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@mulander @nemessica five totems... some moderns translate them as each of the cardinal directions (not where the concept comes from as it predates that designation in my opinion, although I don't for sure know which came first) and a central "main one".
I believe the truth is more red road/black road a totem at each end of each road, and a central that is a "primary" totem.
The primary is you nature, but the other influence you situationally, or at the right time.
north - hawk, east-bear, south - the winged serpent (I think, it has connotations I don't want to know or explore), West - Wolf, center - Coyote.
Basically, a trickster by definition, but the other totems can influence or take over on occassion.
I am applying Black road/Red road to it even though it crosses the boundaries of nations/cultures because it philosophically makes more sense to me.
I am a metis, I can't really claim that I've had a good training in shamanic traditions, BUT I take the teachings I have had to heart.
I do not often subscribe to any writing on the matter anymore... it's been so "feel good-ed" over the generations, I can rarely find writings that apply at all.
I may also be too quick to dismiss some of those sources due to cynicism... one thing wrong and I may throw it out and never find the deeper "correctness".
Does that make sense?
I don't like the term "Spirit animal", not because of the standard reasons, just because it's a confusing terminology.
and as far as wolf goes... It is a wholly honest totem. It is it's greatest strength and weakness.
Fear is not really in it's makeup, and that means that there is little reason for falsehoods. It isn't a good judge, but it is pure and strong in it's ability to survive and thrive on it's own terms.
Much more of my story here.
I dunno that I am an authority on anything, I just know what works pretty well for me.
For example I take precious little seriously, but when met with a competitive situation, I believe that the wolf can be engaged and then it will become a locked in battle win or lose.
I usually know when to observe and withold action (hawk).