Found this young Diamondback Rattlesnake in the middle if the trail in Tecolote Canyon. Tecolote means Owl. We saw and heard a few owls while we stayed in this area... we even spent Halloween there! Owls are associated with the moon, night, darkness, death, mystery, wisdom, prophecy and fertility. Rattlesnakes can be associated with death because of their deadly poisonous venom, though it is normally considered a good omen for one to cross your path. Interestingly enough, we also found Sacred Datura (aka Moon Flower/Angel's Trumpet/Jimson Weed) which is used in death & rebirth rituals. The plant is toxic and can cause death in cases of overdose.
Looking back at this, contrary to common misperceptions about death being a "bad" thing, I would've taken this as a sign of good fortune and good things to come, to trust in the process to unfold as it should, to allow the passing of the old to make way for the new.
Stay tuned to see what plays out next! 😼😱☠ #diamondback #rattlesnake #tecolotecanyon #owl #deathandrebirth #death