23 Apr Animal Symbolism Series—Fox
The first time I encountered Fox was in the Pocono’s for a weekend trip of camping and hiking back in 2003. At the time I was searching for my biological father and using the Genealogy sites offered on the web to try and track him down. I had contacted a few promising names and hoped for a response. When I got home an email was waiting for me. It was from my half brother, and he said in the letter that he believed we were related. It later turned out to be true and Fox lesson number one had been administered. What did I learn, you ask? I believe that in this case Fox was teaching me to use its skill in cunning and the prize was my father.
Fox has been with me ever since and I believe it is a power animal of mine. Sometimes he lies dormant for quite awhile, and when I think, “Yep, he’s gone now,” he shows up again. Lately he’s been very active and sniffing around my hen house more than unusual. Power animals arrive when you need them and depart when the learning/helping is done.
Totem animals are different because they are with you from birth and stay by your side until you move onto the next life. I have three totem animals, and to be honest, I think I have three because I need a lot of help. <grin>
Fox made its presence known again in 2006 when I began my foray into the dating world. I was driving home at dusk and saw him walking along the side of the road with his nose to the ground. At first I didn’t understand why he had shown up. But in hindsight I have come to realize that I needed to hone my skills of discernment to a new level and Mr. Oh So Sly and Clever was going to show me how.
So what does it mean if you see a fox slip quietly through the forest and then turn around to stare at you with inquisitive eyes? Fox is the master of the art of disguise. He can disappear into his surroundings and observe things undetected. If fox suddenly appears in your life then pay close attention to your environment and watch people’s actions—not their words. It will yield bigger clues. Fox will help you detect if someone is trying to deceive you in anyway.
After being with me for six years, Fox has come to symbolize all of the masks that people wear. Fox has taught me many things but the mask symbol is the strongest one for me. So now I say quietly to myself upon meeting someone new, what’s behind the mask?
Symbols of any kind, in both waking and dreaming life need to be interpreted carefully since the meaning will vary according to each individual. I’m still learning from Fox and lately he’s been kicking my bum. But hey, I’ve been paying attention now, really, I have, and just maybe I will pass all of the discernment tests with flying colors very soon. Until then, Fox will be my shadow. I’m just glad he’s so darn cute!