During a recent group meditative exercise I had an unexpected visitor. An elephant. I have included the picture to the left in this post because it helps explain the experience.
As I began to go deeper into the exercise, my inner vision flowed from my upper left in a diagonal motion toward my bottom right field of "sight". Gentle colors came in ripples, all muted and slow and eventually a sort of wrinkling appeared. And then the slow blinking of an elephant's eye, pretty similar to the picture here, only that the elephant was facing me more "head on" and I could actually envision the upper part of the trunk as well.
The elephant blinked silently, slowly, over and over and I had the feeling that it was kind and old. Then the skin and the wrinkles and the eye slowly transformed into a partial face (same view) of a Crone and she smiled kindly. Then back to the elephant and back again.
Ever since the exercise I have been seeing elephants. Damn near everywhere. They will pop up in advertisements, as stuffed animals I pass in baby buggies on the trail. Some crazy lady handed me a flyer for a "white elephant sale" while we were in New Orleans recently. I opened a catalog yesterday that came in the mail to a random page and there hung an elephant pendant. We went to Florida to visit my mom and out of the blue she suggested we go to the Manatee rescue park where I learned that the closest animal link to the manatee is...the elephant.
So, the elephant wants to get to know me and me to know it I would say. I have learned that elephants are symbols of power and strength and that they can represent the three fold feminine aspect of ourselves. I have learned that elephants can deliver the message of our ability to deal with obstacles and that they can represent sovereignty, stability, and stead-fastness. Elephants can attest to gentleness and telepathic skill. They remind us to never forget.
I'm excited to speak with this animal further and to explore what it has to say and the connection to the Crone who visited me with it.