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Animals and Witchcraft

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Kangaroo

Totem Spirit & Medicine

By Patricia J. Martin 

Even as summer lingers and we are still busily "making hay" while we can, there is an unmistakable coolness in the air. Feeling the impending shift of seasons, our thoughts begin to bound ahead as we prepare to leap forward on the Wheel. For the Autumnal Equinox, where day and night are equally balanced, meet Kangaroo - a most endearing animal who is all about balance, strength, agility and movement, and who can help us make any transition with ease!  

According to legend, when the explorer Captain Cook first laid eyes on a kangaroo in Australia, he'd questioned the aborigines as to the name of this strange creature. Their response was, "Kangaroo," which translated means, "I do not understand you." <grin> A more likely story, though, was recorded by Joseph Banks in 1770, who stated that the word "kangaroo" derived from the Australian Aboriginal word "gangurru," depicting the Grey kangaroo. 

The 57 known species of Kangaroo - the most common being the Red and the Grey - are unique to Australia and a few surrounding islands. They are all herbivorous, nocturnal mammals. The male kangaroo is often called a boomer, buck or jack; the female, a doe or jill; and the baby, a joey. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. They are one of only a few animals in the world for whom hopping is their only form of locomotion. As a totem, this indicates that any movement we make in our lives will be accomplished through unique and different approaches. Fresh perspectives will most likely open up to us. 

The kangaroo is a marsupial, meaning the female possesses a frontal pouch where her prematurely birthed offspring complete their development outside the womb. The joey is blind at birth, and must instinctively ascend their mother's belly and crawl into the nurturing pouch. With Kangaroo Totem we also will find our natural instincts enhanced, and we must let them guide us as our over-analyzing tendencies diminish. When we learn this lesson, movement becomes freer and fortunate synchronicity increases. Marsupials also carry the totemic message that what we have given "birth" to in the 9 months from the new dawning light of Yule to Mabon may still need nurturing and attention in order to bring it forth to full manifestation. It is time to work on completing our "harvest" and we will generally have about 5 weeks in which to do it. It is also time to experience all that our efforts have produced. With Kangaroo medicine, we are given the added spring in our step to finish gathering all we've "planted" along the way. Kangaroos never move backward (they can't), and always move forward. As a Totem, they insist we move forward too, and will prompt us to only steer ahead toward a brighter future. 

The kangaroo's very long, large tail is a symbol of power, strength and sexuality, and is used for balance, propulsion, or leverage during self-defense. Although normally a somewhat sedentary and peaceful animal, when threatened or vying for females, the kangaroo may use its sharp claws in a "boxing" manner or lean back on his tail for balance as he kicks his powerful legs and claws at an opponent. In this, Kangaroo Spirit lends protection to our lives, bringing a peaceful calm and confidence as we prepare to move through the dark half of the year or as we attempt to move beyond our present circumstances or level of comfort in any stressful situation. Though the unknown may seem scary or insurmountable at the moment, we should fear not, for this Totem pushes us to hop and leap happily into our future without looking back. 

Known for their strength and agility, at full speed the adult Grey can reach 40 mph, and can jump a distance of approximately 25 feet in one hop and about 9 feet high. The tendons in their large back legs stretch and then snap back, providing lift-off. When traveling great distances, as momentum builds, the kangaroo expends less and less energy through use of these special tendons instead of using muscle. Their breathing is also very efficient. In mimicking Kangaroo's forward momentum skills and in remembering to take a breath during times of stress, we can learn how to progress and achieve our goals quickly, and our stamina during will be greatly enhanced as we leap over any obstacles in our way. Kangaroo prompts us to simply use the knowledge from our past to keep us from repeating mistakes, but will never allow us to live in the past. They teach that it is best to look ahead and to keep moving forward toward our hopes and dreams. 

Kangaroos live in semi-arid desert areas. They have the ability to go for long periods of time without water. Anyone with Kangaroo Totem will be taught how to survive during lean or harsh times and will gain the stamina and strength to ultimately reach their goals. 

Kangaroo brings intuitive and decisive movement, adventure, strength, agility and balance to one's life. They will help us move toward all that we need. Their medicine can help us shed what is no longer beneficial, and will bring endurance and nourishment through any tough, dry "desert" times, as they leads us to our greatest desires and potential.

May you bound effortlessly into all you desire!

Sources:

Animal-Wise by Ted Andrews

http://www.australian-wildlife.com/Kangaroo-information.html

http://www.wildspeak.com/vilturj/totems/wredkangaroo.html

Kangaroo, himself.

© Patricia J. Martin, July 10, 2008

Pari lives on the East Coast of America and is a Shamanic Witch. 

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