totems

How the Raven Sees the World

Today as the hummingbird comes back to remind us to extract the sweetness of life, I tell you a story about a conversation I had a few days ago. The conversation was about how we see the world differently and how what we see changes how we feel about the world around us.

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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New Dream Catchers Available!

I have been busy busy weaving this weekend and have found myself finishing up 8 new dream catchers. The new dream catchers can be purchased on Etsy where you will find more photos and definitions of their various meanings.

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I spent the weekend weaving new dream catchers… Just in time for Christmas!!

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Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Phoenix

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Keeper of the Fire of Creation

Represents death and rebirth.
Transformation and Regeneration.
Protector of all fire.

This totem gives hope in the midst of despair.
Helps you transform your life into something purer
and brings you closer to spiritual awareness.
Call upon the Phoenix for strength and renewed energy when facing trials of life.

Symbolizes the Sun, dying every night to be reborn with the dawn.
The Chinese believe that the Phoenix has been sent to Earth
to help the development of mankind.

Phoenix, hear my heart’s desire.
Fill me with renewing fire.
Renew my body, mind and soul.
Loving Phoenix, make me whole.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Vulture

Today I have been visited by the Vulture several times today so I think I will share with you what I found when researching the Vulture. I think you might be pleasantly surprised .. I was! The vulture has always been depicted as a nasty, vulgar type bird .. a scavenger picking away at the lifeless body of the dead… but today’s research into the personality of the vulture has changed the way I now see him.

The Vulture is the symbol of death and rebirth, the mother symbol, and represents purification.   For those with this totem, you will be noticed more for what you do than how you appear.

Vulture or Condor teaches us how to soar above our limitations.

This Totem is a semi-permanent totem; once it enters your life it will be with you always, through your numerous lifetimes.

You may start to see auras and colors around people; Vulture can help teach you how to accomplish this through patience and vision.  Vultures teach you how to soar without using much energy, how to ride the thermal winds instead of flapping.  Go with the flow.  Use your own energy powerfully and efficiently.

Vulture is associated with the sense of smell and aromatherapy is a good tool to use to connect with this Totem.

The Vulture promises us that no matter how difficult things are at the moment, rescue and change are imminent.

Soar above the drudgeries of everyday life through spirit. And Vulture/Condor is there to protect you in this journey.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

When the Universe Speaks

It’s not often in life that we get the privilege to feel the universe cheering us on… as if we are on the right track and Spirit keeps giving us that “atta boy” pat on the back to keep us trucking on in the right direction. When it does happen .. be sure to stop for a moment to make note and give thanks. Don’t let those moments just slip on by. Enjoy the moment!

This morning as I made my way into the office …. I sat down at my computer… turned it on and right away I get a really great message from a Facebook friend thanking me for making her mornings bright. I was caught off guard but it sure did bring a smile to my face as well. She was thanking me for something that I had hoped would happen when I post the things I post and when I blog about the many topics I touch upon.. but you never know if the message is really getting out… I often wonder if it really means anything to anyone. The confirmation this morning from my friend was a wonderful gift!

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In the middle of our conversation I ran out quickly to refill the bird feeder outside my office window. Just as I stepped out the back door of the office, I heard a noise, looked up and several crows were perching on top of a street lamp just across the street. I put my bird seed down and grabbed my camera to snap a couple of pics and WOW!!! A hawk flew into the frame and was buzzing the crows sitting

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on top of the light. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to be standing there with my camera in hand taking pics of it all! I am still excited with the energy that was stirred from this event!

I love those little surprises .. the crows, the hawk.. the message from a friend.

Here’s a bit of info for the Hawk and the Crow:

Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air. It holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. This totem awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose.

Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time, therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer. They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength. Look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life. Crows are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today and available to us.

So what does all of this tell us?

It tells us to always be ready and willing to enjoy the moment when it comes. You never know from what direction love, kindness, happiness, surprises and magic will appear. Be ready and willing to accept it as it comes!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Brother Crow

Crows are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today and available to us.

This morning as I was getting ready for work… I could hear a crow outside my window cawing up a storm… and then I heard his message more clearly than ever.

It wasn’t that the Crow had a message for me this morning… it was that he carries with him a message always… you hear it when you are ready. He is forever singing out his message by his magical caw… it is up to us when we are ready to hear what he has to say.

Many Blessings for a magical day!
Raventalker

Magical Moments

I am having a really odd.. yet wonderful day today. I just have to share my experience this morning…

So,  get this.. first off right out of my house I see the 2 deer in my back yard..

As I am typing up my daily blog .. today about the deer.. I finish the blog.. turn to look out

my window and 2 rabbits are out there

along with about 6 or more different birds..

lol.. I have meditation music playing in the background …  I grab my camera and snap a couple of pics of the rabbits … so I plug my camera back up to the computer to upload the rabbit photos off my camera and I hear this crow sounding off.. I thought … hmmmmmmm is that in my music? so turned around to double check and nope there are 2 crow cousins out there now! I’m starting to feel like snow white in the magical forest this morning!! lol..

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Oh and lets not forget this Mocking bird that popped in to say hello as I was taking pictures of the Crows

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and one last note: while I was typing this story up… I paused to tell my story to a co-worker friend and right as I started my story a dove flew onto my window ledge looking right inside .. straight at us.. lol.. my friend stopped in her tracks to say.. “well hello there!”

Giggles… looking forward to what’s next!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker 

Oh Deer!

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This morning as I was taking out the garbage before going to work.. I met my neighbor in the driveway .. she was crouched down looking toward my backyard. Softly she spoke and said to me… there are two deer just over there. I glanced over and this is what I saw. 🙂

These two young deer starring right back at me.. watching and waiting to see what I would do.  Always having my camera in hand, I slowly unzipped my camera bag… snapped a couple of shots and then very quietly and slowly made my way around the other side of the house hoping to get a closer look. So gentle they are. Something about them brings feels of peace and softness to my heart. So for today’s wise words I give you the Deer Totem:

Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives.

Don’t push towards change in others, rather gently nudge them in right direction with the love that comes from a Deer totem.

When a Deer totem shows up in your life, a new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened. There is going to be a gentle lure of new adventures. There will  be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.

Deer folk carry the message of purity of purpose; of walking in the light to dispel shadows. They know the work that they must do, and go about that work with no fanfare and no need for personal glory or recognition.

There are no shadows about deer; no ulterior motives; no hidden agendas; no lies or misrepresentations, and it is not possible for deer to knowingly hurt anyone or anything.

Nothing can cause deer to change its path. There may be many who continually throw roadblocks in the way; deer steps over them or goes around them. Many give deer dozens of reasons why a thing won’t work, but it only listens politely and then continues on. Deer people know what they must do, and will not be turned from its mission.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

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Now Staring… The Starling!

This little fella visited my window this morning 🙂

So here’s a bit of wisdom from our friend the Starling …

Starling teaches how to behave within a group setting – how to be effective and assertive without becoming a bully. Communication is important to Starling people; however, you must be careful what you say, for people may take it incorrectly or blow it out of proportion. Watch your own sensitivity to other’s words. You might be reading more into it that is truly there. By learning Starling’s behaviors, you can live peacefully within your community of friends and family. (from linsdomain.com)

Animal Visions

This morning in that space between sleep and waking I had a very vivid vision …. I’d like to share that vision with you now.

There were 2 small birds over on a nearby roof top and I couldn’t tell what they were… so I placed a couple pieces of meat on the deck railing to see if they would come get it and sure enough they moved closer … one of them was very daring and didn’t mind me being there at all and came right up to me … it was a baby bald eagle!! I took the meat and it took it right from my hand and snuggled up against me … it was so adorable. I looked right into the eyes of that baby bald eagle and I could see the fierceness and strength in it even at such a young age. The other bird stayed at a distance … I couldn’t really make out what it was, I think it was some sort of crane like bird but it too was still very young. It watched us but kept it’s distance. It seemed shy. Just found it .. it was a baby heron.

As I am playing with the baby bald eagle, a hawk flew in and landed on me! hahahahah someone had put a sweater on it and I could see it was annoyed by the sweater so I took it off and it too stayed there with me just hanging out. This was a full grown hawk not a baby one like the bald eagle.

Next a big very black raven flys in and lands on top of me and I said to the raven, “excuse me, do you mind not sitting on top of me!” lol So it moves and just hangs out with the rest of us…

Then a baby armadillo comes up to me… oh so cute! So I pick it up and it just wants to cuddle up …. every time I put it down it would come running back up to me for me to pick it back up.

Then there was a talking turtle that showed up in the vision .. I can’t remember what it said to me but it was crazy. I know it said something about love but can’t remember the exact words. I think it was something like “Remember I love you” or something along those lines. When it spoke everyone looked at me like  “what the heck” … I said yeah I know it’s weird right.. but I have heard the turtles talk before, I told them .. and at that time I had  a flash back of being at some pond  where there were lots of older turtles and they were all talking.

I was a very endearing vision… all the animals coming up to me as they did.. I’ll post their totem properties in a moment at the end of this blog for you all.

The connections I had with these animals is what stood out in my mind… how they looked at me  as if they knew me and trusted me … it was an awesome feeling. There was a bond there that I can’t really describe in words. I’ll not forget this vision and the gift that was given by it.

Here are the characteristics for each totem:

Bald Eagle –

The eagle is symbol of the zenith.  A great reminder of your own ability to soar to great heights. Eagles are messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the spirit of the sun. Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation; a willingness to experience extremes; a willingness to use your ability even if it means getting “scorched” a little as you fly high; a willingness to seek out your true emotions.

A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey.

Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even went soaring high; Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth; Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly.

This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit.
Eagle people can live in the realm of the spirit yet still remain connected and balanced within the realm of the Earth.

You must become much more than you ever dreamed possible.

Raven

If a raven totem has come into our life, magic is at play.
Raven activates the energy of magic and links it to our will and intention.

With this totem, we can make great changes in our life; the ability to  take the unformed thought  and make it reality

The raven shows us how to go into the dark of our inner self and bring out the light of our true self; resolving inner conflicts which have long been buried. This is the deepest power of healing we can possess

Hawk

Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air. It holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. This totem awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose.

A Hawk totem is filled with responsibility because Hawk people seek the overall view.
They are aware of omens and spirit messages.

A Red-Tailed Hawk Totem is special. It has direct ties to the Kundalini, the seat of primal life force. It is associated with the base chakra . If you have this Totem, you will be aware of and work towards fulfilling your soul’s purpose. It reflects a greater intensity of energy within your life:  physical, emotional, mental and spiritual forces will all be strong within you. The Red-Tail Hawk is a permanent totem — it will always be with you.

Armadillo

Armadillo wears its armor on its back, its medicine is part of its body. Its boundaries of safety are a part of its total being. Adjust your rhythms and senses and you will know what is safe and what is not.

 

Armadillo teaches you how to protect yourself and when to let your defenses down.

 

Make yourself a energy body shield using Armadillo medicine. Make a circle on a piece of paper and see it as a medicine shield. Write in the circle all the things that you want to have, experience, and give you joy. This shield will reflect what you are and what you will on an unconscious level.

 

When you receive an Armadillo totem, it is time to define your space. You may have trouble saying “no” and are being taken for granted. Learn to guard your personal space and allow entry only when you want to.

 

 

Turtle

Turtle is the oldest symbol for the Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy and the eternal Earth itself.

If you have a Turtle totem, you must be mindful of returning to the Earth what she has given you. Honor the creative source within you. Use water and earth energies to create a harmonious flow in your life. Ask the Earth for assistance and her riches will pour forth.

If a Turtle totem shows up in your life, slow down the pace of your life. Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals.

Turtle is fine teacher of the art of grounding. When you learn to ground yourself to Earth’s power and strength, you place focus on your thoughts and actions and use the Earth’s limitless energies rather than your own to accomplish your will.

Turtle is the keeper of doors and one of the ways into the Faerie Realm.

Oh dear!!!! hahahahaha

Heron

A Heron and Egret totem teaches balance; the ability to progress and evolve — to walk into deeper waters without fear.

It is important for someone with a Heron and Egret totem to learn to stand on their own two feet, to become independent and self-reliant.

Heron and Egret has a strong connection to the element of Earth  and you must also be aware and cultivate this connection.   The Mother Earth is a source of strength and will help you stand strong and firm.

 

Heron medicine allows you to perform many tasks at the same time, keeping all in balance.
If one way doesn’t work, then another way will. Heron and Egret people seem to instinctively know this.

 

Heron people do not need a lot of people in their life  and they are often follow non-traditional roles. They feel no need to “keep up with the Jones.”  They stand out in their uniqueness and know how to take advantage of things and events that most people wouldn’t bother with.

 

You know what is best for you and you should follow that path. Be aggressive when opportunities present themselves — don’t let them get away from you.

 

Meditation on color will provide insight to Heron and Egret people.

 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

A Walk to Remember…..

A walk with the fairies…

Today is an absolutely beautiful day so instead of sitting at my desk through my lunch hour, I decided to go down to the park a few blocks away and walk. Guess who joined me! That’s right the fairies accompanied me today.

Right away, upon stepping onto the walking path I was greeted by a dragonfly and I knew that this was going to be an adventurous walk. The was sun shining bright in the crisp blue sky and a breeze was whispering through the trees. Honeysuckle in full bloom as we make our way around the winding path in the park.

Coming around the bend, nearly completing my first loop, a beautiful yellow butterfly decides to join us. She dances softly upon the grass and the dandelions, playing upon the breeze as we complete round 1 of our battle of the bulge. The fairies are delighted to have a new playmate join us. The butterfly reminds us that life is a dance and to not take things so seriously. They also show us how transformation doesn’t have to be traumatic, it can occur gently and with ease.

All together we round another bend in the path to find two bumble bees playing tag in the honeysuckle vines. What a hilarious sight, seeing the two of them dodge back and fourth and all around the honeysuckle. The fairies nearly fell to the ground laughing so hard at these two and all their buzzing about. The bumble bee is a great gift from Spirit, they teach us of the sweetness in life and their buzzing awakens us to the moment. The bumble bee also shows us that when we focus our intentions, much can be accomplished.

Making my way through round 2, I look up into the trees as the breeze sweeps through their branches and I can hear them cheer me on as I continue this battle of the bulge. I’m not giving up. I have got to keep going. With help from my friends, the fairies, I know I’m not alone as I push forward. My legs ache and it’s hot out but I must go on.

A cardinal dashes into the bushes, there must be a nest near. I see him sitting guard on a branch as I pass by. He turns his back to me as to say, nothing to see here folks, move on. I giggle and keep my pace. As I pass by the stream in the center of the park another butterfly joins us. This time a small white butterfly. The sunlight reflecting on its tiny little wings reminds me of the light that glows inside us all. That healing light of love that comes from the source and fills each and every one of us.

Wow, we are growing a crowd here. The fairies, the butterflies, the bumblebees, the dragonfly and me, all travelers enjoying the day. What a beautiful day for a walk it is. The aroma of honeysuckle fills the air and it reminds of when I was a kid, plucking the flowers from the vines for a taste of their sweet nectar. Those were the days when our only worry was being home before dark.

It’s round 3 already and with help from my friends and the beautiful day, I’m chugging along just fine. My legs have their strength and I’m not even out of breath. Round and round we go, dancing along this path, I have no doubts that I will reach my goal. The trees have secrets they wish to share with us as we journey. I am pleased that they wish to confide and am eager to hear what they have to say. They want to show us how we can stand strong and yet still be able to bend when needed. They tell us to let our worries go with the wind and to not cling too tightly to things. We have to allow life to flow through us for when we stand against the wind, we may very well break if not open to what comes our way. The trees are very wise. They have seen so much more than us and if you open your mind they will share with you too, their secrets and wisdom.

I’m now on my final journey and I see I have been given some gifts along the way. Not only the gift of great company keeping me focused on the journey before me but also some gifts from their world. I pick up a few items that I will use to craft some things with as a thank you to my walking companions. Just as we round that last bend, I see a raven sitting on the cool grass in the shade. Just as we approach she takes off, flying a complete circle around us.. showing off her remarkable gift of flight. The raven speaks and says we often don’t know who we are until we see what we can do and with that she fades off into the distance leaving us to finish what we have come to do.

Round 4 complete! I have a hand full of nature’s gifts to craft something special for my friends and so I must be on my way back to work. The dragonfly bids me a farewell as I exit the path, the bees get back to their game of tag, the butterflies continue playing upon the breeze and the fairies, well the fairies are always with me.

When you walk through life awake and with your eyes wide open..  there’s no telling what you might see along the way.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

P.S.
The pic I took at the top was taken at 2:22 hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa

Finding your animal totems

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Ok in the past few days I have had several conversations about how do you find your totem animal or animals .. and how do you know which animal is yours…. soooooooooooooo I thought I might speak a few words about this.

The first thing that I want to say is … the below are my own thoughts and ways … I’m not saying this is the one and only way and I’m not saying I’m right and everyone else is wrong… all I can do is give you my perspective and speak from my own experiences… so please don’t take it personally if my view differs from yours or from what you may have been told by someone else..

ok whew .. now that the disclaimer is said and done.. we can get down to business.

Note #1 – First of all there were comments by one of my friends that she is connected to one particular animal more than any other and then she said that someone told her that her totem was something else .. her next statement was that she has never connected with that animal.

Well, I’m not saying that whoever told her what her totem was – was wrong. That totem may be around her but not yet showing itself to her – but also I want to say that … YOU are the one connecting with YOUR totem .. YOU are the one effected … YOU are the one being guided – Don’t worry so much about what others tell you – instead … if you feel strongly linked to one particular animal or 2 or 3 or whatever – then that/those are YOUR totems.

Note #2 – You may have many totems throughout your lifetime.. some stay with you for long periods of time and sometimes forever and some come and go as they are needed. Sooooooo … you meet someone and they tell you ___________ is your totem … or at least that’s what THEY see as YOUR totem … that may be true for that moment in time… but as your life progresses and you change .. your situation changes and all things around you change .. your totem may or may not also change. So don’t get yourself stuck on … “so and so said this is my totem, so that’s it .. forever”.

Note #3 – You will find your totem when you stop trying so hard to find it ..

It is not something to be forced or made to be.. when you relax and let things just be .. you will see.

You must allow your totem to come to you .. welcome it into your life and soon you will discover it has been there all along… you will see the signs and have that DUH! Moment.

When you push and push and try to force things to be … the vision becomes blurred and unclear. We all have our totems so don’t worry you are not without one just because you are unsure of what it is. You just have to relax and allow it to show itself to you.

Note #4 – Stan Hughes has a wonderful book called Medicine Seeker.. in the back of his book he has a 100+ question survey to help you find out what totems you may have. It’s a very in depth survey that may bring light to what you already know but may be suppressing.

Here’s a link to Stan’s book on Amazon
Medicine Seeker

Anyway .. I hope this has helped .. good luck

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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