Contributed by Anne Barton.
I had the opportunity to learn an animal lesson on a much deeper level in recent weeks when an army of ants ventured into my home. It was during the holidays at a time when I thought I had everything under control! The message of Ant – Patience – is one I’ve become quite familiar with. Usually I can quickly see where I’ve become impatient and step back, let go of unrealistic expectations, and relax. But this time I was truly puzzled at why I needed this message at this particular time; I found I had to delve deeper. At first I thought, ‘I was feeling patient and organized and at peace until the Ants came and disrupted everything!’ I took note, took a few things off my list, but they kept coming. And so I had to look deeper. And I found that there was a level of impatience that I’d been ignoring for quite some time. I was letting some important details in my day-to-day life slide. And it was catching up with me. Trying to clean up stuff like this during the holidays is tricky because there are so many other things to do! And my health suffered ultimately. What I finally did was slow down, let go of my lists, and reminded myself that trusting in the Universe to provide is always the path of peace.
I’ve written about Ant before; otherwise, that would have been this month’s featured animal. But the message of Fox is equally compelling, especially at a time of year when we may find ourselves overextended or maybe even overambitious…
Key Concepts when Fox is Present:
- Observe acts of others, not words.
- Use cunning in a positive way.
- Keep silent about what/who you're observing.
- Be the wind - unseen & able to weave into any location.
The ability to meld into one’s surroundings and go unnoticed is a powerful gift when observing the activities of others. Fox uses the flora of the forest as his ally, providing protection by way of hiding in plain sight. Is there a reason for you to wear a cloak of invisibility right now? If Fox has crossed your path, it may be to point out the need to stand back and observe. Visualize your body as part of your surroundings; see yourself in your mind’s eye moving with stealth. Watch the drama unfold around you without being noticed. It works!
As with all animal medicine, the messages can be interpreted in many ways – sometimes the message is reversed. Is someone watching you? Or, go deeper and see if you are in fact observing yourself to prove that you do indeed exist. Low self-esteem can be a form of camouflage, concealing your true self. We all desire to experience joy and a life of purpose, but fear can cause us to retreat into a place where we don’t believe we deserve this, sinking into apathy.
Perhaps you are too visible. Has climbing to a place of recognition attracted envy? It may be helpful to assume the attitude of the hermit for a while.
On a deeper level, camouflage is the art of Oneness – blending in with everything and everyone. When you are One, you understand on all levels what is truly going on, and there is great power in this knowledge. When Fox observes undetected, without making others self-conscious, this earns him the honor in the tribe of keeping the family together and safe.
Ultimately, Fox encourages us to feel the joy of knowing the playground of life!
Works Cited & Resources
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson. Medicine Cards. New York: St. Martin’s
Press, 1988, 1999. Print.
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