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!"
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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!