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A sign?
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:24:34 pm »
This morning, I had an encounter with an unusually friendly snake on my front porch.

My neighborhood, which is in the suburbs of a small Kentucky town, has a lot of stray cats. Sometimes I put out food or water for them, especially when the weather is cold, as it has been lately. This morning, three of them were on the porch, and when I stepped out, I saw that they had cornered an adult Eastern garter snake and were harassing it.

Normally, garters are skittish and avoid humans, even more so if they feel threatened. So, I was surprised when the snake allowed me to walk right over and pick it up off the porch. It did not seem injured, and in fact was quite active. I brought it into the house and checked it for injuries and let it warm up a bit, and then put it back outside under the bushes.

I think this is a sign. I have dealt with Kentucky snakes for decades, and have never A) Found one on my porch or B) Met one that was so tolerant of human contact. I suspect this might be a sign from Manasa, as she is the only snake related deity that I work with, and the symbolism seems obvious. However, I was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences with snakes, and what other possible explanations (supernatural or mundane) you might have.

It could have been a pet snake, but that seems unlikely. People don't normally keep garters as pets, and KY is their native range, and they are very common in the area. It did not look any different from the hundreds of other garters I have seen over the years.
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Re: A sign?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 07:20:03 pm »
This morning, I had an encounter with an unusually friendly snake on my front porch.

My neighborhood, which is in the suburbs of a small Kentucky town, has a lot of stray cats. Sometimes I put out food or water for them, especially when the weather is cold, as it has been lately. This morning, three of them were on the porch, and when I stepped out, I saw that they had cornered an adult Eastern garter snake and were harassing it.

Normally, garters are skittish and avoid humans, even more so if they feel threatened. So, I was surprised when the snake allowed me to walk right over and pick it up off the porch. It did not seem injured, and in fact was quite active. I brought it into the house and checked it for injuries and let it warm up a bit, and then put it back outside under the bushes.

I think this is a sign. I have dealt with Kentucky snakes for decades, and have never A) Found one on my porch or B) Met one that was so tolerant of human contact. I suspect this might be a sign from Manasa, as she is the only snake related deity that I work with, and the symbolism seems obvious. However, I was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences with snakes, and what other possible explanations (supernatural or mundane) you might have.

It could have been a pet snake, but that seems unlikely. People don't normally keep garters as pets, and KY is their native range, and they are very common in the area. It did not look any different from the hundreds of other garters I have seen over the years.

Well, the first thing that comes to mind, you mentioned that it has been cold.  That might be enough, especially if there was a certain amount of shock from being roughed around by cats, to make the snake feel just too sluggish to resist as much as usual.  They do normally hibernate in winter in most climates.


OTOH, if it feels significant, maybe it is.  Kudos on your kind behavior, in any case.

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Re: A sign?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 03:41:50 pm »
This morning, I had an encounter with an unusually friendly snake on my front porch.

My neighborhood, which is in the suburbs of a small Kentucky town, has a lot of stray cats. Sometimes I put out food or water for them, especially when the weather is cold, as it has been lately. This morning, three of them were on the porch, and when I stepped out, I saw that they had cornered an adult Eastern garter snake and were harassing it.

Normally, garters are skittish and avoid humans, even more so if they feel threatened. So, I was surprised when the snake allowed me to walk right over and pick it up off the porch. It did not seem injured, and in fact was quite active. I brought it into the house and checked it for injuries and let it warm up a bit, and then put it back outside under the bushes.

I think this is a sign. I have dealt with Kentucky snakes for decades, and have never A) Found one on my porch or B) Met one that was so tolerant of human contact. I suspect this might be a sign from Manasa, as she is the only snake related deity that I work with, and the symbolism seems obvious. However, I was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences with snakes, and what other possible explanations (supernatural or mundane) you might have.

It could have been a pet snake, but that seems unlikely. People don't normally keep garters as pets, and KY is their native range, and they are very common in the area. It did not look any different from the hundreds of other garters I have seen over the years.
It could have been a sign from Manasa. It sounds like it was a beautiful interaction between you and the snake. You cared for the snake in its time of need and it was receptive to you. I am glad the snake did not snap at you or try to hurt you. Perhaps you could pray to Manasa and see if she has anything to share with you.

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Re: A sign?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 04:53:56 pm »
It could have been a sign from Manasa. It sounds like it was a beautiful interaction between you and the snake. You cared for the snake in its time of need and it was receptive to you. I am glad the snake did not snap at you or try to hurt you. Perhaps you could pray to Manasa and see if she has anything to share with you.

Yeah. That was the odd bit, it was quite active, not very lethargic, but it was not aggressive toward me.
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Re: A sign?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 05:20:45 pm »
Yeah. That was the odd bit, it was quite active, not very lethargic, but it was not aggressive toward me.

I think it is awesome that the snake was tame toward you.

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Re: A sign?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 06:01:22 pm »
I think it is awesome that the snake was tame toward you.

I've had a couple of similar experiences albeit with dogs, not snakes. Dogs are generally a lot friendlier than snakes, so I may be reading too much into this. But what makes these encounters stick out in my mind is:
  • These animals were not neglected or ungroomed, nor did they seem abandoned at all. Yet they were not wearing collars or tags of any kind.
  • They came up to me and were very tame and friendly, yet did not try to hang around or come back when their "time was up"...even though in one case I fed them.

I've taken in strays before and even have one living in my home now. But Rusty hung around for weeks, begging food, before I finally decided my two choices were to either call animal control or else buy him a collar and a bowl. (He remained in the family for the next fifteen years.) Rascal came to my church during a garage sale, friendly enough but hair matted and overgrown. (She's nicely bathed and groomed now.) These other canine encounters were...different.
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Re: A sign?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 11:10:10 am »
Perhaps you could pray to Manasa and see if she has anything to share with you.

This might also earn the blessings of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Both of them have snakes as companions: Lord Shiva wears Vasuki around his neck, Lord Vishnu rests on the coils of Ananta-Shesha. :)

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Re: A sign?
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 08:06:58 pm »
This might also earn the blessings of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Both of them have snakes as companions: Lord Shiva wears Vasuki around his neck, Lord Vishnu rests on the coils of Ananta-Shesha. :)



Hmm. Yes, I didn't even think about Shesha or Vasuki. I will pray on this possibility.
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