Black Panther Medicine

ab4aa8446684b4fe568bf5949f380979--dark-moon-the-moonBlack Panther came to me in a vision this morning.  I was asking for Guidance around a particular issue around romance.  I saw myself in a dark forest sitting by a fire.  I was covered in furs and very much alone.  She walked up to me and I began to weep.  I didn’t want her as my guide.  Black Panther has been with me before when I was living my life as a single parent.  Panthers are very solitary and tend to raise their young alone.  I am tired of being alone.

She invited me to join her up in a tree where I could look down upon myself from a higher level.  I could see that I was lonely and my body felt like an empty shell.  I didn’t know if this was how others see me or how I see myself.  As the vision was closing she gave me a small stone made of hematite.

Afterwards, I looked up the symbolism in the vision.  Black Panther represents the darker feminine energy of the moon.  She is very grounding and protective.   She teaches one to be alone but not lonely.  She is very strong, graceful and independent.  She reminds me to climb my symbolic tree and look at things from a higher perspective.

Hematite is a very protective and grounding stone much like the panther herself.  It brings a sense of calm and deflects negative energy as its stone has a mirror-like quality.  I bought myself a Christmas present after reading this.  I knew I wanted a  bracelet to wear to remind me of my Panther Medicine.  Here is another message I received today:

You love so much that you don’t need anyone else’s love to make you happy.

~ Don Miguel Ruiz~

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The Squirrel Buddha

Buddah SquirrelDuring my walk around the neighborhood today I saw this squirrel eating a nut while sitting atop a Buddha statue in the neighbor’s yard.  Squirrel invites us to “squirrel away”  or prepare our resources for the coming winter.  In this case, I believe squirrel is saying the resources to gather are spiritual in nature.

I also sense squirrel is saying to look at what I am eating.  Does my current diet support my body for the upcoming change to cooler temperatures?

I also feel squirrel sitting atop the Buddha’s head is asking me where are my thoughts these days?  Are they Buddha like?  Not so much these past few days.

Or, maybe, it’s just a squirrel atop a statue eating a nut.  😉

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A Bat In My Belfry

Artwork by Ravenari

I was awakened in the middle of the night by a chittering/scraping sound. The noise was much like a squirrel or a mouse running through the walls. In my mind, I decided that is what it was and fell back to sleep. Almost immediately I heard the sound again and opened my eyes to see a bat flying around my head. Of course, I screamed and scrambled out of the covers and down the stairs and out the door quicker than I can possibly move on any normal given day. I decided that I urgently had to pee and went down to the second floor to use the bathroom.

When I climbed back up the stairs with my shoulders hunched and my head bowed I was wondering how to deal with this all by myself. No one else was at home to share in the horror that was a bat flying around the room with me. In my haste to escape the same place that the bat was inhabiting I had brilliantly left the door open. When I got back to my room I checked every nook and cranny to see where the bat was. It was not in my room! I looked out the window of the door to my room and saw it flying around in the main part of the attic.

Since it escaped my room, I made the logical decision of closing my door and hoping to heaven it would find its own way out.

Back up in my loft where my bed is I decided to try to go back to sleep. Good luck with that when your eyes are wide open like a cartoon character and all you can do is think about how the bat got into your space in the first place and were there more coming any second and what is that sound anyway?

Since I still had all sorts of adrenaline running through my body I decided to look into the spiritual meaning of Bat. What message had it brought me to reflect on? I had recently made a public statement on social media that am willing to be willing to let go of any and all fear that is hindering me from being the highest version of myself that I can possibly be. I knew that it was quite possible that by making this public declaration that fear would come up to challenge my commitment to that statement. I had no idea it would be a deep primal fear that would come to look me in the eye and say are you really sure you want to let go of me?

During this time of wide-eyed contemplation the phrase “bats in the belfry” kept coming to me. Was the bat telling me that I am losing my marbles? Since it was only one bat does that mean I am losing only one marble? I think the meaning is more likely that I am too much in my head and not enough in the present moment.

The shamanic meaning of Bat correlates to change and initiation. Bat’s use echolocation to navigate their surroundings. Will my powers of perception become heightened in the coming months? Will I be able to hear Guidance in a new way? As I write this in the light of the new day I am excited by bats gift to me. What new things are headed towards me? I feel Bat is telling me that I will have the tools to navigate what ever comes my way.

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