Element: Earth


Hands (the physical body)

Ask Termite for help with teamwork:

Help me now to work as a valued member of a team to achieve common goals. Let me trust my colleagues and the master plan absolutely, even if I did not contribute to the decision-making process. Let me develop selective blindness if I need to, so that I don’t demand proofs or look too closely or critically at my colleagues.


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Termites are small, pale, soft-bodied insects that live in colonies containing four castes: a termite nymph will hatch from an egg to be fed by worker termites and then develop into a blind worker, a soldier, a winged male or a female that will fly from the home nest. Once a termite pair mates, they shed their wings and the queen lays eggs to begin a new colony. Termite colonies live in nests built in timber, under the ground, on the ground or in trees.

Northern Australia teems with termite mounds; huge earth structures that are taller than a human but termites are equally happy to take up residence in your house with you. Unfortunately, they don’t make good house guests and will literally eat you out of house and home.

Termites are real team players; they even work blindly in the dark. Just as termites work together in a team, you are now in a time of your life when co-operation is more important than individual thought, even to the point of blind obedience.

Termites can build large, complex structures through co-operation or equally can destroy a large building just as easily as they build. Termites don’t care so long as they are working with the crowd. The main lesson is that termites don’t ask questions; the ethic is cooperation and team-work, not asking questions or standing back to get the long view.

You may never know whether you were a creator or a destroyer when you work with termite magic. Your satisfaction at this time in your life will come not from the results of your efforts or from setting goals and taking the lead, but through the process of working with others to achieve a common goal.

Now is the time for you to learn group-think and be part of the group-mind for the benefit of all rather than thinking only of the individual.