What is the Spirit Animal Meaning of Water Strider?

water strider spirit animal We’ve all heard the story of Jesus walking on water; it’s one of his well-known miracles. But in the animal world, there is an animal that walks around on water as a matter of course, and you are probably very familiar with it. Let’s explore Water Strider spirit animal meaning.

Meet Water Strider

You can find water striders across most of the world. You’ll usually find them in quiet, protected water, but they can handle some turbulence. There are even species that live in the open ocean. Because they skate around on the surface tension of water, they are often called Jesus bugs.

Jesus bug spirit animalSo what is the physics behind the water strider’s ability to walk on water? It’s not because they are so small and light; other small insects who fall into water get trapped in it. The water strider’s secret is in its legs.

A water strider’s legs have hairs that trap air bubbles. This creates a sort of super water resistance that allows the insect to not only float on its feet, but to skim about at high speed on the water’s surface. In fact, the effect is so strong that a water strider could carry 15 times its body weight without sinking. And water striders are lightening fast. Because there is so little friction between their feet and the water’s surface, they can move at 100 times their body length per second. That would be like a human going 400 miles per hour.

What is the spiritual meaning of Water Strider?

One of the things I get from Water Strider is the importance of being “in your element,” finding your place in the world, choosing to live in an environment that supports you. This can refer to your physical location, your home environment, your career, or even the people you choose to hang out with.

When we are in our element, we can do things others can’t do. We can even do things others believe are impossible. The Water Strider animal guide points out that you may be able to do things that go beyond what people think or even what you think is possible. When you’re in an environment that’s supportive of who you are—the real you, not the “you” others want you to be or the “you” that you think you “have to” be—you can really, really shine. (This also has a lot to do with Faith, which is a major Water Strider power animal meaning – more on that in a bit.)

Another Jesus Bug meaning is that you don’t have to be big in order to create miracles. You can work miracles of magic in daily life or on a small scale. We don’t have to be featured in Oprah to create a lot of magic around us. We don’t have to come out with a best seller. We don’t have to save the world all by ourselves, or embark on some exotic undertaking. Water Strider teaches us that just by being our little old selves, we can create a lot of magic wherever we feel at home.

Faith…

Let’s take an even closer look at Water Strider. It is an insect, so it has 6 water strider meaninglegs. But if you have ever seen water striders floating about on the surface of a pond or stream, what you usually see first is their shadows. And typically these look like little clusters of four dots, which are the dimples the insects’ legs make on the surface of the water. If you look at one a little closer you may identify 4 legs easily. That’s because the two front legs are smaller, and those are the ones they use to capture and handle prey.

(And by the way, water striders LOVE to eat mosquito larvae, which in my book is reason enough to love them. And if you really want to delve deeply into water strider totem animal meaning, explore Mosquito symbolism as well.)

So it’s just the four back legs that support the Jesus Bug when it walks on water. And the number 4 is very significant.

Spiritually, the number 4 stands for completeness. It is a very square, solid, stable number. There is a lot of fundamental power connected with the number 4: the four seasons, the four directions, the 4 phases of the moon, the cycle of the day (sunrise/noon/sunset/midnight), the four arms of the cross, etc. These are all stable, predictable things. The four-sided square is an earth symbol, and this number is connected with practicality, groundedness, stability, and security. It’s also associated with the archangels.

Water Strider tells us to have faith that we are supported, even when it looks like we are not. Even if we are experiencing turbulence in our lives.

water strider power animal The thing that creates the surface tension on the water is the attraction between water molecules. It’s basically positive attraction, it’s energy, it’s an intangible force very akin to love energy, or perhaps a physical form of it. It’s this Love energy in the universe that supports you. Christ consciousness, angelic presence, all of that—Water Strider’s spirit animal message is that yes, this is real, it’s here for you, the universe will provide what you need, when you need it. And when you trust that it will, and start moving around in that state of Faith, you really will start to see miraculous things happening in your life.

Just as an aside, we are here for a purpose. Generally the universe thinks fulfilling your purpose is far more important than your comfort. So when I say you’ll be given what you need when you need it, it’s a reminder to embrace everything that comes to you. Everything. The good, the bad, the ugly – it’s all here to support us. Understanding that at the core of every challenge that comes our way is a gem of wisdom for us to mine can help us to float over churning waters with grace.

…but wait, there’s more when it comes to Faith

Finally, let’s look at another interesting fact about water striders, and this has to do with the survival of the species: as a species, they are extraordinarily adaptable.

Specifically, water striders display an unusual intergenerational ability to adapt to their environment. The young may be born with wings or without, depending on how friendly the environment is that year. If the pond is in danger of drying up, they’ll be born with wings. In wet years, they are born without. It’s thought that this lets them conserve energy for what’s needed. So when Water Strider shows up, one of the things it could be asking you to do is to look for—and let go of—“dead weight” things in your life. And to be discerning, because these could be things that might be genuinely useful in other circumstances, or in the past or even potentially in the future, but could be compromising your ability to excel right now.

Again, it comes down to faith: trust that the Universe will provide what you need, when you need it, and there is no need to hang on to things unnecessarily for a rainy day.

Shadow meaning of Water Strider

Every power animal has a shadow side. These are traits the animal has that can point out things that might be happening in our lives that may not feel very positive. The thing to remember is that all of an animal’s traits have evolved to help it survive. A lot of times when challenges present themselves, they result from energetic or behavioral patterns we have developed as a response to challenging or threatening situations, whether in this lifetime or past lifetimes (or sometimes we take on these energies from others around us.)

The shadow side of Water Strider has a lot to do with sexual politics. There’s a very interesting and actually antagonistic relationship between the sexes in water striders, and it’s really all about coercion. The males tend to simply jump the females without any real courtship. In response, females have developed a genital shield they can put up or down at will to protect themselves.

So the spiritual lesson here is about shielding oneself, and especially protecting the more intuitive, vulnerable aspects of the feminine side of oneself. It’s a reminder to really protect that. So, setting boundaries, drawing the line, standing up for your right to dream, your right to have some time to do your creative work, your right to your body, all these things are part of Water Strider meaning.

But the saga continues. As mentioned, the female water strider has this little built-in chastity belt she can put up to prevent unwanted mating. But the males have figured out a way to get around it.

What they do is they hop on board and when they can’t access her, they start to tap the surface of the water. They do this to attract underwater predators, because with the female on the bottom, she is a lot more vulnerable to attack and has a lot more to lose. So a little bit of this blackmail activity is usually enough to get her to put out.

Is this politically correct? Absolutely not.

That’s Nature. It’s not always pretty, and it’s certainly not always politically correct from a human point of view. These behaviors came about in the interests of the survival of the species, and somehow that’s how it worked out with water striders. But this sort of thing is exactly what makes spirit animals such powerful allies and guides. They work to bring our awareness to some of the nasty things that can happen in the world (as well as many of the beautiful things). And awareness is power – it’s only once we are aware of what’s going on that we can take steps to put an end to it. And a lot of times the power animals can teach us ways to do that.

So some of the things Water Strider can indicate are the importance of spiritual protection and to be on the lookout for blackmail or manipulation. Pay special attention also to what your body is telling you, especially when it comes to sexual or romantic relationships. Even if you are married or have kids with the person, if you find your body tenses or recoils when your intimate partner touches you, that is a sign something is not OK. If you feel trapped in a relationship or feel like you “have to” stay when you—or a part of you—really doesn’t want to, you have the RIGHT to get out of that situation, whether it be by setting boundaries, getting counseling, or outright leaving the relationship. Don’t let anyone shame you or guilt trip you into thinking otherwise.

Summing up the spirit animal meaning of Water Strider

Positive meaning: Faith, miracles, security, support, spiritual protection, adaptability, discernment, preparedness, efficiency, letting go of what is not needed, being in one’s element

Shadow side: Challenges with harmonizing masculine/feminine; gullible and/or prone to depression or limiting beliefs; blackmail, manipulation, coercion

Elements: water, air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Got ascension symptoms? This solstice message is for you.

There is a LOT of energy flying about these days as Planet Earth undergoes a process of ascension. Many of us are ascending with her and this can flush up a TON of stuff.
A LOT of people I know and work with have been experiencing “ascension symptoms” ranging from physical disturbances (acute illness, headaches, accidents, etc.) to rage and emotional breakdowns to mental unrest. So if you’ve been experiencing an unusual amount of upheaval know that you’re not alone.
Did a quick reading for the occasion and got a nice piece of guidance from Vulture, an animal associated with purification, to help deal with these symptoms.
So, if you’ve been experiencing more than your share of challenges lately, join me for this quick, 7-minute video reading. Quite frankly we may see some dark days ahead but this is TOTALLY an empowering message of hope and unity (with a cameo appearance by a delightful being of light.) 🙂

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Tick bite? Maybe it’s time to set some limits. (Tick spirit animal meaning)

Boundaries.
Kind of like putting on tick repellent. Slather on, watch the bloodsuckers drop away.
(Got my first tick bite of the year yesterday, can you tell?) 🙂

Tick Power Animal Guidance

Much as no one likes the critters, ticks do have this important spiritual lesson to teach: Some people, some energies, just call for boundaries. Strong ones. 

And, they call for awareness. Constant awareness. Even more than the overtly dangerous ones.

Because they don’t look threatening, on the surface. They can look anything but. Bloodsuckers may appear on the scene looking little and helpless, attractive and friendly, like capable leaders, or just plain unremarkable.

But they have this nasty habit of creeping quietly up your shirt or into your hair without you even realizing it – until suddenly you realize how deeply they’ve drilled their energy-draining selves in under your skin…

…or your bank account, or even your pants. (Or your psyche, or your soul.)

Some people don’t like to hear about things like this, or think about them.

I don’t either. And I sure don’t advocate dwelling on them. That will only draw them to you.

But, it’s a REALLY good idea to acknowledge they are there. And to be proactive about keeping them out.

So here’s the takeaway from Tick totem today: Take your boundary setting and spiritual protection seriously, folks. (Not as a reason to worry, but so you won’t have to.) 🙂
Blessings,
Christie
P.S. Sometimes the boundaries you have to set are within yourself. 
Those inner bloodsuckers can be the hardest to identify, bring to light, and smash to smithereens.  And be warned: Once you do attain that kind of clarity, it can require making some hard choices should you decide to take action on it.
But once you do, oh, boy, that’s when life starts to rock!
(I had no idea yesterday’s tick had embedded itself into my shoulder until someone else pointed it out. If you’ve been feeling drained in any way lately, like you can’t seem to get traction in your business or your life purpose, maybe it’s time for a spiritual “tick check.” Request a spiritual clarity  session here.)

Spirit Animal Meaning of Owl

Gray Owl and moonFunny how some animals (like Dolphin) are almost universally loved, while others elicit a whole range of emotions, from reverence to revulsion. Of any bird spirit animal, Owl is perhaps the one that is most feared, while at the same time respected and sometimes even beloved.

Owl played a big role in last week’s New Moon reading for this lunar month. For me, it was the third or fourth time she popped up within a couple weeks. When a power animal shows up three or more times in a row, it’s time to pay attention. So I thought I’d take a deeper dive into Owl spirit animal medicine this week.

Here is the Cliff’s Notes version; if Owl calls to you and you’d like to hear more, check out my brand new Owl video on YouTube.

Owl Spirit Animal Meanings and Associations:

  •  Secrets
  •  The shadow world (deep unconscious)
  •  Deep intuition
  •  Speaking the truth
  •  Wisdom, and especially Crone wisdom
  •  Silent or behind the scenes efficiency
  •  Magic
  •  Letting go of what doesn’t serve you

The Shadow Side of Owl:

  •  Illusion
  •  Illogic
  •  Insanity
  •  Depression
  •  Stealth
  •  Addictions
  •  Death (This can actually be positive – e.g. dying to one way of life in order to enter a new one)

To explore Owl power animal meaning more deeply, watch my video:

Owl is asking me to share a couple things in particular right now:

Old Woman Wisdom: Speaking the Truth

The first has to do with speaking one’s truth. Owl represents intuitive awareness, and the ability to not only see different perspectives, but the compulsion to reveal the Truth about them. This is old woman wisdom (and in fact the Celts associated the Owl with the Crone phase of the Goddess.) Old women are not afraid to speak the truth, even when it is uncomfortable.

Here is where the shadow side of Owl comes in: When truth is suppressed—when the choice is made to ignore or turn away from intuitive guidance, to kill the voice—illness, misfortune, and madness reign supreme.

We see the effects of this in our culture: chronic illness, high suicide rates, environmental degradation, threat of nuclear holocaust, etc. It shows up in individuals, too (especially for people who are called to the shamanic path; part of the shaman’s journey typically entails falling ill and/or going mad until they learn how to align their mind, spirit, and body with divine truth, at which time the shaman is healed and is able to use their healing powers to help others.)

Take What Serves You, Get Rid of The Rest

The second Owl power animal insight at this time  is related to Owl’s digestive habits. An Owl’s digestive system is able to separate out the digestible bits of their prey from the inedible parts – bones, fur, teeth, and claws – and compress the latter into hard pellets which the owl then coughs up and spits out. Owl teaches us to take what’s nourishing from a situation and leave  the rest rather than internalizing what’s not supporting you. (Or more likely expel it; as silent as Owls can be, they are not a passive bird.)

Put together, Owl’s encouragement at this time is to spend some time really feeling into what is true for you—including separating out what you find valuable from that which is not—and giving voice to it.

This, of course, takes courage. Whether it leads you to a path of activism, or getting rid of habits or people who aren’t supporting your highest good, or honoring the truth of what really is fulfilling to you vs. what others (or your own ego) advocates, or simply drawing a line and speaking up for what you know is true, you can expect resistance. In fact, it can shake up your life pretty bad. But ultimately if you are experiencing any kind of discomfort in your current life, acknowledging the truth and acting on it is a necessary step to regaining balance.

And if fear of the consequences has been holding you back from speaking or acting on your truth (don’t be ashamed if it has), know that the consequences may not actually be as bad as you may anticipate. We are entering a time in history where old woman wisdom is just starting to be appreciated again. There is a lot of spiritual support for this on the planet right now. And this support is growing on a lot of levels.

As each individual steps into their truth, it makes it that much easier for the next to do so. We all rise up together.

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Rabbit Totem: Spirit Meaning of Rabbit

Rabbit Power Animal Despite its small size and apparent weakness, Rabbit can be an incredibly powerful spirit animal with an abundance of meanings. And, in fact, Abundance is one of them!

Rabbit: Power Animal of Fertility, Abundance, and Creativity

Rabbits, rabbits everywhere – that’s what it seems like in spring, anyway, when litters of young bunnies grow large enough to hop out of their nests and go bouncing like popcorn out of the hedges. Rabbits are legendary for their reproductive abilities. A Miami University staff member once estimated that at average rates of reproduction and without disease or predation, a single mother rabbit and her female babies could theoretically produce over 187 billion offspring in just seven years. This, of course, makes Rabbit an awesome ally when we are working towards improving Abundance in our lives. Bunnies also represent creative abundance and have much to offer as a power animal for creativity.

Rabbits have good reason to multiply, since in the real world nearly everything eats them. In Richard Adams’ epic tale about rabbits, Watership Down, the rabbits’ mythical hero El-Ahrairah was called “The Prince with a Thousand Enemies” for this very reason. This brings us to three more of Rabbit’s spiritual associations: Sensitivity, Fear, and the Trickster.

The Sensitive Rabbit

Because Rabbits must always be on the lookout for danger, they are highly sensitive. Their big ears are always swiveling around, picking up the slightest sounds. Their eyes, too, are large, and placed on the sides of their heads so they can see virtually all the way around without even turning their heads. And their little noses? Continually twitching to catch scents on the wind. Rabbits tolerate cold well, but are highly sensitive to heat, noise and commotion.

Rabbit people, too, tend to be highly sensitive. If you have Rabbit spirit animal energy, you may be especially perceptive, intuitive, and/or empathic. You may also be highly artistic or musical. If this is so, you will be most productive and creative in peaceful, quiet surroundings – or at least you should have access to a quiet place to retreat to when you do your work, just as the mother Rabbit digs herself a burrow to bear her young.

Sometimes being a sensitive person can get a bit overwhelming, leading to anxiety. It can also sometimes show up as physical or environmental sensitivity, or even allergies. If this happens to you, consider that your sensitive nature is actually a blessing. Like Rabbit, you have built-in warning systems that let you know when you’ve entered a situation that may not be in your best interests. When Rabbit feels endangered, she takes refuge in her burrow. Sensitive people often find solace in Mother Earth. Spending time in nature or doing activities like gardening or working with clay may bring you a sense of peace and help you feel more grounded.

Overcoming Fear: Rabbit as Trickster and Warrior

The shadow side of Rabbit energy is to be always living in fear, using avoidance as a protective mechanism by running scared or hiding oneself away. Yes, there are times when fear is justified, and running away from the situation or laying low can save our skins. But if you notice that this type of behavior has become a pattern in your life that is keeping you from your goals or from growing in a positive direction, it’s time to turn that energy around. One way is to call upon Rabbit’s Trickster side.

Wild rabbits, when chased, will run in a confusing, zig-zag pattern. They are also very good at losing their pursuers in the “briar patch.” No wonder so many stories from many parts of the world (including the Brer Rabbit stories of the American South, and even Bugs Bunny), feature Rabbit as Trickster. In these stories, Rabbit uses his wit rather than brute strength to win out against much more powerful antagonists. Note, though, that Rabbit’s wit usually has more to do with psychology than with mental calculations. So Rabbit people do well to use their intuitive understanding of people in their defensive strategies. (In other words, fight smart, not hard.) With Rabbits, strength is in numbers, and territory is important, so use your alliances and your knowledge of the territory to your advantage.

Note, too, that Rabbits can also be fierce fighters. They will kick out with their powerful hind feet, and may bite when cornered. So don’t underestimate a Rabbit person – they will tolerate a lot of crap, but once they’re pushed to their limit, watch out! Rabbit people can call upon this little known Warrior aspect of Rabbit if need be.

Also, see if one of Rabbit’s predators calls to you. Rabbit’s biggest predators include all the Canids (dogs, coyotes, foxes, wolves), the Cat family (including bobcats, lynxes and cougars – even domestic cats will prey on young rabbits), and larger birds of prey such as owls, hawks and eagles. Snakes, too, will often go for young rabbits. If you find yourself especially attracted to or scared by any of these animals, they may have good medicine for you to help you overcome your fears.

Intuitive Rabbit

Another very important thing to realize about Rabbits is just how strong their survival instincts are. My daughter once had a pet rabbit named Cuddles. Rather than keep her in a cage, we let Cuddles have the run of our enclosed front porch. One day, the mailman left the door ajar and Cuddles got out. She was on her own for months before we were able to catch her. I was amazed at her ability to fend for herself even through the harsh Wisconsin winter. Rabbit teaches us to trust our instincts and our intuition to guide us. This is another area where sensitive Rabbit people shine – they tend to be very intuitive and often connect readily with the spirit world.

The Practical Side of Rabbit Spirit

Finally, Rabbits have a very specialized digestive system. They eat primarily grasses and other high-fiber foods, including bark in the winter. This material actually gets sorted within the Rabbit’s digestive system.

The food that is more easily digested gets processed and turned into waste in the customary way. (If you have a garden you are probably familiar with Rabbit’s little, round hard droppings, which incidentally are one of the few manures that you can safely turn into the garden soil without composting first.) However, the more fibrous, hard-to-digest material makes a side trip into an organ called the cecum, which corresponds to our appendix but is much larger and better developed. Here, a multitude of friendly digestive organisms goes to work on it, and the material gets passed as a special soft type of dropping that the rabbit then eats and digests in the normal way.

Oh, and by the way, unlike some other grazing animals, Rabbits don’t need to eat continuously. They are active in the morning and evening so eat basically two meals a day, and spend the rest of the day relaxing and digesting.

So, Rabbit is thus a wonderful spirit animal for prioritizing and efficiency. And, if Rabbit is your totem, don’t feel you have to be on the go 100% of the time. You may do better by doing your work in highly productive spurts (and you may find you work best in the mornings and evenings), and spending the rest of your time digesting the experience and enjoying life!

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