The Elephant Totem
The Elephant Totem indicates strength, luck and wisdom. The Elephant was the Totem animal of the God Shiva, the Destroyer, who seeks to banish illusion and encourage clearer perception. Shiva and his Goddess wife, Radha produced, as one of their offspring, the Elephant headed God Ganesha. Ganesha was Lord of Ilosts and who impregnated the virgin Maya who in turn bought Buddha into flesh. The White elephant is considered sacred in India and too priceless to be used for work or for warfare.
Buddhists believe that Buddha shows himself as the form of the White elephant as one of his manifestations. The rare appearance of a White Elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of the Gods. The Chinese see the Elephant as the embodiment of sexual prowess, royalty, strength of purpose and discretion.
Elephants are the largest land animals; they are very intelligent and have excellent memories. They are also one of the longest lived in the animal kingdom. They are very quiet for their large size, have excellent senses of smell, touch, taste and hearing. These are very loyal and affectionate animals and will risk their own lives for their families. They have been witnessed shedding tears for the loss of a family member.
Elephants have very powerful legs and trunks; their trunks are excellent tools for their survival and contain hundreds of muscles within. If an elephant baby cries the herd will group around it touching it with their trunks to sooth and comfort the upset offspring.
They are loving parents and do not shun or ignore the elderly of their herds, in fact they go out of their way to protect both the oldest and youngest of their herds, honoring and respecting the wisdom of age and the hope of youth.
To watch an Elephant in the wild is to truly experience its grace and magnetism. Their majestic presence is a wonder to behold. The Elephant possesses many virtues that are powerful and valuable and which any person would be wise to emulate or divine.
One who has the power of the Elephant will see enhanced insight and intuition; a better sense of family values allowing one the ability to tap the resources of the strength of a tight knit family unit. Wisdom, longevity, devotion to family, nobility and grace are all part of this amazing animals totems.
The Superlative Elephant Totem possesses the following virtues:
Strength, wisdom, solitude, good fortune, power, sexual prowess, moderation, eternity, responsibility, right emotion, champion of injustice, ancient wisdom, respect for others especially the elderly and children, strengthened memory, long-life, increased sensitivity to others feelings and external stimulation, intelligence, loyalty, affection, passion, family values and happy family.