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Unicorn totem reads:

In addition, if you cast a spell using a spell slot that restores hit points to any creature inside or outside the aura, each creature of your choice in the aura also regains hit points equal to your druid level.

Healing Spirit reads

Until the spell ends, whenever you or a creature you can see moves into the spirits space for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, you can cause the spirit to restore ld6 hit points to that creature (no action required).

Does this mean that the unicorn totem heals everyone in the party, within its aura, each time a party member enters the healing spirit area or is it only when the first party member enters the healing spirit area?

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The Unicorn totem can't be triggered multiple times by the same spell.

The Unicorn Spirit is triggered when:

'[...] you cast a spell using a spell slot that restores hit points to any creature inside or outside the aura[...].

That's a three part trigger. To activate the bonus healing effect you need to:

  1. Cast a spell
  2. The spell you cast needs to use a spell slot.
  3. The spell needs to restore hit points to a creature.

Healing Spirit qualifies for these three triggers the first time it goes off - it's a levelled spell, that you've cast, that has healed someone.

However, the next time the same casting of Healing Spirit goes off it doesn't re-qualify. It's not a new spell you've cast and its not used another spell slot, so it's only hit one part of the necessary trigger.

Regardless of whether you find the above line of reasoning to be persuasive, the rules certainly offer no explicit statement that a single spell should be able to trigger the totem multiple times.

Further, many people already consider the Healing Spirit spell to be overpowered. Allowing it to proc the Unicorn totem multiple times via this, in my opinion tenuous, synergy in your game would only exacerbate that problem.

Alternatively, there's enough ambiguity here, that a DM could rule that Healing Spirit can't trigger the Unicorn totem at all

The totem is triggered when 'you cast a spell [...] that restores hit points'. Casting Healing Spirit doesn't restore hit points - not directly. The spell summons a spirit that the caster hopes will subsequently restore hit points.

So the casting of the spell does not restore hit points - though any subsequent restoration of hit points is a spell effect. Is that enough to trigger the Unicorn totem? I'd argue that its a bit quibbly to exclude it on these grounds - but it wouldn't be completely unreasonable.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The is a reading of Unicorn spirit that argues for it triggering on casting, but it doesn't affect the number of times it triggers. Healing Spirit is a "spell that restores hit points" even if no one actually receives any of the healing it provides. \$\endgroup\$
    – StarHawk
    Nov 7, 2021 at 13:55

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