Recently I came across a book by Bonnie J. Horrigan, published in 1997, called Red Moon Passage. As someone who is a newborn of my post menopausal years, I was struck by the title and that it is about “The Power and Wisdom of Menopause.”
You may be wondering what this has to do with animal medicine, but hang tight as I will share that with you shortly.
Red Moon Passage is a term that the author came up with as a way to look at this time in a woman’s life “as a spiritual journey to a new way of being and celebrating menopause as a spiritual journey of transformation.”
But as Frankie, my paralyzed dachshund taught me so many years ago, I want to always find ways in which to focus on the positive.
And there are many to this red moon passage time such as feeling freer to live from the inner light of who I really am and not getting caught up in what others may think of me and my choices.
While I’m not always positive about when a hot flash comes, I do remind myself to view it as the old self leaving and a more empowered self emerging. And you know what? Most often, I really do like this new self that I’m witnessing in the reflection of my mirror.
Which brings me to animal medicine…
A friend suggested a homeopathic medicine called Lachesis Mutus by Boiron to help with the hot flashes. I was quite excited to give it a try because I want to move through this time as naturally as possible.
I went ahead and ordered the product. Afterwards, I came to find out it is made from the venom of the South American bushmaster’s snake. I researched further and read the venom is so dilute that only almost undetectable amounts of the poison remain.
But I couldn’t get over the fact it was snake venom. I thought I might die if I took the little white pellets which they instruct to put under your tongue when you feel a hot flash coming on. Which is silly because they couldn’t sell it if it did that!
But this led me to read more about snake medicine in Dr. Farmer’s Animal Spirit Guides book and to also consult author Dawn Brunke’s Animal Wisdom Tarot cards.
What did I need to learn from Snake? I wondered. But more so, was I open to it?
As I consulted the two resources these are the passages that resonated with me:
From Animal Spirit Guides by Dr. Steven Farmer:
“You’re going through a major life or developmental transition, one so powerful that it requires you to shed a lot of attachments, especially to your old identity.”
“You’ve gone through a series of initiations, including death and rebirth experiences and as a result have gained compassion, wisdom, and a powerful capacity for healing.”
“You’ve gained a deeper interest in ancient and indigenous cultures and spiritual practices and feel quite at home with these.”
From The Animal Wisdom Tarot Cards by Dawn Brunke:
This is a card (Snake) of enthusiasm, adventure, excitement and adventure. Fueled with inner heat, we sense a challenge—and are ready.
As guardian of sacred places, Snake helps us to explore the far-reaches of our soul and learn to be fully alive.
Be bold, daring; let your inner light shine.
I appreciated how Snake reminded me of what was, what is, and what is yet to come…and to be open to all of it.
I was still a little apprehensive about taking the tiny white pellets, though I was feeling a bit more confident. After a discussion with my friend a few days later, I finally found the courage to give it a try.
And guess what? They work for me… And I’m here to tell you about it!
And oh! how I’ve grown in expanding my awareness and embracing even more how animals can show us the parts of ourselves we are sometimes afraid to look at.
But when we do, how our world can open in even more magical ways helping us to heal and move forward.
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