The lobsters at your local restaurant or grocery don’t count. Those creatures are trapped and didn’t exactly plan their destination. A show on lobsters could spike your interest, perhaps seeing one while snorkeling or boating might do it. It’s possible you’ve had an urge to collect images of the ocean bottom dweller. What meaning does a lobster bring?
As an ocean dweller, the lobster lives in a watery realm of emotions, which is also governed by lunar cycles. This hard-shell creature grows new protective shells as it grows, but must molt or discard its previous too-small shell. During molting, it is vulnerable and often changes color to fade into its surroundings.
We too transition from jobs to relationships even spiritual states. At the beginning of these cycles, we are extremely vulnerable. This is why low-minded individuals often try to scam those who have lost a loved one or pet, even newly divorced or separated people are targets too. At these times, it is best to hunker down and keep those we know close until our shells harden and our emotions stabilize.
Lobsters crawl around the dark ocean floor in search of food stirring up sand as they move forward. They use their antennae to find what they need as opposed to their eyes. This is a reminder for us to look beyond what we see and trust our intuition.
Even those lobster have hard shells, they also have predators. Despite the large front claws that are great for grabbing onto what they want and defensive measures, the lobster knows when to retreat. It can go backwards as fast as 11 miles per hour for short distances.
Occasionally, despite the pinchers and the fast retreat, it isn’t enough. The lobster often sacrifices a limb in its fight for survival. This can be a lesson for us in that sometimes we must give up things, we often think we can’t do without, to survive and move forward.
Lobster people, those who identify with the lobster as a totem, can be overwhelmed by the strength of their emotions and do not understand why others don’t feel likewise. They’re the one who can feel euphoria at spring’s first flower and cry heavily during a shelter dog commercial. If you are a lobster person, give yourself permission to withdraw and regroup. Remember that not everyone feels things as deeply as you. It is neither a good or terrible thing, it simply is.
Lobsters are called bottom feeders and scavengers as if it were an undesirable thing. They find value in items that drifted to the bottom. Lobster people have the same quality of finding the good in what others might see as worthless.
So, what else can the lobster teach us?
· Intense emotions
· Casting off behaviors/habits that do no suit
· Knowing when to lead & retreat