Saturday, May 10, 2008

Swamp Medicine

The Alligator has walked on mother Earth for millions of years and are known in many myths and lore as the keepers of ancient wisdom. The eyes of the alligator are positioned high on their head allowing them to remain relatively hidden beneath the water and still see above it. Symbolically this hints to clairvoyant abilities. The power of alligator is its power to survive. They have no known predators. If alligator shows up in your life or in the dreamtime it might be telling you to take care of yourself and secure your basic survival needs.
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Alligator visits me often in my dreams to share her wisdom. I made this doll to honor her... The dream scenerio is always the same: me trying to make it through the swamp. There have been times when I was exhausted and without a boat. Alligator carried me upon her back. Snake is a friend too. Throughout history the snake has had many legends associated with it linking them to creation, fertility and transformation. Crawling out of its old skin is very significant for those with this medicine. It is a metaphor for how we shed old ways and habits as we grow into higher spiritual energy symbolizing the death and rebirth process. Some might think the Swamp is a perilous place...actually it is very fertile sacred place where one can regenerate. We can find purpose and meaning in the depths of the swamp...and the courage to change.

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