however, that you will have to put greater effort into the realization of your dreams and use your creativity.

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