Is Your Spirit Vehicle a Car, Truck, or Motorcycle?

By: Zoe Samuel

Is Your Spirit Vehicle a Car, Truck, or Motorcycle?
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About This Quiz

Ancient, shamanic societies believed in connections between the physical world and the spirit world, in which shadowy reflections of our world exist. In the spirit world, intelligences related to things in our world work their will, and a talented occultist could contact and commune with these spirits. Primitive societies had sorcerers who sought out communion with animal spirits, weather spirits, and even spirits of mountains and rivers. These ancient archetypes continue to resonate for some people who continue to use them at times when they need strength, wits or courage.

Today, our surroundings include a lot more than bears, wolves, clouds and plains. The modern world is filled with totally new things, innovations that would be unrecognizable to our ancestors. These objects, despite being created by man and not being alive, are suffused with personalities of their own, and a history that informs their purposes and designs. Do you think it is possible that, as with boulders and bolts of lightning, these modern objects could be counterparts in our world to spirits in the umbra? And were those spirits there before, inspiring our creations, or is it the other way around? Either way, we can determine which of these spirits is your patron. Take this quiz and find out if your spirit vehicle is a car, truck, or motorcycle!

What does the open road mean to you?
Freedom
Money
Time
Nothing

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Who would you turn to when faced with a task you can't do?
I'd find a book on it.
My friends
My family
My mentor

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Which of these smells excites you the most?
Burned rubber
Diesel
Leather
Brine

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For what do you save your strength?
Tasks where I won't have help
The big jobs
The jobs yet to come
The unexpected

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What do you need for a long journey?
A backpack
Plenty of food money
A good pair of shoes
A compass

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How important is it that you are at the center of attention?
It's number one! I'm number one!
Eh
It'd be nice.
I don't care.

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When do you feel as though you are tapping into something bigger than yourself?
When I'm alone with nature
When I'm in the middle of a long task
When I'm around friends and family
When all I hear is silence

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How "cool" are you?
Ice cold
A little cool
Uncool
Cool to some people ...

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What do you and your best friend have in common?
We were both outcasts.
We're both into the same sport.
We've just spent a lot of time together.
We're both part of a unique class of people.

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How do you tend to bond best with new people?
We commiserate.
We fill each others' needs.
We find good things we share.
We trade stories.

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How would you describe the ideal pace of life?
Short bursts of activity
Long slogs of activity and long periods of rest
Slow and routine
Unpredictable

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With whom do you like to spend time, to relax?
No one
My coworkers
My family
My closest friends

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When you work hard, what is your psychological framework?
Get it over with ...
Put your back into it!
Slow and steady wins the race.
It's over when it's over.

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How well do you switch from doing small tasks to seeing the big picture?
I don't do big picture.
I'm not a detail person.
Reasonably well
Very well

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How broad is your work skill set?
It's as narrow as a back alley in an Italian mountain village.
It's not very broad.
It's about average I guess.
It's very broad but has its limits.

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Are you a good team player?
Not at all
In most cases
All the time!
I wouldn't know.

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How much do you need in terms of resources to get your job done?
Very little
A lot
About the average
Nearly nothing

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When you get stuck, how do you get yourself going again?
I give myself a kick start.
I rock myself back and forth until I get into the groove.
I find a new motivator.
I wait for the wind to pick up.

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To which survival situation do you think you'd be best suited?
A really cold winter day in the city
Being stranded in the middle of nowhere, during a storm
Crossing a desert
Falling through a frozen lake

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Which of these is your athletic strong suit?
Games of wits and daring, like fencing
Games of strength, like football
Games of endurance, like marathon running
Games of strategy and stamina, like triathlons

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Which of these outdoor skills do you think you could most easily handle?
Signaling
Splitting logs
Hiking
Finding food

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Which of these sounds brings you peace?
A roaring fire
Far off thunder
A smart snap
A flowing stream

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How would you prepare for a major task?
A quick meal and I'm ready to go.
Load up on calories and stretch
Test my limits a little and warm up
I can jump in without preparation.

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What one thing do you depend on the most in your job?
Peace and quiet
Having the right tools for the job
Low risk
Knowledge

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How would a stranger describe your voice?
Big for my size
Low and rumbly
High
Soft

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Which of these best resembles your party trick?
Playing the guitar
Tearing a phone book in half
Making jokes
Being the most striking person at the party

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How comfortable are you with chaos?
I don't like it one bit.
I can handle it.
I'm not happy about it.
I thrive on it.

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What does the prospect of a long journey make you feel?
Impatient
Resigned
Anxious
Excited

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If you had your druthers, what would you do on the weekends?
Leave civilization for a while
Work out
Go someplace with friends
Test my limits

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What is the longest you think you can go sitting still?
A few minutes
Many hours
A few hours
Days

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