Element: Earth

Characteristic: Hands

(the physical body)

Affirmation:

I will be aware of my surroundings and aware of potential dangers. I will recognize and trust my instincts to protect myself from external threats. I will ground, defend myself and even get prickly if I need to.


(c) This image of an echidna was created by Linda Karen Godden for the Australian Animal Oracle, and copyright for this image remains with Linda. Please do not copy without her permission.

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ECHIDNA


The Echidna lives almost anywhere in Australia where there is bush. This unusual creature is long-snouted, spine-covered monotreme, which just means that the echidna baby hatches from an egg but suckles milk from its mother.

Although echidnas have long claws, they don’t go on the offensive often. If you threaten an echidna it will dig quickly into the ground or wedge itself in a hollow. It then rolls into a ball with upright spines that become an instant sharp defence.

Mostly echidnas are solitary animals who shuffle through the bush like little old gentlemen on a day out, snuffling along looking for termite nests to raid. The only time this behaviour changes is during mating season, when queues of romantic male echidnas form into a train and follow one female, hoping to be chosen as her mate, like the male chorus dancers in those old 30’s musicals.

As you have chosen Echidna, you may be feeling quite defensive at this time but you can be sure your instinct is correct. You may need to protect yourself from threats by withdrawing and burrowing, or even showing a potential predator that you have prickly spines.

Echidna offers personal protection and only allows those you trust and those you want into your space.

Your only soft spot is your belly which is also the only soft part of you closely connected with the earth; if ever you find yourself feeling out-of-sorts now, it will help if you simply ground yourself by getting into contact with bare earth.

Don’t worry. Echidna is another tough Australian survivor, and just like Echidna you can unroll yourself as soon as the danger is passed and go back to happily journeying through your own patch of bush, minding your own business.