Slitherin/Drama in the Garden


Hi guys!

Most of you know how much I love for those random moments when I catch a shot of a candid moment, those not often seen on a daily basis.  This is why I wanted to share my mini adventure from yesterday. When I arrived home for lunch I saw a black garden hose lying on the grass, reaching from my front porch across to the Hibiscus tree. “Do we have a black water hose?” I asked myself.  Strange.  And stranger still was that part of the hose was…sticking….straight…up. Wait. That’s no garden hose.

Could it be? Yes! That’s a snake. Hubby was just coming out to greet me so I motioned for him to get my camera. By the time he returned with it, our slinky friend was winding its way up into the hibiscus, happily lapping up bugs.

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By the time I focused and began snapping shots, our uninvited guest managed to find something much more “meaty” to dine on.Oh no! One of my little Jurassic friends. Now, before you go breaking into a loud chorus of “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, remember that these little fellows are like my pets, my babies…and most importantly-they eat hundreds of mosquitoes and spiders and well...bugs!

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Eeeeek!!!!!!!!

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How about that smug expression?  It knew what it did.  But, hey, in its own way, it is kind of friendly looking…..

BUT….

The important thing to know here is that we wanted no snake deciding to find its way into the house, possibly bringing its own little family along with it. Now, my husband and our good neighbor made a noble attempt at snake wrangling; but this guy was just too fast. The Southern Black Racer is quite speedy. I vowed to believe that they frightened it enough to move along to less hazardous hunting grounds.

Later, when I went for a walk, I spotted my buddy the Red Shouldered Hawk flying around, obviously on the hunt for its own dinner. These birds are very adept hunters.  Why, I have seen them carry off fish and snakes nearly as large as they ar….
wait….circle of life indeed……😀

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Here’s hoping you get a nice, long dinner my friend……

On a more serious note, I do believe in the messages that nature hold for us if we only pay attention.  Lately I have been virtually bombarded with a variety of iconic creatures and spend a lot of time looking up information in my Ted Andrews books, Animal Speak and Animal Wise. Both are wonderfully informative and spiritual interpretations of the signs evident in Animal Totems that appear in our lives, often with subtle-and not so subtle messages for us.

Snake

There is much about the snake in my book-too much to add all of it. But snake figures prominently in Native American rituals, art and lore.  It is a symbol of transformation and healing.  The snake/winged image of Quetzalcoatl represents a God in Meso-American societies; and it was said that the heavens, stars and all the motions of the universe were under his dominion.  In Greece the snake was a symbol of alchemy and healing.

In India the goddess Vinata was the mother of snakes and a symbol of water and the underworld. The God Vishnu is often depicted sleeping on the serpent of eternity called Ananta.  Shiva wears snakes for bracelets and necklaces, representing sexuality.

The snake has long been a symbol of the sexual/creative life force within humans. The Kundalini, or serpent fire lies coiled at the base of the spine.  As we grow and develop, the primal energy is released, rising up the spine.  This activates energy centers in the body and mind, opening new dimensions and levels of awareness, health, and creativity.

In Chinese, one of every twelve years is named for the snake.  Those born within that year are believed to have the qualities of compassion, clairvoyance and charm.  They usually need to learn lessons associated with forgiveness, superstitiousness  and possessiveness as well.

The snake is a symbol of both death and rebirth. Before it sheds its skin, its eyes begin to cloud over, as if to indicate it is entering a stage between life and death. Snake medicine people were those who learned to imitate the snake and move between the realms of life and death for healing and enlightenment. As the skin sheds, the eyes begin to clear as if they will see the world anew.

A snake attacks quickly. It raises itself up and strikes quick, hard, and true to its mark.  It in not unusual to fine that those with this totem can respond the same way if need be.  It is best not to anger snake people.  Although slow to lose their tempers, once lost, their bit is quick, sharp and direct,  They almost always hit their mark.  They may end up swallowing you whole or just poisoning you in some way.

It can represent the awakening of creative forces.  It can activate the sexual drive, bring more energy,  and stimulate greater perception of how to apply your insight and intuition.

If snake appears as your totem you should study the physical traits and habits of the individual type of snake it is.  Individuals with the snake totem will find themselves extremely sensitive to smells and fragrances.  Aromatherapy may be a form of healing that is beneficial to explore.  They should pay attention to what is going on around them.  Do things smell right to you? Make sure you are discriminating about what you say and to whom-and with what you involve yourself.

Snakes are symbols of change and healing.  They have speed and agility, so those who have snakes come into their life will usually find the changes and shifts occur quickly and are soon recognized and defined.  When snake comes into your life you can look for rebirth into new powers of creativity and wisdom.

Okay…..I’m ready…;))

Snake information courtesy of Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews.  You should really check out his books.  They are wonderful references to Animal meaning in your life.

Love and Light,

Cheryl

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16 thoughts on “Slitherin/Drama in the Garden

  1. This is the first time I have read so much nice stuff said about snakes. Where I come from people just kill snakes. Without provocation. But they also burn forests and cut down trees without provocation.

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    1. Some of those snakes are pretty deadly aren’t they? I wish I didn’t have to kill spiders sometimes, but when they insist on coming inside, well, they have bitten me twice so I am defensive..

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  2. Well, I could almost begin to see a positive side to snakes … almost … I have a bit of a thing about them. And not in a good way – don’t know what I’d do if I saw one in our garden 😦

    Dreams? I have some recurring ones that have been with me as long as I remember. I also have weird and wonderful randoms, but I don’t ever recall animals featuring in any.

    Really interesting post, Cheryl.

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    1. Thanks Julia. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I have had all minds of dreams. Most ani als come to me in waking life but I have dreamed of animals especially when I was doing these animal studies in Ted’s books. Our subconscious has a way of communicating to us any way it can…
      My belived weekend is here ans I am looking forward to coffee time in the morning with your book! Haven’t had time all week.have a great weekend.

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  3. I’m going to look into that book you mentioned for the symbolism of dogs in dreams. I’ve always loved dogs and always had at least one, up until about five years ago and I haven’t had one since. But I’ve been having a TON of dreams about dogs and unlike my usual dreams, the dog dreams are super comforting and happy. Thanks for the book recommendation!

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    1. Thanks clarissa. Eyes, ears and Spidey Senses aore on a,ert. Maybe that’s why the wolf spider showed up last weekend….and I have been having spider dreamings. They are always coming toward me, I know they want me. Its scary.

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    2. I think you will appreciate the information. I also have to say, from extensive dream study for myself, that dream symbols are tricky. Some tend yo havea universal meaning while others are more specific to an individual’s personal association with it. I once had a book called The Everything Dreams book. It was great in that there were pages of work sheets, some of those asking the reader to identify their own personal feelings when they think of certain icons. It was a more personal dream dictionary. Dogs can be associated with loyalty, companionship and devotion if they are making you feel,happy.if the dream is not about a dog you have actually had in your life, then it could be indicating your desire for deeper friendhips and closer, more intimate associations.just a few ideas.

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      1. I think those are the messages in the dog dreams, yeah. I have always had intense dreams nearly every night my whole life, as an adult most have an undeniable sinister feel. Especially this year…So the warm fuzzy dog dreams are a real departure. They are not dogs from my past, we just seem to be enjoying each others company and their presence is comforting. Telepathic too, but most dog lovers know that they are undeniably telepathic animals anyway. Thanks for sharing your observation! I do have a void in my personal life currently of loyal company and am looking for new peeps, you’re spot on with that.

        I’ve had the wolf spider dreams in the past and they are just awful, I genuinely hope they come to an end for you soon!! It can be very hard to shake off the feeling in waking life. So sorry! 😦

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      2. Good morning Clarissa! I’m really glad some of the information resonated with you. Yes, I know that all animals are very telepathic. Dogs look so much like they want to talk! I had a dog for many yers and had to leave her with friends when Iw ent through a divorce. It was heartbreaking and she was older, developeda severe spinal disorder and died. I carried so much guilt for so long for not being with her. I had a dream where Iw as travelling with a suitcase and my bus stopped so I could use the restroom. Inside the restroom was my dog. She was SO happy to see me. We hugged and played. Then I knew I had to leave and told her I was sorry but that she couldn’t go with me. We said goodbye. It was so sweet and left me feeling closure.
        The spiders…well I believe they are related to trust issues for me and people I work with, the dream with multiple ones, each spider wasa. Different size and color. One had a bright green back. So far no others. I really loathe them. I have been bitten twice in my life and it was scary.

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  4. These parts of “the circle of life” I definitely appreciate but are the ones I prefer to observe from a safe distance lol. Snakes are yet another symbol of Scorpio, the sign that can be attractive and repulsive in equal measure… like your friend here. The pic of him eating is something. (I recently seen a YouTube video of a boa that was large enough to swallow a grown alligator whole; man, I had nightmares for a week.) Racers are common in these parts and I’ve had some unfortunate encounters with them, they’re aggressive!! Stay vigilant Cheryl!

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