Whilst I was away last week I decided to take advantage of the lovely beach side town that I used to call home and spent my exercise time hitting the pavement rather than the treadmill. It’s a much nicer view and I honestly miss it.
During my walks most nights I had magpies intercept my path and walk along side me. At first I thought nothing of it, then I realised that they actually appeared when I was thinking certain thoughts or on particular topics.
A crow also visited me whilst at the park on the swing. He/she made sure I noticed them by the way they were flapping about and playing in one spot. Yes strange I know but the kerfuffle made me look up.
Some may say that these are just mere coincidences, that I’m reading too much into seeing some birds in their environment but as you know I believe in coincidences, I believe in signs and I believe in symbolism. These birds were too coincidental to ignore.
So as I usually do when a sign or symbol arrives for me to pay attention to I looked it up. This time I used my trusty Animal Oracle Card deck from Scott Alexander King.
Magpies in his analysis reflect, In brief summary: Balance: “If a magpie has swooped into your cards today, you are being guided to a place of awareness. You are being shown how to better understand the innate marriage between the opposites that are equal and the duality within all things. You are being primed for a deepening of purpose and a broadening of perception…A review of values…It means being ready to walk a path of the heart to find a place of inner freedom.”
Crows speaks about :Law “Crow encourages us to seek the wisdom found in the inner silence and to ponder our actions and reactions to life. Her appearance generally heralds a sudden but necessary change, a wake up call or a lesson in self discovery…listen to your instincts and act upon them in a way that honourably serves your purpose…you have all the wisdom and knowledge you need within you to make the right decision. Call upon it now and you cannot make a mistake.”
This makes sense for where I am at now. If any of it doesn’t then it always gives me food for thought. Something to reflect and work out if it is relevant or not and what I need to take away from the information.
Animals have long been held of high importance in symbolism, of meaning or defining a cause and even used as totems both personally or familially. It is a key aspect of shamanism.
Historically we can look to the indigenous people who work so well with animals, their spirit and symbolically include the animals traits in their ceremonial work, understanding personality and character of a person.
I think we also unconsciously and consciously connect ourselves to certain animals and their traits by our likes and obsessions. Elephants are my adopted totem. I was actually addicted to them in my younger years and had a collection, this collection is safely packed away until I can put them somewhere they can be appreciated without being mishandled by little people. Although considering my obsession I think the characteristics are now instilled in my being and are relied upon as needed. Do you have an animal like this?
Other animals float in and out of our lives. For periods of time or as they did for me over those few days, to point me in the right direction or bring ideas or reflections to light.
I think its great to draw on the energy or the characteristics of the animals that resonate with you.
Is there a certain animal that is with you all the time or you connect with? Or is there an animal of late that has been attracting your attention?
Feel free to write the animal in the comments section and I will respond to you with their characteristics and meanings from the information I have and refer to.