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