I went in to AAA yesterday to finally get the insurance on my car transferred over into my name, and off of State Farm. The lady I worked with was very nice and seemed very interested in me and my personal story. About mid-way through the process, she motioned to the pewter dire wolf skull necklace I wear and said, “I like your necklace. What is that?”
I hadn’t yet mentioned that I was in school to be a Paleontologist – I had only told her that I was currently an Anthropology major, however, and slated to transfer as soon as I finished the last 3 classes and got my AA. I held up the necklace and turned it the proper way, saying it was a dire wolf skull, and that I’d gotten it at the La Brea Tar Pits a few years back. She smiled, shared that her daughter liked that museum, and then gave me a compliment that’s stuck in the back of my mind ever since. Now for a full 24 hours.
“It’s very ‘you’.”
Oh, if only she knew.
And, in other news, a new friend has entered my taxidermic collection as of yesterday. Her name, as she has informed me thanks to my brother’s boyfriend mentioning the name and her liking it, is Constance, and she is a silver badger. Check my facebook for pictures.
As I am still bonding with her, she’s sitting on my desk as I type this – both physically and spiritually, though the spiritual version keeps going around and exploring the house. She’s beautiful, and had a very vivid way of getting my attention. I didn’t know she was roadkilled, and when I first picked her up, I literally heard a squeal of brakes and felt… well, what can only be described as a “thud” against my spine. It’s the first time I’ve been greeted by an animal spirit by it informing me how it died. I’m not sure if she was looking for confirmation or what, but it was very vivid and I’m glad I’d braced myself for some sort of experience before touching her, or else I might have been knocked off my feet, or at least into my chair.
However, she’s very true to the badger’s spirit, in that unlike my roadkilled coyote, Trevor, she isn’t at all traumatized by her experience. She’s curious and steadfast, and very interested in learning about this new life she’s been tossed into. I respect her a lot, and even after we’ve bonded, I might keep her on my desk for awhile, jus because she has a wonderful energy that I’m very much enjoying having around.
To give you an idea, here are some things about Badger, the totemic spirit, that I found this morning during my research.
“In Native American mythology, a sighting of a Badger or Badger tracks was a message that all things are possible when we tap into our inner creative powers.
The badger stops at nothing to get what it wants, and this is a lesson for us to be persistant in our pursuits. Specifically, those who attract this spirit’s attention do so because they have difficulty finishing what they start. The badger is here to help with that aspect in life. Call upon badger’s strong, stubborn nature to help you complete any project you start.
The badger is also a sign that it is time for us to come out of hiding – it’s time to let the world know that you are here, and that you mean business!”
Lastly, the symbolism of the badger also includes individuality. The badger is a unique creature, well equipped to meet all the challenges it faces. It lives life quite effectively, and, although it’s methods might seem unorthodox, the badger doesn’t care what the rest of the world thinks about it. Perhaps the greatest lesson that badger imparts to us is to walk your own path at your own pace, nevermind what others may say. Have faith in your own abilities and know that you are well equipped to take on whatever challenge you may face.”
If that isn’t the universe giving me a kick in the pants to get started on the rest of my life and have confidence, as well as a confirmation that I’m on the right track and that my positivity is working, I don’t know what is!!
Welcome to the family, Constance!