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Totem: Platypus - Prehistoric Paradox

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Ravenari:
Platypus - The Prehistoric Paradox
Keywords: Prehistoric Paradox. Ancient Lessons. Spiritual Murk. Privacy. Secrecy. The Grit of
Experience. Appropriate Aggression. Solitude. At Peace With Isolation. Swimming Through Emotions.
Water Wisdom. The Connection to Impulse and Electricity. Investigation. Curiosity. Mysteries. Leaving
No Stone Unturned.

General Description:
The Platypus is a unique and endemic Australian monotreme (egg-bearing/warm-blooded). It is known
quite famously for its duck-like bill (which is actually soft and fleshy, and used in echo-location), its
ability to lay eggs yet raise its young on a milk-like substance, its beaver-like tail (used for steering in the
water) and its venomous hind-spurs which are located only on the males. The Platypus is located in
Eastern and South-Eastern Australia, it is primarily a fresh-water aquatic creature which feeds on
underwater grubs, worms, shellfish and carrion.
The duck-like bill, which many assume is hard like a bird’s beak, is actually soft and fleshy and is crucial
for use in echo-locating prey in the form of underwater worms, grubs and crustaceans. This beak is so
useful, that the echo-location can be used to find the juiciest of creatures, so the platypus can then pick
and choose what food would be the most appropriate. They can consume their own body weight in food
in 24 hours. The platypus has no teeth, but plates in its mouth which it uses to grind up its food. They
have a brown, woolly furred coat, and lower body temperatures when compared to mammals.
The platypus is shy and usually solitary, and has only bred once in captivity despite sophisticated
breeding techniques at zoos. It can softly call other platypi with a soft, puppy-like growl/croon. These
noises are also used amongst young platypi when growing. When mating, the two platypi swim in circles
before copulating. The platypus was originally considered a hoax by the scientific world, and was hunted
in large, damaging numbers in order to determine whether it was a hoax or not, and what sort of animal it
was. Additionally, the platypus is threatened today be predation by feral animals, and habitat destruction.
A baby platypus is called a puggle or a platypup.
Brief mythological associations:
The platypus is the totem animal of the Namoi and Manilla regions in Eastern Australia, and many other
regions as well. In the Gummaroi spirituality, platypus is responsible for night births and deaths, while
the echidna (another monotreme) is responsible for the daytime. The platypus is common in many other
aboriginal myths and stories, and also is a much-loved feature of Australian children’s stories. Further
research will yield much.
Lessons:
Please remember that if this animal is contacting you, it will often be the best resource for teaching you
what its lessons are. What I write is only intended to be a guide, it is not absolute, nor is it infallible.

platypus reminds us that we not only need time to recharge. we just don’t fit in. It will take time. We might be preoccupied during this time on death. It might be time to learn those programs you’ve been putting off. They’re tough lessons. Platypus is an animal of great privacy and secrecy. Take pride in your contradictions. It was considered a hoax. and necessary for what we’re experiencing during this time. A mammal that lays eggs. Often our experiences wash over us and we don’t pay attention to the details of how they’ve affected us. Solitude is important. and doesn’t let us look away from details that might be unpleasant. If you have Platypus as your Totem: People with this animal as a totem will often manifest traits similar to the animal itself. and platypus is more than willing to give it to you if you abandon yourself to the childhood curiosity that exposed wonders to us so many years ago. When platypus appears. People who are drawn to platypus. or who see platypus symbolism in their lives. has very strong energy and teaches us how to use appropriate aggression in our lives. are often quite good with computers and other electrical equipment. and how in turn we conduct ourselves through our lives.Platypus comes into our life to teach us ancient lessons that are rooted in our subconscious. particularly the male platypus. or to hire an electrician to fix faulty wiring etc. and is an animal of paradoxical behaviours. and it teaches us lessons as well as representing the core aspects of our personality. Like the platypus. and it is crucial that we learn how to be at peace with isolation. but I actually feel this couldn’t be further from the truth in my own personal experience. it’s time to follow every thread of our experiences that seem relevant or irrelevant. The ability of the platypi to use echo-location translates across and these people are often being asked to pursue their connection to impulse and electricity. They tend to be concerned with mysteries that we don’t often think about and may force us through a spiritual murk in order to realise that sometimes we find the greatest wisdoms in the times where we feel like we have the least clarity and need to rely on other senses and talents. and has a duck-bill and a beaver-tail? The scientific world was outraged. birth and mortality. and can do so again. Platypus. it will take strength. There are still things about this creature that we don’t understand today despite extensive study. and fundamental to our psyche. Platypus is excellent when it comes to teaching us water wisdom and helping us to swim through our emotions. it will take patience. The platypus is a curious energy. and we should be proud of it. feeds puggles milk. or to enrol in that course. but life-changing. and indispensable in our spiritual journeys. Therefore – People with platypus as their totem are very often people of solitude who never really fit into mainstream . it might be time to give someone an aggressive physical or verbal attack to get a succinct point across and to defend boundaries. Platypus is the prehistoric paradox. but to learn lessons that we can focus on away from the influences of other people. that we find the most nourishing truths about ourselves. Running concurrent to the lesson on the grit of experience. The platypus helps us to realise that needing time to be private and spending time alone are both normal. Platypus is often associated with women’s energy. it leaves no stone unturned on its quest to find nourishment. It is the animal of investigation and curiosity. take pride in where your place is in society. It is in the process of looking into the details that hurt or feel uncomfortable. it’s a unique and beautiful place. I work on the philosophy that we only have one totem. Platypus draws our attention to the grit of experience. Likewise when platypus comes into our life it’s time to realise that on some level. If we’re a socialite.

These lessons can be incredibly difficult. and you will recognise them with awareness and communion. are the traits that we dislike in ourselves. and not representative of any lacks within themselves or within the world. Often the traits we fear most within the shadow totem. Contacting Platypus: Like all animal helpers. This is a valuable lesson that they intrinsically share with others without really thinking about it. So far the three people with platypus totems I’ve met have all been programmers or analysts. but tend to take on important side roles where they function as guides and tutors to those who can benefit from their lessons. But platypus certainly gets their point across if you’re meant to commune with them. and platypus people should be aware that their ability to be compassionate and empathise with others should be traits or qualities they work on for the rest of their lives. One of their major lessons in life is to realise and accept that this is normal. People with platypus medicine need to beware of emotional and mental disorders that can be connected to ruminating too much over the past. and looking or appearing normal. We must scrutinise why this is. As teachers they can be abrupt. this animal will only appear when right and appropriate. They tend to revile the idea of being controversial. sitting in shallow lakes and streams. As shadow guide/totem: The shadow totem is the animal we often fear irrationally. People with platypus as a totem generally aren’t called to be shamans or significant religious leaders. and hard to connect with. and learn how to work with them. and natural. Platypus people are often adept at examining their experiences and emotional problems in retrospect and learning new and nourishing lessons from them. commune with you. Platypus can be shy. and doesn’t tend to ‘talk’ like animals such as Coyote and Raven. particularly those of fresh water. These people tend to fall into industries where they spend a lot of time alone. and cannot be forced to visit you. or share messages with you. I have read a little about them but not as much as you have given here! Thanks Kady xxx . Platypus totem however also cautions about so much egoistic selfabsorption that the person is blinded from their ability to empathise with others and actually motivate themselves into healing. I would be very grateful. looking different.society. It’s a fine line between the past and the present. such as depression. and bring up problems relating to self-esteem and peer groups. kady300885: Wow that is really really good Ravenari! Well done! Do you know much about Unicorn Totems? I know this is really cheeky but could you do me the same for the Unicorn please. or being marginalised to a less popular section of society. These people are often constantly confronted with the harsh questions of what normalcy is. People who dislike or fear the platypus are often socialites who are very concerned about fitting in. and with sensitive electrical equipment. Platypus comes through a merging of water and earth elements. Additionally you can consider using drumming instruments and stationery meditation and visualisation techniques. There will be other ways your totem manifests. They must also learn that some socialising is necessary. and what it means to be different or the same. Or sitting out in the rain cross-legged on the earth are both good ways to get direct contact with platypus. that teaches us things about ourselves that are profound and difficult to confront.

. it's from the book Animal Magick. the original unicorn which looked nothing like a horse. LadyMeg: Thank You Ravenari on the Platypus Totem I guess I never really considered Australian animals as totems before. But know of Australian Animal Astrology ~ By Ann Williams-Fitzgerald so this certainly open up possibilities I have not considered before. For wisdom with success. and could be found in many cultures. :) Ravenari: Though i don't have too much love for D. that I would be.Ravenari: Unfortunately I already have a long requests list at my Totem of the Week project on LiveJournal. that what's given in love circles right back around. Conway stuff helps. Let me know that my power is forever unbound. Magickal Attributes Good will. Developing personal power.. and a file on her would also probably focus on the exploitation of human kind of a myth. :) Navigation [0] Message Index [#] Next page . for gentleness. fame. But I hope the D. Individual power that is unlimited. abundance. purity. and fame. purity. Conway. Chant A child of the unicorn. Let me seek for the good things that brighten my name. strength of mind.e.. she does have a section in her book specifically for mythical creatures. and here is what she writes for Unicorn. Personally I don't think of the unicorn as being that gentle...J. prosperity. but I'll see what I can do. in many guises)..J. gentleness. Your goodness and wisdom reflected in me. and a departure from old wisdom (i.