When things get buggy: Louse as Power Animal

Ugh. Who would ever want Louse as a Power Animal? louse

Or Tick, or Mosquito, or Bedbug?

Probably no one. But I’m including them just the same. Because the fact is, annoying little things happen in life.

It’s hard not to get upset when they do. But if we let them get under our skin things can get pretty miserable not only for ourselves but for everyone around us.

If creepy crawlies come into your life, they may simply be trying to get you to pay attention to what else is bothering you. Are you letting little annoyances drive you off course?

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Blue Jay: Power Animal for the Entrepreneur in You

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Blue Jay

Of all power animals, Blue Jay jumps out at me as being the most in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit. If you have started a business, or are thinking of doing so, this bird can inspire you!

I’m going to write about the Blue Jay because that’s what we have in my neck of the woods (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula). If you live out west you may be more familiar with the Steller’s Jay, which is in the same genus, Cyanocitta. Both share many of the same characteristics and sport beautiful blue coloration. There are other types of jays, too. They are all members of the Corvidae family, which they share with crows, ravens and magpies.

Here are a few ways in which Jay energy resonates with entrepreneurship:

  • Communication. The Jay’s blue color is associated with the Throat chakra – your communication center. Not only that, but Jay has a penetrating voice and is not afraid to use it! Some people may think it is obnoxious, but Jay performs an important service by sounding the alarm against predators. When you start a business, think of Jay. Don’t feel shy about self-promotion. You’re doing the world a service by sharing your gifts! You can’t help anyone if they don’t know you exist. (By the way, Jay’s voice isn’t always raucous. He is a songbird, and makes a beautiful gurgling flutey call in addition to his famous jeer. He is also a master imitator, and will mimic hawks and many other birds. Just like smart businesspeople take ideas from many sources.)
  • Taking action. Jay doesn’t just sound the alarm. He follows up with swift, decisive action, often driving off predators many time his size. Whatever you do
    Steller's Jay
    Steller’s Jay

    in your business, you’ll find that things won’t happen just by talking about them. You’ve got to beat your wings to earn your rewards!

  • Shiny objects. Blue Jays love shiny things and will incorporate bits of foil and other treasures into their nests. It’s common for socially conscious entrepreneurs to feel guilty about enjoying the beautiful and pleasurable things in life. Blue Jay tells us it’s A-OK.
  • Being resourceful and prepared. Like all corvids, Blue Jay is an opportunist, and highly intelligent. Jays eat a wide variety of plant and animal foods (although they have a special fondness for acorns.) Blue Jays have a special pouch in their throat that allows them to carry more food than their beaks can hold. They will also store food in caches to enable them to survive periods of scarcity. If you run your own business, you would do well to emulate Jay and stash away an emergency fund to get you through the rough patches. 😉
  • Networking and partnerships. Blue jays are highly social. They often mate for life and both parents cooperate to raise the young. Jays will often congregate in large flocks, and they communicate with each other through a wide range of gestures and vocalizations – rather like a bunch of businesspeople at a conference!

A to Z April Challenge Finally, Blue Jay has a connection with higher thought and clarity of vision. And here’s something awesome to consider: its habit of burying extra food is thought to have helped replant our oak forests after the glaciers receded from the last Ice Age. A fitting symbol for the regenerative role the entrepreneur who is truly aligned with her higher purpose plays in society, don’t you think?

 

photo credit: Looking for peanuts via photopin (license)

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Kingsnake: Master of self-defense

Young Prairie King Snake.

One day when we were still living in our old farmhouse in central Illinois I saw a snake in the tall grass in back of the house.

It was large – very large. Must have been at least 4 feet long. The sinuous body was covered with shiny scales arranged in a stunning pattern of brown on tan. I couldn’t see the head but when I took a step closer the end of the tail came in sight. I froze as the tail shook and vibrated, making a rattling sound in the grass. How strange – it wasn’t much of a rattle. I wondered if something had bitten off the end of the tail.

And yes, I was freaked out.

Later I caught sight of it a couple more times and got a good look at the head. Hmm. Not your typical triangular rattler head. But it DID so resemble a rattlesnake…

Intrigued, I looked up Illinois snakes. It soon became clear that we had nothing to fear. This was a Prairie Kingsnake.

There are quite a few species of king snake, and all are beautiful. Many come in vibrant colors and

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This Kingsnake closely resembles the deadly Coral Snake. Just remember: red touching black is a friend of Jack (Kingsnake); red touching yellow will kill a fellow (Coral Snake).

striking patterns. They are non-venemous, and are often kept as pets because they are docile and easy to keep.

However, the Kingsnake is no wuss. In fact, it is one of the few creatures that will routinely eat rattlesnakes. It has immunity to the venom so can swallow them fearlessly.

As a Power Animal, I can’t think of a better symbol for protection and self-defense than the Kingsnake. Like a master martial artist, it seems to have prepared itself for nearly any type of assault, judging by this list of the Kingsnake’s defensive devices (courtesy of desertusa.com):

  • Angry hiss to bluff attacker.
  • Vibrate its tail amidst dry leaves to mimic a rattlesnakes rattle.
  • Roll into ball and play dead.
  • Strike and bite (non-venomous).
  • Discharge a evil-smelling musk to discourage attacker.

And my favorite:

  • Smear fecal matter on enemy.

This guy clearly means business!

Kingsnake teaches us that when we have several defense strategies to fall back on, and are willing to take a no-nonsense attitude, we will usually pass through life unmolested.

Also, there is great symbolism in the way it eats its rattlesnake prey. The Kingsnake is a constrictor, literally hugging its prey to death. So when toxic energy comes your way, remember the Kingsnake and the power of love to negate it.

painting with snakes
This is a piece I started a while back and put aside. Probably time to dig it out and finish it, eh? The snakes featured are all venomous snakes. The Kingsnake would consider them lunch.

 

 

Prairie Kingsnake photo credit: Tsst! via photopin (license)

Scarlet Kingsnake photo credit: Kingsnake via photopin (license)

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Seeking your Spirit Animal? Use the 3 “I’s!”

Many people are curious about finding their spirit animal totem or guide. But for many of us, it’s hard to know where to start. After all, it’s not something most of us are taught to do in school.

Like I’ve said in other posts, one could write an entire book on this topic. But today I thought I’d briefly introduce you to three important instruments (all, coincidentally, starting with the letter “I”) you can use to intuit your animal guide.

And good news: they won’t cost you a thing! Here they are:

1. Intention

Just setting the intention in your mind that you will open the doors to allowing your power animal to make its way to you is a powerful first step to finding your animal guide. (Notice how I phrase this – don’t think of finding your spirit animal as a hunt. Rather, it’s an invitation – another wonderful word that begins with “I”!)

2. Intuition

Think too hard, and it will elude you. Or, you’ll come up with an animal that your mind (ego) thinks is appropriate. If all you care about is a tattoo that will impress your friends, go right ahead. Otherwise, let go of thoughts and trust your intuition instead.

How do you know it’s intuition? It’s what comes to you when your conscious mind is off guard. When you’re daydreaming or thinking of nothing in particular. When you’re focused on something else. When it comes to you in dreams. Or those sudden flashes of insight, inspiration, or impulses from out of the blue. (Wow, those “I” words just won’t quit, will they?)

3. Imagination

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? If you did, what did the adults in your life say about it? Chances are, they told you that it was all in your imagination. That is wasn’t REAL. And maybe even to shut up and stop telling LIES.

Well, if that is what you experienced, then it’s time to pull out one more fantastic “I” word: IGNORE. Sure, your childhood imaginary friend, as well as totem spirits and all sorts of spiritual phenomena aren’t on the same plane of reality as your iPhone, but that doesn’t make them any less REAL. Your Imagination is your ticket to ride when it comes to finding your spirit animals, and to exploring your Inner life in general. (As long as it’s driven by your Intuition, not your ego.)

Used together, the three “I’s” are a powerful trio that can help you discover your personal totem animal, as well as many other spirit guides. Value them, and cultivate them!

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What is the Spirit Meaning of Horse?

Horse spirit animalThe Horse is a bit of a contradiction. Besides the Dog, no other animal has been more used (or abused) by humans. Yet Horse has always symbolized the free spirit and the wild frontier.

Truthfully, Horse is both loyal and free-spirited.  If this power animal has entered your life it may point to a need to balance your own needs and desires with your need and desire to be of service to others. (If you ride horses, you will appreciate how important the concept of balance is where these animals are concerned!)

horse power animal Horse can help you do this if you’re up for the ride. Few other animals can match Horse’s combination of speed, strength and stamina. Horse is a wonderful power animal for forward momentum. Depending on the road you have before you, it can carry you swiftly over the obstacles in your path, or patiently over the long haul. If you move or must deal with change, Horse can help you adapt to and move easily through whatever environment or circumstances you pass through.

Horses are also extremely sensitive and pick up easily on the
feelings and emotions of the people around them.
In fact, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a new kind of therapy in which horses help people overcome addictions, depression, trauma, and other mental health challenges. It is not uncommon for those with this animal totem to have empathic abilities.

horse totem animal The shadow side of Horse has a lot to do with two things: fear and impulsivity. Horses are prey animals and their main line of protection is to run. Unfortunately, when they get frightened they will sometimes run amok. If you have strong Horse energy you may struggle with a tendency to act impulsively. It may be hard for you to stay the course, or you may find yourself shying away from your true path when challenges come your way.

But of course you will always be challenged if you are on a path that matters. So Horse people are well advised to work on grounding and on training their minds to stay in control. Basically, you want to be a compassionate rider who can partner with your inner horse to keep him calm and happy enough to take you where you want to go with speed and power.

Beauty is, of course, subjective, but with their long flowing tails, tossing manes and elegance of motion, many people find themselves captivated by the beauty of the Horse. There is something highly spiritual about these animals, and about the experience of riding them, that can’t be explained in ordinary words. Perhaps this Arabian proverb says it best:

“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”

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