Element: Earth

Characteristic: Hands

(the physical body)

Affirmation: I accept that I need time out now to find my truth. I will go within to seek. I know that everything I need to know is already within me. I will find my own path.

(c) This image of a koala 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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Koalas are attractive animals with broad teddy-bear faces and sturdy bodies covered with waterproof fur. A male Koala's territory includes part of the home ranges of several females and he grunts very loudly to attract mates. A male Koala grunting can be quite a fierce sound at night in the bush. A female Koala carries her baby in her pouch for six months, then the baby rides on its mother’s back for another six months, but except when carrying young or when mating a Koala chooses to live alone. They survive on a strict diet of eucalypt leaves which like many Australian plants have low energy content so Koalas sleep for 20 hours out of every 24 to conserve their energy. The Koala gut ferments the eucalypt leaves which breaks down the fibres so the Koala may digest its nutrient-poor meal.

So although Koalas look cute, cuddly and an ideal pet, they really are bone-idle, grumpy little buggers who prefer life solitary and stoned high up in a gum tree. There they dream their dreams peacefully, occasionally chewing on a leaf, unless someone invades their gum tree when they bite, scratch, and even urinate over you until you stop invading their territory and leave them be, to scamper up their tree to peacefully dream their private dreams again.

Koala reminds you that everything you need to know is already known to you. All you have to do is take the time, away from the crowd, to look, to listen, and to go within to find your own truth. You need solitude to connect with your reality. If you have chosen Koala, you need time away from the crowd so badly that you may even be desperate enough to fight to claim it. Perhaps you feel alone even in a crowd these days.

Ask yourself if you need solitude to dream your own dreams, and find your own path. Are you giving yourself enough time to see what it is that you truly want? Koala is telling you that even if you have to be rude to get space to dream, you need to claim your territory and begin to dream your own dreams, and not those of other people. It may not be everyone’s idea of a good life, but time out and solitude is what you need now.


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