Ix, the Jaguar, is one of the most enigmatic and mystical animals on earth. Called “the silk hand” in South America for its soundless, soft step that you don’t hear until it’s too late, the jaguar embodies the very source of Mother Earth, bearing a deep, feminine energy that heals as well as culls, bearing a profound intuition about the essence of all things, and everlasting patience that follows in the footsteps of time until that critical split-second of decisive action arrives.
Endowed with extraordinary strength and resilience, Ix rules the spirit of jungles, plains and mountains. Its intelligence often comes paired with clairvoyance—and there is no surprise there, as this powerful energy is free of the debilitating effects of ego, ambition, judgment, fear and control.
So when you connect to your source, remember that this too is yours, this primal, unspoken and ancient energy that underpins our collective consciousness. Here, no ego, no judgment, no self-doubt or fear exist, for these mindsets are far too close to the surface of our human emotions to have any impact on the ancient archetypes, the elemental currents underlying life itself.
Many native traditions emphasize the importance of walking to commune with Nature and her soul—and, by extension, our own. This tradition has been nearly lost on the modern world, where even those of us who do take walks in the outdoors rarely stop to look and listen to the extraordinary diversity of life all around us. So next time you take a walk, with a friend, colleague or family, try to talk less and listen more.
Liberate yourself from the shackles of societal imprints, and walk the path of the Jaguar—you alone, in tune with your own natural essence.
~ Birgitte Rasine