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This post is being made in honor of Pat who is seeking information on Lizard and Hawk.

Here’s from Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams & David Carson:

H A W K
-Messenger-

Hawk…
Messenger of the sky,
Circle my dreams and teach me
The message as we fly.

Hawk is akin to Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Hawk medicine teaches you to be observant, to look at your surroundings. Observe the obvious in everything that you do. Life is sending you signals.

Life is the initiation. If you have pulled the Hawk card, then right now a clue about the magic of life is being brought to you. This magic can imbue you with the power to overcome a currently stressful or difficult situation. The test is your ability to observe the nuances of power lurking nearby. Is power the talent you have and are not using? Are solutions always hard to find because you have lost the broader vision of Hawk? Or is the Great Spirit displaying a gift that you need only to receive? Have the colors of the morning inspired you to create? Or has the gloominess of a present situation left you earthbound, unable to hear the voice within the raindrops splashing on your window? Pay attention! You are only as powerful as your capacity to perceive, receive, and use your abilities.

What is called for here is an intuitive ability to discern the message carried within the cry of Hawk. The shrillness of Hawk’s call pierces the state of unawareness, and asks you to seek the truth.

The Ancients recognized this magnificent bird of prey as a messenger bringing tidings to their Earth Walk, the Good Red Road, from the world of the grandfathers and grandmothers who lived before them. If Hawk were to magically cry, it was a sign to beware or be aware. This could mark the coming of a waring tribe, the birth of a child, or the celbration of counting coup. Hawk’s cry signalled the need for the beholder to heighten awareness and receive a message.

Hawk medicine is a totem that is filled with responsibility, because Hawk people see the overall view. Hawk is not like Mouse, who sees everything through a magnifying glass. Hawk medicine people are aware of omens, messages from the spirit, and the color of the caling card you gave them three months ago. No detail slips by them unnoticed.

If Hawk has circled and landed in your card spread, you are to be aware of signals in your life – so notice and receive them. Hawk may be teaching you to grab an opportunity which is coming your way. On the other hand, Hawk may be brining you the message that you should circle over your life, and examine it from a higher perspective. From this vantage point you may be able to discern the hazards which bar you from freedom of flight. Remember: Hawk has a keen eye and a bold heart, for Hawk flies close to the light of Grandfather Sun.

Here’s from Animal Magick by D.J. Conway:

The hawk is related to the falcon and combined in the family Accipitridae. They are subdivided into such groups as perns, kites, buzzards, eagles, Old World vultures, and harriers. However, the name hawk usually refers to the sparrow hawks of the Old World, goshawks, sharpshinned American hawks, and Cooper’s hawks. They are found throughout the world except for antarctic regions.

A bird of prey, the hawk has very sharp eyesight, can use air currents to its advantage, and can strike swiftly. This bird has a sharp, hooked bill and strong talons. Many hawks have a variety of plumage colors which change from year to year during their early lives. Some species mate for life.

The symbolism of the hawk is much the same as that of the eagle and the falcon. As a solar bird, in Egypt it was associated with Horus, Ptah, Rehu, and Seker. When in his aspect as conductor of souls, Horus was shown with a hawk’s head on a human body; this askpect was called Heru-merti. However, the hawk was also connected with Amenti in her aspect of Underworld Great Mother.

According to the Greek writer Homer, this bird was one of the messengers of Apollo because of its swiftness. Both the hawk and falcon were also associated with the goddess Circe. Although the hawk was usually associated with the Sun, a very early statue from the temple of the Moon goddess Artemis shows a priestess with a hawk on her head.

In one of the legends of India, the hawk Gayatri brought soma from heaven for the gods. In the Rig Veda, the Sun is often compared to a hawk. Indra sometimes rode on a hawk. In Persian Zoroastrianism, the hawk was connected with Ahura Mazda, god of light, and Mithras, the Sun God.

In Celtic oral tradition, the Hawk of Achill is listed as the oldest creature in the world. The Celts considered the hawk to be a messenger between the otherworlds and this existence. In magick, they said it had greater skill and strength than any of the other birds.

Superstitions: In most of Euprope the hawk is still looked upon as a symbol of good luck.

The hawk throws itsyoung out of the nest and won’t feed them any longer when they can fly.

Magickal Attributes: Clear-sightedness; being observant. Far-memory or recalling past lives. A message from spirit; omens and dreams. Overcoming problems. Taking advantage of an opportunity. The cry of a hawk in a meditation is a warning of upcoming situations that will require boldness and decisiveness. Courage, defense, wisdom, illumination, new life, creativity, truth, experience. Getting a larger over-view so you can make better decisions.

Chant: 

Soaring, gliding, wind current riding,
Hawk of wisdom, creativity.
Seeking, hover, bright Sun-Lover,
Bring inspiration now to me.

And from Animal Speak by Ted Andrews:

Keynote: Visionary Power and Guardianship
Cycle of Power: Spring and Fall Equinoxes — New Moon (incidentally, we just had the fall equinox!)

Hawks are one of the most intriguing and mystical of the birds of prey. They are the messengers, the protectors, and the visionaries of the air. Hawks and owls have the keenest eyes of all raptors.

Hawks vary in size, appearance, and environments. There are so many different species that it is sometimes difficult to tell them apart. There are marsh hawks, forest hawks, sea hawks, and prarie hawks. The environment in which your hawk is found will tell you much about how its energies are likely to manifest within your life.

Even when people cannot tell one hawk from another, they can recognize it is a member of the hawk family. All hawks are impressive and stir the imagination. Their hunting ability, their eyesight, and their powerful flights and other behaviors are dynamic symbols.

In most raptors, the colors of the male and female of the same species are very similar. It’s almost always the female who is larger, though. This has much to do with the fact that the mother guards the next. Many hawks mate for life, the red-tailed hawk being one example. The length of time that mated birds stay together is often determined by the number of seasons they spend rasing the young.

An examination of the specific species of hawk and its behaviors will reveal much. For example, an osprey is sometimes referred to as a “fish hawk,” based upon its primary diet. This magnificent bird is often mistaken for an eagle because of its nearly all white head, but it is the only large hawk that is clear white underneath. It is most numerous in coastal regions, as if its white breast reflects the white foam of the waters in which it hunts. Other examples are the cooper’shawk, the goshawk and the sharp-shinned hawk who feed frequently on other birds. Although they eat rodents and such, most of their food is feathered. This reflects the old idea that what you eat, you become.

We do not have the space to explore all the characteristics of every hawk, but we will examine one species more closely. That species is the most numerous member of the hawk family, the red-tailed. It is named for the distinctive coloring on its tail feathers. Only the mature red-tails have this coloring. The immature also have lighter colored eyes, distinguishing them from their more mature relatives.

The red tail is very symbolic. It has ties to the kundalini, the seat of the primal life force. In the human body, it is associated with the base chakra, located at the base of the spine the coccyx or tail bone. Those who have red-tailed hawk as a totem will be working with the kundalini. It can also reflect that this bird becomes a totem in your life only after the kundalini has been activated. It can also reflect that the childhood visions are becoming empowered and fulfilled. It may pop up as a totem at that point in your life where you begin to move toward your soul purpose more dynamically.

The red-tailed hawk is a member of the buteo family or the group of soaring hawks. The ability to soar and glide upon the currents is part of what hawk can teach. Although it is a part of this species, it is most often seen perched on treetops and utility posts, using its phenomenal eyesight to locate prey. It teaches how to fly to great heights while still keeping your feet on the ground.

Hawks are occasionally harassed and attacked by smaller birds. This is very significant for those of you who have hawk as a totem. It indicates that there are likely to be attacks by people who won’t understand you or the varied and different uses of your creative energy. They may attack your ability to soar.

The red-tailed hawk is usually a permanent resident in an area, although occasionally it may migrate. This permanency reflects that as a totem, this hawk will be with you permanently once it shows up.

Although incorrectly called a “chicken hawk,” the red-tail feeds mostly on rabbits, rodents, and snakes. It has an adaptable diet which has helped it to survive. The red-tail was often accused of and shot for killing chickens when in reality, it was one of the bird hawks, such as a cooper’s hawk.

It is generally accepted that red-tails mate for life. Both the male and female help care for the young. Two to three eggs are laid in the spring. They vigorously defend their nexts against any intruders. They cling to their home territories for years. And they can live up to 14 years in the wild.

This “14” is significant. The 14th card in the tarot deck is the card for Temperance. This is the card that represents the teaching of highre expressions of psychism and vision. It can be used in the development of astral projection – new flights out of the body. It has ties to the activation of your vital energies (kundalini), and the bold expression of it. It is tied to the archetypal forces that teach beauty and harmony in moderation. It holds the keys to higher levels of consciousness.

Rising to a higher level can bring a rapid development of the psychic energies. The red-tailed hawk helps us in balancing and using those senses appropriately. It teaches the balance necessary to discover our true purpose in life. If you have a red-tailed hawk as a totem, meditation on the 14th Tarot card will help you to see how this hawk will lead you to use your creative energy in manifesting your soul purpose.

The red of the red-tail reflects a greater intensity of energy at play within your life. It reflects an intensity of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual forces. This bird is the catalyst, stimulating hope and new ideas. It reflects a need to be open to the new or shows you ways thatyou may help teach others to be open to the new.

To the Pueblo, the red-tailed hawk was known as red eagle. Its feathers and energies were used in healing ceremonies and for bringing the rains and waters necessary for life. To the Ojibwa, the red-tailed hawk represented leadership, deliberation, and foresight. “Hawk is akin to Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Hawk medicine teaches you to be observant… Life is sending you signals.” The red-tail can spread its wings to a great width, and it can teach you to use your creative energies in the same way. It can extend the vision of your life.

The beak and the talons are always commented upon by observers. They are the most striking features of any hawk, especially the red-tail. It is a fearless bird. It will even take on poisonous snakes. It has a scaled leg to help protect it against poisonous bites, and immediately upon graspoing its snake prey, it tears off the head. On one of my trips to Colorado, while traveling through Kansas, I was fortunate enough to see a red-tail swoop down upon a snake. Within seconds it had taken flight again, cutting across my path. I could see the head of the snake dangling by just a few threads of skin. It happened so quickly, that by the time I realized exactly what I had observed, the red-tail had disappeared.

Because of the strong energy (the intensified life-force) activated by this totem, an induvidual with it must be careful in how they express themselves. There will unfold within you the ability to tear off the heads of any snakes in your life, or anyone or anything seen as an enemy. Your comments and actions will be like the hawk’s beak and talons – strong and powerful, but with a capability to tear and/or kill.

The feathering of the red-tail actually has two phases. both of these are significant to anyone with this totem. Its feathering is a little lighter during the summer and darker during the winter. The lighter is often symbolic of more joyful and sociable kinds of energies. The darker phases can reflect a time to be alone or to withdraw a little. The red-tail and its color phases also help us to guard against blazing so brightly and intensely that we get burnt out.

The sky is the realm of the hawk. Through its fight it communicates with humans and with the great creator spirit. It awakens our vision and inspires us to a creative life purpose.

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, this information is being presented for Pat, a reader of this blog who has inquired about Hawk. Each source has been cited, as this is obviously a direct copy from the books I have on hand and is not intented to appear as my own unique writing.

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As requested by Pat, I’m posting information on the Lizard and the Eagle.

Beginning with the Lizard, here’s the information previously posted from the Medicine Cards:

Lizard… will you dream with me?
Travel across the stars?
Beyond the place of time and space,
There live visions from afar.

Lizard sat lolling in the shadow of a big rock, shading himself from the desert sun. Snake crawled by, looking for some shadow to coil up in and rest. Snake watched Lizard for awhile as Lizard’s eyeballs went side to side behind his enormous closed lids. Snake hissed to get Lizard’s attention. Slowly Lizard’s dreaming eyes opened and he saw snake.

“Snake! You scared me! What do you want?” Lizard cried.

Snake spit his answer from his forked tongue. “Lizard, you are always getting the best shadow spots in the heat of the day. This is the only big rock for miles. Why don’t you share your shade with me?”

Lizard thought for a moment, then agreed. “Snake, you can share my shade spot, but you have to go to the other side of the rock and you must promise not to interrupt me.”

Snake was getting annoyed. He hissed, “How could I bother you Lizard? All you are doing is sleeping.”

Lizard smiled knowingly. “Oh Snake, you are such a silly serpent. I’m not sleeping. I’m dreaming.”

Snake wanted to know what the difference was, so Lizard explained. “Dreaming is going into the future, Snake. I go to where future lives. You see, that is why I know you won’t eat me today. I dreamed you and I know you’re full of mouse.”

Snake was taken aback. “Why Lizard, you’re exactly right. I wondered why you said you should share your rock.”

Lizard laughed to himself. “Snake,” he said, “you are looking for shade and I am looking for shadow. Shadow is where the dreams live.”

Lizard medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed before you decide to manifest them physically. Lizard could have created geting eaten by Snake if he had so desired.

Lizard is the medicine of dreamers. Whether dreamers smoke you or dream you, dreamers can always help you see the shadow. This shadow can be your fears, your hopes, or the very thing you are resisting, but it is always following you around like an obedient dog.

If Lizard dreamed a space in your cards today, it may be time to look and see what is following along behind you. Is it your fears, your future trying to catch up to you, or is it the part of you that wants to ignore your weaknesses and humanness?

Lizard may be telling you to pay attention to your dreams and their symbols. Make a dream log and record all that you remember. Be sure to pay attention to each individual symbol or recurring pattern. If you do not remember your dreams, you could try setting a music alarm for 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Or you could try drinking a lot of water before bedtime and allow your bladder to wake you up. Dreams are very important. Pay attention to them.

Source: Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, Illustrated by Angela C. Werneke.

Here’s from Animal Magick by DJ Conway:

Related to crocodiles and snakes, the lizard family (Sauria or Lacertilia) is found in various parts of the world, except in extremely cold regions. In the western hemisphere they range from Canada to Tierra del Fuego in South America, including the West Indies. In the eastern hemisphere, they are found from Siberia to Africa and Australia. There are more than 3,100 species of these reptiles.

Generally, lizards have a slender body covered by loose skin and fine scales. They shed their skin in patches, at regular intervals. Most of them have four legs with five toes on each foot; an exception is the family of legless lizards – the worm lizards. Unlike a snake, the lower jaw is fused and cannot be opened too wide. They are basically terrestrial animals, but many are very good swimmers.

Although most lizards are less than a foot in length, the monitor lizards (the largest of the species) can be over nine feet long. The frilled lizards expand a fringe of skin around their necks to frighten away attackers. The horned toad has spiny scales and will squirt blood from its eyes when frightened. The gila monster and the beaded lizard are the only poisonous members of this species; they are found in the desert areas of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico.

No lizard is truly a water-living creature, although they may enter the water and can swim. They like to bask in the Sun as they are reptiles and are cold-blooded. All lizards are able to grow a new tail if they lose it in an accident. They hear reasonably well and see as well as many mammals.

The myths of Egypt and Greece portrayed the lizard as signifying wisdom and good fortune. This creature was an emblem of both Hermes and Sarapis. The Zoroastrians classified it as an animal of the evil Ahriman.

The lizard appeared in Roman art as a symbol of death and rebirth. Sometimes it took the place of snakes as the genii of a house. If lizards lived under a house, they were fed on milk and crumbs. Their appearance was greeted with happiness, for it meant that good luck was coming.

Among the Polynesians, Moko (King of the Lizards) was worshipped as a god and the protector of fishing, the prime source of food for these people.

There is a type of small lizard known as the alligator lizard which has a powerful gripping action in its jaws. One of our cats found out about this when he accidentally sat on one. The lizard clamped down on the cat’s tail and got quite a ride before he fell off.

Superstitions: This creature had a dual symbolism in Europe. Although it was believed to be a sinister being, it was used in certain love charms. However, many Europeans believe that if a lizard crosses the bride’s path on the way to get married she will never be happy.

Magickal Attributes: Dreams, mental creations. Stop running from your fears and face them. Asking for guidance in facing difficult situations that make you afraid. Understanding dreams.

Chant:

The world of dreams, that nightly place,
Is formed of symbols, great and small.
O Lizard, help me understand
Those symbols that my mind recalls
From other lives and knowledge past
When once I knew what they all meant
Teach me dream symbols once again,
O little lizard, Goddess-sent.

And here’s from Animal Speak by Ted Andrews:

KEYNOTE: subtlety of Perception

Lizard is an animal of great subtlety. Its movements are quick. It has four legs and can run with great speed. Some lizards can live in the house, and they help to control the insect populations. The gecko lizard is one of the few reptiles that has a voice, and this should be meditated upon by anyone that has it as a totem. The Komodo dragon of Indonesia is a monitor lizard, and it is the largest of all lizards. If at all possible, try to identify the kind of lizard and study it individually.

Most lizards have long tails which help them maintain balance and can also serve as a defense mechanism, as you will learn later. Most also have a crested back, ruffs, or spines. These serve as protection but they are also very symbolic. Some have ruffs about the neck. The neck is an area that bridges the higher and the lower, and lizards with them are those that can teach you how to bridge the subconscious with the conscious – dreaming with waking. They can stimulate lucid dreaming.

Those with spines and crests along the spine usually reflect that the sensitivities of the chakras are heightened or about to be. Are you being too sensitive or not sensitive enough? Are you being too picky or are you missing the obvious? It can also reflect that the kundalini or life force is active and flowing strongly, which will heighten all sensitivities – physical, emotional, mental, psychic, and spiritual.

The lizard is the expert at subtle perception. It can sense vibrations through the ground. Its eyes can detect the subtlest of movements, and it has extremely acute hearing. All of these are symbolic of specific forms of clairvoyance practiced in many societies.

A lizard has an ability to recognize the sublest insect movements, and it can remain still or relatively so to mislead its prey or protect itself. This indicates that your intuition and psychic perceptions are either already active or about to be activated more strongly. Pay attention.

There are a number of characteristics that distinguish a lizard from other reptiles. They, too, have a dry skin, and like many, they also have cclaws. They are also sensitive to vibrations in the ground. They feel it with their feet, tail, and body. Their eyes are sharp with an ability to detect the slightest movement around them. They also have acute hearing.

All of these characteristics give it a symbolism associated with the psychic and the intuitive. The ability to perceive subtle movement – physical and ethereal, waking or sleeping – is what lizard medicine teaches. To some within the Native American tradition, the lizard is associated with dreamtime. Dreams contain some of the sublest perceptions of the mind of which we may not be conscious. They are translated to us through dreams to make us more conscious. These can be fears or foreshadowings, but almost always they are the things to which we do not pay attention.

Individuals with a lizard totem should listen to their own intuition over anyone else’s. Lizard usually reflects heightened sensitivity. You feel what others may not. You will see things that others may miss. You will hear things that are not being said. No matter how strange it may seem, learning to follow those perceptions is what will enable you to succeed most frequently.

One of the most significant characteristics of some lizards and their claim to fame is the ability of the tail to come off. A predator may grab for it, its paw landing upon the tail, only to be surprised as the tail breaks off and the lizard scampers to freedom. The lizard then begins the process of growing another in its place.

This detachment is also part of what lizard can teach. They can help us to become more detached in life to survive. Sometimes it is necessary to separate ourselves or part of ourselves from others to be able to do the things we must desire to do. The lizard helps us to awaken that ability for objective detachment so that it can occur with the least amount of difficulty. Lizard can show up to help us break from the past. It may even indicate a need to explore new realms and follow your own impulses before you get swallowed up in what is not beneficial for you.

Like most reptiles, the lizard will often bask in the sun. It is cold-blooded, and it needs the warmth of the sun to stay warm. This basking is often a feigned sleep, and it serves a secondary purpose of fooling insects that may mistakenly come too close. This ability of feigning sleep while basking in the sun is sometimes related to controlling the sleep state — especially dreams. Lizard, as mentioned earlier, is the totem that can help us understand and use this state more effectively.

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, this information is being presented for Pat, a reader of this blog who has inquired about Lizard. Each source has been cited, as this is obviously a direct copy from the books I have on hand and is not intented to appear as my own unique writing.

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So I’m just sitting here plugging along at my daily dose, pondering the messages coming through, trying not to worry about the day ahead, knowing full well that I’ve lingered so long in my own thoughts that finishing traffic school or typing reports is not going to happen before I head to town to visit the doctor.  Just as I’m floating on these lucid mystical thoughts, the dog alarms go off.  All four dogs at once barking like mad.  Something irregular has penetrated the energy of my home. 

Could it be the man to read the power meter? Is it time for the water meter to be read? Is the postman at the mailbox? Is the old farmer at the door?  Such disruptions are uncommon.  But the dogs continued barking, whatever intrusion this is has turned out to be more lengthy than the simple reading of a meter, yet there’s no knock at the door, so ’tis no visitor seeking me out.  What is this?

One dog (Bella-Beltane) runs into my room, nips at my knee, and runs at full speed back to the front room, as if to say, “Hey, Mom, come look! Come look!”  I can hear Sirius’s bark change directions – now echoing down the hallway toward my sacred space, as if to say, “Mom… get out here, now!”

Okay, okay… so I get up, walk down the hallway, and see all four dogs gathered at the front window, heads high, tails stiff, on high alert. 

I look out the window… and there’s about a dozen wild turkeys hanging out in the front yard, looking right at me.  The dogs barking through the open window did not deter their being here.  That being the case, I decided I’d confront the wild creatures.  I opened the front door and slipped out without letting the dogs get past me.  There I stood on the front porch – in my black tank top and elmo boxers, uncombed hair, bare feet.  The turkeys stood and stared at me in unison.

“Hello, Turkeys!” I say audibly.

They stand, they stare.

“Don’t I scare you? Aren’t you going to run?”

They stand, they stare.

“Okay, Turkeys.  I recognize you.  I know your message.  Thank you for bringing thanksgiving to me today. I am grateful for your energy and for your visit.”

With that, the lead turkey seems to nod, and they all turn and walk very calmly to the bottom of my hill and cross the yard, beyond the neighbor’s fence toward the creek. Behind them, a hawk circles and I see (with my third eye) the Environmental Awareness fairy waving at me, grinning.

Turkeys are one of my animal totems, guarding the “Within” position.  They protect personal truth and sacred space.

The message of the turkey is gratitude, thankfulness, and a giving spirit. It’s the desire to share what is harvested, and to be thankful for the bounties received.

According to the book Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, the keynote for Turkey is: Shared Blessings and Harvest.

I’ve written out the description for Turkey from the Medicine Card deck when it appeared in my totem spread. Here’s that message:

Within: The Within animal teaches you how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths. It is also the protector of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.

turkeyTurkey (Give-Away): Turkey is actually thought to be the Give-Away Eagle or South Eagle of many native peoples. The philosophy of give-away was practiced by many tribes. Simply stated, it is the deep and abiding recognition of the sacrifices of both self and others. People in modern-day society, who have many times more than they need, should study the noble turkey who sacrifices itself so that we may live. In Turkey’s death we have our life. Honor Turkey.

Spectators unfamiliar with the cultural phenomenon of the pot latch or give-away ceremony are often mystified by it. A tribal member may gladly give away all he or she owns, and do without in order to help the People. In present-day urban life, we are taught to acquire and get ahead. The person with the most toys wins the game. In some cultures, no one can win the game unless the whole of the People’s needs are met. A person who claims more than his or her share is looked upon as selfish or crazy or both. The poor, the aged, and the feeble have honor. The person who gives away the most and carries the burdens of the People is one of the most respected.

Turkey was the medicine of many saints and mystics. Celebrate if you have Turkey medicine. Your virtues are many. You have transcened self. You act and react on the behalf of others. You aspire to help those who need help. This is not out of some sense of self-righteous moralism or religious guilt. Help and sustenance is given by Turkey out of the realization that all life is sacred. It is knowing that the Great Spirit resides within all people. It is an acknowledgement that wht you do for others you do for yourself. Turkey medicine rests in true ego, in enlightenment. Doing unto others and feeding the people is the mesage of all true spiritual systems.

Depending on how Turkey is aspected in your cards, you are being given a gift. This gift could be spiritual, material, or even intellectual. The gift may be great or small, but it is never insignificant. Congratulations. You may have just won the lottery. Or the gift may be a beautiful sunset, or the smell of a fragrant flower. On the other hand, you may feel the “spirit of giving” growing within you, and wanting you to share with others.

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Having tickled the snooze button three times, irritating the crap out of the dogs who got their hopes up each time, I finally forced myself to an upright position.  My mind went through the typical line of pre-coffee questioning. What time is it? What day is it? What am I supposed to do before work today?  Then the mind kicks back answers that have nothing to do with the questions posed. Tomorrow’s mom’s birthday. Don’t forget to get directions to Morgantown. The new schedule comes out today.

Brew coffee, use the potty, let the dogs out, put uniforms in the wash, fire up computer, pour coffee, sip coffee (damn, that’s good stuff!), check bank account (ugh), pay bills (double ugh!), prepare deposit (crap, I hadn’t planned on going to the bank this morning… but it’s a must-do, especially with the holiday). Finally, nestle into Self for a bit of meditative time in the morning.  What are my coffee thoughts?

Here’s interesting.  Tuesday night I was hangin’ out on T’s porch smoking a cigarette (I know, I know *rolls eyes to self*).  I could hear the wood creeking beneath T’s feet on the second floor of his cabin.  The scent of Sage wafted from indoors to out – a scent I’ve come to love.  I was listening to the coyotes, to the occasional grunt of the cattle on the other side of the river, and getting lost in my own thoughts when I heard this little shuffle sound about two feet away from where I sat.  Well, it’s a fully screened porch, so if I was hearing something two feet away, that meant it was INSIDE the screened porch, not outside.  Mouse, maybe?  Nah… senses heightened, I begin to scan the porch floor, when low and behold, a baby oppossum makes his way from the back wall to the back door.  He was no bigger than a small ferret, or a young kitten.  He stuck his nose and front paws through the back door, as if he were contemplating going inside for a stroll.

“No, no, little buddy… wrong way! Don’t go in there!” I caution the little guy with a soft voice.  He turns and looks at me.

Well, I’ll be damned if this wasn’t the first time in my life I found myself having a face to face confrontation with an oppossum!  Such was my awareness in the moment that I found myself giggling.  Irony? I don’t think so.  Just a few days earlier, when I’d reached for T’s deck of Animal Medicine Wheel Cards, I sure did pull out the oppossum… a card suggesting I learn how to “play dead” as my best defense mechanism.  Knowing that, I reflected on the Death card that I’d drawn from my own Rider/Waite deck – not one month, but two months in a row!  I furthered that “connection” by thinking on the card in July’s reading in the Higher Power position that said the best thing for me to do right now is nothing.

Was I not taking the message to heart?  I heard it, but did I listen?  Maybe… maybe not.  In any case, the Universe found the good sense and humor to place me face to face with a tiny oppossum on a Tuesday night on T’s porch.  Naturally, I wanted to reach out and pet the furry critter – but, of course, I knew better.  I don’t know about the babies, but I know the grown ups can puncture a car tire with their teeth – and I also figured that with this guy bein’ a youngin’, Mamma might not be too far away.  Instinctively, I pulled my feet up and tucked them beneath me.  The critter just sat there and maintained eye contact with me.  I could hear him in my head.  We carried on a mentally whispered conversation for a few minutes before I finally called out to T.

“Uh, T?”

No answer.

Louder now, “Hey… T!”

T comes to the back door, “What wha wha what?” In that voice he does.

“Uh… there’s a baby oppossum on your porch.”

“Yeah, and?”

My eyes widen, as does my grin.  I make another attempt. “Uh… there’s a baby oppossum on your porch… with me!”

He grins, then grabs his larger than life flashlight.

“Where?” He says with a smirk.

“Right there… staring at me.  He’s a baby, he’s under that chair right there.”

T turns his flashlight toward the chair and the moment he does, the little guy unlocks his jaws, spit clinging from the dagger… I mean tooth… on the top of his mouth to the equally sharp weapon on the bottom of his mouth, and a wicked hiss comes from the wild child.

T hisses back at the baby, and I pout.

“Oh, don’t hurt him!” I say without thinking.

T looks at me like I’m on crack, rolls his eyes, and does the lip smack thing.

“You know I’m not gonna hurt him! I will have to set a trap, though.”

I flashed back to Stinkerbelle’s first visit to T’s when she noticed the metal cage on the porch and asked what it was for.  I smiled when he explained that it’s the nice way to catch critters without hurting them so he can set them free elsewhere.

Then T turns off his flashlight, looks at me as if impatient, and says, “Well, you comin’ in or what?”

My eyes dart from the critter to the door while my mind measures the distance between my feet and the fang-filled fur ball.

“He won’t get my feet when I try to walk past him?”

T snorts. “Did ya see him try to get mine when I was in his face with my flashlight?”

“No,” I pout, “But that’s YOU!”

“Just get up and come on, girl! He ain’t gonna hurt you!”

Swallowing the lump in my throat, still grinning at the synchronicity of the event, I make a cautious yet mad dash to the back door, then find my safe haven on T’s sofa.

I’ve seen oppossum before… in the road while I was driving, or through the glass window in the back yard when they were after the goodies I’d left for the bunnies and birds, but I’ve never had one just walk up on me quite like that.

Here’s what the Animal Magick book by D.J. Conway has to say about Oppossum:

Magickal Attributes: Finding yourself in a corner and creating a diversion. Dealing with the unexpected; planning strategies for protection. Are you playing ‘possum and not dealing with distasteful situations? Wisdom for getting out of distasteful or dangerous situations, relationships.

Chant:

Cunning possum, Trickster changeling,
So alive, yet seeming dead,
Teach me wise old possum magick
That reacts from instinct, not from head.
Show me the way to slip past danger.
Fill me with earthy wisdom great,
That I might be secure and happy
Living life and trusting fate. 

This makes me think of the old farmer up the road, his aggressiveness towards me, and everything that has changed within me and without since that Tuesday he assaulted me on my own front porch.

I was thinking on these things and more as I was driving home from work late last night. So many doors and windows seem to be opening. So many messages seem to be reaching me loud and clear, free-flowing and uninterrupted. As I was thinking about all the blessings life brought to me yesterday, I turned the corner on the road home, and a deer stood in my path. I brought Pixie Dust to a full stop, staring at the beast in all her glory. She stood there, held her position, and made eye contact with me. Deer has many messages – including that of death, re-birth, and transformation. She can also foretell of danger. I smiled, nodded in acknowledgement, and she ran off up and over the hill and so I continued… on the road home.

NOTE TO SELF: Caution: This is a multiple warning that danger may be near… the oppossum and the deer share that message.  As T would say, I’d better keep my witts about me.

Hello, Thursday.

Life is good.

W

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Okay, so seeing a deer on the road amidst a Kentucky Summer is not any grand surprise.  Nonetheless, synchronicity plays its role… and the timing of the deer’s appearance, coupled with a multiple sighting makes it worth noting.

Yesterday morning, I was driving to work, thinking poetic thoughts, which I’ve not done in quite a while, actually.  I had the iphone headset in listening to music I’ve stored in a folder entitled, “Wendi’s Enlightenment”.  Golden rays of sun were playing peek-a-boo with the winding road between the leaves and branches of trees that held hands, forming an archway over the path I drove. Nature’s glitter accompanied me.  I had a sudden flashback to the recent drive with T wherein I broke the silence with, “Whatchya thinkin’ ’bout?”  His reply: “How quick I’d have to step on the brakes if a deer jumped out.”

The moment I had that flashback, a deer jumped out onto the road in front of me.  It was far enough back that all I had to do was down-shift and slow a bit, no brake-slamming or swirving required.  It was a magnificent creature – much larger than most deer I see around here.  I believe it was female.  She was so graceful, with tall (and I do mean tall!) legs and long body.  Her head was dainty, delicate, and feminine.  She looked right at me and ran alongside Pixie Dust for a few seconds before making a sudden turn and heading up the wooded hill.  I immediately felt a desire to look up the meaning of deer, but as I was on my way to work, that wouldn’t be possible.   I made a mental note to look it up when I got home.

Following the eleven-hour work day, I was driving home at about ten-thirty p.m. and had drifted back into the same thought I’d had on the way to work… those poetic gratitude thoughts.  Again I slipped into that day-dreamy mindset, which probably isn’t all that healthy considering I was driving!  But again, when I slipped into that mode, another deer – shorter, fatter, more masculine, jumped out in front of me.  Again, the distance was such that a down-shift and slight brake were all that was required – no risk of hitting the critter.  Seeing him brought a wide, wide smile across my face as I realized the message was being confirmed, as well as being a two-toned message: The Deer and the Stag – the masculine and the feminine… the God and the Goddess… all in one day.

I’ve loaned out one of my animal magick books, so I’m limited to one resource, but here’s what D.J. Conway has to say, in part, about the deer and the stag in her book, “Animal Magick”:

Magickal Attributes: Keen scent, grace, swiftness, gentleness. Using other methods to reach your goals than force. Being alert for any danger. A white deer in meditation often bears a message or will lead you to someone or something that will reveal spiritual knowledge. Hunging and seeking, abundance, dreams, intuition, introspection, listening, death and rebirth, transformation. Accept others as they are and don’t try to change them. Deer: woodland Goddess, psychic powers, alternative paths to a goal. Stag: Lord of the Underworld, messages from guides, better understanding of the cycle of death and rebirth.

Chant:

Woodland dreams of intuition come with the graceful deer.
I gret you, brothers of the forest.
Your gift of magick will brighten my life.
Transformation will come to me.
Like you, I stand listening to the drum beat of life,
Poised to follow my guiding spirits.

Considering I had the Death card surface for June’s reading, and that many of my recent rants and writings, as well as Tarot Cards and Fairy Oracles, have reflected the theme of transformation, I’d say the message deer brought was right on time, and right on target.

Loving Animagick!!

Life is good.

W

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