Salamanders most commonly occur in freshwater and damp woodlands,
principally in temperate
regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They are generally short
bodied, four legged, and moist
skinned animals with bold patterns and bright colors. Patterns
and colors have different meanings
to different people. Examining the patterns and colors of the
salamander can help us discover the
intricate patterns that govern our lives. Unwanted emotional
patterns can be restructured or
eliminated by the study of sacred geometry and meridian alignments.
Like other amphibians the salamander absorbs water through their
skin and needs a moist habitat
in which to live. Those with this medicine need to be around
water for their overall health and
well-being. Breeding often occurs in the water although certain
members of this family breed on land.
The word amphibian comes from two words--"amphi" =
"double" and "bios" = life. Amphibians
divide their life between land and water. From a symbolic aspect,
this can reflect much about
what has often been taught in lore about its power. Salamanders
are often regarded as the keeper
of dreams. Their ability to live in water and on land can reflect
that lucid dreaming is going to be stimulated.
The salamander hears and responds to low frequency tones rather
than high pitched ones. These
tones are primal in nature and can help us gain entry into the
underworld. To strengthen ones
sensitivity to such sounds playing the didgeridoo as well as
drumming is helpful.
Typical salamanders undergo a larval stage that can last for
a period of a few days to several
years. The development of a child with salamander medicine is
usually slower than other
children their age. Specific periods of major transitions are
common and easily pinpointed.
Those with this medicine will find themselves continually learning,
growing and developing
their body, mind and spirit throughout the early part of their
life. In their adult years knowledge
gained as a child will surface.
Salamander medicine is a subtle teacher, from its patterns and
colors, to its connection with the
elements. Those with this totem will often find themselves living
a double life. Their thoughts
and actions can seem odd and unusual which gives them the power
to assist others in shape
shifting their reality.