It is a pitch-black midnight, with a crescent moon. I am out on the property with Harper the Dog for his last constitutional of the night.
Suddenly we hear a loud, piercing chorus of screaming, howling, and yipping.
The pack of about fifteen coyotes is down by the road and moving in our direction.
The first time I heard a whole pack of coyotes in close proximity, I learned what people mean when they say that the hairs stood up on the back of their neck.
Even now, a slight chill goes down my spine, and a bit of panic rises in my throat.
I often have this primal fear reaction when I hear the coyotes.
I take a breath, and settle down. I remember that I have never actually seen the pack, even though they have lived in our immediate vicinity for years. Once in a while, I see a solitary coyote at dawn or dusk, and they always keep to themselves. They avoid human contact.
I calmly walk Harper to the house, and we go inside.
I always believe that there is meaning for me in these close encounters with wildlife.
I thought about spirit’s message for me in hearing the coyotes so close tonight.
This interpretation seemed to fit for me: “Coyote Spirit Animal appears for you when you seem to have lost your way. Coyote animal speaks of the path less traveled, of the path that is hidden from plain view – as this is where you will find you way to the answers you seek. Solutions come in unexpected ways, and coyote is your trusted guide on this mysterious path.”
I have always chosen the path less traveled, and I am often in need of an intuitive, unseen guide on that uncommon path. Having read this interpretation, I now take comfort from our close encounter with the coyotes on this night. I am reminded that I need only meditate and tune into my intuition to sense the answers that I need in any moment.
What are your unseen guides, on your path?