Element: Air

Characteristic: Head (your intellect)


I will face my difficulties with courage. I will allow myself to grieve so that I may let go of the old that I no longer need and will look at my problems from a new perspective, so I can understand my challenges and face them courageously with a fresh outlook.

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Australia has many species of small insect-eating bats as well as the Ghost Bat, which is large enough to prey on smaller animals including other bats. Bats are the only mammals that can really fly and most bats use a form of radar to locate prey. Australia’s larger fruit bats or flying foxes aren’t a real bat so they don’t use echo-location and are not carnivorous.

Bat helps you to use your intuition, or inner radar, so you can easily avoid obstacles in your way including difficult people.

Bat also shares with you a very basic fact of life; if the bat doesn’t jettison every unnecessary particle of weight, bat just isn’t light enough to fly. That is why you will always find bat droppings close to bat feeding grounds. One of the first things that Bat asks us is to lighten up. Remember the principles of Feng Shui: first you have to release the old to create space to welcome the new.

As well as letting go of unnecessary baggage, Bat asks you face your fears, to let go of the old and welcome the new.

If you have experienced loss you need to grieve and let go.

Bat is nocturnal and so understands the dark side of the wheel of life and can help you face the death of some part of your life that you love. You can use this knowledge to help you grieve for what you have lost so you can then accept the ongoing cycle of life and death and rebirth. When you yield, you accept what is and in the process you open yourself to all life. Before you can invite in the new, you need to let go of the old.

Bat reminds you that you can create the future you want, all you have to do is look honestly at the possibilities open to you: perhaps you should try to look at your world from an entirely new perspective, like a bat hanging upside down.