Not sorry about the title; I couldn’t resist!*
I’m going to stick my neck out a bit (like a Brachiosaurus) and talk about something even people in the Pagan and Spiritual fields may think a bit weird, unusual or offbeat: Dinosaurs.
A lot of people are open to the concept of Spirit Allies from the Animal kingdom, and some people even work with ‘mythical’ creatures like Dragons, but I have found very little written about working with Dinosaurs in this way. Why is that?
Whether you work with Spirit Allies through their symbolism, as Archetypes or as literal Spirit Beings they are generally accepted as a part of many peoples’ practice or Spiritual worldview. Ancestor work is also becoming more widely accepted. So why not the Ancestors of the Animals who share this planet with us? After all, Dinosaurs are the ancient relatives of Birds and, to a lesser extent, Alligators and Lizards. Did you know that the Chicken is the most like a Dinosaur**? It puts a whole new spin on the ‘Chicken and the egg’ question. Dinosaurs predate Chickens, hence the egg came first, and one day a Chicken hatched!
I’ve loved Dinosaurs from a very early age and continue to be fascinated by them. There seems to be an opinion that Dinosaurs are a ‘childish’ kind of love; one you should grow out of as you get older. But that didn’t happen to me… or to a lot of people. Just look at palaeontologists – and Sir David Attenborough.*** I used to be terrified of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park but I loved the Brontosaurus, and I always felt sad about the Triceratops dying.
When I was in my teens one of the many dreams I had was of becoming a palaeontologist and digging up Dinosaurs in the middle of the desert. Fast forward to double those years and I still love Dinosaurs. I still can’t part with my Brontosaurus Beanie Buddy, two years ago I bought a handmade Dinosaur plush, and I enjoy tales of ‘relics of the past’ alive and well around the world – think Nessie and Mokele-mbembe.
I had a dream not too long ago about uncovering a baby Brontosaurus skeleton, and I knew if I had permission to dig further I would find a whole family of them. Some might dismiss this as ‘just a dream’ but mine have always been full of symbolism. The ‘permission’ I was seeking in the dream was from other people, and in life I know I can’t keep seeking others’ approval over what’s involved in my practice. The Bronty family waiting to be ‘uncovered’ in my dream show there’s a whole other world waiting to be exlored deep within me that’s been long-buried. The gentle giants of the Dinosaur clan held great strength and their own kind of power, and that symbolism tells me they’re trying to teach me about my own; to stick my neck out and be a bit different. Even if it means I’ll end up walking my path alone… or maybe even walking it with Dinosaurs.
The dream inspired me too look completely differently at Dinosaurs. My next post on this subject will explore the symbolism of our favourites, as well as the Dinosaurs we fear. They can be great insights into our own psyche, our challengers and our Shadow. I hope you’ll find it interesting.
© Michelle Thereze, Enchant The Ordinary, June 2019
*Walking With Dinosaurs was a TV series a few years ago narrated by Kenneth Branaugh.
*** Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur