Friday, September 28, 2012

Spirit Animals

If I have a spirit animal I think it's a small nervous rodent.

Yet years ago when I consulted psychics at the Tremont Tea Room in Boston, I was told my spirit animal is a hawk. Every card I chose, I turned it over and there was a hawk. I really was jonesing at the time for my spirit animal to be a dolphin, so I was bummed.

It's strange that my spirit animals are mortal enemies.  It's like that symbol Ouroboros, the snake eating it's own tail. Creation and destruction: hawk-like vision, and scrambling rodent-like fear. Ying and yang.

The cool thing is there is a chipmunk living in a hole under our patio, and a hawk that preens itself in the afternoons on our silver maple tree, so I get to see aspects of myself several times a day.


  1. I wonder... I would love to know this.

    Today, just returned from a headache clinic: all this practical advice that I never follow: rest/eat right/take time/relax: get away and enjoy yourself.

    And yet, I just keep doing doing doing.

    The answer is right there, and I keep walking away farther from it to find it.


  2. I feel ya, honey! My first spirit animal was a hare and my second was a lioness. Talk about opposing ends of the spiritual scale! And then, even odder, is the modern Cassandra of Florence + the Machine, with both in one song:

    Here I am, a rabbit hearted girl
    Frozen in the headlights

    We raise it up, this offering
    We raise it up

    This is a gift, it comes with a price
    Who is the lamb and who is the knife?
    Midas is king and he holds me so tight
    And turns me to gold in the sunlight

    I wish that I could just be brave
    I must become a lion hearted girl
    Ready for a fight

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