By Ina Woolcott
Goat’s medicine includes abundance, independence, surefootedness, eliminating guilty feelings, understanding nature energies and beings, seeking new heights, agility.
There are many different breeds of goat which can be roughly grouped – Swiss goats; the eastern, or Nubian, with long, drooping ears; the wool goat, Angora. Generally it is a simple matter to tell a sheep apart from a goat. However, there are certain hair breeds of goats that can only be told apart by the direction of the tail – upward in goats, downward in sheep.
Domesticated goats appeared in the East, during prehistoric times it is believed by some. They were used as a source of milk, cheese, meat and mohair. The skin has been used a source for leather. In Europe, China and North America, goats are mainly used for milk production. In the Mediterranean countries, especially Spain, Greece, Italy and south of France, goat meat is eaten a lot. The Cashmere and Angora breeds are renowned for their fine wool or mohair.
Most of you will be aware that the goat is linked with the astrological sign of Capricorn. If this is your power animal, it would be beneficial for you to study the traits of this sign for a deeper understanding of yourselves.
As the goat shows up prestigiously in Greek mythology, this can indicate that you have a past life associated with Greece. Studying Greek mythology may be useful for you.
The goat shows us how to compose a firm foundation on which to stand and aids us in developing confidence as we head towards new. Goat teaches us how to create a solid foundation on which to stand and helps us develop confidence as we move towards new heights achievements.
The mountain goat is well known for its surefootedness on high rocky ledges, with its excellent climbing abilities due to its highly flexible skeleton.
When the mountain goat shows up in ones life, one should carefully observe their current foundation and ensure it is helping them appropriately. It can also mean you must let go of the ‘security of your insecurity’, basically the routines and beliefs that you are comfortable with and which stop you from trying new things. Try new things that are relevant to your growth, and maybe even exceeds it.
Goats medicine includes the energy of abundant nourishment. From them we can learn how to sustain ourselves, we are reminded that we must build up our independence and strength. They show us how to take care of our basic needs and teach us how to perfect survival skills.
Goats are attuned to natures energies and are therefore able to move strategically through difficult terrain and go where other animals cannot. If this is your power animal, it serves as a guide into the unexplored aspects of ones true self.