Journey to find the significance of the Jaguar and Eagle in my life.
Monday 29th July 2013
Yesterday I got a reply to the blog Way of the Shaman – Power Animal Retrieval. Sandra asked whether I was aware that ‘The Jaguars’ and ‘The Eagles’ were names given to elite warriors in the Aztec army.
I wasn’t, but Googled it, and sure enough my animal teachers were the noble and elite warriors of that ancient civilization.
Now, this was a little disconcerting because I have no wish to go into battle over anything. Not voluntarily anyway. In fact my whole focus of the moment is towards peace, inner and outer.
I was so rattled by this that I decided to do a shamanic journey to find the answer. This is what happened.
I journey to the lower world through my usual axis mundi, the tree in my front of my house. As I entered the lower world my teacher, the jaguar, was waiting for me. I told him why I’d come.
He contemplated for a little while with his head down. I’m getting used to his ways now. He seems to take his time to consider how best to work with me.
When he raised his head a big round boulder had materialise beside me.
‘Sit down,’ he said softly.
I did as I was told and he sat opposite me.
‘You need to learn to breathe like a jaguar’ he continued in his soft voice. ‘You need to learn how to rest properly and be ready for action when necessary. When you get back look up how jaguars breathe.’
We sat for a while, both of us breathing deeply.
‘Why do I need to be ready for action?’ I asked, remembering the warrior link.
He showed me a crowd of people, thousands of heads, like when the spotlight washes over the crowd at a concert.
‘What are they doing?’ I asked perplexed.
He didn’t answer for a while, and then in a voice I could just about hear he said, ‘you’ll touch them all in some way.’
I was about to ask another question but he indicated that I should get back to the deep breathing. He kept reiterating how important it was for me to learn to breathe properly, to relax, and to be prepared.
After what seemed like a long time I asked him why I hadn’t seen the eagle since the course. Almost as soon as the question left my lips the eagle appeared beside him. She was almost the same size as him.
She bowed her head to me, then the jaguar did too, then they both bowed together. I bowed back.
We sat looking at each other in silence for a while before the eagle reached out her right wing and gently, as if I was a baby, stroked the left side of my face. Looking deeply into my eyes she stroked my right cheek with her left wing before enveloping me in both wings.
She felt tender and soft and I could have happily stayed in her embrace forever. It was then I felt the jaguar put his arms around us in a group hug. I felt safe and protected and very reluctant to leave as the music changed to the call back tempo and I made my way back up the tree roots into my room.
The message about relaxing made a lot of sense to me as I’ve been flying around like a mad thing recently. It was interesting, when I reflected on the experience, that I had gone on a journey to meditate, because that is clearly what I’d done for most of the time. This message was reiterated with an experience I had with butterflies. See blog Messages from butterflies.
Touching many people? Yes, that makes sense too, because words can do that. It doesn’t mean I have to personally meet with thousands of people.
But I’m still not clear why specifically a jaguar and an eagle. I looked up how jaguars breathe but couldn’t find anything.
I’d be happy to hear your take on any of it.