The Hawk brings us messages from the Great Spirit. It is an honor for us to share the messages with our people.
Last night, July 3rd 2012, I dreamt that I was watching two birds mating. I remember looking into the eyes of one of them, it had big eyes and a grayish color coat of feathers. At this time I still couldn’t grasp what type of birds they were. Later in the dream, I re-discovered the birds in their nest. I was concerned about the baby because I knew they had mated. So I turned into one of them and hopped over to where they were, seemed like I was in some type of rafters or barn. When I started talking to the female, I realized they were owls and that I was now an owl. I asked about the baby and the mother said it was just fine and doing well. I didn’t get to see the baby, but from a distance, I could see the father owl looking down into the nest with a happy look on his face. So once I knew everything was okay, I left and turned into a human again.
Owl in general means “Spirits”, Spirits are strong around you. Attend to dreams and heightened senses. It is up to you to act on that guidance.
But in my dream they seemed like short eared owls. The message of the short eared owl is “pursue aggressively”, carefully develop and use your life skills consciously. Be meticulous in details but pursue your goals strongly.
Owl can also be telling you to use you powers of keen, silent observation to intuit some life situation. By dreaming of owl, it may befriending you and aiding you in the night through dreams or meditation. Owl asks you to pay attention to the signals and omens. The truth always brings further enlightenment.
I would love to hear your comments or interpretation…
The message of Crayfish or crawdad as I use to call it, is to “face fears.”
Don’t hide from your fears. Now is the time to try to get things done. Don’t hide your abilities from others. You are protected.
I had a dream last night of crayfish. Then today, I took my son fishing and he was trying to catch crayfish with his fishing pole.
Apparently there is some fear I have to face, and a particular ability I have that I may be afraid to show others. Good news is that I’m protected.
So with this message I will pay close attention to what I may be afraid of and what ability that I may be suppressing from fear of possibly judgment of others.
Also, now being the time to “get things done”, I am looking at what things I’ve wanted to do, or maybe have to do.
Funny, because when I was a young child, sometime between 8 and 11 years old, I lived with my mother, brother and sister in Camp Verde Arizona along the Verde River. My daily adventures included going to school and coming home to our twelve foot mobile trailer and changing into my swimsuit. I couldn’t wait to get in the water and catch crawdads! We also cooked and ate some of them. I particularly liked to only eat the meat out of the tail and dip it in mustard.
Twenty-some years later and now I am having dreams about this creature. What could this mean? Well, thanks to Native American animal medicine, I have some guidance.
Thank you Crayfish for this beautiful message, and thank you great spirit for sending it to me.
I saw a bald eagle today, August 21st 2009, circling around the Slide Rock, Oak Creek Canyon area in Sedona Arizona. We were driving up to Flagstaff to hike around the Sow Bowl on San Francisco Peaks. My Clan Totem is the Bald Eagle, and my partner, whom was with me at the time, is also of the Bald Eagle Clan. These are some of the things we teach you during a Shamanic Vortex Tour. The following information was selected from Wolf’s Moon ~ Life Path…
Bald Eagle Medicine
Role: ~Illuminating Force~
Lesson: Soar Above
Wind: ~East~ Illumination
Medicine: Connection to Grandfather Sky
Keywords: Illumination Ability to See Hidden Spiritual Truths, Strength Connection to Spirit Guides & Teachers, Courageous Intuitive Rising Above, Creativity Healing, Keen Sight
On the currents of the Four Winds
you ride the sky
held aloft by unseen hands
that hold you close to the Grandfather
Far below lies the world of Man
a realm in which you also dwell,
yet always from within
comes the ache to rejoin the Great Spirit
Caught between two realms,
you remind all who witness your beauty and strength
of the eternal struggle of the two-legged
to rise above the mundane
and feel the Soul take flight
In Earth Medicine, we recognize the Eagle (all members of the Eagle family) as a symbol of a powerful, spiritual energy. Because the Eagle soars so close to the Grandfather Sky, it is believed that Eagle hears the voice of the ~Great Spirit~ and is thus a link between the Divine and the Two-Leggeds (humanity)
Bald Eagle feathers are treasured and revered amongst the Native People, for they are recognized as containing a very powerful Medicine energy/magic). While speaking in Truth, seeking to bridge differences, or in asking for guidance and Illumination for a course of action, the Eagle feather is held during ceremonies to draw in such spiritual illumination.
As a means to speak with spiritual clarity and Truth, the Speaker will hold an Eagle feather, either as it is attached to a ~Talking Stick,~ or held in the hands. This serves as a connection to the Divine, so that all words that are spoken, are spoken from Higher Intent, and also as a means of asking that the Ancestors and the ~Great Mystery~ speak to and through, the Holder of the Feather.
Thus, One who flies with the Eagle, has a responsibility along the Good Red Road, to operate from Higher Intent, to develop the latent abilities of Illumination, and then freely share this Illumination with Others. Obviously, this is no small task, or one to ever be taken lightly, for the ramifications are very far reaching, as are the Gifts and blessings for the Self and Others, which ripple outward from this particular attribute.
The Path to Illumination is one often fraught with boulders and stumbling blocks that serve as a schoolroom for the developing soul. A broad range of experiences (both pleasurable and exceedingly painful), are met by the one beside whom Eagle flies as it is from the depth of experience that true wisdom is forged and from wisdom, comes the Illumination of the Soul, or ~Enlightenment.~ However, as while encased in the Robe of Physical Life, there exists the possibility that the personality center may arise that Eagle soul may examine his/her current level of growth and integration. In some instances, one such manifestation of the Personality Center may be a sense of self-aggrandizement or self-importance, as these are individuals who have an intuitive grasp on mysteries that elude other less observant and/or intuitive individuals. This ~arcane knowledge~ often gets the Eagle individual noticed, and where the soul has not sufficiently integrated the lower vibrations of the personality center, arrogance may surface. Or the converse may be true wherein the Eagle Soul has not acknowledged the splendor and beauty of his/her soul. In this instance, what is obviously apparent to Others as to the Gifts and Quality of Being that exists in the one beside whom Eagle soars, will be non-apparent to the Eagle Individual, and the lesson then becomes acknowledging and embracing the Light of their own Spirit.
Soul of Bald Eagle will possess an innate ability to ~see,~ dream, feel or ~know~ secret or hidden spiritual truths, both of the other realms and planes of ~Being,~ and the hidden truths of ~Others.~ Such powerful insight and perception (think of the eagle’s powerful vision and ever-alert and intense eyes), comes from both a plethora of past life experiences whose memory bubbles just below the surface of conscious recollection, and partially from present lifetime experiences which serve as lessons in developing and honing the gift of ~Insight.~
For the one who is able to find the splendid dance of balance between self-love and humility, celebration of Self and celebration of the All, the dance is a beauty to witness, as the Eagle Spirit unfurls the wings of their Soul, like their winged Totem dancing upon the Wind as they fully embrace and inherit the brilliant Gift of true Illumination.
The Eagle, as he soars amongst the clouds and floats upon the unseen currents of air, dwells in close proximity to Grandfather Sky. From his connection to the Grandfather, Eagle also seeks to rekindle his connection to the creative force of the ~Great Spirit.~ As such, Eagle intuitively understands that we are never far from Home, or completely dis-connected from the Source of All That Is.
Bald Eagle is one of the Totem Animals that dwells simultaneously within two realms. Such dualistic Totems symbolize the need for Balance between two points, or the requirement that the Soul whom Eagle flies beside, learns to dance between two planes. In the instance of this Totem, Bald Eagle is considered to be a Water or Fish Eagle, as the primary source of the Bald Eagle’s diet consists of fish that the Eagle will capture in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes. Yet he also exists in the realm of Air, living on the wing and soaring above the mountain peaks.
Earth Medicine teaches us that each elemental clan symbolizes various aspects of our walk along the Red Road. Water represents our emotional and spiritual Self, while Air represents our intellect and conscious mind. Hence, Eagle must dive into the water with precision in order to retrieve her meal of fish, which she will clutch firmly in her razor sharp talons, then to rise once more to greet the sky. Within this behavior of Bald Eagle, lies the clue as to the nature that it represents within all two-leggeds who have the Soul of Bald Eagle.
Water, as intuition, psychic attunement and emotions, represents your Soul’s ability to intuitively assess situations, individuals and circumstances with an immediate grasp. Yet water also symbolizes a depth of emotion and feeling that is nearly fathomless. Love is given whole-heartedly and without restraint, a trait that can often lead to your being hurt by souls who have not reached sufficient maturation and integration with their own Emotional Centers. Then, it is imperative that one learns the value of appropriately timed detachment (as represented by the Air), and the quality of discernment so that the beautiful nurturing and loving energy that flows so effortlessly through you is not “wasted” on those who have not earned this most precious of Gifts, and shared instead with those of a similar depth and maturation who are able to reciprocate what has been received.
With each successive incarnation, the Soul learns how to move swiftly from one realm to the next, to know when to utilize the psychic/intuitive gifts and depth of emotion, and when to soar above and revisit the condition of the encounter or experience with detachment. This is one of the primary factors in the Life Path of one with this Totem.
Ultimately, the Soul will reach the Zenith of this Life Lesson, and the Eagle’s desire for reuniting with the Great Spirit will be fulfilled as the Eagle Soul learns to love and nurture the Self.
Wherever Eagle soars, the Native People have recognized this splendid bird as a symbol of strength & courage. The builders of the American Constitution likewise acknowledged this majestic creature’s aura of strength, and established it as the national symbol of America.
In the wild, the Eagle is the undisputed king/queen of the skies with no other bird equaling the Eagle in either size or hierarchy. And it is in watching the heart stopping dives as the Eagle pummels downward to capture their meals of fresh fish, that one truly begins to understand the connection between these mighty birds and the keyword for this Totem of Courage.
Like their totem Ally, the two-legged who has Eagle flying beside them, will often exhibit great depths of inner strength and courage. Often times, they will encounter situations in their flight along the Red Road of Physical Life in which they will need to call upon that courage in the face of overwhelming adversity. Does this mean that the Eagle Soul feels no fear? Hardly, yet once the fear has been felt and acknowledged, the Eagle Soul will then establish a plan of action in order to confront and resolve the situation as these are the problem-solvers that will find a possibility in what appears to be an impossible scenario. In facing their fears we witness the Eagle demonstrating the literal meaning of Courage.
Whenever faced with situations, people or circumstances in which fear is felt, one with this Animal Spirit might call upon Bald Eagle to bring the Courage to face what must be done. In so doing, they are not only recognizing and giving thanks to the role of this Totem in their Life, they are honoring their own Divine Essence of the ~Eagle Within.~
Much as the Eagle soars majestically, held aloft on the Four Winds and leaving the ground far below, so does the Soul who has Bald Eagle as their Power Totem, possess the same ability to Rise Above the mundane.
In many respects, this keyword is linked to the preceding one of Illumination, for it represents the Soul’s ability to integrate the lessons of the physical world, to leave behind the trappings of the past and the darker shadows of the human mind, so that one might soar on the winds of illumination and awareness. Only once the ~Lower Personality~ has been thoroughly embraced, understood, resolved and integrated, will the Soul have the freedom to Soar. The road “there” is not an easy one to take, nor for the faint-hearted, yet it is a Journey that all of us must make in order that our Soul may evolve beyond the need to incarnate into flesh.
This process is begun by uncovering those habits, beliefs and actions which are either self-destructive or cause pain for another, and is the crucial first step in the Journey of integrating the personality to the Soul. Many lifetimes may be spent in this first step alone as to face one’s own Inner Truth in complete honesty may be painful and require a good deal of detachment, it also requires that we embrace those aspects of ourselves that we may see as less than desirable. Yet once the Soul has acknowledged these ~Truths~ then the greatest step has already been taken.
Next in this process (once our ~stumbling blocks~ have been identified), is to evaluate what lessons they have presented in our life. This is then initialed by once again evaluating the Self in honesty, by asking if these lessons and issues have been resolved, for if they have not been, they will simply re-present themselves again and again, becoming exponentially larger, until we are “forced” to confront and resolve them. For some who chose to evade and fool themselves, this can ultimately manifest physically with the individual either becoming so ill that they are left under the surgeons knife, in the hospital, or they ~transition,~ only to come back in the next life and face those very same lessons yet again.
If indeed, one can honestly affirm that those lessons have been thoroughly acknowledged, learned and absorbed, then the unfolding of the Soul begins and with it, the ability to rise above the mundane. This, as stated earlier, is a very involved process and must always be approached in conscious awareness, yet the freedom of the Soul on the wing, able to rise above those things that have caused one so much pain, anger or torment in the past, is a glorious unfolding to behold.
Connection to Spirit Guides and Teachers
As an Animal Totem, the Eagle has long been revered by the Native People for the proximity in which he/she soars to the Great Spirit. Because of the Eagle`s ability to fly so near to the roof of the sky, to view all that which lies below from a viewpoint similar to that of the Great Mystery, this mighty bird is believed to be a conveyor of messages between the Blue Road of Spirit and the Red Road of Physical Life.
Like their Spirit Animal, the two-legged beside whom Eagle soars, will have an aspect of him/herself that will be attuned to the voices of the Ancestors. This ability to tune into other realms and hidden knowledge, may be seen by those lacking in such sensitivity and attunement as “day dreaming” or “spacing out.” The truth of the matter is that the soul of the Eagle individual is in a near-constant state of receptivity, though they may not be consciously aware of the messages they are receiving from Spirit Guides, Totems and Teachers, the messages are coming through none the less.
The more that the Eagle Soul can learn to tune into his/her feelings, intuitions and visuals received, the greater this perception and ability to tune into ancient wisdom becomes. For some, the knowledge received will be expressed as “automatic writing” or trance channeling, others will express this ability via creative artwork in the form of beautiful illustrations that convey a deep spirituality, for others still, such knowledge and connection to the ~Higher Self~ is expressed via deeply stirring music.
Regardless of the medium through which such a connection to both the Spirit Guides and Higher Self is established, the end result is that these are the souls that carry profound messages for the rest of Humanity. Through conveying such messages in their non-judgmental and beautifully presented manner, the messages and knowledge passed along is received on a deeper level, and thus both the Messenger and the Recipient benefit from this beautiful Talent.
The Eagle is recognized in Earth Medicine as a Winged One that is a symbol of Creation. In particular, the Thunder Eagle (or Thunderbird) is revered as a powerful Spirit that heralds great change and unlimited happiness that arises through the fountain of the Divine Creative Spark.
Eagle’s place in Native American culture is quite significant, as very few Totem Animals are believed to possess such a broad and all-encompassing range of Medicine. For Eagle, the greatest creation is Life, either in the saving of the life of another (as through the strong healing emphasis associated with this raptor), or in the act of procreation. Like the legendary Phoenix, the Eagle is an Animal Totem of Transformation and Regeneration, a Spirit in a continual creative process.
The two-legged who is blessed to have this Spirit Animal fly beside him/her, will be an individual that has entered onto the Good Red Road to express themselves creatively. This Divine Spark of Creativity may manifest in a multitude of channels, from music to making intricate and stunning jewelry, producing beautifully illustrated paintings to conceptualizing impressive architectural designs. Whatever medium this creative genius asserts itself, these will often be amongst the most skilled of artisans, poets and musicians.
Indeed, the entire existence of the Eagle individual will seem to be a creative process, and life will be seen with a sensitivity that is both esthetic and deeply spiritual. Herein lies the key for the Eagle Soul, as the art they create will contain deeply spiritual overtones and undercurrents, their music, writing or art will transcend their captive audiences to a higher vibration where all life is celebrated with a deep reverence and joy.
The irony perhaps is that often these souls are not fully aware of the talent they possess, as like the white crown feathers of the adult Bald Eagle, the two-legged beside whom this raptor travels will mature into his/her supreme talents. Such profound creativity must be reclaimed with a willing heart, yet one that is willing to fully embrace the responsibility to convey the realms of ethereal beauty, mysticism, music and art that is often invisible or unheard to the average two-legged. Yet when the Bald Eagle Soul has fully embraced both his/her talents and the responsibility to pass along their ~Vision,~ the physical world is not only made more esthetically appealing, the spirituality inherent in the visions conveyed will call to Others to reach for that sense of Beauty, Peace and Illumination within.
This afternoon I was driving to the grocery store when an unusual bird crossed my path…
A pheasant. At first I thought it was a rooster, then as I got closer I realized what it really was. I have never seen a pheasant in real life before, but I knew what they looked like because of their beautiful feathers and in some cases good eatin’.
To the Native Americans, when they dreamt of a pheasant or when one crossed their path it meant “fertile time.” This is a time of fertility, creativity and success. Pursue your ideas. Explore and express your creativity for rewards.
Another perfect message for me at this time in my life. Thank you Pheasant.
Last night I had a dream about butterflies. In my dream I remember looking up into the trees and seeing hundreds of large monarch butterflies taking flight one by one. I remember seeing the sun shining brightly behind the trees illuminating the moment. I was also taking pictures as fast as I could with my phone. That’s all I remember.
To the Native Americans butterfly means “new birth.” New love and joy are coming. Transformation is inevitable but will be easier than expected. Embrace the new beginnings.
If you think of the life of a butterfly, then you know the transformation that it goes through. First it is born an earth bound caterpillar, crawling its way through life trying not to get stepped on and seeing life through its tunnel vision. Then something happens and suddenly it knows it must go through a great change and hibernation so it begins its journey to seek higher ground for this transformation. Once it finds this sacred place it begins to wrap itself in a protective cover and embrace the transformation and healing. Then one day, it begins to emerge out of it tightly woven security blanket of protection and spread its new wings out far. Looking at it self in a new way, taking in all of its magnificence, wondering how it could become such a beautiful being. Now in gratitude and splendor, and a new found love for life it takes flight into the unknown. It now looks at life with new eyes and learns to appreciate all things with unconditional love, non-judgment, and gracefulness.
The sun in the dream is also significant. The Natives referred to the sun as “Grandfather Sun,” and represents the energy of life, masculine energy, strength, and the courage to achieve your desired goals.
Animal messages can come to us through dreams and our waking life. The key is to relate its message to what is going on in our life at this moment.
The Spirit Keepers
The Spirit Keepers are Spirit Beings responsible for teaching us the power of their respective Directions. When we are born, the Great Spirit assigns, per se, a particular one to us, sort of like a Guardian Angel, to Guide, Teach, Protect us, and to serve as a sort of Team Leader.(See the Birth Totems Chart). However, there is lessons for us to learn from ALL of the Spirit Keepers.
Of the North Wind is Waboose
The Power of Waboose is renewal and purity. It is new life enclosed in death, new growth protected in rest. The Season of Waboose is Winter, whether that “season” be about the time of year, the time in a person’s life cycle, or the time-phase of an idea. The animal totem of Waboose is White Buffalo, whose Medicine is Prayer and Abundance. The color totem is White (purity, balance). The time of day represented is Night.
Of the East Wind is Wabun
The Power of Wabun is illumination and wisdom. The Season of Wabun is Spring, a time of awakening from Winter rest, a time of vitality, purity-of-energy. The animal totem of Wabun is Eagle, whose Medicine is Spirit. The color totems are red (vital energy) and gold (enlightenment). The time of day represented is Morning.
Of the South Wind is Shawnodese
The Power of Shawnodese is growth and trust. The Season of Shawnodese is Summer, a time of rapid growth, maturing, testing wisdom and helping it to grow. The animal totem of Shawnodese is Coyote, whose Medicine is Trickster (a variance is that some believe that the South Direction animal totem is Mouse, whose Medicine is Scrutiny). The totem colors are green (growth, healing) and yellow (intelligence, natural wisdom). The time of day represented is Mid-Day.
Of the West Wind is Mudjekeewis
Also Chief Council of all Spirit Keepers, and whose Power is strength and introspection. The Season of Mudjekeewis is Autumn, a time of strength gained from knowing yourself, a time of stability. The animal totem is Grizzley Bear, who is also Chief Council of all Animal Totems, and whose Medicine is Introspection. The totem colors are blue (spiritual strength) and black (looking within). The time of day represented is Evening.
Just the other day I experienced turtle medicine. I was at the creek relaxing when I went to the shore and I saw a turtle head poking out from under the grass. I came up from behind it and picked it up and played with it for a few minutes then released it back into the water. As I set it down in front of me, it just kept all tucked in its shell. But if I got still enough, it would poke its head out. I think the message here for me was to become still and observe. This can mean many different thing for us depending on what we are going through in our lives at the time. This was the message I needed at this time. Thank you Turtle!
Turtle teaches us to be careful in new situations and to be patient in reaching our goals. Turtle also teaches us to take things slow, for it gives us time to figure out if we need to protect our self or forge ahead. Turtle shows up in our lives when we need to go into shell and wait until our thoughts & ideas are ready to be expressed. He also teaches us to be adaptable to our environment so we can find the harmony within it.
If you have owl in your totem. it may mean that you have no problem seeing the truth in others and situations and also speaking the truth even when others may not want to hear it.
Owl people cannot be fooled.
Owl is also called the night eagle as it is a bird of the night and rules the moon. The night and the moon are both associated with feminine energy, very intuitive and the ability to look inside for answers.
Owl people are good listeners and tend to be more observers.
They make good spiritual counselors and life coaches.
Birth date: January 20th through February 19th.