ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hand Painted Spiritkeepers Stones Totem Animals & Symbols

Updated on March 19, 2014

Painted Stones As Spiritual Symbol Reminders

Learn about totem animals through hand painted wildlife stones, metaphysical symbols on rock, animal communication, messengers, plus ancient & modern rock paintings. Spiritkeepers Stones are spiritual symbols & animals painted onto rocks that are hand selected for metaphysical energy as well as physical form. Each is a unique expression inspired by the natural Spirit world. Designed from animal spirit guide meanings & symbols from mythology, they are created to be a personal amulet like a good luck charm. Find pocket pebbles, jewelry pendants, & paperweights of natural stone. Find here answers about these one of a kind, collectible paintings on real natural stone. What's special about Spiritkeepers? How can you get your own? Who makes them & why? Learn totem or spirit guide animal messenger meanings from original text written by artist Tree Pruitt, as well as through other educational resources.

Some Available Spiritkeepers Stones - Hand painted stones featuring spiritual symbols, totem animals & other wildlife creatures. The stones shown in this se

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Pictograph Style Running Horse on Sandstone w/ Spirals & Display Stand #sk080Spiral Earth Goddess Paperweight Sized Pacific Ocean Spiritkeepers Stone #sk046, Face Spiritkeepers Stone Paperweight #sk017, Up Grizzly Bear Pebble #sk034, Goddess Figure Painted Fetish Stone Pebble #sk067, Shop SpiritkeepersAmerican Bison Scene - painted on natural holed fossil stone #sk021, Shop SpiritkeepersOuroboros Snake Pentacle Naturally Holed Moon Gazing Tool #sk077Symbol of Egyptian God Anubis Hand Painted Spiritkeepers Stone Pebble #sk068Oak Wreath Pentagram Holey Stone Atlar Pentacle Moon Gazer #sk081Egyptian Goddess Taweret Hand Painted Blue Hippo Figure Spiritkeepers Stone #sk059
Pictograph Style Running Horse on Sandstone w/ Spirals & Display Stand #sk080
Pictograph Style Running Horse on Sandstone w/ Spirals & Display Stand #sk080
Spiral Earth Goddess Paperweight Sized Pacific Ocean Spiritkeepers Stone #sk046,
Spiral Earth Goddess Paperweight Sized Pacific Ocean Spiritkeepers Stone #sk046,
Raccoon Face Spiritkeepers Stone Paperweight #sk017,
Raccoon Face Spiritkeepers Stone Paperweight #sk017,
Curled Up Grizzly Bear Pebble #sk034,
Curled Up Grizzly Bear Pebble #sk034,
Paleolithic Goddess Figure Painted Fetish Stone Pebble #sk067, Shop Spiritkeepers
Paleolithic Goddess Figure Painted Fetish Stone Pebble #sk067, Shop Spiritkeepers
American Bison Scene - painted on natural holed fossil stone #sk021, Shop Spiritkeepers
American Bison Scene - painted on natural holed fossil stone #sk021, Shop Spiritkeepers
Ouroboros Snake Pentacle Naturally Holed Moon Gazing Tool #sk077
Ouroboros Snake Pentacle Naturally Holed Moon Gazing Tool #sk077
Symbol of Egyptian God Anubis Hand Painted Spiritkeepers Stone Pebble #sk068
Symbol of Egyptian God Anubis Hand Painted Spiritkeepers Stone Pebble #sk068
Oak Wreath Pentagram Holey Stone Atlar Pentacle Moon Gazer #sk081
Oak Wreath Pentagram Holey Stone Atlar Pentacle Moon Gazer #sk081
Egyptian Goddess Taweret Hand Painted Blue Hippo Figure Spiritkeepers Stone #sk059
Egyptian Goddess Taweret Hand Painted Blue Hippo Figure Spiritkeepers Stone #sk059

What Is A Totem Animal?

by Tree Pruitt

What's a Totem? With the growing popularity of Neo Native American spirituality the phrase of "totem animal" has become a somewhat generic term that actually encompasses deeply meaningful spiritual relationships with animals in a variety of forms. There are historic cultural differences and origins for the uses of words such as, "totem", "medicine" and "fetish", and those uses are traditional in differing tribes. Performing a search of those terms can expose more detailed information about how indigenous Americans use those terms. Our purpose of explanation here is only to point out how the words are commonly used in the more broad arena of modern New-Age understanding.

A totem animal shares its strengths and weaknesses with its human partner. However, many agree that a totem is a creature whose energy has been, or will be, a long term effect upon a person. Your favorite animal from childhood is often lingering with you still as a life totem. The creepy crawler from repetitive nightmares or unfounded fears may also be a life totem, for all creatures have the balance of dark and light within. Your life totem can reveal how you got to the place you're in now and where you're likely to go in the future. What aspects or habits do you always seem to have with you in life? Behind that answer lives your totem. What are the things you want to develop and achieve? What qualities do you admire and wish to see in your self? How do you want to grow as a person overall? A life totem is a partner and spirit guide through the journey.

Animal Fetish

An animal fetish is also sometimes today called a totem. A fetish is an artistic representation of an animal, with spiritual design. It stands as a dwelling for the general aspects and energies of a particular creature, (similar to a Hindu deity statue). It is an example of Native American society using a form of sympathetic magic, where the form of the animal itself is thought to attract the gifts that animal has to offer. Akin to a prayer, the fetish offers a hope for the person, or makes a declaration he/she will act in a different way. A fetish is a three dimensional shape of an animal that the person who carries or wears hopes will pass on some of the good quality traits; power. A fetish can be used as 'totem medicine' when the fetish does indeed represent your totem, and is worn or carried in a medicine bag. It is not an actual totem, but only a representation of the totem animal; a spiritual keepsake to remind you of your path.

(above contents taken from "What's In A Name: Introduction to Spiritual Animal Helpers", at my Animal Signs and Messengers blog.)

Learn About You With Totems - Products To Guide Your Journey

Every resource provides perspectives and animal meanings in a unique way. Find a definition of an animals message that rings most true for you personally. Shop the following products to find items that will help you learn about individual totems and how they can be used as methods to improve the self and guide your path to spiritual growth.

...these rocks have messages to share with humans, just like a spirit guide...

   Would you like to have one of these special painted stones for yourself? Visit the following links to shop for, or learn more about, these miniature works of art by Tree Pruitt.

Spiritkeepers Art & the Artist

The What Who And Why

What Are They?

Each Spiritkeepers is a unique expression inspired by the natural Spirit World designed from totem animal spirit guide meanings and symbols from mythology, created to be a personal amulet as well as possible home décor. Use them to keep the spirit essence of your favorite wild animal present in daily life. A rock or seashell is hand selected based upon the spiritual energy felt within. The image is most often found within the natural surfaces then enhanced with acrylic paint. Stones are generally small sized, though some are large enough for desk top display, and many have a natural hole known as the Witches' Amulet or a Witches Dream Shield. Unlike many other paintings on rock Spiritkeepers Stones are painted the way in which they are found, meaning that no fillers, putty, or cuts are ever used to alter the shapes, out of respect for the stone.

The Who & Why Of It

My name is Tree Pruitt, and many would say that I've always been stone crazy. As a small child I braved the hot summer sun for hours to remove my very first fossil specimen, and I still have that fossil too! I have boxes and bowls of rocks that I've collected over the years as specimens and keepsakes. I've also been an avid painter my entire life, so it was only natural for the two loves to combine. The stones I collected seemed to call out to me -- wanting to be picked up -- showing me pictures within the surfaces. I began to follow the lines I'd see on rocks with paint strokes so that I could show others what I saw. It was at about the age of five when a simple craft project turned into something more meaningful to myself. The pop culture craze of the Pet Rock that swept America in the later 1970s only served to encourage my feeling that stones are alive and do communicate.

As my Earth-based spirituality developed later in life it occurred to me these rocks have messages to share just like a spirit guide. Ancient people went to great effort to place pictures on rock outcroppings and cave walls. Modern Neo-pagan, Wicca practices encourage direct communication with nature and the exchange of energy with things in nature. I could no longer resist the urge to share the stones in my collection, so I began to offer these creations from my private rock collection as Spiritkeepers in 1997. I created a sigil logo based upon a rune style and use that to sign each Spiritkeepers. The design is a combination of the letters S and K with dots to represent the Four Directions of North, South, East, and West. Even if a stone is painted all of the way around I try to leave a portion of the natural stone showing, and that is where I place the sigil and number. This exposed area allows an owner to connect spiritually not only with the artistic symbol but also with the natural stone itself by reminding the owner that the stone is a true bit of nature.

You can discover more history behind them at the Spiritkeepers Blog

Most Important

When considering a totem meaning search several resources to find the creatures traits that feel most right to you... read, watch, listen, and learn.


New items and information...

-->Spiritkeepers Blog gets a face lift; stop by and see the new look of the site. I'd love to read any feedback you'd like to share about the way the site looks and operates.

* NEW FACEBOOK Fan Page is here. Come on by and show Spiritkeepers Stones some love. See the page, be a fan!

* NEW ITEMS - several new stones are now available including wolf, raccoon, panda, polar bear, otter, bison, some inspired by Native American stories such as Kokopelli, and special Egyptian style stones too. Another new feature is an increase in sizes. Some of the new Spiritkeepers will be much too big for a pocket or medicine bag but they'll be right at home on display. Some of these new rocks even come with their own display stand, and new tiny primitive goddess symbol pebbles include a hand sewn leather storage pouch.

Largest Spiritkeepers Stone

A highly detailed bust of a wolf looks out from a scene on a double naturally holed stone. This is the largest Spiritkeepers to date!
Visit the Spiritkeepers Blog to learn more about this unique painted portion of a fossil bed; the nose is created by a brachiopod shell. Then discover the smallest Spiritkeepers ever too!


Featured Creature Totem Animal Symbol

Animal & Meanings by Tree Pruitt

Check Back For Future Features

Feature Creature Painted Stone: Our new feature creature stone has a sleepy grizzly bear curled up, hand painted onto a variety of granite pebble. In the image shown is Spiritkeepers #sk034, sized at 28 mm x 35 mm x 11 mm thick.

~ Symbolism of the Bear ~ In both ancient and modern cultures bear often represents the Primordial Mother energy. One reason for this is that mother bears are fierce to protect offspring. The bear is also seen as a symbol for Earth energy and dreaming as they tend to travel the depths of caves into the figurative womb of the planet; burrowing deep to hibernate. In spiritual art and Jungian studies the curious bear represents the deepest parts of the inner self consciousness, revealed through introspection's self discovery. Bear is a guide to lure the seeker deeper into the portion of "The Hero's Journey", (see Joseph Campbell), that requires the Hero to look deeper still within the self.

~ Points to Ponder ~

Positive Aspects - wisdom, strength, endurance, ingenuity, healing, nurturing, protection, introspection, imagination

*Negative Aspects - poor vision or lack of insight, quick temper, being nosey, indulgence, refusal to back down

Previous Feature: Raccoon Mask Spiritkeepers Stone, #sk017

This curious critter looks up with golden eyes from a large rock. It's hand painted on a variety of gray granite and finished with a durable indoor/outdoor protective varnish. The fairly large size makes it a perfect desktop paperweight or small bookend home accent. Each collectable Spiritkeepers Stone is unique and individually numbered. This piece is intended for indoor display though surface is water washable with cold water and care. The smooth bottom is safe for most all surfaces. Purchase Information

~ Raccoon (simple) ~ Masks have been used as powerful tools for transformation throughout the ages. Known for nightly stealth and its mysterious masked face, the raccoon can teach us to use our own masks with care. For example, when is it the time to use the mask of "Parent" rather than the mask of "Friend" with your child? Raccoon can show you. For each different frame of mind we must enter there is a different mask to wear. These figurative masks can help you get the job done but they can also stop your progress if used too often or at the wrong times. Could you be hiding behind those masks? Raccoon medicine can help you transform into the person you need to be.

~ Points to Ponder ~

*Positive Aspects - transformation, awareness, exploration, wisdom to use knowledge learned, perseverance, dexterity

*Negative Aspects - hiding, masking a problem rather than dealing with it, dishonesty, obsessive compulsive behavior, stealing either physical objects or stealing someones time, attention, or love

Another Previous Feature

~ POLAR BEAR ~ Being the most outstanding hunter of the bear family also makes the polar bear the most aggressive of the bears.

Like this bear, do you know when to keep your cool, or do you perhaps need to start swinging those polar paws? Being a most excellent swimmer gives them the ability to go with the flow, when needed, and strong muscles give the strength to pull themselves out of the water when it's time to put feet on the ground. They have very keen hearing, the polar bear, listening for sounds under the ice from above. A person with a polar bear totem should ask themselves if they have been listening to signs from "Above", spiritual guidance, and simply paying quality attention to whatever nourishes the soul. When polar bear hears a seal bubbling to the surface it patiently waits for the favorite prey to come up. They pounce on the seals to drag them from the water. This indicates that polar bear knows when to wait and when to act on an opportunity.

These bears have a playful side too, sliding on ice and playing with cubs, indicating that though they're serious about the task at hand they know when to relax and enjoy life. If you think that polar bear is a totem animal for you then be sure to also examine the animals it chooses as prey; there'll likely be a second totem in there for you to create a balance.

Search several resources and find the meaning that feels right in order to discover what the medicine and magic of an animal means to you personally.

*Shown above are hand painted Spiritkeepers Stones Polar Bears #sk044 landscape on volcanic basalt and #sk025 limestone pebble.

*Symbolic meaning of the Badger by Tree Pruitt, former feature article can be found at Realm of the Mystic Griffin

Vote for the top totem animal!

Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my! Nearly everyone has a favorite animal. Some critters seem to get more attention than others from us humans. Place a vote for the top totem. No mythological creatures in this list. Check back to see what project I create from the final results!

What's the most popular creature chosen for a favorite or spirit guide totem?

See results

The Science of Stones - Geo-Info & Ancient Art

Find here products to shop that will help you learn about the physical qualities of stones and mankinds need to paint on rock throughout history.

Because I allow html to be used here, (your links or images), comments won't show until I approve them. This helps avoid SPAM that doesn't have anything to do with the lens topics -- cool? :) Thanks a bundle for stopping by and sharing your time!

Paws at the Guestbook - Say Hello or Offer Reader Feedback

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • astaramay profile image


      7 years ago

      I love these spirit keepers, it is an amazing idea. And, working with the animals that go onto or into the rock or shell brings you more understanding of that particular animal spirit. Same with the symbols...they can actually make one have visions about important information on that spirit. Thank you for sharing! Love, peace and happiness to you and yours!

    • hysongdesigns profile image


      7 years ago

      Happy to find another rock painter here. If you like, add your url to my lens Interesting info about the animal totems. I love so many animals it's hard to pick, tho owls are maybe my favorites.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      wow these stones are gorgeous!!! it makes me want to make a couple of my own. 5 stars and i'm adding this to my lensroll for sure.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      10 years ago

      Cool stuff! I love this lens. I have one about animal medicine called that. 5*

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      As I sit here typing this Badger is watching over me.

      I absolutely LOVE him.

      He has brought such joy to my computer work.

      Thanks ever so much for finding him for me.

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      I love my frog and lily pad I got from Tree. Painting on rocks is a lot harder than it looks!

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      Great artwork! Glad I found your lens thingy here. I have my wolf spiritkeepers with me all the time. Ever do a white wolf???

    • Artist Tree profile imageAUTHOR

      Tree Pruitt 

      11 years ago from Kokomo, Indiana

      Thanks so much!

    • kathysart profile image


      11 years ago

      Wonderful! I love the idea of painting on stones!


      Kathy's ACEO on Squidoo:


    • AncientWisdom LM profile image

      AncientWisdom LM 

      11 years ago

      Wonderful art work, cleaver concept.

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      Hey, I have one! Thanks a bunch, love my stone and love the page here. Keep 'em coming Tree!

    • Savvyology profile image


      11 years ago

      Nice lens


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)