Dolphin Advice


One Hundred White-Sided Dolphins on a Summer Day by Mary Oliver



black, slick,

galloping in the pitch

of the waves, in the pearly

fields of the sea,

they leap toward us,

they rise, sparkling, and vanish, and rise sparkling,

they breathe little clouds of mist, they lift perpetual smiles,

they slap their tails on the waves, grandmothers and grandfathers enjoying the old jokes,

they circle around us,

they swim with us –


a hundred white-sided dolphins

on a summer day,

each one, as God himself

could not appear more acceptable

a hundred times,

in a body blue and black threading through

the sea foam,

and lifting himself up from the opened

tents of the waves on his fishtail,

to look

with the moon of his eye

into my heart,


and find there

pure, sudden, steep, sharp, painful gratitude

that falls –

I don’t know – either

unbearable tons

or the pale, bearable hand

of salvation

on my neck,

lifting me

from the boat’s plain plank seat

into the world’s


unspeakable kindness.

It is my sixty-third summer on earth

and, for a moment, I have almost vanished

into the body of the dolphin,

into the moon-eye of God,

into the white fan that lies at the bottom of the sea

with everything

that ever was, or ever will be,

supple, wild, rising on flank or fishtail –

singing or whistling or breathing damply through blowhole

at top of head. Then, in our little boat, the dolphins suddenly gone,

we sailed on through the brisk, cheerful day.

The dolphin is highly evolved and intelligent – a healer of the sea. Its strength and grace propel it through the ocean’s waves, lift it up high to embrace the sun and sky. Splashing and laughing, it seems to joke with its dolphin and sea-going friends and put on a show for onlookers.

ADVICE: It may be a time for you to lighten up and live joyfully. Focus on the positive. Dance and play – by yourself, with others, with a whole pod of people. Embrace the fluidity of life to heal yourself with the broad smile of blissful existence.

“I felt such a deep connection with dolphins. I felt like they were the only ones who understood me.” – Lykke Li









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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