Spring is in the Air
It is lambing season in New Zealand and we have plenty of them here, although their numbers have dropped to somewhere between 30 and 35 million. Ewes are pregnant for 5 months before giving birth to single, twin or even triplet lambs. Within a few minutes of being born, a healthy lamb will be standing on his or her feet and feeding from the mother. Occasionally, a ewe may need assistance to give birth. Combination essence Crisis Support© may be given to mother and lamb to help with the stress of a difficult birth. Three drops or sprays can be given to both, and can be repeated at intervals of five minutes if necessary. In some cases you may need professional help. If the mother is tired and not bonding with the lamb, the following essences may be given to her:
- Combination Essence Feminine Support©
- No 13 Kanuka for exhaustion
- No 14 Rengarenga Lily to be at ease with the role of mother
- No 15 Mingimingi for despondency around the birth
Sometimes lambs are not reared by their mothers and are hand-reared by people. In these situations, the individual personality of a sheep becomes very evident.
Re-integrating a hand-reared sheep that has been raised with humans for a period of time is not always easy, as the sheep may no longer identify or connect with its own species. No 33 Rewarewa may assist with this process of socialising with other sheep.
Hand-reared sheep, particularly wethers (castrated males), can be disrespectful of people and are inclined to bunt or charge them. Rams are also capable of delivering a powerful charge, which potentially could be fatal. It is wise not to assume that just because sheep are prey animals and humans are predators that all sheep will run from us. Generally though, sheep are known for being vulnerable, for being followers and being of a gentle and innocent disposition, especially lambs. These qualities may be looked into if the sheep is a power or totem animal for you. They may be some of the qualities you want to employ in your life or change. For such a vulnerable animal that can be easily panicked, self-care is very important.
When working with sheep, we need to be aware of our body language and voice, what the flight distance is for the animal and to pay attention to their body language. Some sheep will break away from the others and have a completely different agenda in mind, one that is contrary to yours. They will take a few friends with them too. Others can, in a confined area, just plant their feet and not move. When lambs are growing, they generally hang out with their siblings and a group of friends. Sick or weak ones will also behave differently. They may be left to their own devices. Oh dear, they sound like us.
Depending upon how sheep are raised, their numbers, the environment and the intended use for them, most will likely be drenched for worms and vaccinated.
Small numbers or organically raised sheep may undergo a different regimen of treatment or care. The majority in New Zealand have their tails docked and young rams have their testicles ringed (if they are not going to be bred from). Both procedures are done with rubber rings, which cut off the blood supply to these areas. These two situations are stressful and can be greatly helped with the use of Crisis Support. It is easier to use in a spray bottle (treatment dose) and spray in the area, the drinking water and if possible a quick squirt in the lamb's mouth. Obviously, if you are working with hundreds of sheep, misting and adding to water are more practical.
The fact that in some countries there are such large numbers of sheep is no reason not to treat or hold an attitude of respect for each and every one of them. Using the First Light flower essences is a potent way of assisting the soul group of sheep to evolve and heal. Combination essences can be given straight from the stock bottle or a made-up treatment bottle. Just a few doses may be all that is required. Treatment bottles can be made from the other suggested essences or any that you choose to work with, using 3-4 drops up to 4 times daily.
— Marj Marks
Marj is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand registered practitioner and registered Veterinary Nurse. Marj can be contacted on 09 422 0177, 027 612 5256 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org