Alli (neugotik) wrote,

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daily ideas list...

  • I've worked out every day this week: yay!

  • I had lots of work to do, but many of my coworkers on my team are pretty worried & rather down/stressed-out, so it's kinda hard to work with so many team-members freaked out about their one-on-one's next week, and I think all of them but me have applied for other jobs within & outside of our company; I guess I can apply for other jobs within the company & only have to tell the boss if I get an interview - I am not sure I'm ready to do that, I'd personally like to know what comes out of our 1 on 1 meeting first (shrug) - Our lead programmer/developer accepted another job & gave notice today for 2 weeks out... I highly expect him to get a counter-offer from our company, but we'll see.

  • Another one of my referrals got an interview! Woot - they 'passed' the phone interview & now have an in-person interview, I hope he gets it. I'm so thrilled that everyone I have thus referred who has gotten an offer has been really excited about the new job (as well as it's pay) - that makes me feel pretty good.

  • So, reading about totem poles tonight & symbols of the pacific Northwest ; came across this list which is pretty interesting, especially if you are interested in either mythology or the spiritual aspects of totem animals, and Native American spiritual ideas.. I'll put it behind a cut-tag:

    Alligator Maternal, revenge oriented, quickness, aggression, and basic survival instincts.
    Ant Group minded, determination, patient, active, and industrious
    Anteater Lethargy, curiosity, nosiness.
    Antelope Active, agile, jumpiness, and willing to sacrifice
    Armadillo Safety oriented, grounded, and has boundaries
    Badger Courage, aggressive, healer, having problems relating to others, and energy conduit
    Bat Rebirth, longevity, secrecy, initiation, good listener, and long life
    Bear Industrious, instinctive, healing, power, sovereignty, guardian of the world, watcher, courage, will power, self-preservation, introspection, and great strength
    Beaver Determined, strong-willed, builder, overseer, and protector
    Bee Organized, industrial, productive, wise, community, celebration, fertility, defensiveness, obsessive nature, and enjoys life
    Buffalo Sacredness, life, great strength, abundance, gratitude.
    Bull Insight into the past, fertility, rushing into things without proper preparation.
    Butterfly Metamorphosis, transformation, blanace, grace, ability to accept change
    Caribou Traveler, mobility, preference to be nomadic, adaptability to adversity
    Cat Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery, magic, and independence
    Cheetah Swiftness, insight, focus
    Cougar Leadership, loyalty, courage, taking responsibility, foresight
    Cow Swift, insightful, and focused
    Cheetah Nourishment and mother figure
    Cobra Swift and decisive
    Coyote Stealth, mischief, rickster, intelligent, clowining around, ability to recognize mistakes.
    Crab Good luck, protection and succesz
    Crane Solitude, justice, longevity, independent, intelligent, and vigilant
    Crocodile Ensuring your emotions are displayed accurately/appropriately
    Crow Justice, shape shifting, change, creativity, spiritual strength, energy, community sharing, and balance
    Deer Compassion, peace, intellectual, gentle, caring, kind, subtlety, gracefulness, femininity, gentleness, innocence, and seller of adventure
    Dog Noble, faithful, loyal, teaching, protection, and guidance
    Dolphin Kind, salvation, wisdom, happiness, playfulness, prudent, capable of deep emotion, and happy.=
    Dove Cross-world communication, spirit messenger, peace, gentleness, love
    Dragon Longevity, richness, prosperity, infinity, wisdom, power, and fiery
    Dragonfly Flighty and carefree, strong imagination, higher aspriations.
    Duck Water energy, helper of seers, can clearly see/deal with emotions
    Eagle Divine spirit, sacrifice, connection to creator, intelligence, renewal, courage, illumination of spirit, healing, creation, freedom, and risk-taker
    Elephant Strength, power, affection, loyalty, royalty, and wisdom
    Elk Strength and agility, pride, majestic, independence, purification, strength, and nobility
    Falcon New beginnings, adventure, passionate, and leadership.
    Fish Graceful, slyness, open-minded, quick to change one's mind.
    Fox Cunning, agility, quick-witted, diplomacy, wildness, feminine magic of camouflage, shapeshifting and invisibility
    Frog Water energy, cleansing, rebirth, sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty, peace, adaptability, poor character judgment and power
    Gazelle Aggressive
    Giraffe Communication, intuition, attaining the unreachable, seeing the future
    Goat Surefootedness, stubbornness, independence, diligence, lack of foresight
    Goose Self-demanding, reliable, prudent, rigid, vigilance, parenthood, and productive
    Gorilla Family-oriented, intelligence, strength, environmental protector, keeps peace through aggression
    Hawk Messenger, intuition, victory, healing, nobility, recollection, cleansing, visionary power, and guardianship
    Horse Freedom, stamina, mobility, the land, travel, power, and freedom
    Hummingbird Messenger, timelessness, healing, and warrior
    Jaguar Chaos and shape-shifter
    Lion Family, strength, energy, courage, guardian and protector
    Lizard Conservation, vision, self-protection, hidden defences.
    Llama Comforting to others
    Lynx Keeper of secrets, guardian, listener, and guide
    Monkey Ability to change the environment, health, success
    Moose Headstrong, longevity, steadfastness, and wisdom
    Mouse Scrutiny, order, organizer, and an eye for details
    Opossum Diversion, strategist, and deceiver
    Otter Playful, friendly, dynamic, joy, helpfulness, and sharing
    Owl Deception, clairvoyance, insight, messenger,
    Ox Sacrifice, chastity and self-denial
    Panther Protection, hidden emotions, introspection, caution, careful decisions
    Parrot Communication, beauty, guide for wisdom, mockery, thinking before speaking
    Peacock Immortality, dignity, and self-confidence
    Porcupine Innocence, companionship, and trust
    Prairie Dog Swiftness, industrious, constructive, preparedness
    Puma Companion on journeys to other worlds, grace, silent power
    Quail Group-work, team play, creator of harmony and group tolerance, protectiveness (especially toward children)
    Rabbit Fear, timidity, nervousness, humility, rebirth,
    Raccoon Curiosity and cleanliness
    Rat Fertility, stealth, scavenging, intelligence, enjoys luxury
    Raven Introspection, courage, self-knowledge, magic
    Rooster Vanity, likes to be showered with gifts and attention, early riser, settling for nothing less than the best
    Salmon Proud, intense, confident, wisdom, inspiration
    Seagull Versatility, loud, easy-going nature, creativity, laziness
    Seahorse Confidence and grace
    Seal Love, longing, dilemma, active imagination, creativity
    Shark Hunter, survival, and adaptability
    Skunk Reputation, presence, and strength
    Snake Impulsive, shrewdness, rebirth, transformation, initiation, and wisdom
    Squirrel Planner and gatherer
    Stag Lord of the forest, masculine power of regeneration, signs.
    Swan Grace, balance and innocence, soul, love, beauty, of the self
    Tiger Strength, valor, power, and energy
    Turkey Generosity, life-giver, and sharer
    Turtle Nurturer, shy, and protecting
    Weasel Strength, energy, ingenuity and stealth
    Whale Wisdom, provider, intelligence, and kindness.
    Wolf Loyalty, perseverance, success, intuition, loyalty, and spirit
    Woodpecker Sensitive, protective, and devotion
    Zebra Agility and individuality

    I think this is a pretty good list, and I've seen many of these lists.   Do you relate to any of these animals? 

    attached article with this reference list:
    A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
    Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.

    With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction.

    This Animal Guide offers power and wisdom to the individual when they “communicate” with it, conveying their respect and trust. This does not necessarily mean that you actually pet or spend time with this animal, more that you are open to learning its lessons.

    For some, knowing what is their totem animal is almost an innate 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 tell what their animal totem is.

    Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering what your animal totem is:

    Have you ever felt drawn to one animal or another without being able to explain why? This could be animal, including birds and insects.

    Does a certain kind of animal consistently appear in your life? This doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical appearance, it could be represented in other ways such as receiving card and letters with the same animal pictured over and over, unexplainable dreams of a particular animal, watching television and seeing the same animal featured time and time again, or, actually having the animal show up.

    When you go to the zoo, a park, wildlife area, or forest, what are you most interested in seeing?

    Are there any animals that you find to be extremely frightening or intriguing?

    Is there a particular animal that you see frequently when you’re out in nature?

    Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?

    Have you ever had a recurring dream about a certain animal, or a dream from childhood that you have never been able to forget?

    Are you drawn to figurines or paintings of a specific animal?

    The totem itself is a symbol that represents this animal. This could be any number of items - a crest, a totem pole, an emblem, a small figurine or anything else that depicts your animal guide.

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