Thank you for the time & effort put into reading this & responding ( mostly the time & effort in responding). When was referring to Totem animals & the Native Americans, I was viewing them separately for I know ( liked you explained ) there is differences. When I used the term Totem in referring to me , I was using it as how it was explained to me ( granted you wouldn't know how it was explained to me ), as an animal that is a part of me. For example: if I were to be an animal, it would be that, it's part of my soul, and is one with me and is constant.
Then again, my knowledge on the subject is coming from a book called: Totem magic by Yasmine Galenorn ( Dance of the Shape-Shifter). Yasmine refers to totem animals as : An animal that is a reflection of yourself, that in Shape-Shifter magic it would be what you natural would shift as in the spiritual plane
- Again thank you for taking the time to respond