Green Ant Medicine

I attend an outdoor yoga class. It is school holidays so my daughter tags along to the park with a friend while I’m bending and stretching and breathing in the winter sunshine.

The kids play at a distance and periodically return to the yoga class for water and attention.

At the end of the class, I notice a dirty footprint on my yoga mat.

I wasn’t too happy to find mud on my yoga mat but it had dried and I managed brushed it off and returned to putting on my shoes.

The children returned.

Seconds later, as I turned to roll up my mat, there were two fresh muddy footprints. One of them was right in the middle in the mat, a perfect print of the sole of a child’s sneaker.

Anyone that’s dabbled in yoga knows that one’s yoga mat is sacred space. I was horrified and I didn’t hide that horror. I didn’t get angry at the kids but did get a little dramatic about how a planned play activity would be delayed until I’d cleaned the mat.

I drove home. I took off my shoe. There was an ant was on my foot. In an instant, I killed it and realised why my toe was hurting.

The ant had been trapped in my shoe. I didn’t know it was there. I thought my yoga sock (kinda like fingerless gloves for feet) had become twisted around my toe. Turns out it was the ant.

Ants bite when they’re stressed. I would be stressed too having to avoid being squished by a giant foot.

Green ant bites particularly hurt. Not so much straight away; the pain tends to build and linger. It’s not actually a bite either, but a sting laced with acidic venom.

The ant had reacted instinctively – and so had I.

This incident, this ant, carried a message about anger, irritation, and impulsiveness – particularly in relation to little things.

Ants are tiny creatures. Mud is easily washed off a yoga mat. My small toe was bitten.

It was on my left foot too, which reinforces the unconscious, instinctive, emotional input.

For many people, the ant has associations of hard work and collective effort. For example, I’m reminded of the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. That’s a cultural association.

When exploring dreams and working with symbols in your everyday life as I do, it’s important to consider and prioritise your personal symbolic associations.

This ability to weave together the layers is not only useful for interpreting dreams. It helps build your relationship to the unseen worlds in a broader sense and will enhance your divinatory practice, help you connect with deities, understand your visions, and communicate with spirit.

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