Quartet in Moonlight ~ Charmed Prince of the Woodlands

Glowing Moon,
White as Bone
Sails o’er Waters…
O’er Hills,
o’er
time-darkened
Stone.

Gnawing the Moon down
to a crescent rind,
Eerie voices rise and whine
along Earth’s shadowed skin.

Each voice is different
yet each voice is akin.
A chorus of uilleann pipes,
oboe,
clarinet, and
short
sharp
penny whistle
runs along the spine
like an intuitive missile…

One uilleann voice lifts above the chorus,
Complex, full-throated …
Wisdom winding toward us…

“I will Teach you to
Sift the Winds for secrets,
to Trust your senses,
to Go Within on stalker’s feet, and
Hunt down your worst enemy
within the darkness of your Soul!

At every Corner I await you…
Singing of Lessons unending
Courage
Re-birthing
Noble Death
Compassion
Protection…
Balance between Self…
and Duty…

Listen!
Walk in Beauty!

Follow the trail of the Relentless Hunter,
for no path may be hidden from My hunger!"

A clarinet note dragged out like smoke
smudged across the Sky
as the Stars dance within the Medicine Bowl…

“Change!
Change unending I sing!
Eternal are Irony
…Chaos
… Unity!
Painful lessons and laughter I bring
to the World’s vast community.

Wise Fool,
I dance to my own heart’s beat.
I’ll hand you Wisdom on one side
…and then fall to my own conceit!
Trust!
For I am both the Illusion
And the Mirror that cannot lie.
For you, oh my den mate, I sing… and
With you I survive, or die…"

As a sunset, it fades and another voice lifts
like an oboe’s sweet tones,
this Teacher’s voice drifts…

“Protection, Service and Loyalty!
My songs are as varied as my breed.
Beloved by Divine, humble, and royalty…
My great heart and spirit your love will feed,
Yet nothing
twixt Truth and Self
should intercede!”

At last, the whistle-like voice does ascend
while the very dawn approaches and pauses to attend…

“Protect the Child, both within and without,
and I will teach you how best to hide
if you have any doubts!
I run between the rim
of this World and the Others
Perhaps this is why I am hunted…
and perhaps…
I am simply a bit more Fae than my Brothers!
The Fair Folk and I have often traded favors,
Magic,
Invisibility,
and the Shifting of shape.
Oft-times I am little more than
a clever
charming
Shadow
against a Dreamscape.”

A reedy ululating chorus once more
these Teachers call out and implore…

“All for One and One for All!
Life is the Lesson and
Family is all that holds our freedom in thrall…”

We Sing Now!

“Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them. Logan Pearsall Smith

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them.” Francis Bacon

Foxes have been labeled as cunning, magical, charismatic, masters of manners, stealth, communication, and camouflage probably for as long as Man has known any of the 21 species of Fox around the world. Fox’s ability to hide in plain sight is as legendary as His ability to elude adversaries. Their keen senses make them very sensitive to their surroundings, and uniquely adaptable to their environments. However, these same keen sense can get them into trouble as well! Too curious, perhaps when they shouldn’t be, or too led by their senses instead of their sensibility. Consider too, it is not uncommon for Fox people to feel overwhelmed by the stresses of their environment and almost disappear in the crowd as an involuntary defense! “Too much noise” or “too many people” are common complaints. You don’t see foxes hanging out in crowds any where, but being “hidden in plain sight” can be quite a problem for Fox people. In fact, people who have consistent problems with others not “seeing” them are most likely having problems with their Fox energy. Are people walking into you? Forgetting you? Mistaking you for others? Not hearing you when you speak? You might be out of balance with Fox.

The wise Fox is the one who uses their considerable talents for maneuvering below the mark of notice to observe everything around them and act accordingly. Sometimes “adaptable” boils down to simply the harmonious use of awareness and action to bring success into your life. Some might even call it luck. Personally I feel it is most important for Foxes to exercise great care in just how they place foot to Earth as they move through life. Mind our words and actions so we have the most positive impact we can achieve. While we may often go unnoticed to our own advantage many times over, in actuality every action we take will have an impact on the world around us. Foxes respect that how we move through Life is just as important as moving through Life itself. Everything should be undertaken with Love and Awareness.

Delight in your keen senses! Foxes tend to have vivid imaginations, artistic flair, healthy appreciation for all things beautiful in life, and highly developed senses of smell, for example. Much to delight in! Any art form is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can find one that they enjoy participating in. Aroma therapy is a good area of study. We hold some of our oldest memories through smell, and this can be a powerful tool. Nothing quite so sharpens our appetites, for example, as the unique scent of our chosen lover! So, Listen to all of your instincts when something “smells like trouble” too! When we learn to be skillful and use all of our senses, physical or otherwise, in harmony… that is when we find the greatest success.

Perhaps the biggest challenge a Fox can truly face is not becoming enamored of themselves! Foxes are charming, but the dangerous thing about Charm is that it can lull us too, give a false sense of success, promote hubris. Everyone knows that their own worst enemy is always themselves. The interplay between charmer and charmed can be heady. Who doesn’t like to have a good time? More often than not though, it is best to simply keep quiet and absorb what you are observing, really think before you open your mouth and leap. Foxes can blend with a wide variety of people and find diversity to be very refreshing. People are often drawn to the charismatic Fox and will want their attention even if unconsciously. Developing a habit of silence or keeping ones own council is usually a wiser choice in most social situations than striving to be the life of the party!

Fur or hair are ancient symbols of energy and fertility. Foxes have two types of fur, a short dense undercoat and a longer stiffer coat of guard hairs. Together, they provide both protection and sensors for the sensitive Fox. Fox and Wolf people have a unique connection to their hair. When seeking change, they will often start by making some change to their hair. Color, style, length, or curl will often indicate the mood of a Fox. Also, hair can act as both a natural shield or as an antenna. If you are feeling vulnerable, put your hair down. If you want to increase your intuitive awareness of your environment or want to get in touch with your canine self, try growing your hair out.

Four-footed foxes regulate their body temperature through their ears, so try pulling your hair back if you are too hot, or cover your ears or head when you get cold. Fox tails also act as portable blankets and balancing aids. You can use your “tail” to protect yourself from unpleasant or uncomfortable situations or relationships. Comfortably wrap yourself with your own inner strength, imagine waving a magical foxy brush of a tail around yourself when feel in need of protection. Imagine the unpleasantness melting away beneath the onslaught of “pixie dust” that shimmers off of your magical tail, magic which spreads out and encourages everything to simply fall into place. Feeling unbalanced and out of control? Imagine your tail touching the Earth, connecting you and grounding those frantic energies.

“A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.” Author Unknown

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” William Stafford

“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping
than you can understand.
William Butler Yeats, “The Stolen Child”

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? John Lennon”

What child wouldn’t find comfort in another person who understands such childlike pragmatism? Like all Canines, Foxes make great parents. In fact, children are especially drawn to Fox people. Well balanced Fox people make the best teachers, caregivers, and coaches for children. Children who are shy, fretful, or troubled will seek out their company, respond favorably, or otherwise blossom beneath the notice of a Fox. Perhaps it is the force of their charisma and generally loving nature, or the complete comfort with silence which draws Innocents like children or animals to Fox people, or perhaps it is Fox’s magical associations that link them with all things Faerie that makes them so attractive to children. Our vivid imaginations, creative and playful natures could also be appealing.

“No child but must remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Perhaps, it is simply that Fox people remember how to look at the World with the same pure awe, love and wonder that children do. A difficult childhood is another common thread shared by many Fox people. Creator charged Fox with the duty of using these considerable skills of observing others undetected and without making others self-conscious to keep the Family safe and together. This makes Fox an excellent protective image for family members, or anyone who travels.

I have lost track of the number of times that a random cranky child has simply settled down and smiled back from their strollers at me because they noticed me watching, or a shy child has spontaneously smiled or spoken to me much to the astonishment of their family. I long ago stopped questioning why this is and just accepted that I’m a Fox person. Foxes find the company of children just as delightful and rejuvenating as Children seem to find the company of Foxes.

Beware overprotecting children though. “A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” (Dorothy C. Fisher) Far better to offer every aid you can to a child’s success in life rather than attempting to “shelter” them. In the end, that only makes our children less able to defend themselves in a hostile world. I can certainly say that I find the innocence, humor, laughter and smiles of children to be uplifting and energizing, and ones own children will definitely require a level of energy that interacting with others’ children doesn’t typically require. Whether your own or someone Else’s’, children are our future and therefore well worth our energy!

Blind folk see the fairies.
Oh, better far than we,
Who miss the shining of their wings
Because our eyes are filled with things
We do not wish to see.
Rose Fyleman

“Optimism is the foundation of courage.” Nicholas Murray Butler

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” Harry Truman

If you are having difficulty with your Fox energy or would like to forge a closer association with Fox, in between times like Dawn and Dusk are the best times to meditate. Just sitting quietly somewhere that you are comfortable, especially outdoors, quietly observing and melding with the world around you will work wonders. Keep your eyes open and ears keen too. Foxes are closely associated with Fairies and can often see “between worlds”. Twilight meditations on Fox are wonderful for opening up to this ability.

Foxes love riddles, gateways, and being up on all the latest news. Let your hair down, sit under the moon, listen to what the Night has to say to you, and always Always write down your dreams. Even if all you remember is a color or a single image… write it down. You might be surprised at what patterns emerge over time! It requires a great deal of optimism and positive thinking to overcome the many obstacles that Fox faces in Life….it isn’t all luck! Pursued by Man and Dog, many times in direct competion with bigger Wolves and Coyotes, none the less Fox has proved his many skills by not only surviving but living a full life with a big lolling canine grin firmly in place.

As with many other Creature Teachers, the color of the Fox you are drawn to can give you additional clues to how you link with Fox energy. Color associations vary from culture to culture, of course. Red can be linked with creative energy, kundalini energy, passion, and fire, for example. Silver is associated with astral work, the moon, and angels. Blue is also linked with matters of the Spirit, intuition, serenity, wisdom. As is Black which can also represent the universal or cosmic link between all beings. Draw them, read about them, find pictures of them, read about their habits and homes, visit a preserve, read stories or watch films about foxes. These are common ways that one can attune to any Creature Teacher.

Gentle, lucky, skillful, Fox is always willing to put his loving self forward, volunteer for the scouting mission, to use relentless cheerfulness, charm and bravery as both her weapons and her protection in a hostile world. Persistent without aggression, Fox asks you to be silent, be aware, observe, to mind your thoughts and actions as you move through life, to always do ones best in the moment to leave the world a better place. Life is meant to be lived, love is meant to brim ones heart, and a keen mind coupled with keen senses makes every moment a unique ambrosia…so drink up! How does Fox appear in your life?

“Optimists are nostalgic about the future.” Chicago Tribune
“Let good thoughts be your sword and shield.” ~ Unknown
“…it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.” Lester Burnham from American Beauty

Keywords: Magic, Invisibility, Camouflage, Secrets, Protection, Cunning, Shapeshifting, Masks, Truth, Messages, Guidance, Adaptability, Observation, Intuition, Swift thought/action, Grounding in Nature, Faeries

Potential Balancing Energies: Mouse and other Rodents, Rabbit, Birds like Raven, Chicken, Duck, or Sparrow, Insects like Fly, Tick, Earthworm, Beetle/Grub, or Bee, Lepidoptera, Spider, plants like grasses, grapes, blackberry, or daisy, trees like Rowan, Pine or Oak, Frog/Toad, Fish, Snake

Quartet in Moonlight ~ Charmed Prince of the Woodlands

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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Each Who Sings Now? poem is inspired by a Nature Teacher; plant, animal, stone, star, etc. Many people enjoy trying to guess who is singing before reading on. This particular poem highlights four closely related Teachers who were insistent on singing together. Part Four, the last Singer for this set, posted here, relates to this section of the poem…

At last, the whistle-like voice does ascend
while the very dawn approaches and pauses to attend…

“Protect the Child, both within and without,
and I will teach you how best to hide
if you have any doubts!
I run between the rim
of this World and the Others
Perhaps this is why I am hunted…
and perhaps…
I am simply a bit more Fae than my Brothers!
The Fair Folk and I have often traded favors,
Magic,
Invisibility,
and the Shifting of shape.
Oft-times I am little more than
a clever
charming
Shadow
against a Dreamscape.”

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