Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Snail's Pace

©Cavendish & Fenech

After a hectic Christmas and New Year, today I decided to draw a card for pathworking, after several months of mainly chanting during my meditations.  And this little beauty, from the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle (Blue Angel, 2009) is what I drew :)  Ah, slowing down, taking time to observe the world around me and to just be - that sounds like a good idea!  

I have a friend who once dated a biologist specialising in snails.  At the time, I couldn’t understand the attraction (either to the man, or to snails).  However, I found my visualisation with this card really powerful!  

Imagine what it would be like to feel the earth you moved over through a large part of your body, connected to it by fluid so that you can touch everything you move across intimately.  Imagine the feel of a leaf sliding under you, experiencing its softness and the ridge of its spine, and the green feel of it.  That openness to the world, that emotional connection, also leaves us vulnerable, though, hence the need for a shell to escape into.

The sun was rising, and I listened joyfully to the dawn chorus outside my window.  Then, as a snail, I realised what a different sense I would have of that.  Birds, after all, might swoop down and eat me!  Suddenly, I realised why I have eyes out on stalks, waving in the air.  Raised above my shell so I can check the skies in all directions, I keep my eyes peeled, ready to hide if I see a flash of movement above me.  That shell might not save me, but it might.  Ah, the uncertainty of life, I am in the hands of the Goddess...

Despite these insights, I also realised how little I know of snails.  How do they eat?  Where do they live?  Can they hear the bird’s song?

I doubt I will spend the time to find out, with so much else going on.  Still, I enjoyed taking the time to feel and think about being a snail.  And I shall try to be mindful today and listen to the heartbeat of the earth :)


  1. Ewww! See, this is why shapeshifting does not appeal to me. I don't want to imagine what it's like to be a snail. :) Glad you enjoyed it, though. x

  2. Funny, I hadn't thought of it as being like shapeshifting, but then, I've always loved books on that. Hmm, maybe I should dig out my Lisa Hunt Shapeshifters Tarot... :)