||[Feb. 10th, 2011|08:14 am]
Wisdom through different eyes
Quick call for advice from y'all. On my journey home last evening, I sighted a white deer with some black/dark brown spots. She was in company with a brown, normal-colored deer, and as I drove by she looked up and watched me with eyes and ears. I say she because I do not recall seeing antlers on her, but there is a chance that it may be a buck that has just shed them early. I don't know for certain.
My totem is not Deer, as far as I know. She has spoken to me through friends before (one of my close friends looks to her as a totem), and I have seen her once briefly at my workplace. She was a normal brown one, and went dashing past me between woodlands. Beyond that, though, I have not had any experience with her.
Does anyone have any experience with white animals in particular? There is a higher mystical association with them, but for the life of me I can't recall what it is. Perhaps that is because I wasn't raised into shamanism, but instead came into it in my teens when my own totem, Mockingbird, made herself known.
Input? I will be meditating to Mockingbird and asking advice later, when I've fully woken up.
Thanks for any help you might have, or insight that can be offered.
When you say 'My totem is not Deer', do you mean your personal totem that you identify with?
If you have seen her at your workplace, what significance might that have for you? Do you like your workplace? What might the Deer hold in significance for you normally?
My experience with white animals is that they are no more spiritually powerful or mystical than their other-colored counterparts. Again, in my experience, their colors usually have significance in where they live, and in that, perhaps the lesson, message, or what can come from a relationship with them. A white wolf, for instance, may be asking you to consider your relationships with your loved ones (packmates) if it appears to you where you live. There's a lot more possibilities besides this, of course.
White in American culture tends to denote purity, sanctity, holiness, Divine messages, and the like. To me, the meaning of the colors depends on the 'filters' you have. The communication is personal, so I would really advice you reflect on what it means to you.
Thanks for the advice and for the questions to ponder.
White animal = lack of melanin in the skin/hair. That's all, unless you *personally* place some added significance to it. Most times, when you see an animal out and about it just means that you happened to see an animal doing whatever it is that it does, with no particular concern for you. Consider yourself lucky that you got to see such a rarity, without automatically looking for anthropocentric "mystical wisdom".
Also, there's no universal shamanic symbolism. Shamanism varies from culture to culture and tribe to tribe. As to your own experience with shamanism, it's important for those of us who did not grow up in a culture that had a shamanic system to remember that much of our experiences are really subjective and individualized. Basically, we're creating it as we learn from what we do.
The title of your post really got my attention. I belong to a forum where we "dream walk." We dream for other people's dreams, appear in each other's dreams or get messages for the other members of the group. I know you don't care, but our main guide in dreamwalking is a Native American man called White Deer.
Interesting! Thanks for sharing.
I've always been taught that a white animal will often show up if they are wanting to work with you on the dream plane.