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Jackal

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  • Astral travel
  • Accessing past lives
  • Connection to the constellation Orion
  • Understanding the use of opportunity
  • Ability to see in the dark
  • Connection to the Pyramids of Egypt

According to the Correspondence: Animals of the Bible by John Worcester, “The jackal is an essentially nocturnal and gregarious animal. During the whole of the day the jackals lie concealed in their holes or hiding
places, which are usually cavities in the rocks, in tombs or among ruins. The audacity of the jackal is as notable as his cunning. He will wait at the very door, biding his time patiently until it is opened and he may slink
in through the aperture.” (page 131).

While the jackal holds some of the same attributes as the fox, Worcester observes that the “difference between the fox and the jackal seems to be that the jackal is more social, usually living in the neighborhood of others, and preying upon slain or wounded and feeble animals in company, while the fox is more solitary, more suspicious, more secret.” As this relates to human behavior, he suggests that, “the men who herd together for plunder, taking advantage of troubled times, of the conflicts of greater men, and of everyone’s weakness or necessity, are jackals; but the slyer man, who
lays his own plans in silence, trusts no one, and believes that he can outwit them all, is a fox.” (page 133).

Jaguar

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  • Seeing the roads within chaos
  • Understanding the patterns of chaos
  • Moving without fear in the darkness
  • Facilitating soul work
  • Empowering oneself
  • Moving in unknown places
  • Shapeshifter
  • Psychic sight

Koala, Marsupial

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  • Ability to climb over obstacles
  • Recognizing the value of slow movement
  • Ability to remain above the fray
  • The power of yoga
  • Helpful advice giver

Lemur

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  • Ability is access the knowledge of the forests
  • Seeing the unseen
  • Ability to grasp concepts above the static of life
  • Understanding how to remain above the fray of life
  • Ability to navigate through the forest

Leopard

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  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Stalking
  • Approaching someone unseen
  • Movement in shadow worlds
  • Communication with plant kingdom

According to the Correspondence: Animals of the Bible by John Worcester, “The leopard loves to see, but not to be seen. He wishes to appear to be only the natural lights and shadows of the forest, and not an animal at
all, until its prey is within certain reach.” (page 117).

According to the Bible Animals: Project Gutenberg by J. G. Wood, “the leopard, for a short distance, and wonderful as its spring, it has not the enduring speed of the deer or antelope [its prey]; animals which are specially formed for running… [therefore] instinctively knowing its inferiority in the race, the leopard supplies by cunning the want of enduring speed.” (page 48).

It conceals itself in some spot whence it can see far around without being seen, and thence surveys the country. As soon as the Leopard sees the deer feeding at a distance, he slips down the tree and stealthily glides off in their direction. He has many difficulties to overcome, because the deer are among the most watchful of animals, and if the Leopard were to approach to the windward, they would scent him while he was yet a mile away from them. If he were to show himself but for one moment in the open ground he would be seen, and if he were but to shake a branch or snap a dry twig he would be heard. So, he is obliged to approach them against the wind, to keep himself under cover, and yet to glide so carefully along that the heavy foliage of the underwood shall not be shaken, and the dry sticks and leaves which strew the ground shall not be broken. He has also to escape the observation of certain birds and beasts which inhabit the woods, and which would certainly set up their alarm-cry as soon as they saw him, and so give warning to the wary deer, which can perfectly understand a cry of alarm, from whatever animal it may happen to proceed.” (page 49).

“Still, he proceeds steadily on his course, gliding from one covert to another, and often expending several hours before he can proceed for a mile. By degrees he contrives to come tolerably close to them, and generally manages to conceal himself in some spot towards which the deer are gradually feeding their way. As soon as they are near enough, he collects himself for a spring, just as a cat does when she leaps on a bird, and dashes towards the deer in a series of mighty bounds. For a moment or two they are startled and paralyzed with fear at the sudden appearance of their enemy, and thus give him time to get among them. Singling out some particular animal, he leaps upon it, strikes it down with one blow of his paw, and then, crouching on the fallen animal, he tears open its throat, and laps the flowing blood.” (page 49).

Lion

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  • Brotherhood
  • Letting go of stress
  • Strong family ties
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Energy
  • Self fulfillment

According to the Correspondence: Animals of the Bible by John Worcester, “the lion is not cruel, since  he  is  so  only  from  necessity;  that  he destroys only as much as he consumes; and that as soon as he is fed he is entirely peaceful…” (page 81). The lion seems to be a very incarnation of strength; and, even when dead, gives as vivid an idea of concentrated power as when it was living.” (page 86).

Although usually unwilling to attack an armed man, it is one of the most courageous animals in existence when it is driven to fight, and if its danger is excited it cares little for the number of its foes, or the weapons with which they are armed. Even the dreaded firearms lose their terrors to an angry lion; while a lioness, who fears for the safety of her young, is simply the most terrible animal in existence.” (page 87).

The roar of the lion is another of the characteristics for which it is celebrated. It is this peculiarity of the roar that makes it helpful in catching prey; for at the fearful sound all animals are frightened, and, not distinguishing the direction of it, especially if it be near, they run towards every quarter, even into the jaws of the waiting lion himself.1 As we see the lion thus portrayed, we are struck with admiration at his noble courage—
amounting in his native condition to absolute fearlessness—at the intense earnestness of his affections, as expressed, by his voice of thunder,
and shown by the fury of the lioness in defending her young; and at his almost irresistible power.” (page 88).

Lizard

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  • Detachment from ego
  • Power to regenerate that which is lost
  • Facing fear
  • Controlling dreams
  • Moving in the otherworld

Llama, Guanaco, Vicuna

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  • Overcoming materialism
  • Moving over hurdles
  • Comforting others
  • Withstanding cold

Lynx

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  • Keenness of sight
  • Divination
  • Developing psychic senses
  • Keeper of  all secrets and mysteries
  • Movement through time and space

Mantis, Praying Mantis

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  • Ability to manipulate time
  • Power to move between moments
  • Understanding of the circular nature of time
  • Power of stillness
  • Female warrior energy
  • Attack strategy

Mole

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  • Guardian of the lower regions
  • Connection with the energies of the Earth
  • Knowledge of herbs, roots, minerals, seeds, rivers, and other hidden bounties of the earth
  • Ability to turn inward
  • Introspection and blindness to all but light and dark in the material world
  • Love expressed in nature
  • Sensitivity to touch and vibration (the kinesthetic sense)
  • Understanding of energies and fluxes

Wood, in Bible Animals” Gutenberg Project writes of the difficulty in discerning the three traditional meanings for mole (a small rodent, type of land terrain, or spy), applying them to ancient biblical text, and discerning to which the Palestinians referred.

Ultimately, he determined that the small rodent, ‘mole‘ occurs in that passage of Isaiah which has already been quoted when treating of the bat. “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made each one to himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” (page 96).

He described the physical characteristics of the mole as having very small eyes, practically invisible to the naked eye. It has “thick soft fur with which the whole head and body are covered. Neither are there any visible external ears, although the ear is really very large, and extremely sensitive to sound. This apparent privation of both ears and eyes gives to the animal a most singular and featureless appearance, its head being hardly recognizable as such but for the mouth, and the enormous projecting teeth, which not only look formidable, but really are so.” (page 96).

Wood recalled a peculiar Ukrainian legend whereby “if a man will dare to grasp a Mole-rat in his bare hand, allow it to bite him, and then squeeze it to death, the hand that did the deed will ever afterwards possess the virtue of healing goitre or scrofula.” (page 96).

Moose

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  • Acknowledges the truths that have been denied by the soul
  • Movement to and from the soul world
  • Movement in the void
  • Finds the parts of the soul that have been hidden
  • Building self- respect
  • Strength
  • Wisdom
  • Bridge to the elders
  • Unseen speed