I saw a creature that looked like a goblin, looking like some tree spirit, very small but mischievous. I can't say it had pointy ears but rather sticks and branches coming out of it. It had shape-shifted into a tree trunk, looking like it had a belly ready to burst with the wood cracking open. And almost as if from a hollow, a hand came out offering gold coins.
It was a friendly goblin, maybe just an elemental messenger, eager to tell a story. I didn't feel threatened but just a little bit confused. Why gold? Like a leprechaun offering you a glimpse or the possibility of the riches that lie at the end of the rainbow.
Mind you, I had been to an Irish party recently and have Irish-Scottish blood in me. Okay and I never believed in "small goblins" before, although I heard many stories of them and always was a bit skeptical. And due to the fact of me unbelieving my animal spirit guide who came in the form of a black cat shape-shifting into a woman sitting on the side of my bed showing me the same symbol. She seemed frustrated because I didn't want to listen to the small goblin, and with a much more serious attitude, pushed the same golden coins in my face upon her palm, as some offering.
Keep in mind that this is the first time I saw one of my animal totems transform into human form and back. The cat came like a shadow rubbing against the bed and in seconds a beautiful woman with long black sleek hair appeared. She looked disappointed in my unbelief, because I have no problem in believing in ghosts and angels, even demons. But not so easily in shape-shifting legends.
Now both the "cat woman" and the goblin were showing me these coins, pointing at the face imprint on the coin. And I was under the impression: "Yeah right, what is the catch? You want me to take something from you so that you can take something from me. Do you really think I am so stupid? Nothing is for free in the spirit world, making bargains with the spirit realm."
I do believe that this was a message: that guardians, as well as demons, can shape-shift to convey a message. My guardian appeared as a goblin in the shape of a tree denoting the Tree of Knowledge wherein spiritual riches are to be found, and the head imprint had something to do with choosing who I will worship, as money is only as good as its decorations, maybe the shape of God's head instead of some worldly president's. And as for the cat, I have no doubt that there is always a cat spirit around me.
Maybe they didn't want to make a deal, just wanting to show me where the real riches are to be found. Yet again, if you eat of the Tree of Life, you have to do some work for the source as well.