Kin Essence - Shedding the old and following the light allows for transformation to occur
Snakes come in many varied colours and sizes, usually patterned to blend in with their natural environment, but seasonally shed their skin to start anew. The shedding process serves many purposes, to remove parasites that may have attached to the old skin and to allow for growth. Skin shedding is required for growth as their skin doesn’t stretch or expand, instead the snake will grow a whole new bigger skin underneath the old layer which it sheds as it grows.
Without snakes, the ecosystem would suffer a great imbalance and humans would endure a world filled with many more rodents and pest animals. Although snakes usually target small mammals and insects for food, they have been known to kill and consume large mammals like deer and sheep.
Although they live without legs, snakes are readily mobile, fast movers, agile climbers and surprisingly, good swimmers too. Snakes rely on their environment to regulate their temperature and intuitively reposition themselves or cue hibernation in order to keep their temperature stable. They use their tongue to smell and they feel vibrations through the ground to keep a ‘lookout’ for prey and potential threats.
The snake teaches us the need for regular cleansing and shedding of layers that contain unhelpful habits, patterns of thinking and old beliefs. Snakes also rely heavily on the warmth of the sun for energy and warmth as a cold-blooded reptile, so we can see that they can also teach us that in order to continue to grow, we must continually seek light as a means to recharge and maintain our energy levels.
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