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Sacred Connections with Power Animals: The Serpent

Throughout the realms of modern medicine, ancient philosophy and traditions and mythology, the serpent has held a significant presence and role. 

In today’s world, as we wander down shop streets, we see the symbol of the entwined serpent, which originates with the Greek mythological “Rod of Asclepius”, Asclepius being the God associated with healing and medicine. In his honour snakes would be used in healing rituals and be allowed to roam free among the ill in their sick beds. 

The serpent has been long associated with healing and renewal. As the serpent sheds it’s skin, it sheds what no longer serves it. It heals and releases what it needs to in order to maintain vitality and health. 

It has been considered a sacred and powerful animal for thousands of years in the shamanic traditions. It is often called upon to hold sacred space in the south direction, the direction associated with the earth in some traditions. 

As with all of the teachings that have been handed down to us from our ancestors, we must connect with them and interpret them in a way which is applicable to our everyday modern lives. What can we take from the essence of the serpents teachings which we can apply to our daily routines. 

  1. Shedding the Past:

Many of us wrap our past and pain around us like warm blankets on a cold winter’s day. Although we yearn for the freedom that comes with walking freely without carrying that extra weight, we fear the emptiness that comes with allowing that cover of past remnants to fall to the floor. By connecting to the energy and teachings of the serpent, we can slowly work on “shedding our skin” I.e. letting go of the heaviness that surrounds our past and letting go of what doesn’t serve us in this present moment. The serpent has been a symbol of renewal, and eternal life, due to it’s ability to shed it’s skin and emerge as one again. It teaches us that there is life after letting go of the past, and by doing so we are gifting ourselves with a fresh lease of life. 

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

2. Flexibility

The serpent is far from rigid. It twists and turns, coils around its nest and trees. We can learn a lot by simply observing the behaviour of the serpent. When we have goals or projects that we would like to achieve, we can learn to be flexible, keeping focused on reaching the final goal, rather than being rigid and restricting ourselves to a single path to getting there. 

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Photo by Pravin Bagde on Unsplash

3. Caution and Awareness

The serpent moves slowly, cautiously, being acutely aware of its surroundings. Connecting with the serpent energy teaches us to be aware of our current surroundings. We are reminded to take things easy and approach our current situation with caution. We are taught to take a moment to reflect on the accuracy of the situation, the truth of what is really going on, to reassess our direction and path. 

The serpent is often associated with the root chakra, our connection to the earth and our connection to our sensual self. It is also associated with fertility. In the path of personal healing, we can connect to the essence of the serpent as an archetype, to heal our root chakra and begin our awakening and our reconnection to self. When we heal, we heal from the root upwards, and often carry heavier energy and blocks, sometimes lingering from our childhood in the lower chakras. Try meditating and connecting energetically with the serpent to begin to heal the root causes of disharmony in your life. 

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Photo by Stijn Swinnen on Unsplash

Featured Image: Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Two Step Healing Online Sessions

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Tailored Elemental Healing

The core concept behind Be Yew – Elemental Energy and Sound Healing is to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to remain balanced and connected to nature and to yourself. 

At times, we are knocked off balance. We develop energy blocks, through stressful or upsetting incidents or environments, empathically absorbing energy from our environments or stagnated energy lingering after a physical illness has passed. Whatever the source or reason, these blocks appear in our energetic field or chakras as a trigger for us to focus inwards, heal and for personal growth. 

The initial energy reading, will be done using which ever tools I am guided to use for each individual. These may include diagnostic tuning forks, journeying or other shamanic tools. This will be done prior to the 60 min one-on-one session.

As each person is different, I will compile tailored exercises to aid you to work on your own energy blocks, which will be completed over the course of seven days and explained to you during the initial session. 

On day seven, I will do a follow-up energy reading, and offer you support to rebalance and maintain energetic equilibrium. 

Exchange:

Initial Energy Reading prior to session + Initial Session 60 mins €50                           

Follow – Up 30 mins €25

Contact: +353 85 22 348 22 or  info@yewelementals.com to book an appointment.

 

Integrating Imbolc into a Modern World

Imbolc, was celebrated in ancient Ireland since pre-celtic times. It marked the cross-quarter day between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Today, many combine Imbolc with St. Brigid’s Day on the February 1st, but astronomically, it can lie within the first week of February. 

Imbolc, means to be “in the belly”. Its a time that refers to the approach of spring and a return of life to the land. The plants begin to grow again, it’s lambing season, vitality has returned. It is also associated with the Goddess Brigid, who gifted the world with fertile land whenever she lay down her cloak and was a represented fire. The idea of the divine feminine, encompassing fertility, rebirth, warmth and growth is at the forefront of this time of year.

In today’s world, particularly for those living in large cities and towns, there is a certain disconnect from nature’s natural cycles and we tend to slide from one season into another without paying particular attention to the process. 

By rediscovering that connection to the natural yearly cycle, and by paying attention to the way that nature deals with the changing temperatures, seasons and environments, we can learn to be more in sync with these changes and apply natures tools to our own self healing and self management. 

Winter is a time for self reflection; it’s a time for looking inwards and decluttering our lives as we release old energy, and let go of what no longer serves us. As the plants and many of the animals return underground, into the belly of the earth, we too symbolically return to the womb. 

As the new year approaches, we plant seeds of intention for the coming year. While we are still focusing our energy inwards, we find the energy centre within our selves – and like the seeds settle to germinate within the earths underground nest, we too plant our intentions to germinate within our energetic centre. 

Now the time of Imbolc is here. The seeds are well and truly planted, and they are growing and expanding upwards. As the vital force of the plants awaken once more, shoots are created which begin to travel towards the top layer of the earth, preparing to break through into the light and warmth of spring. So too must we awaken our own vital force from deep within us, focus on our goals and intentions for this year and channel energy and support into those seeds, so that they too will gather strength, grow upwards and break into the light and warmth of success. 

We are reminded that winter is coming to a close, and it is time to prepare for a time of vitality and growth. Take some time out over the coming days and reflect on the intentions that you set for this year. If you haven’t already made some, think about some new goals or projects that you would like to begin and develop. Reflect on aspects of yourself and lifestyle that you would like to improve. Would you like to work towards a healthier diet? Or perhaps offer more time to spirituality and self-love? 

Or simply, just sit and connect into the energy of this special time of year. Give gratitude for having endured the winter and for having the privilege to experience the changing of the seasons, the welcoming of spring and a time of rebirth and growth.

Acknowledge. Embrace. Be.