A totem to me is a collection of beings, objects, or symbols that we intemperate every day. They can represent a group of people, such as family, or clan’s, or even groups. A lineage may lay claim to a totem, or that of a tribe. They can remind one of their ancestry or mystical past. Totem animals can play a huge role in ones life in both self-discovery or even the process of understanding the symbolic meanings of where your life may be heading. Giving you incredible avenues of self-expression and awareness.
Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and pure with the world around us. They are harbingers of personality traits we, as humans all aspire to achieve or should lean on in understanding our living impact on the world around us. Totems can be found historically present in societies throughout the world, including africa, arabia, asia, austrialia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the Artic. Some totems have been adapted to a personal spirit animal helper, which has a special meanings to them.
Each person is born with a birth totem, an animal or individual spirit who watches over them. Guides them through the daily lives. Children are usually the most pure of heart. In this purity we find that of an easy conduit for a spirit totem to speak to them. One may find speaking to their totem, the protector a friend who is unseen. In our lives this totem can go through many changes, and fade into the background for another to take this special place in our lives. So yes, one may have several totems through your own life. Usually this is due to drastic life changes, or by simple chance or choice.