Briseilid actually inspired this month’s theme, all she did was comment on how we heard the owl and the fox during our Samhain ceremony, which then led us on to the topic of Totems.
Totems, power animals, animal guides, whatever you want to call them, each of us feels an affinity with a certain animal somewhere in our lives. It might be somebody working with bees, someone is definitely a cat person… whereas another might have had a dog when they were younger. There is no denying that animals actually have much to teach us, not only about them, but about ourselves.
We have explored our animal affinities before, back in August, but due to other commitments, I didn’t get a chance to write about that particular meeting in its full detail.
Proceedings kicked off with the question of if the Grove of the Corieltauvi did adopt a totem for itself, then what would it be? This then changed into should we adopt the Owl and the Fox as our Grove totems? We discussed this and ended up with three animals:
Owl: We seem to get the owl a lot, even back in July when we visited the horse farm where Cthulhudruid works, we still had owl singing (screaming?) away as well as swooping down on some unfortunate rodent. The owl is linked with the Cailleach, who we in the Grove honour at this time of year. The long nights and cold winds are her domain. The owl is also connected with remaining detached and being able to be still in order to see what others miss.
Fox: I remember going onto the GOC website and seeing Cthulhudruid’s symbol and name: Running Fox. Both Tatterhood and LadyMorgana have fox fur in different guises (Mr and Mrs Fox). The fox in the Druid Tradition is a creature that represents the wildness within, it employs cunning and is said to have power in diplomacy. What I like about fox is its ability to remain unseen if it wants to, whereas sometimes it will just come out in the open, regardless of who is watching! Tatterhood said Fox is very suitable for the Grove as a whole; we tend to sit on the fence and avoid politics in other groups, we don’t get precious about who we talk with or not. By all means, we make friends with other groups (the Abus Coritani) and have no contact with others we know we won’t get on with… not mentioning any names…
Horse: The horse is a gallant and powerful creature, it has connections with the Land (obviously!) journeys and the goddesses Rhiannon, Epona and the woman, Macha who was forced to run a race with horses despite being about to give birth!Horse is also linked with Cthulhudruid, whom although unable to make the meeting, his wisdom was quoted by LadyMorgana. She related to us something Cthulhudruid told her about horses which was that they reflect the rider. If a rider is nervous, the horse picks up on that and won’t feel comfortable. If a rider is relaxed, so will the horse be so. If a rider has arrogance and extreme confidence, the horse will be just as pompous. I am paraphrasing, of course but it was said that the horse’s ability to reflect is something we as a Grove also do with each other. When in ceremony and ritual, there have been many times when one of us has said we’d like to work on something within ourselves and we all could relate to that aspect.
So, here is a question for those not at the meeting, because we felt we couldn’t make the decision fairly without the other members: Do we adopt the Fox, Owl and Horse as Grove totems?
Please comment below.