Every year we go to the beach and everybody sees iguanas but me. Our beach is the most beautiful place on earth, La Manzanilla, Jalisco. Iguanas used to be plentiful in this region, known to tourists as Costalegre (The Happy Coast), but locals have had a taste for iguana meat and the reptile is now more scarce than it used to be. Still, a two foot long iguana sat in the middle of the entrance road last year, staring down our car. Carla, who loves reptiles so much she was sure she had a relationship with a small green snake won at a fair when she was about ten, jumped out of the car and approached it. It jumped into combat stance and hissed at Carla until she stopped. Then it ran off. Of course I was not in the car.
This year, however, I am an iguana magnet. Covering our last 10 kilometers to reach La Manz, a taxi driver stood on the side of the road next to his ride, holding an iguana upside down by the tail. I stared at its white belly and realized it was probably dead and the driver was doubtless thinking soup. Did you see that? I said to the car. I got blank stares.
Sunday, we walked to the end of our street to visit the dozens of crocodriles who inhabit the mangrove there. Something flashed in the tree ahead. A fat green iguana. "Look!" I said, but nobody in my family saw anything.
Monday, Carlos and I strolled down main street, Maria Asuncion, back from buying fish and mangoes. I glanced into a real estate office and on the entrance rug sat a blue iguana. "Como se llama?" I asked the young gal in the office. She looked around from her computer. "Aaayyyyy!"
"It´s not your pet?" I asked.
"Estas cosas me dan miedo!" she shrieked.
I ran to our rental, found Carla sunning and panted, "Need Reptile Rescue."
Within minutes, she had Iguana Blue trapped, calmed (with her t-shirt over his head) and released into vegetation.
Seeing iguanas 3 days in a row? It had to be a sign.
On Tuesday, we went to Melaque and ate breakfast facing the sea. After I snuck into an internet cafe. "Iguanas come into our awareness when we need a reminder to just BE," informed the first site I looked at. "Iguanas bring the message that we have impressive gifts we can use for our well-being," said the next.
Yesterday I was on the lookout for iguanas, aware at the same time, that if I was looking, they probably wouldn´t appear.
Sure enough, nada.
During dinner, though, the gecko who has lived in the apartment ever since we began renting it for a week in May eight years ago, ran across the south wall. It ran into the house and reappeared on the porch. It scurried back and forth. "What an attention seeker," I muttered. Normally, the gecko just sat up near the roof and watched us.
This morning, I snuck back to the internet (this is our unplugged week) while Carlos made chilaquiles.
- Gecko females can reproduce without males.
- Geckos don´t have eyelids. all-seeing?
Geckos don´t show up much in discussions of spirit animals, so I looked at lizards.
- Lizard teaches us the importance of respecting and remembering our dreams.
In my dreams recently, there has been a man in a hat who could have entered our house but didn´t. There was a tower that I climbed.
As I looked further, there was this: Those who feel the spirit of the lizard can learn ways to use their enhanced sensory perceptions to connect with their deeper psychic and spiritual awareness.
Which is the path I´m on presently. More tomorrow about what I´m learning about my power.