Recently while I was out for my morning walk with my dogs, I had an encounter with a young fox. I often see foxes in my neighborhood, but they are always running to get themselves hidden in the bushes and more often than not I only catch a glimpse of a tail or spot ears sticking out from behind a bush. After all, foxes a very cautious animals and prefer not to be seen. Well, this encounter was anything but.
As I was walking along the sidewalk in front of the middle school on my street, I spotted a young fox just sitting in a grassy area by the school parking lot. He (or she) couldn’t have picked a more open spot to observe the world around him. I slowed my pace so as not to frighten him and it was then we made eye contact. He just sat there looking as us. I expected him to take off, but no. While watching him I spotted two others in the distance. The first one (the mom) was just a tail slipping into a long row of bushes and shortly after that another young one in the distance was running across the grass and into the bushes behind mom. This being the usual fox behavior I see. Meanwhile this young fox just sat there looking around, sniffing the air and continuing to make eye contact with me. I keep my pace slow and steady to see just how close I could get, all the while sweetly talking to him. My Lab spotted the fox soon after I did and was very interested, but remained calm and curious. My 14 yr.old Shepherd wasn’t interested in the least.
When I got to the black top of the parking lot, now about 100 ft. away, the fox stood up and started to walk, not run, toward the row of bushes. I told him I was sorry we got too close, but that he wasn’t in any danger from us. He then turned around and sat down, again making direct eye contact. I continued slowly walking, then stopping to pause every few steps keeping the eye contact and speaking gently. My dogs continued to remain calm. I asked him why he was allowing us to get so close and I swear I could see him smile at me. Not a cunning smile, but so sweet. Now I know he wasn’t physically smiling, but he was most definitely smiling from the inside out to me. This fox was giving me a message.
When we have unusual encounters with animals, that’s when we have to pay attention to what we were just thinking about. They are responding to our thoughts. When I see foxes running into the bushes, this is not having an encounter. A message encounter is when the behavior is out of the ordinary for that animal or sadly when we accidentally kill them.
If you have an out of the ordinary encounter with an animal, stop and ask yourself, what was I just thinking about? This isn’t easy because we get all tied up in the encounter and quickly forget what we were just thinking about. This is exactly what happened with me when I saw this young fox and I immediately went into animal communication mode. But I do remember some of the thoughts that were running through my mind during my walk.
The next thing you do is think about what the particular animal’s symbolism and/or meaning is. For this particular encounter, the red in the fox is representative of the fire element and deals with: passion, desire, intensity and expression. Also, fox is encouraging me to think outside of the box and use my intelligence in different and creative ways. So the message is for me to try to approach my life circumstances differently that I normally would, to be aware of some of my habits, and try a different angle of action. The fox also reminders me to utilize all of my resources (seen and unseen) in order to accomplish my goals. Lastly, the fox is a sign for me to be mindful of my everyday surroundings…I’m very good at this, but there’s always room for improvement.
Now you might be asking how I got all this information. It’s easy, Google it! Just type in the animal and “meaning of”. Read through what you find and see what resonates with you. It’s likely that not all of what you read on the animal will be meaningful to you. But something will and that’s the message. I also suggest you sit quietly with the spirit of the animal and the information received for a few minutes or maybe journal your thoughts. Whatever way works for you to “take it all in”. You’ll be amazed at the powerful insight that creature has to offer you.
One last thought, the animals you have an encounter with are not necessarily your totem animal. We can receive messages from any animal, a plant and even rocks. After all, we are all made of this earth and we are all connected to everything on it.
Animals are not only beholders of great beauty, but they are also beholders of ancient wisdom ~Molly Friedenfeld