Good day, soul friends! Hope your weekend was restful and that you are feeling refreshed.
Today's guidance comes from the Animal Kin Oracle deck by Sarah Wilder.
Which card(s) do you feel drawn to today?
Left - 1, Middle - 2, or Right - 3...
Focus on the image and chose which cards you feel drawn to before scrolling down.
Did you choose your card, yet?
If you selected the set of Cards 1:
Dolphin - Play
Essence: Play is the portal into realizing your purpose
Renowned for their majestic displays of underwater movement and above water jumps and flips, the dolphin reminds us to incorporate play and fun into every moment of our lives, even when doing essential tasks.
Dolphins are social beings that rely on their pod for hunting and safety. Dolphin calves do not reach sexual maturity until at least age five, giving them many years to learn from their mothers and develop playful, child-like habits that will stay with them into adulthood. They communicate using their unique whistling sounds to locate each other and coordinate their hunting plans.
Dolphins draw that our inner child and allow us the opportunity to frolic and play with innocence and a keen sense of wonder. They reflect in us our deep desire to return back to our playful childhood curiosity, and a connection over the restraints of responsibility and duty. Dolphins are equally dedicated to learning through exploration and experience as they are observing and mimicking typical behavior.
If you were drawn to the set of Cards 2:
Orangutan - CreationEssence - Fulfillment is found in the process and not the outcome
As one of our closest animal relatives, the orangutan reminds us of our primal nature and our evolutionary journey as humans. We can't help but see ourselves int he eyes of orangutans and feel a deep connection and familiarity with their gentle, fun-loving, yet wise and grounded nature.
The orangutan is solitary by nature; the only exception is when mothers care for their young and are inseparable for the first two years of their offspring's life. Like humans, they take many years to mature sexually and spend the first ten years of their life learning and playing. The orangutan invites you to express your creativity safely without self-criticism.
Orangutans live the majority of their life int he trees and build elaborate nests for resting and safety while they rejuvenate at night and during the day. They have a strong bond with the trees and are literally held by their strong branches, staying high enough to be safe from predators patrolling the ground and unable to climb. When we model the orangutans behavior, we see the need for constructing a safe-haven or nest for ourselves. A sacred place to rest, to create, and to dream.
One of the few animals to have learned how to use tools to solve problems and make life easier, the orangutan asks you to think creatively about your situation and find a new, innovative solution to achieve your goals and move forward with ease and grace.
If you chose Card 3:
Buffalo - Gratitude
Essence - Deep acknowledgement for what you have enables you to thrive
When we see herding animals like the buffalo, we can appreciate just how much selflessness plays in the ultimate harmonious vibrations they rely on for survival. Moving together as a group with their own individual stances; gently and continually grazing over their landscape; surviving as a unit and thriving as a herd, these beautiful gentle giants really seem to carry an air of gratitude with them. They have ann understanding that, although they may have their differences and life challenges, ultimately - to protect their species - they must tread lightly and stay together.
Buffalo move through grasslands, banding together for strength, security and community. They embody what it means to surrender the ego and do what works for the greater good. To see that when we appreciate those around us who are on their own journey (yet ultimately have the same goals and desires as us), we can remove the barriers that energetically separate us to keep the unity, harmony, and strength in numbers required to achieve common goals.
As herbivores, these creatures rely heavily on Mother Nature to sustain them and, in turn, Mother Earth relies on those who help her continually renew and adapt. This is something that humans can really drawn parallels to in terms of how best to treat the gifts we are given, particularly with our earth mother.
When we see that such large, strong, and powerful beings can survive on elements so readily available and renewable here on earth - sunshine, rain, soil, and plants - we can see that when respect is given to such important and sacred offerings, our gratitude is in turn rewarded back through Mother Earth's true nature: to nurture that which dwells upon her.
Thank you for participating in my card drawing for today. I hope that you enjoyed it! Did the card(s) you felt drawn to give you some guidance to think about.
Don't forget to check back next week for another card drawing!