Oh what a delightful day I’m having! True, it DID begin with a horrible notation (my bathroom scales hate me, or maybe that’s not exactly what this means), but it quickly went all uphill from there. See?
THIS is happening upstairs right now. Small dogs and a small girl. So happy-making!
Let’s continue to spin this day positively, shall we? Just moments ago, as I type this, Mercury went retrograde. Do yourselves a favor, and learn more about what’s going on by reading this post. (And if you don’t follow that blog via e-mail, do so. Totally well done, as I’ve mentioned previously.) A great resource.
On our card altar today we have an interesting, and timely, message (especially if you just clicked over and read all about the global aspects of this particular planetary phase we’re stepping right into).
“Skunk ~ 7 ~
Skunk medicine! Go ahead and laugh. This furry little animal has a reputation that contains a great deal of power. Due to its distinctive behavior, humans give this tiny, smelly creature a wide berth. The key word here is respect.
Unlike other predatory animals, Skunk does not threaten your life but threatens your senses. You know this to be true if you have ever been in the vicinity of its spray. In observing the habit patterns of Skunk, it is easy to notice the playfulness and nonchalance of its natural behavior. The ‘I-dare-you-to’ attitude of this four-legged creature commands you, as the observer, to respect its space by mere reputation alone.
Skunk is teaching you that by walking your talk and by respecting yourself, you will create a position of strength and honored reputation. The carriage of your body relates to others what you believe about yourself. There is no need to bully, aggravate, torment, or overpower other beings when your sense of ‘self’ is intact. As with Skunk, the resonant field of energy around your body is relayed through your senses. Self-esteem permeates the body’s energy , and is instantly recognized on an extrasensory level by others.
Learn to assert, without ego, what you are. Respect follows. Your self-respectful attitude will repel those who are not of like mind, and yet will attract those who choose the same pathway. As the odor of Skunk attracts others of its kind, it repels those who will not respect its space.
Skunk medicine people have the ability to attract others, and they are very charismatic. At the same time, the other side of their natural power is to repel those who seek to take energy from them without recycling the gifts they have taken.
In Skunk medicine, it is good to learn how to handle energy flows. Modern psychologists call this body language. In tribal teachings, this is your personal medicine which you are showing to others. Use your medicine well, and know that you are known by your reputation. How you use your energy will attract either honor or disgrace. You may want to examine what energy you are putting out that causes your present situation.
If you have chosen this symbol, you are being asked to notice the kinds of people who are attracted to you. If they emulate favorable characteristics, have enough self-esteem to recognize those characteristics within yourself. Walk tall and be proud of the accomplishments you have made. Bear in mind that what you believe about yourself is your ultimate protection. Project self-respect.
Skunk medicine operating through the contrary or reversed position indicates that your self-esteem may seem to others as if you are putting on airs. Observe whether or not you are repelling others in your vicinity because of envy, jealousy, or a projection of their low self-esteem. Examine your feelings. Be truthful with yourself. Right the situation by assuming that attitude of Skunk: non-chalance.
In leaking vital energy, you may be stinking up your environment. This is similar to dumping all of your woes on anyone who will listen. If you are doing this, it may be time to shut your mouth and go within.
You may be leaking sexual energy and repulsing the object of your interest. That person may be too shy to tell you to lay off. Look deeply at your self-image and how others are reacting to it.
To balance the causes and effects of your actions and energy flows, you must decided whether or not you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy, or over-amorous tendencies. On the other hand, you need to always maintain your ‘right to be.’ Self-respect is the key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe yourself to be.”
As I was glancing along this definition earlier it occurred to me that BETTER keywords might be: respect and self-worth. Because truly, when we live our lives in honest and genuine ways, we attract more positive and loving energy, and we feel better about ourselves in the process. When we feel better about ourselves, as Skunk says, we repel those who would be negative (or smelly!) from our environment.
Tonight’s Daily Dog today is a Two-fer, because that’s how many I could get in one shot. (Max was being aloof, or maybe just sharing the spotlight, hard to say, he was mostly just napping.)
Yesterday, as I mentioned, we did some erranding. One of the items on my list was a book I’d heard about for my dad’s birthday. We found it. And then, the adorable guys at my local hardware store wrapped it. For free!
The other is one that was on a display at the stationery shop (where we get our Pen O’ The Month). I know he’ll like them both. (And I can’t wait to look at the history volume while he’s scanning the yard for birds in the nature one.)
Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson illustrated by Angela C. Werneke