This is the fountain at the end of the Butchart Garden
They were installed by Ian Ross in 1964 to celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Gardens (more about Butchart here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butchart_Gardens)
Under the bench where I was going to sit to watch the fountain, I saw this small animal. It is a bat. I used this paper to move it out of the walking path and into a bush so no one would step on it.
Now that I am home, I took the chance to look it up in the Animal Medicine Cards for it's meaning. It is 'Rebirth'. For example, the Shamanic death is the symbolic death of the initiate to the old ways of life and personal identity. The initiation that brings the right to heal and to be called a shaman is necessarily preceded by ritual death. In every case Bat signals rebirth of some part of yourself or the death of old patterns. If you resist your destiny if can be a long, drawn out, or painful death. The universe is always asking you to grow and become your future. To do so you much die the shaman's death.
Sacred Bat...flew to me, From the darkness of the cave. Womb-like reflections, Answers it gave. Birth, death, rebirth, Cycles of the whole...Never-ending, just eclipsed, The journey of the soul.
Aloha and Mahalo,
*** Medicine Cards, Sams and Carson, Bear and Co publishers