Water Buffalo: Strength, Service, Protection This is a totem of simplicity and blessings from the land. Water Buffalo gives you the ability to carry great burdens, but be careful that you are not taking on too much that you stop dead in your tracks. Water Buffalo has a deep connection to the Earth Mother. Water Buffalo brings us strength, and reminds us to simplify our life, and see the blessings and bounty all around. He is a great protector, especially of his family.