Last weekend, I was relaxing at a hot springs resort with my friend Max. It was the first day of spring, warm enough to sunbathe, and I was contentedly cloud gazing while stretched out prone on my beach towel. Nature was putting on an entertaining show in the sky. Fierce white dragons. Phoenixes rising and dissipating. When an enormous elephant cloud appeared, I smiled appreciatively. Max got out of the pool and joined me, but the elephant cloud went away before I could show him. It was only for me.
That day, Max gave me some photocopied pages from a book called Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. There was a section on the spiritual meaning of elephants. The keynote reads: Ancient Power, Strength, and Royalty. He sweetly read parts of it to me, pointing out how so much of it applies. It even mentioned how for those with an elephant totem (a magical symbol that represents one's essence) that aromatherapy should be studied and used. Why yes. I even used to have an aromatherapy business. He skimmed it aloud and I tucked the pages away with the intent to re-read it later and post it for you here.
I'm smiling again now, because I just read the part where the author writes about how there is a lot of mythology linking elephants and clouds together. He says that when he used to do intuitive "cloud readings," one of the first things he would always see would be an elephant cloud. Perhaps we share the same totem.
You can order the book Animal-Speak from Amazon or any good metaphysical bookstore.
Although I don't own this particular book on animal symbology, it's considered a classic reference guide for anyone wanting to explore Native American animal totems. However, if you really just want to read about elephants, I've found an on-line preview for you at Google Books. Click the image below to read the full passage.
May your spring days be sunny and your skies filled with elephants!