Vibrant Presence

Driving home from a recent trip to Iowa, we were amazed at all of the birds that appeared to us: hundreds of snow geese, Canadian geese, three cardinals, some red wing blackbirds, a small flock of wild turkeys (one a male with tail spread), a red headed woodpecker, a male pheasant, a standing great blue heron, many hawks (sitting and flying), a flying eagle, and several hundred Sandhill cranes.  The variety and number of birds that we saw was unusual and very uplifting.

Avia Veneficia, is a great resource for symbolic meanings.  In a recent email about animal symbolism and springtime she said,

“Birds for example, are a high herald of Spring. They migrate back north to calmer climates when Spring beckons. This is symbolic of a lot of things, like: The freedom to fly where we need to be for our best well-being. Returning home, or re-connecting with our ‘grass roots’. Birds are messengers, so their migration is also symbolic of receiving timely news in our lives.” 

Avia’s symbolism for specific flying animals can be found here.

The things that stand out about our bird sightings that morning.

  • Birds both in community (large and small) and solitary
  • The variety: of kinds of birds, of environments, of actions of the birds
  • The vibrant colors and strong visual presence of the birds

The messages I hear from those birds.

  • Be seen.
  • Have vibrancy and passion.  Know when to strut my stuff and when not to.
  • Have variety and diversity in life and action.  Follow my intuition to know what to do when.
  • Be grounded and fly.  Know that my movements send energy ripples out through the cosmos.
  • There is a lot to be seen; if I look, I will see it.
Red Tailed Hawk
HVargas / Foter / CC BY-SA
Big Sandhill flock
stevevoght / Foter / CC BY-SA
Bright eyed, Brightly feathered
dmallen321 / Foter / CC BY
♂ Cardinal
laszlo-photo / Foter / CC BY
Magnificent One - Great Blue Heron in Breeding Plummage
Andrea Westmoreland / Foter / CC BY-SA
Snow Geese Coming In
snowpeak / Foter / CC BY
Wild turkeys
ggallice / Foter / CC BY
Red-headed Woodpecker
Mike’s Birds / Foter / CC BY-SA
Common Pheasant (Male)
Allan Hack / Foter / CC BY-ND
American Bald Eagle in Flight
Jim Bauer / Foter / CC BY-ND