SYNCRO-SNAIL (Notes by Phoenixx) We went to the Redwoods near the Pacific Ocean on the New Moon of Pisces a week ago and I had dove and vulture visit me. I have been drinking a tea made of redwood root all week for dreaming with the earth. Yesterday we go to the Ocean again, and about half way there, we pulled off the road and I filled up a water bottle with spring water coming out of the mountain running over the green moss. I drank the spring moss water all day and had a dream last night: ”I meet a neighbor man who is an alcoholic and he has Christmas cards and in each card is $25.00. Analysis: I meet an action of mine that is familiar, which is an Illusion but it has ceremonial use and holds value. I woke up this morning, the ninth day of the New Moon in Pisces and went out to the lunar wheel first thing, when i got back, I found on the outside of the back door - a four inch Snail climbing up the window.
I said hello to the snail and then I went in and shut the door, pulled back the window scarf and looked one more time. I got busy for a few minutes and turned around and saw that the window scarf had fallen completely off and I smiled knowing to take a good look at this snail and its meaning. With my index finger I tapped the window lightly in a circle around the snail, like tapping my shaman’s drum. Then i went about the morning.
Next I went into the chicken coop and one of the eldest yellow chickens was dead, so i picked her up and set her on top of our large corn Goddess (made out of corn stalks) in the garden and said a few thanks for the chicken and all the great eggs she had given unconditionally. I went inside, and looking out the large window I see four large deer slowly walk into the field which was very close. It was nice and peaceful. I then ate breakfast and sat down on the computer looking out the same large window and me and one of the kids were sort of just staring out the window at the rain in a Pisces Neptune trance, and at that moment, i see a huge Vulture flying very low across the field were the deer were grazing, obviously to go get the chicken who was on top the head of the Corn Goddess.
My spiritual path as a shaman is one long continuous cycle of the moon year after year with a relationship to nature in this way. Mother earth teaches me about folklore, animal totems, spirit of the wind in this living way and for a long time I have paid attention first with my relationship with these events, then with my apprentices relationships to these events as a teacher and lastly the collective humanity work I do as a shaman in these events.
So i have been giving all the messages I need, to show me what is coming this Full Moon in 5 nights and the flavor of it (without attachment to it of course).
I wrote some things on Snail Totems and shared some other folks writings on Snail as well… Since like Crabs, Snail have a protective shell, it makes Snail a totem of smaller protection, not the larger kind. Snail carries her home on her back and retreats into it when in danger. When the danger is persistent, she can create a hard mucous barrier across the entrance to her shell. When we see Snail, it reminds us to mind our barriers and protection. Especially when we run across one as a messenger, we need to examine what it was we were doing right at that minute and see where our vulnerabilities are in relation to what we were doing.
Another message of Snail is about the Spiral, and the Spiral Medicines of the Goddess in which I teach. When we go on a journey to understand our self, our gifts, our soul and our karma, we always walk the spiral to the center of the self for self-enlightenment. First the outer spiral is so large and we do not see very much even though we may work very hard at our spiritual path, and the suffering can be great on the outer spiral and last a long time in the cycles, but as we walk our spiritual path of the spiral as it gets smaller and tighter, we then have more intense experiences but they are shorter in duration of pain because the releases are quicker because we understanding from an internal seeing, why it is on our path.
Then we finally reach the walk towards the center of the spiral, these are the most intense and more shamanic experiences, or mystical experiences on our path, still painful but the illumination of them far out weigh the suffering. And finally at the end of our spiritual journey, we enter the eye of the hurricane where enlightenment, peace, groundedness, health and purity exists, our gifts have all been returned from our higher past lives, because we paid our lower past live’s karma and we ‘see’. This of course is a very long journey and sometimes its lifetimes. Snail says by her life, don’t be afraid to slow down and absorb each moment for what it is for it will be the past in a few short moments and gone.
From sayahda.com -
Snails are found in gardens, ponds and even the sea. Their soft bodies are protected by hard shells which they use as a defense. When disturbed or alarmed the snail withdraws or pulls itself back into its shell. It also retreats into itself and seals the entrance in dry weather to protect its body from drying up. Those with this medicine know how to retreat when danger is present as well as seal themselves off from others. This can be beneficial as long as the individual does not become too much of a recluse and inhibit their communication and interaction with others. Knowing when to retreat and when to act is an important teaching for those with this totem.
The snail creates a slime trail to travel on so it is easier to move over different surfaces and textures. They remind us to take the easiest path to reach our destination. When snail appears in your life ask yourself if you are taking a harder path than is necessary. Because snail retreats into its shell during adverse weather conditions those with this medicine have the ability to build walls around themselves and withdraw until a situation improves. Snail medicine people have clear perceptions and need to learn to honor those abilities in all situations.
Both male and female the snail can produce sperm and eggs at the same time. Because of this duality those with this totem have a tendency towards identity conflicts in their younger years. This conflict triggers issues of self esteem and confusion. Fortunately as the person gets older their male and female characteristics align and begin to work together in a complimentary way.
Most active at night or on cloudy days the snail uses all of its senses equally and simultaneously. Those with this totem often find they seldom have one intuitive gift more pronounced than another as all psychic abilities are utilized in any given situation.
The snail understands the value of slow movement and teaches us how to use that movement to our advantage. It holds the teachings of patience, perseverance and respect. It asks us to be mobile and fluidic as we move through life, always aware of how our actions or lack of them affect others. The trail we leave behind holds the history of who and what we are. When snail enters your life your reputation is under review. Past situations come to the surface to be healed or balanced in some way. Snail asks us to “make right whatever we have wronged.” In this way spiritual growth is attained.
Snail Mythology - Snail Meaning in Myth and Legend
In Mexico, the snail is symbolic of the moon, and its phases each month. The spiral of the snail’s shell is also symbolic of the moon and its cycles of the year, making snail a symbol of natures time. Through the feminine we learn that fertility is the aspects of transition, birth, death and rebirth.
Old Goddess earth medicines of Europe and Eastern Europe observed the Snails Horns peeking out after a good rain which also links it to the horns of Deer medicine. Since i had both the deer and the snails this morning together, i can see the link. The ancients linked this with farming and agricultural cycles but in modern times if one is not a farmer, we can link it with time of gardening, or work during spring. Since snail’s life is associated with the rain, it is then a symbol of springs fertility upon the earth.
This Japaense Snail (Sazae-oni) from : cristyburne.com
8 Signs that your Snail is an Ogre: Ever eaten a snail, albeit with French cheese? Ever filled an ice cream container with snails, painted their shells different colors using your new set of textas, then raced them all afternoon? (OK, so maybe this last one is just me and my sisters, but still…) Ever wondered what revenge a snail could take? The awesome Yokai researcher and artist, Toriyama Sekien did. This is what he discovered:
The Sazae-oni: it’s demon time! Our universe is a marvelous thing, where all kinds of creatures can evolve and prosper. The Sazae-oni (or Sazaeoni) is one of these miracles. Literally the Sazae Ogre, it’s a demon formed when the Sazae turban Snail turns 30 (or some say 100) years old. Signs to watch for in your snail:
1) Sudden increase in size - If your snail is turning into a yokai, it will grow larger when you’re not looking. Much larger.
2) Unseasonal weather - A sazae-oni loves to fill its gills with water and then spray a fine mist into the air, creating the impression of a foggy day.
3) Amphibian lungs - Did I say gills? A sazae-oni is also equipped with amphibian gills, allowing it to thrive underwater or on land. There is nowhere you’ll be safe.
4) Human hands - Human hands is probably going to be easier to spot than amphibian lungs. Especially since each palm is lined with giant suckers that allow the snail body to stick to any surface.
5) Constant licking - And not the snail demon licking itself. I mean the snail demon licking you. Its tongue is super-long and sticky and it finds entertainment in stroking passing humans on the face. Like it or not.
6) Death (yours) I don’t mean the snail. If you’re close enough for the snail to lick, chances are you have already been spat on. With giant, sticky globs of paralyzing poison, designed to kill you quick. Sorry, but a snail this big has got to eat.
7) Python-like intestines - Now we’re into the ‘Death’ part, I can tell you that the Sazae-oni doesn’t really have teeth. But that doesn’t matter. You’ll most likely be crushed to pieces in coil after coil of its powerful gut.
8 ) New friends - Sazae-oni like to hang out in mermaid lairs, so when you (inevitably) are excreted, you’ll be floating around with some of the most beautiful babes in the ocean. Except, oh yeah, I forgot to mention…. Japanese mermaids (ningyo or 人魚) aren’t really all that good to look at. Sorry.
Don’t say I didn’t try to warn you! If you want to know what to look out for, check out some awesome sazae-oni artwork. sazae-oni artwork. Big THANK YOU to Shigeru Mizugi, master of Yokai, for his expertise on and relentless study of Sazae-oni. Our safety is in his hands.
Oceania and Polynesia Creation Myths by Daphne Elliot
In the mythology of Oceanic peoples, Forever has always existed. So has Darkness, and so, too, the Sea. Soaring over the endless sea, The Old Spider fond a giant clam and opened it and crawled inside. It was totally dark, and cramped inside but she found a snail, whom she asked to open the shell a bit so she could have more room.
The snail obliged. Then the Old Spider took the snail and placed it in the west and made it into the Moon, shedding some light into the darkness. With the help of another snail, The Old Spider pushed very hard on the top of the shell, raising it up, and it became the Sky, called Rangi.
With great effort, the Old Spider then pushed down on the lower part of the clam shell, and it widened and became the earth. The earth was called Mother Earth.
This basic myth of creation is told from two different points of view: One, a supreme deity (Po or Io) creates everything; in the other, a mythical entity (the Old Spider) or Goddess (Lukelong) creates the Heavens and then the Earth.
Heaven, earth, sea are created in the beginning, together with Mother Earth and Rangi Sky, in a very tight space. This tight space is enlarged either by the deity (Tangaroa, Tanaoa, etc.) or by Rangi and Mother Earth. Light is let in, the clam is widened and creation proceeds.
Greek Myth: Sea Snail 2nd A.D. (source: www.theoi.com)
"There is in the sea a shellfish with a spiral shell, small in size but of surpassing beauty, and it is born where the water is at its purest and upon rocks beneath the sea and on what are called sunken reefs. Its name is Nerites. There are two stories touching this creature and both have reached me; moreover the telling of a short tale in the middle of a lengthy history is simply giving the hearer a rest and sweetening the narrative.
Hesiod sings of how Doris the Goddess, who is a daughter of Okeanos: (Oceanus) bore fifty Demi-Goddesses (daughters) call the Nereides to her consort Nereus the Sea-God, whom to this day we always hear of as truthful and unlying. Homer also mentions them in his poems. But they do not state that one son was born after all that number of daughters, though he is celebrated in mariners’ tales. And they say that he was named Nerites and was the most beautiful of men and gods; also that Aphrodite delighted to be with Nerites in the sea and loved him.
And when the fated time arrived, at which, at the bidding of [Zeus] the Father of the gods, Aphrodite also had to be enrolled among the Olympians, I have heard that she ascended and wished to bring her companion and play-fellow. But the story goes that he refused, preferring life with his sisters and parents to Olympos. And then he was permitted to grow wings: this, I imagine, was a gift from Aphrodite. But even this favor he counted as nothing. And so the daughter of Zeus was moved to anger and transformed his shape into a shell, and of her own accord chose in his place for her attendant and servant Eros (Love), who also was young and beautiful, and to him she gave the wings of Nerites.
But the other account proclaims that Poseidon was the lover of Nerites, and that Nerites returned his love, and that this was the origin of the celebrated Anteros (Mutual Love). And so, as I am told, of the rest the favorite spent his time with his lover, and moreover when Poseidon drove his chariot over the waves, all together great fishes as well as dolphins and Triton’s too, sprang up from their deep haunts and gamboled and danced around the chariot, only to be left utterly and far behind by the speed of his horses; only the boy favorite was his escort close at hand, and before them the waves sank to rest and the sea parted out of reverence to Poseidon, for the god willed that his beautiful favorite should not only be highly esteemed for other reasons but should also be pre-eminent at swimming.
But the story relates that Helios the Sun resented the boy’s power of speed and transformed his body into the spiral shell as it now is: the cause of his anger I cannot tell, neither does the fable mention it. [N.B. Nerites may have bragged that his chariot was swifter than that of the sun-god or perhaps challenged the god to a race.] But if one may guess where there is nothing to go by, Poseidon and Helios (the Sun) might be said to be rivals. And it may be that Helios was vexed at the boy travelling about in the sea and wished that he should travel among the constellations instead of being counted among the Ketea (Sea-Monsters).
AND LASTLY… Sciences View of Snails (Nat. Geographic) - Are Snails’ ”Love Darts” Source of Cupid Lore? By Ian Popple McGill
In a quiet third floor laboratory of Montreal’s McGill University’s Stewart Biology building, garden snails, Helix aspersa, are courting—in slow-motion. The snails belong to Ron Chase, who has spent the past 30 years using these organisms as subjects for his study of neurobiology, behavior and evolution.
Snail reproduction is a curious tale. Snails are hermaphrodites, but although individuals contain both male and female sex organs, they do not self-fertilize. The two- to six-hour marathon session that is snail copulation is actually an exchange of sperm between two individuals, combined with plenty of rubbing, biting and “eye-stalk” waving. Individuals use the received sperm to fertilize their own eggs—a process necessary to maintain genetic diversity in the population.
What makes some snail species particularly interesting to Chase is their use of “love darts” during copulation. About one third of snail species manufacture hard, sharp darts which they “fire” at the objects of their affections.
"The love dart phenomenon has been documented in the literature as far back as the mid-17th century," Chase said. "Love dart snails were known to the ancient Greeks, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find that they influenced the creation of the cupid myth."
Chase became intrigued with snails’ “love darts.” “It was incorrectly believed that these darts were a nuptial gift of calcium—a major constituent of snail shells—from one snail to another. Like a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates in humans,” Chase said. “Another belief was that the dart was intended to arouse the receiver and indicate the shooter’s readiness to mate.”
Research conducted by Chase has uncovered the real reason for dart-shooting in snails, and the truth is much more sinister than previously thought. The answer lies in Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. Basically, snails want to reproduce as much as possible. Snails that have a way of ensuring their sperm, rather than another’s, is used to fertilize eggs therefore will sire more offspring. This is known as sperm competition.
The love dart is a tool of male manipulation. Received sperm is moved to a storage area within the female reproductive system where it is used to fertilize eggs over a period of months or years; however, many sperm fail to reach the safety of the storage area and instead are digested in great numbers en route.
Research conducted by a graduate student of Chase’s revealed of the millions of sperm received by a snail, only 0.025 percent actually survive. Love darts contain mucus that temporarily contracts a part of the female reproductive system in a way that allows a greater number of sperm to reach the storage area and survive; in short, he shoots, she stores.
According to Chase, being hit with a love dart may increase the survival of sperm, but fortunately for some snails it is not essential for copulation.