True story. One frosty morning in the middle of suburbia, I had a surprising encounter with a fellow suburbanite. I was on the way to my car which was hanging out in its little assigned space at the condo where my husband and I used to reside. Mind you this was way back in the day when he was still just “the man with whom I live.” Anyway, as I cheerily scurried towards my vehicle, steaming hot coffee in one hand, satchel of essential materials in the other, I noticed something odd. Directly in front of me, trotting across the grassy area near my car, I saw a really large scruffy looking dog. It was not on a leash which is rare in these parts. Every town in a fifty mile radius requires hounds to be fastened to their owners at all times. This rogue canine experiencing the joy of freedom made me a bit uncomfortable. I scanned the area for a possible owner but no one was there to claim him. In fact, there was not a single other person in sight. It was at this point that I came to the eerie realization that I was not in fact looking at a dog, out for a good time without its human; rather, I was staring down a freaking coyote. In the greyish light of early wintery mornings, you may question whether or not what you are actually seeing is indeed a coyote. Trust me, my centuries old, rarely used cave woman senses literally made all the hair on the back of my neck stand on end ridding me of any such doubt. In order to get into my car, I had to actually move towards the little beastie which was somewhat terrifying. However, being ridiculously far from the building entrance, it beat actually staying outside of the vehicle to hang out with the coyote some more. As soon as it was a reasonable hour to do so, I contacted my brother on speed dial to find out the meaning of this coyote. He was able to share with me some insight based on his experiences with the Native American community and their beliefs about animal sightings and what the creatures of the world may have to teach us. You can find more information about what lessons or messages an animal might be bringing to your attention here. The list even includes obscure animals and birds like the armadillo or the ibis. Here is an excerpt about coyotes from the same website Animal Totems: Dictionary of Animals by StarStuffs:
Wisdom, jokester, having fun, stimulates cooperation and tasks, adaptations, balances knowledge and laughter into teaching, shows us how to learn from our mistakes with wisdom and a sense of humor, sense of family and children, demonstrating and communicating along with balancing risk and safety, trust and connection to the Spirit to find answers. Are you taking yourself too seriously? Too uptight and stressed? Are you trusting enough right now? Coyote will teach resourcefulness and adapting to new situations and how humor can be a useful tool in any situation.