Curious about the timing of this prehistoric-looking messenger, we slowed down and watched until only his long tail could be seen as he disappeared into the thick bushes by the pasture. I knew he was all about self-protection. Wanting to learn more, I found out that armadillo is a Spanish word that means little armored one, and refers to the bony plates of protection that cover its back, head, legs, and tail. When threatened, it will roll itself up into a ball, covering all its vulnerable areas. (They are most vulnerable when they expose their underbellies, or inner workings.) Armadillo teaches how to carry your protection with you, and when to let your defenses down.
When a little armored one appears, it can indicate a need to set up healthy boundaries for yourself and others. You don't have to isolate and curl up in your protective shell. Speak what's true for you. Ask yourself when it is beneficial to be unyielding? When would being more flexible best serve you and others? Then follow your inner truth. It's wonderful to have empathy, but we need to maintain a balance when helping others. An opportunity for a new birth is coming within the next 8 or 9 months. It will be important not to roll ourselves up and hide from the opportunity for fear we may be vulnerable. Armadillo can show how to adjust our rhythms so that what we wish to create will occur at the safest time.
The armadillo signals that: "Sensitivity and susceptibility to outside influences are increasing, so use discrimination and protect yourself." (Animal-Speak Pocket Guide, Ted Andrews)
Psalm 91 is a great prayer of assurance and protection. It has gotten me through many storms in life when I choose to abide in the Shadow of the Almighty, and not just run there at the first sign of trouble. "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 91:11
I'm so thankful for these messages that appear from the angels of nature, that are meant to be shared to bring hope and peace to each of us.
Enjoy your day with the Angels. Be joyfully expectant of the nature messengers that may cross your path.
Love and peace,
(Animal-Speak Pocket Guide, Ted Andrews)