09 March, 2016

Baby blessings and Helping Spirits

The other day, I worked with a dear client within the home, so that the client could be close at hand to monitor a newborn baby.  We were both a bit nervous about how the drumming, rattling, and singing would affect the little one, but it seemed to comfort and calm him so that he drifted off to sleep!

Once the healing for the client was complete, I asked permission* to check in on the baby, to see what Helping Spirits were protecting him. The client responded positively, and I began rattling and singing.

As I looked around the baby's crib area, I saw something very unexpected. Giant silvery fish swam through the air, looping over and under him, and protected him within his personal space.

My jaw dropped-- I had no idea what type of fish they were, what they represented symbolically, etc.! I love to each fish, and visit aquariums, but I was out of my depth. Even my favorite go-to text, Animal Spirit Guides, didn't help!

I thanked the fish for their healing and protection, and closed the ceremony. After grounding and centering, I grabbed a notebook and pen, and attempted to draw what I saw (although I am a terrible artist). Eventually, after drawing a very poor approximation of a possible tuna, the Spirits took pity on me and yelled, "It's a Betta fish, silly coyote!"

(from Wiki Commons)
Ha ha! Now I understood!

Betta Fish (Siamese Fighting Fish) are warriors and protectors, and are excellent at protecting the boundaries of people (interpersonal relationships). What a wonderful Helping Spirit for a newborn! The client and I laughed, and gave thanks again to this Spirit.

Have you ever worked with any aquatic Helping Spirits?

*It is very important to be given express permission by a legal guardian, before working shamanically for any being that cannot give that permission him/herself. This includes children, pets, service animals, etc. If you have any questions about these and other Ethical Guidelines, please email me!

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