totem: fox

Red Fox

For the past year or so, I have felt a draw to fox – maybe even longer.  fox energy has come to me in meditation, in person, in art, and in pop culture.  as I looked into fox as totem/spirit medicine, here’s what I found fox can be about…

-swiftly finding a path around obstacles

-quick thinking, problem solving

-adaptability

-courage

-physical &  mental responsiveness

-increased awareness

-highly curious

-cunning, discerning, seeing through deception, seeing what is not obvious

-affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work

-independence and strength in being alone, but also partnering for life and being very loyal

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“The Fox spirit is the grand problem solver. She will guide you to solitude and silence until the way out is shown. A healthy combination of persistence and patience will strike a balance that picks apart a problem until it is solved.”

If Fox is your totem:

You are intensely loyal. Often you are a joy to watch or to be around. You are energetic, outgoing, personable, and very flattering. While not exactly social butterflies fox people can use that sly energy, their keen sense of camouflage to “fit right in”. You are also a keen observer and skilled at remaining unnoticed. This means that you blend into your environment and move around unnoticed in any kind of company or society.

You adapt and portray yourself as whoever you need to be in a given interaction. This affinity for fitting in often means you are a jack of all trades, taking interest and educating yourself superficially in great number of areas while mastering none. This allows you to chat or small talk with ease whenever you care to. This does not mean you are disingenuous. It simply means that you really do care and take an active interest in the feelings of those around you.

You are also a very creative problem solver and can seem eccentric because they are quick to think outside the box. Quick thinking or wit is definitely common tool for you.

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more info on these links:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/59739/14-fascinating-facts-about-foxes

Fox Spirit Animal

http://www.spirit-animals.com/fox/

Fox Power Animal Symbol Of Camouflage Quick Wit Cunning Agility Magic

http://www.birdclan.org/fox.htm

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/fox-animal-symbolism.html

 

 

 

 

Fox Medicine

While stranded in a Chicago area hotel due to snow this week, I looked out my window quickly as I passed by and was thrilled to see a fox trotting around in the snow outside my window.  A minute later, a second larger fox joined it and they slowly made their way out of view.  We were in a suburban area with a lot of warehouse space, and I didn’t see forest around.  It felt magical, and I immediately sensed they came to me for a reason.

I also recalled that the one time I did an animal guide meditation, it was fox I saw there.  At the time, I did not feel sure if it was fox or a mix of fox/coyote, and it still may have been both.

At any rate, I looked into fox medicine to see what the Universe was trying to let me know.  I was surprised (or not?) to see how many things I have in common with fox.  What I learned…

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“Fox medicine involves adaptability, cunning, observation, integration, and swiftness of thought and action. These traits may also include quick decisiveness, and sure-footedness in the physical world.

The Fox’s ability to meld into one’s surroundings and be unnoticed is a powerful gift when one is observing the activities of others. This allows it to be the protector of the family unit. If danger arises, Fox is johnny-on-the-spot. Great Spirit has honored Fox with the duty of keeping the family together and safe. Fox accomplishes this through the ability to observe undetected, without making others self-conscious. Fox is always concerned with the safety of family members and is an excellent talisman for those who travel.

If Fox has chosen to share its medicine with you, it is a sign that you are to become like the wind, which is unseen yet is about to weave into and through any location or situation. You would be wise to observe the acts of others rather than their words at this time. Use your cunning nature in a positive way; keep silent about who and what and why you are observing.

The fox also has a highly developed sense of smell, and you may be very aware of smells, odors, and their subtle differences. Aroma therapy would be a beneficial study for anyone with fox medicine. You are also alert to unpleasant situations and/or danger because something just “doesn’t smell right”. The study of aromatherapy may be just the thing for you.

Sexually the sense of smell is one of their strongest stimulants which has a big impact on the intensity of arousal for people with fox medicine. Sexual energy is part of the kundalini energy force within our bodies and is our most creative energy. An individual to whom fox comes has a great capacity for sexual expression.

With Fox medicine you know instantly what will happen next. After observing for a while, you will become aware of a certain predictability in given situations and be able to quickly make your move. Fox medicine teaches the art of Oneness through its understanding of camouflage.

Fox has long been thought of as a nuisance to farmers however the fox is actually a great asset to farmers as the fox consumes a great number of bugs and especially mice and other rodents. Foxes are mostly carnivores (meat-eaters). Most foxes hunt alone. They are nocturnal; they hunt mostly at night. Fox eats small amounts frequently throughout the day which is significant for those with fox as a totem.

The fox has knowledge of underground things hidden from human eyes, and this is shared with the dreamer, telling the dreamer of roots and herbs that are healing and curing; fox shares the powers of swiftness and cleverness as well as gentleness. In this gentleness, there is strength and courage, as indicated by one of the songs of the Fox Society; “I am a Fox. I am supposed to die. If there is anything difficult, if there is anything dangerous, that is mine to do.”

Fox is considered to be persistent, yet is gentler and less aggressive than the wolf. Fox teaches us about feminine magic, but this does not imply that it is a totem for women. Rather, both men and women who have the fox as a totem are being told to stay in touch with the feminine side of their personality and character.

If fox shows up in your life it is a sign that you are to be aware of the actions of the world around you. The world is shape shifting and growing into new patterns all the time. Use the art of camouflage and keep cunningly silent about who and what you are observing. After observing for a while you will become aware of certain patterns of predictability in situations and you will know what to do. Fox’s medicine of camouflage teaches Oneness with all.”

Fox Symbolism

The symbolic meanings associated with the fox are:

  • Physical or mental responsiveness, increased awareness
  • Cunning; seeing through deception; call to be discerning
  • Ability to find your way around, to be swift in tricky situations
  • Affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work

Fox spirit animals and responsiveness

When the fox appears in you life as spirit animal, it encourages action and quick, swift moves. You may be called to take action in a way that shows your adaptability and ability to move quickly through obstacles and resistance.

Being inspired by a fox totem, you can work at developing the sharpness of your mental skills: Analytical intelligence, power of deduction, observation can come into play more powerfully in how you deal with daily matters or bigger projects.

The spirit of the fox may also imply that you are sharpening your physical alertness and responsiveness.

“Fox is the keeper of the power of invisibility and camouflage, of knowing how to move between the light and the dark, from this world to other realms of existence. Its ability to remain in plain sight and yet unseen, is its greatest power however: No other creature is able to blend in with its surroundings quite as well as Fox can.

Fox people I have worked with do say that they feel their best around twilight or dusk and right before daybreak. These are the in between times when the doorways to other realms are most easily opened. Many Fox people find that they can meditate most easily or receive important guidance at these times. The short time between between consciousness and sleep is also especially important to Fox people. It is during that space right before one drifts off to sleep that dreams can be most easily incubated for the Fox person or they may want to explore astral projection at that time. Many Fox people have also said that they hear their own Guides and Angels most clearly in those moments, there is a special sense of peace and comfort that the person can learn how to remain ahold of even when waking into the light of a new day through conscious intent and desire. These are also excellent times for the Fox person to connect with their own personal Fox totem, to ask for its assistance in any area of life.

Fox people often have very thick hair and Hair acts as an antenna for psychic and intuitive information. I have known a number of Fox people who prefer to wear their hair very long, both as a shield to hide behind when needed and because they feel it does indeed help them to connect with the unseen realms. It is important that Fox people, no matter whether they wear their hair long or short, to take especially good care of their hair. When feeling clouded or confused, give your hair an extra wash or at least rinse it in cool water and allow to air dry. This can help to clear any murkiness out of your energy field so that clear communications with your Guides may be resumed. Caring for your hair symbolizes caring for your connections with the higher realms as well. For those Fox people who feel they do not have an intuitive bone in their body, wearing their hair a bit longer than it is now, if short, can help open up those connections with the unseen. Believe it or not, for those with longer hair a trim can work wonders as it reflects ridding one’s self of frayed or damaged connections, much like one might repair a damaged cable. Eating foods that help to insure healthy hair and scalp will also benefit Fox people health wise overall. Often Fox people need larger amounts of B vitamins and folic acid, yet also use common sense when adding any supplement to one’s diet! Large intakes of any supplement can do more harm than good, so start off by eating more foods rich in these nutrients, monitor what changes occur and then if needed, add a good B complex supplement. Calcium also seems to be high on the list of requirements for Fox people as well.

For many Fox people, it is helpful for them to study the placement of Neptune by sign, house and aspect in their natal charts. Many Fox people have Neptune prominent in their charts, especially rising and further study of Neptune can give the Fox person greater understanding as to their mission and purpose in life though the entire chart, as always, must also be taken into consideration. Fox people may also find that this triggers an even greater enhancement of their own intuitive and psychic abilities, as well as learning how to properly harness that energy. ”

 

Native American Zodiac: Snake (Scorpio Sun Sign)

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Snake: Oct 23 – Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake’s preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark – he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings. Learn more about the Snake totem here.

Native American Animal: Woodpecker (Cancer sun sign)

As I have some Native American (Cherokee) in my family tree, I enjoy those traditions.  We are currently in the sun sign of Cancer – (June 22 – July 22).  I only have a couple of friends who are Cancer sun signs…any Cancer readers out there?  Can you speak to if this resonates with you?

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Native American animal symbols can encompass just about all the animals, and their symbolic representation to the many tribes of the Americas.

The Cancer sun signs’ Native American Animal is the woodpecker.  Woodpeckers are usually the most nurturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker is the one to have on your side when you need support. Of course, they make wonderful parents, and equally wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the tendency to be naturally frugal, resourceful, and organized. In a nurturing environment the Woodpecker is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her own devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous, and spiteful.

Going further with the “medicine” (or what they have to teach us) of the woodpecker…

Woodpeckers are extremely opportunistic. Each tree is a door, revealing tender morsels of food (grubs and ants are their favorites). Other trees will yield against their beak-hammering to provide great mansions for their young.

A quick list of woodpecker symbolic meaning include themes such as….
Balance
Progress
Signaling
Returning
Protection
Initiation
Attention
Prophesy
Listening
Opportunity
Discernment
Communication
Determination

When the woodpecker comes tapping into our awareness, it’s a signal to use our heads. Just as the woodpecker uses its head (beak) to hammer out solutions (food, shelter), we too can use our intellect in finding solutions to our own barriers.

The symbolic meaning of woodpeckers also point to a need for creative vision. Being opportunistic, woodpeckers can see value everywhere, even in dead trees. Have you ditched an idea or given up on a project? The woodpecker may be trying to tell you to breathe new life into your project, just as they build new homes into dead trees.

Further, the symbolic meaning of woodpecker indicates a return to our roots, or having trust in our basic (gut) feelings. Dr. Carl Jung observed the woodpecker as a symbol of a return to the womb of creativity. In this observation the tree is symbolic of a womb; earthy, grounded, sturdy and secure. The woodpecker’s home within the tree is analogous of a fierce determination to return and protect that which is sacred to us.

When this bird comes pecking, it is a call for us to return to our roots, back to the womb of our ideas and use our intellect and discernment to follow through with our plans.

This analogy is doubly profound in the case of red-headed woodpeckers as the color red is associated with the root chakra. Prime, protective energy. Another clear sign for being aware of our core impulses, and our basic beliefs.

The woodpecker may also remind us to be mindful of our words. It has a narrow tongue, extremely effective for picking up food in narrow places. This is symbolic for using a narrow route to get the most profound effect. The woodpecker asks us to use fewer words to make a stronger impact in our statement.

When the woodpecker comes calling, it may be a sign to take some action.
Here are a few suggestions…
Fly back to your roots.

Shelter your wisdom from predatory threat.

Nurture your ideas in the womb of your core passions.

Communicate your ideas in more creative or non-traditional ways.

Stop and consider the opportunities available to you at this time.

Look at projects in unique creative ways to bring new life to a project.

Use your head (intellect) to think up innovative solutions to overcome barriers.

Listen more clearly to subtle energies; there is a message that only your intuition can interpret.

I hope you have enjoyed these thoughts on the symbolic meaning of woodpecker…now I will think of completely new things when I hear one in the forest!

Spider Medicine & Goddess Oracle: Ix Chel

This week in Witch Camp, we’re learning some animal medicine and working with Spider energy.  I’ve never been particularly afraid of spiders, but I’ve also never felt drawn to them.  This week’s lesson gave me some new perspective I thought I’d share:

“All animal wisdom (or Medicine) is derived from the traits of the animal itself. So while you can go to a guidebook or check out an online site for info about a particular animal’s Medicine, you can also simply look up the animal’s habits and lifestyle and extrapolate from there.

Here’s the deal with spiders:

  • Like humans, spiders are builders. They are the only animal besides us that builds a trap for its prey.
  • Like snakes and snails, spiders must shed their outer shell in order to grow bigger.
  • Spiders are good mamas, raising their young and, in some extreme cases, allowing their young to feed on their bodies.
  • They are weavers. The silk with which they make their webs is created within them.

So, this translates to symbolism:

  • Spider (like snake) is seen as symbolizing both life and death, creation and destruction.
  • Spider sits on its web, which looks much like the Sacred Wheel. The spider itself has 8 legs. From a Celtic point of view, this can be seen as the 8 celebrations on the Wheel of the Year. From a Native American point of view, it is the 4 directions and the 4 winds. Spider’s body is in two parts and looks like an hour glass, the number 8, an infinity sign: so Spider represents the wheel of the year going round indefinitely.
  • Spider’s web is near invisible unless wet, so it confers invisibility.
  • Spider web was used as spiritual protection against arrows because the arrow would have to get through the web (empaths: try working with a little Spider energy!).”

I found that all super interesting.  I read this today, and then in our chalice circle, I pulled a Goddess Oracle card – and of course, it was the Mayan goddess Ix Chel, complete with her weaving of spider webs in the card imagery, and a focus on creativity.  She also represents having children, birthing and healing…themes for me to rest with during this moon cycle.

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