Element: Air

Characteristic: Head (the intellect)

Ask Sugar Glider for courage:

Give me the courage to take the leap of faith needed for the current situation. Let me be charming, adaptable and friendly like my cousin the Possum but always brave enough to take that step out into the unknown when I need to.

(c) This image of a sugar glider 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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This appealing small creature is one of Australia’s many varieties of possum so you will also need to take on board the possum’s message of using strategy to defeat your enemies and of turning every situation around so that you benefit. However, the sugar glider is also a most unusual possum who deserves individual attention and who comes to you with a special message.

Sugar gliders live in colonies of up to seven adults and their young in hollows and recognise each other by smell. The first lesson of sugar glider is to know who you can trust and then to trust them absolutely. When you are a small possum, group living offers safety in a dangerous world. Sugar gliders vary their diet with nectar and insects and are the only possums that fly. You also need to be adaptable at this time.

Gliders do not fly by flapping their limbs, but stretch a membrane from the fifth finger to the first toe on each side of their body. They travel by launching themselves from the top of a tree, gliding to another tree, then scampering up the second tree to launch themselves again.

It must have been a very brave or a very desperate sugar glider who first launched itself from a tall tree.

As well as the lessons of trust and of strategy taught by every possum, the sugar glider reminds us that sometimes in life we have to take risks to get what we want. Be brave.

Take a leap of faith, like Indiana Jones stepping off into the void to find the Grail. Now is one of those special times, when you can launch yourself into the unknown to achieve your goals.