Speaker for the Animals

We live in a rapidly changing landscape where people and urban areas are displacing the places for the wild ones to live. Who speaks for the animals? We will.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Fox - The Soul's Guardian Spirit

Feminine Magic,
Invisibility, Shape-shifter,
Protector at the Edge of the Unconscious.

Like Serpent and Dragon, Fox holds the distinction of being a negative symbol within Christianity and a positive symbol in other older and New World indigenous traditions. This paradoxical archetypal animal signifies cunning, stealth, slyness, cleverness, trickiness, and even deceit within the symbolisms of Christianity. Fox even symbolized the Devil in early Christian mythologies. Curiously, it is these same characteristics which makes Fox the ultimate survivor in Nature. For little Fox survives by escaping the notice of more powerful predators. In fact, in hunting Fox, even man has had to turn to his cousin, Dog, to overcome Fox’s talents of stealth, speed, cunning, and invisibility.

According to Ted Andrews, Fox symbolizes the feminine magic of camouflage and shape-shifting. These have to do with the energies of the aura and the Second Great Magical Law. Fox lives in the border places around us: in the instants between evening and night, between nighttime and dawn, in the auric energies around our bodies, and in the spaces between waking consciousness and deep sleep. Meeting Fox in dreams indicates a feminine power of the Unconscious has intervened in favor of your living your life well. Fox may also appear to lead you into the Deep Forest; many knights and warriors have found themselves lost in an adventure in an unknown part of the Great Unconscious, lead there by an odd numinous animal.

Both ancient Chinese myth and native American tales speak of Foxes who shape-shift into beautiful young women, who appear in the lives of lonely young men. Fox magic dreams itself into the lives of young men even today, whenever they are caught and be-spelled by the wide-open eyes of a lovely woman and are held fast. But unless he can recognize and respect the wildness and need for naturalness within his paramour, he might lose her. In many of these old tales, husbands try to tame their wives or subdue them by controlling them, only to lose their wives and happiness as the wildness rose against them. In some of these tales, the husband killed their Fox wives in fear of them. In our culture, the male of our species often fears women, as well as the feminine energies within themselves; these are the energies of the anima—the inner capability of men to feel. The man who appreciates his own inner feminine is in love with his own soul! For it is She who guards the borderland between his conscious and unconscious minds. It is She who works to make him Whole.

Although there are several varieties of foxes, the most common American Fox is the Red Fox. Its color is symbolic of the kundalini—the life force. In my own life, Fox has dreamed itself into my own life to tell me how I must avoid the depths of the Underworld. Life is to be lived in the third dimension—not out among the stars or in the depths of hell (the astral realms). Death awaits those who dive deep into those Underworld realms, for many become lost! Fox has at least on one occasion saved my life during deep dreaming by herding me back up into consciousness in time to save my life and restore my health and ability to think, create and plan!

Fox medicine teaches us how to remain unnoticed in crowds, to come and go without being remarked upon. A person can learn much by just standing in the shadows and listening. Invisibility is a powerful medicine to cultivate in life.

Fox has very acute senses of smell, vision and hearing. Smell symbolizes the power of discrimination; so Fox medicine offers us the power of clear thinking and decision-making to keep us safe, healthy, and prosperous. Fox “sight” may lead us astray if we’re looking for those entities who dwell in the ether, but then you know yourselves. But if you so choose, you may sight one or two before your life is over. And hearing? Well, there are those whose Fox magic has gifted a sense of hearing beyond the ordinary. Who knows what you might hear if you listen carefully at dusk or outside your windows at mid-night?

Although farmers tell stories of the foxes which got into their hen-houses, Fox is mostly a hunter of mice, insects and other small animals. Fox is “charming” and dainty, cat-quick, light-hearted and playful, a great parent to its cubs, and a strong teacher of stalking knowledge about life. Fox has a gift for play that captivates the attention of animals which make very good dinners, for they relax and become curious of Fox’s play when they should be fleeing for their lives. If Fox is your totem or guardian, take time to play; perhaps you too will attract an attractive guest or two—not to mention members of the opposite sex!

Fox magic can have its darker uses as well, as all the great archetypes tell us. For encountering an enemy at night has its uses. Invisibility makes for a great offense, as well as defense. Who knows who might be listening wherever we live and work?

Being cunning and deceitful with co-workers and potential colleagues might backfire. And lying can be a temptation if Fox’s needs get too strong. You’ll want to seek out Fox’s lighter aspects. Learn to be a patient hunter, to be careful and discriminating, listen before you speak, and keep your eyes open. And you too will be a Master of Natural Magic before you end this lesson. Respect Fox and Her needs, but keep your own mind! Keep in mind how there is almost always a light in the darkness however. Whatever that is, you’ll know in time.


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Blogger tcrosbyportraits said...

Beautifully written. I have encountered Fox several times lately, and now I can see why. Thanks so much for the insight

6:47 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Today I was part of a writing/dance workshop and the teacher led us in a chakra meditation...I've never really been able to get into these before but this time I did and I saw a fox between states of conciousness and lots of aura colors too...anyway your insights are magical and I'm grateful for this post. Thank you!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Angie Rose said...

a fox just directly crossed my path while i was sitting on my front step smoking a black and mild i grew up very spiritual and today i realized alot , my mothers a medium but shes asleep right now and i like varieties of opinions so can someone please tell me what they think it means

1:12 AM  
Blogger Angie Rose said...

i realized alot all day before the fox like how i want to live and where i want to be in 5 years

1:14 AM  
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6:08 PM  
Blogger Mikel O'Brien said...

This is a beautifully written entry. I'm glad I found it in my search. Are you still writing anywhere else?

6:09 PM  
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2:05 PM  
Blogger Tracy Chamney said...

I am born a Fox, from a long line of Foxes.
Its spirit is in my heart and I believe helped me through many troubled times.
Thank you for your Fox Writings.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take time to think for success, not ego or pretend success where you failed, but tried. Rather get foxy with it and study cunning. Look up the word. Soft and playful, full of energy… with inches of predators yet safe, so long as Fox is conscious of all possibilities. Like the cat and dog as one! Permission to be wise Fox grants. To win but not to dominate. To escape but not for revenge. Foxy and Free is the motto!!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Last night I dreamt of a white Wolfe which I think is my spirit animal. Then a red fox. The fox very casually walked by me and looked me in the eyes then walked away. I was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and I feel this dream has great significance in my life any insight would be much appreciated

1:15 AM  
Blogger FS said...

Last week I had a dream where I saw a few dead foxes laying on the side of the street I was walking. Wasn't a bad dream. My 2 friends from school where there also. I didn't had a bad feeling about the dream, but I didn't like to see the dead foxes. They were small.
Can someone help me with this dream, please?

10:14 AM  
Blogger stephanie haftel said...

i found the perfectly preserved skull of a fox while hiking in the woods recently. it has come into my life to make me aware of its place as my totem right now.

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7:58 AM  
Blogger Thea Green said...

I had a dream I was doing pilates or yoga with a samoise dog in a park? Dog belonged to this kid who never took care of the dog so it would run away and find me... Dog brought me a dead fox at some point too? Can anyone tell me what being gifted a dead fox could mean?

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2:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

A few days ago I dreamt about a red fox walking up to me and licking my hand and the top part of my foot. Then later that day while driving to go pick my daughter up from a friends, A red fox ran across the road in front of me. Can anyone point me in the direction of finding out what this means in my life?

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