Totem Animal: Giraffe

BW Giraffe

With keen eyes atop an elongated neck, giraffes have amazing eyesight. They can see vast distances and have a wide peripheral. This represents being able to see what lies ahead of you. Giraffe gives you the power to see your future. You will be able to see your destination and any obstacles that may be in your way. You will be able to prepare and effectively deal with obstacles so they do not inhibit you.

Are you preventing yourself from moving towards your future? To go along with their towering necks, Giraffes also have long and lanky legs. Though they have a teetering appearance they are balanced and move rhythmically. Their neck and legs work together as they run. This teaches us we must not only see our future but to make sure we are moving towards it. See what is in front of you and take yourself there. Always move forward.

Giraffes have adapted to only need water every few days. This is because of the awkward stance they must put themselves in to drink. They part their front legs wide and lower their heads to the water. This puts them a vulnerable state. Giraffe could be warning you to keep your head high. Do not let your vision drop below the horizon for too long. You will be susceptible to harm and may hinder your own progression in life. Have you ever heard the expression one step forward, two steps back?

Giraffes are silent creatures. They may occasionally snort or “hum” but otherwise do not produce sound. Their communication is body language. Pay attention to yours. What are you saying? Are you saying too much? Or maybe not enough? If giraffe has presented itself to you, it may be time adapt your communication.

I hope giraffe is able to help you through your next journey. I learned a lot about giraffes and their symbolism that I hadn’t known before. Do you have any stories about giraffes? Share your story in the comments below.

I wasn’t able to finish my giraffe totem drawing yet but will be sharing another post later this week with the completed piece in color. Once the color is added it changes the entire look of the drawing. I am excited to see how it turns out. Check back soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

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Sources:
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Ending quote from the movie “Back to the Future”

 

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