Fly as a Totem

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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

Totem Insects – Fly as a Totem

It’s that time of year. As winter draws near to us here in Alabama, I’m seeing flies in the house for the first time. That’s one thing.

It’s another thing when they bug me to the extent that I know they are here as a totem insect for me. If you are unfamiliar with the idea of totem animals, or animals and insects as spiritual teachers, I’d suggest reading up on it because you may be missing some good information from non-human teachers around you.

This fly has been waking me up in the morning, flying back and forth under my nose. And just now, as I sat at the computer typing, the fly bumps against first my left hand then my right.

Whenever I work with animal, insect, bird or other totem energies, I start by thinking about how I feel about the totem itself. If I think of flies, I think of irritation and annoyance. They are so aggravating. That’s a start but I’m going to do a little more research.

Some totems I’ve worked with enough to understand what they represent for me immediately when they appear in a focused way. For example, wasps represent suppressed anger for me, wolves represent an opportunity to teach, and spider always represents my writing.

But fly……what are you trying to tell me, as a totem?

Buddha and the Fly

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