I love animals: lots of animals. I’m usually the one who is trying to pet a stray cat or entice a large sea gull or raven to be my friend. I talk to dogs as I’m out walking or at an outdoor event. Maybe you are like this, too. Witches often find affinity with animals because we honor and revere nature and the life of our Earth. Yet, animal energy is very different from human energy so it can sometimes be challenging to interpret the messages or guidance from animals in our dreams or in our waking lives, or by using animal divination cards.
There are several books and websites about animal medicine that can be helpful as you start to explore messages. Some of the resources I’ve used are: the work of Jamie Sams, who is a shaman from the Cherokee and Seneca nations and the co-author of the book and divination card deck, Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals; the book Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small by Ted Andrews; and the website http://www.animalspirits.com. I encourage you to find resources that speak to you in your search for wisdom from the animal world.
When we connect with animal energy, one of the things that can hinder us is our brains. We try to think our way into it the interpretation, and animals don’t use the thought-language that we do. I often laugh at myself as I “narrate” what my cat or dog is thinking because I realize I am projecting some of myself on to each of them. Sure, I understand them on one level, but when I bring that limited understanding out in words, I have to change it to my understanding because that’s what translation is.
You don’t always have to use any sort of book or information to get a message from an animal visitor. Sometimes that visitor will be clear and direct. Sometimes reflecting on your own about what you know about that animal or reptile can help you intuit a message. However, I also like to study what others have learned from working with animals on a spiritual level to help me get a clearer picture or message from my visitor.
Animal messengers offer us new ways of thinking or interpreting our circumstances. If you are dreaming of Deer, you may be asking for guidance on new ways to use your gentleness and shyness to find a path in connecting with others. Deer may be reminding you that force is not the only way to get something done. If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing a snake on the sidewalk in front of you, you may be given the message that there is change coming, the shedding of your old identity for something new and more suited to your new growth. If you keep seeing pictures or messages pertaining to Mountain Lions you could be in a leadership position that is drawing unwanted attention to yourself or you are being asked to learn to balance leading without forcing others to follow you.
In working with Animal Energy, we learn to think in new ways. We can think more expansively; we can challenge our logical and linear minds to see with our innate animal-selves. We are not as far removed from the animal world as we often think we are. Animal Energy reminds us to sink down into our instincts while also using our hearts and souls and minds to bring the messages into our consciousness so that we may act on them. It starts with observing the animals around you, in your home, your neighborhood, as well as learning from books, documentaries, and websites. We are part of the web of life, and we can find wisdom and guidance from others in the web when we open ourselves to the mystery.
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