Walking with Fox during week 30 of our year-long journey from heartbreak to empowerment, we begin to understand that "Empowerment is more about perception than power. It is the realization that life is not happening to me, but rather, I am life." (p157, TKC)
It is the simple, subtle medicine of Fox that "teaches the art of Oneness through its understanding of camouflage." (Medicine Cards, p137) Fox moves in and out of urban areas and traverses the countryside rarely seen - traveling calmly, trotting along, seeming not to have a care in the world. When we embrace Fox and open to the practical and playful wisdom she holds, we learn the "sly power" that lies behind her "ingenious maneuvers." "Fox can use silly tactics as a brilliant camouflage move." (Medicine Cards, p138)
As week 30 of 2019 ends and week 31 begins, we contemplate the medicine of Fox. This medicine is subtle yet powerful - working wonders without even being noticed. Fox is cunning and wise, using her medicine to prowl and prance as needed.
Fox has the ability to go undetected and to keep herself safe while also protecting her loved ones. We are joined by Fox during the Relation Stage of our journey to help us become more aware of how we 'fit' into our surroundings and to learn to become 'invisible' - to use our powers of camouflage to observe others and events without being the center of attention, without even being noticed.
"The ability to meld into one's surroundings and be unnoticed is a powerful gift when observing the activities of others. ... Fox medicine involves adaptability, cunning, observation, integration, and swiftness of thought and action." (Medicine Cards, p137)
Fox's keen powers of observation teach us how to become sure footed and quick to action in the physical world. When it is time to decide, when it is time to make a commitment and you are not sure which direction to choose, call on Fox to guide you. The new perspective revealed by observing this lovely animal can lead us to the life of our dreams.
A couple weeks ago near Silverthorne, CO, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Fox trotting along the road in the quiet of the early morning,. Maybe she was making an early appearance, reminding me to think ahead, use my wit and work to increase my physical prowess to be better prepared for the remainder of the journey from heartbreak to empowerment.
When I first set out on this journey, I had no idea what lay ahead and I definitely did not know how long it would take. I'm finding that the inner journey isn't linear. Once started, the journey becomes ongoing. I can no longer avoid and deny. Ignorance is bliss but once you realize your ignorance, there is no turning back - for better and for worse. Life is not all good, you have to take the bad, too. Dammit.
Life can become all good when you learn to accept the bad with the good and understand it is all part of one big experiment. We are each a part of this experiment, this amazing creation. There are many theories on who created us or how creation happened and lots of people like to argue for one truth, one great absolute that is truer or better than all others. But if there is an absolute, then there can't be separation and that means we are all connected. "I am you and you are me" - it doesn't matter what god we worship or what beliefs we hold.
I have a lot of doubts about a lot of things in life but I have no doubt that our world, this earth we live on, is absolutely phenomenal and we are all connected, we are all part of creation and my fate is tied to that of every living being. It is when I'm in nature that I feel the greatest sense of awe, joy, and connection. This is probably why I am drawn to Animal Guides.
With the medicine of Fox, I can learn to manage my emotions and communicate in ways that help to build healthy relationships. With practice, I can learn to be invisible like Fox - leave no trace. This is simple medicine but very difficult to get to a level of awareness to be able to actually live it. I am learning to manage the the natural cycles of life, learning to say goodbye without adding the pain of childhood trauma when I lost half my sky. I try to live in a way that minimizes negative impacts in my life and on our shared planet and I am so grateful to have Animal Guides like Fox to guide me along the path from heartbreak to empowerment, providing comfort, insight, and inspiration.