Sunday, July 8, 2012

Messages from the Caterpillar

This past week, as we spent time on the deck with family and friends, we experienced an unexpected guest.  Under the table, where bare feet encircled, was a fuzzy caterpillar. This very big, fuzzy friend seemed to make its way to one guest in particular over numerous evenings. No matter where she moved, the caterpillar was still found close by her toes. We decided the caterpillar was bringing her a message and promptly retrieved my Animal-Wise book by Ted Andrews so we could look up what caterpillar medicine might be bringing to us. As it turned out, it clearly was meant for the guest who continuously was crossing paths with the caterpillar. The message was meaningful.  I thought I would share it today in the hopes of reminding you to be aware of your environment and the messages you can receive from our nature friends.

Caterpillar

Caterpillars are associated with good luck and new birth.  In the second stage of metamorphosis the caterpillar feeds to gain strength and build a foundation before the cocooning stage begins.  This stage is when we give birth to new ideas and new creativity which hones the foundation to allow a new expression of life. 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 endeavors. 

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.  

And caterpillar also reminds 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.  (Andrews, 1999)
The medicine of caterpillar offered my friend a lot of information and was very fitting to what she had going on in her life. It was a good reminder that animal and insect medicine can give us information if we are aware of our surroundings and choose to look at the characteristics that the insect or animal brings to us. This allows the medicine we receive from the sighting to speak to us on a spiritual level and gifts us with guidance and support. This week spend time being aware of nature and the signs that are sent your way.  Enjoy the gifts that communing with nature can bring to you. 
Works Cited

Andrews, T. (1999). Animal-Wise. Jackson: Dragonhawk Publishing .




22 comments:

Emily said...

I cut open a capsicum yesterday to find a caterpillar inside! My copy of 'Animal Speak' is in storage so I googled it and found this post. Seems catapillar has brought another gift as I am sure we were meant to connect :-) I am also writing a memoir (Suddenly Homeless - an EMpowered Journey Home) at the moment and have enjoyed exploring your lovely site. Keep shining bright xo

Janie said...

Hi Emily,
I enjoyed your comments and want to send you light as you write your memoir. It sounds very moving. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. xo back at you!

Anonymous said...

I was at the park yesterday and my gf jumps up and starts screaming. I jump up to find two caterpillars on my right leg. That moment I felt as if q message was being sent to me and this post has made that clear.

Janie said...

What a gift! I am glad you took the time to try to figure out the message in your gift. Blessings,
Janie

Kelly Lemmers said...

I'm so happy to read this. Two days ago on the beach I had a caterpillar climb on me. I gently moved away. Not 10 minutes later was it back on me again. This time I took it to a tree. Today, I had a caterpillar climb on me again and my husband said maybe its good luck! So after reading this it made me smile and wonder what's to happen. Thank you

Janie said...

Thanks for you comment Kelly. Isn't it marvelous the lessons we can learn from the simplest moments?

shauna said...

I actually had just prayed and asked a particular question. As soon as I opened my eyes a caterpillar was walk in across my path, I kid you not! Amazing!

Anonymous said...

my wife and i were at the wildlife park today and came across a little tiny green caterpillar and it was just chilling in our hands, kinda crawling all over the place at times, but set it down and went about our way.. now i'm up in bed trying to figure out the meaning behind these little critters, thanks and cheers, ION!! :)

Eric Dellacorte said...

It's ironic because I'm an exterminator but the same caterpillar that I found today in my hallway was just there a few weeks ago . Both times I gently removed it and only now when my fiancé sent me the link found the true blessing he has brought us

Beauford Stenberg said...

thank you very much for this post, i do many types of esoteric bodywork and am versed in liturgies of a number of traditions, though I am deeply grounded in a number of traditions I claim Avadhuta & Dzogchenpa as my principal spiritual titles though there are many others... this is just by way of framing what is to follow... I just found myself doing some spontaneous esoteric bodywork unlike anything I have ever done before... it was something new for the human condition. In so doing, I was visited by caterpillar... i was doing the bodywork outdoors and on coming inside there is a caterpillar coming straight at me on the carpet and it didn't catch a ride inside upon me so for me, who work with medicine wheels and yantras this was of note... thank you very much for your post... blessings Beauford Anton Stenberg

sibongile nkhwanana said...

I dreamt of catching caterpillar worms and we were doing it with my husband. There were so many and we even so the larvae amongst them. The caterpillars were ready for to hide under the soil so we were just picking it on the ground.

Anonymous said...

They say caterpillars bring good luck but I see night mares when ever i see them & I see them every day what should I do ?

Anonymous said...

My grandmother passed away September 25th 2015. I dug a huge heart over her head that surprisingly lasted through the brutal rain and frigid temperatures of New York until now Jan 16, 2016. I went to visit her today and I noticed a smooth green caterpillar in my heart path. It got me to researching that caterpillars usually nest right now to prepare for the cocoon process. I don't know how scientifically correct this is as I used Google for research, but I would like to think that it's a sign. Any thoughts?

NairaV said...

Hi, April of 2015 I was watering the flowers in a small garden on my front porch when suddenly I realized movement on a plant that I had no idea was milkweed. When I looked closer I realized there was about 8 very fat black and yellow caterpillars munching away at the leaves of this plant. I quickly ran inside and grabbed my three year old son to show him. We were so excited! I looked up black and yellow caterpillar and found out they were Monarch caterpillars. We decided to leave them alone and hopefully we would see them transform. And we were lucky enough to see them go into cacoons and transform into butterflies over the next couple of weeks. The following month May 12 2015 my son was diagnosed with Leukemia. He's doing well now, and has come a long way in treatment and prognosis is good. But I was wondering, could those caterpillars have been some sort of message?

Janie said...

I personally see these type of experiences as signs that I take to heart. I think it is a matter of us taking the moment to be mindful enough to catch the moment and experience the gifts from nature and see the signs. But I don't believe there are accidents. It was in perfect order and so I would go with that.

Therese Calabrese said...

I was praying all day and every day for a sign from my husband at work today . I work in a flower shop today helping a customer with flowers I opened baby breath did not notice till he left I found a black caterpillar on the floor I picked it up put it in a plant trying to see what that means. It is still alive

Therese Calabrese said...

I was praying all day and every day for a sign from my husband at work today . I work in a flower shop today helping a customer with flowers I opened baby breath did not notice till he left I found a black caterpillar on the floor I picked it up put it in a plant trying to see what that means. It is still alive

Charlene said...

I was leaving my home today and saw a caterpillar on the verandah. Left him there came back and he was gone. I asked my husband if he moved him he said he din't see it. When I opened the front door there he was curled up like as I was about to put my foot down I saw him. I'm taking this good luck :)

Rhonda said...

Thank you for sharing this. It just face much clarity to a situation we just had today with a catapillar in our kitchen. Thanks again!

sonal nayak said...

I am hosting the Angles at my place for 5 days now, today is the last day.In last 4 days I had some amazing experiences around me.The second day I saw a butterfly inside my house,third day at my work place along with some feathers around,fourth day at my lunch table and todad was waiting for some more signs. I was wondering being the last day how I didn't experience anything.Back home while lighting the candle near the angle crystals I saw a caterpillar on the white flower placed right next to my hand..I was AMAZED!!! Can't express the feeling I have now..Goosebumps!!

Cynthia Colon said...

For the past few weeks i have been seeing alot of catepillars right in front of my outside door.everyday i see at least 10 of them.they are on my door around the inside of my home pr all around my space in front i look at other people's door and they wont be none but thete all around crawling on my front door.can you llet me know what these means.i had a hard year my husband told me he's not in love with me no more he moved out and he found someone hes says he loves and dating 3 months there moving in together in January.i am married and still am for 26 years.lets just say that this whole year i had everything i could handle happen to me.

Jerimé Dervon said...

I woke up this morning, showered. I'd just encountered a rough moment the day before dealing humans and their shifting personalities so I woke up with a drive to just be at peace within my own peace.. etc. I slide on a pair of my most comfortable pants and I feel something awkward on my right thigh. I immediately jump up and slide my pants off... a beautiful black caterpillar had somehow made its way, either into my pants... or into my undergarments. LOL, how it got there I am still unsure.. but reading this confirms the Universe in perfect order and I am accepting of its presence and the message it brought to me.