*Note* I plan to start making this kind of post weekly, as that seems to be what I was doing in practice. I had originally wanted to make a post like this every day, but that isn't terribly realistic and I would quickly begin assaulting everyone with repeated material. Anyway, moving onward!
Today's draw from the animal oracle is the seal, or Ron in Gaelic. The seal represent love, longing, and dilemma.
The seal features prominently in Celtic folklore in the story of the selkie. Selkies were creatures that could take the shape of either beautiful human women or of female seals, changing between the two shapes by taking on and off a magic seal skin. The story goes that once an Irish fisherman saw a groups of selkies in their human form dancing in the moonlight on the shore near his home. He was instantly in love with one of the selkie women, so he stole her seal skin while she was unaware. When the other selkies took their skins to change back into the seal form, the remaining selkie was approached by the fisherman. Eventually, the fisherman married the selkie woman and they even had children together. While the selkie proved to be a loving and devoted mother and wife, she was always somewhat absent, her true heart longing for the sea, her true home. One day, she found her seal skin hidden away, took it, and escaped back into the ocean, leaving her family behind. Some versions of the story say she would return regularly to her family, but all versions seem to say that she did continue to live in the ocearn from then on.
The seal card evokes many of these themes. It touches on the element of water in its most primal form. Drawing the seal should bring to mind those longings in your heart that are more powerful than logic or intellect. Often we fear those feelings because of how powerful they are, but the seal warns us to not let our heart be controlled by our head like the selkie controlled by the fisherman. One cannot contol the other. Learn to balance your head and your heart and be open to the messages you receive from all that the water implies: the Unsconscious, dreams, the Divine Feminine, the heart. #druidry #druid #ovate #divination #animals #animaloracle