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Chickens descended from the wild red jungle fowl of India and
belong to the species Gallus
gallus. Raised for the production of eggs and meat since the
early 1930's the chicken symbolizes
nourishment. They keep bugs and weeds under control and provide
fertilizer for gardens.
Chickens are prone to heat stroke and need plenty of water to
maintain optimum health. Those
with this medicine benefit by living in an environment where
water is plentiful.
The chicken has an exploratory inquisitive nature. They love
to scratch around in lush vegetation
uncovering every pebble, leaf or blade of grass always looking
for a hidden treasure. Extremely
attuned to what lies beneath the surface the chicken holds the
teachings of observation, reflection
Personal space is important to the chicken. It requires open
space in which to roam. If confined
they can become aggressive with a tendency to pick on each other.
A low ranking hen may be
cornered and cannibalized.
Chickens have an uncanny ability to remove obstacles by pecking
away tirelessly at anything
that gets in their way. The skills of patience and determination
seen in the chicken are often
reflected in the personalities of those who hold this medicine.
Although able to cooperate in
groups chickens have a strong independent character and when
the mood strikes they will
demand their space, sometimes aggressively. Those with this
medicine need occasional retreat
and isolation from others. This need can come about unexpectedly
at any time without warning.
Chicken medicine people are true teachers within the structure
of relationships. They remind us
not to become too needy of our partners, family or friends.
They show us how to maintain a
sense of independence in groups and ask us to take appropriate
time for inner reflection. Those
associated with chicken medicine people must respect that individuals
need for personal space or
feathers will ruffle!
Known for their hardiness chickens will run quickly and frantically
away from danger. When
danger is close they take off with a loud explosion which startles
their predator. They are
mindful creatures that have extreme sensitivity. Chickens feel
the vibrations of mother earth and
all life forms that inhabit her. This indicate its empathic
abilities. Because empaths literally
absorb the energy of everything around them a high strung nervous
system can develop. If
nervous energy isn't expressed in a balanced way sporadic unpredictable
behavior can occur.
Yoga or any other form of meditative movement can help those
with this medicine acquire
Those with this medicine are natural born empaths. They "feel"
their way through life. Their
feelings are always right and they need to honor and abide by
them in everything they think, do