The energies of the New Moon are ushered in and have played out in my life as illustrated in the following story.
I had a fitful night full of dream messages, not recalled.
Driving to the college bus with my daughter, we find a Ringtail Possum sitting in the middle of the road. It is upright and licking itself with no intention of moving. We find she has an open wound on her head but is otherwise unhurt. We bundle her into the car as she would have been in danger of being hit by another car or being preyed on by ravens or eagles.
As we drive to the bus, the oil light comes on. At the same time my daughter exclaims in panic that she has lost the shark tooth she wears around her neck. Her boyfriend loaned this to her as a love token. It is very precious to him and has ancestral significance. My daughter is horrified she may have lost it. She asks me to search for it.
We are overwhelmed; daughter, possum and I. The oil light turns off averting the need to stop before we get to the bus. My daughter leaves and I breathe for a moment. I know this is the beginning of a new story even without the Pisces elements of dreams, oil, tending to the suffering, holding too much in my consciousness, sea animals, loss and ancient ancestral stories.
What to do? I have a possum bleeding over my car and I am not unaware that it could panic and do damage to me as I drive. No, I believe it is calm. I figure I will return it where it was found. There is an old overgrown quarry on our property that I believe is her territory. If I can find shelter there she may be able to recover. I try to coax her out of the car but she is too much for me to handle. I leave the door open while I look for the shark’s tooth. It is not there. I realise it is findable wherever else it may be; we can search later.
The possum hasn’t left of her own accord. I try to push her out. She ends up suspended by her tail out the door. She has wrapped her tail around the lever under the seat and will not be moved. I decide she doesn’t want to return back to the wild and return her to the car. Besides all I can hear are the cries of predatory birds and wonder if they can sense the wounded. When I returned home she is still entrenched. I get water, rescue remedy fruit and leave them for her. I go on with my day, returning regularly. She is curled up asleep as if it was her nest. So very cute.
Evening comes and it is time to pick my daughter up. It is also time for hibernating possums to awaken. No way am I driving a car with a frisky possum. My partner and I manage to get her out and put her in an old animal shelter. I check the oil, as good as empty. I notice the brake fluid is very low. A wire disconnects which affects the car starting. The garage is 8 km away. I reconnect the line. The car starts. The oil light doesn’t come on, the brakes are okay and so I risk it. We arrive safely and easily take care of the car.
The possum is okay overnight and shows signs of eating, drinking and moving around. We decide to leave it another night till the wound is on the mend. By evening, however the possum is spritely but absolutely tormented by flies. We have nothing to deter flies. I light incense all around having some vague idea, this may repel them. It seems to work a little.
Calls to vets are unsuccessful. We find a wildlife carer who fortuitously happens to be visiting the area and arrives soon after. They are excited that we have a Ringtail as their numbers are dwindling. The incense puzzles them. I suspect they think I have been practising some arcane ritual, (cackle, cackle!!!) They secure the possum in a cloth pouch and rock her until she settles and is peacefully asleep. She will be taken to a hermit vet that cares for wildlife. If she survives she will be returned here to be released into the wild.
As this Pisces Moon cycle goes on I will reflect and uncover how this possum story plays out in my life. My conscious intention this cycle is to nurture this blog into the world. I am sensing that as I open up to the moment more experience becomes available to me. It is all glorious, if sometimes challenging. I am going with the expansion, welcoming each moment and step by step allowing myself to co-create with ease as I follow my dreams.
Possum image: A ringtail possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus. Photo by Ester Beaton.