Nature ~ it plays a magical role for us. It helps us relax. It helps us enjoy fresh air. It helps us connect to the world. It helps us connect with Spirit <insert word you’d like to use, God, The Universe etc>. Nature also gives us signs from the Universe. It will put into our path that which we need to make better choices for ourselves. It will show us ways to look at our path and gently guide us in the direction that is best for us. Often times, these signs show up in the form of animals.
Wisdom & Signs from the animals offer much to us. The descriptions we give animals ~ angry as a bear, moving at a snail’s pace, bird’s eye view ~ offer descriptions of the animals personalities. We assign meaning to the animal based on it’s traits.
We also assign meanings to animals based on our own personal experiences. Take dogs. If you’ve been attacked by one or had a bad experience, you will relate to the expression “Call the dog’s off”. But, if you love dogs and find comfort in the wagging of their tails (yes, I’m a dog lover) you will relate more to “Man’s Best Friend.”
1) Understand their meaning as they relate to nature. Is the animal a predator? Does the animal have keen insight? What traits does an animal have that make them thrive? (A skunk has a powerful smell that makes them safe from much harm!)
2) Understand their meaning as they relate to YOU. How do you feel when you see one of these animals? What do you think of when one comes across your path?
Then, and only then, can you understand what they mean when you come across them in nature.
The Book, Animal Speak, (and others) by Ted Andrews has a comprehensive dictionary of animals, birds and reptile symbolism. It is a great resource if you are looking to better understand animals and their meanings. But, do not adopt them to your specific situation, without first understanding how you feel about the animal and what your experiences are around that animal.
Using both your understanding of animal symbolism and your own personal feelings toward the animals will help you see the meaning of them when they come across your path. You can also discover signs from other symbols in nature like Rainbows!! if you are interested in FURTHER understanding the signs in your life and what they mean, Listen to my Presentation The Beauty & Awe of Double Rainbows Presentation. You can REGISTER for it HERE!!!!
Do you have an experience with seeing an animal, bird, fish in your life that has been a sign to you? What have you done with this information?
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