Gazelle: Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck

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One of the questions I had before looking into this card is what is the difference between a gazelle and an antelope.  Well, it turns out, a gazelle is any of many antelope species in the genus Gazella.  So, if I understand it correctly, the gazelle is a subgroup of antelope.  So all gazelle are antelope but not all antelope are gazelle.  Like the tarantula and spider situation.

What else do we know?  Well, they are quite small for the antelope family, 60–110 cm tall at the shoulder.  But size doesn’t hinder them when it comes to speed.  These swift creatures can run at bursts as high as 60 mph or run at a sustained speed of 30 mph.  And this endurance is important when it comes to out running a cheetah…  When running, they have a bounding leap, which is fantastically called “pronking” or “stotting” and involves stiffly springing into the air with all four feet.  This is also used to alert other gazelle to danger.

As a prey animal, they are vulnerable and always alert.  They seem to radiate a nervous, anxious energy which is fully understandable when you’re surrounded by predators.  This on edge energy may be asking you to look at what is driving your own anxiety and to consider how rational it is.  I do fully understand anxiety is not always rational but sometimes checking in with what is driving it can help you to cope with it.

Looking at the gazelle on the card, it seems to have found a way to be at peace with its vulnerability.  Perhaps pondering this animal will help you figure out your own way.

The gazelle is a social creature, gathering in large herds, presumably for safety.  When grazing, head down, I imagine they are even more vulnerable and thus having your friends and family around increases the chance of someone spotting a predator.

Depending on the species, gazelles are nomadic and/or migratory, at least one species follows many other animals on an annual migration to find water.

These graceful, elegant animals were commonly associated with feminine beauty in Arabian tales.

The gazelle was the sacred animal of Egyptian goddess Anuket and the mount of Vayu, the Hindu God of Wind.  One Mesopotamian story tells of a god turning into a gazelle to escape a terrible fate.  Their speed and grace has clearly been admired for a long time.

Definitely consider this card alongside the cheetah, the two are intrinsically linked.  You may also want to look at the deer card, whilst I don’t know how closely related they are as species, they feel very similar from an animal spirit perspective.

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