The other day, while walking up the hill after a great run and hike, my husband and I saw a caterpillar on the side of the road. It was slowly edging along. I marveled at its shape, size, coloring and smooth texture of its body.
As soon as we got home, I looked up the significance of the encounter. Because of course, there is one.
Ted Andrews in his book, Animal-Wise, writes:
“The caterpillar represents new birth and new foundation and is a symbol of good luck in the early phase of new actions.
Caterpillars usually signify a need for gentle and quiet approaches to our activities and endeavors.
They can also signal a surprise or gift about to be offered to us, or that can be beneficial to our future if we take advantage of it.
Caterpillars herald a time of good news, new birth, and creative inspiration, signaling a time to get ready to start a new project or initiate a new endeavor.
The appearance of the caterpillar reminds us to be cautious in starting our new endeavors. We should protect and disguise them as much as possible as we pursue them. If we do so, we will see rapid growth and we will experience the birth of a new foundation.
Caterpillars can also indicate obstacles within our path. They may even indicate that a person or persons are blocking our growth or serve as a reminder that we must look at things and people around us realistically at this time. Failure to do so will slow down our progress.
Caterpillars also remind us that new growth cannot occur unless the old is shed. As the caterpillar grows quickly and must replace its skills with some caterpillars shedding their skins every few days to make room for a bigger body. A caterpillar showing up may indicate that we are refusing to shed the old that we have outgrown.”
Seeing and observing the caterpillar was a good reminder that lessons are all around us and we learn so much by staying open and receptive. During this year especially, we are all faced with so many challenges, obstacles and unknowns. At times, we do not know how to handle what is coming our way. We are tired, confused, frustrated and want to feel hope, feel optimistic, be strong and resilient to get to the other side. Seeing the caterpillar gave me hope, made me smile and realize that we are also transforming, evolving and moving forward. Slowly, however moving.
I ask you to be aware of your surroundings and choose to look at the characteristics of all forms of life – from insects, animals, birds, plants, the ocean, stars, clouds and more. Allow Life to speak to you and gift you with guidance and support. For it never stops offering wisdom. It is up to us to stay open and receptive to the learnings.
With Light and Love and staying Open to all of Life’s Learnings,