Find your spirit animal

Recently I saw Megan Fox on Conan and she explained how you can find your 'spirit animal' by combining your Western and Eastern signs. I was fascinated and had to find out the spirit animals of everyone I know and love. I was surprised how hard it was to find a chart to find your spirit animal by combining Western and Chinese astrological signs. So I thought I would paste the chart I found here so everyone can find it.

My spirit animal is the dragonfly. I was pretty happy with this, although I would have kind of preferred a mammal. My husband's spirit animal is the marmot. This I found hilarious.

My son's spirit animal was even funnier. Especially since he is almost four but has just come out of the terrible threes. (A fact no one tells you about.) My son's spirit animal is the honey badger.
It sounds like such a sweet animal, but these guys are scary. And here is the chart so you can find your spirit animal. My heart goes out to the Virgo + Rabbit.


Western Sign
Eastern Sign
Spirit Animal
Aquarius +    Dog =    Chameleon
Aquarius + Dragon =    Leopard
Aquarius + Horse =    Unicorn
Aquarius + Monkey =    Dolphin
Aquarius + Ox =    Walrus
Aquarius + Pig =    Pufferfish
Aquarius + Rabbit =    Sloth
Aquarius + Rat =    Meerkat
Aquarius + Rooster =    Bird-of-Paradise
Aquarius + Sheep =    Handfish
Aquarius + Snake =    Boa Constrictor
Aquarius + Tiger =    Panther
Aries + Dog =    Doberman Pinscher
Aries + Dragon =    Tyrannosaurus Rex
Aries + Horse =    Hammerhead Shark
Aries + Monkey =    Gorilla
Aries + Ox =    Hippopotamus
Aries + Pig =    Dodo
Aries + Rabbit =    Llama
Aries + Rat =    Piranha
Aries + Rooster =    Goldfinch
Aries + Sheep =    Catfish
Aries + Snake =    Praying Mantis
Aries + Tiger =    Rhinoceros
Cancer + Dog =    Pit Bull
Cancer + Dragon =    Hornet
Cancer + Horse =    Hermit Crab
Cancer + Monkey =    Emperor Tamarin
Cancer + Ox =    Black Bear
Cancer + Pig =    Lobster
Cancer + Rabbit =    Turtle
Cancer + Rat =    Seahorse
Cancer + Rooster =    Iguana
Cancer + Sheep =    Duck
Cancer + Snake =    Snail
Cancer + Tiger =    Vampire Bat
Capricorn + Dog =    Boxer
Capricorn + Dragon =    Eagle
Capricorn + Horse =    Salmon
Capricorn + Monkey =    Woodpecker
Capricorn + Ox =    Ant
Capricorn + Pig =    Spider
Capricorn + Rabbit =    Weaver Finch
Capricorn + Rat =    Aardvark
Capricorn + Rooster =    Bee
Capricorn + Sheep =    Mole
Capricorn + Snake =    Alligator
Capricorn + Tiger =    Komodo Dragon
Gemini + Dog =    Deer
Gemini + Dragon =    Hummingbird
Gemini + Horse =    Great White Shark
Gemini + Monkey =    Seal
Gemini + Ox =    Coyote
Gemini + Pig =    Cricket
Gemini + Rabbit =    Toucan
Gemini + Rat =    Chipmunk
Gemini + Rooster =    Parrot
Gemini + Sheep =    Centipede
Gemini + Snake =    Lemur
Gemini + Tiger =    Chimpanzee
Leo + Dog =    Shih Tzu
Leo + Dragon =    Orca
Leo + Horse =    Hyena
Leo + Monkey =    Ferret
Leo + Ox =    Sun Bear
Leo + Pig =    Quetzal
Leo + Rabbit =    Angora Rabbit
Leo + Rat =    Otter
Leo + Rooster =    Peacock
Leo + Sheep =    Swan
Leo + Snake =    Fox
Leo + Tiger =    Wolverine
Libra + Dog =    Crane
Libra + Dragon =    Porcupine
Libra + Horse =    Goose
Libra + Monkey =    Axolotl
Libra + Ox =    Elephant
Libra + Pig =    Marmot
Libra + Rabbit =    Butterfly
Libra + Rat =    Vulture
Libra + Rooster =    Pelican
Libra + Sheep =    Clownfish
Libra + Snake =    Ladybug
Libra + Tiger =    Tasmanian Devil
Pisces + Dog =    Tarsier
Pisces + Dragon =    Firefly
Pisces + Horse =    Gecko
Pisces + Monkey =    Cheetah
Pisces + Ox =    Moose
Pisces + Pig =    Zebra
Pisces + Rabbit =    Silkworm
Pisces + Rat =    Lemming
Pisces + Rooster =    Ocelot
Pisces + Sheep =    Leafy Seadragon
Pisces + Snake =    Frog
Pisces + Tiger =    Stingray
Sagittarius + Dog =    Golden Retriever
Sagittarius + Dragon =    Whale
Sagittarius + Horse =    Dove
Sagittarius + Monkey =    Roadrunner
Sagittarius + Ox =    Raccoon
Sagittarius + Pig =    Camel
Sagittarius + Rabbit =    Sugar Glider
Sagittarius + Rat =    Skunk
Sagittarius + Rooster =    Swordfish
Sagittarius + Sheep =    Tortoise
Sagittarius + Snake =    Tarantula
Sagittarius + Tiger =    Mongoose
Scorpio + Dog =    Octopus
Scorpio + Dragon =    Jaguar
Scorpio + Horse =    Dragonfly
Scorpio + Monkey =    Raven
Scorpio + Ox =    Platypus
Scorpio + Pig =    Squid
Scorpio + Rabbit =    Koala
Scorpio + Rat =    Anaconda
Scorpio + Rooster =    Owl
Scorpio + Sheep =    Panda
Scorpio + Snake =    Anglerfish
Scorpio + Tiger =    Honey Badger
Taurus + Dog =    Seagull
Taurus + Dragon =    Rattlesnake
Taurus + Horse =    Kangaroo
Taurus + Monkey =    Ostrich
Taurus + Ox =    Yak
Taurus + Pig =    Wombat
Taurus + Rabbit =    Hedgehog
Taurus + Rat =    Squirrel
Taurus + Rooster =    Beaver
Taurus + Sheep =    Buffalo
Taurus + Snake =    Jackal
Taurus + Tiger =    Wolf
Virgo + Dog =    Salamander
Virgo + Dragon =    Polar Bear
Virgo + Horse =    Giraffe
Virgo + Monkey =    Penguin
Virgo + Ox =    Sea Star
Virgo + Pig =    Gazelle
Virgo + Rabbit =    Earthworm
Virgo + Rat =    Mouse
Virgo + Rooster =    Corgi
Virgo + Sheep =    Flamingo
Virgo + Snake =    Jellyfish
Virgo + Tiger =    Narwhal

Fortune Animals in Tibetan Buddhism


        There are many different symbols of fortune in Tibetan Buddhism. These symbols include the Eight Auspicious Signs, which is probably the most well-known symbol of fortune. In addition, animals used in Buddhist art and design are popular as fortune symbols. 

        The elephant is large and strong, but as a fortune symbol the elephant represents mental and emotional strength and dependability. In Buddhism the elephant is the symbol for intellectual prowess. As a visualization tool, the gray elephant is said to represent the mind when one begins to study Buddhism, wild and running to and fro without logic, and the white elephant represents the Buddhist mind once it is well-trained and has been formed by meditation. Culturally, the elephant is a symbol for fortune and statues of elephants standing on coins are prevalent in many Asian countries. And of course, one of the most important deities in Hinduism who is also well-loved in Buddhism is Ganesh, who is an emanation of Avalokitesvara. 

 

Ganesh Mask, Ganesha, with Coral and Turquoise Inlay, Elephant Mask


        The Garuda is a bird who is known as the king of the birds. An enemy of snakes, the Garuda protects from snakebite, and other poisons. The Garuda appears in the form of a bird’s head with a human body. As a symbol, the Garuda destroys jealousy and hate. When the Garuda expands his wings they represent an infinite freedom of the mind. Untethered by hate or jealousy, the mind can expand and encompass all things, and we can learn and grow. 

        The Lion is proud and majestic and strong. The lion travels in a group and never alone. In Buddhism, the lion symbolizes the Bodhisattvas. The lion is also a protector of the dharma. Statues and artwork of ‘snow lions’ permeate Tibetan Buddhism, although there are no lions living in Tibetan or Nepal (though there are tigers living in Nepal. Snow lions in art are usually white or blue. Lions are usually shown in pairs and are used for protection in front of temples and monasteries. 


 Snow Lion Statue

        The peacock symbolizes wisdom in Buddhism. It is said that the peacock is able to eat poison and turn that poison into good for those who practice dharma. The peacock is likened to a bodhisattva because they can take the evil of the world and transform it into good. Because the bodhisattva only cares for followers of the dharma, and are themselves free of evil thoughts, they are able to transform ugliness into good. By eating the poison in the world the peacock can then transform that evil into something beautiful as shown in the beautiful colors of their wings. Peacocks are often shown in pairs as a fortune animal.


Lokta lantern 


        In Tibetan Buddhism, the horse is symbolic of the energy we put forth to study the dharma. The wind horse, also known as lungta, floats on the wind with vigorous energy, and he can choose his path, just like we can choose our path or direction when we practice Buddhism. The wind horse is one of the most important symbols in Tibetan Buddhism, and it originally was a symbol for the form of Tibetan Buddhism that is most closely related to Shamanism, and was practiced by the people (Mi-cho- religion of humans). In Tibetan people use the wind horse in their speech in daily life, and the phrase rlung rta dar ba which means an increase in the wind horse, and it is used to describe a situation when things are going well for someone, or they are having good luck. The wind horse is shown on many prayer flags throughout Tibet and Nepal.

Neon lungta (wind horse) prayer flags 

New Wood Thangka Paintings

We have a great selection of 'thangkas' painted on wood boards and we just posted some great new designs. These wood boards are hand-painted in Nepal by our master craftsmen. They have all the feel of a beautiful thangka, and on a wood board these are even more exquisite than a thangka.

Amitabha Wood Thangka, Buddhist Wood Painting

This wood board is 22 x 18 x 1.25 inches wide. It features the Buddha Amitabha (the Buddha of Infinite Light). Amitabha is the savior Buddha in the Pure Land sects of Buddhism, and he is also an important deity in China and Japan.


Guru Rinpoche Wood Thangka Painting

This wood board features Guru Rinpoche, and it is 22 x 18 x 1.25 inches. Guru Rinpoche is also called the Precious Master, and he is the father of Tibetan Buddhism.

Ashmatangala, Eight Auspicious Signs Wood Carving

This wood board was handmade in Nepal. The Ashmatangala in the center of the painting and the border around the painting is carved in a raised pattern. The Ashmatangala, or Eight Auspicious Signs, is the most well-known group of symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. This painting is 18 x 18 x 2.5 inches.




New Prayer Beads Bracelets with Charms- Choose your Charm to make a Beautiful Wrist Mala

We have a number of new wrist malas in stock with a charm on the end of the mala. You can choose between a tree of life charm, a brass tree of life charm, a two-sided tree of life charm, an om symbol charm, or a Buddha head charm.

This mala was handmade in Nepal from dragon eye bodhi seed beads on an elastic cord. Each bead is 12 mm wide and there are 14 beads. The charm shown with this wrist mala is the brass tree of life charm. This charm is 1 inch wide and long. The charm clips on and off.
$16.99

Bodhi Seed Wrist Mala

This wrist mala was handmade from turquoise howlite beads on an elastic cord. Each bead is 10 mm wide. The charm shown on this wrist mala is the two-sided silver tree of life charm.
$16.99

Turquoise wrist mala with charm

This wrist mala is made from magnetic hematite beads on an elastic cord. Each bead is 8 mm wide and there are 24 beads on this wrist mala. You can choose the charm for this wrist mala, the charm shown in this photo is the silver om symbol.
$16.99
Hematite Prayer Beads Bracelet

This wrist mala was handmade in Nepal. There are 16 beads and 1 guru bead on this wrist mala. The charm shown on this wrist mala is the Buddha head charm.
$16.99
Buddhist Wrist Mala

This wrist mala is made from synthetic jade beads, dyed yellow. This wrist mala was handmade in Nepal and the charm shown on this wrist mala is the silver tree of life charm.
$16.99
Buddhist Prayer Beads


New Loose Beads in our Tibetan Beads Section

We have over 20 new beads in our Tibetan beads section. Our new beads range from core beads that can make up the bulk of your mala or jewelry, and we also have decorative beads that make wonderful spacer beads, and guru beads for the end of your mala. Malas can be made in a variety of different ways. Some malas simply have the beads that make up the mala and the guru bead. Some malas are knotted between each bead. Other malas have a guru bead and three spacer beads around the mala between every 27 beads. Spacer beads help you track where you are in your meditation as you move around the mala (even with your eyes closed). For this reason it is best if the beads used for spacer beads are either larger or smaller than the beads that make up the rest of the mala. Guru beads are also traditionally larger than the other beads on the mala, and there are two parts to guru beads- the top of the guru bead which is a bead with three holes, and the bottom of the mala where the tassel is pulled through. Making a mala where the main beads are made from gemstones, wood, or seed beads like lotus seeds or bodhi seeds, and then using brass or silver beads for the spacer beads and guru beads, makes a very lovely and striking mala design.

This is a set of 10 beads. Each bead has the auspicious cloud design around the outside of the bead. These beads are great for many jewelry styles, and can also be used for a mala. These beads are made from silver alloy.
$12.99

Auspicious Cloud Design Silver Beads

Silver Spacer Beads

Silver Bead

There are 5 beads sold in this set. Each bead has the endless knot, also known as the eternity knot design on both sides of the bead. These beads are made from brass alloy. These beads made beautiful spacer beads for your mala.
$12.99

Eternity Knot Beads

Endless Knot Beads

This is a set of three guru beads. The beads are made from silver alloy. There are auspicious signs on both sides of each bead. These are beautiful guru beads that will really make your custom mala stand out.

Silver Guru Bead

Silver Guru

Silver Guru Bead


Altar Tables from MandalaTrading.com

We have a great new selection of altar tables in our Meditation supplies section and even more in our Austin Buddhist retail store, Mandala Tibetan Shop. Check out the altar tables available online below.

Buddhist Meditation Altar Table
This altar table is made from elm wood by hand in Nepal, and it was also painted by hand. This is the larger of our two sizes of meditation tables. The great thing about this altar table is that it folds all the way down for storage and transport. 
$429

Buddhist altar table with dharma wheel
This altar table was handmade and hand-painted in Nepal. There is a dharma wheel symbol, probably the most quintessential Buddhist symbol, on the top of this table, and there are two small animals on the front of the table. 
$429
Buddhist altar table for meditation
This table is the smaller size of our altar tables. It folds compactly, is light, and easy to carry for group meditation or yoga classes. This table was handmade in Nepal and there is a lotus flower, one of the Buddhist eight auspicious signs, on the top of the table. 
$349.99

For those who are starting out in meditation, having an altar table is an important tool to use as a focus of your meditation. Many people like to keep a variety of Buddhist meditation supplies on top of the altar table, including a Buddha statue, incense, offering bowls, etc. Here is an example of how you can set up your altar table.

Buddhist meditation altar table






New Wall Masks!

We have a couple of new masks for our Himalayan Masks section in stock. These masks are for hanging on the wall of your home, office, etc.

Elephant Wall Mask
$189
This elephant mask or Ganesh mask was handmade in Nepal. It is made from wood, with turquoise, coral, and lapis lazuli inlay around the outside of the mask. This mask is 13 x 7 x 4 inches. Ganesh is a significant deity in Hinduism, and he is popular in Buddhism as well. Ganesh is the son of Shiva and Parvati and it is said that Ganesh's head was replaced with an elephant head when he came between Shiva and Parvati in a fight and so Shiva swiped off his head and replaced it with that of an elephant. Ganesh is the Lord of Success. Elephants in general have a great history in Tibetan Buddhism, the elephant is strong and so it is a symbol of physical strength and also mental strength. The idea in Buddhism is that one can practice the dharma and calm the mind, in order to access the wisdom in each of us.

Himalayan tribal mask
$49.99
This mask is made from wood and it was handmade and hand-painted in Nepal. It is 10 x 6 x 3 inches. This is a great fortune mask, and it will bring fortune to your home or office.


Dream of Karmapa Flag and Om Mani Padme Hum Wood Board

$32.99

Dream of Karmapa Flag


The 16th Karmapa saw this flag in a dream and proclaimed that "Wherever this banner is flown, the Dharma will expand." The 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje lived from 1924-1981, and his proclamation did come true, because he is credited with bringing Buddhism to the West. In the Gelugpa tradition, the Dalai Lama is the leader. The Karmapa is revered in the Kagyu tradition. 

We also have some new wood carvings in stock in two different color combinations. Both styles have the om mani padme hum mantra across the front of the wood carving.


Buddhist Wood Carving with Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra

Both carvings were handmade and hand-painted in Nepal. $49