A few weeks ago, I shared an extremely personal understanding of Eve on the blog and as part of the Rhythms of the Goddess September Equinox Journal. Since then, Eve has been hiding and the showing herself in comical ways, like as a wine bottle at a World Market in Cleveland, Ohio. (I bought that bottle by the way and it’s sitting proudly on my kitchen counter.)
Let’s rewind to September 28th. I was having a splendid day. It started with an amazing compliment and then an amazing sales meeting and then I went outside to find my car gone. It had been towed. And I spent a good two hours getting it back with money I didn’t have to spend frivolously. I was upset. I was in tears. When I calmed down, I went into a meeting that sent me further down the rabbit hole. I was essentially told that the changes and strides I was making with the company (where I work) were for nothing. Whatever goals I had had for work were crushed. First the car and then the meeting.
I went home that evening and cried quite a bit and then got on the phone with my best friend. We talked a bit about all that I was feeling and I kept saying, “this has to mean something. I don’t believe that this doesn’t mean anything. Something has to change, but I feel stuck!” Right before getting off the phone, I told her, “Wait! I think I got it. Remember that scene at the end of Cinderella where her step-sisters are trying to cram their size 10 feet in her size 6 glass slipper? That’s me! I’m one of the step-sisters trying to make something fit that does not fit. My foot, is never going to fit in a size 6 slipper. This glass slipper is the wrong one for me. The question is how am I going to make the right slipper fit?”
It was an eye opening moment for me. I’ve had a few of these by the way. Where I have a realization and I’m more honest with myself and with my goals and intentions. I’m also unapologetic. I think this is Eve’s work. I am understanding her interference/guidance better now.
That night, as I lost myself in sleep, I dreamt that I was walking in a forest with a wild woman. I don’t have particulars about her aside from her hair being long, grayish-black, and wavy. We walked side by side until we reached a clearing of trees and saw two moose. One was a mama and the other was a baby. I was in love and gushing and then I heard it. A rattle snake. He was under the baby moose and I immediately attempted to figure out how to save the baby moose from the bite of the rattle snake. At this point in the dream, the wild woman was off to the side; she was no longer important to me. She was my guide to this scene.
I attempted to lure the baby moose away in a circular movement. I’m not sure what I was thinking here, but the moose and I were on opposite sides moving in a circular pattern when I felt a sharp piercing bite on the top of my foot. When I looked down the rattle snake was under me and had sunk his fangs all the way into my foot and I could feel the venom draining from his fangs into my body.
I woke up and started thrashing in my bed because it felt like something had bitten me. I kicked and moved all the covers and touched my foot and upon realizing that I hadn’t really been bitten, went back to sleep.
When I really woke up for the day, I couldn’t get the dream out of my head. I couldn’t stop wondering if the snake that bit me was a person at my job, or if it was the guy I’m in love with. I was trying not to make the dream about the guy I’m in love with, since his Asian astrology animal is the snake, so I decided that the dream was telling me I need to quit the job I’m at. Not immediately, but in the near future. The time had come. See, with all of my wondering about the dream, I knew that snakes in dreams represent transition. No matter how badly we want snakes to be bad and terrible creatures, they’re really an amazing symbol of growth, renewal and change. (A previous dream with a snake led me to this knowledge.)
As the days went on and I felt solid in my interpretation of the dream, I came across the picture below on my instagram feed from none other than Priestess Kimberly herself showing a card with a snake and the word expectation from “The Alchemist’s Oracle Deck.” Her caption underneath read, “Expectation. New treasures coming from all over the planet for holiday #GoddessShop and I am waiting. Planning. Expectant. One of the treasures? Connected and Free – The Alchemist’s Oracle Deck.”
Everything connected in that moment. What am I expecting? What have I been expecting? Maybe that deep bite is really a bite of my expectations manifesting soon? Eve bit the apple that the snake provides. Maybe Eve manifested her expectations with that bite. No matter how much religion and culture wants us to fear and abhor snakes, maybe that snake, Satan, was really the sign of transformation that Eve and Adam needed in order for the World to move in another direction. Whether you believe that is good or bad, I won’t tackle. Instead, what if this notion that the snake is bad is simply a notion we have wrong?
The wild woman who walked with me into the clearing – my destiny – my next adventure – was Eve. That’s why it was important to know she was with me, but she stepped back as I entered my new phase. She allowed my intuition, which I believe is Eve’s manifestation in me to move forward and to see what I needed to see for myself.
A few days after deciding that I needed to see this dream positively, seeing Kimberly’s photo and sitting down to write this post, I decided to research moose symbolism. In all of this, I had failed to wonder about the moose. They had seemed so small in comparison to the snake and all the symbolism that it could me being that it took place on the night of that fateful terrible day of occurrences. What I read about moose left me breathless:
*Moose has an ability to shape-shift, be a part of the land, camouflage itself and regardless of it’s hugeness…the moose is quite graceful. Here is an excerpt from the above book: “The moose is associated with the feminine energies, the maternal forces of the world, and those who align with the moose will find these forces awakened. Part of this revolves around the association with water. Water is the primal symbol of the feminine forces of the universe. It is the symbol of creativity and dynamic forms of intuition and illumination….It reflects the ability of the individual to learn to go back into the depths and draw new life and nourishment from it. The moose can teach the ability to move from the outer world to the inner. It can teach how to cross-from life to death and back to stronger life. It teaches how to use the thin thread that separated life and death to one’s advantage. It is not unusual to find individuals with strong Moose medicine working in soul retrieval…This reflects much about the inherent mediumship and ability to work with spirit of the dead by those who align with moose medicine and energy. Moose people can to go into the icy waters of the void (death) and come back out.” (http://www.dreamtherapynow.com/id47.html)
*If Moose has stumbled into your dreams: It may mean to pay close attention to the elders around you for they hold the wisdom of days gone by. To dream of a moose in its natural habit means you can expect a beneficial change of circumstances coming your way now. To dream that you shoot a moose signifies that you can expect that some simmering family conflict is about to boil over. A baby moose means that a lucky break is about to happen, most likely in connect with a journey.(http://www.spirit-animals.com/moose/)
*To dream of a moose is to dream of strong, masculine energy. The moose also represents unpredictability and being able to survive and succeed no matter what life throws at you. Dreaming of a moose suggests that you are in control of your life.
On the less positive side, the dream moose is telling you that you are letting yourself be easily threatened and that you must be clearer about your goals and objectives.
The dream moose also represents steady forward movement through your life. It indicates that you are sensitive to your environment and willing to explore your surroundings. It is also telling you that it is possible to be powerful and gentle at the same time.
The appearance of a moose in your dream is symbolic of a long life as well. It could represent older people around you, perhaps older family members. (http://sleepculture.com/moose-dream-interpretation-meaning/)
My take away from all of this is that moose represent the divine feminine, with masculine energy combined. The wild woman who escorted me to the moose and snake situation was Eve leading me to my own awareness. She shape shifted from the wild woman to moose to stay with me and guide me in the divine feminine movement that is my life and future – I believe the moose are representations of the changes I’m about to make in this upcoming new calendar year (2016) and my personal new year (I will turn 35 on the first day of December). Both Eve and the moose are telling me to stay strong, be graceful and take everything in stride because things are going to change and change for the better. The snake, it could very well be the guy I’m in love with, letting me know that we’re transitioning and he’s coming along for the ride, but more so that this change I’m feeling is spot on and it’s going to be big, awakening and quite honestly biting.
Oh, and that original meaning that I placed the dream with has nothing to do with it. Well, besides telling me that there will be a change with that too, like my leaving, but the snake is not the person I thought it was. In fact, to call that person a snake is an injustice to snakes. After all, Eve listened to the snake and I think it showed her a path that she needed to take. I’m taking the path I need to take as well, with Eve in my soul and moose and snake as my spirit animal. I’m excited.
If you’ve ever had a snake and/or moose dream, please let me know. If you feel an experience with Eve that you want to share, please do. Eve is leading us; she always has!