A friend from Facebook sent me this question yesterday and I thought I’d post it here and then respond. Plus then invite June Brown to respond, if she has a moment… It’s fun to talk about these creature teachers and what they are trying to convey to us. ;~)
I wanted to share with you something that dawned on me today after an unfortunate mishap. I was cleaning up leaves for my neighbor with my lawn tractor (don’t worry, we composted them on her flowerbeds 🙂 ) when I discovered a little garter snake. I think I might have run over him, although he was not cut or squashed, he was so still and I thought I might have killed him. It was very warm today and he should have shown some signs of movement but didn’t. Anyway, I put him in a rotted and hollowed out tree stump in the hope that if he was alive, he’d be safe and snug or if he was dead, he’d be properly “buried”. Of course I said I was sorry to him if I hurt him or killed him, etc. I’m not fond of snakes but understand their vital link in the web of life and I respect and honor them.
Then it dawned on me how many snakes I’ve had to “rescue” this late summer and fall. Most were garter snakes and I’d pick them up with a stick and move them under a tree or bush or off the road so they wouldn’t be hurt or killed. I’ve rescued 3, unusual for me b/c I usually don’t see them and/or I leave them alone. I know they are more active during the warm fall days, seeking a warm place to hibernate.
I’ve also 2 “dead” snakes this season too. One was the most beautiful green with dark blue spots, the most beautiful snake I’ve ever seen in my life. He was so iridescent in the sun and about the size of a garter snake. No idea what kind of snake he was. The other dead one was this one today.
So I read up on snake medicine in Ted Andrews’ Animal Speak but there was not a lot of information on specific snakes. It talked about our “tough side” like the snake’s scales and the need to be gentle as well. I know the snake is sacred in so many cultures and I feel like this was something I should be paying attention to. Do you have any insights to snake medicine or is the subject to broad based on what little info I’ve given you?
Hope you had a wonderful day, this warm November day, and could do something fun or at least be outside to enjoy it!