Rocky Mountain Goat by Isaac McLellan
On Rocky Mountain cliff and ridge,
Along the shelving Western slopes,
Or in green valleys at their base,
Where range the graceful antelopes,
The wild goat gallops o’er the space,
Cropping the juicy grass at will,
Or tasting the cold mountain rill.
So wild and wary, fleet of foot
Surpassing speed of hound or horse,
That scarce the skill and arms of man
Avail to check their headlong course.
Where the Columbia River turns
Its North Fork, near the water’s head,
Their gather’d numbers love to graze,
Far over the gray summits spread.
And ofttimes to that solitude
Come trapper and frontiersmen rude;
And then for days the cliffs resound
With gun-report and hunters’ cheer,
The baying of the eager hound,
The gallop down recesses drear.
There, then, o’er granite ridge and peak,
O’er gorge and gulch and mossy rock,
The hunters clamber, climb, and cling,
Pursuing the wild mountain flock,
And at the day-close, spent with toil,
Return o’erladen with the spoil.
The goat, one of the longest domesticated animals, is a treasure of resources for humankind – skin, food, milk, and more – yet mocked for its curiosity and appetite. Sure-footed, stable, and the most magnificent climber, it steps higher and higher on near-vertical slopes to dizzy heights. No mountain is too challenging for the goat.
ADVICE: It may be a time for you to aim higher and persevere steadily towards the peak of success. From the pinnacle, your perspective will be far and great. People will eventually appreciate your balanced approach, determination, hard-work, and loyalty. It’s a pity that folk don’t thank you more! And for everyone who calls you a ‘silly old goat’ say nothing, for they will eat crow when they witness your well-deserved achievements. Be mindful of your health – for all you eat, you don’t want to be weighed down, do you? Keep nimble, maintain your energy.
“I live my life in a very peculiar way where nothing gets my goat as such. I don’t look at things in a manner where they offend me. I look at things in a manner where they amuse me.” – Twinkle Khanna
Will eat almost anything
Can tolerate hilly and steep terrain
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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