THE BIRDS, Initiation of Air

Updated: Oct 3

"MYTHOLOGY tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure lies...The world is a match for us and we are a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power within ourselves."

-Joseph Campbell


In this post we will explore the ancient mysticism of birds, these visible signs of invisible forces, helping us to understand the divine through it's creations. To early humanity, the birds were the gods. Their feathered flights continue to stir the imaginations of humans. Their sheer ability to lift, soar, and float and their status as one of the most ancient forms of life on the planet gives us hope of rising up ourselves. As they descend out of the sky they bridge together for us heaven and Earth, the sky and the land, symbolizing transcendence and liberation. Birds reflect the achievement of full realization. Studying the unique attributes of each bird and it's totemic symbolism inspires us to seize daily opportunities to reach new heights ourselves.We hope that you enjoy this post and it helps you to feel attuned to the spiritual significance of you encounters with these majestic creatures and new faculties opened of perception, of past, present, and future. May the birds be your signs and guideposts as you make new leaps in consciousness and experiment with new expressions of your true essence.

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Family bird moments...



HUGGIN (thought) & MUNNIN (memory)

CROWS:

Intelligence, Watchfulness, Past Life Connections,

Songbirds

RAVENS:

Shapeshifting, Messenger of Omens, Blend Human & Animal Qualities

Raven is actually one of the five species of crow and is much larger. The Kwakiutly Indians offered the afterbirth of their sons to the raven so that when the men grew up the ravens would understand their cries. Playful, tool using animals, these birds are not intimidated by others teaching us hot to stir the magic of our life without fear. They are also know for their amorous behaviors, reflecting the strong creative force to which we all have access. Raven can help you to shapeshifter your life, bringing messages from the spirit realm.

CROVIDS/CORVINES

Black is the color of creation. It is the womb out of which the new is born. The night gives way to a new day. In medieval times, the crow represented "nigredo," the initial substance- unformed yet full of potential. Go into the dark and bring forth the light, this is creation.

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Huginn

"Behind the belly of Huginn is a locket with some of Chaco's ashes inside as well as a bit of our dog's fur. Both Muninn and Huginn are guardians for the memory of those we hold in our hearts forever..."


“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

"On May 17th of 2018 our beloved dog, Chaco, passed over in our backyard surrounded by loved ones. Chaco's backyard domain had always been a nursery for wildlife, and during the time of his decline in health and death, two baby crows were being raised by their parents there. Chaco was a dog who was very observant of the activity above his head. Scott carved two birds in honor of Chaco and the crows being raised in our yard. This first bird, Muninn, stands as a representation of memory. Behind the heartstone on Muninn is a chamber holding a copper vial with some of Chaco's ashes inside as well as a bit of our dog's fur. The day of Chaco's passing was filled with beautiful synchronicities amidst the sadness. We thank our beautiful boy for the gift of his life as it intertwined with ours for 12 1/2 years."

-Betsy

View more images of Muninn here


TEMPEST:

Self Sacrificing, Non-Competitive, Buoyant, Rising above Trials


See our blog post entitled, TEMPEST MONTH, for more information on the process of creation.


The lightweight birds, pelicans, who nest in bushes to avoid competition with neighbors and create more room for more of their kind, also employ teamwork in fishing, and often have difficulty taking off from the water but manage regardless. These habits demonstrate for us the correspondence between freeing oneself from that which weighs us down. The water symbolizes emotions. They take the plunge and pop up to the surface unscathed. They are unselfish & focused on the greater success of the whole.


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