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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Finding Your Purpose: A Spirit Message from Fox

Red fox power animalA couple weeks ago I had a magical moment in the woods. I’d been rambling about with my dog, and after a while felt the call to go off trail a bit to pray.

Right in the middle, I hear this rustling in the leaves behind me. I look up and see this critter just booking towards us. Someone’s dog? No—as it comes closer I see it’s a beautiful Red Fox. It barrels past just a yard or two behind me, then disappears into the woods on the other side, its white-tipped tail like a signal flag behind it.

Fox  has been calling himself to my attention quite a lot lately. So I thought I’d feel into it and see what he’s wanting to say.

Fox Power Animal Guidance

What’s coming forward right now is the shapeshifting aspect of Fox. Unlike frogs and butterflies, Foxes don’t actually shapeshift (except in folklore, such as the Japanese kitsune, a fox that can shapeshift into human form.) But, they do move silently and are really good at disappearing and reappearing into the forest, giving the impression of being able to disappear at will.

In other words, they have a slippery, elusive quality that gives the Fox totem the energetic quality of shapeshifting.

Also, foxes are one of those wild animals that do quite well in an urban environment. I’ve come across foxes right in the middle of several small to medium towns I’ve lived in. A friend from Dublin once wrote me about a fox living in their garden, and I’ve heard quite a number of stories of foxes living quite happily in other larger urban centers as well.

So the fox energy that’s coming forward right now has to do with that elusive quality, and also with their adaptability. It’s about the ability to slip in and out of established conventions.

Sometimes we find ourselves moving about in social circles or work environments that “require” us to step outside of who we are and follow the conventions. Fox medicine allows us to appear to do that while still actually following our own compass.

One of the interesting things about foxes is that they’re able to “see” the Earth’s magnetic field. Scientists think they can actually see it as a shadow on their retina, and it gives them the inborn capacity to be aware of where North is. They use that ability in tandem with their sense of hearing to locate and capture small animals that may be hiding under the snow or under fallen leaves. It’s rather like a specialized intuition that’s very connected with Earth.

So here’s the power animal message from Fox:

  1. First, Fox is asking us to really tune in to what is our “true North.”

Not what you think you should or ought to do, or what others are trying to tell you to do, but what are YOU being called to do? 

Doing so will require you to tune into your intuition. Pay close attention to all your senses. Each sense is its own channel for divine guidance; when we get similar intuitive input through different ones it can work like lining things up in the crosshairs – just like the fox “lines up” the rustling sounds in the leaves with its magnetic vision to zero in on its prey.

Use your senses to follow your pleasure. Every animal knows that pleasure is a good thing. It’s the pursuit of pleasure just as much or more than the avoidance of pain that helps them survive and thrive. We humans often have a warped view of pleasure. Yes, there are false pleasures, but let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.

What brings you joy? By joy I mean real fulfillment, not some false pleasure that is just a temporary fix for an empty spot in your life. Find what brings you joy, and allow yourself to pursue it! That’s what Joseph Campbell called “following your bliss,” and it is the road to Purpose.

2. Next, the encouragement is to connect with Earth, to ground ourselves.

There are many ways to do this, but the one that’s coming forward for me right now is to pay close attention to your body. Whatever frustrations or setbacks you might be experiencing, take a moment to tune in and ask: what is your body wanting to tell you?

Maybe you need more sleep, or more exercise, or a different kind of exercise, or to eat more or less of something. It’s amazing how many times when we get thrown off track it’s because we’re not aligned with our body’s needs. A little fix like an extra hour of sleep can work wonders.

3. Also, Fox is saying we don’t always have to disrupt our lives to follow our purpose. 

Sometimes we get the prompt from Spirit to make big leaps, to quit a job or to move out of state or start a business or something like that. That can be very legitimate, and for most of us there are times for that, but that’s not what this is about.

The message I’m getting from Fox is that you can follow that sense of true north, follow your purpose, in a way that doesn’t require you to make huge leaps,  disrupt your life, take on Herculean tasks, and/or call undue attention to yourself.

Bringing Purpose to Earth

With this Fox energy, it’s more like weaving your pursuit of joy through your existing life, keeping that true North in sight, but moving towards it in a way that’s almost inconspicuous and/or not overtly disruptive. So it’s the ability to follow your guidance, follow your bliss, follow your purpose within the life you already have. It’s a sort of flying under the radar.

For example, say you feel called to be a healer. You could go all out, quit your job and start a healing business, or go back to school and switch careers to something in the medical profession, the whole nine yards. And sometimes that’s the way to go.

But another path is to keep the life you have, and work your passion for healing into it. Maybe start a healing Meetup. Work on family and friends in your spare time. Take on a few clients on the side. Take some night classes. Quietly practice Reiki at work. That sort of thing.

It’s a “yes, and” approach. Yes, there are reasons for me to be where I’m at. And yes, I have dreams and desires for something more. I allow myself to experience and receive both!

That is not to say that big shifts will not happen at some point. In fact, if you’re truly following your purpose they most certainly will. You may eventually quit that job, make that move, start that business, or whatever it is. The point is that it can happen gently and naturally, growing organically from where you are at right now, without being forced or forcing you and those around you to cope with huge changes all at once, at least not at the moment.

In a sense, it has to do with a sort of truce, a “meeting half way” between the spiritual and the material planes of life, between our dreams and our daily reality. They really can come together in harmonious ways!

Looking for more insight on the Spiritual meaning of Fox?

Like all power animals, Fox has multiple spirit meanings. We are all connected, so even though this message is relevant to me personally, it will relate to the collective as well. If Fox has come into your life recently it may therefore feel spot on for you, too.

But, if you feel Fox may have a different message for you, or if you’d like additional insight into the spirit meaning of Fox, check out my YouTube video on Fox here:

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