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A Morning Companion

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This morning as I got in my car to leave for work, a grasshopper landed right on my front windshield at eye level.  I thought for sure once I started driving he would hop off, but no, he was with me for the entire ride to work.  I immediately thought “take a leap of faith”.  Well I also looked up the symbolism for the grasshopper and the below information resonated with me.

As an animal totem, the grasshopper appeals to artists, musicians and dancers. To wit, the lilting song this creature emits is an inspiration to our muse; its skittering and jumping is divine choreography. The artist within us all easily recognizes the grasshopper making its own dance steps, and grooving to its own special melody.

The grasshopper moves to its own rhythm and tune, indicating this creature is advocate of intuition and listening to our inner voices. The grasshopper encourages us to listen to our own stirrings – those beautiful chirping lullaby’s that sing in our hearts are indications of our inner beauty and creativity. The grasshopper totem reminds us these inner musings must never be silenced – rather, they should be nurtured, and always remain as the background music to the performance of our lives.

As with most insect totems, the grasshopper keeps itself to the ground. As such, this is a grounding totem, and the grasshopper can teach us stability, patience, security, and solidarity.

The grasshopper chooses those of us who are innovators, forward-thinkers, and those who progress in life by unorthodox methods. This is because grasshopper symbolism recognizes tremendous leaps of faith, impressive jumps in progress and consistent forward momentum. Those with this totem are likely to aim high, and achieve amazing feats – they take great leaps where others fear to tread (or jump, in this case).

Another special feature of the grasshopper totem is that it calls to those who have natural clairvoyant abilities. Just as the grasshopper uses thousands of tiny eyes to formulate the “big picture” so too do those whom the grasshopper is called. In other words, those with this totem are visionaries. They see things intuitively, seeing beyond what the concrete world holds, and they use this special vision to see the world with a childlike wonder.

You just have to love Natures messengers.

Nature Speaks

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Saturday was the Lion’s Gate (8/8/8) and the beautiful animal messengers were out in full force.  As I was driving past the open field as I was leaving the area I live in I saw a little rabbit do something I have never seen before.  He raised his back end off the ground with his back “legs” stretched as straight as they could go.  He looked like he was doing the downward dog yoga pose.  Then he raised up on his front “legs” too!  Just like he was standing on his tippy toes on all four limbs!  What an incredible sight to witness!

When I was returning home from picking up a bite to eat, I was driving down this road where there were no other cars (unusual for this particular road) and as I came around this small bend there was a doe standing in the road.  I immediately stopped to give her time to get out of the road.  There on the side of the road on a grassy area were her two fawns.  Oh how beautiful they were with their little white spots.  She walked over to the grassy area, but on the other side of this small bush from where her babies were.  Then one after the other they made their way around the bush to be with their mother.  Then all three looked at me.  In that moment I experienced pure Grace.  Their beautiful, gentle energy was palpable.  Now I understand why there were no other cars on that road.  I would not have been able to fully experience that moment if there were.  Never doubt that we are constantly surrounded by the Love of our Creator, as these two beautiful moments in nature are a testament.  I AM blessed and feel such gratitude for BEing  a part of those moments.

Below are some symbolism meanings I found:

Rabbits love to chew, and their teeth never stop growing. Symbolically, chewing implies repetition, contemplation, and breaking concepts down into component parts. Their diet is light and green, which implies symbolism of health and prosperity.

Rabbits are burrowers and their deep, maze-like tunnels symbolize connections with primal energy as well as Mother Earth energies. The rabbit encourages us to retreat within, get warm, and collect ourselves.

They also prompt us to connect with the Mother in deeper ways. Rabbits prefer to be on the ground; they are true earth element animals. We cannot help but be reminded of groundedness in their presence.

Rabbits and hares are nocturnal and share the same lunar symbolism. The moon is often depicted as a rabbit in many cultures, thus lending associations of deep intuition and emotionality. For sure, the rabbit symbolizes reflection.

Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal.

This two meanings do resonate with me and what is occurring in my life at this time.  I Love when I AM able to BE fully present to notice when nature speaks.