Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Selby & I spotted an otter in my backyard this morning. That's right, an otter! We tiptoed out on the back deck to get a better look and it looked back at us for a minute before diving into the pond. I was in otter, I mean, utter disbelief! I have lived in coastal areas of Florida my entire life and have never seen an otter outside the zoo.
Having been coached in dream interpretation by daddy bird for many years now, I know to examine the symbols in my waking life the same way I would the symbols in my dreams. An otter appearance in my backyard seemed to warrant a little further investigation. So I googled "otter"and "symbolism" and found a couple of different meanings:
Dream Symbolism: To see otters in your dream, symbolizes happiness and good fortune. You will find ideal enjoyment or unusual tenderness with your loved one.
Pagan Symbolism: Otter is a creature of land and water, feminine elements. In both Native American and Celtic traditions, she represents joy. She is the child within all humans.
I like these positive messages of happiness & joy; thank you mystery otter.
When we left the house this morning, a couple of neighbors were gathered in the street chatting - they had spotted the otter too! A longtime resident said he had seen a family of otters in the pond one other time, many years ago.
I hope we get to see it again. I will take a picture if it comes back.