Elephants are the largest living land animals and play a central role in sustaining their local environments. As herbivorous creatures, Elephants live comfortably in a range of landscapes but always stay close to a good source of water which nurtures the plants on which they depend. Elephants have a powerful influence on the earth through their daily habits. For example, Elephants disperse seeds they have ingested when they travel across the land and when they bathe, the movement of their bodies enlarges the waterholes so they can be enjoyed by many other animals. In this way, Elephant teaches us to recognise the impact of our actions and demonstrates that seemingly insignificant daily habits can have a profound effect on the world around us.
Elephants are found across Africa and southern Asia, where they live in small social groups, clans and extended families that are led by the oldest female member – the matriarch. This position of leadership is a lifetime commitment the matriarch passes to her daughter on her death or retirement. Since Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild, the oldest Elephants in any clan have a wealth of local knowledge and wisdom to teach the younger members. This matrilineal family structure illustrates how women can support each other through close-knit communities and highlights the importance of passing down knowledge and power to future generations.
Elephants have excellent hearing and communicate through a range of sounds and acoustic vibrations they transmit through the earth. Elephants are especially sensitive to these seismic signals that warn of danger, conflict or movement from many miles away. By tuning in to Elephant medicine, we can become more aware of the earth’s vibrations and learn to perceive subtle changes in our environment. If Elephant has been showing up in your awareness lately, now might be a good time to connect with family especially the women you recognise as elders in your circle or tribe. If you have been feeling isolated, place both hands on the earth and ask Elephant to lead you to the support and nurturing you require, then open to receive her healing medicine.