Call Upon the Chameleon!

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The chameleon is such an interesting reptile. It blends with it surroundings so well that if you are not paying very close attention to the surroundings one maybe close by and you won’t even know it. Chameleon’s color changes symbolize the inconstancy of life and the uncertainty of fortune, while its eyes see both the past and the future, giving its totem people the power of clairvoyance.  You can learn to defend yourself by using the mind and intellect and taking the time to think things through. The chameleon will show how to strike when necessary with discernment and patience paired up with your intuition. The chameleon shows adaptability to its environment and surroundings so it is a great ally to have in times of transition and change.

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Painting by Raina Gentry

As it being native to the continent of Africa the chameleon have myths associated with it. The Bantu cultures of Africa associate the chameleon with the origin of death. It goes something like this. Their highest god sent the chameleon to announce to men that they would never die. The chameleon went on his mission, but he walked slowly and stopped along the way to eat. Some time after the chameleon had left, a lizard went to announce to men that they would die. Being much quicker than the chameleon, the lizard arrived first, thus establishing the mortal nature of man. As a consequence of this myth, both chameleons and lizards are often considered bad omens in Bantu cultures. Depending on local traditions, there are different explanations for the “double message” of the chameleon and lizard. In some cases, god sends both the chameleon and the lizard, with their respective omens, intentionally committing mankind’s destiny to the outcome of their race. In some other cases, the lizard eavesdrops the orders god gives to the chameleon, and chooses to bring the opposite message out of envy. In other cultures, after having sent the chameleon, god changes his mind as a consequence of the bad behavior of mankind. Missionaries have often adapted the myth of the chameleon to evangelize Bantu Africans; the chameleon, who brings the good news of eternal life to mankind, is thus equated to Jesus Christ.

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If you encounter a chameleon in your journey-work it may mean that this is the time to stay in the background be patient and not show your true colors. Be careful to not get ahead of yourself, instead take the time to really consider all options to prior making an important choice. The chameleon also brings the message to blend in and observe the world around. Take the time to study your surroundings so that when you do decide to take action you can do so in safety.

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Call upon the chameleon when…

… you need to be alert and see things from all different angles.

… you are in a situation in which you need to blend in and not be noticed.

… you want to make an important choice based on relevant information from the past as well as taking in consideration the hunch about the future.

… you feel like you are acting hastily and need help in taking it slow so that you can make better choices.

 

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Call Upon the Rabbit!

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Call Upon the Rabbit!

In the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit is the most giving and lucky sign of them all! People born under this sign are considered to be very powerful. In many cultures the rabbit is associated with the Moon and the Divine Feminine energy. The rabbit is a symbol for power, abundance, fertility, survival, seasons and the cycle of life.

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Celtic Hare by Joanne at Celtic Wildwood

If you are in a journey and you encounter a rabbit it means that you might soon experience forward movement by leaps and bounds. You may find that you go through a period of quietness and stillness then you are moving a mile a minute. This might also be a call to express yourself creatively, connect with your creative side and find a new way of self-expression. Rabbits are also connected with fertility so it might be bring the message that this may be the right time to bring a new life into the family. If you have been experiencing health issues or concerns and you encounter a rabbit in your journey it might be there to tell you to introduce more fruits and vegetables into your diet or to try a vegetarian diet for a while. Rabbit medicine is very positive; it shows us how to attract love, abundance, health, and how to create a warm home. It teaches us to cope and overcome fear by using our own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking and strengthening our intuition. Rabbit represents humility, being quiet and soft and not self-asserting.

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Figurine made by Demiurgus Dreams

Call upon the Rabbit when…

… you need to trust your instincts to lead you to safety from a dangerous situation.

… you want to have a baby and you have some challenges to overcome.

… the progress of a project is moving slow and you need to speed things up.

… you feel like you need a boost in your creativity or you need help in finding new ways to be more creative.

… you want to learn to cope with fear and learn how to transform it into a positive experience from which you can thrive from.

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Art by Ravenari on Deviant Art

 

Call Upon the Cuckoo!

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Photograph by Wikimedia Commons

The cuckoo bird is one of those iconic animals that we all know from older cartoons but we really don’t know much about then not even what they actually look like. Birds are usually a symbol of liberation, a link between the upper (spiritual) and lower (earthly) worlds. They also associated with the elements of earth, air and sound. Many birds are linked to the gods. Whether they are used to bring their messages or they are your connection to them. In the case of the cuckoo bird one aspect of life that is very closely associated with it, is time.

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Photograph by Gary Heller

If you are in a journey and you see and hear the call of a cuckoo it means that you need to pay close attention to that what is being said and not said. It might also mean that you need to be cautious of what you say and to whom you say it to specially if it is hearsay. It may herald the message that your life may take an unexpected turn that will align you better with your life’s purpose. It is also telling you that you need to trust that everything will happen in its own due time, no need to just patiently await.

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Photograph by William Lee

Call upon the Cuckoo when…

… you need to know when the right time is to pull the trigger on a decision or project.

… you need help in being able to listen closes to what is being said between the lines.

… you need to activate your Throat Chakra.

… you have had a negative experience with someone and you need the strength and clarity to deal with it.

… you are resurrecting an old hobby, sport or other recreational activity that you used to enjoy.

 

Call Upon the Horse!

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The horse is a noble animal. He is kind, intelligent and has been associated with fertility and sexuality. He is also a symbol of freedom, power, beauty, grace, strength and nobility. In the Chinese zodiac horse people are friendly, adventurous and passionate. In Greek mythology, the winged horse Pegasus was the source of inspiration and poetry. The horse also played an important role in the Hindu story of Ramayana where the King Dasa-ratha sets a magnificent horse free to obtain the favor of the gods which granted him 4 sons who were the avatar of Vishnu who is the preserver of life. It was also linked to Varuna and as such it is synonym to the cosmos.

The Celts associated the horse with war and its attributes of victory, conquering and longevity. He was also associated with valor which they hailed as the animal belonging to the Sun god, and the goddess Epona is also associated with the horse. Just like the Celts the Greco-Romans also associated the horse with victory of war, honor, domination and virility. In the Greco-Roman myth the horse is said to be created by Poseidon (Neptune) and is devoted to Hades (Pluto) and Ares (Mars). Romans also believed the Horse to be a symbol of the continuity of life, and would sacrifice a horse to the god Mars every October, keeping its tail through the winter as a sign of fertility and rebirth.

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In the Native American cultures the horse is seen as a symbol that combines the grounded power of the earth with the whispers of wisdom found in the spirit winds (air). It has long been honored as a helper, messenger, and harbinger of spirit knowledge. Shamans sometimes refer our drums as the horses that take us in to non-ordinary reality. The horse was one of the first animals that I connected with when I started in my shamanic path. I still remember so clearly how it profoundly moved me when I hugged him, it felt as I have always known him. He was brought to me by  my teacher. The love was there instantly. It was like reconnecting with a family member who you haven’t seen in a very long while. I rode him many times during my visits to the realms. The picture of the horse below, looks very similar to my spirit horse.

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If you are on a journey and you interact with a horse it could mean that you are about to start a new unexpected journey which will move very quickly once you have started it. It is also a time to claim your freedom physically and emotionally from negative aspects in your life. You may be experiencing some difficult times in which you needs it stamina and strength to get you through it. He is here to let you know that this is the time to call on your inner warrior balanced with sensitive, patience and compassion. It can also be reminding you that teamwork is important that when working together there is nothing we can’t  accomplish.

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Call upon the Horse when…

… you feel held back by external circumstances or outdated beliefs and you want to break free.

… you are feeling like a victim and blaming others for your situation because you don’t feel empowered and in control.

… you have an urge to travel and explore new places but have doubts or fears.

… your energy is low and you need a boost in your strength or stamina.

… you know it is time to deepen your spiritual practice but don’t know how to do it.

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