The Kneeling Camel by Anna Temple Whitney
The camel at the close of day
Kneels down upon the sandy plain
To have his burden lifted off
And rest again.
My soul, thou too shouldst to thy knees
When daylight drawers to a close,
And let thy Master lift thy load,
And grant repose.
Else how canst thou tomorrow meet,
With all tomorrow’s work to do,
If thou thy burden all the night
Dost carry through?
The camel kneels at break of day
To have his guide replace his load,
Then rises up anew to take
The desert road.
So thou shouldst kneel at morning dawn
That God may give thy daily care,
Assured that no load too great
Will make thee bear.
The camel seldom drinks, despite the burdens that it carries slowly over the sand dunes. The landscape appears barren and endless with mirages that trick the eye. The camel endures, slowly, but proudly.
ADVICE: It may be a time for you to use your resources wisely to ensure that there is enough for tomorrow, and enough for everyone. Be patient and humble. Plan where you want to go, and how you want to travel, then proceed slowly, steadily, and deliberately to your destination.
“When the camel kneels to be laden, it always grumbles, growls, and shows resentment, but of this the driver takes no notice. He goes on loading up until the moment when the beast suddenly becomes silent; then he knows that the burden is heavy enough, and nothing more is added.” – Mildred Cable
Known as a ‘beast of burden’
Lives in herds
North African countries, Middle East, South Asia, & Australia
Suited to the desert and rarely sweats
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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