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Unusual Birds and Mammals
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Unusual Birds and MammalsWe all know what wolves and coyotes look like, and nearly everyone is familiar with bears, deer and turtles; what about some less familiar animals such as capybara, kiwi, or…Continue

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Animal Classifications ~ Seven Main Levels

Animal Classification: over 2 million species classified into 30…Continue

Started Jul 9, 2020


Did you know that a swarm of Ladybugs is called a Loveliness, A Loveliness Of Ladybugs. With a name like that, no wonder Ladybug is believed to bring good luck, and when one spies one, is a reminder…Continue

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The Animal Totem Tarot by Eugene Smith, Leeza Robertson…Continue

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I am a mother of 2, and the grandmother of 1 grandson. I was raised on a ranch and grew up playing with native American (Pomo) artifacts, arrowheads, grinding stones and bowls as a child. I was taught by the "ancestors" connected with that land the ways of their people through the dream state, from the time I was a very young child. I have never lost that sense of connection to the land, the animals and to the spirits that dwell therein, and currently teach classes in Animal Wisdom and the sacred circle of life, or the Medicine Wheel. Although I am of caucasian decent, my spiritual soul has been raised in the native indigenous cultural traditions by the ancestors for most of my life.

I am also the creator of this TOTEM TALK social network community, and a professional channel of the ancient causal plane teacher known simply as "Michael". I have studied the Michael Teachings since 1983, and have been channeling Michael since 1985. I currently teach classes based upon both the Michael Teachings, and traditional indigenous shamanic and animal wisdom teachings.

I look forward to getting to know many of you better in the future through our new online community here on Totem Talk.

Best blessings to you, all-ways! ~ Warmly, Terri
What brings you to this website?
I am the creator and owner of the Totem Talk website. I have also created a new website recently that incorporates the Michael Teachings, Shamanism and Animal Wisdom at:
Do you have a special animal totem that has come to you?
The Red-Tailed Hawk is a Primary Power Animal Totem for me, along with the Horse.
If you are a Michael Student, and currently enrolled in the AW Class Series, you are invited to post your own animal totems here.
List Your 9 Traditional Animal Totem Positions Here:

1. East ~ Falcon
2. South ~ Panda
3. West ~ Horse
4. North ~ Rhinoceros
5. Above ~ Stork
6. Within ~ Buffalo
7. Below ~ Cobra
8. Right Side ~ (Male) ~ Tiger
9. Left Side ~ (Female) ~ Dolphin

13 Position Support Circle Animals:


1. LOVE ~ Howler Monkey
2. KNOWLEDGE: Big Horn Sheep Expansion
3. COMPASSION ~ Scarlet Macaw


4. MENTOR ~ Moose
5. BEAUTY ~ Porcupine
6. CHILD ~ Reindeer / Caribou


7. HUMOR ~ Horse
9. ANCHOR ~ Baboon


10. HEALER ~ Koi
12. MUSE ~ Asian/Indian Elephant

13. POWER [Within] ~ Buffalo

If you are a Michael Student, add your Overleaves Here:

Soul Age: 6th Old
Role: Artisan
Mode: Passion
Goal: Growth
Attitude: Spiritualist
Center: Emotional
Part of Center: Intellectual
Primary NCF: Self-Deprecation
Secondary NCF: Impatience
Body Type: Lunar / Saturn

If you are a Michael Student, add your Full Casting Information Here:

Cadre: 1 ~ Love cadre
Entity: 1 ~ (Server) ~ The Pathfinder Entity
Block: 7 ~ (King) ~ Underlying Motivation = MASTERY
Row: 7 ~ (King) ~ Global Job = COMPLETION
Casting Position: 3 ~ (Warrior) ~ Community Responsibility = CONSEQUENCE
Side: Love
Raw #: 628
What are some of your favorite Animal Totems books and resources?
"The Way of the Shaman" by Michael Harner, Ph.D.

"Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small" ~ By Ted Andrews,+...
What are some of your favorite Shamanic Journeying CD's, Musicians, and Music?
Animal Totems (1), Animal Totems (2) and Tribal Music Suite ~
by Arvel Bird ~ Website:

"Earth Drum" Album ~ by David and Steve Gordon
Sequoia Records Website:

And this artist is a NEW FIND, some of whose music I really like, and some of which is a bit "much" for my particular tastes. Well worth exploring to find the gems, however, imho. ;-)

Paul Laroche ~ Hidden Heritage

Brule and AIRO, (American Indian Rock Opera)

My Medicine Wheel and Selected Animal Totem Videos

My Medicine Wheel and Selected Animal Totem Videos

1. My Personal Medicine Wheel ~ Music by Voice of Golden Eagle
2. Chetan Lutah ~ Red-tailed Hawk ~ Music by Arvel Bird
3. Dolphin Dance ~ Music by Arvel Bird
4. Orca ~ King of Dolphins ~ Music by Arvel Bird
5. Shuunka Wakan ~ (Horse) ~ Music by Arvel Bird
6. Nature of the Beest ~ (Wildebeest) ~ Music is by Safari Sound Band
7. Seagull's Waltz ~ Music by Evan Paul

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At 8:13am on June 23, 2020, Linda Siska said…

Thanks for the information on seal/sea lion -- it really resonates with where I am right now! I haven't been very active here -- I'm trying to cut down on my computer time -- but I do appreciate all the work you've put into this site and all the information it holds!  Thank you, Terri, for all that you do!  Linda

At 12:38pm on June 11, 2020, Linda Siska said…

Wow, this owl picture really hit me -- a very visceral reaction!

At 10:39am on June 11, 2020, Jemima Juliet Cummings said…

Thank you for your 'welcome message' Terri. I'm so thrilled to be here! 

At 11:52am on June 9, 2020, Gary said…

Thank you, Terri. Nice website.

At 5:23pm on June 2, 2020, Barbara Edwards said…

Hey Terri - it's good to be here. Thanks for setting this up for us. Looking forward to sharing.

At 6:50pm on May 29, 2020, Cathryn Tezha Swann said…

Thank you for doing this, Terri, and for welcoming me. I'm sure it will be very illuminating and in-joyable! I don't know if Owl is one of my actual totems, but I'm definitely a night-owl, so I'll include an owl spirit~

At 3:11pm on December 17, 2018, Karen Pierce Gonzalez said…


At 3:09pm on December 17, 2018, Karen Pierce Gonzalez said…

I have seen both of these in my fields. Love them!

Thank you Terri for sharing these images.

At 3:08pm on December 17, 2018, Karen Pierce Gonzalez said…


At 8:28pm on December 22, 2017, Aditya Thapa Mangar said…
Thanks. The contents are quite useful. Can I further know on totems like smaller animals or insects?

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