Bobcat Medicine – Solitude, Silence & Secrets

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I was going to write about a completely different topic this week, but a second visit from Bobcat this week made him the focus of my attention. This is important to remember when working with messages from Nature, whether the spirit of the animal, stone, plant or tree to pay attention, especially if the same spirit comes back for a second or third visit.

This week’s visit from Mr. Bobcat put him at the top of my “Endangered Species List” if he returns for a third time. The first visit Gary saw him sitting outside my chicken pen choosing from the menu for the mid-afternoon special. Gary scared him off. Yesterday, sometime during the day, he returned and got under the pen to snack on one of my hens and left another with only one tail feather. It was a sad day indeed.

So, let’s talk about Bobcat’s message and medicine, other than an easy lunch.

Bobcat is a solitary animal and part of his message is about learning to live alone without feeling lonely. However, you must be careful not become a recluse. Bobcat’s message is about learning to balance being social and having alone-time.

Additionally, the Bobcat shows us how to connect with our creation energy and asks us to look deeply at innermost parts of ourselves that we don’t normally recognize. It encourages us to delve deep into our hearts and minds and shed light on our potential and the passions that we have been keeping secret. Now is the time to unleash these hidden desires, to unlock our inner secret wisdom & talents.

Bobcat also teaches about patience, which carries back to unlocking our passions and talents. They are superior hunters, and incorporate stealth, strategy and patience in their hunting excursions. In this way, the bobcat sends us a clear message that for us to get what we want, we must be willing to plan, adapt, and have the patience to see our plans/projects manifest.

New learning opportunities may present themselves through Bobcat, whether formal or informal. Similar to bobkittens, you learn quickly and will learn what you need within a 7-10 month cycle and incorporate the knowledge away from the learning setting.

The bobcat’s black and white tail connects to its magic and mystery. It reflects a bobcats’s ability to turn on and off it’s creative energy as needed. Bobcat can teach us how to project and use this creative, life force energy in silent but powerful ways. The bobcat’s magic is most powerful when others aren’t aware of it. Talking about your magic can dissipate its power. If Bobcat is your totem or spirit guide, it is important for you to learn when to speak, how much to say and with whom you share your secrets.

Bobcat’s keen eyesight, sensitive wiskers and tufted ears corrolate to the psychic arts of clairvoyance, clairaudiance and psychometry. Bobcat medicine helps us to see what others may be trying to hide, hear what is not being said and enable us to pick up on impressions. If Bobcat shows up in your life, look for what is hidden and trust your senses. On the down side, these sensitivities can sometimes cause you to become overwhelmed and feel the need to retreat.

For those who have Bobcat as a totem, you most likely have excellent counseling skills. Because you are solitary, your friends often share secrets with you. It is important for anyone with bobcat medicine to keep these confidences. Do not, ” let the cat out of the bag”. Be careful of what you say and how you say it. Sharing information received in confidence can lead to problems.

If Bobcat comes into your life, ask yourself:

  • Am I spending too much time alone?
  • Do I need to look for new learning opportunities
  • Am I trusting my senses?
  • Am I allowing other’s outside appearances sway me?
  • Am I or someone around me being indiscreet?

When Bobcat is around, it will teach you that there is true power and strength in silence.

Until next time —

Mitakuye Oyasin (A Lakota prayer reminding us we are all related),