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Today's Herbal Animal Totem: Snail

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SnailTotemSnail is often overlooked as a valuable guide and medicine (our loss, really), but has many important lessons to teach. Snail teaches us to cultivate patience in both our expectations of ourselves, others and life in general. There is a lot of emphasis on doing things fast these days, no wonder poor snail has been left behind as a powerful guide and teacher. Slowing down will bring balance and harmony and restore peace within. When snail comes to you it offers an opportunity to show a graceful balance in life is possible, to release your inner child and experience the wonders of life.

The concept of patience frustrates many people who just want to get it done 'now.' However, patience is a necessary ability. Knowing how to endure waiting and delay with calmness, without annoyance, is a skill that needs to be gently trained and developed. Snail energy is a champion of patience. It patiently waits for the rains to fall, sealing itself up safely in the meantime. It knows that its own journeying will take time, and snail energy is okay with that.

Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Snail is a gentler guide and can be an easy energy to push aside even when its constantly trying to get your attention. Learning how to listen to snail's messages is a skill that comes with learning how to listen to yourself and your body.

Is the snail waiting for you?  

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Jessica Morgan is a community herbalist and environmental horticulture and crop science graduate, a certified CA master gardener, junior master gardener instructor, snail whisperer, forager, plant tickler, joke teller, wild foodie, writer, teacher and reader of all things interesting. Jessica offers medicine-making workshops, children’s classes, plant walks, garden and crop advice as well as handmade custom blends.
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