The beaver is a tremendously complex, yet simple totem - Complex because their abilities and talents are many, and simple because most qualities of the beaver can be emulated by humans. They are master architects and are among the few animals on earth, that alter their environment to meet their requirements.

As an expert builder, beaver medicine strengthens the foundations of ones life and can help to build new ones. Beaver can show us ways to be in harmony with our environment even as that environment changes.

The beaver is an excellent swimmer, able to hold its breath under water for 15 minutes or more. As a water creature the beaver spirit is deep within where dreams past and knowledge flow in the subconscious warehouse of our mind. This medicine can help us to call those inner waters to the surface where they can be used to build a better life.

The beaver's fur is highly prized because it is both waterproof and soft, teaching us to repel afflictions of life in a good way.

The beaver is practical, quick-witted and resourceful. All these qualities are brought forward and understood while working with the beaver spirit.

The beaver's large teeth are among its most prized possessions and they continue to grow until the moment of death. This prominent feature of the beaver is a reminder that the tools we use to improve our lives must continually honed and sharpened.

Beavers are very industrious, hard working, and tenacious in what ever project they undertake. People who work with his spirit are reminded to work hard to achieve their goals and they will never be defeated by a lack of initiative. If you feel overcome or overwhelmed by life's challenges, ask the beaver for help.

Beaver has a kind and gentle spirit. We should all be like the beaver.

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