I sit in the snow glaring at my opponent as were staring at each other fierce.When the clock struck twilight its began MEOW! BARK! WHIMPER! THUD! My opponent is down to the ground.-bows- (The test of your animal doesn't work!!!!)
Animal Totems are private to each individual and should not be shared. They come to you because you need them, although you may not know it at the time. However, I WILL share that the redtailed hawk in one of my totems..and comes when I need to hear it's message. :-)
In the shamanic tradition, spirit animals serve somewhat of a dual purpose. They can be considered spirit guides who appear in animal form, but they are also symbolic of energies that are working through you. For those who fall closer to the Wicca tradition, it would be considered a familiar.