Your Animal Spirit for Jan. 21 is The Wolf

Your Animal Spirit for Today
January 21, 2014


Wolf can survive either as a loner or as part of a pack, and he howls to remind you that you have to balance the needs of others with the needs of the self. If you’re giving yourself away to your own detriment, you are living in opposition to Wolf medicine. Return to balance—and begin feeding your emotions, your mind, and your body.

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Your Animal Spirit for December 12th is Sasquatch

Your Animal Spirit for Today
December 12, 2013



Is Big Foot real or a hoax? It doesn’t really matter, because he has ambled into your reading to remind you of life’s mysteries. Not everything can be explained, not everything can be touched—but that doesn’t mean it don’t exist. Suspend your logic for a bit, and be open to the mystery.


Buffalo’s humped shoulders and horns indicate stored-up power. When threatened, buffalo create a defensive circle in which cows encircle the calves, and bulls encircle the cows. When provoked, buffalo can be unpredictably dangerous.

The Plains Indians hold the buffalo sacred. Tribes would offer prayers of gratitude both before a hunt and after a buffalo was killed to honor the spirit of the animal that provided them meat, shelter, and clothing.

Buffalo reminds us to give thanks for what we have, and pay
tribute to the sacrifice of life that allows us to survive. It comes to teach us to reconnect with the Earth, respect all life, and honor our own divine essence.

Earth Science Photo of the Day for October 24th

Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

October 24, 2011


Photographer: Marli Miller; Marli’s Website
Summary Author: Marli Miller

The hot springs shown above, linked by a shallow overflow channel, reside in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. Sinter, which is hydrothermally precipitated silica, forms the white crust while heat-tolerant bacteria and algae form the yellows and browns.


Although it’s one of the smallest of Yellowstone’s geyser basins, West Thumb is significant because it occupies part of a caldera within the much-larger and somewhat older Yellowstone caldera. West Thumb caldera was formed by an eruption between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago, whereas the main Yellowstone eruption occurred about 600,000 years ago. On a map, the West Thumb caldera appears as the distinct elliptical area that makes up the western part of Yellowstone Lake. With an area of about 30 sq. mi (78 sq. km), it compares in size to Crater Lake, Oregon. By contrast, the Yellowstone caldera exceeds 1,000 sq. mi. (2,590 sq. km) in area. Photo taken in July 2008.


Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D; Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Image Focal Length: 32.0mm; Aperture: f/9.0; Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40); ISO equiv: 100; Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV; Metering Mode: Spot; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: Adobe RGB (1998).