Could the Lemur be my new animal spirit totem?

Last night I had a dream that I was looking out and seeing all of these animals.  I remember thinking that I wanted one, but when I tried to choose, I heard someone say that I needed the lemur, and that I AM a lemur! Hmm.. morning arrives and I don’t really dwell on this.

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Later in the day I found myself at the supermarket.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love those machines that you put $.50 in and use the crane to try to grab a stuffed animal.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw one of these machines, but something else caught my eye.  It was called “Big Eyed Babies.”  It had all of these exotic baby animals, including the lemur!  POOF!  Like a deja vu, I was transported back to my dream.

In the dream, I remember thinking that even though I was told the lemur was for me, I wanted the other animals.  So I put in my quarters and gave it a try.  Baby Gorilla, baby Wolf, and a couple of others.  No luck. , I eye-balled the baby lemur.  He didn’t look like he was easy to get, but remembering the dream, I thought “I really don’t have any kind of affection for lemurs, but what the hell.”

The crane went down, and grabbed up the lemur on the first try.  On the first try, I got the lemur!  I watched as it was about to be dropped and saw that it was stuck on the crane by its tag.  Normally I’d leave it there, but I knew this was MY lemur.  So I snagged a guy who worked there and asked if they had a key for the machine.  He said, ‘no,’ but then proceeded to bang the machine until it came down for me.  What a ….nice guy?

I checked one of my favorite references on totem animals “Animalwise,” by Ted Andrews, and here is what it says about the Lemur:

In the Madagascar forests, the haunting, weird-calling sound that echoes comes from the lemur, known as the ghost of the forest. Lemurs are related to but more primitive than monkeys, and their name actually means “ghost.”

When the lemur appears, so too, will spirits.  We will begin to see and hear the presence of spirits and ghosts more clearly.  They will not be harmful, but their presence may be a little startling to us because of their accompanying phenomenon.  We will see forms and shadows moving or hear whispers and seemingly haunted sounds. As we work to connect more clearly, they will become more distinct.  Sometimes they herald the return of an ‘imaginary’ childhood friend.

When the lemur appears, the opening to the spirit realm with answers that can come from it alone begin to manifest.

How cool is that?!?!


Me and my Lemur


~ by healingstarspirit on January 25, 2011.

4 Responses to “Could the Lemur be my new animal spirit totem?”

  1. I think the lemur might be my spirit totem, or at least spirit animal, too.
    I was meditating just a few minutes ago and I imagined myself in a forest. I couldn’t get the forest out of my head as much as I wanted to. I could see it more clearly than the other mental spaces I use to meditate with. And all of a sudden, an image of a lemur appeared, and it stayed with me…maybe it’s just my mind playing tricks on me, but I’ve never thought at all about lemurs till now either. It just popped into my head and now it won’t come out.


    • Hi Maria- If an animal comes to you during meditation, in a dream, or you see it over and over again all around you, it has a message for you. I try not to get too hung up on whether or not it is my offical totem animal, but rather focus on its message and being grateful that it appeared to support my spiritual work. If I were you, I’d do some research. Check out the habits and lore of the lemur and see what you find. If you like you can send me an email at and we can talk more about your discoveries.


  2. I discovered I’ve got a ring-tailed lemur as an Ally, as well. There’s a great deal of local lore about them on Madagascar.

    They’re opportunistic omnivores, not exclusively vegetarian or carnivorous. They have a highly developed sense of smell; they notice quickly if something “stinks” or “smells fishy.” Unlike other primates, they tend to use their mouths rather than their hands; they tend toward speaking, rather than doing. They practice camouflage and find safety in groups, rather than engaging a predator directly. If no danger is near, they tend to favor smaller groups.

    They don’t see quite as well as other primates, though their wide range of vision helps them to see the Big Picture. They survive because they know the secrets of the forest. They lack the cunning, guile, and deceptiveness that is characteristic of other primates… “the tongue that cannot lie”? Females tend to be socially dominant; sexually, they tend to be seasonal, with mating season taking place in March/early spring. Gender-wise, they’re monomorphs–males and females look pretty much the same… androgynous?

    Ring-tails tend to run on circadian-type rhythms, meaning they can function during both day and night. Their metabolisms tend to be low or sluggish, which helps them survive extreme weather conditions and the resulting lack of food and water.

    Some of the lore has it that they have souls, and can function as Clan Ancestors for people. It’s said that they can pass on power, or virtue, to babies, and that’s a very ancestral function. If treated badly in life, they can be vengeful–even from beyond the grave.

    Above all, they seem to be *extremely* adaptable creatures.


  3. Cool! I had a dream about a lemur last night, and it’s so strange because I literally never think of them in waking life. I appreciated the information in this article, and you sharing your experience. Thanks!


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