What is the spirit meaning of Falcon?

peregrine falconThere are 37 species of falcon throughout the world. They all share the same basic meaning, but each one will differ a little bit. If Falcon has flown into your life, you’ll want to find out what species it is and research that species’ unique features.

Vision and Focus: Spirit of Higher Purpose

For now I’m going to concentrate on the Peregrine Falcon, since it is probably the most well-known. This is largely because it has an incredibly large range – one of the largest distributions of any bird. The name “peregrine” means “Wanderer.” This small raptor is found on every continent of the world except Antarctica. As the name implies, it will often migrate for incredibly long distances.

The Peregrine Falcon is quite possibly the fastest creature on record. Like all falcons, it has long, tapered wings for superior agility in flight. It uses its keen eyesight to locate its prey – typically songbirds, pigeons and even ducks. Once it spots its target it acts swiftly and decisively. The Falcon swoops and dives for its prey, which it slams into beak-first (unlike most raptors which grasp their prey with their feet.)

So, some of the important Falcon keywords are Vision (especially Higher Vision) and Focus. This makes Falcon an excellent life’s purpose totem. If Falcon appears to you, take note of any shift you may be experiencing in your life. Its appearance may be pointing the way for you towards following your dharma (harmonizing your life with your higher self.) Respect your deepest intuitions regarding which way Falcon is pointing you to go.

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It takes a lot of energy for a Falcon to pursue and catch its prey. As a result, it doesn’t waste its efforts. First, it has to make the executive decision whether a particular target is worth pursuing. Once it decides on its target, it doesn’t waste energy in indecision. Nor does it work harder than it has to. Instead, it aligns itself with the force of gravity to attain speeds of over 200 mph – faster than a bullet train at top operating speed.

Even when the hunt is over, the Peregrine Falcon reserves its power and energy for where it’s most needed. Rather than spend time and resources building nests, it lays its eggs in abandoned nests of other birds or in simple scrapes dug into the sides of cliff ledges. Peregrines are very adaptable and will also nest on skyscrapers in urban areas.

Falcon teaches us to choose our life’s goals wisely, to go with the flow in pursuing them, and to avoid distractions that may keep us from pursuing them effectively.

Symbol of Resilience and Hope

One last note about the Falcon: like all raptors, it is at the top of the food chain, which means that toxins in the prey can easily build up to dangerous levels in its system. In the 1970’s, DDT and other pesticides in the environment posed a serious threat to Peregrine Falcons. The toxin weakened their eggshells to the point where the birds had trouble reproducing. They even went locally extinct in many areas, including most of the U.S.

Fortunately, Peregrine Falcon populations are now rebounding due to recovery efforts including pesticide bans and breeding and reintroduction programs. This magnificent bird is once again a common sight. I believe that its comeback mirrors a major shift in planetary consciousness, in which humanity is beginning to recognize and honor its higher spiritual purpose.

What do you think?

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Earthworm alchemy

earthwormsWhen most people think of power animals, they tend to gravitate towards the sexy ones. Wolf, Eagle, Lion, Horse, Cat. Gentler souls will sometimes go for sweet ones like Rabbit or Deer. But I’ve never, ever, heard anyone mention worms.

Which is a shame. Because despite its humble appearance and habits (after all, it eats dirt!) Earthworm is an incredibly powerful totem animal.

The original alchemist

The biggest reason I love Earthworms so much is their feeding habits. They are basically living composting machines. They eat through all the icky, unwanted stuff no one else wants and transform it into sweet-smelling castings. Worm droppings are truly magical in the garden. They are incredibly nourishing to the soil and help plants grow like gangbusters! What a profound spiritual lesson: turning negatives into positives!

One worm, and one worm

Another interesting thing about Earthworms is that they are hermaphrodites. Each individual worm has both male and female parts (although a single one can’t produce offspring on its own.) When two worms mate, they both produce egg cocoons! Earthworms are thus a wonderful symbol of creative abundance and of harmonious integration of the masculine and feminine elements of one’s being.

If you feel ungrounded…

…there is no better animal to contemplate than Earthworm. You can’t get much closer to the earth than this little fellow! Try one or all of these exercises to help connect with Worm’s earthy vitality.

1) Worm watching I: Spend a few minutes (or a few hours) in the garden, inhaling the aroma of moist soil, digging in the dirt, and watching worms wriggle through the earth. Do it barefoot if you can. It will help you feel much more settled and peaceful.

2) Worm watching II: Start a vermicomposting bin (like mine at worm binright.) (Most people use redworms, like the ones in the picture above.) Spend time with your worms when you check up on them and feed them. Move slowly and keep the lights dim – they don’t like abrupt movements or harsh light. Watch how gracefully they move through the bedding. Enjoy the rustling sounds they make as they move through the bin. Watching the worms can be relaxing, meditative and surprisingly addictive. (Yes, I’m a geek.)

3) Earthworm visualization: If you have no access to actual worms, then close your eyes and imagine that you are a worm, sliding smoothly through a tunnel of cool, moist earth. Feel how the aura of the planet embraces you, and how everything you need is right there surrounding you – shelter, nourishment, oxygen, water. You feel safe and calm, just tunneling along at a pace that feels comfortable to you… Come out of your earthworm reverie when you are ready, shake off the soil, and slowly open your eyes. Don’t you feel more grounded now? ūüôā

The dark side of Earthworms

When I was a kid no one ever had a bad word to say about earthworms. (Unless the conversation happened over school lunch.) Worms were hailed as heros. We were told that lots of earthworms were a sign of a healthy soil, and that they were great for gardens, fields and forests alike.

Now, though, we know that this is not always true. Many forested regions of North America have no native populations of earthworms. When worms get introduced, they alter the natural balance of the forest. The invasive earthworms can make it difficult for many native plant species, including young trees, ferns, and wildflowers, to survive.

The lesson here? Dig deep, and observe what is really happening (including second and third degree connections), before you accept ‘common knowledge’ as truth. And realize, too, that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ often depend on context.
photo credit: Worm Bin via photopin (license)

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Animal totem art reading: Fox and Spider

This is another art reading I did for a fellow writer. Interpretation below (edited to protect her privacy)!

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This is another art reading I did for a fellow writer. Interpretation below (edited to protect her privacy)!

Fox totem animal reading

This little fellow took a LONG time to decide to show himself. Foxes are considered tricksters in many traditions, but I think that comes from their intelligence and ability to disappear into their environment in the blink of an eye. Not being noticed can sometimes be an advantage, and foxes are able to choose to be highly visible or invisible as the occasion calls for. In your own life, you can use this to your advantage as well. Sometimes it pays to watch from the shadows, or “shapeshift” – blending into your surroundings or into whatever society you are in at the time.

Fox  & Spider animal totem reading
This is the drawing I did during the original reading.

This fox is at home in its den. Home is very important to foxes. Once they leave the nest, young foxes will wander – sometimes for hundreds of miles – until they find a territory of their own. Then they stay in that home range for the rest of their lives, raising their young underground in dens. It may be important for you to make your home a place of refuge, and be sure you are allowing yourself time and space to relax there.

Finally, foxes are more or less nocturnal. As a creature of the night they are associated in many traditions with feminine energy. Don’t doubt your creative power and ability – nurture and protect your creative impulses until they’re ready to bring out into the world.

Like I said, it took a very long time for this fox to decide it was safe show up here. If you are dealing with trust issues at all (whether your own or someone else’s), you may need to cultivate patience and quietude. Practices that help you do this, such as meditation, yoga, or just walking in nature, can help.

There are a couple of other animal totems in this image. The deer showed up in the beginning, and stuck around long enough for me to include her shadow on the rock wall, but then took off again. Deer have some of the same ability to quietly disappear and camouflage themselves as foxes, so I think her presence may just underscore this quality.

The spider hung out long enough to be significant (although I kept feeling that there was something more, and eventually the fox showed up). A lot of people are afraid of spiders, but I don’t get a negative feeling from this one. The spider’s web is both exquisitely beautiful and practical. I think it’s a reminder of your constructive power to support yourself and weave beauty into your life in the process.

One final note – foxes are the most feline of the dog family. If you have a dog or a cat at home, watch them and learn from them – they will teach you important lessons about how to live your life!

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Dark Energy

Pleiades Woman
Whether a painting is psychically “dark” or “light” doesn’t always have to do with shade or hue. It’s more about the way the energy flows – upwards or downwards – and how it affects your own psychic energy.

Recently I went to see the movie “Interstellar” with extended family.

I hated it. In fact, I came awfully close to walking out.

It wasn’t¬†because of the gaping plot holes or the limited¬†character development. Or even because the characters were hard to care about (at least I found them so).

The movie actually did contain¬†quite a few redeeming features. The acting itself wasn’t half bad, and the special effects were pretty decent. And the film did at least¬†attempt to carry an inspiring message.

So why did I object so strongly to viewing it?

In a word, energy.

In my experience, every piece of art – including music, film, and visual art, will affect your psychic energy in one of three ways: it can bring it up, it can pull it down, or it can remain neutral.

For me, the experience of watching¬†“Interstellar” amounted to¬†nearly three hours of wading¬†through¬†a relentless morass of hopelessness, tension, and anxiety, underscored by an emotionally harrowing soundtrack played at a volume that frequently exceeded the pain barrier.

By the time I walked out of the theater, I¬†felt like I had been dipped in psychic lead. In fact, the pall didn’t lift until this morning when I¬†went out for a 6 mile cross country ski with my teenage son and my dog.

Now, I suspect I’m more sensitive than most, so maybe these things bother me more than they do most people. But the frustrating¬†thing to me is not the temporary discomfort I felt while in the theater. It’s the fact that this movie is now a permanent part of my consciousness.

Think about that.

Our experiences shape who we are. Even virtual experiences.

Every violent moment you have ever witnessed on film. Every sinister¬†image you have ever viewed. Every harrowing, stress-inducing melody. They’re all there, inside your mind.

Even if you’re no longer aware of them, they become a part of you, whether you want them to be or not. They¬†sink, quickly or slowly, from your awareness only to crop up again at any moment, woven into fragments of dreams, splintering into your thoughts as a byproduct of¬†coincidental or synchonistic happenstance, or more subtly, nudging into your subconscious from the misty depths of unawareness.

Fortunately, the same is true of positive experiences. Your mother’s hug. The sudden heart-lifting flash of a bluebird on the wing. A painting by Monet. The smell of damp earth and unfolding blossoms in the spring.

These things, too, once experienced, are with you forever.

And they color your world, your beliefs, your actions.

Now I’m not saying we should avoid all dark* imagery. Darkness is simply the other side of light. To deny or defy¬†darkness is dangerous folly.

For instance, what kind of favor would I be doing my teenage daughter if I shielded her from the reality of homicide, rape, and predatory people?

Too, it is often impossible to realize new heights without first experiencing – or even embracing – the depths of darkness.

The challenge is, to keep it balanced.

And by balanced, I don’t mean equal parts negative and positive energy. Unless you enjoy stagnation.

To maintain a positive presence and realize positive growth in your life, it’s best to tip the balance of what you experience in life towards the positive.

My personal feeling is, that you don’t have to do anything special to¬†obtain your recommended daily allowance of negative energy. It tends to bounce around pretty abundantly.¬†In fact, I hate to say it but in our modern society we seem to be weighting our exposure in the opposite direction – more negative than positive!

Which brings me back to my experience in the movie theater. When¬†you find yourself, as I did, overloaded with darkness and negative impressions, it’s important to seek out a bit (or a lot) of positive energy to counteract it. Getting out in the fresh air in nature with loved ones did it for me.

What helps get your energy flowing in a positive direction?

*By dark, I mean psychically or emotionally negative. For instance, a literally dark image Рlike my Pleiades Woman on this page Рcan actually feel uplifting or positive. And the opposite is also true. 

Root Chakra Power Animal Meditation Painting: Badger & Snake

Another new painting in the Chakra Power Animal series:

Root chakra meditation painting

This Root Chakra Meditation Painting is next in the Power Animal Chakra Meditation Series after my Bee Power Center painting. (No, I’m not doing them in order.) It’s intended to help balance and open up your root chakra. Root chakra issues include anxiety, fear, & lack of confidence; feeling ungrounded, spacey or disconnected; and feeling insecure in your wealth/prosperity space.

The root, in its position at the base of the body, supports all the other chakras. When they are all in balance, there is a direct open line of energy from your Root all the way up to your Crown chakra (connection to the Divine) and even further, to your Higher Self. So you can see how important it is to nurture your root!

This connection is symbolized in this painting by the snake’s reaching upwards and by the white stripe running from the tip of the badger’s nose all the way down his back to his tail. Both animals hug the ground and are wonderful carriers of Root/Grounding energy. Badger especially is very secure and confident in his being. If you are unsure of yourself, it is good medicine to imagine yourself as a Badger!

Badger is also a good totem for those who live a nomadic life or who have moved a lot. Badgers keep many burrows, and unless they are raising a litter they typically spend only a night or two in any one before moving on to the next. Moving can be very ungrounding, so look to Badger to learn how to stay in your grounded space no matter where life takes you.

You might try using this image as a meditation aid along with African or Native American drumming or drum music. Imagine yourself sending your roots deep into the ground, and drawing the nourishing energy of Mother Earth back up through them. Lift your arms and let that energy flow up and through your fingertips and the crown of your head. THen imagine it falling again as rain, seeping back into the earth for you to soak up some more. Doesn’t that feel grounding and refreshing?

(Be sure to nosh on something red afterwards – beet chips or pomegranate juice would be perfect!) ūüôā

What have you done to ground yourself today?

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