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Today’s Holiday – The Martyrdom of Hypatia

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Symbolism of Today’s Holiday for Hypatia

Today’s holiday is something to be mightily celebrated. Why? Because this is a day of bowing to the juggernauts in both ancient and modern world.  Specifically, the female juggernauts who moved mountains to change minds and advance the human society.

Which brings me to Hypatia.  She was a Greek writer, philosopher, astrologist, mathematician…you name it…she seemed to have her finger on the page of whatever kind of wisdom required for the time.

In fact, she was the caretaker and curator for the educational institution of Alexandria.  This was a goldmine of knowledge, study and information.  Hypatia was the matron of this place, where she taught students, and preserved precious archives.

There is a sorrow that cloaks this day.  Hypatia was stoned to death around this time in March (estimation March 8-12).  She was accused of political meddling by a bunch of zealots.  It did not help matters that she was smart, savvy and way beyond her years in terms of insight and vision.

Nevertheless, Hypatia’s presence was overwhelmingly revolutionary.  She paved a way for so many students, women and scholars for tons of decades after her passing.

This is a great day to observe the following…

♦Embrace the beauty of a book

♦Recognize teachers and mentors in your life

♦Take a bow to those who have fought for the freedoms we experience today

♦Learn a new skill, consider a new profession, take on a new challenge

♦Dare to challenge the ‘status quo’, upset the apple-cart, and be a shining example of what it means to stand up for your passion.

To be sure, Hypatia was a rebel.  She stood for her beliefs, and she never backed down.  Regrettably, that resulted in her gruesome demise, but she cut a path for so many of us because of her unflinching will.

In a way, Hypatia was a hero.  So today’s holiday in history is a great day to celebrate your bold, brassy women and mentors that have made a difference in your lives.

As always, thanks for reading!

Brightly,

Avia

St. Patrick’s Day Symbols

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Symbols





It’s been said that on March 17th, St. Patrick’s day, everybody is Irish.  That’s not too far off the mark.  At one point, Irish immigrants outnumbered any other nationality in the US. In fact, the Irish have been so influential in this country, that many Irish customs (and symbols) are embossed upon the American culture.

This Irish holiday is just as impressive with symbolic meaning. Firstly, St. Patrick was a pretty remarkable dude…and he wasn’t Irish either. He was born around Roman Britain, close to Scotland.  In a weird twist of fate, St. Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and made a slave in Ireland.  Ironic, eh? Yeah…the guy who is an Irish icon was kept a slave there from the time he was 16. After about seven years as a slave, St. Paddy was called by God to serve a higher purpose, and he ran away from his dour life of slavery.

He traveled Europe and got the education he lacked as a slave. Then God called St. Pat again, telling him it was time to do great things. So St. Patrick went back to Ireland to share his passion for Christianity. Talk about dynamic forgiveness! This is a guy captured by the Irish, yet he went back there as a missionary to talk about salvation.

St. Patrick didn’t have an easy time of it though.  He made some big social blunders.  On one occasion, Patrick lit a bonfire on what was then one of the most sacred Celtic celebrations (Beltane).

No big deal, right? Well, the high Celtic king, Laoghaire saw Pat’s fire and was enraged. Apparently, it’s not good etiquette to light a bonfire before the king lights his own first. Oopsie.

St. Patrick soothed over the hard feelings about the fire, started to make friends, and successfully shared his views about Christianity.

What I find very cool about St. Patrick is that he took a different tact than many missionaries.  He wasn’t about crushing and converting the people.  He actually meshed the Celtic/pagan beliefs in with the Christian philosophy.  So instead of obliterating Irish ancient beliefs, St. Patrick wove together the old and the new – forming a cohesion.

As he respected the old ways while honoring his own faith – I think St. Paddy would approve of this post on St. Patrick’s Day symbols.  Why? Because symbols, either ancient or new, reflect an era, a culture, a belief, etc. Check out these St. Patrick’s Day symbols…I think you’ll find they make March 17th a little more rich with meaning.



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St. Patrick’s Day Symbols

Shillelagh: Okay, so it’s not the most sophisticated weapon, but certainly effective.  Back in Patrick’s day, there was a lot of warring for territory, and family feuds. The fighting Irish devised these clubs called shillelagh’s from oak trees as weapons. Often, a warrior would double fist their clubs, one club in one hand to deliver the damaging blow, and the other club for staving off attacks. So what makes this one of St. Patrick’s Day symbols? Over time and with the evolution of legend, the clubs turned into staffs or walking sticks.  They were considered to be a mark of wisdom and great power.  Check out any picture of St. Patrick, and you’ll see him with a staff – a mark of his esteemed position in the Irish culture.

Leprechaun: These are the wee ones in Irish lore. They are a group of fairies known as Luchorpan. The whole deal with their association with cobbling shoes points back to their name in Gaelic, which means ‘one shoemaker’.  Now, you’ve got to understand that in ancient cultures around the world, just about everything had a governing spirit (fairy, troll, goddess whatever).  There is a hierarchy of mythic beings who are in charge of certain functions in life. Leprechaun’s, apparently were the Jimmy Choo of shoes back in the day. The leprechaun is included in this list of St. Patrick Day Symbols as a nod of respect to St. Pat for keeping old traditions intact. Rather than eliminating beliefs in magical beings, St. Patrick allowed the people to acknowledge them side-by-side with the new religion.

Harp: Both a national symbol of Ireland, and St. Patrick, the harp won popularity with the Irish long ago.  This instrument was used in festivals, celebrations and just general family gatherings. Its music was said to put evil spirits to sleep, and insure peaceful dreams for children. The harp plays its way into Irish culture because it was custom for great tales and legends to be made into music.  These tales were often sung accompanied by the harp. Seeing as how St. Patrick is a living legend, it makes sense a few harp tunes were played in his honor. As a symbol of cultural heritage, St. Patrick and the harp go hand in hand.

Shamrock: This unlikely little plant set St. Patrick on the map.  It is THE symbol he is most famous for.  Why?  Because St. Pat was a clever guy.  He used the shamrock as a demonstration tool to explain the triple force behind Christianity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost).  Celts were already digging the scene of triple energy (triple gods, and goddesses) when Pat showed up, so a trinity was easy to grasp.  St. Patrick used the shamrock to show how each branch of the Christian faith stood on it’s own power, but all the leaves needed each other to live and grow.  He used the leaves to explain the individuality of each holy entity, while also explaining their dependence upon each sacred power.  Learn more about shamrock symbol meanings here.

In closing, I hope you enjoyed this brief article on St. Patrick’s day symbols and their meanings.  To be sure, there are many more icons associated with St. Patrick, as well as Ireland.  Don’t let your research stop here! Take some time to find out the symbolic meanings associated with this great time of year and the Irish culture.

If nothing else, you can impress your friends at the pub with your knowledge about Irish symbolic history!

As always, thank you for reading. And I hope your St. Patrick’s day (March 17th) turns out to be a frolicking good time.

Brightly,

Avia

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Symbolic Meanings for Today’s Holiday – March 1st

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Today’s holiday features the celebration of Roman goddesses Vesta and Juno as well as the celebration of Matronalia.

Symbolic Meanings for Today’s Holiday – March 1st




The first holiday we’ll explore for today comes from Rome. On the calends of March (calends meaning the first day of the month), ancient Romans celebrated various goddesses, and womanhood in general.  The 1st of March is the day Vesta started lighting up the sacred fire in the Temple of Vesta.  This was symbolic of the ‘lighting up’ or the ‘warming up to’ of Spring.  With the rekindling of the Vesta fire, this was also a celebration of the Vestal Virgins. These virgins were the pure priestesses who surrounded the goddess Vesta. She was a Roman goddess who stood for womanhood as well as hearth, home and earth.

Also on this day the ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Matronalia, which was associated with Juno, the goddess of generosity, love, femininity, marriage and childbirth. This festival was a celebration of women, especially wives.  Husbands and children were expected to give gifts to the women in their lives (whether mothers or wives).  Women who had servants were expected to make meals for them, as servants had the day off on Matronalia.

Today's holiday is St. David's day in Wales In Wales, today’s holiday is called St. David’s day. This celebration features leeks and daffodils

Today’s Holiday in Wales is St. David’s Day

The symbolic meanings for today’s holiday varies widely depending on nation and culture of the people celebrating.  In Wales, today’s holiday is called St. David’s Day.  St. David is the patron saint of Wales and he is celebrated today, which was the day of his death in 589 AD.

So what’s the deal with leeks and daffodils?  Well, firstly they are assumed to be symbols of St. David, but I think mostly, these two perky plants are a symbol of the first signs that Spring is coming.

Leeks and daffodils have a peculiar legend in today’s holiday for Wales.  Today also marks the commemoration of the victory over the English.  Local lore has it that St. David advised the Welshmen soldiers to wear leeks and/or daffodils on their hats during battle so they could all recognize their fellow countrymen during battle.  See more about symbolic meaning of daffodils here.

Today's Holiday in Scotland is Whuppity Scoorie Today’s Holiday in Scotland is Whuppity Scoorie

Symbolic Meanings for Today’s Holiday in Scotland

This is one of the more interesting celebrations around the world.  Why? Well, it’s a little mysterious because its origins are unknown.  Plus the festivities are a little unusual.  The name of today’s holiday in Scotland is called ‘Whuppity Scoorie’.  From what I gather in my research, it is essentially a kinda of ‘Yahoo!’ to the dying of Winter and a ‘Yeehaw’ to the oncoming Spring (I’m not sure if the Scots say yahoo or yeehaw, but you get my drift).  As legend goes, around the 19th century the church bells in the small town of Lanark ceased to ring all winter.  But on March 1st the church bells fired up after a long Winter’s spell.  The lovely sound of the bells marked the renewal of the earth and the anticipation of Spring coming.

This doesn’t seem so odd, but what happens next has me a little baffled.  At the first stoke of the church bells’ chime, all the townspeople congregate at the Lanark church.  All the children then run around the church (clockwise) three times while the adults hurl pennies at the racing youngsters.  Still…not too weird.  Where I got a little stymied was when I learned the children made paper balls with a string attached.  The kids would swing the balls over their head while dashing around the church and proceed to bonk their fellow racers on the head.  After the three laps of the race was done, the children would grapple and grab all the pennies the adults had thrown during the race. I suppose if the kids weren’t pummeled by pennies or bludgeoned by swinging balls – they could potentially bring in a small fortune.

The origins of this interesting Scottish ritual on March 1st are unknown.  However, some historical scholars claim the events on this holiday serve a purpose to scare the bejeebers out of the evil spirits, and cast away the winter doldrums.

At any rate, due to the concern for child welfare, today, Whuppity Scoorie is more of a festival of art and storytelling sponsored by the community center in the town of Lanark.


In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed these thoughts on the symbolic meanings for today’s holiday. Furthermore, I hope these holidays inspire you to create your own celebration every March 1st!

If you liked this post, be sure to check out the links below for similar articles:

Symbols for the Month of March

Understanding Symbolic Meanings of Gods and Goddesses

Symbolic Meaning of Transitions of the Seasons

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you got some insights from this post on symbolic meanings for today’s holiday.

May all your holidays be meaningful!

Brightly,

Avia

Angels and the Days of the Week

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From Monday to Sunday, there is an angel watching over all the days of the week.

Angels and the Days of the Week

Before we start flying with the angels, I think it's important to investigate how these divine entities came to govern the days of the week. Back its heyday, Rome was one of the most powerful empires in the world.  Living large and in their prime, philosophers had plenty of time to...well...philosophize.  A lot of the wisdom developed during this Roman era was connected to the cosmos.  In the case of the days of the week, Roman philosophers designated the energy of a celestial feature for each day of the week.  These are as such:

planets and the days of the week Celestial features assigned to the days of the week by the Romans.

Cosmic Connections Designated for Days by the Romans

  • Monday = Moon
  • Tuesday = Mars
  • Wednesday = Mercury
  • Thursday = Jupiter
  • Friday = Venus
  • Saturday = Saturn
  • Sunday = Sun

As time went on, early Europeans followed the same trend of associating cosmic bodies with the constants in life - like the days of the week.  Like the ancient Romans, early Europeans certainly had gods and goddesses, but they also had a strong understanding of angels.  While the Romans associated days with deities - the Europeans associated days with angels.  Either way - deities or angels, all entities governing weekdays were affiliated with celestial properties as well as astrology.  Below are the angels associated with the days of the week, and some information as to how they are connected to heavenly elements.

Astrology, Angels and the days of the week Cosmic and astrological influences helped determine the angels governing the days of the week.

Angels and the Days of the Week

Sunday: angels and the days of the week facts The archangel Michael is in charge of this day.  In the Hebrew language, Michael's name means: 'One who is as God'. Sunday and Michael are both associated with the Sun. This makes a lot of sense.  Consider, Sunday in earlier eras was commonly established as the day of Sabbath, or day of worship.  The symbolic meaning of the Sun is akin to the spirit, the light that shines bright within us, the fire within the soul.  Archangel Michael and the Sun are mighty partners to enhance our virtues, devotionals, prayers and meditations on Sunday.

Monday:  angels and the days of the week facts The angel Gabriel gets busy on this day.  In Hebrew, his name means 'God is my strength'.  Mondays are aligned with the Moon in astrology.  The angel Gabriel, the Moon and Mondays are entangled in some pretty intense symbolism. First, the Moon is symbolic of creativity, intuition and birth. When I say birth, it isn't exclusive to childbirth (but is certainly applies).  The process of birth can also apply to the launch of a new project, the birth of a new idea, the conception of a new creative endeavor, etc.  Interestingly, Mondays are commonly considered the birth of a new workweek.  So where does Gabriel fit in with all the birthing symbolism? Gabriel was considered the top liaison between heaven and humans.  He was often called upon to deliver (birth) new insights to humanity.  In fact, Gabriel delivered the big news to Mary that she was indeed pregnant with the Christ child.


Tuesday:  angels and the days of the week facts The guardian of this day is Samael, and the ruling planet is Mars. This is a combustive combination.  Why? Well, because Mars is considered a planet (and a god) of aggression, war and conflict as well as red hot passion.  And Samael has a dicey reputation. His name in Hebrew means 'blind to God' and/or 'poison of God'.  By some experts in angelology, Samael is thought to be the angel of death, and/or a dark angel.  However, the Judaic Kabbalah references Samael as the 'severity of God'.  In this context Samael was commanded by his superiors to essentially do all the dirty work that the 'nice' and 'pretty' angels didn't want to do. Affiliated with Tuesday, Samael and the planet Mars assert an energetic message that says: "This day is likely to bring conflict. But do not question the power of your influence over adversity. Assert your will, fight, refuse to let the poison of negativity overwhelm you."



Wednesday: angels and the days of the week facts The angel Raphael rules this day. He is considered a healing angel, as well as the protector of pilgrims. Interestingly, Wednesday is governed by the planet Mercury. This planet (and the Roman god) is symbolic of travel (pilgrimage), translations and exchange in all kinds of communication.  Raphael and Mercury combined are a super duo when it comes to exchanging ideas, proposals or feelings to other people. This terrific twosome is a great formula for successful travel.  I'm not talking physical travel exclusively.  We can also travel places in our minds, through contemplation or meditation.  Wednesday is a great day for astral travel, international travel, small day trips - and also auspicious for allowing our words to travel fluidly to our higher power (as in prayer/devotionals) and/or communicating with friends, family, co-workers, etc.  Your thoughts and words are best received on this day.


 Thursday:  angels and the days of the week facts It's starting to become clear that each of the days of the week offer a different flavor.  Each day carries a certain personality. This day is under the influence of Sachiel, who is considered the ruler of all Cherubim. Cherubim are thought to keep constant vigil upon souls in need of strength, faith and renewal. Sachiel represents purity of heart and innocence.  His name means "covering of God" in Hebrew. Thursday is also governed by the planet Jupiter.  Jupiter is symbolic of generosity, personal growth, expansion, and gaining success in life. These two influences invokes a feeling of renewal, hope and enhancement upon Thursday.


angels and the days of the week factsFriday: There's a reason out of all the days of the week, Friday is commonly dubbed 'date night'.  Why? Because Fridays are overseen by the angel Anael, who's name means 'Star of love'.  Anael is one of the angels considered to have helped with the creation of the heavens and earth.  If Anael doesn't convince you that Fridays are for lovers, then perhaps knowing this day is ruled by Venus might give you confirmation.  Venus is symbolic of love, sensuality, creativity and relationships. Of course, love and loving isn't exclusive to Friday. Everyday of the week is an opportunity for love.  However, Friday is most auspicious for connecting with others on a loving level.  This doesn't mean you have to have a date, or a mate.  You can augment your intensity of love on Friday by showing affection to your pets, your family and/or your friends. You get the idea.


Saturday: angels and the days of the week factsThe angel Cassael governs this day.  Cassael's name means 'speed of God' in Hebrew. This angel is symbolic of solitude, control, balance, reflection and sensibility.  Interestingly the ruling planet over this day is Saturn, which has similar symbolic qualities as Cassael.  The symbolic meaning of Saturn and Cassael deals with concepts such as: Time, Stability, Hard Work, Authority and Being methodical.  As a result of both angel and planet connection, Saturday often has a controlling feel to it, or comes along with a sense of obligation.  It is commonly a day of catching up on work we've put off, because that is the 'sensible' thing to do.  This day often casts a sensation of establishing balance and order back into our lives.


In closing, I hope you enjoyed this post on angels and the days of the week. Whether you believe in angels are not, I'd like to think this post at least piqued your curiosity about the energies that flow through all the days of the week.

If you liked this post, don't miss these related articles:

Symbolic Meaning of Angels

Symbolic Meaning of Planets

Astrological Meaning of the Days of the Week

As always, thanks so much for reading.

May all your days be delightfully symbolic and insightful.

Brightly,

Avia

Elephant Trunk Up – Is That Good Luck?

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What’s Up With Elephant Trunk Up?

Elephant Trunk Up – Is That A Thumbs Up for Good Luck?

A few weeks ago, I helped my dad move into his new home. First task: Tackle the kitchen. It became quickly apparent that dad had a lot of extra, unneeded stuff.  I mean three can openers and four corkscrews? C'mon dad!

So dad, mom, my niece and I started helping dad cull out the superfluous, and keep the essentials. The result of all this gleaning was my mom and niece inheriting a lot of stuff.  I got the super cool hand can opener I coveted! Lol.

Now understand. My needs are simple. I live in a tiny home - 300 sq ft. Talk about having to cull out the flotsam and jetsam!! I did a lot of eliminating to get the bare necessities in my small space!

But I digress. The reason I bringing this up has to do with elephant, trunk up. To explain, while sorting through dad's stuff, pops found two elephants. He asked me if I wanted them.  Well....like I said, I've got precious little room for anything - much less knick-knacks.   Moreover, elephants don't quite fit in with my decor.  Let's face it, an elephant trunk up doesn't quite mix with skulls and freaky looking gargoyles.  Lol!

Nevertheless, as dad was holding those two elephants, I recalled those pachyderms  on display in my childhood home.  Having been in the family for so long, it was hard to say 'no' to dad.

So I accepted dad's elephant offering, wondering where the heck I'm going to put them.  They're quite lovely, actually.  Here's a pic of these two elephants:



It's  the only free space in my tiny home I could find.  I kept that space clear, because as you can see in the background, my a/c and heat unit is there.  Let's just say these elephants have some pretty frosty bums when the a/c kicks on. :o

So, with elephants in place, I started to wonder about which direction they should face.  It matters, you know.  I remember as a kid, mom told me they should face east.  So that's how I situated them.

But then I got curious. Why face east?  And is that really the elephant good luck law? Or is it just an old wives tale with nothing to back it up (no offence mom).  So I started doing some research.

Elephant trunk up = good luck, apparently.  Elephant with trunk down = not necessarily bad luck, just a different vibe, an introspective energy.

But what about the direction? The preponderance of data I collected were adamant that elephants sporting uplifted trunks should face the front door.  This, according sources such as Feng Shui expert, Lillian Too, and superstition connoisseur, David Pickering...front-door-facing is the rule concerning an elephant trunk up scenario.

Why?  Apparently it has to do with welcoming good chi, or positive energy into the home.  Door facing elephant ornaments are like a big "Howdy! C'mon in!" when it comes to invoking good luck, wealth, a happy family and healthy relationships.

Elephant Trunk Up, Facing East - Is That A Thumbs Up for Good Luck?

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Interestingly, elephants with their trunks up facing east is also a good idea. According to Feng Shui, east is an arousing energy. East positions tend to entice good luck, and facilitates the flood gates of prosperity.  Same with elephants facing the door - it opens the door to positive mojo.

You know...I'm not the most superstitious person...but if I have an invitation (real or imagined) to allow good juju in my life - you can bet I'm going to take advantage of it.

So I compromised. My two elephants - trunk up - are facing northeast. -North because that's where my front door is, and east because that's a positive position too.  Here are some other things I learned during my elephant placement research:


Elephant Trunk Up And The Real Symbolic Scuttlebutt:

No bums facing the door! Supposedly, this blocks good luck and is extraordinarily harmful to positive chi (energy).


Elephants with trunks up are symbolic of fierce protection to the owner of the pachyderm.


Elephants with trunks down have a bad rap for rotten luck. But this isn't true according my resources.  A downward trunk has an internalizing energy. It's about introspection, and internal growth. Quite literally, internal growth as in producing a baby. Feng Shui recommends a pair of trunk down elephant in the west quadrant of the bedroom if you want to conceive a child with your partner.


White elephants are supposedly the Grand Poobah of good luck.  Their beauty and rarity is considered the ultimate conjurer of good fortune.


Two elephant trunk up meaning: Well, my instinct on the meaning of this one is age old adage, "If one is good, more is better". Lol.  Seriously, double (two) elephants are good omens for partnerships - particularly  for married couples and/or partners living in the same home.


Three elephants together meaning: Three elephants have a 'triple luck' effect.  The number three is hugely lucky.  You ever heard of the idea that if you do something good karma or the universe will deliver good to you three times over according to your deed.  Three elephants kinda emphasize that idea.  They encourage, and intensify what the elephant stands for: Protection, prosperity, luck, and successful relationships (especially with family).


Well, trust me, I haven't covered all the nuances and meanings of the elephant trunk up phenomenon.  But I covered the highlights.  I hope you found this article helpful, or at least entertaining. ;)

As always, thanks so much for reading.

Bright pachyderm prosperity to you,

Avia

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Dogs and Defining Moments – Update

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The Whole Clan. From Left to Right: Kip, Chadwick, Avia and Gus

Meaningful Dog Moments

Back in September of last year, I wrote a post about my symbolic journey with my dogs.  If you're interested, you can read it here: Doggone Awesome Defining Moments.

That post reveals my utter newbie-ness about having dogs. Before the boys (all rescue dogs) started showing up, I hadn't had a dog in over 20 years.

And now I have three.  Soon to be FOUR!  Ack!  Fortunately, I live on a nice big piece of land.  Somewhat UNfortunately, I live in a tiny home, about 300 sq. ft. Lemme tell ya...it gets tight with one human and three dogs.

Avia with Hank, newest member of the pack.

Am I crazy for getting a fourth dog?  Absolutely!  Classic madness on my part.  But maybe not.  My dogs: Kip, Gus, Chadwick and soon-to-be Hank (shown above) have given me more sanity than I've ever had.

I'll admit, I get berserk sometimes. My dogs, even though mighty feisty, calm me completely.

I'll also admit, I can be a total sloth - slow and unmotivated. My boys force me to move. Even in my most sluggish moments, my dogs push me to go outside with them, feed them, love them...eventually all that action replenishes my energy, and I'm often able to get some work done due to their prompting.

In my first post, I confess that each dog I rescued was a remarkable defining moment.  At that time I took in another stray, whom I named Penny.  Since then, I found Penny's true owner. She lives right behind me, and Penny, being ancient (18 years old) and nearly deaf simply couldn't find her way back.

I saw a poster with Penny's picture on it at the local market.  Now, this is three months and 100's of dollars in vet bills later. In short, I was really attached to Penny at that point.  But, with my heart breaking, I made the phone call to her real owner.  The reunion was a sweet one, but I bawled like a baby for weeks over not having her in my home.  She pawed her way into my heart, and I was crushed by her absence.

Chadwick, the most recent addition to our pack.

My best friend, Dave calls me every day. Maybe he got sick of me bemoaning my loss of Penny.  Maybe he saw a need to fill my void.  Whatever his thought process, Dave told me to quit my bellyaching and rescue another dog! He was much nicer in his delivery than that, but I got the point. So that's exactly what I did.  Meet the newest member of the family, Chadwick (shown above).

This little guy is like a cranky old man, but he's a darling. And yes, he does have little dog syndrome.  Oy!

When I first got him, there was a big adjustment period for us both, but now Chaddywhack never leaves my side.  It's almost as if he needs to be close to me all the time.  The big boys, Gus and Kip love their mamma, but they're not as needy as the little boy.

The big boys: Gus and Kip

Speaking of Gus and Kip, they continue to amaze me every day.  They are so sweet, I've gone diabetic. And their personalities get more developed and bold every day.

It is a privilege to watch them, know them and grow with them.  A truly special bond that equals no other kind of relationship.  Here are the big boys, Gus and Kip shown above.

Now a fourth beastie is soon to come into the fold.  Hank.  My niece took in a stray dog who happened to be pregnant.  I swear pregnant strays have 'sucker-radar'.  They sniff out soft hearts that will take them in so they can pop out their babies in a safe place. I had a cat named Suki who roped me into her pregnancy plan. I almost had a stroke when the vet told me she was pregnant.  But that's a totally different story to visit another day.

Hank (shown below) is still in the process of weaning off his mamma.  I expect he'll have his homecoming the end of March.  Goddess help me get through the potty training and teething.  :o

But how could I say 'no' to this ridiculously cute little guy?  You tell me....

Hank comes home end of March

So what's my point to all this blathering and boasting about my dogs?  Well, foremost, I'm pretty sure I'm just babbling and bragging about my dogs. Lol.  But the secondary point is how incredibly therapeutic our animals can be.  Further, there's something remarkably special about a dog and the bond with his/her owner.

I've had cats, snakes, fish, and an iguana.  I've had a pet rat, gerbil, rabbit and even a pet horny toad. I've hung out with horses, and befriended ferrets.  Side note here: If you haven't guessed, my first 'real' job was working at a pet store.  Believe it or not, lots of creatures were dropped at the front door of the store.  Yep. You pegged it.  I took in every critter that needed a home.  Thus my Dr. Doolittle diversity in pet ownership.

At any rate, my point is this:  There is nothing like the connection between canine and human.  For sure, a bond was formed between me and all the various creatures I cared for.  But it was my dogs who taught me stuff.  Huh?  Yeah.  Dogs teach, and they give, and they need you on a whole different level than a rat or a cat.  Sure, other pets need you for food, and a modicum of attention.  But a dog needs you with all his/her heart and soul.  So what have dogs taught me over the years?  Here are a few big dog lessons I've learned...

Top Five Dog Lessons I've Learned:

dog meaning, dog lessons  1) Dog forgiveness is infinite.  At times, I can be most cantankerous. Sometimes I get crabby with my dogs. But you know what? They always forgive me.  So much so, that they have taught me the extreme importance of forgiveness.


dog meaning, dog lessons 2) Dog joy is on steroids.  Seriously, I've never witnessed such bliss.  When dogs get happy (which is more often than not) it's like watching a kid at a carnival with cotton candy in one hand, and cuddly stuffed animal her dad won at a game of chance in the other hand. It's unreal how dogs beam with joy.  They even smile!  This has taught me there is more benefit to bliss than being blue all the time.


dog meaning, dog lessons 3) Dog gratitude is intense. My dogs seems so grateful for the tiniest things. From a scratch behind the ears, to a wee treat, dogs are just so incredibly thankful.  This, of course, is a big lesson for anybody - especially me.  My dogs have taught me to have an attitude of gratitude for everything and in every moment.  Even something so commonplace as running water - I get grateful.  This is especially true when times are tough.  That's when giving thanks really matters. In short, I'm grateful my dogs showed me the importance of being thankful - even for the smallest things.


dog meaning, dog lessons 4) Dogs take protection personally.  My dogs take protecting me and my property very seriously.  Sometimes it's hard for me to perceive these sweet babies transform into fierce, feral beasts when they sense a threat.  And they make that shift from pacifist to "I'm gonna chew your face off" mode within a blink of an eye!  It's quite staggering to observe sometimes.  At any rate, my dogs have taught me there is a time for being passive and a time for aggression.  Further, this behavior has reinforced a belief I've always held: Protect that which is sacred, and do it to the tooth. Meaning, I go ballistic when it comes to protecting my dogs and my peeps.


dog meaning, dog lessons  5) Dogs are love machines.  Canine love is primal.  It's a special brand of love.  I've never seen anything like it.  Human love can often be complex, or come with strings attached.  Not dogs.  Their love is unconditional and pure adoration.  From sloppy kisses to full body hugs - wagging tails to barks of bliss...dogs got love like Serena Williams got game. Hands down, dogs know how to love far better than most humans.  In fact, my dogs have taught me a lot about how to love with abandon...no conditions, no expectations, just pure love.  That's perhaps the biggest lesson I've learned from my boys.


In closing, I just want to thank you all for indulging me in this post on dog and defining moments.  To be sure, dog meaning, dog messages and dog lessons are extremely simple - but hugely profound.

I hope you enjoyed this dog article.  I know I got carried away with blathering about my boys.  But I hope the lessons I've learned are also available to you, because they are priceless on any path in life.

If you liked this blog post on dog meanings and defining moments, check out the dog links below.  They may offer deeper inspiration (I promise, I don't blab and brag on my other articles like I did in this one. lol).

As always, thanks for reading.

May all your dog days be dazzling,

Brightly,

Avia


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