As a kid, on the farm, I had many occasions to spy the handiwork of a weasel, long gone. They are stealthy creatures. We had a rather large chicken coop, which, unfortunately, was not all that rodent proof. One of the ways I knew a weasel had been in the coop, was by the mounds, yes I said mounds, of chicken bodies piled up. Chickens, as a measure of self-protection, climb upon each other to stay safe… the bottom chickens usually died of suffocation, not a weasel. But, for all of its hard work terrifying the chickens, it would take two or three at one time, unless there was a pair, then we would lose a couple more, but generally, they are solitary creatures. Another weasel, somehow, got caught in the outdoor pump, for our old well. [Read more…]
The Otter is a wonderful creature. It has long been associated with Women’s medicine. It is the symbol of grace and empathy. Otter medicine takes great pleasure in the success and happiness of others, and will work untiringly to help others achieve that. There is no selfishness in otter. They could never be mean, or self-centered, or self-driven. You will not find an otter who gossips, or who “flames” others, or who is unnecessarily critical in a vengeful way, for the purpose of otter is to support and enhance OTHERS, not themselves.
Otter is also a signal that you need to take more time for yourself to just play and be silly. Lighten up! You must feed otter’s playful side so that she can continue to help balance your great concern for the welfare of others. We lose sight, sometimes, of our own spirit’s need to be lighthearted and to laugh and be childlike. That is a very important element in walking in balance. [Read more…]
The Long Snows Moon whose guardian is Elk is the last moon on the Medicine Wheel and which places special significance on the importance of the Guardian Spirit. North on the wheel is the place of the four-leggeds, and for me, it is also the Place where the Crystal People dwell. The four-leggeds are the runners, the double receivers. I view them as one foot in each quarter of the wheel, as well as two legs in the Spirit World and two legs in the Human World, that is my interpretation of a double receiver.
The Elk has told me that he is one of the most sacred four-leggeds. He is regarded in some cultures as the Guardian of the Thunder Beings. The Thunder Beings are usually associated with the evening (darkness, the unknown), and although for some they can be very terrifying, they test our strength and endurance. They help us to realize how really very small and insignificant we are compared to the great powers of The Universe. Thunder Beings are the Lightening which strikes the horns of the Elk, he helps it to flow through and transform the energy. He is the greatest receiver of energy; the energy magician, changing and moving the appearance, feel and effect of energy. Elk is the Keeper of Thunder and Lightening. [Read more…]
If I asked you to call to mind a modern bear with an obsession for honey, would you name? For me, it would have to be Winnie the Pooh. I remember reading his adventures with “hunny pots”, and sticky paws coupled with guilty looks. If I asked you to call to mind a modern bear with an obsession for honey, who would you name? For me, it would have to be Winnie the Pooh. I remember reading his adventures with ” I think A.A. Milne incorporated this lovely little nod to history on purpose. Or perhaps it is simply because Christopher Robin though all bears like honey – hence Winnie would LOVE honey.
A Finnish creation myth I love to tell is of Mielikki, the Forest Goddess. In her stories, it is often mentioned she held the keys to a chest of honey. Honey has been a highly valued substance often denoting wealth. In this case, I think it has many meanings as she has a chest of honey. As a creator figure in Finish mythology, she would be in touch with the Divine. Honey and the Bee have been associated with the divine in our oldest esoteric teachings. [Read more…]
I grew up in a fairly secluded, heavily wooded area. One of the best ways to explore the wilderness was on horseback. I admit that I would NOT have seen either of these beautiful cats if my horse had not reacted first. My encounter with a Lynx was one of the most beautiful, tranquil encounters of my life. I was riding one warm winter day and out of the bushes, on top of a snowy bank, emerged the most majestic grey faced cat I had ever seen. It was perfectly still, allowing me a long time to gaze at it (much to my horses’ displeasure). It slowly made its way out of the bushes and crossed the game path I was riding on, silently disappearing into the bushes.
My encounter with the Bobcat is similar [Read more…]