Today’s Meditation: One Foot In

I have been resisting the recommended meditation practice.  After my workout today, I decided to indulge for as long as it felt right. It turned into a two-hour meditation session. Midway through, an image appeared in my mind. I could see myself walking away. On my left foot was a leopard print loafer. Comfortable and stable. On my right was a metallic pink shoe which looked as though the heel was broken off. I was forced to limp and drag the right leg behind me.

I interpreted that image to mean that I am beginning to step into my original power but I am still holding on to old ideas of myself. Based on the pink, shiny shoe perhaps those old ideas are based on childhood experiences.

What makes this very interesting, is that not long ago I decided to having a shamanic soul retrieval session in which my spirit animal is revealed to me. Mine is a leopard which is represented by a Jaguar in the totem animal dictionary.

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The Jaguar’s medicine includes seeing the roads within chaos and understanding the patterns of chaos, moving without fear in the darkness, moving in unknown places, shape shifting, psychic vision, facilitating soulwork, empowering oneself, and reclaiming power.

When the jaguar bounds into your reality it is asking you to go within, to release your fears, to heal your emotions and to awaken your inner sight. When you come out of retreat the jaguar will be there awaiting you. If you choose to follow her lead, she will guide you into the underworld where the secrets of life and creation are to be found.

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Enjoying the journey,

Sherry

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  1. I’d also recommend researching into Jaguar specifically; his symbolism and powers are very different from Leopard’s in many cultures where Jaguar is especially revered, and they are not the same animal. (Jaguar is exactly as related to the lion and the tiger as to the leopard.) This is Wikipedia, so pass the salt, but it looks like a good start, at least: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguars_in_Mesoamerican_cultures

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      1. My folklore and mythology dictionary has entries on Jaguar, Jaguar Dance and Jaguar-man (all related). If you’re interested, I’ll transcribe them and pass them on.

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      2. (Here comes a wall of text! Keep in mind that the entries are themselves quite old, so some information will be updated elsewhere since. What strikes me is the strong association with fire — the Sun, campfires, ashes and coals, and Fire itself).

        JAGUAR

        A large leopard-like animal (Felis onca) of wooded regions from Texas to Patagonia, figuring largely in South American Indian mythology, shamanism, and folk belief. The curing shaman of the Cariban Taulipáng invokes the jaguar to cure swellings caused by eating deer meat, because the jaguar himself lives on deer meat. The jaguar is a favorite familiar of shamans; the shaman can even turn himself into a jaguar; in fact, the were-jaguar belief is common throughout many South American Indian tribes.

        Eclipses are caused by a huge supernatural jaguar who attacks the sun and moon (Abipón, Camacan, Chiquito, Chiriguano, Guarani, Incas, Mataco, Mocovi, Mojo, Toba, Vilela, Yuracare). The Cavapó, Timbira, and Shirente tribes of eastern Brazil have a story about a boy abandoned in a tree who was rescued by a benevolent jaguar and given the gift of fire to take to mankind.

        In Caingang mythology, the twin culture heroes, Kamé and Kayurukré, created jaguars out of ashes and coals, but later decided to do away with them. They induced all the jaguars to get on a tree trunk which was lying in a river; Kamé was to push the log off into the swift current, but some of the jaguars grabbed hold of the bank and roared. Kamé was terrified and ran away. Thus the jaguars came ashore and still exist today.

        In Bororo Indian mythology (Brazil) Jaguar marries a chief’s daughter, and warns her against his mother, who is a caterpillar. The old mother finally makes the young wife laugh, however, while Jaguar is away, and she dies laughing. Jaguar returns, removes twin boys from his wife’s abdomen, and burns up the caterpillar-hag.

        JAGUAR DANCE

        A dance of Western Bororo Indians of eastern Brazil; a dance of appeasement and propitiation of the spirit of a slain jaguar, performed by a hunter who has just killed a jaguar. Dressed in the skin of the slain animal and wearing necklaces of jaguar claws and teeth, he dances and leaps in imitation of the animal and is believed to be possessed by its spirit. The dance is accompanied by the wailing of women, lamenting the death of the jaguar.

        JAGUAR-MAN

        The South American werewolf. In South America where there are no wolves, the jaguar takes his place. It is a common belief in the Amazon region that sorcerers wander by night as jaguars to attack their victims. It is not always clear, however, whether the belief is that the sorcerer transforms himself into a jaguar or whether he sends forth his soul to incite and lead some actual jaguar against his victims. The belief in jaguar-men was especially strong among the ancient Abipón. In Paraguay, this belief is still shared by Indians and mestizos alike.

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      3. There isn’t one. The book is rather weak on individual entries for African mythology, unfortunately.

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