Animal-Wise/Ted Andrews

Keynote: Strength in attachments and perseverance

After starting life as free-floating larvae, youn mussels or "spats", eventually settle on suitable rocks and spend their lives anchored there. It is not unusual to find that those for whom mussels appear are soon to find the attachment and anchor themselves in it--be it a personal relationship, a new home, or an occupation. These always indicate strong attachments that are difficult to break once formed.

A mussel secretes from its foot a sticky substance that hardens in contact with seawater to form a thick thread made up of a mass of filaments. These threads are so strong that only the roughest of seas can tear the mussel away from the rock. For those for whom the mussels are prominent, it is usually a sign to stand firm no matter how rough things may seem to get around you.

Mussels cannot go in search of food, so they are often found below the low tide mark where they are able to feed constantly. Mussel people have a unique ability to find a home or job that will provide them long-term nourishment.

Mussels take in about ten gallons of seawater a day, filtering out the plankton. This reflects the ability to filter through the difficulties to find the nourishment necessary to survive, whatever is necessary to withstand and hold on.

Their efforts are usually rewarded. The fan mussel is anchored to the seabed by golden threads that were once harvested and made into a cloth of gold. This is a reminder of the gold that awaits those who persevere in their efforts.

A small silvery fish, known as a bitterling, remarkably lay their eggs in fresh water mussels, providing excellent protection for their eggs. Female bitterlings grow an egg-laying tube that trails behind her. She inserts her eggs through this tube into the respiratory tub with which the mussel draws in water. She repeatedly nudges the mussel's mouth until it gets used to it and then she lays her eggs. The male bitterling swims past and releases sperm, which are inhaled by the mussel and fertilize the eggs in its gill chamber. For a month the eggs develop in the shell, then the young bitterlings swim out of the breathing tube into the river. The mussel spawns at this time, and the mussel larvae hitch a ride on these bitterlings until they are ready to settle.

Mary SummerRain/On Dreams:
Mussel refers to spiritual protectiveness, perhaps bordering on reclusiveness.

*That's all I could find in my reference section.

Edited 1 time by mouse Jun 26 07 12:07 AM.