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Vishudha and Blue Jay Messages

Tags: Bird Totems | Nature Symbolism | Chakra Symbolism

Blue Jay Symbolism
Blue Jay Symbolism

A few weekends ago, I had the utter pleasure of attending a workshop offered by Colette Baron-Reid along with Sandra Anne Taylor at the legendary LilyDale.

The discussion ranged from quantum philosophies to ecological intuition.  The wealth of information was magnificent and riveting. 

So why was my attention drifting to one lone blue jay?  Invisible no less.  All I could hear was his rhythmic vocalizations.

The LilyDale auditorium is open-air.  Attendees can see out into bright sunshine, gemmy green trees and feel ephemeral breezes on backs of necks.

It would seem, given the setting, my attention was destined to stray.  Suffice to say the messages for me that day were not only dispensed by the speakers, Colette & Sandra, but also by the blue jay.

With astral vision wandering through branches to spy the jay, I let ruminations drift over the bird and its implications.  This is when I got the connection between Blue jay and Vishudha.

I’ve discussed the symbolic meaning of the blue jay in previous installments:

  • Confidence
  • Territorial
  • Protection
  • Communication
  • Vitality

All these meanings of the jay were cartwheeling in my musings when a shock of cyan hit me full-center.  And then it occurred to me, the blue jay is the perfect mascot for the Vishudha center.

Vishudha is the throat chakra.  Brilliant blue – just like the blue jay.

The Vishudha or throat chakra is symbolic of:

  • Expression
  • Vocalization
  • Creativity
  • Assertiveness

During this workshop, whilst great wisdom was being extolled – I got electrified by a true-blue insight from the jay. 

At that point in my awareness, the message was clear and dealt with:

  • self-assertion,
  • self-expression and
  • rediscovering the will to communicate without reservation. 

Precisely the message I required at the time.

This is how animal messages come.  Meanings are a marriage between animal expression and human perception.  It’s a two way street.  We’ve got to meet these creatures on their turf, then mingle our own foundational understanding with these animal encounters in our lives.

Had I not allowed those moments of free-association and drifty dream-thought, the message would have been utterly lost. 

So, the next time you feel like you should be paying attention to something, and a blue jay or some other creature demands your focus away from the conventional…by all means, drift! 

Drift away from convention and allow yourself to be drawn by the prime forces of nature calling you.  The messages will always be profound.

For more information in this genre consider these other pages:

Chakra Meanings

Chakra Color Meanings

Symbolic Meaning of Blue Jay (full article)

Knowing Animal Totems and Animal Signs

Mockingbird Symbolic Meaning

Tags: Animal Totems | Bird Meanings

Mockingbird Symbolic Meaning
Mockingbird Symbolic Meaning

This post on the Mockingbird symbolic meaning comes in response to an email requesting more information on the Mockingbird.

They’re called Mockingbirds because rather than having their own unique call, they imitate other birds.  They do this for a number of reasons – to either attract other birds in their area, or repell them (calling away other birds from their territory).
Mockingbirds are extremely bright with intelligence equal to ravens, crows and magpies (who are also very smart & even trainable).
Mockingbirds are also very protective of their families.  Like Blue Jays, they can be vicious – even attacking humans if they feel their brood is threatened.
Mockingbird Symbolic Meaning (at-a-glance)

  • Joyfulness
  • Gratitude
  • Cleverness
  • Intelligence
  • Playfullness
  • Protection
  • Security
  • Communication

When the Mockingbird comes into our lives it can be a message that we need to rethink how we work, interact and communicate with others.  Are we accommodating?  Are we being flexible?  The Mockingbird way is to listen first, then respond.  This is one of its greatest lessons for humans. 
As you observed, the Mockingbird is very playful – another profound lesson for us.  Few birds have the kind of bright vitality and obvious revelry.  So when this happy bird flies into our lives it is a cue for us to frolic, and suspend our severity for a time.  Enjoy, relax, and take time to appreciate the pleasureful things in our lives.
I hope these observations on Mockingbird symbolic meaning are helpful. 

If you found this interesting, you may also like:

Bird Totem Meanings

Birds in Dreams Meanings

Thanks to AndyMW91 on Flickr  for use of this Mockingbird image.

Vulture Meanings and Nonconformity

Tags: Bird Totems | Nature Symbolism

Vulture Meanings and Nonconformity
Vulture Meanings and Nonconformity

My eyes first opened to various vulture meanings as a kid visiting my Uncle Dan in West Texas. 

He lived on sprawling acres of sun-baked dirt and craggy trees with crooked fingers pointing into the skies. 

Vultures were never far from sight at Uncle Dan’s place.

I learned to love these bizarre creatures for their regal poise and imperial presence.   And isn’t that a paradox.  I mean, sonnets aren’t written about how beautiful and elegant the vulture is.

And that’s my first (maybe most important) symbolic point pertaining to vulture meanings.   The vulture is what it is, and could care less about what you or I think about its appearance.   It moves with grace in the skies.  On land it moves with authority, as if all things are within its rightful ownership.

There’s a lesson here for the image-conscious.  When the vulture flies the skies of our awareness it’s a clear sign to raise our heads with dignity.  Conventionalism be damned along with conformity and status quo.

Vultures will also talk to us about expectancy and being confident in the knowlege our needs are always met.  “Good things come to those who wait.” Very good things if you’re a vulture, and they’re quite content with waiting for hours to get their fair share of resources.  

In fact, I’ve seen the same group of vultures hang in air currents for hours.  Just circling and riding the coursing winds.  Very knowing. Very Zen. As if to say “my freedom is in scaling the skies; all things come to me in good time.”

Actually, vultures say nothing. They have no hoots or hollars.  Only hissing.  Vultures don’t need to announce themselves.  They’re reputation preceeds them.  Their power is in their purpose.  Their silence only enhances their mystery. 

There’s profound wisdom in silence.  When the vulture lurks about in our awareness, it’s often a sign to keep our lips sealed.  Usually in situations where it would behoove us to keep our opponents guessing about our motives.  Build intrigue.  Build suspense.

Quite a manner of living, and the vulture is a great symbolic role model for us to follow. Indeed, the vultures’ way is an art form.  Perhaps they even have a motto that might go something like:

“Rail against the common and customary.  Bliss out whilst hang-gliding in the high, bright skies. Rest in the unquestioning knowledge that all needs are laid at my feet.”

There’s tons more vulture meanings for the picking (pardon the pun).

These and many more questions are answered in my symbolic meaning of vultures page here.

Finchy Epiphany

Tags: Nature | Birds | Personal Observations

Falling (literally) for the Meaning of Finches
Falling (literally) for the Meaning of Finches












I’ve been asked several times for the symbolic meaning of the finch

Usually birds speak brightly to my perception. Their feathery gifts of wisdom unfurl on a clean slipstream of communication.

Oddly, Finch chose not speak to me.   No amount of stillness, meditation or asking would coax oracular song from the finch.

Hindsight revealed the silence was due to a funk I’ve been in lately. 

Finches will not tolerate glum.  No way.  They don’t go there.  They don’t even know where Glum-land is.

It took me falling off the roof  to open the channel of communication with the finch.

After landing in a soft heap of shrubbery, I burst into (fringing on insane) laughter (for life-affirming reasons that should be painfully obvious).

And that’s when the finches flew overhead.  Early in the season for my region too.

They were like little bright missile rockets of joy…surging with energy, bounding for landings offering the promise of a bright new spring.  High-voltage reminders of the continuity of life (including, thankfully, mine!).

It became clear to me, in that moment after the fall (no, my life didn’t flash before me) there is, indeed, a greater-grander picture and it’s totally imperceptible when viewed from the land of Glum.

So, if you’re stuck in Glumdom, I invite you to read my full post on our symbolic finchy friends here.  They’re bound to blast you into a better mood!

Other posts for contemplative moseying:

Bird Totems

Dreaming of Birds

Celtic Ogham Birds (and friends)

Symbolic Nagual Bird Lords: Honoring Aztec Symbols as Oracles

Symbolic Nagual Bird Lords of the Aztec Book of Days
Symbolic Nagual Bird Lords of the Aztec Book of Days

In the Tonalamatl (the Aztec “Book of Days”), there are 20 sets of trecena, or sets of 13-day periods and thirteen “hour” days.

Each of these thirteen time units was governed by a deity.  And, each deity was associated with a Nagual (also spelled Nahual, each pronounced na’wall). 

What’s a Nagual?

We could say Nagual’s are an alter ego, or the representation of an animalistic aspect of Mesoamerican man or deity.   

The Nagual is a facet of consciousness that still runs untethered in the jungles, still beats its wings against moist clouds – the wild part of being that is still wholly primitive, free and unscrupulous.

The Nagual birds are partnered with one deity for each of the thirteen phases in a trecena.  Here’s a list of symbolic associations:

Aztec Symbols
The Nagual Birds of the Thirteen Lords of Days
Day Name of Deity Rulership Associated Nagual Bird
1 Xiuhtecuhtli Lord of Fire Diamond Blue Hummingbird
2 Tlaltecuhtli God of the Earth Emerald Green Hummingbird
3 Chalchiutlicue Goddess of the Waters Royal Hawk
4 Tonatiuh God of the Sun Beneficent Quail
5 Tlazolteotl Goddess of Love Expansive Eagle
6 Teoyaomiqui God of the Fallen Warrior Mighty Screech Owl
7 Xochipilli God of Maize Brilliant Butterfly
8 Tlaloc God of Rain The Golden Eagle
9 Quetzalcoatl God of of Wind The Proud Turkey
10 Tezcatlipoca God of Bounty The Horned Owl
11 Mictlantecuhtli God of the Underworld The Mighty Macaw
12 Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli God of Sunrise The Long-Tailed Quetzal
13 Ilamatecuhtli Goddess of the Skies The Rainbow Parrot

I offer these symbolic Aztec associations because I found the correspondences helpful in my ever-growing construction of symbolic framework’s

What do I mean by that?  Certain symbolic systems (like the Tarot for example) stand up by themselves, on their own symbolic merit.  This Aztec set of deities and their associations can offer cracks of clarity into otherwise hazy events in our lives.

For example: Let’s say the Quail is continually entering my awareness, and I want more clarity or meaning as to its presence.  I can garner more information from this occurance by referring to the Aztec list Nagual bird lords. 

In this example, I see the Quail is associated with the Aztec Sun god, and also the number 4.   From here, I can explore other avenues of  what I call “in-vision” by peering into systems such as elemental symbolism (fire, earth, air, water) or numerology, etc.

Essentially, these Mesoamerican insights provide more symbolic breadcrumbs for me to follow on a Path to deeper symbolic understanding.

I’ve also crafted my own oracle/divination set from thirteen rune-like bits of wood based on this list of Nagual bird lords.   It’s been tremendously helpful (as have been the deities) in unearthing tricky meanings of various ilk.

You can create & utilize your own Nagual Bird oracle too.  Here’s how:

  • Collect thirteen (shooter-marble sized) bits of material that appeal to you (wood, stone, chestnuts, etc). 
  • Engrave, carve or paint the numbers 1-13 on one side.
  • If you wish, you can also add a symbol representing each god-bird on the other side.  
  • Put them all in a clean, recycled soup can (or something similar).
  • Draw a small’ish chalk circle or lay a thread/string circle down on a flat surface. 
  • While contemplating a concept or question, shake your rune can and toss out your Nagual bird bits into the circle (think Yatzee!).
  • The bits that land in the circle are your oracle.  Study the Nagual birds/Aztec deities/numerals, etc. that correspond to the rune bits that landed in your circle.

Of course, you’ll find your own special way to honor the Aztec deities, as well as your own unique method of divining meaning from these fabulous archetypal figures. 

Just approach the process with honor and respect.  Have a genuine heart (Aztec energies don’t abide ulterior or non-virtuous motives well).

Let me know what kind of discoveries you have!

Some other links of interest:

Mayan Symbolism

Bird Symbolism

Nature Symbolism

Number Symbolism

Symbolism of Thirteen