New painting: Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail copyright 2015 by Christie (Anne) Michelsen

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Tiger, tiger in the sky

Flashing gold, you soar and fly

Sudden flutter softly by

Sweet and fleeting butterfly!

buy zithromax 500mg online Butterfly symbolic meanings: Inspiration, intuition, higher consciousness, transformation, resurrection, flashes of insight, power of beauty, strength in vulnerability.

Specific butterfly species may carry additional meanings. Here are my thoughts on the Tiger Swallowtail:

Tiger Swallowtail Totem: Integrating One’s Power

Did you know that the Tiger Swallowtail has two color morphs, black and yellow? I didn’t know until recently that all males are yellow – only the females sometimes appear in black form. Also, only the females (of both color morphs) sport the beautiful silvery blue crescents on the bottom edge of their back wings.

It speaks to me of the special connection women have with the moon. And whether you’re a man or a woman, the ability to balance and honor both the solar (masculine, proactive) and lunar (feminine, intuitive) aspects of your inner being.

Yellow. The color of the sun. Warmth, light, vitality, action! Yellow is also the color most associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra, the power center of the body.

Black. The color of night. Rest, dreams, that which is hidden. This is the realm of intuition, and regeneration.

With its vivid black and yellow stripes and dots, the Tiger Swallowtail speaks to us of integrating these two aspects of our selves. Black on yellow, yellow on black, rhythmically interspersed with each other.

This is the rhythm of the universe. Day, night. Inbreath, outbreath. Wake and sleep.

Traditional cultures honor this rhythm. They set aside time to rest, time to pray, time to heal.

Our society tends to put a premium on action, at the expense of rest. It’s a 24/7 world now, and many of us push ourselves ruthlessly to keep up.

Do you find yourself running on caffiene-laced fumes? Routinely pushing through to find your second wind?

It’s good to test our limits once in a while, but we weren’t made to do it day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. We think it’s a sign of strength. But sooner or later people who do this hit the wall. Burnout. Adrenal exhaustion.

Tiger Swallowtail reminds us to honor our natural rhythms.

Feeling blue, or in a black mood, is often just our body telling us to take it easy for a bit. If you find yourself feeling tired, cranky or sad, give yourself permission to let down for a while. Schedule “down time” into your calendar. Take an hour or a day or a week off if you need it.

No offense to men, but I think women have to be especially aware of our body’s need for rest at certain times. By honoring it, we honor ourselves.Yes, it means acknowledging that we are vulnerable.

But when we embrace that vulnerable side of ourselves, love it, and give it what it needs…

Wow! That’s allowing ourselves to tap deeply into our power to revitalize our lives…so we can take wing as the beautiful souls we truly are.

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Power Animals: What does Nighthawk symbolize?

Nighthawk paintingAre you familiar with Nighthawks? If not, you probably have seen them flying overhead on summer evenings, but most likely mistook them for Bats.

Nighthawks are not hawks at all but  night-flying, insect-eating birds related to the Whippoorwill.

The Nighthawk is a wonderful power animal for many reasons, but today I’m just going to focus on one of them. If you look at a Nighthawk with its beak shut you might think it had a very small mouth, since its bill is indeed tiny. But when it opens its mouth… wow! That sucker is HUGE!

The Nighthawk feeds with ease simply by swooping through the air and opening its wide, wide mouth to scoop up insects. What a wonderful symbol of abundance!

Nighthawk teaches us that abundance results from two mindsets: taking action, and opening oneself to receiving the goods. Nice! 🙂

(This article is a sort of sneak preview. I will be sharing a LOT more about Nighthawk symbolism in an upcoming article for The Essence of Spirit, Mind, Body. If you’re not familiar with this interactive magazine, check it out – it’s awesome. You can get it on the Apple app store here.)

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Mouse Power Animal Meanings

mouseWe humans seem to have a love-hate relationship with mice.

On the one hand, you have to admit they’re cute little critters with their big eyes and round ears. Then there are our beloved fictional mice such as  Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, and Speedy Gonzales.

On the other hand, if you’ve ever had mice invade your home you probably agree that they are quick to wear out their welcome. (My car is a testament to that right now. We recently brought it back up from central Illinois, where it was parked outside our rural former home. Mice had made their way into the ventilation system and now we are blessed with their unique perfume whenever the vents are on. 🙁  Ick.)

Whatever your personal experiences of mice, you have to admit that despite its minute size, Mouse is a powerful totem animal.

Mouse represents the power of persistence, determination, bravery, and success against the odds. If you have a big task in front of you, Mouse can help you tackle it by showing you that even tiny efforts add up to big results when you persevere and keep taking those baby steps. (One fall I found one of my ski boots virtually full of popcorn after we had had a mouse in the house. It must have taken that little guy several dozen trips from the pantry to the attic to fill that thing up.)

Mouse is also a wonderful symbol for the “little guy.” Mice make their greatest impact when there are many of them. One mouse in your house probably won’t make too much difference, but where there are whole families of them you better believe they’ll impact your life. So if you ever find yourself in a David and Goliath situation (such as fighting corporate injustice), think of Mouse and rally yourself some support! Lots of Little Guys together can make big impact.

Finally, Mouse speaks to us of fertility and creative genius.  Rabbits have nothing on mice when it comes to rapid reproduction. Did you know that mice have a gestation period of only 21 days? And that a mother mouse gives birth to as many as 14 young per litter, with an average of 6-8? Females become sexually mature at just 6 weeks, and they happily breed through all seasons of the year.

So, if Mouse is your totem and you don’t want kids, be sure to take proper precautions! 🙂 The good news is that in humans the same energy is closely linked with creativity. (Fertility and creativity are both associated with the Sacral chakra.) So Mouse coming into your life may herald a period of creative abundance for you.

 

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When things get buggy: Louse as Power Animal

Ugh. Who would ever want Louse as a Power Animal? louse

Or Tick, or Mosquito, or Bedbug?

Probably no one. But I’m including them just the same. Because the fact is, annoying little things happen in life.

It’s hard not to get upset when they do. But if we let them get under our skin things can get pretty miserable not only for ourselves but for everyone around us.

If creepy crawlies come into your life, they may simply be trying to get you to pay attention to what else is bothering you. Are you letting little annoyances drive you off course?

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Blue Jay: Power Animal for the Entrepreneur in You

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Blue Jay

Of all power animals, Blue Jay jumps out at me as being the most in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit. If you have started a business, or are thinking of doing so, this bird can inspire you!

I’m going to write about the Blue Jay because that’s what we have in my neck of the woods (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula). If you live out west you may be more familiar with the Steller’s Jay, which is in the same genus, Cyanocitta. Both share many of the same characteristics and sport beautiful blue coloration. There are other types of jays, too. They are all members of the Corvidae family, which they share with crows, ravens and magpies.

Here are a few ways in which Jay energy resonates with entrepreneurship:

  • Communication. The Jay’s blue color is associated with the Throat chakra – your communication center. Not only that, but Jay has a penetrating voice and is not afraid to use it! Some people may think it is obnoxious, but Jay performs an important service by sounding the alarm against predators. When you start a business, think of Jay. Don’t feel shy about self-promotion. You’re doing the world a service by sharing your gifts! You can’t help anyone if they don’t know you exist. (By the way, Jay’s voice isn’t always raucous. He is a songbird, and makes a beautiful gurgling flutey call in addition to his famous jeer. He is also a master imitator, and will mimic hawks and many other birds. Just like smart businesspeople take ideas from many sources.)
  • Taking action. Jay doesn’t just sound the alarm. He follows up with swift, decisive action, often driving off predators many time his size. Whatever you do
    Steller's Jay
    Steller’s Jay

    in your business, you’ll find that things won’t happen just by talking about them. You’ve got to beat your wings to earn your rewards!

  • Shiny objects. Blue Jays love shiny things and will incorporate bits of foil and other treasures into their nests. It’s common for socially conscious entrepreneurs to feel guilty about enjoying the beautiful and pleasurable things in life. Blue Jay tells us it’s A-OK.
  • Being resourceful and prepared. Like all corvids, Blue Jay is an opportunist, and highly intelligent. Jays eat a wide variety of plant and animal foods (although they have a special fondness for acorns.) Blue Jays have a special pouch in their throat that allows them to carry more food than their beaks can hold. They will also store food in caches to enable them to survive periods of scarcity. If you run your own business, you would do well to emulate Jay and stash away an emergency fund to get you through the rough patches. 😉
  • Networking and partnerships. Blue jays are highly social. They often mate for life and both parents cooperate to raise the young. Jays will often congregate in large flocks, and they communicate with each other through a wide range of gestures and vocalizations – rather like a bunch of businesspeople at a conference!

A to Z April Challenge Finally, Blue Jay has a connection with higher thought and clarity of vision. And here’s something awesome to consider: its habit of burying extra food is thought to have helped replant our oak forests after the glaciers receded from the last Ice Age. A fitting symbol for the regenerative role the entrepreneur who is truly aligned with her higher purpose plays in society, don’t you think?

 

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