Autumn is a time of death and rebirth. Autumn is a great time for us to examine ourselves and cast away what is no longer serving us, just as the trees shed their leaves. I wondered for a long time what animal messenger I should choose to best represent the lessons of autumn; I considered both crows and jackals heavily for their association with death, but neither felt quite right. I decided to flip though Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer for a bit of inspiration, and as it would turn out the very first page I opened to was the Stag.
The answer seemed so obvious to me once I saw it. I myself have worked with the amazing transformative power of the Stag, and I can confidently say that it will be a fitting animal messenger for November.
1) Let Go
One of the hardest lessons we can learn from the Stag is to let go. Of course, it’s usually easier said than done. Sometimes we want to hold on to things that are doing us more harm than good because they remind us of a fond memory, or they’ve been with us for a very long time. But just like the trees shed their colorful leaves and the stag sheds his majestic antlers, it’s time to let whatever it is go. Whether it’s a person in your life who treats you badly, a belief that you are not good enough to follow your dreams, or just a box full of mementos that’s taking up a ton of space in your home, let it go.
2) Manifest Change
It’s hard to recreate yourself, but the Stag does it every year when he regrows his antlers. Shedding something that’s become weak and scarred will allow for you to grow something stronger, something that will help you further your goals next year. The Stag is an excellent animal guide to call on when you want to manifest your dreams. After shedding what’s no longer helping you, think about what you do want. It may be a bit too early to start projects for next year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on being a new you. Start small, maybe with something as simple as replacing a bad habit with a healthier one, such as waking up an hour earlier if you tend to oversleep. Or simply reward yourself somehow for making a change in your life; take yourself out for a pumpkin spice latte after you drop off that box of sentimental junk at the thrift store.
3) Get Primal
The Stag also reminds us to get in touch with our masculine energy; this doesn’t mean that you have to go watch a sports game or go hunting. Spiritually, your masculine energy is the more primal, aggressive energy. A lot of us spiritually involved people may be guilty of neglecting our masculine energy in favor of the gentler, more intuitive feminine energy that lends itself so well to witchcraft. However, it’s always good to have a balance. Perhaps you’ve been allowing someone to tread all over you for the sake of playing nice, and now’s the time to take a stand for yourself. Or maybe you’ve been neglecting your physical health, and now its time to start a new exercise routine. If anything, it might be a nice time to take a hike and enjoy the autumn weather autumn while you reconnect with the primal beauty of nature.
4) Trust Your Intuition
Finally, the stag is a messenger of the spirit world. Now during autumn while the veil is thin, take time to really connect with your spirituality. Meditate and see what advice you can receive from both your guides and yourself; your intuition is strong now, and it will help you find what you need to keep, what you need to shed, and what you need to manifest.