The second Animwaa of the Bear-Yak Zodiac is the Great Bat, Ayvi, Truest Friend of Beionai the Great Bear, and Most Loyal of the Fierce Friends.
2. The Bat
Army: The Fierce Friends
Role: Self-Sufficient Friend
Enneagram: No. 1, The Perfect Foe
Kalendar: │││╎, │││┆
Old Zodiac: Capricorn 8° – Capricorn 14°
Dates: Dec. 29 AM – Jan. 4 AM
The Bat answered the call of her best friend, the Bear, and joined the First Army of the New Zodiac. She originated the name “Fierce Friends” for the group — which included also the Bear, Pig, Platypus, Viper, Vulture, Fish, Fox, and Panther — and took it upon herself to enforce loyalty in the group. She insisted on obedience to the Bear’s demands and careful attention to his wisdom in order to ensure the survival of the entire New Zodiac. She was encouraged in her role by Kalen, who asked her to do everything she could to help the Bear succeed as the Detail-Conscious Leader of all the Six Armies.
Kalen taught Bat much about her spiritual importance. The Bat’s spirit teaches us to dwell in darkness — fears, uncertainty, death — to become resilient and let go of the ego and shadows we are clinging to that need to be shed. Bat symbolizes renewal and inner work, much as the Bear’s hibernation represents an inward path of rest and recuperation. The spirit of the Bat is one committed to growth and perseverance, sometimes with the aid of shamanic healers or initiated teachers. A bringer of wisdom, Bat guides us in facing our fears.
The Bat earned the nickname “Self-Sufficient Friend” among the Fierce Friends because of her strong, independent streak. She never asked Bear or any other member of the gang for anything for herself, only insisting that everyone put the needs of the whole ahead of their own individual needs. Because of her devotion to the Great Bear, she did not have the desire to mate with another Bat. Although she was childless she nevertheless inspired many. To this day, among the descendants of other Animwaa in the order Chiroptera, Ayvi remains a popular name for girls and boys and yunes who are devoted, altruistic, and fiercely loyal companions.
When Kalen and Beionai explained Ayvi’s role to her, at first she assumed that she must be associated with Enneagram point No. 2, the Helper. But no, in fact, her place was at the Bear’s side, a Perfectionist among the Fierce Friends, insisting on devotion to the Bear’s wise leadership and their common purpose. The strategy she was given was that of the Perfect Foe. Her secret counsel, known to few, was to gather companions who would help her to penetrate Capricorn’s inner circle and learn of his darkest fears. Her penetration into his domain must be complete; her secrecy total. It was said that Capricorn knew the day and time and place of his death, and he guarded the secret well. Ayvi’s espionage mission would take her into the darkest domain of the Sea-Goat in a vital quest to learn how he could be defeated.
Ayvi’s twin resources for completing her mission: her pillar of strength against all hardship and her hardworking nature. She is linked to the last two degrees of the first and the first four degrees of the second decans of Capricorn, and so she shares several personality traits with the Sea-Goat. In her resolve to help Kalen and the Bear to defeat him, she must match his own nature, but without his dictatorial and rigid tendencies or his melancholy and pessimism. Fortunately she can tap the warm feelings she gets from her many companions in the New Zodiac who have taught her how to take herself less seriously.