This spring I was grateful for the large amount of straw I left on my garden space over the winter, for it didn’t allow many weeds to grow. However, because of all the rainfall a damp habitat became the perfect place for snails to hide. Although harmless to humans, snails love to eat plants and are definitely not good for a garden.
Shamanically, a Snail’s shell is associated with the spiral, or Golden Mean of Nature’s growth cycles. Because snails re-emerge during Spring after over wintering in their shells, they can also symbolize rebirth. So if snail has crawled into your life you may want to ask yourself, what has died within me to give birth to something new?
Because snails carry their homes on their backs it’s easy for them to hide if they feel threatened. If this attribute is reflected in your behavior you may want to contemplate how you project a hard shell to others while protecting your inner tenderness, vulnerability and timidity. If you have uncovered snail in your life, she can teach your inner child the lesson of learning how to trust people and the world.