Gifts: Migration. Riding the waves of change. The power and safety of numbers.
Challenges: Losing yourself in the herd. Complacency about danger (feeling overly safe in the herd).
As a herding animal, Wildebeest teaches that there is safety in numbers. The message for you is to surround yourself with the right community—right for you. Physical wildebeests move across the plains of Africa almost as a super-organism. They move as one, sensing others’ movements and changes in direction before seeing them. They leave scars in the earth, marking the path they took to get there. When you are in the right community, you know each other so well that you implicitly know what to expect. You trust that they are there for you—and that you will be there for them. You share a common goal or a common mission. You have a history and can trace your story through the past.
With Wildebeest as your spirit animal, you probably have a need to be around other people. You may not be particularly extraverted or outgoing. But you likely prefer the company of othersto solitude. The “right” group is still essential, as the “wrong” group will drain you of energy rather than strengthening you.
Wildebeest’s gift of migration enables you to handle change well. Over 1.5 million wildebeest migrate through Kenya and Tanzania every year. They follow the rains and the grass that grows after the rain. They cross raging rivers—many of them dying in the process. They mate and give birth, all at once, as the sudden increase in numbers statistically gives each baby wildebeest a better chance of survival.
Throughout all of these struggles and the nearly perpetual state of movement, Wildebeest shows you how to ride the waves of change. When you are afraid that you can’t handle a change or that you won’t be prepared for change, call in Wildebeest to guide you.
Wildebeest does not prepare for change the way Squirrel does. Wildebeest’s preparations, if you could call them that, involve simply doing the right thing at the right time. Wildebeest eats when there is food to be eaten, mates when it is time to create, and moves when it is time to move on.
You may welcome frequent change, but it may be a challenge for you to move on from the “wrong” herd. If you are in a relationship or a group that does not nourish you, Wildebeest would guide you to leave. True, physical wildebeest don’t set out alone to find a new herd. But you are a human, and you are borrowing Wildebeest’s gifts and lessons as your own. Focus too literally on the “herd” part, and you’ll stay in a bad relationship forever. Focus too literally on the “right” part, and you’ll leave too quickly rather than trying to work it out. Wildebeest’s gift of cyclicality teaches you to focus on the whole: “right herd.” Stick it out until you’re sure it’s not going to work out. Then move on until you get it right.