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Spirit Meadow and Hedgerow

SPIRIT FOX

Key Messages:

The magic of camouflage

shapeshifting and invisibility

 

Affirmation: I adapt effortlessly to my environment

 

Encourages action and quick, swift moves.

Adaptability and ability to move quickly through obstacles and resistance.

Inspired by a fox totem, you can work at developing the sharpness of your mental skills:

Analytical intelligence,

power of deduction,

Observation can come into play more powerfully in how you deal with daily matters or bigger projects.

The spirit of the fox may also imply that you are
sharpening your physical alertness and responsiveness

And mental responsiveness, increased awareness

Cunning;
seeing through deception;
call to be discerning

Ability to find your way around, to be swift in tricky situations

Affinity with nocturnal activities and dream work

 

Celtic Fox Mythology

The Celts believed that if a fox crossed your path in dreams or in daily life it was time to act passionately in regard to your goals, needs and wants.

It was also time to lighten up and be playful and have fun.

With their amazing flame-red brush or tail running foxes resemble a comet blazing across the sky or an arrow flashing towards its target.
 

So, in modern life foxes coming into our life mean we need to make goals; daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals that ignite our passions and joy with laser-like aim.

The Celtic symbolism of fox suggests that you aim for the targets of your dreams with all your loving and impassioned life force!
Aim for what you love, not lukewarm needs, but for what you really want with all your heart!

The Celtic Ogham symbol for the fox is the Alder Tree which is the 18th March to 14th April.

Alder has associations with weapons and shields and reminded the ancient Celts that the way of the warrior lies in knowing when to take up the shield and when to take up the sword or knife.

An alder shield will protect you and give you courage, but the most important aspect of a warrior is his or her intention. Intention is the key to success or failure.

Alder also tells us when to blend strength and courage with compassion and generosity of spirit.

There is a time to challenge and a time to keep quiet and in this light
the fox and alder teach us discrimination and a firm foundation of inner confidence and
the need to see beneath the surface of situations.

Fox-alder deities are Bran, Arianrhod, Lugh, King Arthur and Odin

In kinesiology the essence of Alder is the principle of release. Thus in releasing stress, nervousness and anxiety we regain strength.

 

Fox Animal Totem Symbolism

There is a long history of magic associated with the fox.

It lives in the border lands between the forest and the meadow.

It is adept at living in the fringes and adapting to the world around it.

The key message of the fox is to teach us that there is power in not always being seen.

There is power in surveying your environment and choosing carefully how and when you step out into the world.

Fox can teach you the power of a glimmer, how to be seen without really being seen. How to adapt to your environment and which parts of yourself you should reveal at what times.

Sometimes there is more power in being of the crowd than in front of it, it allows you to understand the energy and the dynamic around you.

To be a leader you must understand those who follow you and in order to do so you must stand amongst them and yet it is not your job to become one of them.

 

Fox is a particularly powerful totem if you are about to enter a new group of people (a family, work environment or circle of friends) it teaches you to adapt to those around you undetected as an outsider without losing yourself.

 

Brigid and the Fox
Brigid had a wonderful way with animals.

One day a friend, one of the monastery workmen, came to her with a sad tale that her friend had accidentally killed the king of Leinster's pet fox, thinking that it was a wild animal.

The man had been arrested.

His wife and children had begged the king to spare his life but to no avail.

The workman asked Brigid to intercede. 

Although Brigid loved animals, she thought it was wrong that a man's life should be demanded in return for the fox's, so she ordered her horse and cart to be made ready and she set out for the court.

The way lay through a wood, where the road was a mere track and the horse had to walk. Brigid prayed for the right words to speak to the angry king to save the life of the woodsman. 

Suddenly she saw a little fox peeping shyly at her around a tree and she had an idea.

She told her driver to stop and called the animal to her.

Immediately it sprang into the cart beside her and nestled happily in the folds of her cloak. Brigid stroked its head and spoke to it gently.

The little fox licked her hand and looked at her with its big brown eyes. 

When she reached the king's castle, the fox trotted after her.

She found the king still in a mighty rage. "Nothing," he told her angrily, "nothing in the world could make up to me for the loss of my beloved pet. Death is too good for that idiot who killed him. He must die as a warning to others. Let him die." 

As Brigid tried to intercede, the king stormed on,

"It is no use asking for mercy. That little fox was my companion, and my friend. That idiot brutally killed him for no reason.

What harm did I do to that man?

Do you have any idea how much I loved that little fox, I cared for him from the first day he was born?" 

The king's furious eyes met Brigid's loving ones.

Yes, indeed, she could well understand it.

She was truly sorry for his loss for she herself loved all animals and especially tame little foxes.

But “Look here” she said . . .

she beckoned forward her new woodland pet who had been crouching behind her. 

The king forgot his anger in this new interest.

He and his household looked on delightedly while Brigid proceeded to put the fox through all kinds of clever tricks.

It obeyed her voice and tried so hard to please her that the onlookers were delighted.  

Soon she was surrounded by laughing faces. 

The King told her what his own little fox used to do.

"See, it used to jump through this hoop, even at this height."

Well, so could Brigid's.

When the king's fox wanted a titbit, it used to stand on its hind legs with its fore paws joined as though it were praying, and so could Brigid's.

Could anything be more amusing? When his mood had completely changed, Brigid offered her fox to the king in exchange for the prisoner's life.

Now the king agreed, and he even promised Brigid that never again would he inflict any kind of punishment on that idiot workman, whose misdeed he would soon forget. 

Brigid was very happy when the prisoner was restored to his wife and children and she went back home to the monastery.

However, the little fox missed her and became restless and unhappy.

It didn’t care when Brigid led him into the castle, but without her the castle was a prison. After a while the king left on business and no one else bothered much about the new pet. The fox waited for its chance and when it found an open door, it made good its escape back to the woods. 

Presently the king returned and there was commotion when the pet was missed.

The whole household was sent flying out to search for it.

When they failed to find the fox, the king's hounds were sent to help in the search, their keen noses snuffing over the ground for the fox's scent.

Then the king summoned out his whole army, both horsemen and footmen, to follow the hounds in every direction.

It was all no use.

When night fell, they all returned wearily to their king with news of failure.

Brigid's little pet fox was never found again. 

So if you are walking through the woods one day and see a little fox with big brown eyes say “hello”. You never know it might be related to Brigid’s fox.

 

 

 

THE CLEVER FOX

There once lived a crow.

One day he was very hungry.

He had not been able to get any food the previous day.

“If I do not get anything to eat I will starve to death," he thought. 

As the crow was searching for food, his eyes fell on a piece of bread.

He quickly swooped down, picked it up and flew off.

Far away in a lonely place he sat on a tree to enjoy the bread. 

Just then a hungry fox saw the crow sitting on the tree holding the bread in his mouth. “Yummy! That bread looks delicious. What I would give to get that piece of bread," the fox thought. 

The fox decided to use all his cunning means to get the piece of bread from the mouth of the crow.

He sat under the tree.

The crow saw him and thought, “I guess this fox wants to eat my bread. I shall hold it carefully." And he held on to the bread even more tightly. 

The clever fox spoke to the crow politely.

He said, “Hello friend! How are you?"

But the crow did not say anything. 

“Crows are such lovely birds. And you are very charming too," said the fox, flattering the crow. 

Then the fox said, "I have heard that besides being beautiful you also have a sweet voice. Please sing a song for me." 

By now the crow started to believe what the fox was saying.

“The fox knows true beauty. I must be the most beautiful bird in this whole world. I will sing him a song," thought the crow. 

As soon as the foolish crow opened his mouth to sing the bread fell from its beak and into the ground.

The Clever fox, which had just been waiting for this very moment, caught the bread in his mouth and gulped it down his throat. 
 

The crow had paid a heavy price for his foolishness.



SPIRIT BADGER

 

The ancient Celts recognized the sheer will of the badger and has hailed the badger as an example of survival even under brutal circumstances.

 

They are also considered magical animals connected to the Earth

Continuous digging is seen as symbolic of the soul returning to the Earth, the Source of everything.


Their symbolism is often paired with the HOLLY, a plant equally known for its survivability.

 

Don’t need to be huge and powerful to make your mark in the world, because it’s attitude that makes all the difference.

 

Size is not important when it comes to going after your dreams and protecting what is yours.

 

Your skills and talents are what will get your foot in the door and help you in your endeavours.

 

Domestication,

organization,

neatness.

When the badger spirit animal enters your life, you are being reminded to keep a neat and orderly life.

 

Handle your personal and professional affairs well so that everything will be in balance.

When you have an organized life, you can better focus on your dreams and goals.

 

Importance of staying grounded, no matter the level of success you achieve.

 

It’s about having persistence, strong will, and focus in your pursuits.

 

Defence and protection, and action in times of crisis.

Need for strategy to get what you want.

 

Self-reliance, assertiveness, perseverance, and tenacity. Having all these working for you will give you the results that you want.

 

Not to let yourself be intimidated when others appear stronger, bigger, more powerful, and more successful.

 

Know that you have what it takes to compete and have a shot at the same opportunities.

 

Persistence and the determination. Be fearless in your desires and know that you will get whatever you want.

 

Discriminating because not everything is a good as it looks.

 

When you have the badger totem, it can lead you to chase power, money, and titles, ultimately leading you down paths that are not suitable for you.

You sometimes end up doing something that you don’t really like in your desire to be associated with power, fame, or wealth.

 

Be honest with yourself and go with what makes you happy.

Resilient, strong-willed, and intuitive.

You are powerful and passionate.

Do what’s best for you.

You are determined and focused, and you know what’s important.

Aggressive, self-reliant, bold, and brave.

You are loyal and protective.

Territorial and not afraid to defend your boundaries or those you love. Y

ou have a fierce competitor spirit, and you will not back down from a challenge or give up the chase.

Extremely capable in accomplishing what others can only dream of doing. You are fearless in your pursuits.

 

Call on your Badger Spirit Animal when:

You need to dig deeper to find out the truth.

Even if it will hurt or disappoint you, don’t be afraid to search for the truth. There’s a certain sense of freedom that you will enjoy when you do.

You are being challenged by your fears.

Fear should not keep you from living the life that you are destined to live.

If you will always be scared to try, that’s not much of a life you’re living.

You need to invoke courage and fighting spirit

 

 

SPIRIT HARE

Qualities and Attributes:

 

Luck

Positive Change

Transformation

Fertility

The Unknown

Rebirth

Death

Moon

Lunar Cycles

Fast

Trick(s)y

Elusive

 

The hare is more solitary and tougher than the rabbit. 

Hares don’t live in warrens or have maternity nests. 

Young hares are born so well-developed that they can fend for themselves within a few hours of their birth.

 

The Algonquin tribe honoured the Great Hare as a demiurge, having a role in the creation of the world.  The Algonquin Great Hare brought summer to defeat winter.

 

The Egyptians also saw the hare involved in a creation story.  For them, the hare came to mean procreation, and then immorality.  

 

While the hare is often associated with impatience and haste (like the “Tortoise and the Hare” fable), it’s important to note that other cultures, like the Goths, saw the hare as fleet and swift, and a symbol of diligence.

This reflects the attitudes of medieval hunters, who viewed hares as a challenge to catch.

 

Hare people are considered sensitive and artistic, and also linked with ambition, fitness, and virtue. 

 

However, the hare is not just associated with positive things.  Hares are also thought of as greedy and selfish. 

Hare is seen as a jokester, linked with trickery and fraud. 

 

Even those with hare medicine are clever, often unreliable, and frequently thinking of themselves.

 

Although hare has some qualities that are less than redeeming, there are things he can teach us. 

Because they move in leaping and hopping motions, those with rabbit and hare totems can expect changes in their own lives in the same kind of movement. 

 

Hare can also aid people in recognizing the signs around them by attuning to lunar cycles and understanding the tides of movement in their own lives.

 

In Celtic mythology, hares are associated with the Goddess Eostre, a Goddess of the Moon and life who was said to shapeshift into a hare at each full moon.

 

In Irish folklore the hare is also often associated with the Otherworld (Aos Si) community whose world was reached through mists, hills, lakes, ponds, wetland areas, caves, ancient burial sites, cairns and mounds.

Those entities were seen as very powerful and the hares link to them sent a warning that those who harm them could suffer dreadful consequences.

 

Shapeshifters were often said to take the form of the hare.

There is a legend that the Celtic warrior Oisin hunted a hare, wounding it in the leg.

Oisin followed the wounded animal into a thicket where he found a door leading down into the ground.

He went in and came to a large hall where he found a beautiful young woman sitting on a throne bleeding from a leg wound.

In Ireland the animal’s association with women from the Otherworld who could shapeshift into the form of a hare also made eating them taboo.

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