Ant Advice

Poem, 17 May 2008,

Ant by Marshal Gebbie

An ant is just an ant my son

An impact it won’t make

But a million ants will move the world

A conviction you won’t shake.

An ant is still a living thing

It eats, it breaths, it works

It runs in an environment

Where the hostile spider lurks.

It works in regulation

With a thousand brother ants

To a strict cooperation

That achieves communal stance.

An intelligence is present

A timetable has been set

This organised endeavour

Makes its success a winning bet.


An ant makes love, it rears its young

It groom its brother’s hide.

And if enraged an ant will fight

A foe a thousand times its size.

Its glittering antennae

And its shiny compound eye

Its economy of movement

And compulsion to deny

Involvement with any cause

Apart from that one sent

By the Queen Ant’s regulations

At the Ant God’s monument.


I am moved with admiration

For this tiny creature’s heart

Its commitment to community

And resolve to set apart

All individual aspiration

And selfish action of its own.

To gather condiments for nest and Queen

Compelled forever more … to roam.

The ant works selflessly and tirelessly with others, in cooperation, for the good of the community. It lives on the ground, in the dirt, in the weeds, and amongst decomposing leaves and plant matter.

ADVICE: It may be a time for you to think of others, and to serve your home or your community. It does not need to be grand gestations, but small gestures daily to clean, to move, to build, to help one another. If so, do it with love of service and duty. Notice how the ant greets others in line on its way from the home or to the home – a brief gesture of support and encouragement as they all work towards a common goal – so, it’s a good time to ask for help if you need it. There are many ants in your community that would be willing to help.

“It is the ant, not the lion, which the elephant fears.” – Matshona Dhliwayo



Formicidae family


Lives in colonies

Has no lungs


Photographer: Martina Nicolls

REFERENCES: A combination of the following Oracle cards were used (with a dash of my own lifelong learning).

Archangel Animal Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper

L’Oracle du Peuple Animal by Arnaud Riou 

Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer

The Druid Animal Oracle Deck by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm

The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid


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