|have there may enter into that special place. Studying
the Within Animal will help you to realize that which
truly makes you happy and how to achieve it. Finally,
the Within calls to us to stay faithful to that which our
inner voice knows as truth.
When the United States as a young and new country
was looking for a symbol of the country newly formed
Benjamin Franklin put forth the recommendation of the
Turkey. Although the Bald Eagle was the final choice,
there wasn’t scoff and laughter at Mr. Franklin’s
suggestion either. In fact, some native peoples call the
Turkey the “Give-Away Eagle” or “South Eagle.”
Turkey’s significance is still celebrated in American
popular culture today. Many a Thanksgiving Day table’s
centerpiece is a turkey, cooked to perfection, ready to
sustain the family through his sacrifice.
|Some native peoples felt that brother Turkey, who so often made the ultimate
sacrifice so that man could live, was the medicine of mystics and gifted
shamans. Turkey energy is many times that of sacrifice, but it is also the
energy of the gift of giving. Turkey energy is giving and loving, not binding and
confusing. Turkey energy speaks of always having enough. Turkey also
speaks of gifts. The gift from Turkey may come in a variety of ways. You may
win the lottery, you may always be able to have “just enough,” it may be as
simple as a glorious sunrise that gives you a whole new perspective, or
something so major it changes your entire life. But Turkey energy is bound to
be full of abundant joy.
Native to the Americas, Turkeys have a long history of being associated with
spirituality and the bounty of the Earth Mother. This tie is represented in the
average life span of the turkey which is twelve years. Twelve is a number
associated with Gaia, the Earth Mother. It takes twelve months for the earth
to complete a yearly cycle around the sun. In Her annual cycle around the
Sun the Earth Mother shows us all her faces and all her bounties.
Turkey features prominently in many of the Native American tales and
mythologies. It was Turkey who helped create the world (yet another
association to the Earth Mother). It was Turkey who showed man how to grow
corn so that man could more easily enjoy the bounty of the Earth. Turkey, in
her selflessness gives of her body so that man may live.
The wattle (that funny looking red thing that flops down the side around the
male turkey’s beak) is linked to the idea of the Third Eye and the ability to
utilize the inner vision. To have Turkey as your Totem means that you have
easier access to the you within than many others. The Third Eye speaks of
the higher vision and being able to go beyond the veil into the dream time.
Turkey is capable of flight which is contrary to the popular belief. A being of
earth and air, Turkey flies when the need occurs, but normally struts along the
ground looking for tidbits to eat.
Turkey’s are prolific eaters. One of the favorite foods of the Turkey is the
acorn. The acorn has long been associated with wisdom and knowledge. The
acorn is a seed and thus emblematic of new ideas and new beginnings. Turkey
will even steal the carefully collected stash of Brother Squirrel should she find
Those who have been chosen by Turkey must beware to not let their generosity
have strings attached. Turkey gives of herself freely, asking nothing in return.
Her feathers are used from headdresses to down. Her meat, succulent, juicy
and rich sustains man. Her symbol of bounty is reflected in her being the
centerpiece of Thanksgiving tables.
Turkey bounty goes back to the pre-Columbian tribes of America.
Archealogical evidence has shown that Turkey was raised by the Aztec and
Mayan civilizations. For these cultures Turkey provided not only sustenance of
her meat and fat of her skin, but her feathers were used for decoration by both
these civilizations. Turkey bone whistles found in gravesites over a thousand
years old still work.
Turkey reminds us that all life is sacred. That we are all interrelated with one
another. Turkey energy is of sharing and giving willingly and freely. Turkey
speaks of abundance through sacrifice. Those with Turkey totem know that
there will always be enough. Turkey doesn’t squawk and flap her wings
worried about her food. Turkey finds it easily, willingly eating foods difficult for
other beings to digest for they are her favorites. By transferring the energy of
the hard nuts and roots to the nourishing meat of her body Turkey’s celebrates
in her place in the cycle of life.
Turkey energy is best when shared. It is not unusually to see an old Tom
Turkey with several hens in his clutch. Turkeys have even been known to share
a communal nest. This is another example of Turkey’s shared energy. The
Turkey holds sway strongest in the autumn when the young have grown to near
adulthood and turkey is more easily seen as the foliage drops from the trees.
Turkey speaks of sharp-scented fall afternoons with dust hanging in the air,
leaves and twigs scrunch underfoot and there’s not a care in the world. With
Turkey energy you know that if you stay true to your inner self what you need
will be there. The warning of Turkey is that when that inner voice calls to serve
the greater good, it is a call that should not be ignored.
Although modern man is no longer as reliant on Turkey’s largess, she is still
honored in our culture. Remember when you walk with Turkey Energy you walk
with an open and giving heart. Receptive to helping others just for the sake of
helping others, those with Turkey Energy understand that in sacrifice there are
|As the name implies, the Within Totem
Animal is the keeper of your most precious
and personal space. The Within Animal
shows you how to set the appropriate
boundaries so that only those you choose to