Gifts: Migration. Sacred circle. Silliness. Fidelity. Shared leadership.
Challenges: Waiting for someone else to lead. Blind loyalty to the “wrong” person, group or cause.
Goose offers the gifts of migration, shared leadership, fidelity, and silliness. Let’s start with silliness! You know the saying, you silly goose. Silliness, laughter, play—these are all excellent ways to lower stress, increase confidence, spark imagination, and release fear. Fear cannot exist in the presence of joy. That’s what silliness, laughter, and play induce: joy.
Goose teaches silliness as a legitimate strategy for both self-care and productivity. We often dismiss silliness as frivolity that interferes with productivity. But Goose reminds you that all work and no play make you dull, irritable, and unimaginative. When you find yourself being serious and stuck, gently tease yourself into some fun. Make a joke out of it. Perform the Harry Potter “riddikulus” spell to turn your obstacle into something really funny. (Yes, I am being totally serious about being silly.)
Goose’s gift of migration and shared leadership go hand-in-hand—or wing-in-wing. During migration, geese take turns in the lead position. Take the lead when it’s your turn, then fall back into the V-formation as a follower when it’s someone else’s turn to lead. This can be really tough for natural leaders and control freaks. But the gift from Goose is that shared leadership lightens the load and takes advantage of each individual’s unique skills. If you’re more of a hands-on leader than a visionary leader, step in (fly in) when the vision has been set and the flock needs some direct guidance. If conflict resolution isn’t your strong suit, then step back when the group needs a conciliatory leader.
Goose’s gift of fidelity makes it easy for you to commit to a cause or a group. You are extremely loyal and sensitive to issues around loyalty and betrayal. In fact, a challenge for you is taking every human foible as a personal betrayal. Because of your heightened sensitivity to issues of loyalty, you can end up perceiving other people’s actions as being disloyal to you. This can feel particularly painful to you because of your strong sense of fidelity and your need for a cohesive group. Imagine a gaggle of geese flying through the sky. They move almost as a single superorganism. That’s what you expect from your groups, both personal and professional.
While that kind of expectation is not too much to ask, remember that most people don’t have Goose as their spirit animal. Loyalty isn’t the priority that it is for you. It’s not that they mean to be disloyal. They just don’t realize they’re coming across that way.
Use Goose’s fidelity to stay true to your higher self and your personal truth. This kind of fidelity is more important that staying true to a group. Groups change. People come and go. What deserves your faithfulness is your Self.