The Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and spending time with loved ones. It’s also the perfect time to reflect on spiritualism and the connection to the lunar calendar. As this is the Year Of The Monkey, people who were born under the sign are considered to be clever and innovative. Monkeys have an important role within Chinese mythology and there are many stories depicting them as protectors.
Animals in gothic literature often draw a link to the supernatural, whether as omens or harbingers of misfortune. The common raven is an example made famous by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven as a bird with a strong connection to death. Yet ravens have appeared in legend and literature for thousands of years and their purpose is dependent on the culture that’s revering them. French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believed that ravens claimed a place in myth because of their mediator status as an animal between life and death, feeding on carrion.
The other night I had a dream. I was walking through a field and a wolf jumped out in front of him. This made me think about the link between animals and the spiritual world and whether my dream had been more than just coincidence.
In some cultures animals are revered for their connection to nature and shamanistic qualities. The term ‘Power Animals’ originated from The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner in 1980. Power animals are associated with achieving success and for understanding the nature of a particular emotion. How does one go about finding one’s spirit animal? What does it mean to have a tiger or a bear watching over you as a guide?