The levee that I run on in the early mornings starts in a beautiful park, crosses the river and runs alongside the river the rest of the way. Beautiful sunrises, fog settling across the water, and trees with every imaginable color leaf and flower. The levee is also home to a multitude of animals. On an average day it is typical to see geese, ducks, squirrels, birds, deers, otters, snakes and even jumping fish.
This morning, as I was running, an unleashed dog came sprinting past me. I won’t go on a rant regarding unleashed dogs but let’s just say it makes me super heated to even think about. So I was already a bit on edge. When suddenly, down below the levee path there was a movement. Suddenly, running towards me is a small, red fox. The fox runs all the way to the path edge, the fox looking directly me, not afraid of me at all. It’s almost as if the fox thought that I was going to feed it. I don’t even feed the over-zealous tame squirrels, there is no chance that I would feed this fox. The fox though, was beautiful, with a large fluffy tail. It was really amazing. I, unfortunately, did not have my phone to snap a picture, but in case you were wondering, this is what a fox looks like.
Just in case you were wondering, seeing a fox can symbolize many things:
- In China, fox animal symbolism revolved around the afterlife. Lore has it that a fox sighting was thought to be a signal from the spirits of the deceased.
- Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honored for its wisdom. The Celts understood the fox knows the woods intimately, and they would rely upon the fox as their guide in the spirit world.
- In Japan, the fox was considered one of the rain spirits, and a messenger of Inari the rice god. Here the fox also symbolizes longevity and protection from evil.
- In Native American lore, fox animal symbolism observes the fox as a wise and noble messenger.
- In Solar Attributes, the fox is a reminder that we must utilize all of our resources (seen and unseen) in order to accomplish our goals.
- And furthermore, the fox is a sign to be mindful of our surroundings.
So all in all, a fox siting seems to be a good thing.
When I got back home, Haili wanted to go for a walk with the pup. I really enjoy these times with Haili, just talking to her. Happy Monday!