Totem of the Day is Octopus! Use your adept mental abilities in order to reach that goal you have been yearning for, but work at it without giving away everything about it. It may be time to get your heart and lungs checked out or to add practices such as yoga into your daily life for added health and flexibility. Clairvoyant abilities may be increasing soon and it may be beneficial for you to work with those transitioning through spiritual stages. The Octopus totem is known for it's connection to willpower, intelligence, regeneration, and strategy. When Octopus shows up, it can often mean it is time to remove yourself from negative situations smoothly without causing an upset. It shows us how transformation and regeneration are a part of growth which can improve our spirituality and mindset. It may be a time to discard old thought processes or habits to make room for new growth. The Octopus also reminds us to use our intelligence and reasoning to solve problems or to reach out goals. The Octopus was seen as a sign of good luck, mysticism, and cognitive power by the Hawaiians. In Northwest Coastal tribes of Native Americans from British Columbia and Alaska, the Octopus had powers over sickness, health, and the weather. People who connect with Octopus are agile in mind and body with an ability to move through life smoothly as they adjust to circumstances around them without fuss or getting upset. These individuals are naturals in professions that deal with the cycle of life and death such as in hospitals or therapists with a tendency to be more productive during the night time. Experts at camouflage, these types can become invisible in a crowd and often possess a natural skill at clairvoyance.
Octopus, Octopus Vulgaris, are omnivorous creatures that belong to the Cephalopod class and can live up to 15 years in the wild. They are most closely related to squid and cuttlefish with slugs and snails being more distant relatives. Octopus can be found in waters all over the world with approximately 300 different species. They often prefer habitats along the seafloor and coral reefs. The largest species of Octopus is the Giant Pacific Octopus which grow to an average size of 16 feet across and weighing over 100 lbs. The largest Pacific Octopus was recorded at over 600 lbs and 30 feet across. The smallest Octopus is the Octopus Wolfi found the in the western Pacific which grows to less than an inch across and weighs under a gram. Octopus can range in size and color, however, they all have some common traits such as eight legs and usually a sharp break. Their flexibility comes from having no internal or external skeleton in most species which enables them to be able to squeeze into impossibly tight areas or to escape from them. Camouflage also spands most Octopus species, being able to use specialised skin cells to change color, reflectivity, and opacity of the creatures. These cells, called Chromatophores, are used to change color in order to escape predators, ambush prey, or to communicate with other octopuses. A display called 'passing cloud' uses waves of dark colors coursing over the body of the octopus in order to distract and shock others. Some species can also take on the spiky appearance of algea. Those that live diurnal lives in shallower waters usually have evolved more complex skin than the nocturnal ones living in the darker depths of the ocean. Uniquely, these creatures possess three hearts. One heart circulates blood around the body while the other two pump blood through their gills. Water is pulled into the body through the gills which draw oxygen into their system and is then expelled through their siphon. This helps them to breathe as well as move through the water. The siphon is also used to expell waste as well as ink. Another unique feature is the brain of the Octopus. They have the highest brain-to-body mass ratio of all invertebrates as well as many vertebrates. Two-thirds of their neurons are actually located in the nerve cords of their arms which enable higher reflexes. Their large eyes located at the top of their head are excellent at sight although the ability to see color changes with species. Octopus also possess two organs called Statocysts which allow them to sense the orientation of their body relative to gravity and also help them to hear sound. The suckers on their arms possess chemoreceptors which allow them to taste what they touch. The diet of an Octopus consists of crustaceons, molluscs, and clams as well as fish and other cephalopods. They move by either slowly crawling or by using jet propulsion to propel themselves backwards across larger distances. Reproduction occurs carefully as females are known to eat possible mates. To avoid being eaten, the male will extend a single arm from a distance called a hectocotylus into the female in order to breed. Much of Octopus breeding is unknown. The Giant Paciic Octopus is known, however, to court the female by displaying a range of color and pattern changes. The female will lay a string of eggs numbering between 10,000 to 70,000 eggs to a rock crevice or overhand approximately 40 days after breeding. She will guard them and cares for them by cleaning and aerating them until they hatch. Unfortunately the the male octopus, they will weaken and die a few weeks after mating. The eggs will hatch into paralarvae which feed on zooplankton until they settle on the ocean floor and grow into their adult forms. Unlike other mollusc species, they do not go through any form of metamorphosis. Octopus are extraordinary creatures and there is much more information specific to certain species. It is important to research the specific species for deeper meaning.