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Got a Squabble?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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Do it.  Go for it.  But mimic your quarrels as birds do.

If you’ll notice, most birds jam up against each other – show their stuff – make their meaning known – and then they separate.

They don’t linger on conflict.  They don’t pout.  They don’t stew over who-did-what-to-whom.

Birds make themselves and their viewpoints known.  Whether it’s territory or just a bad vibe, birds let off steam.

This is symbolic…to me, at least.

It speaks to me of giving our friends, family members, and partners a little bit of space.  Let those close to us flare up (in healthy ways), and then let that quarrel fly away.  I mean…really….is it necessary to hold onto this stuff anyway?  I’m betting 90% of our squabbles are just fluff.

Clash if you must.  But do as most birds do…fly out of the storm, and rise above.

It’s a brave heart who is willing to forget, forgive, and move to higher places.

Just thinkin’.

:)

Special thanks to Dave Crotty for the use of his photo featured in this post.

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Sky Scrying and a Devotional to My Friend Ruth…

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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When I was a kid, I had the luxury and pleasure of running into a unique woman named Ruth.  She was regal, eccentric, highly intelligent and an over-all colorful being.  I’m grateful fate brought us together.  She gave my young, impressionable mind lots to ponder.  Many of the insights you see on whats-your-sign.com were inspired by Ruth.

Ruth passed away about a decade ago.  Luckily, her tutelage and installations of wonder stuck in the awkward kid (me) she chose to befriend.  Thank you, Ruth for your kindness and for taking me under your wing.

This blog post is a bit of a homage to Ruth.  Today is her birthday.

This post is also about sky-scrying.  Ruth taught it to me.  Sky-scrying is a fancy word for looking up into the heavens and letting our imagination’s seek something wondrous.  Ruth and I would spend hours looking into the skies.  We’d point and say: “Oh lookie!!!!  A donkey! An elephant! A salamander!”

All clouds look like dragons or phoenix’s to me….but Ruth saw all manner of elegance and life.

Ruth…I love you.  Every time I look into the skies and see clouds, I think of you.  Thank you for all you taught me…especially sky-scrying.

Look into the skies.   Do your own sky-scrying.  Maybe say a good word for my fond friend while you’re up there in the ethers. :)

May all your cloud formations be beautiful and inspiring,

Avia

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Other Articles of Interest:

Cloud Dispersions and Symbolic Cloud Meaning

Cloud Tattoo Ideas and Meaning

Sylphs…Energies of the Air

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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.

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