Cows, Bulls or Oxen: these working animals are very rarely found
in the wild anymore (with the
exception of the Sacred Cows of India, who can do whatever they
please wherever they please).
Cows are important because they produce milk after they have
reared their Calves and so many
farmers keep them as dairy animals producing milk, cheese and
yoghurt for human consumption.
The Bull is the complete ruler of his herd of cows and no other
male can get close if he is there to
protect his females. He mates with all the Cows in his herd
and thus insures his bloodline will
continue long after he is gone, so he is a symbol of both masculine
fertility and fatherhood. Oxen
are working animals and still in many countries are raised to
pull wagons and plough. In China
the Ox is one of the sacred animals, known for his ability to
work without tiring. In Norse
mythology, the Ox has its own Runic symbol recognized for wealth.
Musk ox's Wisdom Includes: Defense of the vulnerable by the
community; Ability to withstand
coldness in others; Understanding of how to survive in harsh
climates; Provides physical warmth
in harsh times.
From geocities Animal Spirits website - see links bar on front
page. (Geocities no longer active)