Animal Totems are all around

Hey there,

Animal Totems are all around – and watching.  Stay tuned.

Sitting here in the Meadowview, wrapped up in a blanket and gazing out over the still, frozen meadow.  The blue roof, which is metal, lets out a “bang” as it contracts, like a living, breathing thing.  Baby, it’s cold outside – and has been for weeks.  Winter is certainly doing its thing this year, so far, as it has only officially been Winter for less than one month.

Already the complaining.  I know, I know.  Your skin is dry, your hair is dry, some have already had the cold or flu that goes hand-in-hand with this, our most least-loved season.  Elderberry and Yarrow tea, Mint honey, Ginger and Lemon – we’ve talked about these before…

Anybody out there embrace this stuff?  Good for you!  Me?  Not so much.  Yes, I am Canadian and no, I don’t do Winter well.  Apart from the aprés sports stuff…I’m pretty good at that. 🙂  Wine, anyone?

I find myself being watched by my Animal Totem, the Red-tailed Hawks, that join me every Winter, on the coldest of days, perched in the Maple tree out by the barn.  I can see them (there are two) out of the kitchen window.  Silent and still, scanning the meadow landscape for their next meal.  They will literally sit there for hours.  So very majestic and gorgeous creatures.

Just keeping a steady eye on all things me – “careful”, they say, “she’s getting close to losing it in this bitter cold.  Someone needs to get outside for a walk”.  Soon.  All is well.  Please remain indoors for now.  Make a cup of tea.  Get out your seed catalogues.  Breathe.

The ordinary arts we practice everyday at home
are of more importance to the soul
than their simplicity might suggest
-Thomas Moore

I’ve also been joined by a couple of crows, in the same tree, but not at the same time, as the Hawks. Crows are very interesting birds.  Some find them rather ominous, but those of us that wear the pointy hats know that crows are something special.  Uh huh.  I’ll let you look that one up.

Should I back up a bit?  Anyone not know what an Animal Totem is?  Ooo, buckle up, we’re about to enter the land of all things woo woo.

So Animal Totems, or Nature Totems are basically symbols of energy.  Now everything holds energy, but this is the kind of energy we manifest and align with our everyday life.  The Totem becomes a symbol of the invisible, the characteristics and activities reveal something of our own powers and abilities.  You can also look at different parts of the animal and what that represents.  For instance, a bird with a sharp beak could symbolize someone who speaks their mind or has a sharp wit.  Perhaps too sharp and that person should think about what they say before saying it.  Or maybe they constantly bicker and pick at things.  See where that’s going?

The Totem can be animal, bird, reptile, insect.  It can be something as simple as an ant.  Think about ants for a moment.  What do they represent?  Discipline comes to my mind.  Patience, industrious, also.  Most people just find them annoying – not disagreeing with you there, but have you ever taken the time to actually watch them?  They are fascinating.  They work together, they have a purpose and goal, they march along the same path and if you disturb what they are working on, they just find another way to accomplish what they set out to do.

Now, do you think that maybe that could send a message to someone?  I do.  Perhaps that someone is having a hard time focussing, or their life has been turned upside down in one form or another.  Or they need to learn to work with others and get along.  All of a sudden, they find ants in a place they have never been before.  Maybe in their house (horrors), but those guys are sending a message…”The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…”

When you start really paying attention to nature and what’s going on around you.  Looking at the little things, that’s when you tune in.  That’s when you hear your message.  Listen – it’s there for a reason.  That’s a large part of my woo woo.  Make sense?  Of course, you’re going to have to go outside – and probably put down your phone, to see it.  A walk in the woods can really make you see.  Just sayin’

What speaks to you?  Is there a particular animal that you are specifically drawn to?  Do you see a particular creature constantly when you are outside in nature.  Do you dream about a particular creature?  Does something call to you?  Listen.  The other thing to mention here, is that you may not always have the same Totem – depends on the message that needs to be heard.  But you might.

If all this fascinates you, and you’re interested in reading up a bit on it, or maybe figuring out what your Totem might be, I would recommend this book, Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.  Happy reading.

Even though I’m a crazy cat lady, it always seems to be the birds that speak to me.

What else in the bird world?  Well yesterday, where we set a record here in Southern Ontario for the coldest day in 60 years, a flock of Starlings decided it was a great time to come back from wherever they had been.  Somewhere warmer, no doubt. (I don’t get it either…)  Yup.  They do appear to be early.  I don’t usually see them until end of January/early February.  They can withstand Winter, obviously, but yikes!

I couldn’t fill the feeders fast enough – including the dish of cat food left out for this guy…

I currently have a stray cat that I am trying to get into the house under the blue roof.  It has been at least six weeks that this kitty has been coming by for food, regularly, morning and night.  I can’t get close enough to see if it is male or female, but it doesn’t appear to be a scrawny barn cat, it looks healthy.  It will not let me get close to it.  I feed it on the porch.  It will let me watch it through the window, but as soon as I try to open the door to get close, off it goes.  Now, it is starting to only go far enough that I can’t reach it, so there is starting to be an element of trust.  It knows that I am going to feed it.  But this kitty is out in -30 degree C weather.  It’s driving me crazy that it won’t come in.  I don’t know where it goes when not being fed.  I’m sure it’s in a barn somewhere close by, but still…I have tried setting out the food and water inside the door, with the door open, until the house freezes.  Just last night, it came in long enough to eat the food and then out it went again.  Sigh  I usually am pretty good with cats and turning them around to help them.  This one has me puzzled, but I will persevere. Maybe this, too, is a message for me.  I am listening.

A friend and reader, gifted me with a little glass black and white cat which now sits here with me on my desk as I write.  Thank you again, very appropriate!  You’re right, fits right in with my pointy hat!

I haven’t named this stray kitty yet, which is unusual, because I usually do – I name everything.  Maybe that’s another message. Hmmm  I’ve been receiving a lot of messages lately.  The night sky is telling me there are some big things coming up.  It has been an adventurous couple of years for me – still evolving, still working through, but feeling like it’s not over yet.  Good or bad.  Maybe it’s good this time.  My birth chart reading for this year tells me that once again, this is not a year where I’m just going to coast…UGH.

In the interest of plants, because I am, although there isn’t much growing here these days, there are still the evergreens that can be harvested fresh.  Pine and Spruce needles for tea, for example.  A huge dose of Vitamin C there.  What better time of year to increase your Vitamin C levels?  And what does Mother Nature provide to harvest?  Getting that?

Please keep in mind the Moon phase that you are harvesting though.  Interesting fact:  Around the Full Moon, the sap rises in trees, just as the tides in the ocean get higher and moods change.  You don’t want to harvest around this time as you could damage the tree.  When you respect nature, nature respects you and will give you the help you seek.  Very simple and logical, isn’t it?  That’s what I love about woo woo.

Speaking of the Moon, where are we tonight?  The waning Moon is in Virgo: earthy, practical, fixing and cleaning up the universe, one item at a time.  Making lists, asking questions, making things happen (this all sounds extremely familiar to me somehow…).  I’m pretty sure ants are Virgos – understood?  The Sun is still in Capricorn, another earth sign, so it’s all business today.  January is ruled by Saturn – the planet of maturity.

Today’s colour for getting things done:  blue – how conservative!

I’ll leave you to get things done under your own roof – blue or otherwise.

Until next time,

-Debra

Brrrrrrr

YOU ARE HERE

bubble-bath

Hey there,

Brrrrr – So I have to say it:  Is it cold enough for ya?  Wasn’t it just last week, Wednesday, I believe, that it was 15 celsius?

Putting out extra sunflower seeds for the bunnies and I’m even feeling sorry for the tree rats in that wind.  Everyone is freezing their bums off.  ‘Tis the season for silly (warm) hats.  And socks (ew).  I hate socks.  I have a rule – May to October is no sock season.  It’s also hang out the laundry season and hello green friends season.  I just took a mini vacation. 🙂

Hawk in tree

 

 

The birds are still going about their business, this is nesting season for some.

The Red Tailed Hawk in this photo was one of a pair that stopped in, perusing the field for lunch one afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Winnie

 

 

The girls are in their beds by the fire, except this one sunny day, a rarity for sure, that Winnie found a sun spot.  Doesn’t she look amused (not).  She’s not a winter person either.  She will sit there until Ralph takes the spot.  We discussed Ralph once before…and then she will go back to the fire.

 

When it’s this cold, you can find me in my old clawfoot tub, under the glycerin bubbles, soaking in one of my floral oils that I made when the weather was much, much warmer.  With a book (and maybe wine).  See above.  Or maybe searching for a sun spot – like Winnie.

 

Looking for the positive:  The night sky on these cold winter nights is absolutely amazing.  So cold and clear.  The stars are like diamonds in a little black velvet box (that will be the only Valentinesk mentioned here – I’m sure you’re tired of all the hype too).  You’re welcome. 🙂  Although the chocolate is really good at this time of year…

 

Getting back to the night sky – bundle up and go out, if you dare, after supper when it’s really dark, and look up!  Magic.  Last night, around 8 pm, the Moon was high in the west sky, a bright sliver in her first quarter.  Like a smile.

 

Orion Constellation

 

 

Rigel, the bright blue/white star at Orion’s foot was like a crystal in the southeast.  Most know how to find Orion in the sky by his belt – the three small stars.

 

 

 

 

The New Moon, when she is completely dark, and into the first quarter, where she is now, is the phase where the Sun and the Moon come together in the sky, or are “conjunct”.  In a dark New Moon, the Moon is dark because she is hidden by the brightness of the Sun as she travels the sky.  As she starts to pull away from the Sun, we can see her as a crescent, growing nightly, or waxing (don’t go there) toward the second quarter.  This phase corresponds with new beginnings and is a good time to start a project.

Tonight’s Moon is in Aries.  Here comes the woo woo:  An Aries Moon is an energizing Moon, bold and impulsive – could be argumentative (watch out!).  There will be no stepping on toes here.  Fitting that we are in the first quarter, a good place to start things; Aries is the first sign or constellation of the Zodiac.  Cue lounge lizard wearing open neck silk shirt with lots of chains: “Heeeyyyyy, what’s your sign?” (eye roll).  Betcha it’s been a while since you heard that one!  (Sorry for the visual.)

Today’s colour is white.  White is for purity and protection – the snow, the brilliant stars, the Aries Moon.

I’m busy stocking my calendar with social things this month (unless I’m in the tub – see above – then the “GO AWAY” sign is on the door).   Head down, ploughing through February.

What’s keeping you occupied these days?

Until next time,

-Debra