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Wed Nov 12, 2014, 7:19 PM
Passing Through . version 2 by sakimichan












Child Psychologists will tell you that kids relate best to other kids and that’s why they’re drawn to puppies and kittens and other creatures of limited vocabularies but an abundance of physically affectionate expression. Fairy tales and comic books about animals or mythical creatures with human attributes continue this special relationship into childhood understandings about the complex world that’s often overwhelming them. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pokemon characters have the “magical” ability to impart life lessons in a way that adult authoritarian figures do not.


The flipside of this positive process is the still prevalent belief in “familiars”–malevolent spiritual helpers in animal or other guise (black cats in particular) who assist witches and necromancers in their dirty deeds. Some churches condemn fairy tales and “Harry Potter”–type popular fictions because they supposedly disarm children to the very real threat of demonic influences being transmitted through talking pets and other invitingly happy, magical creatures and semi-human beings.








As adults we don’t necessarily give up our magical creatures. Some of us believe there couldn’t possibly be so much smoke without there being at least a little fire somewhere when it comes to vampires, werewolves and zombies. Then there’s our desire to believe rare eyewitness reports and grainy photo evidence (the Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster). The yearning for living fire–breathing dragons and unicorns to exist in our world are hard for many children to relinquish. The existence of a Faerie race is taken as a hard fact in certain parts of the world. It seems that no matter our age or circumstance we are beings always wishing for the special wisdom (or notoriety) of acquaintances with special powers.









Your Thoughts






  1. What traits would determine your choice of a spiritual power animal to guide and protect your life?

  2. Is it wiser to have a power animal which strengthens patience or cleverness or strength?










Fairy tales and comic books about animals or mythical creatures with human attributes continue this special relationship into childhood understandings about the complex world that’s often overwhelming them. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pokemon characters have the “magical” ability to impart life lessons in a way that adult authoritarian figures do not.

Author/Curator: DeevElliott
Designer: seoul-child 

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WindySilver Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't though about this. I need to do that! Maybe I'll make a new drawing, then!

1. Hmmm... Loyal, supportive, national, clever, friendly, trustworthy, understanding.
2. It depends on the person. I think I'd go with cleverness or patience.
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SunnyIris-Sage Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
1. Clever, daring, and positive! I would want to try and figure things out and not be afraid to, even when things become discouraging.

2.strengthen cleverness. know when to wait, think, then act. a good strategy can save you in a tough physical situation.
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russildi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Algunos Chamanes tienen la capacidad de llamar hasta 5 animales de poder!!Yo eligiria llamar siempre a mi lado a un animal que ayude a reforzar la paciencia.

Some Chamans have capacity to call up to 5 power animals!! I would Choose to call by my side always an animal that helps strengthen patience.
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Ace-Catel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loyal, loving, daring, encouraging, and playful.

Strength, because knowledge can be built by deep thought and those who are willing to find a solution before using what skills they have to finish the job. Strength is not an easy skill to gain.
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Raykon2341 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I think it would be wiser to have a spirit animal that strengthens both your body (Physical strength) and your patience (Spiritual strength) 
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okamikoibito Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
1. Protective, loving, easy going, high spirited, calm...
2. Patience, because with patience you can figure things out and train yourself to become stronger.
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superlight12 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
my favorite animal is superman 
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Uchiha-kami Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
wow, really impressive, lovely
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Darkvlagor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
The main trait of my spiritual power animal would be "peace of mind" or patience ... I wonder if there is one like that ...
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mahasinhandal87 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Amazing and nice collection!
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PanicAtTheAnime Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my spiritual power animal would probably be some sort of magical wolf/cat or a dragon if possible. I've always felt connected to cats and wolves and I've always love dragons. wolves are such mysterious and sophisticated creatures capable of affectionate relationships, but are still firmly rooted in the wild and have a wild, survivor side to them. i think it's wise to have a power animal that has a little bit of all three (cleverness, strength, and patience), rather than being at an extreme advantage in just one
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Emikafeather Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
My spiritual power animal would be a forest fox-hawk, and would grant wisdom, but at the cost of becoming a forest animal for 5 years.
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ShittyChickenBang Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Wonderful article and collection of images.
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canttel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg yyyasssssssss! All these arts look so cute!
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toomuch89 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
1. I always wanted the wolf to be my power animal, when I was a little girl. I thought they were beautiful. I'm not sure if I'm very wolf like some would say I'm more snake like. They have good attributes like focus and loyalty, and the howl of a wolf is beautiful to me. 

2. I don't know those all seem like good things. Although strength like working out or strength like metaphorical? 

I don't really believe in anything anymore but I still have a vivacious curiosity about stuff I like to think. I think believing in things is what makes humans weak, and loyalty is what makes people continue this practice that makes them weak. 
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SilvanaGail Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ermergersh! Thats so cool!
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nekkron Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
thanks for the gallery, cool images
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AnormalADN Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
1. This spiritual power animal would have a goal : make me a better person and protect me from falling in the "black". So it would represent everything that I am not but that I could be. It must know me and being loyal. It has to be more a very good friend to me than a guide. I immediatly thought about a dragon. Because dragons are to me figures of wisdom, strength, and protection. But I probably couldn't choose a spiritual power animal because it would choose me instead. I think that if they exist, they know better than ourselves who deserves which kind of protective spirit.

2. I can't speak for everyone, since everyone is different, so have different qualities and problems ; As I say, I think they would choose themselves their "owner". Each power animal would be the best for its "owner", and would improve every lack of "good" in his/her heart and mind.
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DeeryDeerth Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1) For me, my spiritual power animal must be one of my OCs, a character that represents me and shares many traits with me already. But some things would be different apart from each other. Unlike me, my character Raisin has the traits I miss. Such as courage, bold curiosity and always a backup plan for every situation. She has a much wider variety of powers to choose from as her story goes on, plus she is ever learning to be more and more complete as a character. She's a bit of an example for me to learn from. But if she was to protect my life, she would definitely need to have vigilance and devotion. A thing that may not even be so hard for a wolf, like Raisin is. That is exactly what makes me wish Raisin was real... just like those many creatures and characters featured above.

2) These choices vary by person. No answer is right here, and no one can say one of these is wiser than the other. But in my case, individually, it would be wiser to own a power animal with patience. It's a trait that both me and my character lack. So if she was to guide my life so that we both wouldn't end up in a pile of failures, it definitely would be patience Raisin needs as a power animal. :)
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SandraAJ Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
<3 
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Afenineal Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student General Artist
hmm.... passion(both ways), truth, knowledge, free-will to name some. Resourcefullness, willing to do whatever it takes.

I think one that could do any depending on the situation, so in a sense an ability with more fluidity to it
I like this post :3
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MelloKittys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I )  L o v e  ,  L o y a l  ,  A l w a y s  F u n  t o  Pl a y  W i t h ,  S t r o n g e s t
( N o t  N e c e s s a r y  a t  l e a s t  i t   c a n   d e f e n d  i t s e l f  a n d  m e )

II ) P a t i e n c e . . . . . . . a n d   M a y b e    C l e v e r n e s s 
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AnimaeRockz Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Probably one of the best artwork I've ever seen :) (Smile) 
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SBlurzaan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I wants dragons to be real so baad .-.
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KashmiraDragonGodess Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I fully agree. actually I have loved them my whole life and to me, it is hard for me to deny that they exist. I draw, write and think about them so much that it is impossible for me to believe otherwise. even I don't see a dragon ever, I am convinced of their existence and always will be till the day I die
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Mage-elf-Tyra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
same here.
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wolflover65 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
me too my friend :,)
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JohannesSto Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interesting and beautifull :-)
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Lyco5 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student General Artist
1 / 2) In my case, I know that in many cultures the wolf is considered a noble and wise creature for it's caracteristics and behavior in a pack and it is considered a mysterious in general, also, the wolf being an animal gives a sence of conection with nature, which represents life patience, virtue and balance. Many stories that takes a wolf as a magical creature with all those caracteristics usualy are used to offer a message of qualities that can easily influence and drive children's attention. This way, I believe it is a good way to pass a menssage through those stories of magical and amazing animals.
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markoatonc Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
1) Deep connection to nature, patience and knowledge.
2) cleverness and patience are alike, they are both caused by each other, Clever creature knows the importance of patience, and if you are patient and observant cleverness will come to you from life. I guess if I have to choose, I would take cleverness.
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VanesaRz Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Wow, I LOVED them! I liked them so much.
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Fishbely Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
1.)intelligent, loyal, and caring.

2.)Why not both?
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TsaoShin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for including my drawings in this amazing feature!
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WhitecatE Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. In my case, I can make it out in my interests.  For example, I'm a total fan of Pokemon, and I'd add a bit more art to them to make it a more unique extraordinary creature.  Or maybe for other people, they just have their hidden instincts that people don't notice that can help us in decision making...  Probably they'd just think of their spiritual creature unconsciously, and have no idea why people chose that animal?  Who knows?

2. I think that patience can overcome everything.  Not able to endure anything and blowing yourself up doesn't really help you in your life - It'll suck.  I can say that patience is better than strength because you can endure the pain; endure everything.
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YulizieLove Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
aweasome!
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tamsinrj Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2014  Student General Artist
1. Intelligence, kindness, empathy, loyalty. I want a friend I can talk to when I've got no-one else I feel I can turn to for support. I want them to listen to me and give an intelligent answer worded just right to be strong enough without being harsh. And I want them to be able to teach me to defend myself and be there to make sure I keep doing my art and writing and the things I should be doing without being annoying in the way that parents are when they try to do that.

2. Intelligence I'd say. Although I'm rather lacking in patience too. Strength I don't need so much and it will come with time and really if I were just confident in my ability to use it I'm quite intelligent already. So perhaps out of those three options I could personally use patience the most.

Wow that was a messy ramble. Eh I just typed while I thought to be honest I typed out my thoughts.

Edit: this pushes me towards either a dog or a horse as a spirit animal I think. Which is good cause I love dogs and horses. (And yes both are very intelligent if you get the right breeds. They are also both caring, give me the sense that I can talk to them, and are loyal. I have personal experience with both species.)
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Kasumi-san5 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Hmm... Smart, strong, I would like if it like talking, beacuse I talking a lot about many things... And can fly! Of course, I would like if it talk with me by thoughts. And if it would have a fur, I will love it! :3 I'd like if it have a something light power of spirits ^^
2. Definitely cleverness.
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layperson Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
magical...
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
1. I would like to have one that's intelligent and caring, and also strong and supportive. It'd be even more awesome if it was big and could fly. :giggle:
2. I could always use more cleverness, that would help me to think more quickly and have good ideas, very helpful if I was faced with a problem and needed to solve it ASAP.
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student General Artist
love this stuff so much! :D
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IncendiaryBoobs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME
so beautiful
love
love
so much
love love love!
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sandara Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Thanks for featuring my artworks! :D

If there were such a thing, I'd love to have a cleverness spirit animal, coz I often feel not very smart. X3
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aurora-celest Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
1. Wisdom and empathy.

2. Patience is strength.
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pingcheung Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magical,
Mystrical creatures!
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hobolord2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
1. Loyalty wisdom magic.
2. Enhance wisdom which would give me the ability to enhance anything else.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
  1. What traits would determine your choice of a spiritual power animal to guide and protect your life?+
    What most connects / speaks to you. Every animal has their own personality, their own characteristics that we find attractive to our own personality as well and can relate.

  2. Is it wiser to have a power animal which strengthens patience or cleverness or strength?
    Animals are a great influence in our life. Whether it be spiritually or reality. I think all the qualities that animals teach us are important. Strength. Patience. Cleverness. All of these can be absorbed!

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