In researching for Ostara I again came across the story of the Rabbit whom used to be a bird. When found by the Goddess Ostara as a bird whom was close to death, she changed into a rabbit giving him a new life.
In my resent Shamanic Journeying work I have been working with one of my animal helpers in more ways than I ever done before. In reading the story again of Ostara and a voice in my head asked a question that I am still attempting to put into words.
How much more or less important are Sprit Animals relationships compared to your relationship with the Gods and Goddesses? Are we more likely to form relationships with the Gods and Goddesses as they take on human form therefore easier to relate to rather than an animal (or other).
In the Ostara story the Rabbit produces the eggs as he wants to bring happiness to the Goddess (or in other versions is ordered to bring her happiness in payment of saving his life). It then reminded me of how we often see Gods and Goddesses with animals doing there bidding, or being an important part of there life. My mind comes to the ones that are pulled around in a chariot (or similar) by an animal or two. Why not the animal being carried around by the God or Goddess, is this our own human perception coming in putting human at the top of the tree?
And it is this thought that has me troubled, or thinking (I am not sure which word to use there). I personally put no one on top of the tree, I put everything in a circle as nothing is any more or less important than each other. As all life relay on everything else for survival. A factor that I think has been forgotten in years past as people separated themselves from nature.
And so I come back to sprit animals and how I am glad the current steps of my spiritual journey I have been working with a sprit animal and opening up to others as well (most recently the sprit of trees). I wonder how come it took me this long but then maybe it is just as simple as now is the time they want to work with me and before they were not. I am not sure, I am just glad they are.
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