This month, I am bringing the jungle to the beach! Part of a weekend epiphany which all started with a dear friend and muse handing me a couple of photographs of apes. Why? Because she knew I would want to paint them. And she was right (she has been right before, so I pay special attention when she has something to say!)
Meet Kevin. He is an orangutan. Who surfs. On Wednesdays.
Now there are no books on the meanings of surfing orangutans! But the orangutan himself is an interesting animal totem. He reminds us to pay attention to the signs and signals all around us (like photos of apes that make me smile!) Something in your environment needs to be corrected or is off balance. In my case, my creative environment needed a shot of monkey business and a bit of jungle at the beach party. The orangutan could also mean your inner wisdom is trying to tell you something, so get out of your own head and into your heart to feel the message. If an orangutan is your totem animal, you have a powerful connection to nature. For me, there is nothing like a day outside, in the trees (or at the beach) to rejuvenate me and rekindle my imajenation.
Gentleness, a connection to forest spirits and ingenuity in problem solving are also in the realm of the orangutan. Legends say the orangutan can speak, but is too wise to do so in front of humans...I wonder what Kevin would say if he could speak?
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