Symbolic Meaning of Moving

Written by avenefica on May 1st, 2015











Symbolic Meaning of Moving…

Various sources agree the average U.S. citizen moves about 10-11 times in their lifetime.  I’ve got that figure beat in spades, and I’m sure many of you reading this do too.

Almost everybody moves from one home to another.  Lots of different reasons for this.  Some move for love.  Some people move for money or career.  Others of us move for less understandable reasons. 

I want to speak to that population of movers who pull up stakes…just because it seems like the right thing to do.  My practical peeps might be scratching their heads at this point.  I can hear their arguments…”Why!?!  The headache of moving!  The expense!  The planning!  Need I say more?” 

Agreed.  Moving can be an arduous undertaking, especially if you don’t travel light.  I’ve moved across the nation twice in a little over two years.  I’m not exactly a light traveler, but I think I’m more slim than most.

But this post isn’t about the logistics of moving.  It’s about the symbolic meaning of moving.  Those of us who move without a conventional, understandable reason (like a job) might be interested in the deeper meaning of moving. 

At its core, I believe the symbolic meaning of moving deals with change.  I can hear the mental comments now: “Well, yeah!  Duh, Avia!  There’s precious little in life that means change more than moving an entire household!”  Bear with me…let me elaborate…

If moving = change, then what does change equal?  What does change mean?  Why do we want change?  How do we deal with change?  What does moving do to us that changes us on the inside?

See, moving isn’t just about changing our external environment.  The act of moving changes us on the inside too.  And that’s what living a symbolic life does too.  When we see things from a spiritual, symbolic perspective – we’re changed.  Sometimes profoundly.


Consider…when you move, everything pretty much changes.  The environment you’ve once lived in is boxed up, carted off, and plopped in a whole new area.  Then there’s the change of unpacking (for some of us, this is like Christmas, lol).  Then there’s rearranging, maneuvering, logistics.  This doesn’t even mention the new Nature to be experienced in your new locale.  Or the new people, restaurants, markets!

Some of us move for the hell of it.  Others of us move because our lifestyle demands it of us.  Whichever party you’re a member of, I encourage you to look deeper into the symbolic meaning of moving.  Sure, the process has the potential to overwhelm.  It can be frustrating, taxing, painful even.  But what’s rustling beneath all that stuff?

Beyond the surface inconveniences…Beyond the circumstances of the purpose of moving…Beyond everything else – move means change.  So, I’ll ask again – what does change equal?  What does change mean to you

If you find yourself in the midst of a move, consider the symbolic language of the Universe.  What kind of changes do you need to be whole, complete, fulfilled?  How can you embrace change with more patience, love, or with childlike wonder?  What does change teach?

Happy moving,
Happy changing,


Post Script: You guessed it. I’m in the process of moving.  Forgive me for taking so long with correspondence.  I’m trying to catch up on emails and social networking.  I’ll get back with you as soon as I find the box where my coffee maker is hiding! ;)

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Mirth, Magic and Minstrels

Written by avenefica on February 16th, 2015


I live in a small town.  I wasn’t born in a small town as John Cougar Mellencamp croons, but I got to one as soon as I could.

It’s a town where everybody knows your name, and everybody at the local diner cries “NORM!” when you walk in…just like the show, Cheers.

When the temperature isn’t 18 below zero, and we’re not covered in five feet of snow, something magical happens in this small town.  Something completely random and delightful.

A wandering minstrel appears.

Huh?  Yeah.  A dude strolls about small-town-main-street USA strumming an acoustic guitar while singing.

What’s so magical about that?  I mean…the guy is average age, average height, average weight.  But what he does is magic, man.  Why? Because he’s a self-propelling joy machine.  And that joy is infectious.

I’ve never heard him play.  Seems I’m always spotting our small town minstrel while I’m driving.  But it doesn’t matter what he sounds like.  It doesn’t matter if he’s playing Hendrix or Prelude for Lute in C minor by Bach.  It doesn’t matter if he has the voice of Kermit the frog, or Bocelli.  The performance isn’t where the magic is.

You see, he cares not what the world thinks of him.  He makes his joy anyway.  He doesn’t have to have a record deal to perform.  He doesn’t get paid for what he does.  He doesn’t even require an audience! He just does for the joy of it.

And in so doing, he gives me merriment.  I’d like to think he spreads his good juju to all the townspeople too.  At least I hope everybody around here appreciates him as much as I do.

Every time I see the Wandering Minstrel doing his thing, it makes me beam.  Heck, HE’S beaming.  His mirth in palpable.  I love this guy for the gift he gives…the gift of being himself, doing what makes him happy, and thus spreading good vibes to others.

So…what’s the symbolism here?  What’s the moral of the story?

Be you. Sod what everybody else thinks.  Be your own Joy Machine.  You don’t need financial backing.  You don’t need permission.  Just do it.  Do it for the love of it.  The consequences of your giddy escapades will be astounding and far-reaching.

Mirth on,


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Want the Bad News? It’s Not Coming From Me.

Written by avenefica on January 28th, 2015


Want the Bad News? You won’t get it from me.

I get a lot of emails.  I don’t answer all of them, but I DO read each and every one.  A number of emails are quick to point out the absence of negative meanings for a sign or symbol on my websites.

It’s true.  Currently, I have over 1,000 articles written on various symbolic meanings.  If you read each article, you’ll maybe find three or four citations that might be deemed negative.

Many well-intentioned folks ask why that is.  They ask why I don’t mention the symbolism of death about a certain animal.  Why not mention the connection to the devil with a certain symbol?  And what about that flower that means avarice?  Or what about the bad omen implied when a certain bird flies by?

Valid questions.  I mean…for every positive, there is a negative.  It’s the universal law of polarity.  So why not mention the “bad” stuff with the good?

My answer is pretty simple.  There are over 6 million websites on the internet. There are over 10,000 news channels broadcast around the world.  There are over 7 billion people in the world.

If you want the bad news…just look around the internet, turn on the news, or ask somebody…you will inevitably get it.

Better yet – if you want the bad news – just focus on bad stuff for awhile.  The bad answers will come.  I guarantee it.

There are negative observations enough without me contributing more.

Now, I’m all for a balanced debate.  I’m no Pollyanna with a sugar plum shoved up her bum.  Bad stuff happens.  There’s a dark side to every light.  But in all honesty, I’ve had my fill of wading through crummy energy.

I strive to gear my thoughts, my life and my writing towards the good juju.  I want to inspire.  I want to enlighten. I want to energize.  There are plenty of other sources in the world that can do otherwise for you if that’s what you want.  But if you want a bad rap sheet on symbolic meanings from me…sorry…I’m not your gal.

Do some animals, symbols, etc. have negative meanings?  Yeah.  Sure.  Lots of stuff carries meaning of foreboding and fear.

But let me ask you…where do those meanings come from?  For that matter, where do ANY meanings come from?  They come from the human mind.   They come from our ancestors who passed on their observations.  They come from our parents.  They come from you and me.  They come from our biases and experiences.

Some might argue meaning comes from the Divine (the deity of our own understanding).  I agree.  However, the minute a Divine insight is bestowed upon a human – it goes through a series of filters.  Filters of experience, judgment, discernment, etc.  That Divine wisdom will never be as pure as it originated once it passes through the filter known as human cognition.

So what does all that mean?  It means the realm of symbolic meanings is infinitely open to interpretation and personalization.

In essence, the world is your oyster…and so are the meanings rooted within it.  Make it sparkly….or make it slimy.  Your choice.  Your oyster. 

Just thoughts.




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