But first a note to myself: Make sure and post more controversial drafts while I’m still fired up about them and when I have time to refute points and further explain my perspective. I believe in what I’m saying on my blog, but sometimes just the thought of defending my views tires me out. Which is why I’m switching tracks today. I’ll get back to the more derisive posts later–I’m in a pretty mellow place right now and don’t want to get worked up. Here’s a lovely wildlife/Native American post:
You have heard about my moose sightings before: Moose way down below Mount Rainier, which was still closed for slow. On the road, and looking at ME. In my boss’ yard while I house-sat. When she had lived there a long time and never seen one.
Over the weekend, Cool and I went to Tacoma to visit her mom and while we were there we visited NW Trek, a wildlife reserve near the base of Mount Rainier (I think). You can take a train ride around the perimeter of meadows and forests while the guide tells you features. The train has 1/4 windows so viewing and picture-taking is easily done. Which I did a lot of–I like seeing animals even if they’re planted there. We saw bison, reindeer, birds of many types, mmm I should look on their web page for a list, I’m having trouble remembering. Anyway, our guide was saying to look closely for the moose, because they are usually more elusive. Many people came to the reserve repeatedly and never saw them. And there are only 3 total. The guide said we had the rare treat of seeing EVERY animal that was out there to see!
Because I have a feeling moose is my spirit animal I was confident we would see one, and scanned the trees meticulously to find it. Lucky me! Two moose were right ON our road. A female and a beautiful chocolate-colored male. We were sitting on the 2nd of 3 train cars, and the male came up very close to only the 2nd car–his antler may have crossed the line of the window! Then, we saw the 3rd moose on the other side of the path a little further away! We saw 3 of 3 when the tram guy had said how difficult it was!
I think as part of my moose spirit animal run, I’m not supposed to pervert the experience by getting a good picture. It’s maybe something just for me to enjoy in the moment. Because, again, I did not get an adequate shot. My pictures look like black indistinguishable blurs. Cool got one halfway recognizable shot, but it doesn’t nearly convey the closeness we experienced in person. These pics are from NW Trek’s Facebook page. Though the male (pic on far left here) has grown a lot since this! His rack has about 3(?) more branches on it now!
Here’s some info from a website about my animal and what it means:
The moose is often associated with the feminine energies, the maternal forces of the world; those with Moose totem will find these forces awakened. Part of this is due to the association of moose with water [my astrological sign is Cancer--a water sign] as it is the primal symbol of the feminine forces of the universe. Water is the symbol of creativity and dynamic forms of intuition and illumination. The sea is the point from which all life comes and to which all life returns. It is the great womb of the universe. The moose is often seen in marshy areas and standing in lakes – moose is comfortable in these areas. Additionally, the female moose is extremely protective of its young.
If Moose has come passing through your life:
Know and understand that you – and only you – have the authority to make your own choices in life. You do not need to feel ashamed or pressured in any way by your friends and peers in that what you choose is different from them. Stand strong and proud and own who you are! Your individuality is your strength.
If Moose is your Animal Totem:
Your strength is in knowing exactly who you are. You have integrity and always stay true to yourself in decisions and life choices. Friends and peers look up to your knowledge and innate wisdom. You see life for what it is – a long journey with short stops to enjoy the spoils along the way. You move through life with pride and authority.
If Moose has stumbled into your dreams:
It may mean to pay close attention to the elders around you for they hold they wisdom of days gone by. To dream of a moose in its natural habit means you can expect a beneficial change of circumstances coming your way now. To dream that you shoot a moose signifies that you can expect that some simmering family conflict is about to boil over. A baby moose means that a lucky break is about to happen, most likely in connection with a journey.
If moose is your power animal then you will probably be full of contradictions – clumsy yet graceful, huge but with the ability to move swiftly and soundlessly. Usually people with this power animal have excellent depth perception and are very wise. They also have an innate ability of being balanced – when to be gentle, when to be strong, what to say when and to whom.
So maybe this post isn’t as far from yesterday’s as I initially thought. . .