I did not ask or really expect any signs from my dad on Father’s Day, even though I had experienced many since his passing. My heart was wonderfully encouraged of his spirit presence as thing…
Source: Father and Grandfather’s Spirit
I did not ask or really expect any signs from my dad on Father’s Day, even though I had experienced many since his passing. My heart was wonderfully encouraged of his spirit presence as things popped up that reminded me of him and his father. I happened to go to the Wolf Sanctuary in Pa., as we were walking back to the car under the full moon, we were surrounded by fields of corn. My father grew up on a farm in Iowa and corn was there main crop. Then the white butterfly showed up, which was very symbolic when my dad was in intensive care and right before his passing. Then I happened to walk by a store that was called “Olio”. Well my dad always called butter Olio and my husband always likes to tell the story about how they went into a subway and my dad asked for Olio and the young boy waiting on him was quite perplexed. Then the bed and breakfast had a Chinese checkers game that looked just like the one we always played when we used to visit the farm. Thanks Dad for showing up! Love you!
The spiritual qualities of the lotus flower has found its way into Egyptian legends, Indian culture, and even Western faith. This is not surprising as the lotus flower is a potent symbol that grows strong and beautiful from the murkiest depths. Not to be mistaken with the water lily, lotus flowers bear fruit, but produce less nectar and come in fewer colors. The roots of the lotus are deeply imbedded into the bottom of river beds or ponds, while the flowers and leaves float atop the surface of the water. This plant is also thought to be one of only a few heat producing plants, and generally maintains a temperature around 86 to 95 degrees so as to lure cold blooded pollinators.
The lotus is the national flower of both Vietnam and India. In India the lotus flower has made its way deep into religious beliefs and in national folklore. The lotus is one of the eight auspicious symbols and is considered to be a symbol for the progress of the soul through muddy materialism, all the way to bright and sunny enlightenment. In esoteric Buddhist teachings, the unopened flower is thought to be like the heart of man – blossoming only when touched by the virtues of Buddha. In Egypt the lotus can be seen in a variety of art, hieroglyphics and as general decoration. One of the legends that can be found in this area is of a giant lotus rising from watery chaos and causing the sun to rise on the first day of creation. In Christianity, the white lotus is thought to be a representation of the purity of the Virgin Mary. Aside from having a great religious and mythological significance, the lotus can also be consumed. The rhizomes can be roasted, curried, pickled or dried and used as a thickening powder. The seeds can be candied, roasted or eaten raw; the flower and stalks, on the other hand, can be prepared in any way that a regular leafy vegetable might be eaten.
Lotus flowers are full of deep meaning, beautiful and long lasting, and thus, make great gifts. Many people like to give them as wedding presents as they are one of the few flowers that bloom and produce fruit simultaneously. This is thought to be a good omen for a newly married couple, as it not only represents a continuation of the growth of their relationship, but also a growth in their family. These flowers can be given alone, or as part of bouquet. If you are giving them as a gift to someone who lives in a warm climate, has access to a garden pond and simply loves to grow things, you might also want to consider giving them either a pre-grown plant, or even a few fresh seeds.
Charm Intuition Anticipation
Take a deep breath and let the spirit of the fox fill you. Click here to Listen to the Fox’s Song.
Ah, how fortunate you are to have fox power within you. Beautiful and clever, the fox will help you move through life with grace and ease, attracting others with your charm and intuitively sensing how to act, even when surrounded with newness. Just breathe in fox power and you will instantly feel grace and confidence flowing through you, guiding you to the right thing to say and do in every circumstance. For you are the fox.
But when you want to be left alone, the fox will lend you her great powers of camouflage, letting you blend into the background at will, where you can observe unseen, taking it all in and keeping it to yourself. You have both of these powers: to attract confidently or to blend invisibly. The choice is completely yours.
The fox will fill you with her sharp intuition, so that you sense what is coming down the path before it can even be heard or seen. With the fox within you, you will be able to anticipate, knowing when to lie low and let things silently pass by, when to step forward and engage, and when to run like the wind, feeling the freedom of foreknowledge and deep connection with all that is.
And safe at home, her gentle caring nature will fill you, as you devote yourself to your loved ones and know the true courage of deep and compassionate love.
You are love, beauty and grace. You are the fox.
|VULTURE ~ CONDOR|
|Death and Rebirth New Vision
|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 every day life through spirit. And Vulture/Condor is there to protect you in this journey.
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Some of the information on this webpage was derived from the following sources: Sans, Jamie & Carson, David. Medicine Cards: the Discovery of Power Through the Way of Animals. Santa Fe, NM. 1988. Print. Andrews, Ted. Animal-speak: the Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1993. Print. Andrews, Ted. Animal-Wise: the Spirit Language and Signs of Nature. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1999. Print. D. J. Conway. Animal Magick: the Art of Recognizing & Working with Familiars. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2003. Print. Farmer, Steven D. Animal Spirit Guides. Hayhouse Inc., 2006. Print.
There once was a girl who found solace from the heavy burden she carried by sitting under the tree. One day, she looked around and said “I love you tree but I am tired of sitting here alone.” In time and after much searching, she saw the roots that ran deep in the ground that gave the tree life and kept it from breaking when the storms blew in. Then she saw the trunk that one could nestle in to surround, protect and nurture her. Then through the roots and trunk came the branches and all the fruit and beauty the tree brings into existence. She then realized she is no longer alone but surrounded by “the tree that never withers.”