Contributed by Anne Barton
The symbolism of Elephant feels especially relevant now as female energy and the power of women emerges in a new and significant way in our country…
ELEPHANT/Family Love, Age Brings Wisdom, Altruism
Key Concepts when Elephant is Present:
- Age brings wisdom
- Put your attention on the unconditional love that only your family gives, unreservedly
- In times of trouble, have you turned away from your family, even your Mother?
- Elephant counsels that the time has come to access your family’s love
- Learn from the wisdom accrued over a lifetime
- You gain from the love and wisdom that is passed from one generation to the next
This excerpt from Susie Green’s book Animal Wisdom provides a visual example of the power and strength of the female elephant and what we can learn from this gentle giant.
Elephant is the embodiment of sentience, heartfelt emotion, altruism and maternal love, which may endure for fifty years. Her calves find shelter from the blazing Sun when she pushes them beneath her great stomach and with her strong trunk lifts them to safety from raging flood waters, even at the risk of being swept away herself. When drought strikes, to keep her calf cool she sprays it with water regurgitated from her own stomach. With her trunk, so little different from a human hand, she holds on to her tiny calf’s tail and when older, her calf will clasp hers as they amble together from place to place.
A matriarch, whose experience and wisdom is respected, leads Elephant’s close-knit family group, sometimes for many decades. It is she who decides when it is time to cease foraging, to rest for the night, to visit the dark caves where mineral-rich salts lie and she who in times of danger gives the command for group defense, retreat, or open attack. Should she be shot, her family, rather than desert her, surround her sadly and frantically, risking their own lives. If she has fallen injured they lift her to her feet and walk her to safety, supporting her bulk on their trunks.
When Elephant appears in your life, her message is to remember the unconditional love of your family. Where do you need this reminder in your life right now?
Works Cited & Resources
Green, Susie. Animal Wisdom: Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate Your Spirit.
London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005. Print.