Tree of Life: the giraffe

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🙂 My head was still swimming with the mysteries I’d learned about torri gates and goddesses as I browsed my photos yesterday in search of a Wednesday offering. My eyes came to rest on a photo of the giraffe by the waterfall. This is one of the scenes carved into the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each time I visit this theme park, I can spend an hour or more just wandering the paths that wind around the Tree. I find this area to be an oasis of sorts, far removed from the noisy crowds. The only sounds are the soothing rush of the waterfalls and occasional bird calls.


Curious, I fired up google and entered “giraffe symbolism” and found that some traditions believe that giraffes possess superior vision and perceptiveness. There seem to be two factors that influence this belief. One, the giraffe is very tall and can therefore see further into the distance than other animals can. It is said that if the giraffe is your totem (animal spirit guide), then your ability to see into the future is enhanced. Two, the giraffe has a third horn, but it is hidden beneath a flap of skin just above the eyes. This is said to represent inner perception.

Combined with the “flow” of the nearby waterfall, I’m finding that I rather like the idea of a giraffe spirit guide! Now if only Rafiki would come and tell me my future! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Tree of Life: the giraffe”

  1. How wonderful your photos are, as well as the amazing carving.
    Giraffes are also the symbol of compassionate communication which is like a spiritual path in and of itself. Thank you for sharing what you learned.

  2. I love this post and I especially love the giraffe lore. It is so fun to visit around blogland….there is so much to see and learn.
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday
    Maryrose 🙂

  3. What a cool piece! I had no idea of the symblolism either. Love when i find a lovely new blog with some brilliance to learn!


    If you get a change to join us on Friday~~Finding Beauty I would love for you to share your Beauty! Its lovely.

    If you get a chance would love for you to stop by and say hi.

    TTFN Claudia ♥ ♥

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