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  • Spider has been a special totem for me for some time now. And I see that she continues to be very relevant to my journey.

    And, with the collection these totems over the last week or so...Dragonfly, Turtle, Butterfly, Duck, and Spider...I'm noticing some repeating themes...

    Surrender into the river rather than trying to push it, creativity, be willing to change, pay attention to the subtle, notice 'opportunity on the edge of my web' that I may be currently missing...


    I saw this last night on a friend's wall on Facebook:

    We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
    - Joseph Campbell


    From Animal Medicine by Sams and Carson:

    Spider brings a message...when she sees you becoming a bit too involved in the weaving of your life plans to notice opportunity at the outskirts of your web. If this is the case, Spider gets your attention so that you notice that something you have woven has borne fruit. Congratulations! Spider caught you just in time, before you missed the opportunity on the edge of your web or reality....


    ....Spider is the symbol for the infinite possibilities of creation.... Spider is the female energy of the creative force that weaves the beautiful designs of life....she may be telling you to create, create, create!


    Additionally, Spider has another specific theme that applies to us as Cowbirds....

    Spider wove the web that brought humans the first picture of the alphabet. The letters were part of the angles of her web.

    Deer asked Spider what she was weaving and why all the lines looked like symbols. Spider replied, "Why Deer, it is time for Earth's children to learn to make records of their progress in their Earth Walk." Deer answered Spider, "But they already have pictures that show through symbols the stories of their experiences." "Yes," Spider said, "But Earth's children are growing more complex, and their future generations will need to know more....

    [Photo by Barbara, Theo Wirth Park, Minneapolis, Summer 2011]
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