The Black Wooly Bear

Last night, I had a dream about lots of caterpillars in my house and in my bed specifically. I don’t think I’ve ever dreamt of caterpillars at all…

This morning, while I was walking my dogs in the morning, a black, wooly caterpillar was laying in my path. I’ve never seen this kind of caterpillar in my area- I’ve only seen them in New Mexico. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one at all at home. Coincidence?

So, I wet searching for symbolism information like I usually do, because the universe has a cool way of dropping encouragement my way when I need it the most.

Here’s what I found:

Caterpillars are associated with good luck and new birth.  In the second stage of metamorphosis the caterpillar feeds to gain strength and build a foundation before the cocooning stage begins.  The caterpillar represents new birth and new foundation and is a symbol of good luck in the early phase of life-changing actions.

Caterpillars herald a time of good news, new birth, and creative inspiration, signaling a time to get ready to start a new project or initiate a new endeavors.

The appearance of the caterpillar reminds us to be cautious in starting our new endeavors.  We should protect and disguise them as much as possible as we pursue them. If we do so, we will see rapid growth and we will experience the birth of a new foundation.

Caterpillars can also indicate obstacles within our path. They may even indicate that a person or persons are blocking our growth or serve as a reminder that we must look at things and people around us realistically at this time. Failure to do so will slow down our progress.

And caterpillar also reminds us that new growth cannot occur unless the old is shed as the caterpillar grows quickly and must replace its skills with some caterpillars shedding their skins every few days to make room for a bigger body. A caterpillar showing up may indicate that we are refusing to shed the old that we have outgrown.

That last paragraph really got me. “New growth cannot occur unless the old is shed…”

Today, I’m going to talk to my Senior Vice President about going on disability. I’m nervous as hell, but I’ll take my wooly friend as a good omen.

xoxo

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2 thoughts on “The Black Wooly Bear

  1. wickedbitchen says:

    Your dream of caterpillars is such an amazing validation of the diffcult journey you are on. The most important part, though, is what a caterpillar becomes: A butterfly. You are on your way to becoming something, someone brand new. You are on your way to becoming free.

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