People are always asking about the shamanic meanings of various animals. The truth is that the meaning depends on the context, the species, the circumstances—and you.
I think the topic is worth talking about in depth. So I am writing a series of columns on the subject
There is a new Houston Shamanism Examiner post on that topic: http://www.examiner.com/x-16972-Houston-Shamanism-Examiner~y2009m11d4-Shamanic-meanings-of-animals