From blazing hot days to cold, blusterous nights; parched, rainless deserts to breezy ocean beaches, there is one animal that survives in these extremes and adapts to rapacious changes of landscape and climate, thriving where few other creatures can exist. Meet Lizard.
Lizard is guardian of the Dreamtime, of sacred ceremony, of vision. He taught our indigenous ancestors how to survive without water for days on end, conquer loneliness in desolate places, leave behind the past for a chance at tomorrow and to dance with the sun.
Now, it is your turn to dance for a vision for your people; to go into the sweat lodge and surrender to your own soul and to the soul of the world; to do push-ups on the ledge of your imagination.
Let Lizard be your guide to the underworld. Imitate him in your backyard. Follow him into your dreams at night, into your waking fantasies in the light, and pay close attention. Lizard has strong senses and perceives with great clarity: a forked tongue in many species allows them to pick up trails of scent and know the locale of friend and foe, danger and salvation, long before they cross each others’ paths, long before destiny has a chance to act. Lizard the symbol is freedom. Freedom to go where you want, be whom you want. Those who don’t know this are trapped like a Lizard in a pet store cage.
Isn’t it time to open the door? Let the wild ones show you the way!
Fear is a vast landscape, and for most of us, lasts longer than a reptile’s tail but evolution has been kind to the lizard, and to humanity. When a predator grabs him from behind, he can release the tail and escape; he may grow another back that is stronger and less vulnerable. People can do the same, metaphorically speaking, by letting go of that which has ahold of them. By shedding our past, our destructive relationships, habits and limiting thoughts, we have a real chance of regeneration. But, lizards can only release their tail once: one “get out of jail free” card. All God’s creatures need to choose wisely and know the difference between real danger and existential fear.
Lizard knows with her body. Her skin is thick, but she has heightened sensitivity. Many of her kind, like chameleons, can open their cells to the sun and change color at will, for purposes of camouflage, communication, and flirtation. How many tones and shades make up your technicolor dreamcoat? Maybe its time for you to show your true colors…