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Animal Symbolism—Grasshopper

My cat Jasper saying hello to the grasshopper.

My cat Jasper saying hello to the grasshopper.

I’m still amazed when an animal, or in this case, an insect appears so that there can be no mistake about the importance or right timing of its message. Its the middle of November so I wasn’t expecting to see a grasshopper sunning itself on my window ledge but there he was, soaking up the warm rays as if he were sitting on a white sand beach dotted with sea shells somewhere in the Florida Keys.

He got my attention, this messenger of the Hopping Gods. I’ve been going through some challenges of late (like a lot of people that I know these days) and that’s usually when I have an animal sighting, or unusual dreams, and I did have a dream this week about an actress, Hyacinth Bucket on Keeping Up Appearances. She was rollerblading with ease and I interpreted that to mean that I would sail through my current difficulties.

I see these timely messages now as the Universe/Goddess/God leaving me a message on my cell, “Hi Shelley, I just wanted to remind you to (fill in the blank). You’re doing a great job, and don’t forget that we love you! Cheers, the Universe.”

The last time I remember seeing a grasshopper, I was in a quandary of whether to expand my Tarot business beyond my comfort zone. I was reading for a client at a Pilate’s studio and saw the grasshopper on a windowsill. Later that day, I got offered to read people on a regular basis at the studio and I decided to take the leap because of the grasshopper sighting. It turned out to be worthwhile. If I had played it ‘safe’ I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunities that opened up later on.

Grasshopper’s main message is to leap forward.

According to Ted Andrews in his book, Animal Speak, grasshoppers have a knack for knowing when to make a leap. Seeing one is reminding you to trust your gut and own instincts, to listen to your inner knowing.

Sometimes a grasshopper will show up if you are afraid to make a change in your life and leap into something brand new. Life can become difficult when we say no to life’s nudge to move forward.

Are there any leaps that you want to make but are afraid to try?

Do you feel stuck in any area of your life?

What does your inner voice have to say?

In my case, I believe the message imparted by grasshopper was to keep leaping forward with the changes I’ve been making on the health front, career and my own happiness. This is not the time to go back into my comfort zone. Some of the changes haven’t been easy because I had to confront my own fears and well-worn habits but it has been well worth the effort. And Jasper agrees!

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