The memory systems within the body, and of the mind of the body, have gradually and progressively evolved capturing the cunning and intelligence, the format and composure, of the various ‘anima’ periods throughout the history of it all.
The Chinese attributions of Zodiac hold to similar principles, yet not of the topic today. It could be said that the evolution of the human form and function is distinctly more elemental at its foundations of physical existence - that subset being the cornerstone to Chinese doctrines subscribing to such divisions given also.
Fish are born of the sea, and birds are born of the sky. The soul of Man lives in both water and sky, and has the fish and the bird manifest within him. So too, the oceans dwell in Man, as do the Cosmic vapors: the breath of the Gods.
And just as the Holy Graal is the sacrum and host of the planetary being; and just as the divine and lasting epic of the Gods is truly what is to come, rather that what has been given in myth; it is also a plain truth that the Arcadian of Noah is the living vessel of each man - for not only is the Kingdom of Heaven within, so also is the Kingdom of Earth.
Returning to the principles of water and air we find that the most ancient of life forms entered this world through the airy and fluidic gateways firstly. Physical life took root by the grace and blessed permission of the hosts of the ethers and the angels of the watery elements. Life was then given mirrors for the spirit within that these two states of being might qualify the myriad of manifestations to come.
This happening was not simply of form, or the ability to hold presence in this world but also the spiritual gifts and qualities of both the air and the sea were imparted - of the beings of time and the angelic realm themselves, that flew in on the ideas of the gods, who with swift grace lit the empty landscape and waiting spaces with their visions from afar.
It is often concurred that simply because something may dwell outside of us it may not concurrently and also take residence inside of us: yet this is not the case, for indeed the opposite is true - namely - if you can see something (anything) not only does it live and exist outside from you and is embedded in a reality that it has found to be its common ground … it also lives inside of your being - having a space and a nature within that is vast and infinitely expanding the self that is you.
To say that the Animal Kingdom was once divorced from Man holds aspects of truth in relation to the separation at the time of the Fall, and the divisions of being therein - however the greater truth to be had is that coexistent are those same animals that have in actuality gone nowhere, and are still to be found as inhabitants of the nature of men individually and collectively in dual carriageways of evolution and aspects of karmic endeavour.
The conductor to this orchestra of being is Man himself and the composer of the melodies are the gods beyond.
A shaman might call upon the animal forces within to dark purpose - for the power of any species can impose upon the conscious nature of a man and exude debilitating acrimony. An example of this is where a magician or ‘holy’ man interferes with the animal nature of another human, calling forth - invoking, awaking the beast within - that it might disarm or disturb the other. Whether for themselves or for the control over another, these creatures are not usually licensed to hold influence enough to have their presence known, but when energised they can interfere with the operating consciousness that works to harmonise with surroundings and fellow men.
Creatures by their ancient natures are limited to their own kind - they are protective and most antagonistic to all ‘others’. For those individuals to whom a beast has infected their thinking you can find that their behaviours are similarly natured - bristling all too easily and wild around the eyes. Animals are anything but peaceful ordinarily. As infants there may be a period of play, and as juveniles they can also take rest from their worries for a time; however their most natural state is one of fearfulness, hyper-vigilance and agitation.
The plant kingdom is similarly natured - tenuous to the elements they can be irritated, troubled, wanting and parched, sad and withering - and even the most robust of trees feels the pains of the earth and the want for the clouds there above them.
The natural world lives in discontent. The common guided meditation will reflect on the peace of the natural world, but this is the peace in actuality as perceived by the individual, not of the reality of the nature within it. Both the forest and the oceans are verily a place of angst. Beware what tensions you might come upon if your insights lead you to into these truths.
Ironically and most wonderfully the being who holds the greatest capacity for peace - for satiation, for calm, for simple joy amongst it all, is Man. And that key to peace is the ordering of the life within and the life without.