Monday Meditation: Of Eagles and Crows
Yesterday, my son and I were taking our dog for a walk, and one of my totems showed up, flying just overhead. My son said, "Mom, is that an eagle?" I absentmindedly replied, "M-hmm", while watching what this eagle was doing. My son said, "What's he doing all the way out here?" He kept circling over my head in a more-or-less figure-8 pattern for a couple of minutes, and I said, "Being harassed by crows." One, then two, then four, then six crows showed up, tormenting him unmercifully. He eventually flew off, and the crows broke off their forcible escort, but I've been contemplating the meaning of that entire encounter since.
Eagle represents our connection to "Great Spirit" (or God/Goddess/Mystery, your choice of nomenclature gets inserted here). Crows are not one of my totems, although I love them dearly. Crow has many different representations, depending on the culture. For some, crow represents universal law. For others, they are either "good or bad" omens. They also represent The Morrigan, and I've had quite a few magical encounters with crows throughout my life.
In nature, crows are very territorial. This particular bunch ( I don't call them a 'murder'- the scientific name is 'flock') already dukes it out each week with the local hawks, who refuse to give up territory as well. Yesterday's encounter was the first time I'd seen an eagle in the area.
What does it all mean? I'm not exactly sure. I have some ideas. Clearly, I am being asked to address this disconnect I feel, and the struggle between the connection and the interpretation of that connection is evident through that interaction. It looks like a good time to cocoon for awhile and contemplate the lesson.
How about you? Do you ever see messages in nature? Do your totems speak to you like this or in another way? Post a comment or send me a message. I'd love to hear your story.
*Sláinte (pronounced SLAWN-shuh) means "to your good health" or as a general greeting/closing.
Posted by Alexis Kennedy