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ALPACA // Animal Messenger
January 1 2022
January 1 2022
Alpacas use their long necks to observe the world with curiosity and caution. Without their unique higher perspective, they would easily fall prey to predators like lions and bears.
Having been bred into captivity predominately for their wool, alpacas are slightly different to llamas in that they are a bit more temperamental and harder to tame or convert into companion animals, but are still similar in many ways.
These herbivores are social herd animals live in family groups. Their wooly coat keeps them warm in freezing cold climates and allows them to thrive in high altitude areas. Their only main lines of defence are spitting and kicking - they often draw up stomach acids and project them out to other alpacas as a line of defence or to communicate their upset.
One of the only animals on earth to create a designated “toilet” area in their territory, alpacas remind us to respect our space, honour what nourishes us and maintain boundaries in order to take a more freed approach to our own personal pursuits.
Alpacas also have a great vocal range - choosing a series of shrieks and whines to alert others to danger, as well as clicking and humming sounds which can be a sign of their contentment and comfort.
These animals show us that by simply being present and at peace with our surroundings, we automatically open ourselves up to new possibilities, adventures and creative exploration, allowing us to be truly available to life and what is has to offer.
If Alpaca has entered your field recently, the key questions to ask yourself what it means specific to you are:
1. What was I doing / thinking / feeling at the time of the encounter?
2. How did seeing this messenger make me feel?
3. What was the animal doing and what was significant about it specifically?
4. Can you see how any of these things relate to the meaning above?
What is your own mythic tale you can weave to get your own beautiful message from this guide?
Journal and contemplate with these prompts to uncover your own personalised meaning and symbolism.
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