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Peregrine Parable and Meaningful Falcon Symbolism

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Very often we can glean symbolic meaning and life-metaphors from stories, myths and parables.  The falcon has tons of symbolic lessons for us.  This is a neat story to illustrate how parable and myth can serve as a powerful message.  It also illustrates how the majestic falcon reminds us of our own potential majesty.

~Peregrine Parable~

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away lived a king who received two Peregrine falcons as a gift.

This was a very honorable offering as the falcons were exquisite, and would make noble companions as the king hunted his royal grounds.

The king passed the falcons off to his gamekeeper and instructed him to train the raptors for next hunt.

The gamekeeper set about training the two Peregrine’s. One bird performed exceedingly well. However, the second bird excelled not at all. In fact, the bird never moved off its branch!

The gamekeeper was flummoxed, so he recruited the advice of an avian expert. After inspecting the bird who would not fly, the expert diagnosed it as perfectly healthy and sound. He was baffled as to why the bird would not fly.

Left with no other choice, the gamekeeper approached the king about the flightless falcon. Never turning down a good challenge, the king sent out an announcement to every village, town and rural residence within the kingdom. He set a high reward to anyone who could make his grounded falcon take flight.

Hundreds came to surmise the flightless falcon. Some tried luring the bird off its branch with bits of meat. Others chanted and sang in hopes to inspire the bird to fly. Still others poked at the bird (which was a big mistake as the falcon bit the fingers that poked at him!).

After many days of challenges and many disappointments, all attempts to prompt the raptor to fly off its branch failed.

Then came an old woman from the furthest outreaches of the kingdom. Since she kept to herself, cloistered in her small hovel, few residents in the kingdom knew anything about her. She was weathered, disheveled and smelled faintly of bog water.

As the old woman approached the falcon, she drew out a wicked-sharp blade from the folds of her garment. The crowd gasped. Would she kill the king’s falcon!?

Hardly. She used the blade to hack off the end of the branch the falcon had been stubbornly sitting upon all this time.

In a flash, the falcon’s wings unfurled, and it took off into the skies with stunning glory, grace and power.

The king marveled over the sight!

‘Woman, how did you know? How did you know my falcon would take flight if you cut the branch?‘ The king asked excitedly.

From leathery lips, the wizened woman replied:

‘Some souls need to be reminded they have wings.


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A dear friend of mine shared this story with me and I loved it because it spoke to me of how certain perspectives can limit our views concerning potential.

What do I mean by that? Let me answer this question with a few other questions that may weave deeper meaning into this parable.

• Does complacency limit how far we travel?

• Are comfort zones prohibiting our expansion & development?

• What kind of reminders can we heed about our potential?

What motivates us to excel and succeed?

• What have we forgotten about our divine, authentic selves?

• How can we break the spell of lackluster limitation?

These are just a few questions this Peregrine parable prompted me to ask. What kind of symbolic messages come up for you in this story?

By the way, if the falcon really seizes your attention, maybe this regal bird can serve as a source of inspiration for you. Take flight into a few symbolic suggestions for the falcon here.

Helpful Links:

Air Totems

Nature Symbols

Falcon Meaning

Falcon Tattoo Ideas

 

 

 

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Crow Medicine and a Good Cackle

Monday, January 27th, 2014



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Crow Medicine and Learning to Laugh

I was thinking about crows, and how they’re so prevalent up here in the winter, and how winter tends to correspond with the sometimes dark umbra cast upon the crow’s symbolic history.

I haven’t written a whole lot about the symbolic meaning of crows, although I talk about their siblings, ravens. I write about animal meanings when the timing feels right, and crow-time can be a challenge to pin down. :)

However, I have observed something over a few winters in the great lakes area.

Winter is serious up here, and I’ll spare you the top 100 list of reasons why.

Where I live, winter’s grip is iron-fisted, and winter doesn’t leave without leaving a few marks. It can be dark work living up north, where winters are long and commanding. There’s a reason critters hole-up, and feathered friends fly south.

Crows stay.

A crow-epiphany shot through me one day amidst knee-deep snow, treacherously slickering my way on an icy footpath, straddling too much luggage, fit-to-be-tied in serious frustration.

And then I heard laughing. Tinny, sardonic, ‘what-the-hell-is-your-problem-lady,’ kind of laughing. A posse of crows perched in a nearby tree sent peals of cackling in my direction as if in response to my own self-absorbed seriousness. And I got it.

Crows laugh at seriousness.

That is to say, in my view, crows cackle in mockery at self-inflicted seriousness.

In those circumstances, while I was up-to-my-eyeballs in seriousness, those madly mirthful crows gave me a lesson in lightening up, and I intend to retain it.

Mirth on.

:)

Other links of interest:

Symbolic Raven Meaning

Raven Tattoo Meanings

More Crow Medicine (on discussion forum)

Winter Symbolism

Symbolism of the Seasons

Dreaming of Bird Meanings

Meaning of Black Birds

 

 

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Dreaming of Animals

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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What does it mean when we dream of animals?  There are several explanations like:

  • Getting more connected with nature
  • Being in touch with our primal side
  • Adapting to environment
  • Following our instincts

Animals in dreams also give us messages of survival.  Animals are designed for survival and when they come into our dreams I’ve found they are communicating ways for us to adapt and adjust ourselves.  They show us to be flexible so move out of limitation and into thriving situations.

Animals in dreams are reflections of who we are.  For example, if you are dreaming of a bear, ask yourself how that bear represents who you are.  Is there a part of you that needs to go into an intense span of rest (hibernation)?  Are you a gentle giant?  Is it time to forage for new opportunities?

It’s important to take note of the condition of the animal and the habitat of dreams.  If your dream animal is healthy, shiny and brilliant – it’s a very auspicious sign – a good oracle indeed.  If your animal is being chased, or looks malnourished it’s a clear sign for personal evaluation.  This hearkens back to the theme of survival and your animal dream is telling you to take care of yourself.

Your dream animal habitat will help with your interpretations too.  Forests are symbolic of networks, communication and social connectivity.  Desserts are symbolic of isolation.  Water and oceans represent expanse, dreams and intuition.  Skies have similar meanings as water, but also deal with telepathic communication and mentalism.

Of course, the best way to interpret your dream is by the animal that surfaces in your sleeping hours.  Certain animals will have specific messages.  Here is a loose guideline for what these dream meanings could present:

  • Land mammals:  Dreaming of ground animals in the mammal class (esp. with four legs) is sign we are wanting our basic needs satisfied.  Stability, security and connection with family are the concepts all carried on the backs of mammal dreams.  The realm of matter belongs to these dream animals too.  Therefore these dream animals will clarify beliefs about home, hearth, health and money. These dream animals are a sign of a need for grounding and basic balance in our lives.
  • Uncommon mammals: Bats, whales, platypus, armadillo and other unusual creatures who have traits from other classes of animals but are technically considered mammals will offer you messages as unusual as they are.  These creatures speak to us in dreams about our ability to adapt.  Specifically, they will tell us that it’s okay to be unique and atypical – even in a world that sometimes wants us to be typical or “normal.”
  • Water animals: Creatures of the waters will be symbolic of our emotional lives.  Fish will swim into our dreaming consciousness to give us status on our feelings, and how our emotions can help us learn more about life-perception.  Sea creatures go very deep into the collective conscious and they know things about the psyche and intuitive impressions.  Sea animals will help us with our psychic ability too because water is the realm of deeper knowing.  Water creatures will also present messages of cleaning and purification.  Call upon water creatures when you are working on developing your intuition or if you need to cleanse stale emotional energy.
  • Air animals:  Birds and dreaming of animals in the skies is an oracle from the realms of intellect.  Air creatures are symbolic of higher thinking – the higher mind.  Intelligence, strategy, logic and “the bigger picture” in terms of planning are all areas air animals will assist in dreams.  Dreaming of birds and insects will help structure your thoughts.  Feathers in dreams will also speak of spiritual renewal and ascension too.

I hope you have enjoyed these suggestions on what it means to when we are dreaming of animals.  Check out the links below for more information related to this topic.

Air Animal Meanings

Insect Meanings

Land Animal Meanings

Lizard and Amphibious Animal Meanings

Water Animal Meanings

Dreaming of Animals (a list of animal meanings in dreams)

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