Shedding the old skin...faire peau neuve

Last Fall, I was walking in one of my favorite forests out here in the Eastern Townships, feeling kind of unsure about what to do next. My former band was going on hiatus but I felt I wanted to keep creating and performing music. I had sort of outgrown its possibilities and felt stifled there. I wanted to be able to really express myself as an artist and evolve in an environment where I'd feel supported, respected and cherished.

As I walked, I asked the Universe to guide me and give me a sign of what to keep in mind. A moment later, this little guy appeared. Now, garter snakes are pretty shy, they tend to slither away rather quickly when they feel someone coming. But this little dude (or dudette, no idea how to tell) waited for me and bravely stayed there as I carefully approached.

He very slowly turned his little head to look at me. I saw him breathing, his tiny ribcage expanding and contracting. I thanked him for letting me absorb his snake medicine and assured him he was in no danger around me. We stayed there for a few minutes. He let me take his picture and then slithered away. Thank you, Universe.

When I got home, I looked it up:

''Transmutation is the key word here. The shedding of old skin and emotions and transforming them into something bigger and better. If Snake winds itself into your life know that change is in the wind and that you are at the center of it all as the catalyst. Make sure that your intentions are clear and that you have a clear sense of the direction that you need to strike out in. Snake is letting you know that these changes are safe and that there is no need to fear them.''  Quote taken from this website. 

It gave me the courage to go ahead and start a new project, form a new band, write new songs, find an agent, start practising new instruments and, we are!