Goats have a general curiosity about and affection for people. Why do you think they are the one animal consistently in petting zoos? Only the goats that will submit to a horde of children petting it and shoving hands filled with a few food pellets or grass in their face. The goats graciously nibble the offerings without biting the small hands.
Archaeological digs have uncovered that goats were domesticated over 10,000 years ago. This long relationship might explain why the cloven hoof creature will also maintain eye contact with humans, unlike its barnyard counterparts. A study conducted by St. Mary’s College found that not only could goats learn a task, but could remember it four years later. When presented with a challenge they couldn’t solve they would turn to their human handler for help with imploring eyes like a dog.
So, what if a goat has come to you in a dream or in real life? A goat can be social creature since it not just likes other goats, but enjoys other animals too, as well as humans. The appearance of this wily barnyard clown can be a reminder to be curious and playful.
Goats are often kept in areas with sparse pastures since a goat can survive by eating grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, ferns, mosses, lichen, and even weeds. This makes goats adaptable. They do not eat everything as children’s books often imply, but search items with nose and lips to see if it is worth eating. This is a sign of both their curious nature and intelligence. The appearance of a goat in your life could be a reminder to look at what you do have instead of what you don’t.
Even though we see goats in groups, the animal does not have a herd mentality. Goats will often graze alone demonstrating their independent spirit. A goat is not afraid to go its own way and neither should you.
Anyone who has even owned a goat is aware of their escape artist tendencies. The goat reminds us we are not bound by our circumstances. Consider whatever issue consumed your attention when you first saw or were presented with a goat in a dream. This is what you will escape.
Goats have no fear of heights, which explains why they can gravitate to higher altitudes than many other creatures. Your goat messenger could be reminding you to go higher and increase your expectations. Its ability to climb refers to spiritual heights too.
Recently, goat yoga has become a thing. This started as a fun experiment, but turned out the presence of goats and the sound they make relieves anxiety. Yoga is about destressing and at times reaching spiritual heights, the goat is a natural fit. Perhaps, a goat has shown up to ease your anxious spirit.
In one study to examine if animals did feel love at the sight of a fellow animal or playmate, the goat scored much higher than the dog. Maybe goats should replace the cute puppies and kittens on romantic cards. Not likely, since the goat is also linked to Satan. This negative portrayal is traced back to the Templar Knights who broke with the Catholic Church. The Knights felt constrained by a male only deity and drew an image of what a balanced deity would look like complete with goat head and women’s breasts. This image was referred to as Baphomet, the word meant other gods the Templar Knights worshiped as opposed to a singular deity. The Knights’ reward was to be burned at the stake and all their wealth confiscated by the church. The image was later used to depict Satan who had no real depiction until then.
The goat has been used for sacrifice in many religions because it was available and cheaper than a sheep or cow. Its hair provided fabric while goat milk and meat sustained various cultures. It seems fitting we could spare some respect for a creature who has done so much for humans and asked for little in return.
Heights (Spiritual & Physical)