FOR THE LOVE OF THE HIPPOPOTAMUS: The astrology, chakras, flower essences, symbolism and archetypes of hippos. Hilary Jane Bond PhD. .

FOR THE LOVE OF THE HIPPOPOTAMUS: The astrology, chakras, flower essences, symbolism and archetypes of hippos. By Hilary Bond PhD.
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FOR THE LOVE OF HIPPOPOTAMUS.

Oh, I wish I was a hippopotamus.
Oh, I wish I was a hippopotamus.
Oh, I’d hop and dive,
Oh, to dance a happy jive.
Oh, I wish I was a hippopotamus.
INTRODUCTION
As “For the Love of Foxes” is by far my most popular article, with forty to sixty hits a day, I decided to write another article on “For the Love of …..” a particular beastie and their astrology, symbolism, archetype, shamanic totem, mythology, the colour therapy and flower essences that match their physical description. So this article, which examines the many layers of hippos is dedicated to my mother who loved hippos, while she was alive; to my friend Craig; to people who love hippos and to members of the hippo club. All of us who do love hippos, no doubt, have a hippo story that tells why we love hippos. I originally wanted to write this article on whales and my Facebook friends close wolves, the phoenix, birds, cats, the hippopotamus, serpents (snakes), goannas, bees and fireflies. Whales will be next and birds of all shapes, colours and sizes will be after whales as most people loved birds. As we are at the beginning of a new year the archetype of liminality is vital and pertinent and the hippopotamus fits the bill here as you will see as you begin to read.

Hippopotamus is not popular or glamourous. Even Ted Andrews in his book Animal Speak does not write about this huge fearless African animal. What if a person with a hippo physique played the lead in Pirates of the Carribean instead of Johnny Depp? The media, well perhaps the magazines we flick through at the checkout, are Neptunian creations full of slim, sleek, ageless, beautiful people who have endless dramas in their life. Hippo people, except perhaps Kirstie Alley and Oprah, do not feature in Hollywood. The artist Rubens, however loved hippo women.

Evolved hippo people who are conscious and self-disciplined are the salt of the earth. They are reliable, warm, responsible and they have balanced ego strength. You can depend of them to be your friend and they are great gardeners, fearless fighters for the underdog and fabulous mothers.

Please write and tell me what you like about this article and what you would love to read so I can write some fascinating articles in 2017.

I wish you all, who are my followers and the people who come across my articles by browsing on the internet, a very Happy New Year for 2017 and may all your dreams come true.

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THE SYMBOLISM THAT EMANATES FROM THE DESCRIPTION OF THE AFRICAN HIPPO
FACTS: The hippopotamus is a very large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two species in the family Hippopotamidae, along with the pygmy hippopotamus. The name hippo-potamus means river-horse in ancient Greek. The hippo is the third-largest type of land animal after the elephant and rhinoceros. Like the elephant and rhino the adult hippo is massive. They average around three and a half tons for males and two tons for females, about the size of a four wheel drive utility or pick-up truck. Common hippos have barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths revealing large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, column-like legs and a giant size.
ASTROLOGICAL SYMBOLISM: Large animals come under the domain of Jupiter because of the factor of size, weight and abundance. Whereas small pets, like hens, cats and guinea pigs are the sixth house a love of large animals is the ninth house.
HIPPO AGGRESSION FACTS: The hippopotamus is one of the most dangerous, aggressive and unpredictable animals in Africa. When chasing another animal they can run at 19 miles per hour. Hippos have attacked and killed humans in boats in the hippopotamus bull’s river and they have killed crocodiles in similar situations. Lions, crocodiles and hyenas prey on young hippos but adult hippopotami have no aggressors. Hippos that attack other animals are often either territorial bulls or females protecting their calves. Hippopotamus coexist with a variety of formidable predators. Nile crocodiles, lions and spotted hyenas are known to prey on young hippos. Due to their aggression and size, adult hippopotamus are not usually preyed upon by other animals. Crocodiles are frequent targets of hippo aggression, probably because they often inhabit the same riparian habitats; crocodiles may be either aggressively displaced or killed by hippopotami. Hippos are also very aggressive towards humans, whom they sometimes attack whether in boats or on land.

NATAL ASTROLOGICAL SYMBOLISM:
Although we see the hippopotamus as a water element creature with its round shape and round face, its aggression and impetuosity are fiery in a natal chart. If you strike a “hippopotamus totem” person their unpredictability and aggressive, lack of restraint may suggest Mars conjunct Uranus. Compulsions to assert oneself with aggression also suggest Mars conjunct Pluto. A hippo person with Mars conjunct Ascendant could indicate a person who lacks self-discipline and a person who has an aggressive, superior attitude. If that Mars is squaring their Sun they may off the handle too easily, but a Mars square Ascendant because they are impulsively aggressive without any refinement. Mars square Jupiter in the first house may suggest a large, overweight person acting impulsively. A natal Mars square Pluto is very difficult as they need to learn to curb their temper, aggression and overly forceful nature when under stress. A Mars opposition Pluto suggests a defiant attitude towards the person’s aggression. If we ad Jupiter to all of these we not only ad exaggeration, but also because of a possible excess weight the person may have liver problems which always indicates anger. A strong Mars assists in affairs requiring courage, passion, and initiative, and if you have a strong Mars in your natal chart, you enjoy a healthy amount of competition and the opportunity to demonstrate your courage, but people who are overly aggressive, combative, or competitive are not this way because of a strong Mars. This aggressive, combative nature or behaviour is from an afflicted Mars, causing its energies to work inharmoniously. Mars and Uranus both get angry when they’re being limited. They hate to be restricted, stifled, or directed.
ASTROLOGICAL TRANSITS FOR A HIPPOPTAMUS PERSON:
The aggressive characteristics of Mars do not blend well with family life in many situations when Mars transits the fourth house. This Mars transit position is akin to having the proverbial “bull in the china closet”. Pluto is a lot like Mars in nature and when a transiting Pluto adversely affects a natal Mars their primal instincts to push forward could cause them to disregard and flatten others in their rampage while in the pursuit of goals.
Yes, a new paragraph is needed for a person who has their natal Mars being conjuncted by transiting Uranus. During a transiting Uranus conjunct Mars either you may be the subject of extremely unpredictable and volatile behaviour or you have an unstable and explosive year, because the person had had a great need to break free of situations that have limited your actions and even though they’ve been tolerable in the past, they won’t be willing to put up with them now. This is a very hippo type transit as people’s reactions are immediate, passionate and often laced with anger. You may make a sudden break from a restrictive job (6th house or 10th house), a restrictive marriage and home life (7th or 4th house). Impulsiveness is the cause of much of this hippo-like behaviour so they should exercise great caution when making changes in your life, as they may overreact to minor frustrations and act without thinking. This energy can make them accident-prone and they should use special care when operating any kind of machinery or motor vehicle, or when handling weapons or explosives. Ironically, even though there’s often a danger in releasing this pent-up energy because of its erratic quality, it may be more destructive if you try to ignore or repress it. It will have to come out somehow, often when you least expect it as a fit of rage or sudden temper tantrum. Repressing this energy may also adversely affect their health, especially in the form of frequent headaches or trouble sleeping.
VIBRATIONAL REMEDIES FOR HIPPO AGGRESSION AND UNPREDICTABILITY
The Australian Bush Flower remedy Dog Rose of the Wild Forces is for fear of losing complete control or being in danger of being carried along with a mob aggression. This remedy connects well because it was found in gullies and creek slopes. Ian White suggests that, “Both Dog Rose of the Wild Forces and Red Helmet are both very yang remedies which need some lunar qualities injected into them.” (Bush Flower Healing, page 39). Ian White suggests the Dog Rose of the Wild Forces is for watery people who in actual fact hippos are and these people have lost their emotional control due to anxiety and they exhibit reactive aggression.
HIPPO AGGRESSION CHAKRA
The information on the second and third chakra is taken from Anodea Judith’s (2004) Eastern Mind Western Body: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. I recommend this 489 book as I use it like a text book.
The third chakra or solar plexus is the chakra of our own ego identity, personal power and our need to individuate or to be an autonomous person. This means breaking away from childhood habits, internal habits, bossy peers, bossy partners and unconscious automatic behaviour that allows us to be defined by others. A dysfunctional solar plexus is revealed by a caved in stomach or a barrel stomach life a hippopotamus. The third chakra has a right to act. Healthy hippopotamus energy is a combination of orange and yellow or second and third chakra energy.
However, in chakra two we do have a right to feel. Upper class Australians are and were bought up to mimic the upper classes in England, so their behaviour is based on frigidity and numbness. One must have a “stiff upper lip” and never express emotions, never cry or we do not have the right to be angry. A healthy sense of well-being is connected to our right to feel our emotions. I have found in my family Mars in Pisces goes back several generations. Mars in Pisces or Mars in the 12th house does have a right to be angry and if we have a right to be angry we have an ability to be courageous.
The second chakra is the chakra of water and sexuality and the hippopotami segregate themselves by gender. The third chakra is fire and it is power. If we have positive emotional power we have healthy hippopotamus energy. The negative emotion of the third chakra is domination and aggression, being scattered if the stage between 18 months and four years is repressed. This is the tantrum age where a toddler will scream, “No!” at the top of their lungs. If they do not throw tantrums and learn to have the courage of their convictions fear and a horror of conflict and a lack of concentration may surface late. They will not develop will power either and a state of separate identity and self-definition and personhood separate to one’s mother and family. If they have a healthy state of autonomy like the bull hippo there will be no shame and they will have strong ego boundaries. You can pick people without a strong solar plexus chakra by their caved in belly. They have been beaten down.
A BALANCED SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA Is:
• Able to meet challenges
• Has suitable self-discipline for every occasion
• Is confident, has high self-esteem and a balanced and strong ego
• Has a sense of natural spontaneity, playfulness and sense of fun
• Has a warm personality
• Is reliable
• Has personal power
WHAT MAY HAVE TRAUMATISED OR ABUSED A DEFICIENT OR EXCESSIVE SOLAR PLEXUS
• Being embarrassed or telling you constantly how bad you are
• Authoritarian parenting or an authoritarian marriage partner or sexual partner or caregivers or siblings
• Volatile situations
• Domination of your will and taking your rights away
• Inherited shame from parents or race or family or culture
• An enmeshed family
• Physical and verbal abuse from caregivers or partner or other students at school
• A dangerous environment
• A fear of punishment or more abuse
• age inappropriate parentification or made to look after siblings or younger children when a child or teenager
HEALING PRACTICES FOR THIRD CHAKRA DYSFUNCTIONS
The reason I have been analysing the solar plexus deficient type and the solar plexus excess type is because I have worked with both as a mainstream counsellor and as a psychological counsellor. The deficient type needs to indulge in risk taking practices. Secondly they need grounding exercises and learn to have better emotional contact. Annie Meredith’s essences will definitely help and a good transpersonal or metaphysical counsellor with a background in working with post-traumatic stress. Both types need to learn martial arts; the deficient type for inner power, to build their ego, to develop confidence to overcome fear and both types for self-discipline.
Improving energy flow to the solar plexus may clear problems that have been producing lack and limitations. It is also a powerful area to bring an improvement in your finances, as its energy aids you to manifest money. As you improve the energy flow here, you will develop a stronger will, a clear sense of self and will improve your ability to manifest. This is the chakra that is responsible for manifestation on all levels. Many people only think of manifestation in terms of money, but can also manifest better relationships (the air houses), confidence (2nd health), talents and abilities (12th house strengths), your overall spirituality and great health.
THIRD CHAKRA STONES
Using specific crystals in this area may bring healing to the organs that relate to this chakra, including the spleen, pancreas, liver and stomach. It is where you digest ideas, and where your gut-feelings and intuition originate. Use blue kyanite first. Hold it while meditating, as it brings a tranquil and calming influence. It is a very efficient stone to immediately and effortlessly bring all of the chakras into alignment and is cheap to buy. It never needs cleansing nor will it accumulate any negative vibrations. Its use will aid in the general flow of energy throughout the body. It will also bridge any energy gaps which may have been caused by any form of accident, from surgery or trauma. Once you have cleared all of the chakras and brought them into alignment you could then use any of the specific third chakra stones.
Peridot’s energy vibrates to the frequency of increase so it is a powerful stone to manifest anything that you wish to bring into your life. This includes an increase of money. If you wish to manifest money, consider getting a Peridot stone.
If you know that any of your digestive organs such as your liver, spleen or gall bladder are giving you difficulties, meditation with one of the yellow or golden stones may help you. The lovely yellow Amblygonite stone contains lithium, so it is an excellent stone to aid meditation.
This chakra is often labelled the power chakra, as the third chakra is the seat of willpower in the body. This area works as a psychic shield, to prevent negative psychic energy being deposited in the body.
Libyan Desert Glass or Libyan Gold Tektite is a powerful stone for this area as it strengthens the energy of the area to stop negative psychic energy accumulating there.
By using the crystals for the solar plexus chakra from the list, you may find that you begin to feel a deeper sense of personal power within yourself.
Thanks to Liz at http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/solar-plexus-chakra.html (Solar Plexus Chakra. Heal This Area with Yellow and Golden Stones.
http://www.crystal-alchemy.com/solar.php has created the Manipura: Solar Plexus Crystal Essence. They claim that their Solar Plexus essence works on the metabolic and digestive systems and it works with the Islets of Langerhans, which are groups of cells in the pancreas. The essence works with the islets which plays a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. The solar plexus (Manipura essence) will aid and transform issues of personal power, fear to courage, anxiety to confidence; opinion-formation to acceptance; introversion to confidence and transition from simple or base emotions to the more complex. Physically, the Solar Plexus governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.
This crystal essence has been specially created using a crystal configuration to balance and help develop the Solar Plexus. It assists in developing emotional connection. It promotes empathy and good energy assimilation, while reducing emotional baggage and emotional imbalances. This essence strives to balance and heal attachments to one’s relatives, needy people and previous relationships. The crystals used are:
Citrine, Ametrine, Pyrite, Yellow Fluorite, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Yellow Calcite, Sulphur, Yellow Jasper, Imperial Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline, Golden Beryl. It is for transformation of energy; activity; autonomy; individuation; will; self-definition, ego identity, self-esteem; pro-activity (being proc-active, not reactive); and personal power.
With Low Solar Plexus Energy there will be
• a Weak will,
• be easily manipulated;
• have poor self-discipline and follow-through;
• have low-self-esteem;
• Cold, emotionally and/or physically;
• Poor digestion; Collapsed middle;
• Attraction to stimulants; Victim mentality,
• blaming of others;
• Passive;
• Unreliable
An excess solar plexus (or big stomach -beer belly type) usually is:
• overly aggressive,
• dominating,
• controlling;
• they may have a need to be right,
• they may need to have the last word and they are not really interested in win-win situations;
• they are highly manipulative,
• they are power hungry (not personal power-power over others)
• They may be deceitful;
• They may have an attraction to sedatives;
• They often have a cold controlling behaviour because they are manipulators or brainwashers,
• They may have temper tantrums, or volatile outbursts;
• They may be very stubborn;
• They will have a driving ambition (which means they are a type A personality);
• They are competitive; arrogant; and hyperactive.
• Some excess solar plexus people may be hyperactive because they take amphetamines, especially if they have had chronic fatigue or glandular fever or Ross River fever.
I have seen solar plexus types swing from excess to weak. I do suggest psychotherapy to build ego strength; release and contain anger; work on shame issues; strengthen your will and encourage autonomy.
The affirmations for positive solar plexus energy are:
“I honour the power within me”.
“I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly”.
“The fire within me burns through all blocks and fears”.
“I can do whatever I will to do”.
HIPPO COURAGE STORIES
Zulu warriors preferred to be as brave as a hippopotamus, since even lions were not considered to match its courage.
Philip the Arab (a Roman emperor who reigned around 200 years after Christ) introduced hippos to fight Roman gladiators. This is one of the first documented times in history when an exotic animal was used in such combat. Previously it was mainly lions. The tragedy is although the hippopotami killed about one thousand humans (gladiators) the gladiators slaughtered the hippos, all for the sake of a spectacle for the Roman mobs.
BELOVED HIPPOPOTAMI
Hippos have been popular animals in Western culture for their rotund appearance that many consider comical and because of stories of hippos such as Huberta, which became a celebrity in South Africa in the 1930s for trekking across the country and or the tale of Owen and Mzee, a hippo and tortoise who were best friends have amused people who have bought hippo books, films, songs, cartoons and products. The Disney film Fantasia featured a ballerina hippopotamus dancing to the opera La Gioconda. I loved this film clip. It was so sweet.
Hippopotami have long been popular zoo animals. The first zoo hippo in modern history was Obaysch, which arrived at the London Zoo on May 25, 1850, where he attracted up to 10,000 visitors a day. Hippos became the logo of the Toledo Zoo.
Just be sheer synchronicity I opened up an astrology book that I needed for this article and out a 2008 article on a beautiful little three week old hippopotamus. Her name is Monifa which means “I am lucky” and she is indeed lucky to be alive after a very difficult breech birth. Monifa has a “nice” Libran sun and a Pisces Moon sextile her Jupiter. She is The animal is likely to come to the aid of mothers feeling threatened and can be a useful ally for women who are going through difficult times regarding any entity that is trying to harm their children. They are useful allies for those seeking strength in court cases, dealing with issues where children are being threatened, or as a protection spirit for the family as a whole. She is indeed lucky.
Although the Egyptians and Africans may not have loved the hippopotami they did revere them. A red hippopotamus represented the Ancient Egyptian god Set and the hippopotamus was symbolic of virility.
Set’s consort Tawaret was also seen as part hippo and was a goddess of protection in pregnancy and childbirth, because ancient Egyptians recognised the protective nature of a female hippopotamus toward her young.
In Lower Egypt there was a Hippo Feast since the Old Kingdom, during which the king as Horus killed a white hippo, identified with Seth. This tradition is reflected in New Kingdom wall paintings depicting hippo hunts. In the temple at Edfu Horus pierces the wretched one in the shape of a hippo with a spear.
A faience hippo was found in the tomb of the steward Senbi II at Meir with its legs broken off in order to prevent it from hurting the deceased. During the Middle Kingdom hippo figurines were often placed close to the dead, in the hope of facilitating his rebirth. Hippos, like crocodiles, frogs and other amphibian animals, were symbols of regeneration because they disappeared under the water only to resurge after a while.
The Ijaw people of the Niger Delta wore masks of aquatic animals like the hippo when practicing their water spirit cults. Hippopotami have been the subjects of various African folktales. According to a San story; when the Creator assigned each animal its place in nature, the hippos were not allowed a life in the water initially but refused because of their greed, but eventually hippos were finally allowed to live in the water on the conditions that they would eat grass instead of fish and had to fling their dung so that it can be inspected for fish bones. In an Ndebele tale, the hippo originally had long, beautiful hair, but was set on fire by a jealous hare and had to jump into a nearby pool. The hippo lost most of his hair and was too embarrassed to leave the water. Hutto in the USA is perhaps most widely known for its high school mascot-the hippo. The most popular local legend is that in 1915 a circus train stopped in Hutto at the depot to take on passengers, pick up and deliver mail and possibly take on water and fuel for the steam locomotive. The circus train workers also would have taken this opportunity to care for their animals. At some point during this historic layover, a hippopotamus got out of the rail-car and made its way to the nearby Cottonwood Creek, which is next to the rail line. This caused much consternation for the circus workers. Local farmers and merchants watched the commotion in amusement and with interest as unsuccessful efforts were made to extricate the hippopotamus from the muddy waters of Cottonwood Creek. The Depot Agent telegraphed the communities of Taylor and Round Rock that were eight miles to the east and west of Hutto to the effect of: “Stop trains, hippo loose in Hutto.” After much effort the hippo was prodded from the mud and water that resembled its natural habitat and was reloaded back onto the train car. Soon afterward the Hutto School adopted the hippopotamus as its mascot and as early as 1923 the hippo appeared on official Hutto High School graduation announcements. Hutto is the only community in the United States with the hippo as its mascot.
Residents and businesses proudly tout their hippo spirit with concrete hippos that are displayed throughout the community. At last count, there were over 300 concrete hippos in the community. Many choose to paint their hippos to coordinate with their business or home décor, but the purists in town like to leave their hippos ‘au natural’.
Male hippos were associated with the god Set, who was the god of wind and storms. A minor god who could not reproduce, Set was depicted as rather powerless, a god who was at one point chained by his wife, who happened to be the powerful Taweret. Set was able to take the form of a hippo whenever he chose, as well as the forms of other animals considered dangerous by the Egyptians. Set was often also associated with the colour red, and was sometimes depicted as a part-red hippo. This could be because hippos secrete a red substance that has antibiotic properties and protects hippos from the sun.

PHYSICAL FACT: HIPPOPOTAUS MOTHERS.
Although hippos lie close to each other, they do not seem to form social bonds except between mothers and daughters, and they are not social animals. Hippopotamuses are territorial only in water, where a bull presides over a small stretch of river, on average 250 meters in length, and usually containing 10 females, but sometimes up to 100 females. Within the pods, the hippos tend to segregate by gender. Bachelors lounge near other bachelors, females with other females, and the bull on his own.
Male hippopotamuses are dominant. They protect the herd’s territory and make decisions about which males get to mate with which females. But they are not as ferocious as the females. In fact, when a male hippo approaches a female, he lies down on his belly until she accepts him.

HIPPO MOTHER MYTHS: Hippo mothers guarding their children are often spotted at the banks of rivers. This remarkable African mammal is usually featured as a goddess in African legends. Worshiped in ancient Egypt as Tawaret, the wife of Set and the goddess of fertility and childbirth, she was essentially regarded as a protective and caring deity.
The ancient Egyptians took note of the traits of mother hippos and used them in the creation of the household goddess Taweret, or Taurt, who was depicted as having the head and body of a pregnant hippo, with the legs and mane of a lion and a crocodile’s tail. Small statues of the goddess were often placed in homes with the expectation that Taweret would keep pregnant mothers and their children safe, or with the hope that she would increase fertility. She was also thought to be able to frighten away evil spirits, and her figure was sometimes worn around the neck as an amulet. The Egyptian city of Thebes was named after Taweret.

In Mozambique, the Ronga people tell the legend of a mother who left her child with Mother Hippo for safekeeping as the child’s life was threatened by an envious rival. Every night, Mother Hippo would emerge with the child so that it could suckle from its mother.

In Africa, male hippopotami are usually seen as shape-shifting beasts. According to the legend of the hero Fara Maka, one such beast ate all the crops in the fields. The hero threw all his spears and sent black hounds against it, but the monster continued eating and could only be subdued and killed after a spell was placed on it by the hero’s wife.

HIPPO MOTHER ESSENCES : I SUGGEST ANNIE MEREDITH’S BLACK NIGHTSHADE
• For difficulties with breast-feeding and aversion to breastfeeding.
• For mother-child issues.
• For poor body image, particularly related to the breasts.
• For discomfort with being a female.
• For constant tiredness and overwhelm
• For inability to nurture oneself or others.
BLACK NIGHTSHADE FLOWER ESSENCE:
• Grants a sense of self-worth
• Helps mother and child with feeding difficulties
• Helps women to love their body, whatever the shape or size
• Increases sexual enjoyment through enhanced self-image
• Supports femininity and motherhood
• Cancer and the Moon rule the stomach and this essence energetically supports the digestive system
• Opens communication lines between mothers and children
FACT: A HIPPO’S BIG MOUTH AND THEIR COURAGEOUS VOICE
Hippopotami appear to communicate vocally, through grunts and bellows, and they may practice echolocation. Hippos have the unique ability to hold their heads partially above the water and send out a cry that travels through both water and air; individuals respond above and under water.

For voice issues I also suggest Annie Meredith’s Sprit of Women’s flower essences
SPIRIT OF WOMEN COMMELINA FLOWER ESSENCE
• For negative expression.
• For naiveté and lack of sensitivity in communicating with others.
• For constant self-criticism (internal critical parent).
• For the person who engages in malicious and hurtful gossip with awareness.
• For addictions to a substance, relationship (co-dependency), cause or life situation.
SPIRIT OF WOMEN COMMELINA FLOWER ESSENCE may:
• Assist coherent expression of thoughts, ideas and feelings.
• Encourage meaningful interactions and conversations.
• help to guard one’s self-talk.
• For integrity in speaking about others.
• Protects the ‘wind-gate’, the throat chakra and filters the thoughts we pick up from the ethers.
• Opens channelling from the Higher Self, when public speaking or teaching.
• Unblock creative expression.
MORNING GLORY FLOWER ESSENCE WILL helps with
• For speaking one’s truth.
• For timidity and shyness in speaking out.
• For difficulty in confronting others.
• For intellectual arrogance.
• For dominating parents.
• For healers heavy with pride and ego.
• For creative blocks.
• For stage fright – performers block.
WHEN HEALED ONE SHOULD:
• Speak from the core of one’s truth.
• Let your star shine.
• Help you be empowered, if you are faint-hearted, to speak up.
• Be a wise parent
• Opens your channels to creative expression and healing.
• Facilitates public speaking, singing.
What a great hippo essence.

HIPPO EATING
The hippo’s jaw hinge is located far back enough to allow the animal to open its mouth at almost 180 degrees. Hippopotamus teeth sharpen themselves as they grind together. The lower canines and lower incisors are enlarged, grow continuously and are used for combat and play no role in feeding. Hippos rely on their broad horny lips to grasp and pull grasses which are then ground by the molars.
Hippos leave their watery habitat at dusk and may walk up to ten kilometres to find grass, which is their major food. They may consume up to 150 pounds of it in one night.
HIPPO VOICE FLOWER ESSENCES
Annie Meredith of “The Spirit of Woman Essences” has created “The Goddess Athena Spray Mist” called “Clarity” assists clear thinking, confidence and positive communication.
This essence safeguards the person from negative ‘stinking thinking’ and pained communication. It opens up your awareness so that you can think clearly and with acuity, balancing emotional overtones with rationality. It assists you to be balanced and rational in your judgements, so you see both sides of the picture, especially when settling disputes or arguing a point. It allows you to see a big picture (the Leo-solar perspective) rather than nit-picking and allow you to empathise with another’s opinion without taking umbrage or feeling piqued. It connects you back to your heart and theirs by bringing compassion and understanding into your discussion, whilst at the same time, strengthening your own sense of personal empowerment to stand up for your own opinions and to have the courage to back them up with good solid reasons. It helps you to recognise that through your speech patterns you embody Newton’s Third Law of physics, so that you teach others how to treat you, so it encourages you to speak well about yourself and never put yourself down, by taking command of negative thinking you may habitually engage in. It allows you to see that each time you self-talk negatively about yourself, you are sending that distorted energy not only to others (even though you may not speak it out loud), but also into your own body mind where it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Fact: WATERY LIMINAL HIPPOS
They are semiaquatic as they live in rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, where highly, territorial bulls preside over a stretch of river and groups of five to thirty females and young hippos. Hippopotamuses are gregarious, living in groups of up to thirty animals. A group is called a pod, herd, dale, or bloat. They emerge from their watery domain at dusk to graze. Hippos they stay cool, in daylight, by lazing in the water and mud and they reproduce and have their young in water. While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial or sociable on land.
The closest living relatives of the Hippopotamidae are cetaceans such as whales, porpoises and dolphins. I will be writing about whales in my next article. The common ancestor of whales and hippos split from other even-toed ungulates around 60 million years ago.

HIPPOPOTAMUS AND LIMINALITY
The hippopotamus or “river horse” is a liminal creature, among its many attributes, because they live in swamps, on the edge of rivers and in the waterholes of chasms; all places that are liminal. They leave their watery kingdom at dusk, when it is cool to walk to places where they can consume What is liminality? Liminal places are like transit centers where people catch buses, aeroplanes and trains to other places. Thus in the spiritual world of visionaries and shamans liminal places are bridges into other realms; into what the Celtic and ancient Germanic peoples called the Otherworld and where Enid Blyton’s “Faraway Tree” connected many fairy kingdoms. Swamps that are neither land nor deep rivers; the prickly foliage that protects the dense trees and understory of forests; the dunes and coastal areas between high tide and low tide; the edge of a forest between the grassy plains and the dense, misty forest; the area between the pastures and mountains; Halloween, New Year’s Eve and the times of dawn and dusk are all liminal places and times. They are the transitory, ambiguous places where fairies and nature spirits live and where portals and wormholes lead into other dimensions.
In two areas the hippopotamus is a creature of liminality. Firstly it is an amphibious creature that spends time in swamps, rivers and waterholes and it goes ashore at night to eat grass.
The skin, the largest organ of the body, is an extraordinary liminal boundary where inner and outer realities of body and soul meet. In therapeutic bodywork there is an exceptional opportunity not only to alleviate physical pain and stress, but also address the deep feelings and suffering of the soul. Wonderful small book on the healing nature of flower essences in massage.
I consulted Stephanie Gilling’s flower essences and dream work in association with the liminality of hippo. Her website is http://stephaniegailing.com/journal/2016/5/17/flower-essences-and-dreamwork. She calls her site: “Stellar Insights, Lifestyle Strategies, and Thoughtful Guidance to Inspire Your Well-Being”.
Mugwort: Mugwort flower essence inspires the psyche’s receptive capacity for awareness during dreaming. Additionally, it helps one not only be open to dreams but also to be better able to bridge awareness between dreams and waking life, enhancing the integrated weaving of insights experienced in each into the other.

Star Tulip: Star Tulip is a wonderful essence to help augment inner listening and receptivity. As such, it’s great for use in activities, such as dreaming, in which we want to refine our attunement to a greater level of connectivity.

Morning Glory: If you wake up with a dulled and drowsy feeling, like part of you hasn’t returned from your dreamscape, Morning Glory may be a great flower essence to use. It can help us ground back in our bodies and be more in sync with rhythms of light and dark, awake and sleep.

Cosmos: There are times when we can “see” our dreams upon waking but it’s hard to access them in the way that allows us to communicate them in words. Cosmos flower essence helps to bridge the mind and throat chakra, and with that may assist us in giving voice to our dreams, and documenting them more readily.
Iris: Stephanie’s appealing iris flower essence is to transform lifeless, dull dreams to colourful dreams that become symbolic visions, which may rekindle our creative inspiration. Iris is the Greek goddess of the rainbow; the messenger between the heavenly spaces of the gods and mankind. This creativity is the essence of the watery realms of hippopotamus.
Angelica: Stephanie’s wonderful angelica flower essence helps us to feel sheathed in protection in the liminal space of our dreams, more open to the spiritual guidance that can come forth. And with that, it may inspire a deeper experience of connection, attunement, and remembrance.
These six comprise just a few of the multitude that we can use in dream work. In fact, if we look at dreams as awareness and healing agents, truly any flower essence can be used in a dream work practice. That’s because if we are using a flower essence to help us move through a certain psycho-emotional issue, then the working through and resolve of that issue may be featured in our dreams, with our dreams shifting as we experience healing and psychic resolve. Muses are not closely related to these groups.

HIPPO PALEOENTOLOGY: The Hippopotamidae are believed to have evolved in Africa; the oldest known hippopotamid is the genus Kenyapotamus, which lived in Africa from 16 to 8 million years ago. While hippopotamid species spread across Asia and Europe, no hippopotamuses have ever been discovered in the Americas. From 7.5 to 1.8 million years ago, an ancestor to the modern hippopotamus, Archaeopotamus, lived in Africa and the Middle East.

PHYSICAL FACT. HIPPO MOVEMENT: Male hippos appear to continue growing throughout their lives while females reach maximum weight at around age 25. The eyes, ears, and nostrils of hippos are placed high on the roof of their skulls. They are incapable of jumping but do climb up steep banks. Despite being semiaquatic and having webbed feet, an adult hippo is not a particularly good swimmer nor can it float. It is rarely found in deep water; when it is, the animal moves by porpoise-like leaps from the bottom.
The essential oil grapefruit is for low energy and sweet orange for cellulite and mandarin is for low energy and jet leg. These are hippo person ailments.
THE HIPPO HAS LITTLE HAIR
The hippopotamus has very little hair. The skin is 6 cm or 2 inches thick providing it great protection against predators. The animals’ upper parts are purplish-grey to blue-black, while the under parts and areas around the eyes and ears can be brownish-pink. Their skin secretes a natural sunscreen substance which is red-coloured. Their natural sunscreen cannot prevent the animal’s skin from cracking if it stays out of water too long.
Ian White’s AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER ESSENCES makes a number of essences for burns:
DAGGER HAKEA + MOUNTAIN DEVIL
MULLA MULLA
HIPPOS STAYING ON THE PATH
A 2015 study suggests that hippo dung provides nutrients from terrestrial material for fish and aquatic invertebrates. Because of their size and their habit of taking the same paths to feed, hippos can have a significant impact on the land across which they walk, both by keeping the land clear of vegetation and depressing the ground. Over prolonged periods, hippos can divert the paths of swamps and channels.
Christine Hopkins of http://www.christinehopkins.com.au/australian-flower-essences suggests BLUE CHINA ORCHID – ‘The Elevation of the Will’ (Cyaniculagemmata) for breaking habitual patterns of behaviour if they are unhealthy. This also is a solar plexus issue. Blue China Orchid is an essence to strengthen the Will and take back control of the Self. This vibrational remedy is helpful to realise the beauty of inner focus and consistency in establishing a fulfilling life. It is for those who feel too easily swayed and distracted because of lacking direction and purpose. This flower essence is helpful in bringing new beginnings by breaking the hold of old patterns of behaviour that are deteriorating the quality of life. It also is an essence for breaking the spell of habitual patterns of behaviour. It is used also for breaking the hold of substance addiction.
Ian White the founder of AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER ESSENCES suggests
• Jacaranda, Bush Fuchsia, Sundew & Red Lily to stop scatteredness & stay on the path
• Silver Princess to keep your direction
• Angelsword for spiritual confusion

HIPPO’S BREATHING:
Adult hippos move at speeds up to 8 km/h (5 mph) in water; typically resurfacing to breathe every three to five minutes. The process of surfacing and breathing is automatic. A hippo sleeping underwater rises and breathes without waking.
Ian White of THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER REMEDIES suggests
Sturt desert pea for lungs
Molly of GREEN HOPE FARM ESSENCES (https://www.greenhopeessences.com/essences/breathe) suggest taking a special “Breathe” essence
To support the health and well-being of the pulmonary and upper respiratory systems. Consider this remedy for all conditions of the lungs, eyes, ears, nose and throat, including allergic situations, respiratory infections and all breathing difficulties.
The ingredients are Abutilon, Blackberry, Borage, Cosmos, Eyebright, French marigold, Goldenrod, Graniana Rose, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Jewelweed, Lemon, Lungwort, Nasturtium, Plume Poppy, Screw Pine, Sea Campion, Sea Purslane, Small Woodland Orchid, Snapdragon, Swamp Candles, and White Nicotiana.

HIPPO RECIPROCITY:
As with fish and turtles on a coral reef, hippos occasionally visit cleaning stations and signal, by opening their mouths wide, their readiness for being cleaned of parasites by certain species of fishes. This is an example of mutualism in which the hippo benefits from the cleaning, while the fish receive food.
Although I could not find an essence for RECIPROCITY I found a really heart-warming case study on the Holistic Use of Flower Essences by Carol Arnold, whose vibration is truly heart-warming. Carol is a psychotherapist who integrates expressive techniques and flower essences into her work with individuals and families healing from chronic and acute illness and abuse. You can find her article at http://www.flowersociety.org/holistic_flower_essence_case.htm
Carol’s treatment of her client Hannah, exemplifies a holistic approach. Her physical/constitutional weaknesses were addressed through healthy diet, herbal, and ayurvedic preparations. The use of flower essences in psychotherapy addressed the defensive structure of the personality and helped heal her childhood so that Carol’s client could “digest” her early childhood trauma and move toward a greater sense of self. This sounds like a “hippo” solar plexus problem. In the final weeks of therapy, Carol’s client developed a spirit of mutual reciprocity for her mother and Carol has evolved and at that time Carol’s client had entered into the study of yoga and meditation and reported a greater sense of physical, mental and spiritual contentment.
HIPPO – MUTUAL RESPECT-1. BRACHYCOMBE, 2. MANY HEADED DRYANDRA, 3. BALGA & CATSPAW
I did find eventually find four flower essences. The first is brachycome (developed by Vasudeva & Kadambii Barnao. It can be found at https://livingessences.com.au/shop/flower-essences/brachycombe/ ) for the essence of enjoying people for their uniqueness and to sweetness, impartiality, tolerance, humility and openness to replace judgemental, critical attitudes so one develops an attitude leading to mutual respect.
I also found that Christine Hopkins has developed a three flower essences for mutuality and reciprocity : firstly, BALGA (BLACKBOY) – ‘The Strength of the Creative Warrior’(Zanthoreapreissi) . It can be found at http://www.christinehopkins.com.au/australian-flower-essences
It is for the maturing of the male principle or the man within. For both men and women the promoting of positive creativity that also nurtures an awareness of the needs of the environment while achieving goals. Helpful in balancing achievement with life sustaining qualities such as caring and community – family spirit.
Secondly MANY HEADED DRYANDRA – ‘Many Headed Dryandra’ (Dryandrapolycephalus) Christine suggests that this essence calms, strengthens and inspires the person to face and deal with their life and relationships so that stability and fulfillment come together for them at last. With new found consistency there is a deepening and maturing in all aspects of Life. For those people who have difficulties, such as panic and a need to run away when facing responsibility in work or family life.
Thirdly Christine suggests CATSPAW for ‘Speaking Your Truth’ (Anigozanthoshumilis) to encourage expressing the hurt one feels, so that others may better realise your situation and respond. To release the pent up gut feelings and face what is really happening. This frees one from both expectation of fairness and the situation of being used by others. Catspaw is helpful for equalising one-sided relationships and bringing reality to obligatory relationships.
THE GODDESS DIANA FLOWER ESSENCE SPRAY MIST
Annie Meredith of “The Spririt of Woman” Essences has created this vibrational essence for “Protection and the Transforms Negative Energy
This elegantly aromatic spray mist is perfect for feeling safe and protected at all times. It dispels negative energy coming in from others around you and leaves you feeling free to be open-hearted and fearless. It invites a state of joyful exuberance while simultaneously bringing about a feeling of inner strength and alertness that signals to others that you know who you are and what you are about. It clears over-sensitivity to other’s power over you which can make you feel more vulnerable and open to exploitation. It brings a sense of easy discrimination, immediately picking up on energy that does not serve you or bode well for you. It helps you to give a clear message at the appropriate time to someone, or others, trying to overwhelm you or take advantage of you. It puts you on (self) loving alert so that instinctively you know how to take appropriate care of yourself, while still staying open and guileless to the world around you. It is a perfect spray mist to heighten a new love relationship by bringing a feeling of inner security during the most vulnerable early stages when you need to lower your guard and dissolve you defences to make way for intimacy.
Diana Goddess of the Hunt is associated with her love of animals and woodland. She befriends animals and tames their savage instincts with her ingenuousness, so that they, bewitched by her sincerity, become her protector and ally. She will teach you to find the animal spirit within, the heart connection to your instinctual side, which you can let free once you feel safe and protected from the inside out. She asks you to open your heart to dance and sing to the moon and to gaze upon the heavens in wonderment. She will bring that calm, sense of safety and heart-centredness that one feels in the forest, with a breath of gentle fragrant wind whispering the soft sounds of nature. Her energy is calming, liberating, reassuring and comforting. With her influence we can feel free to open up to who we really are, without fear, for fear is the delicate gatekeeper of the heart.
The Athena and Diana Goddess essences will bring positive hippopotamus personas into play.
Ingredients: Spirit of Woman Flower Essences of Ajuga, Cordyline, Lantana and Storm Lily, Sacred Earth Crystal Essences of Moldavite and Celestite, Organic Essential Oils ofJasmine, Lavender and Sandalwood, natural preservative and purified water. The ajuga or mint essence is for post-traumatic stress after people who may have been stalked, been in sieges, wars, cults or suffered from domestic violence or the dissociation of a dysfunctional violent childhood. This gives a sense of personal power and courage. Cordyline is for fear of being alone, abandoned or deprived.
SPIRIT OF WOMEN GODDESS DIANA ESSENCE CAN BE USED
• For fear of not being in a relationship.
• For co-dependency.
• For women who give their power to men.
• For issues with the father.
• For fear of men.
• For ‘sexism’.
• For feeling that the male in your life is more important than you are.
• For fear of intimacy, and of being seen as vulnerable.
USE GODDESS DIANA MIST
• in the beginning stages of a new relationship
• before embarking on a relationship, even if there is no-one in the wings
• during a breakup
• if you are being harrassed by someone you have no interest in
• during a rough patch in a relationship when the intimate connection seems to have evaporated
• in the workplace if you are feeling vulnerable, used or manipulated
• when you are feeling left out by your friends
• if you are feeling estranged from your family of origin.
ANNIE MEREDITH’S FLOWER ESSENCE, STORM LILY can RECOGNISE and heal these diificulties behaviours, dysfunctional behaviours and challenging events:
• the after-effects of violent anger.
• The after-shock of arguments, verbal and physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
• the shock of bad news.
• The sudden loss of a loved one.
• To resolve shocks from the past.
• For emergencies, especially to do with children.
• For the trauma of an accident.
• For the after-effects of rape, forced sexual act.
• For animals in trauma.
SPIRIT OF WOMAN’S ( Annie Meredith’s) STORM LILY ESSENCE HEALING EXPECTED RESULTS:
• For calm after an emotional storm.
• Restores a peaceful heart.
• Brings back balance to a household after trauma, or domestic violence, especially if sprayed.
• Useful for new mothers
• Cleanses the inner house after the invasion of rape or robbery or any violent threat.
I can hear the archetype of Mars in difficult aspect to Neptune here natally and I also can sense the archetypal god Poseidon trying to dominate his future wife the sea nymph Amphrite, both of whom the clinical professor of psychiatry and Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen discusses for 26 pages in her excellent book “Gods in Everyman: Archetypes that shape Men’s Lives”. An unevolved Poseidon is the epitome of an excessive third chakra man and an unevolved hippopotamus man. And I will discuss this later on in this article.
FACT: HIPPO’S TERRITORIALITY :
Hippos mark their territory by defecation. While depositing the faeces, hippos spin their tails to distribute their excrement over a greater area. “Yawning” serves as a threat display. When fighting, male hippos use their incisors to block each other’s attacks and their large canines to inflict injuries.
HIPPO HISTORY
The earliest evidence of human interaction with hippos comes from butchery cut marks on hippo bones at Bouri Formation dated around 160,000 years ago. Later rock paintings and engravings showing hippos being hunted have been found in the mountains of the central Sahara dated 4,000–5,000 years ago near Djanet in the Tassili n’Ajjer Mountains. The ancient Egyptians recognised the hippo as a ferocious denizen of the Nile.
HIPPOPOTAMUS AS A TOTEM OR POWER ANIMAL
They are blessed in the traditions of Africa and Egypt. Hippos’ name significance is considered as “Water Horse”.
Water:
• Hippopotamus mainly spends most of the time in water. It is very old realm of origin, authority, conception, imagination, and remedial. Hippopotamus has a connection to the religious, imaginative and remedial monarchy of water.
• Water symbolizes beginnings for we develop in a watery sac in our fetal stage; feelings, originality and curing. Hippos are the promoter of creativity and the flowing features of water. For this reason Hippos are connected with the innovative energies of the second chakra and are also considered to be emotional control symbols. Hippo live their lives in liquid, water, which is also a connection to spirituality and emotional growth.
• They can keep themselves under the water for about 5 minutes without breathing. It teaches that even we can securely submerge our emotions are always with us. They can be a symbol of holding on to deep seeded emotions as well.
• Then there are differences between deep water, shallow water, rivers and swamps. A flowing river full of water allow s us to have emotional freedom. A swamp suggest emotional problems and stagnation, but swamps also suggest liminality and a portal to other realms. Rivers symbolise flowing feelings; emotions that are not stuck in the past. This symbolises the ability to withstand the currents, outside stress. Rivers and even swamps are peaceful and denote abundance and fun. Otters, a playful creature lives in rivers. Rivers also have boundaries and hippopotami are the king of African rivers.
• POSEIDON, WHO IS THE GREEK ARCHETYPE OF THE REALM OF EMOTION & INSTINCT: “A hippopotamus-like god of water”. To grasp the emotionality he represents we can think of the many moods of the sea. This uncontrolled wateriness includes, the doldrums when the sea is still; the turbulent, roaring waves, floods, tsunamis; the denizens of the deep; the crocodiles, whales, octopi and jellyfish. When we think of the sea we can see and hear this intense emotional affect that can flood one’s persona and flood rationality. Enraged, resentful, wild-man Poseidon, with his raw feelings, was known to arise from his underwater home creating huge destruction for humans and nature. Poseidon’s animal symbol was the horse which represents the power and beauty of self-displined and evolved instincts and this land animal has clear associations with the river-horse-hippo. Rather than the rational Olympians Apollo and Zeus Poseidon is an Earth father-pre-Olympian. When Poseidon fell in love with the sea nymph Amphrite he needed to dominate and overpower her and she ran, but intelligent, loving dolphin taught Poseidon to be more emotionally intelligent, expressive and evolved. So an emotionally educated Poseidon archetype can have a depth that can be expressed through drama, poetry, art, literature and even buiding.
Largeness:
• Hippos are one of the largest mammals in the world. They can help us in grounding our body and soul to the earth as a result we can handle and remove depressing emotional problems.
Earthiness and Wateriness:
• They combine the essentials of ground and water and guide us how to combine the aspects of both water and ground into our everyday life. Liquid in the form of water is correlated with perceptive significances and ground in the form of earth related with reality and immovability. If these animals can possess this power, we, the human being should also act as per our perception without judging it. We also need to maintain a realistic, impartial, creative, grounded life technique.
HIPPO AS A SPIRIT GUIDE.
Some people have human spirit guides; ancestors, family or friends who have passed on long ago. Some people have angels or members of the fairy or deva kingdom. Some have giants or elves. Some people have insects, birds, serpents or animals. My maternal grandfather visited me recently to escort my mother from the land of the living to Summerland. My paternal great-grandmother arrived eighteen months ago to introduce me to archangel Chamuel. She is a herald. Some guides are permanent and will come and go, some tutelary guides are permanent.
Hippopotamus may show up as a spirit guide when…
• Your life is dull and boring.
• You notice a strong energy that surrounds you.
• Astrologically maybe transiting Pluto, Mars or Uranus is foremost, denoting activity that will happen soon
• There is need for you to learn the virtues to stop and relax.
• There is need for you to learn to be aggressive when needed.
• You need parenting guidance or help.
Call on a Hippopotamus as a spirit guide when…
• You have been feeling depressed.
• You need change with your routine.
• The relationship that you have is becoming stale and you need an inner spark.
• It is important to make friends with others or belong to a group.
• You find it hard to fight the odds with the ferocity that the situation demands.
Yes I found a HIPPOPOTAMUS ESSENCE ON THE INTERNET. WOW!
Daniel Mapel who makes these animal essences suggests the “hippo vibrational essence” provides deep grounding (earth) and powerful support for facing unresolved emotional issues (water). This essence might help those people who need to learn to understand and be with their feelings. The hippo essence encourages an integrated experience of the physical and emotional realms of life. The “hippo wild earth animal essence is to develop a spirituality that is deeply rooted in living in the physical world.
You can find Daniel’s Wild Earth Animal Essences at http://www.wild earth animalessence.com/store/p119/Hippopotamus__1_Oz._%2F_30ml.html
There is an article on the wild earth essences by Rachel Singleton “Let What You Love Be What You Do: Wild Earth Animal Essences For Joyful Work” published in Inessence Newsletter, UK on Daniel’s internet site. Rachel maintains that the Wild Earth Animal Essences are a profoundly grounding set of essences. Made by Daniel Mapel in a sacred ceremonial process that invokes the spirit of the animal, they have a vibrant energy that feels alive, scintillating with the wisdom and energy of the animal archetypes. They promote qualities of strong physical embodiment, of being present and aware, and of deeply attuning to one’s intuitive self.

HIPPOPOTAMUS AND LIMINALITY
The hippopotamus or “river horse” is a liminal creature, among its many attributes, because they live in swamps, on the edge of rivers and in the waterholes of chasms; all places that are liminal. They leave their watery kingdom at dusk, when it is cool to walk to places where they can consume What is liminality? Liminal places are like transit centers where people catch buses, aeroplanes and trains to other places. Thus in the spiritual world of visionaries and shamans liminal places are bridges into other realms; into what the Celtic and ancient Germanic peoples called the Otherworld and where Enid Blyton’s “Faraway Tree” connected many fairy kingdoms. Swamps that are neither land nor deep rivers; the prickly foliage that protects the dense trees and understory of forests; the dunes and coastal areas between high tide and low tide; the edge of a forest between the grassy plains and the dense, misty forest; the area between the pastures and mountains; Halloween, New Years Eve and the times of dawn and dusk are all liminal places and times. They are the transitory, ambiguous places where fairies and nature spirits live and where portals and wormholes lead into other dimensions.
In two areas the hippopotamus is a creature of liminality. Firstly it is an amphibious creature that spends time in swamps, rivers and waterholes and it goes ashore at night to eat grass.
Second, it sleeps underwater and the world of dreams is a place where we just might meet a wormhole.
The skin, the largest organ of the body, is an extraordinary liminal boundary where inner and outer realities of body and soul meet and we think of hippo with their thick, thick skin. In therapeutic bodywork there is an exceptional opportunity not only to alleviate physical pain and stress, but also address the deep feelings and suffering of the soul.
I loved Stephanie Gillingss amazing dreaming flower essences and her great article “Stellar Insights, Lifestyle Strategies, and Thoughtful Guidance to Inspire Your Well-Being”. You can read about her work in http://stephaniegailing.com/journal/2016/5/17/flower-essences-and-dreamwork
Mugwort: Mugwort flower essence inspires the psyche’s receptive capacity for awareness during dreaming. Additionally, it helps one not only be open to dreams but also to be better able to bridge awareness between dreams and waking life, enhancing the integrated weaving of insights experienced in each into the other.

Star Tulip: Star Tulip is a wonderful essence to help augment inner listening and receptivity. As such, it’s great for use in activities—such as dreaming—in which we want to refine our attunement to a greater level of connectivity.

Morning Glory: If you wake up with a dulled and drowsy feeling, like part of you hasn’t returned from your dreamscape, Morning Glory may be a great flower essence to use. It can help us ground back in our bodies and be more in sync with rhythms of light and dark, awake and sleep.

Cosmos: There are times when we can “see” our dreams upon waking but it’s hard to access them in the way that allows us to communicate them in words. Cosmos flower essence helps to bridge the mind and throat chakra, and with that may assist us in giving voice to our dreams, and documenting them more readily.
Iris: Stephanie’s appealing iris flower essence is to transform lifeless, dull dreams to colourful dreams that become symbolic visions, which may rekindle our creative inspiration. Iris is the Greek goddess of the rainbow; the messenger between the heavenly spaces of the gods and mankind. This creativity is the essence of the watery realms of hippopotamus.
Angelica: Stephaine’s wonderful angelica flower essence helps us to feel sheathed in protection in the liminal space of our dreams, more open to the spiritual guidance that can come forth. And with that, it may inspire a deeper experience of connection, attunement, and remembrance.
These six comprise just a few of the multitude that we can use in dream-work. In fact, if we look at dreams as awareness and healing agents, truly any flower essence can be used in a dream-work practice. That’s because if we are using a flower essence to help us move through a certain psycho-emotional issue, then the working through and resolve of that issue may be featured in our dreams, with our dreams shifting as we experience healing and psychic resolve.
Do you remember reading that hippos even sleep underwater. Yes they do. Watery hippo is a dreamer, all watery people are, because Poseidon-Neptune is the god of the dreamworld, the unconscious, subconscious and collective unconscious. Of course undeveloped 12th house person/Pisces/Neptune/Poseidon person, in an uneducated, unevolved state is a very emotional being, but as their emotional intelligence and spirituality are made to glow and shine they can be amazing people.

CONCLUSION
I wrote this article for my friend Craig who told me that his totem was hippopotami. A grounded astrophysicist who embraces the metaphysical world Craig embodies the water-earth hippo. While I wrote this article and found more out about the solar plexus chakra I realised I knew a great number of hippo people. I have storm lily and mint in my garden and I have grown them for the last forty years. So did my beloved Nana, so I thought about my upbringing and realised it was very solar-plexus-hippo oriented. I received three soul pieces in my last shamanic soul retrieval that balanced my solar plexus. So I am very grateful to Craig for suggesting that I wrote about hippopotamus. Note I didn’t say sweet hippo, because they are very dangerous with strong, impermeable boundaries which I did not mention in my article. So astrological Saturn, with its boundaries: fences, rings and rules, is as much a part of the hippo archetype as Mars, Neptune, Poseidon and Uranus. Gee willikers I have learned a great deal in the last three days of writing about hippos. I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I do.
Please message if you think you are a hippo person.
Many bright blessings for 2017 from Hilary.

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