Element: Earth

Characteristic: Hands

(the physical body)

Ask Lizard for help

with detachment:

Help me to attain detachment, to face my fears and to break away from the past. Let me cling tightly to what I do need but be ready to let go of what I no longer need. Let me honour my dreams and to remember that nothing is impossible.

(c) This image of a lizard 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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Most Australian lizards have limbs, fleshy tongues and share a great survival skill: they can shed their tail and regrow all or part of it. So when a predator grabs a lizard, the tail comes off to distract the predator and give the lizard time to escape. This unique skill is important to you now, because the first knowledge shared by lizard is detachment. Learn how to let go that which you no longer need or what isn’t useful to you in the current situation.

All lizards adapt to take advantage of their environment. Blue-tongue lizards use their unusual tongues to gather food, but also as a warning to invaders. The thorny devil has a tiny head and a large bump and when threatened, this lizard bends its head so that the hump becomes a false head to frighten a predator. It can also change its colour and pattern to match the ground, as camouflage. The tiny gecko, found clinging to ceilings through tropical Australia with its splayed velcro feet, teaches us to cling on, despite the seemingly impossible challenge of having to withstand gravity. You too can succeed at a seemingly impossible task, if you use what you have to hand (or to foot). The second knowledge shared by lizard is to break from the past and from old habits that no longer serve you well. It’s time to recognise, to respect and to use your own unusual gifts to defend your territory against everyone, including other lizards.

The Australian Goanna or Gould’s Monitor is famed for running up the nearest tall tree when panicked and if you are unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place the panicked goanna will climb you with his sharp claws instead of a tree. The third knowledge from lizard is to choose your place of safety. It’s time to stop running from your fears and to face them. Ask for guidance if you are facing a difficult situation and then trust yourself and your own intuition. You’ll dream your answers, when you need to.

You can dream your dreams and plan your plans, when you find a safe spot in the sun. Just don’t panic, because you may choose the wrong safe haven.