Day 13 of my dawn meditation practice. A 15 minute guided meditation (my brain was all excited and jumping around – sometimes it can be hard to concentrate when it’s like this, so I use a guided meditation on these mornings), a half hour asana sequence and then on my road for a half hour walk. Just me this morning – I often have one or both of my children with me which I like too, but it means a shorter, slower walk. It was cool, crisp and clear, the rising sun sparking off the mist. I walked past a pond where 5 different birds were drinking, one which I had never seen before. I stopped and watched for a while, wondering. The last bird left was a white egret which watched me back. I walked on.
A bit further I saw a white bull in a little lush valley of grass and wildflowers. I stopped again to gaze at the bull, serenely cropping the grass. The whole scene reminded me of the romantic art depicting Taurus…Ah! That one was easy – the sun has just moved into Taurus, my sun sign. Behold, the Festival of the Cow is upon us :)
Turning around to walk back home I saw a fibre-glass snail, as big as a garden gnome, wedged into the cliff. I live in a rural area, and I walk this road regularly. It was odd. I would have dismissed it as just being someone’s weird fancy, if it wasn’t the third snail message I’ve had this week. First was a dream where a snail was climbing up a rainbow pillar of light. Ugh, wtf? I thought, and dismissed it. The next day I saw a photo article on the Elephant Journal that showcased stunning macro photos of snails. They were delicate, graceful and divinely beautiful. I felt charmed and chastened all at the same time. And now, today, another snail. Am I the snail?, I asked. No, came the response: you’re not the snail; but the snail energy is helping you.
I looked it up here, finally:
Patience, water, winter, release deadlines and goals, focus on the small things – details, textures; protect yourself, slow down, retreat, sacred spiral.
Ah. I see.
Do you pay attention to the signs around you? What do you see?