The phrase “it’s the little things that count” is often so very accurate. (And, no, I don’t say that just because I’m smaller than average.)
We know about appreciating the tiny details and being mindful in our day-to-day. A kind reminder, however, is never a bad idea.
This morning’s message showed up to hammer that all home. It is suggested that we aim . . . . .
. . . . extra focus on what SEEMS extra minor.
Maybe it’s due to our fast-paced, overly-busy lives, or (in my case) our distractible nature. It just happens, sometimes we overlook what’s truly of the most value.
On our card altar, back within the regular rotation, we expand on this from another level, seeing it from a different angle. This is a great attitude to begin with.
“Sow ~ Muc (pronounced as Mooc) ~
Generosity, Nourishment, Discovery
The card shows a sow with her piglets. In the fields behind her we see wheat and barley, said to have been brought to Wales by the divine sow Henwen, the ‘White Ancient.’
On the horizon we see the Hill of Tara, in Ireland, which was once know as Muc Inis, Pig Island, when the Tualtha De Danann changed it into the shape of a pig. In the foreground to the right grows sow-thistle, and to the left deadly nightshade which – is is said – pigs can eat without harm.
On the ground lies one of the favorite foods of pigs, the nuts of the beech tree.
Muc, with her large litters, symbolizes abundance and fertility. Drawn upright, this card may mean that you are called upon to be generous. Feeling connected to the love of the Goddess for all her creatures you are able to give freely, knowing that you, in turn, are nourished and sustained by her.
Choosing this card, you can open yourself to the abundance that exists throughout nature. You can allow yourself to accept this abundance, knowing that life perpetually renews itself, and that you need not worry about ever being disconnected from it.
Allow yourself to feast on life – to enjoy its beauties and its sensual delights. The Goddess is generous, giving to all and renewing all.”
The Druid Animal Oracle – Working With The Sacred Animals Of The Druid Tradition by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Bill Worthington
is this mysterious being.
Yes, it totally is a terrible picture. And here, a second (worse) view, of the same bird.
This is NOT a native species. From what we’ve been able to gather, it’s probably a green pheasant. The type that was introduced as a game bird from Japan, and probably ran away from home.
(Upon further research, it could also be ONE OF THESE.)
Both of these phone photos were taken in the yard of my parents. Who live on Pheasant Lane. (I know!) When they first moved out there, a peacock came to visit. For about several months. Then he left. Our best guess is that someone nearby is raising exotic birds. And they have terrible security.