Fox Advice

Poem, 2020,

Apparition by Bill La Civita

I see a fox’s shadow on my lawn,

her luscious ruddy fur I long to touch.

I turn my head away and she is gone,

a silent reverie is what I watch.

This haze becomes the locus of the split

between this world and my eternity.

This vixen’s shade becomes my quick exit

accompanied by sly sagacity.

The comfort of this luxury is moot.

Material, ethereal is waste.

In my confusion, I cannot dispute

My fox performs her task with undue haste.

With hungry cubs, the fox walks home to suckle.

The verity of dreams collapse, I buckle.

The fox is clever and cunning, opportunist in search of food. Scavenging when it can, it provides well for its young. Quick of foot, camouflaged to perfection, it can sneak into a chicken coop and grab, if not the chicken, then the egg. Graceful with fine fur and a bushy tail, keen eyes and triangular face, it cuts a fine figure. Mesmerising, just as any trickster, it encroaches closer and closer to urban areas.

ADVICE: It may be a time for you to think on your feet – take a quick observation and then sprightly take action. Your judgement will be sound today. But use your cleverness with good intention and creativity rather than sneaky trickery. Your creativity is heightened, thinking outside of the box, problem solving ingeniously – well done – but don’t steal the ideas of others. Your own original ideas are just as good, if not better, than those around you.

“Never trust a fox. Looks like a dog, behaves like a cat.” – Erin Hunter, Into the Wild



Canidae family

Bushy tail

Lives in family groups



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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