I dreamed, last night, that beyond my woodshed, where garden gives way to forest, a Jaguar presented itself to me.
I say presented
, because this was precisely what it did. It stood, grinning faintly, all teeth and spotty camouflage.
It was redder than Jaguars generally are, but it could have been nothing else.
I was aware of the advisability of arming myself, with some makeshift weapon or other, although I really didn't feel inclined to, and the creature appeared to offer no threat.
To a crow, this was clearly a totem spirit animal. With a message, a test, and a gift.
Heroism and valour. Grace and power. Poise and agility. But little endurance.
Fierce and lethal, but get the job done fast, before energy fades.
Do the deed from behind, not full frontal assault.
Meter out energy. No unnecessary motion.
Stealth and patience. Silence and senses.
Absolutely no deathmetal
Mostly a totem animal will appear in the flesh.
But those that appear in dream or trance, must, not being indigenous to the target's location.
I've never even seen a Jaguar, let alone dreamed of one.