So, I got up early for me, 7 AM, because some gardening needed tending before it hit 101 degrees today. I was kneeling down moving some rocks and I saw this huge shadow on the wall. I looked up and Egret was staring right at me. I froze and I think my brain stopped functioning for a few seconds. Then I was trying to stage whisper to my Dad to LOOK AT THE WALL.
The Egret didn't seem fussed by us at all and just continued to sit and stare, then slowly walked along the wall to eat a bug or two. We watched this gorgeous bird for a few minutes and then it just took flight and left us dazed a bit. What an honor.
I was even more dazzled when I discovered one of Egret/Heron/Crane's attributes is a Psychopomp and stories of the Afterlife ! Huh!
Some other Egret symbolism:
It has been said to have Divine Connections - a direct link to God.
They originate in the place where the spirits of the dead go to the journey to the afterlife.
In the Bible it is associated with Christ's suffering because of the belief that this bird sheds tears.
It has a strong bond with all of the elements giving it diversity, balance and adaptation.
It teaches us to relax and BREATHE - helping us to restore inner calmness.
Egret medicine instills in us a sense of center to help us refine our senses and heighten our awareness.
Egret shows us how to be still and patient. To watch and wait with grace.
It brings much good luck.
What an amazing morning.
I had a very big dream the other morning - someone kept telling me that I had to Remember Who You Are and that it was my last chance to remember. (No pressure dream!)
What was frustrating was that I could almost remember - it was right there, but I couldn't grab it. After thinking on it when I woke up, I pulled some cards and they were pretty spot on as usual.
Card One I asked: Who Am I?
Star - The return of hope and healing
Card Two I asked: Why Am I Here?
Knight of Cups
Journey beyond the known to find my destiny (well that is sort of right on the money LOL)
Also a quest for emotional connection and that there is a danger in not pursuing my dreams - mkay then LOL
Card Three I asked: What did I forget?
Six of Swords
I need to leave behind the known and journey far away - there is no guarantee that what comes next will be any better or have greater promise but to have hope. (Star)
I also love how that card is facing back to the first two cards - as if pointing me in the direction of what I need to remember.
Moving past the known - be brave and have hope - journey into the unknown - there are greater benefits in moving forward than staying stuck. Can't argue with that.
I truly believe that the Earth is a living sentient being. And we are royally fucking her up too. But anyway. I've been studying shamanism to go along with my end of life care/psychopomp way of life and I just read the other night that when you truly give love to the earth, ie by tending to it and helping it to be healthy, she will thank you for your kindness.
So yesterday evening, I'm out back watering and sending happy thoughts so grass will grow again and while I'm meditating on it mindfully and enjoying the way the water smells when it hits the dry earth, I hear crows. So I look up and two fly across the cloudy, overcast, sky right over the sun....
And then. And then. So beautiful...
A rainbow. A circular rainbow literally blossomed out if the clouds as I watched. Coincidence? Maybe. But I believe I got a thank you from the Universe. And this synchronicity kind of felt like a little miracle just for me!
The effect is called a Sun Halo - a refraction/reflection of ice crystals. I have never seen one personally before and to see it bloom while I was looking up at the crows flying by, was just amazing. I have been having more and more of these experiences since starting my Psychopomp studies too. And I am so very grateful.
The photos don't do it justice - I only had my phone but still, I think they are lovely.
Not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious