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Nov 16, 2012 - 01:32am PT

> Spider


Araignée du matin: chagrin
Araignée du soir: espoir

lawrence kansas
Nov 16, 2012 - 03:12am PT

french, spider
Nov 16, 2012 - 03:40am PT
Ricardo Cassin's climbing club was (is) called The Spiders (I Ragni).
Cassin was a passionate hunter

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Nov 16, 2012 - 04:02am PT
Dingus wrote

Spider. While I KNOW my spirit animal is a black bear I can't argue with the following assessment:

I know I'm a bear too and got a spider. Seems like many the questions didn't apply to my unconventional lifestyle but whatever..parlor game



Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Nov 16, 2012 - 08:31am PT
Hey, Mo! Yep, the Jamie Sams interpretation, I have been giving life readings for years from her cards.

I use her cards as well, along with a few other decks that I have connected with. However I prefer a journeying-assisted ritual for finding Spirit guides for clients.

This is a story I posted a couple weeks ago:

I was recently blessed by a friend, Jen, who asked that I make her a 15” Shaman’s drum. Having done a Spirit Guide retrieval for her the month before, she requested that I somehow imbue the drum with the Spirit of Raven, the guide who had presented himself to me and whom I had camayed (blew with the breath of Spirit) into her heart and crown. The resulting meditations and journeys to connect the Spirit of Raven to the drum have led me to some very profound experiences.

I began by opening up to "aimless wandering" in Nature several times a week, trusting that Spirit would give me the right guidance. At my local rock climbing cliff, where I go several afternoons after work, I did a climb and saw a huge raven's nest of sticks and twigs tucked into a cavity in the rock about 50 feet to my right. I knew immediately that Jen’s beater stick was part of that nest, which had been hand selected and carried by Raven but which now lay abandoned for the season...

This meant that I either had to rappel down to the nest from the top, or climb up to it from below. The problem was that rappelling down seemed somehow unworthy, but the climb named "Strychnine" that would take me directly to the nest was one that I had been very intimidated by for its reputation of sustained hard moves and somewhat tricky and suspect protection. I left later that evening without doing either.

A week and a half later I had just finished a climb when I got the sudden message that I should climb Strychnine, now! The sun was getting low and so I rushed over to the base of the climb to rope up and while doing this I changed from my routine of calling in Eagle and Wolf for assistance, and instead I called in Raven, who I had little previous experience with, to allow me safe passage to his nest for the purpose of collecting a sacred huaca. I felt his permission, so I started to climb quickly to save the remaining daylight.

The climb was hard, but I felt very calm and relaxed. One particularly scary move up high required that I down climb to a rest stance three times before I committed to it, but just as the sun disappeared I arrived on the ledge with the Raven's nest. I had wanted to collect several sticks while I was there, but it was made clear that I was only allowed one, at least for now, and there was one stick that clearly stood out.

This will be Jen’s beater stick, a direct gift from Raven. My gift from Raven was the experience of climbing a difficult route near my limit, as the sun set over the mountains to the west. I could feel his presence as I watched the stars peek out one-by-one, bringing my partner up with the rope while he climbed by headlamp.

She sent me this a few days after superstorm Sandy devastated her community in NY:
This is the first time I've been able to email since the storm hit. I was evacuated from my house, but, luckily, returned to no damage, much unlike my neighborhood. I still have no power, but am at a friend's who does.

I have to say, the drum arrived yesterday, on Samhain, during a very dark and cold morning, when the reality of what had occurred with the storm had really set in, and I was feeling very overwhelmed. It was such a bright spot in that day. It is absolutely beautiful and I love it beyond. It radiates with spirit. My boys (13 and 9) were instantly drawn to it and broke into a round of chanting and drumming and dancing and laughter. Then, they were inspired to draw animal spirit cards of their own and we had a great conversation around it all. Thank you so much for all of the effort you put into it, and please know, the timing of it's arrival was such a gift.

In Gratitude,

There are no such things as coincidences...

Social climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 08:46am PT
What a great story, Edge - very poignant.

The drum is beautiful!

Big Wall climber
Brooklyn Park, MD
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:19am PT

Nov 16, 2012 - 11:32am PT
Swans are the highest.

They know how to separate the milk from the water, the cream (milk) of knowledge from the background noise (water).

All the other animals are lower and crude ......
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:33am PT
silly people,,,You dont pick your "spirit" animal, it picks you...

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:45am PT
I'm conflicted and confused, hence...

Credit: Reilly

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:59am PT
Since I'm feeling generous today, I will offer Spirit Guide retrievals to fellow Tacoans for $15 through Paypal. All I will need is a sample of your hair.***

***Wrapped in a new or gently used Fish Double Whammy, Super Duty Portaledge with fly.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
Wolf. I think that fits me perfectly.

edit: Beaver on the second test

Trad climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
Bacon is my spirit animal.

just southwest of the center of the universe
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
I'm a Hawk/Zebra?

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:12pm PT
A Hawk, it says. Stupid website. My sprirt animal is the pika.

Loves the high mountains, minds its own business, doesn't go around eating your pack or car.

Trad climber
da'Raven / Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
Credit: splitter
Credit: splitter
Credit: splitter
Credit: splitter
edit: my sister & brother-in-law rescued this baby Raven which was standing next to its dead mother by the side of the road up in Crestline, Ca (mountains). They named it Sammy (after Sammy Davis Jr, lol). It grew up and my bro-in-law kept its wings clipped for another 3-4 years. Sammy stuck with my Marty (my b-i-l) like sh#t -on-a-stick. It would peck you good if you ever got within 3-4 ft of him. Would ride around on his shoulder all day long, inside and out! VERY cool bird.

So, they go on vacation to Montana/Idaho for about 6 weeks one summer and me and my parents are recruited to take care of all their critters (lived on a ranch) they had horses (one thouroghbred $50,000+ prize racehorse (Hawiian Huricane) that was my sisters and very special that frickin died on me/long story) donkeys, ferrets, a racoon, 3 dogs, etc! Anyway Sammy (Raven) adopted me for those six weeks. SO COOL! It would then ride around on MY shoulder all day (made feel important/luved, lol) I have a LOT of stories about our relationship during those 6 weeks ... VERY intelligent bird, to say the least.

Anyway, about 15 years ago, they let Sammy's wings grow back (stopped clipping them/what they always planned on doing). It would come back once a day for a free food hand out for about 10 years. Started bringing one or two friends with him. Then more and more (last time i counted about 10-12 ravens) lol!! It would follow them 25-50 miles some days when they took trips to San Bernadino or up to the High Desert. Amazing!! I loved that bird ... :-)

EDIT: SO, i was thrilled to find out that it was my 'spirit animal' ... kinda felt that connection all along anyway!!

BTW, i'm planning on getting a Raven tat in memory of Sammy!!!!

Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
Survey says fox for me.

I always felt I waffle between the playfulness of an otter and the hard- working beaver but fox is cool too.

Raven story for Splitter...

When I grew up my artist-neighbors had a raven "Lenore" (of course). Lenore learned to talk a bit and would parrot their answering machine which said "Hello. Eino's studio..." A violent storm destroyed Lenore's aviary and she escaped and was missing for a week. They thought she was gone for good until they got a phone call.. someone about 10 miles away had a raven sitting on their porch repeating the phrase "Hello. Eino's Studio" over and over so they called information and got the #. LOL.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
Crow, I'm always the guy working behind the scenes to make things happen and keep the peace. If you turn your back, I'll eat your burrito.

Trad climber
da'Raven / Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
justthemaid - Hello. Eino's studio...!

I'm so glad you told us that story. Because Sammy was trying SO hard to learn how to say "Pretty Bird" (bless his lil' heart)!

I use to very affectionately say that to him/her (wasn't sure what it was/i'll have to ask my sister). Sammy new that I was saying something about it, something special. Would never try to do it when ever I spoke anything else, just with those words. But, with those words, would c*#k/slant its head to one side and put its upper beak on my top lip, and its bottom beak on my lower lip and open and close its mouth with mine. Trying so hard to say and understand what I was saying ... SO PRECIOUS!! ...sigh!!!

edit: what an amazing story regarding Lenore and her memorizing the name of the company ... WOW! SO COOL!!!


edit: ydpl8s - "If you turn your back, I'll eat your burrito." -- Yep! LOL!!
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