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In this article, we will explore several meanings and messages associated with the camel power animal and how it relates to your personal totem. Below, you will find themes related to the camel totem and how it might symbolize your personal journey. I'll also share my experience of how I discovered the camel in a guided meditation at a local metaphysical shop in Fairhope, Alabama.
You may also be interested in finding your power animal using your Chinese zodiac and Western zodiac signs. This is briefly explained in a humorous video at the bottom with Megan Fox telling Conan O'Brien what his power animal is.
Words and Themes Associated With the Camel
Here are a few themes and words associated with the camel to better help you understand the meaning and general message your animal spirit guide may be trying to convey to you. Whether you have come to find the camel to be your personal spirit guide or you believe it has appeared to give to you a message in one of your meditations or a dream, these words will give you some clarity when you interpret the meaning.
Camel Totem Words and Themes:
If one or more of these words resonates with you, then you have received the camel's power. Meditate further on the word that jumps out at you and find its meaning in your own life. Is it a warning? Is it a theme that represents your current situation? These are questions you may want to ponder while exploring the different meanings associated with the camel.
Slow down and reserve your energy. I must teach you the importance of survival and living from within.
Meanings and Messages From the Camel Totem
There are several beliefs about what power animals and totems are. Some believe power animals are our angels or spirit guides taking animal form. By examining animal symbolism or the characteristics of the animal's personality, you can discern what it is trying to communicate to you. Just try to attune to the animal in your meditation, and reach for it in your understanding. You can do this by learning about the animal that comes forth in your mind as you mediate. Learn its attributes, strengths, weaknesses, and means for survival.
The manner in which the animal communicates is also important. The animal will most likely use that form of communication with you in a language that you can understand.
How to Accept the Camel's Message
When I meditate, I let my ego rest, and I fully accept that the camel has a message for me and is with me now on this part of my journey.
This is what the camel has to say:
"Slow down and reserve your energy. I must teach you the importance of survival and living from within. You must go inside now and take inventory of your reserves. Be of humble service to others, but don't give away too much of your power. You must retain life energy within you for the long haul. You may have a long life to live and will need to control your exertion. You must stand strong now and learn to depend on your own inner gifts and talents. You must take only what you need now and leave what you cannot carry. You will learn from me to be a pillar of health. Your vitality comes from within. Gather your life energy now through rest and relaxation, for you will need it on your long journey. You may find others in need of your care who are weaker than you. You will need to carry them for a while, but you must learn how to care for them without giving too much of yourself. Be of service, but remember your survival instincts."
You will learn from me to be a pillar of health. Your vitality comes from within.
Finding the Camel in My Meditation
It was a Tuesday, and I had a day off from work. I thought, "Great! I can go to my first meditation at my new favorite metaphysical shop, Rosie Bluums."
Betsy, the healer and Reiki master that owns the shop, guides meditation there two nights a week. I had been there twice before to browse for beautiful new crystals to take home, but this was my first time meeting Betsy. She had great energy and was very welcoming. To prepare us for our guided meditation, Betsy passed out blankets and pillows and got us comfortable.
She then had us pick an angel oracle card before beginning. I picked "free will," which I thought was interesting. We also each chose a quartz crystal to hold, and Betsy explained that we would be focusing our meditation today on our spirit animals. My heart jumped with excitement even though I already knew my animal totem. Hearing about it was just another confirmation for me that listening to my spirit animal would be my theme for this week or for this month—I'm not quite sure yet. I've been doing a lot of reading and daydreaming about my spirit guides lately, especially my totems. I thought this meditation session would be perfect and anticipated what my owl had to tell me.
The Owl Was My Spirit Guide
Yes, the owl is the only power animal I was familiar with as my guide. The animal resonated with me right away, and I'm getting much more comfortable with it as my guide. The owl is highly intuitive and is able to see what others cannot. When I found the owl as my animal guide, I thought, "How could there be another one?"
How I Discovered More Spirit Animals
What I didn't know was that my owl guide was about to introduce me to another spirit animal, the camel. In our guided meditation, Betsy led us to a green pasture at the edge of a cliff that looked over an ocean. We were there to meet our spirit animals. Of course, my owl showed up right away as though we were old friends. When meditating, I always question whether or not I am forcing it. Did the owl show up only because I already know her?
But I continued to meditate, and I noticed that the owl didn't come as close to me as she normally does. Instead, she flew down and rested on the camel that suddenly appeared on my left.
There was another guy meditating next to me who I briefly met before starting meditation. He was from Turkey. While still meditating, I just assumed that I must be seeing other people's spirit guides. Since we were all in the room together, focusing on our guides, this made sense. Of course, I was wrong. He said his animal totem was a black panther, but I saw an eagle or what might have been a falcon eyeing what I thought was a salamander on the ground. I didn't really pay much attention to those animals since I thought they were other people's spirit guides crowding my meditation. How egotistical of me to think that.
With a little thought, I figured out that the camel directly relates to me. I resonate with its attributes so much and feel like it represents where I am right now in my life. The salamander, or what I thought was some sort of lizard, turned out to be a Mexican salamander or axolotl. An axolotl is also known as a Mexican walking fish. I found this out by watching Megan Fox on the Conan show. She made the suggestion of combining your Western zodiac and your Chinese zodiac signs to find your power animal. I’m a libra who was born in the year of the monkey, so that makes me an axolotl.
I think that was the best meditation experience I've ever had. I now know of three of my spirit animals since they all came to me at once. Now I just have to find out who that falcon was trying to get my salamander.
Is It an Axolotl or a Mexican Salamander?
Conan Discovers His Spirit Animal
Finding Your Spirit Guide Using Your Chinese Zodiac and Western Zodiac Signs
I'm not sure if the video above was just meant to be funny, but Megan Fox does give some useful information on another way to find your spirit animal—one that you may not be aware of.
I have recently been seeing a weird-looking gecko or salamander in my meditations, and I'm guessing I was letting my ego get too involved because I didn't believe it had anything to do with me, let alone be one of my animal spirit guides. I thought for sure this must be some other person's totem.
Sure enough, after following Megan's suggestion of finding your animal spirit guide using your Chinese zodiac and your Western zodiac signs, I found that I am an axolotl because I was born in the year of the monkey and am also a Libra.
Questions & Answers
Question: How many animal totems can I have?
Answer: Some only need one animal totem and others need many over the course of their lifetime. If you are encountering that you have another animal totem in your dreams or noticing a synchronicity with seeing the same animal picture or figurine everywhere then a totem may be making themselves known to you.
© 2014 Maurice Glaude
Do You Know Your Spirit Animal?
Marta on February 29, 2020:
Thanx for the information.
Maurice Glaude (author) from Mobile, AL on August 11, 2015:
Meditation is not only the new trend that you hear crossing your legs on the floor and being silent. Meditation is also walking with mindful purpose or exercising can also be meditation. Singing or chanting as they did long ago is also a form a meditation. You should experiment with some. Just having the intent of being mindful and for a positive purpose like reducing stress or healing can be meditation even while you're washing the dishes. Meditation can be any activity while focusing your mind. Your purpose is your own.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 10, 2015:
Thank you for sharing this interesting information. I haven't done any meditation myself, but I find the topic intriguing.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 04, 2014:
Awesome! You have shared such an interesting insight to life.