DAY TEN: ON OTTERS AND CROWS

Originally posted May 20, 2017

It’s just my own perspective – and I mean no disrespect to anyone’s faith – that no one religion or faith system has the market cornered as far as truth, reality, and especially justice. I’m open to anything that gives me pause to think about my life and the world around me.

That said, I’m really fascinated by the “Medicine Cards” I’ve had for many years that are based on the beliefs of the Native Peoples. And every now and then it just blows me away. Like Thursday when a female friend I hadn’t seen in much too long was visiting. We saw an otter playing in the lake below – a little creature that I have never once seen around my complex but had hoped to come across one day.

And so when I looked up the significance of Otter medicine yesterday and realized it signified female energy? And given the things we talked about and shared during our awesome time together? Mind. Blown.

And then I recalled that interestingly enough (to me anyway) crows have been showing up a LOT on my walks with Andy lately. Not just showing UP, but they’ve actually seemed to be showing OFF… kind of like “hey, you there, pay attention to us!” So reading about Otter and thinking about all the crows I’ve been seeing recently, I was reminded of the multitude of crows that seemed to be EVERYWHERE the day of, and in the days following, the death of my father last fall.

I don’t even have the date committed to memory… all I know is that he’d finally stopped breathing and could no longer bring harm to anyone. Well, on some levels anyway but I think I’ve covered that one already. And it didn’t escape my mind that a gathering of crows is called a “murder.” Nuff said…

So the previous mind blowing stuff was that when I originally read about the significance of Crow showing up in your life – according to Native teachings anyway – it signifies LAW. Seriously. It speaks of a higher order of justice. The dragon’s fire was finally extinguished and I’m reading about justice? The one thing that was never once visited upon him in his life and now I’m looking at these words talking about how “Crow sees simultaneously the three fates – past, present, and future.” And then it says “Crow merges light and darkness, seeing both inner and outer reality.”

So that was what I focused on when I first read the significance of Crow Medicine. Well, I tried to anyway and it gave me a different perspective on some things. I even came across this picture of the crow I’ve posted here.

But re-reading it today, now that some time has passed and even though I am still struck by the focus on justice, I read the whole thing in a whole new light. Being that I am in the midst of so many moving parts in my life, here is the line that caught me by surprise this morning:

“Crow is an omen of change.”

Ummm… like, yeah. You could say that! But I kept going, and I read the passages I could sort of recall when I first read it about “a higher order of right and wrong” and “issues that for (me) seem out of harmony, out of balance… or unjust.” But I still kept going… all the way through it again and, if you’re interested, this is what I found. Once again… Mind. Blown.

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”….As you learn to allow your personal integrity to be your guide, your sense of being alone will vanish, Your personal will can then emerge so that you will stand in your truth. The prime path (is) to be mindful of your opinions and actions. Be willing to walk your talk, speak your truth, know your life’s mission, and balance past, present, and future in the now. Shape shift that old reality and become your future self.”
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Well okey dokey then!!

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