Red Fox Symbolism
I've written a lot about fox symbolism, but that doesn't mean I can't continue touting the symbolic attributes of this beauty, does it? Methinks not. :)
This week a crimson lovely came for a visit in the front field. That put me in a reverie. Sighting that bright baby outside my window made me think about the Japanese Kami. A Kami is a shrine erected in the Shinto sect of belief. It is a devotional place. Each Kami is dedicated to an animal. The Inari Okami is devoted to the spirit of the fox. In Japanese cultural myth, the fox is honored for symbolic attributes of: Fertility, Plenty, Creativity, Intelligence, and Strategy. Inari worship also deals with the fox providing nourishment to the Japanese people. Legend states the red fox carried rice to communities, and also showed village leaders how to grow rice. If you ever visit an Inari Okami (a Japanese shrine to the fox), be sure to pay respect to the creative, cunning spirit of the fox while you're there. Better yet, make a shrine to the fox for yourself!
I think all this is lovely. In fact, so lovely, I intend to erect my own throne of honor to the fox, the crow, the goose, and any other creature that tugs at my attention. I guess it's a good thing I live on a chunk of land...I'll have a shrine on every bloody acre at the rate my intention is growing! lol.
Seriously, though. I do have a wee devotional to the fox. Why? Because this is a sly creature (in a good way) and I dig that. Foxes remind me of things like: Caution, Energy, Awareness, Resourcefulness and much more.
What I dig mostest about this creature is a quote I uncovered by Germaine Dieterlen. He said foxes are "Semper peccator, semper justus". That's Latin for: "Ever sinning, ever righteous." Now those of you who have followed me for a bit know that I'm all about liminality, duplicity, and pretty infatuated with the concept of polarities. Why did Dieterlen say that about the fox? It has to do with the fox being massively independent, yet liking company. She is busy and inventive, yet destructive. She is bold, yet shy. She is alert, but she can be careless when preoccupied. I can relate. Can you? If so, maybe the fox is your animal guide.
Fox symbolism deals with guile: Using caution and cunning when tracking down a resource. The fox is also a poster child for cleverness. Are you clever? Can you figure out ways of doing things that are unconventional? Atypical? Outside the ordinary? Fox might be a keen guide for you.
Fox symbolism entails health, prosperity and wealth in some Old European myths. It has to do with their solar affiliations, and their knack for finding food so well. This translates to provision, and snooping out the goods we need to survive - even in the harshest conditions.
The fox is a great ally with pest control. Old agricultural myths place the fox as a protector of crops, because they're excellent at rooting out rodents who could wreak havoc on crops.
What about that lovely red? Red fox symbolism is akin to the sun, so we're talking about: Radiance, Energy, Passion. I like to equate colors with the chakra system. Red is the color of the root chakra. That means we're dealing with primal instinct, and raw motivation with the fox. Are you stalled in a project? The carnal power of the fox might help kick start you back into motion.
Another bit of red fox symbolism deals with control. These babies love to frolic. They'll play and dive into the most enchanted holes to satisfy their curiosity. But you know what? They do so with restraint. These are very cautious beasts. That's a big symbolic lesson for us, I think. As I just mentioned on my Crow Article, I'm guilty of diving into pools of wonder without a care about my well-being. The red fox showing up on my doorstep is a good reminder to maintain my zest for exploration.....but be smart about delving into discoveries. When we go down the rabbit hole, it's always a good idea to be aware of our safety, be cautious, and have a back-up plan. Does this speak to you? Maybe the fox is sending you the same message.
As mentioned, I have written plenty more about fox symbolism, Kemosabe (and I no speak with forked tongue, lol). Check out the links at the end of this article for fox symbolism in general, as well as fox meaning for tattoo ideas.
As always, thanks for reading, and getting groovy with the fox vibe.
Foxy blessings to you always,
Huge thanks to Dave Crotty for the fox pictures he shot shown on this page.
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