Shapeshifter

Shapeshifter    Oil on canvas    24"x24"

Shapeshifter    Oil on canvas    24"x24"

We begin our journey with Fox, my closest animal guide for the past few years. I’ve named him Shapeshifter in keeping with Native American spiritual traditions and also, personal significance! Instead of cleaning and organizing my new digs in Putney, I focused very intently on this little creature, setting a deadline for myself of Sept. 15 in order to submit it to a Nature Conservancy contest. (Art contest deadlines are great motivators.)

According to Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, (my go-to guide following interesting dreams or encounters with animals) Fox speaks to the feminine power of shapeshifting—notably what is growing or shapeshifting in your world. In the case of the red fox, its powers are mostly associated with sexual energy, signifying the freeing of the creative life force. I find this particularly interesting, since for the first time in my life, I’m considering motherhood. Also worth mentioning, anytime in my life I’ve had a dream that I was pregnant signaled a new painting about to be born, or at least some new creative endeavor. Fox seems to come to me at a time in my life when I need all the help and support I can get in that area. From the book, “…the fox tail is a symbol of directly guiding the feminine creative forces. It is especially beneficial to the fox when making abrupt or sharp turns. If the focus stays on the creative energies, any sharp turns in the individual’s life will be accomplished with ease.”  Thank you, Fox.